List of UP Jargon
UP Jargon refers to words, terminologies, aliases, and acronyms pertaining to or describing the people, places, events, traditions, and ideas related to the University of the Philippines (UP). These were coined due to such diverse reasons as easy recall of names, terms of endearment, making fun of others, and for simply following the Filipino habit of associating a particular name – however remotely related – to a person, place, or event. Understandably, these UP jargon are unique to people from the university and, over time, have become part of the vocabulary of generations of UP students, professors, employees, and alumni.
Arranged in alphabetical order, the following are some of the famous words, terminologies, aliases, and acronyms that are now part of the trademark of the Philippines' premier university.
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The Acad Oval (short for Academic Oval) is a 2.2 kilometer elliptical road in the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
Agoncillo refers to the thick green textbook History of the Filipino People by Teodoro A. Agoncillo. His surname has become synonymous to the book as it has become the standard textbook for Kas 1, and for many history subjects not only in UP but also in other universities.
Alumni are the students of UP who have finished their courses. They are usually characterized as very nostalgic, often passing by the alma mater years later to reminisce their experiences, meet their friends who were delayed, greet their professors, etc.
Despite their graduated status, they still get student discounts in buying centennial yearbooks when they tag along with their younger family who also studies at UP.
Alpha Phi Omega
Alpha Phi Omega (commonly known as APO, but also ΑΦΩ, A-Phi-O, and A-Phi-Q) is a co-ed service fraternity organized to provide community service, leadership development, and social opportunities to college students. Chapters of the fraternity exist in the United States, Australia, and the Philippines.The purpose of the fraternity is "to assemble college students in a national service fraternity in the fellowship of principles derived from the Scout Oath and Scout Law of the Boy Scouts of America; to develop leadership, to promote friendship, and to provide service to humanity; and to further freedom that is our national, educational, and intellectual heritage".
Anthro 187 (Anthropology 187- Sex and Culture) is one of the most popular subjects in UP Diliman which deals on the topics related to sex, sexuality, and gender in different cultures. It was first offered in the university in 1974. Since then, it has become a popular elective course among students.
The course title often misleads a number of student enrollees to believe that this is merely a sex education class. In fact, this is one of the reasons why they crowd in a class of limited seats. Aside from various anthropological thoughts about sex and culture, the subject is also known for its few Anthropology professors who usually offer this class on seasonal terms such as Jerome Bailen, Soledad Dalisay, and Michael Tan.
Attendance Slip is the form used in recording and verifying the attendance of University of the Philippines (UP) male students during Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) training days. The attendance slips are usually distributed a few minutes before the end of each training day. All cadets must write the needed information (name, student number, UP ROTC unit, etc.) on the two sections of the attendance slip – the cadet's copy and the department's copy. The UP Department of Military Science and Tactics (UP DMST) office in the different UP units will use the department's copy to tally the attendance of the cadets. If there are any discrepancies in the records, the cadet's copy will be used as proof to indicate the presence of a cadet on a particular training day.
B.A. is the term that University of the Philippines (UP) students use to refer to either the UP College of Business Administration or the courses, BS Business Administration or BS Business Administration & Accountancy.
Barbarian is the term used to refer to University of the Philippines (UP) students who are not members of any student organizations, fraternities or sororities, and any other organization within the university.
Batcave is the term of the students of the University of the Philippines Manila for the spot connecting the Rizal Hall (RH) and the Gusaling Andres Bonifacio (Gab). This is also a very important spot in the campus because this is where the photocopying station in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is.
The main establishment is housed in a small building with most of the tables and chairs set up outside under the trees.
Aside from barbecue, Beach House also serves relyenong bangus and side dishes like inihaw na talong, fresh tomatoes and red egg. Customers can mix their own sauce using the available condiments: vinegar, soy sauce, calamansi, and chili.
The menu may be limited but Beach House has been existing for quite some time now since barbecue is what people come here for.
