List of University of the Philippines people

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The University of the Philippines has had numerous notable alumni and faculty.


Famous Students and Alumni

Arts and Humanities (including Mass Communication, Architecture and Landscape Architecture)

Sitti Navarro, bossa nova artist
Glenn Bautista
Born 20 March 1947
Orion, Bataan

Business, Economics and Finance

Engineering, Sciences and the Allied Medical Professions

White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford working in the White House kitchen.

Politics, Law and Governance

Michael Defensor, ormer Member of the Philippine House of Representatives and current Presidential Chief of Staff of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

Social Sciences


Notable Past and Present Faculty

The Metrobank Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT): U.P. Winners

U.P. continues to dominate Metrobank Foundation's Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT). Past winners of this highly-coveted award include:Priscelina Patajo-Legasto (1998) from U.P. College of Arts and Letters, U.P. Diliman; U.P. Diliman; Virginia Carino (1988) from U.P. Institute of Chemistry, U.P. Diliman; Elena Cutiongco (1985), Socorro Villalobos (1987), Milagros Ibe (1987), Evelina Vicencio (1988), Aurora Lianko (1988), Lily Rosales (1990), Felicitas Pado (1991) and Eleonor Eme Hermosa (1993) from U.P. Integrated School and the U.P. College of Education; Graciano Yumul (2001) from U.P. National Institute of Geological Sciences, U.P. Diliman; Letty Kuan (1995), Xenia Tigno (1996), Josefina Tuazon (2000), Antonio Miguel Dans (2004) and Rafael Bundoc (2005) from U.P. Manila; Onilda Dasal (1990), Felisa Etemadi (U.P. College Cebu, 1991), Jesus Juario (U.P. College Cebu, 1992), Sonia Formacion (1995), Alicia Magos (1999), Ma. Nuria Castells (2001), Leoncio Deriada (2002) and Diana Aure (2005) from U.P. Visayas.

U.P. faculty members who are writers

U.P. is a lively community for creative writers. U.P. faculty members, students and alumni have dominated the annual Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. Playwright Rene Villanueva; and poet Edgardo Maranan have won at least 30 Palanca prizes each. Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awardees from U.P. have included Palanca Hall of Fame winners Jose Dalisay Jr. and Rene Villanueva; National Artist Virgilio Almario and U.P. Institute of Creative Writing Director Vim Nadera. Emeritus Professor and National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera is a recipient of the highly-coveted Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts. Playwright Anton Juan garnered the Alexander Onassis International Prize for Theatre (Athens, Greece). Juan has also received two knighthoods from the government of France: the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres and the Collier d 'Or, Disc d 'Or. Many U.P. faculty members are frequent recipients of Palanca Awards, Cultural Center of the Philippines Awards, National Book Awards from the Manila Critics Circle, Philippines Free Press Literary Awards, Philippine Graphic Awards for Fiction, Makata ng Taon laureates, Gantimpalang Collantes, Premio Zobel and other prizes:

National Artists from U.P.

Of the 57 National Artists of the Philippines thus far honored, 33 are U.P. alumni, inclusive of three former students but did not earn their degree at the University. The honored league of National Artists from U.P. are José García Villa, Carlos P. Romulo, Francisco Arcellana, Virgilio Almario, Edith Tiempo, Amado V. Hernandez, N.V.M. Gonzalez and F. Sionil José in Literature; Napoleon Abueva, Fernando Amorsolo, Carlos Francisco, José Joya, Cesar Legaspi, Vicente Manansala, Guillermo Tolentino, Benedicto Cabrera and Abdulmari Asia Imao for Visual Arts; Antonino Buenaventura, Felipe De Leon, Antonio Molina, Levi Celerio, Lucio San Pedro and Andrea Veneración for Music; Severino Montano, Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero and Daisy Avellana for Theater; Ishmael Bernal, Lino Brocka and Eddie Romero for Film;Juan Nakpil for Architecture; and Francisca Reyes-Aquino for Dance.

