The Manila International Book Fair

The Manila International Book Fair, the country’s biggest book event, will be held on September 13 – 17, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. It will showcase the largest and most diverse collection of books for leisure and academic reading. Everything you need from educational materials and references, to textbooks, to fiction bestsellers, and graphic novels will be under one roof.

Come and support our local publishers at the book fair. Visit the University of the Philippines Press at booths 263-265 to sample and purchase our titles, including our bestsellers and new releases. Avail of big discounts on selected items!

For more details, visit See you at the fair!

Something tells us we’re all geared up for the Frankfurt Book Fair.

See you at our country stand at C93, Hall 4.0 for the Philippine reception today at 10am. #FBM16 #BooksPH #FrankfurtBookFair #BooksPhilippines

50th Anniversary Sale (Part III)

50% off on all UP Press titles!

Pagpupugay: A Tribute to the National Artist of the UP Press

Maaaring makita ang mga retrato sa PAGPUPUGAY: A Tribute to the National Artists of the UP Press dito.


J. Neil C. Garcia
University of the Philippines Press
Diliman, Quezon City

The promotion of literacy is a cause in which the entirety of our national educational system is, of necessity, urgently invested.
After all, we have only been unevenly—and in many places, minimally—literate for a tumultuous century.

It’s easy to see how the residual orality that afflicts our personal lives, as well as our social and political systems, is in many ways the uneasy endowment of this cultural condition.

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It is only with a firmly established textual mentality that many of our enduring problems as a country can begin to be addressed, for their solutions all presuppose, in its citizens primarily, the ability—actually, the habit—to think in categorical rather than provisional terms.

If only for this reason, the cultivation of literacy through the sponsorship of the arts may be seen as a uniquely nationalistic undertaking: it builds the Filipino nation as a matter of collective inclination and awareness—as an imaginative and ethical “inner” structure, first and foremost.

The University of the Philippines Press certainly plays a crucial role in this immense and unfinished task. In pursuing its mandate to advocate academic freedom it presents and disseminates local and important forms of knowledge—by publishing the very best creative and scholarly books by our country’s very best writers and scholars.

Because the arts are an exemplary form of heightened consciousness, they may be said to be the condition for, and evidence of, a mature and transformative literacy—of the visual, performative, and literary sorts. Hence, their continued production and distribution, through the medium of books, can only be in the interest of our country’s one and only national university to carry out.

We need to realize that the powerful orality that continues to permeate our lives is a cultural mode characterized by a fluid and variable memory.

While copious and valuable in its own tactile and immediate ways, the oral mind—with its makeshift and situational predisposition—has prevented us from remembering analytically and tenaciously about things. Sadly, this is precisely the kind of cognitive skill that we need in order to set a-right so much of what is wrong about our national reality, blighted as it is by exactly the kinds of clientelist ties—premised on personalistic logic—that orality propagates and requires.

UP must continue to champion profound forms of reading and writing not only because textual or categorical mentality is something our country vitally needs, but also because it is especially through these mindful acts that an ethical intuition can take root.

Literacy suspends us inside the consciousness of others—rendering us responsible for our ways of relating with them, who affirm our sense of self precisely by being irreducible to it, and with whom we must share this imperiled and perilous world.

Immersing themselves in the complexities of their formal practices, artists leave behind the safety of the familiar, the known, and the same, in order to confront, respect, and relate to strangeness, difference, otherness.

It is through the arts and their imaginative flights—their ability to endow us a point of view distinct from our own, to incarnate us, as it were—that we bring our sense of identity, our very self, to a state of beautiful crisis, from which we may emerge not only more aware and appreciative of the existence of others, but also, more importantly, as fundamentally different from or other to ourselves.

From this recontextualizing of the self—its de-centering and empathy across embodiments and locations—a sense of morality may hopefully, gradually emerge…

The UP Press is half-a-century old. It is only fitting that it should celebrate and share this milestone with its authors. Early last year we decided to honor and express our gratitude to the thirteen National Artists who have entrusted their books to our care.

Consummate “rememberers” and translators between the oral and textual realms, they stand as the vanguards of our people’s steadfast march toward the kind of profound and moral literacy underlying the grand and aspirational abstraction that is the nation.

And so, we are duly reminded: before it can be anything else, the Filipino nation must be a stable allegory, a powerfully enacted story with its set of rituals and cosmologizing symbols that can gather together the embodied and parlous differences of our country into the archipelagic unity that lies at the heart of our imagined community.

Of course, it is our artists who bridge the chasm between our present and our past, in order to provide us the brightest rituals, symbols, images, sounds, and narratives that collectively inspire—and perform into being—our national culture.

In the words of Frantz Fanon,

A national culture is the whole body of efforts made by a people in the sphere of thought to describe, justify, and praise the action through which that people has created itself and keeps itself in existence.

On behalf of the University of the Philippines, I would like to thank all our National Artist authors for entrusting to us, UP’s official Publishing House, their wondrous and irreplaceable books—the children of their best selves, bestowals of their giving consciousness.

As carefully shaped vessels of enduring memory, books are nothing if not invitations to the ethical life, gestures toward principled sociality, manifestos against the shame and impunity of forgetting.

Our country—as bodied forth by its one and only national university—shall forever be grateful to all of you.

I would also like to thank our partner institutions for this tribute program—namely, the College of Arts and Letters of UP Diliman (headed by Dean Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete), and the UP Open University (headed by Chancellor Grace Alfonso).