The Beta Way (or Beta Epsilon Way) is a solid, concrete walkway that cuts through the Academic Oval (Acad Oval) to connect the College of Engineering building (Melchor Hall) to the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy building (Palma Hall) in the University of the Philippines, Diliman campus.
Blue Baby is the term used by the students of the University of the Philippines Baguio to those students who were under probation. This was so, because those students that were under probation was given a blue form 5 instead of a regular one.
The Blue Book refers to the booklet used as answer sheets during examinations in the University of the Philippines System (UP).
College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association Food Center or CASAA is the food court located just across the street from the East Wing of the Palma Hall or A. S.
Coño are the growing number of socialites inside the UP campus. Stereotypically, this breed of students are found in the College of Business Administration (CBA). But today, they are found on almost every college. Signs include the endless usage of the word “like” or in a more mass-appealing term, “parang” in a slang manner, in most, if not all, sentences.
The "Coop" \ ko-op \ is the popular name given to the University Shopping Center of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. It started as a cooperative of various establishments, the shopping center is the only place inside the Diliman Campus where U.P. students (Iskolar ng Bayan), faculties, employees, and foreigners can find almost everything a person needs. Services and establishments include fastfoods, a grocery shop, canteens, internet and computer shops, RTWs or ukay-ukay, book shops, tailoring, ordinary barber shops, barber shops for ROTC students, hair saloon, typing jobs, bookbinding, a bayad center, Western Union, petshop, and photocopying machines with operators.
Cross Reg is short for "Cross Register" or "Cross Registration", a process when University of the Philippines (UP) students enrol in other UP constituent university. However, cross registration does not happen often as it is subject to the consent of advisers of students from the mother UP units or the availability of subjects in other UP units that can be credited to the students' respective courses. Students usually cross register to other UP units during the summer period, since this is the most practical time to do it as they only have one to two subjects to take.
D.L.S.U. is an acronym which stands for "Di Lumusot sa UPCAT." This acronym is a joke used by University of the Philippines (UP) students to refer to high school students – and even professionals – who did not pass the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT).
- See also: De La Salle University
Eduk is the term that University of the Philippines (UP) students use to refer to either the UP College of Education or the courses, Bachelor of Elementary Education or Bachelor of Secondary Education.
Eng na Eng
F.A. refers to the students taking up Bachelor of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines.
Faculty Center, or FC for University of the Philippines (UPD) Diliman students, houses the Arts and Humanities and some Social Sciences and Philosophy professors of G.E. subjects in UPD. This is where most of the freshies also go to if they need to look for their professors in the said domains of G.E. Subjects. There is also a canteen that can be found in the basement of FC, which is called Katag.
UP Fair refers to a week long celebration in universities commemorating their foundation day.
Form 5 refers to a piece of paper that UP students get after enlisting all subjects they need. It is a four page carbon paper that contains all the enlisted subjects, its respective units and schedules, e.g. day, time, room, building.
Form 5A refers to the initial form which lists the subjects enlisted and their corresponding schedules. For students who pre-enlist in subjects through the CRS (Computerized Registration System), the Form5A is printed out. In the case of cross-registrants (Cross Reg) and other special enrollees, a form is filled out for enlistment. After the Form5A has been signed by the adviser and validated, the student can already get a Form 5.
Fotox is the short term for Photocopy. It is the term used by the University of the Philippines students when referring to the photocopy of their readings. They prefer using this term instead of the term "xerox" because it is the politically correct term to use.
Frat is the short term for fraternity. It is a group of people, generally male, associated for a common purpose or interest. Aside from academic excellence, the University of the Philippines is also known for its fraternities, because of the controversies about hazings and other issues they face.
Gab Caf is the short term used by the University of the Philippines Manila students for their canteen. GAB stands for Gusaling Andres Bonifacio and Caf stands for Cafe. It is the canteen in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).
General Education (G. E.) subjects are basically the core subjects in UP. So students have to take them, regardless of which course or from what college they belong.
Students usually take the bulk of these subjects in their freshmen year. The rest are interspersed with their major subjects come higher years.
