"But, after almost three years here as a student, I can say that this picture of tolerance is far from what reality has to offer. It’s an oft quoted saying that UP is a microcosm of Philippine society. If that’s true, we live in a fractured nation, where different groups and identities clash on so many points on an almost daily basis."

"But a study commissioned by Pascual in 2013 suggests that the UPCAT may inadvertently be excluding poor students, especially from Mindanao, from that tradition of excellence."

"“The findings of this group that includes Dr. Fidel Nemenzo of the UPD Institute of Mathematics, is that STFAP is one of the main drivers in the present skewed distribution of UP students in favor of the well-to-do or upper socio-economic class of the Philippine society,” Macuha expounds. “Their recommendation is to implement a uniform and affordable tuition rate ‘befitting UP as a state supported institution for higher learning regardless of socio-economic class.’ And if they do that, only then can UP truly be able to democratize education.”"

""I’m not happy about the result. I was categorized at bracket C last year. Now, I’ve been placed at bracket B even though we had a difficult time paying for my tuition when I was still in C." said Carl Paolo Hernandez, an incoming junior taking up Choral Conducting in UP Diliman. "

"For ordinary graduates, the fact that the UP summa cum laude was a rare species gave their own diplomas added value and luster. The university’s stinginess in giving out honors meant surviving UP was a feat in itself."

"The presence of the private sector in the tertiary educational sector notwithstanding, the allocations given by the national government to UP compares very poorly with those of ASEAN state supported universities."

"I found myself asking the question: “If people who are not in development work feel that this country has lost its potential for success, then what more those who are actually in it?”"

"Citing a study by Dr. Ernesto Pernia of the University of the Philippines (UP) School of Economics, which showed that teenage pregnancies have increased from 202,000 to more than 600,000 since 2002, Coloma said the increasing number of teen pregnancies is putting more pressure on the country’s labor supply."

"Civil Engineering 10 is a class on disaster mitigation, adaptation, and preparedness strategies for UP students. It was first taught during the 1st semester of school year 2013-2014. The class is managed by a team of 6 teachers from different academic fields. "

"It was the ultimate treat for the senses as the silent films were simultaneously screened and scored live by bands. Nikolas Red’s Halimaw was scored by Halik ni Gringo. Robyn Apigo, Diana David and Madeleine Fortuny’s Boses was scored by People’s Future. Miles Villanueva’s Beast was scored by Identikit. This year’s winning film, Jethro Jamon’s Solipsism Variations, was scored by Nights of Rizal. In line with the competition’s theme Feast Against the Beast — Triumph of the Multitude, each entry depicted a different perspective on current society’s oppressive forces. Haute Auteur, after all, is about “uplifting the spirits of the Filipino people and reaching out to let them know that they are not alone, that we are one with them as we celebrate and feast against the beast,” says festival director Steven Evangelisto."

"Citing data from the Office of Scholarships and Student Services (OSSS), the Office of the Student Regent revealed that 5,391 students applied for student loans in UP Diliman alone. As of last semester, the OSR said, 1,218 students were not able to pay their loans before the scheduled release of grades."

"Recognizing the crucial role of continuing education especially within a sector that has huge national and international significance, the grant program of DMCI Homes-Kaakbay actualizes what teacher-grantee Orozco says, “Engineering education and practice can be further improved by investing more on research projects and through stronger collaboration between the academe and the industry.” "

"We are idealistic because we believe in the power of our dreams. We are passionate because we aspire to live a meaningful existence. We may be uncertain about the future but our resolve is never in doubt. We are naive because we choose not to believe in the idiosyncrasies of what you call "the real world." We want to change the world because we believe that we can."

"Dr. Cynthia Bautista of the Commission on Higher Education told me that industry people are now less concerned about technical skills than problem-solving skills, leadership and creativity.
Sadly, the prospects for stronger creativity training in our schools are quite dim. In both private and public schools, we have teachers who are required to teach too many subjects to classes that have too many students. Creativity needs mentoring, and imagination. You can’t expect that from overworked faculty.”