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#300 University of the Philippines

The Oblation statue is an iconic symbol of the U.P. system

The University of the Philippines (Unibersidad ng Pilipinas in Filipino, commonly abbreviated as U.P.) is the national university of the Philippines. Founded in 1908 during the Philippine-American colonial era, the U.P. currently provides the largest number of degree programs in the country.

The Senate of the Philippines also recognizes UP as “the nation’s premier university”. Seven of fifteen Philippine Presidents have attended courses in the University either as undergraduates or as postgraduate students, while 12 Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, 36 out of the 57 National Artists and 34 out of the 35 National Scientists are affiliated with the University.

 U.P. has the most National Centers of Excellence and Development among higher education institutions in the Philippines and one of only three schools in Asia that have received institutional recognition in the Ramon Magsaysay Awards. The U.P. system is partly subsidized by the Philippine government.

Students of the university and its graduates are referred to “Scholars of the Nation.” Admission into the University is extremely competitive. In 2006, 70,000 applicants took the entrance exams for undergraduate admission. Around 11,000 of the applicants were admitted for the year 2006, an acceptance rate of about 18% for the whole of the UP system (Source: Wikipedia).

Mabuhay ang U.P.!


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#277 UP Madrigal Singers

Philippine Madrigal Singers

The University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers (UPMS), also known as the Philippine Madrigal Singers or simply Madz, is one of the major cultural groups based in the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Its current conductor and musical director is Mark Anthony Carpio. They are the first choir in the world to win the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing twice (in 1997 and in 2007).

The Philippine Madrigal Singers was founded in 1963 by National Artist for Music, Professor Andrea Veneracion. The Madz is mostly composed of students, faculty and alumni from the University of the Philippines. The group’s trademark performance stance, singing in a semi-circle without a conductor, is instantly recognizable.

A standard Madz performance clearly exhibits the seamless fusion of their musical virtuosity, technical proficiency and soulful singing. Their highly eclectic repertoire spans the breadth and length of vocal music: from Renaissance madrigals to the avant-garde, from Filipino and international folksongs to the latest pop hits, even from the most cerebral choral masterpieces to the most humorous of novelty numbers. This world-class choir can sing anything with authenticity and professionalism while keeping their audience thoroughly entertained (Source: Wikipedia).

Mabuhay ang Philippine Madrigal Singers!

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#58 Philippine General Hospital

If there is an award for hospitals in the Philippines, the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) would surely deserve one for its long-running service to indigent Filipinos. Built in 1907 during the American colonial period, the PGH is a state-owned hospital administered and operated by the University of the Philippines-Manila and the University of the Philippines System’s Health Sciences Centre.

Also considered as the largest government hospital in the Philippines, the PGH has a 1,500-bed capacity with 1,000 beds for indigent patients and the rest for private (paying) patients. Located in Ermita, Manila, the PGH has seen the worst of epidemics during its early years and was the only hospital that remained open throughout World War II, administering to the wounded and the sick from both US, Philippine and Japanese camps.

As a public hospital with a goal to serve the lower classes, the PGH offers some of the lowest rates for patients. Some of the country’s best doctors and medical experts have trained at the PGH and the University of the Philippines medical school itself is known to produce some of the country’s finest medical researchers and doctors.

Mabuhay ang PGH!

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