Before, like the other universities, students who enter UP will be given a line-up of the GE subjects that they should take. Also, under this General Education Program (GEP), some of the GE subjects supposed to be taken during the higher years require other G.E. subjects as prerequisite.
But in 2002, the Revitalized General Education Program (RGEP) was installed to replace the old system. This time, GE subjects are divided into three domains or groups: the Arts and Humanities (AH) domain, the Social Sciences and Philosophy (SSP) domain, and the Math, Science and Technology (MST) domain.
Geddemit Kidits or "Goddammit Cadets" is a common profanity uttered by UP ROTC officers to their respective cadets.
Hablamos is a term used by the students of the University of the Philippines which means "let's talk". It came from the Spanish word hablar which means "to speak", and when conjugated to hablamos, it means "let's talk", same as how the students used it.
"Hap" or "Half" is a common drink of High School and College students in UP Visayas in Iloilo Campus. It is 1/2 of a mountain dew and is worth 6 pesos, thus its name.
Hell week is the term use by the students of the University of the Philippines to refer to their exam week. They used the term hell instead of exam because the two seems to be alike during those weeks. The experience of taking an exam in any subject is like experiencing hell.
Ikot are jeepneys with yellow roofs that go around (which means ikot in Filipino) the UP Diliman campus. Their terminal is just between the terminals of S.M. North and Pantranco jeepneys, found near Vinzons
Ikot jeepneys pass by almost every building inside the campus, and to this date, the Diliman campus has a lot of this kind of jeepneys.
The route of these jeepneys is counter-clockwise and the fair is Php6.50.
I-Med is the term used by the University of the Philippines Manila students which refers to the Intarmed students. These students acquire the highest scores in the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) and will be able to take a pre-medicine course for two years.
Incomplete (INC) refers to a term used by University of the Philippines' professor to show the students that they lack specific subject requirement. It is shown in the students' classcards. The students will have one school year to complete the specific requirement.
Instant Eng is the term that University of the Philippines (UP) students use to refer to the course, BS Industrial Engineering, since it is an engineering course that does not have a board examination.
(Integrated Liberal Arts and Medicine) is the seven-year program of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine that shortens the whole medical education by two years.
Isaw is a kind of grilled food which is made from the innards of chickens or pigs. Served on sticks.
Isko is a tula-dula by the UP Repertory Company, performed during freshmen orientations in UP Diliman. It recounts the journey of Isko (or sometimes, Iska) from his simple life in the province to fulfilling his admission requirements in UP.
Iskolar ng Bayan
Iskolar ng Bayan (Scholars of the Nation) or sometimes called "isko" or "iska" refers to the students of the University of the Philippines. UP education is being subsidized by the people through their taxes and the students believe that it is their duty to serve the nation that gives them this privilege.
Jumbosilog is one of the most popular value meals offered at Rodic's, an institution in fast-food dining at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City. The word jumbosilog is actually a combination (and a shorter version) of jumbo hotdog, sinangag (fried rice), and itlog (egg) – the three main components of the said meal.
This also serves as start for the freshies for the so-called independence and for new friends in the campus.
Annually, Kalay holds a day when each resident is supposed to wear a costume. Whoever doesn't follow will be asked to pay for a fee every time he / she goes in and out of the residence hall. At the end of the day, there will be a prize for the person wearing the best costume.
Katips is a slang word used by university students which refers to Katipunan Avenue - a major access road in Quezon City.
Krus na Ligas
The Philippine Collegian is the official student publication of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. It is more commonly known to UP students as Kulê (pronounced coo-leh). It is known for its radical, often anti-administration views. It often gives dissenting views on the policies of the UP administration and the Philippine government.
Kule is a slang term used by UP students which refers to the Philippine Collegian.
Kwatro refers to the Grade 4.0, which means that the student is "Within the middle" of a pass (3.0) and a fail (5.0). Students who gain a kwatro in their classcards undergo the Removal exam to determine if they will pass or repeat the subject.
