The Enduring Curse of Patronage Politics

Why Filipinos should not elect a patrimonial president in the 2016 elections All throughout Philippine history, a small number of extremely influential families possessing vast lands and huge corporations have ruled our government. The notoriety of patronage system and oligarchic culture in the country has inspired numerous experts and scholars to coin equally notorious terms […]


UP welcomes new VP for Public Affairs

Dr. Edna Estifania Co is the new Vice President for Public Affairs. Notice of the approval of her ad interim appointment was released by the Office of the Secretary and of the Board of Regents on September 19. Her appointment was “effective September 1 to serve at the pleasure of the President.” The post was […]


UP Songs and Cheers

UP Naming Mahal UP naming mahal pamantasang hirang Ang tinig namin sana’y inyong dinggin Malayong lupain amin mang marating Di rin magbabago ang damdamin Di rin magbabago ang damdamin Luntian at pula sagisag magpakailanman Ating ‘pagdiwang, bulwagan ng dangal Humayo’t itanghal giting at tapang Mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan Mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan Watch […]


Balik-PhD, EIDR lauded at 4th President’s Toast

The Balik-PhD Faculty and Research, Extension and Professional Staff Recruitment (Balik-Phd) and the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research (EIDR) programs of the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA) were celebrated at the 4th President’s Toast, an event that recognizes outstanding UP initiatives, on October 28 at Ang Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman (UPD). In […]


UPOU hosts 30th AAOU annual confab

The UP Open University (UPOU) hosted the 30th annual conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) on October 26 to 29 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria. The theme was “Open Education in Asia: Changing Perspectives.” It was the second time the conference was held in the Philippines, the first in 2000, also […]


ASEAN student leaders hold Philippine congress

The University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, and De La Salle University–all members of the ASEAN University Network (AUN)–hosted more than a hundred student leaders from the region for the 5th annual ASEAN Student Leaders Forum (ASLF) from October 24 to 26, 2016. With the theme, “ASEAN, Our Home: Youth Engagement Toward a […]