Metro Manila · University of the Philippines
The University of the Philippines (Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, UP), affectionately referred to as 'Peyups' by its graduates, was founded in the year 1908. It is one of the country's best universities and also serves as a destination for many Megacitizens thanks to its many trees, sporting facilities, and cafés.
Deemed as the country’s premiere university, UP has produced 34 out of 35 national scientists, 13 chief justices, 36 national artists out of the total of 57, and 7 Philippine Presidents out of 15. Although many of the country’s leaders come from the university, the UP system has always been the government’s biggest critic, especially during the 1970s and '80s when student activism was a way of life. Its flagship campus in Diliman (Quezon City) occupies a land area of 493 hectares making it one of the largest university grounds in the country.
Location And How To Get There
Ride a bus to Fairview and have yourself dropped off at Philcoa (Philippine Coconut Authority) or the small community mall adjacent to the government office. You can also take a cab and tell the cab driver to go to UP campus in Diliman. The driver can drop you off at the oblation, the large statue of a naked man in front of the university, and you can walk from there.
Tel: (63) 2 981 8500
You can find the contact data and information on the exact location of the various places inside the university through UP's website.
Guide For Megacitizens
If you are traveling to the university during rush hour, you can enter through Carlos P. Garcia Avenue to avoid traffic. The streets are less jammed during class hours and after rush hour, though, and it should only take a few minutes to get to UP if you are around Diliman.
The most popular mode of transport inside the campus are jeepneys, the most well-known of which is the Ikot, translated as “To go around”. The Ikot travels clockwise around the Academic Oval, UP's main road. Another jeepney called Toki travels the other way around. Jeepneys going to SM North EDSA, Pantranco-MRT, and Philcoa are also on Ikot route.
There is a color scheme for jeepneys inside UP Diliman. All jeepneys with yellow tops go around the campus. Those going to the MRT station, North Edsa and Philcoa are painted with green tops. The jeepney bound for Katipunan is painted red.
A monorail transit system that will be connected to the nearest major station in the area is on its testing stages, according to officials. Some parts of the rail have already been put up. Once this is in place, traveling to the university will no longer be as difficult, especially for those who are coming from areas like Pasig, Taguig, Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa, or Makati.
The dining experience inside UP Diliman is akin to the students who attend the university – folks from all walks of life. You can enjoy street food ranging from squid balls to the famed grilled chicken and pig insides to snacks such as siomai, monay, or pancit. Street food is available in a number of areas inside UP, the most popular of which sits near the College of Law and the Khas Food Haus just at the back of the swimming pool.
One of the most popular casual dining spots is Rodic’s, a tapa and egg shop that has been around since the early 1950s. It is located in the University Shopping Center near the UFO-like chapel.
For a semi-fine dining experience, going to The Chocolate Kiss Café at the Bahay ng Alumni (House of the Alumni) is a fine idea. Just beside Romulo Hall's Toyota Center, on the other hand, is where one can find Via Mare.
The UP Hotel, also known as the University Hotel or Hostel, is the only transient house on campus. It is located beside Ylang-Ylang Residence Hall.
Things To Do
UP has probably the cleanest air in the metro, thanks to all the big old trees, and many people (including celebrities) jog, bike, skateboard, and walk their dogs especially on Sundays when the Academic Oval is closed to make room for joggers and those who just want to take a stroll around the area.
If you are interested in art, visiting the Vargas Museum is a must. For a small fee you will see an impressive collection of Philippine paintings, drawings and sculptures, created between the 1880s and 1960s, as well as temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.
Every February, the Student Council organizes the UP Fair. The fair showcases stalls that sell anything from food to clothes to accessories as well as booths that offer various carnival rides and other activities – all this while popular national bands are playing on stage. With thousands of visitors coming mainly for the open-air concerts, the UP Fair is like a mini-Woodstock sans the drinking.
The UP Lantern Parade in December is another event that UP Diliman is quite proud of. The parade consists of gigantic lanterns out of various shapes, some even used as a way to stage a protest against corruption or other issues that concern the university or the rest of the country. These gigantic lanterns - usually over 10 feet high - are made by students and professors.
Are you a bibliophile? Try to visit the main library of the university just to enjoy an afternoon of reading. A special permit would have to be granted though but this is easy to secure - just ask the guard on duty.
Update August 15, 2015
Because of the traffic situation inside the campus specifically at its entry points, University officials are collaborating with the Katipunan Business District to improve the flow of vehicles along C.P. Garcia Avenue and Katipunan Avenue.
Fire Hits UP CASAA
In June 2015, fire struck one of UP's iconic food destinations - CASAA. CASAA sits near Palma Hall and the Biology department and is among the most memorable places for many of the university's graduates. The place, more aptly described as a mini food court, used to serve affordable meals and functioned as a meeting place for generations of students. According to reports, the fire was caused by a gas leak.
Update January 2, 2017
Fire Hits FC
In April of 2016, a massive fire razed the Faculty Center, an important building not only because of its function but also because of the many memories of the university’s alumni in and of the structure.
Statement from student journalists said that 50 fire trucks from Quezon City and nearby fire departments went to the area to put out blaze.
Aside from the TOKI and the IKOT, UP now has an e-kot, a smaller, electric vehicle that goes around the university.
This garden of native trees is among the newest biodiversity spots inside the University of the Philippines in Diliman.
Arguably the best restaurant on the campus of the University of the Philippines (UP), the Chocolate Kiss Cafe serves superb Philippine, Asian and Western cuisine.
The Jorge B. Vargas Museum houses a fine collection of Philippine art from the 19th and 20th century and regularly features temporary exhibits of contemporary Philippine artists. It is located at the main campus of the University of the Philippines in Quezon City.