Kwek-kwek (or Kwekwek) is a kind of food commonly sold along the streets of Manila and many other places in the Philippines. It is made up of hard-boiled chicken eggs individually wrapped in orange-tinted batter, which are then fried until golden brown.
Lagoon refers to a place inside the University of the Philippines' Academic Oval. It is located behind Quezon Hall near the Ampi Theater.
It includes a pond, wide range of tress and lots of place to hangout with. UP students make films and documentaries here.
A soccer competition held at the soccer field located at the end of the UP Sunken Garden.
It is also a term used by students from UP Diliman to refer to Lutong Bahay, a food house located behind the University Post Office known for serving home-cooked meals.
Lorna is the name given by the UPIS highschool students to the unknown white statue of a lady wearing a Filipiniana dress. The statue is located in front of the old building of the University of the Philippines Integrated School facing the Katipunan Road. It is believed that Lorna lost her pencil severals years ago, and is now haunting the old building of the "UPIS 7-10" looking for the person who took it.
The UP Main Library, located within the Academic Oval beside the UP Sunken Garden of the UP Diliman Campus, serves primarily the students, faculty members and staff of the UP College of Arts and Letters (CAL), and the UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP). It also caters to all university constituents of the University of the Philippines System, as well as outside researchers.
Manang Mani is the name given by the University of the Philippines Baguio students to the mani vendor in front of the campus.
Manang Yosi is the name given by the University of the Philippines Baguio students to the yosi or cigarette vendor in front of the campus.
Mang Jimmy's is an eatery located in the MWSS compound in University of the Philippines, Diliman that serves delicious and affordable home-cooked sizzling food.
MRR is an acronym for the Maximum Residency Rule of the University of the Philippines (UP). This rule stipulates that all UP students are only allowed to stay and study in UP 1.5 times longer than the number of years for their respective courses to finish. The MRR can be obtained by multiplying the number of years of a certain course to 1.5. For instance, the MRR for all four-year courses is six years, since 4 multiplied to 1.5 is 6. The MRR for five-year courses would be 7.5 years (or seven years and one semester), since 5 multipled to 1.5 is 7.5.
An abbreviation fot the Natural Science Subject.
The top fifty qualifiers of the UPCAT, who are granted full scholarships for their first four years in the University.
The Oblation is the main symbol of the University of the Philippines, represented by a man with arms wide-stretched and face facing up, symbolizing selfless offering of one's self to his country. It is often called "Oble" by the students of UP.
The Office of the Registrar of the University of the Philippines Manila is located at Padre Faura corner Maria Orosa Streets, Ermita, Manila, Philippines. It is serves as the information center on admission in the University for freshmen, shiftees, transferee or cross-registrants from other UP campus, the repository of data about the students enrolled and the maintenance of all university council proceedings. O.U.R is the acronym used by the students of the University of the Philippines Manila when referring to the Office Of the University Registrar.
Refers to all non-UP schools. Attributed to the joke "There are only two schools in the Philippines: UP and Others."
Padel or Paddle is used my many UP fraternities as an initiation tool for their neopyhtes. The Neophyte is hit by each Frat member in the buttocks. If he cannot endure it, he cannot qualify for the said fraternity. Sometimes the word itself is synonymous to Hazing.
Refers to High School students who passed the UPCAT but still lack credentials to Qualify to any UP campus. Nominally 85% of the Pending Cases are resolved to qualification once the requirements of the applicants are submitted.
A nickname for the University of the Philippines.
P.H. is the term used by the University of the Philippines Manila students to refer to the students taking up BS Public Health or to the College of Public Health (CPH}.
Philcoa comes from the word Philippine Coconut Authority which refers to a government agency that is tasked to develop the full potential of the coconut industry. It is located near the Elliptical Road in Diliman Quezon City. Philcoa terminal caters to a lot of passengers.
Prerog comes from the word "prerogative" which means a privilege or a special power. In UP, it refers to a term used by students to ask a professor of his or her permission to be accepted in a class.