Our heartfelt thanks also goes to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the Likhaan: UP Institute of Creative Writing, as well as all the speakers, resource persons, performers, emcees, visual and musical artists, and members of the production staff, who all worked tirelessly in the making of our tribute videos and installations, as well as our activity here today.

I would like, in particular, to thank Ms. Olive Nieto, special project coordinator of the UP Press. She and her team—that includes Alden Acosta, Angela Simbajon, and Opaline Santos—as well as members of the Press’ editorial, marketing, and administrative sections, have been unstinting and entirely committed to all our golden anniversary activities (especially today’s).

Finally, I wish to thank the administration of President Alfredo E. Pascual, especially my lovely and indefatigable boss, Vice-President for Academic Affairs Giselle Padilla Concepcion, for their unwavering support of all the projects and initiatives of the UP Press.

Thank you for coming. A pleasant evening to one and all.


Ika-5 ng Pebrero, 2016, 5 n.h.
Claro M. Recto Hall, Bulwagang Rizal, Faculty Center, UP Diliman


UP Singing Ambassadors sa ilalim ng baton ni Maestro Ed Manguiat


OJ Serquiña, Junesse Crisostomo


Dr. Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete, Dekana ng UP KAL

IV. UP Singing Ambassadors sa ilalim ng baton ni Maestro Ed Manguiat


Romancing Venus, Tagapagtanghal
Dr. Shirley O. Lua, Tagapagsalita

LIRA, Tagapagtanghal
Dr. Victor Emmanuel Carmelo D. Nadera, Jr., Tagapagsalita

Amado V. Hernandez, Leonor Orosa-Goquingco,
Francisco Arcellana, Edith L. Tiempo, NVM Gonzalez,
Rolando S. Tinio, Jose M. Maceda, at Lazaro Francisco

UP Singing Ambassadors sa ilalim ng baton ni Maestro Ed Manguiat, Tagapagtanghal


Banaue Miclat-Janssen at Rigil Borromeo, Tagapagtanghal
Dr. Teresita Gimenez-Maceda, Tagapagsalita


UP TUGMA, Tagapagtanghal
Dr. Verne Dela Peña, Tagapagsalita


Nerisa del Carmen Guevara, Tagapagtanghal
Dr. Marjorie Evasco, Tagapagsalita


Dr. Jose Neil C. Garcia, Direktor ng UP Press



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Pagpupugay Speakers, Performers, and Hosts

We are excited to announce our speakers, performers and hosts for PAGPUPUGAY: A Tribute to the National Artists of the UP Press! Click the image and share.

The University of the Philippines Open University has agreed to document our event which we are holding in partnership of the College of Arts and Letters of UP Diliman. The resulting videos will be used as supplementary materials by UPOU.


PAGPUPUGAY: A Tribute to the National Artists of the UP Press

Click here to view the trailer.
Click here to view all Tribute Videos.

Description of Event

The University of the Philippines Press in partnership with the College of Arts and Letters UP Diliman is holding a couple of events honoring the National Artists whose books have been published by the institution.

Since it was founded in 1965, UP Press has published works by no less than thirteen authors who have been named National Artists of the Philippines.

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As the culminating activity of its year-long Golden Anniversary celebration, UP Press would now like to honor the five who are living as well as the eight who have passed on with an exhibit at the Gallery 1, Faculty Center on February 1-5, 2016; a re-launching of their UP Press titles; and an afternoon of special tributes from colleagues and friends entitled “PAGPUPUGAY: A Tribute to the National Aritsts of the UP Press” on February 5, 2016, 5 p.m. at the Claro M. Recto Hall, Bulwagang Rizal.

The thirteen National Artists are: Amado V. Hernandez (Literature, 1973), Leonor Orosa-Goquingco (Dance, 1976), Francisco Arcellana (Literature, 1990), Edith L. Tiempo (Literature, 1999), Nestor Vicente Madali (NVM) Gonzalez (Literature, 1997), Rolando S. Tinio (Theatre, 1997), Jose M. Maceda (Music, 1997), Francisco Sionil Jose (Literature, 2001), Virgilio S. Almario (Literature, 2003), Bienvenido L. Lumbera (Literature, 2006), Lazaro A. Francisco (Literature, 2009), Ramon P. Santos (Music, 2014), and Cirilo F. Bautista (Literature, 2014).

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December 1-11 SALE

Celebrate Christmas with the joys of reading.


We are pleased to inform you that the University of the Philippines Press will be launching fourteen new titles. The book launch dubbed Paglulunsad will be held on November 27, 2015, Friday, 4:00 p.m. at the 2nd floor Balay Kalinaw, corner Guerrero and Dagohoy Streets, UP Diliman Campus.

This is open to the public.

Team UP Press will be there until 7 p.m.


Due to popular demand, we have officially extended the submission deadline for the UP Press Critical Essay Writing Contest until December 30, 2015. Keep sending your entries to [email protected].#UPPRESS50

50th Anniversary Sale Part 2

Mark your calendars, everyone!

36th Manila International Book Fair: Dr. Gisela Padilla-Concepcion

University of the Philippines Vice-President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gisela Padilla-Concepcion will be speaking on the state of the natural sciences in the country at the 36th Manila International Book Fair.

36th Manila International Book Fair: Dr. Ferdinand C. Llanes

Dr. Ferdinand C. Llanes reports on the state of history at the 36th Manila International Book Fair.

Click the poster for details of his lecture.

36th Manila International Book Fair: Dr. Raul Pertierra

Dr. Raul Pertierra reports on the state of anthropology in our universities at the 36th Manila International Book Fair.

Click the poster for details of his lecture.