Guerrero, Nakpil, Tiempo and Romero were once students in the University but never got to obtain their degrees for one reason or another. uerrero, a rara avis, never finished a degree and was a drop out of U.P., Ateneo de Manila University and Gregg’s Business School. akpil took up engineering at U.P. then enrolled and obtained a civil engineering degree at the University of Kansas. He also obtained a diploma in architecture from the Fontainebleau School of Fine Arts and received a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard University. iempo took Pre-law in U.P. before going to Silliman University for her English degree. omero, who took freshman courses towards a degree in liberal arts during the pre-war years, had to leave school when World War II broke out.

From the 33, 13 had been conferred with honorary degrees by the University. They are Gonzalez, Hernandez, Sionil José, Locsin, Abueva, Amorsolo, Romulo, Villa, Arcellana, Buenaventura, De Leon, San Pedro and Tolentino. Romulo was the 11th President of the University, and upon his death, enjoyed the distinction of being a University Professor. Twelve taught at the University such as Abueva, Amorsolo, Joya, and Tolentino for fine arts; De Leon, Molina, San Pedro, and Veneración for music, Romulo, Arcellana, and Almario for literature and Aquino for dance. Five of them became deans or directors such as Abueva, Joya, Amorsolo and Tolentino for the College of Fine Arts and Almario for the College of Arts and Letters. ive also held the directorship of several units in the University like Almario and Arcellana, for the U.P. Institute of Creative Writing, Guerrero and Montano of the U.P. Dramatic Club, and Reyes-Aquino of the Physical Education Program for Women.

Almario also served as director of the Sentro ng Wika. Guerrero, on the other hand, set up the UP Mobile Theater; Reyes-Aquino also organized the U.P. Folk Song and Dance Society and the U.P. Dance Troupe, now known as the U.P. Filipiniana Dance Group. Three were appointed department chairs namely, San Pedro of the theory and composition department, and Veneración of the voice department,both at the College of Music, and Arcellana of the Department of Humanities of the now-defunct College of Arts and Sciences (now College of Arts and Letters). Four were distinguished by the University with the appointment as professor emeriti upon retirement. They were Abueva, Guerrero, San Pedro and Tolentino. Five other National Artists have had affiliation with the University, either by being members of the University faculty, or holding administrative positions, or providing guidance to student artists and writers, or simply being commissioned to do art for U.P..

Jovita Fuentes and José Maceda National Artists for Music, taught at the College of Music. Maceda even became director of the College’s Department of Music Research, while Fuentes served as Voice Department chair. Nick Joaquin, National Artist for Literature, is an ubiquitous,if not prominent presence as writer-in-residence in many writers’workshops conducted by the U.P. Institute of Creative Writing. Rolando Tinio taught at the Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts of the College of Arts and Letters.

Arturo Luz, National Artist for Visual Arts, did the floor piece entitled River of Life at the U.P. Chapel of Holy Sacrifice. In fact, the CHS stands today as the only structure on campus that boasts of the art of three other National Artists. Locsin was the architect designer of the chapel. The altarpiece and the two-sided Crucifix is by Abueva, while the Via Crucis was done by Manansala.

In 2006, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo announced the conferment of the title of National Artist to Fernando Poe Jr. (Ronald Allan Kelly-Poe) for film, Bienvenido Lumbera for literature, Ramon Obusan for dance, Benedicto Cabrera and Abdulmari Asia Imao for visual arts, Ildefonso Santos for architecture and Ramon Valera (posthumous) for fashion design. Lumbera, Obusan, Cabrera and Santos have associations with U.P.. Lumbera is an Emeritus Professor at the U.P. College of Arts and Letters. Obusan finished marine biology and cultural anthropology. Santos pioneered landscape architecture as an academic program at the U.P. College of Architecture. Cabrera and Imao hailed from the U.P. College of Fine Arts.

These 39 National Artists—including Fuentes, Joaquin, Luz, Maceda and Tinio—have in more ways than one enriched the university with their sublime art.

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