It is usually the student's last resort in getting a subject. It is done by going to a professor's faculty room and asking him or her personally. A professor can either accept or reject a student.
P.T is the term used by the University of the Philippines Manila students to refer to the course B.S. Physical Therapy.
Quezon hall is the de facto main building of the UP Diliman Campus which houses the Admininstration Offices of the school. Named after President Manuel L. Quezon, who was one of the proponests of the establishment of UP, it is the most recognized UP Building from outsiders. It is located at the end of the University Avenue at the juction of the Academic Oval, behind the statue of the UP Oblation.
A rambol (rumble) is a violent confrontation between two or more students belonging to different fraternities.
Removals refer to the test – called the Removal Examination – that University of the Philippines (UP) students take when a grade of 4 is obtained in any subject. A grade of 4 in UP is considered a conditional failure which means that it will not immediately be reflected in the transcript of records as a failing grade.
The Removal Examination is exclusively a "pass or fail" examination. If the students pass, the 4 will become 3, whether students obtained a perfect score or just obtained a passing score in the examination. Those who pass no longer have to retake the subject/s. However, if the students fail in the Removals, the 4 will become 5 and will already be reflected in the transcript of records.
Students also have the option not to take the Removals and repeat the subject instead. However, the 4 will be retained, will already be considered a failing grade, and will be reflected in the transcript of records.
Students who obtained a grade of 4 have one academic year to take the Removals. If after that period and the students were not able to take the Removals, they have to automatically retake the subject/s, the 4 will be considered a failing grade, and it will be reflected in the transcript of records.
At present, Rodics' tapsilog (shredded tapa on a bed of sunny-side up egg) is still the all-time favorite of many, although they also serve longsilog, tocilog, and a lot more.
Sablay is what UP students wear during commencement exercise. It is a garb that symbolizes Philippine nationalism, as opposed to the usual and Westernized toga-and-cap attire in graduation ceremonies. It was first used at UP Diliman in 1990.
Sarah's is a beer house located at Krus na Ligas (KNL), one of the five communities surrounding UP Diliman (UPD). Although it is a simple structure with only an open space in front for customers, it is frequented by both students and faculty members due to its casual and unassuming atmosphere.
An acronym for the UP Shopping Center.
Singko refers to the grade 5.0., it is the lowest grade that a student from most of the universities and colleges in the Philippines can obtain in any subjects. The University of the Philippines is one of them. Singko is the term used by it's students when they fail the subject. It also means that the student who have this failing mark needs to re-take the subject.
Refers to SM City North EDSA, which is one of the nearest shopping malls within the UP Diliman Campus aside from Ever Gotesco Commonwealth. The mall hosts a Jeepney and FX terminal in front (beneath the Sky Garden) which harbors jeepneys with different routes, one which goes to the UP Campus directly, bypassing the Philcoa and Pantranco terminals. the UP-SM jeepneys sport Green Roofs.
S.P. is the term used by the University of the Philippines Manila student when referring to a student taking up BS Speech Pathology.
Short for Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program, this is a scholarship given to poor but deserving U.P. students who cannot pay the already subsdized tuition in full.
Short for Strategic Planning, it is the most commonly taught procedure to U.P. Students to address certain problems concening their studies.
The University of the Philippines Sunken Garden, popularly called Sunken, is located behind the U.P. Main Library in UP Diliman Campus. This is the venue of the annual UP Fair held every February during the UP Diliman Month. It is also the venue of different field sports activity of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, especially the Latagaw Cup. Softball, baseball, soccer, and frisbee games can be played here.
The Sunken is also the place where ROTC Cadets are ordered to stand at attention for several hours during trainings and parades.
In UP, a tambayan is place which student organizations hold their meetings and a venue for their respective offices. Tambayan can also be considered as a place where students hangout.
