ABOUT UP PRESS
The University of the Philippines Press is the official publishing house for all constituent units of the UP system, and is the first university press in the country. We are mandated to encourage, publish, and disseminate scholarly, creative, and scientific works which commercial publishers would not ordinarily undertake to publish. Since its establishment on March 16, 1965 the UP Press has published important, often groundbreaking, works by home scholars that represent distinct contributions to knowledge. Our titles have consistently won recognition from prestigious award-giving bodies including the Book of the Year award from the Manila Critics Circle, the Madrigal Gonzales Best First Book Award, and the Outstanding Book of the Year award from the National Academy of Science and Technology. Because of this achievement, we have thrice been cited Publisher of the Year by the Manila Critics Circle. This is in keeping with our vision of being the leading academic publishing house that sets the benchmark for academic, technical, and literary title. Under the direction of Dr. Jose Neil C. Garcia, we remain steadfast in fulfilling our mission of making the best Philippine books available in the market.
In line with its mandate its mission is to publish and make available the best books in Philippine Studies—literary and scholarly—and to cultivate a social and a critical life for these books.
It endeavors to promote literacy—a cause in which the entirety of our national educational system is understandably invested, and for which book production plays a pivotal role. As a nation we have only been unevenly literate for a tumultuous century, and the residual orality that continues to afflict our personal lives, and our social and political systems, is the result of this cultural condition. By pursuing its mission to produce and distribute the best books in Philippine scholarship and creative writing, UP Press continues to play its part in helping to bring about a necessary change in our national character.
Its vision is to become the leading academic publishing house that sets the benchmark for academic, technical, and literary titles. It remains steadfast in fulfilling its mission of making the best Philippine books available in the market.