The TBA \tee-bee-ey\, short for "TO BE ANNOUNCED," is a term commonly used during registration and enrollment in the University of the Philippines. It is also used, especially against freshmen and gullible Iskolar ng Bayan, to refer to the rooms at the end of each aisle of each floor of the Palma Hall of the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
TCWAG \tee-see-wag\ is the term that refers to the textbook, The Calculus with Analytical Geometry, written by Loius Leithold and first published in 1968. It is the textbook used by the Math Department of the University of the Philippines, in the Calculus series of courses, Math 53, 54 and 55. The book has been credited with changing the manner of teaching and studying Calculus, Algebra and Geometry, and it remains to be a popular choice among students and educators of high schools and universities. The book is now on its 7th printing. In UP Diliman, it is also commonly referred to as TC7.
TCG is an acronym that stands for True Copy of Grades. This is a University of the Philippines (UP) form that contains a list of the subjects taken by a student and the respective grades earned. A UP TCG can be obtained usually at Office of the College Secretary in the college where a student is enrolled. It is used as a requirement for shifting to another course or transfering to another college, UP constituent university, or in some cases, to another university. A TCG is not a transcript of records (TOR). The former is only a partial listing of subjects and grades while the latter is a complete list of all subjects taken and grades earned throughout the duration of the course and can only be obtained at the UP Registrar's Office.
'Tibak is a play on the Filipino word, aktibista (activist), and generally refers to activists and street parliamentarians. Its origin and continuous use could be traced to University of the Philippines (UP) student activists and teachers during the 1960s and 1970s. As an advocate of academic and intellectual freedom, it was a natural consequence that UP would produce students and faculty members who are critical and socially-aware. The tibaks of UP distinguished themselves during the Martial Law years, participating in rallies, demonstrations, forums, and other mass actions that ultimately led to the downfall of the Ferdinand Marcos administration. From the 1990s onwards, the word tibak also applies to activists who are professionals, laborers, farmers, and other activists who are not students or teachers from UP.
Toki, like Ikot, are jeepneys with yellow roofs that also go around the UP Diliman campus. But then, from the spelling and route, these are the opposite of Ikot jeepneys. So, Toki goes around the campus in a clockwise manner.
Although these jeepneys don't really pass by the opposite of Ikot's route completely, there are some buildings in the campus that students can only go to through Toki jeepneys. These include the former building of the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) and the Math Building.
Training Day refers to the University of the Philippines (UP) Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) training day, usually held either on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. UP male students undergo military training conducted by UP ROTC officers at the UP Department of Military Science and Tactics (UP DMST) of the different UP units.
Tres refers to the grade of 3, which is the passing grade on any subject in most of the Universities and Colleges in the Philippines. In the University of the Philippines it means the same thing. It can be attained if the student passed the ceiling percentage needed in the subject or in some cases, if the student passed the removals. This grade gives the students a sense of relief because it means that they had passed the subject, especially when it is a difficult one.
University of Pila
A moniker play on the UP's acronym due to its notorious lines, whether during the enrollment period or simply at the jeepney stops.
Uno refers to the grade of 1, the highest possible grade that University of the Philippines (UP) students can obtain in any subject.
The University of the Philippines College Admission Test, popularly called UPCAT, is a five-hour examination consisting of subtests on language proficiency, reading comprehension, mathematics and science given to highschool graduating students for admission to the University of the Philippines. It admits graduates of Philippine and foreign high schools into the University of the Philippines System. The UPCAT (pronounced "oop-cat") is considered to be one of the most competitive college entrance exams in the country.
The University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS), functions primarily as the laboratory school of the UP College of Education. It also serves as the basic education unit of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. It holds the distinction of being the oldest of all the basic education units in the University of the Philippines System and the only one that offers primary and secondary education.
Short for University of the Philippines Manila, which is used to differentiate itself from UP Diliman, both being situated in the urban area of Metro Manila.
UP Shopping Center
Short for University Student Council, the student governing body of the whole campus. It is Headquartered at Vinzons Hall in UP Diliman.
Vinzon's Hall was named after Wenceslao Vinzons, who was a student leader. This building houses most of the student affairs and activities in the university.