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University of the Philippines Diliman

Quezon City, Metro Manila
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K. C.
◈ Studied AB in English Studies major in Language
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2007

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: Throughout my elementary years, my parents, especially my mom, would always say that UP is the best university in the Philippines and they believe that I would study there for college. Aside from that, at that time, UP was also the ideal school practicality-wise because it was less expensive to study there compared to other universities (during my time, I paid around Php 7,500 per semester, whereas today it's already at least Php 15,000 per semester). Upon graduating from grade school, I was ready to continue studying in St. Scholastica's Academy. However, I was lucky enough to pass the entrance exam of the UP Integrated School, so I was able to enter UP earlier than my parents and I dreamed! My secondary education at the UPIS prepared me for college as most of my teachers were also UP graduates or were taking up Education at UP Diliman.

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: At UP, one is exposed to people from all walks of life and freedom of expression is highly valued. Although I do not agree with organizing rallies for every major national issue or problem, I admire the tenacity and passion of those who organize and join rallies, which are quite frequent in UP. I also admire the fashion in UP or lack thereof: we could go to class in pajamas and slippers without worrying about getting any reprimand! Overall, what's great about the UP atmosphere is the fact that one can't really describe it in one word; it's a canopy of various characteristics: competitive, free-spirited, fun, intellectual, and the list goes on.

The professors, on the other hand, also form a motley crew. There are serious, strict ones who would push you to study hard, but there are also fun professors who could motivate you to do better. There are activist professors who would require their students to attend rallies, while there are others who would criticize such gatherings. My favorite kind of professors, though, are the quirky, humorous ones who make learning such a fun activity!

list bulletMy current job: I am currently a freelance writer at Odesk, an online workplace.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I already had one waiting for me a week before my actual graduation.
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H. A.
◈ Studied BS in Mathematics
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: Isa sa mga prestigious school kasi. Magagaling din ang mga Professors at maganda din ang mga facilities sa UP.

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: Atmosphere- Ayos ang atmosphere lalo na at alam mong nasa best University ka.

Professors- Maraming magagaling na Prof., kabilang na ang mga National Artists at Scientists. Siyempre may ilan din naman na matalino talaga pero hindi ganun kagaling sa pagtuturo :). Pero siyempre sa kabuuan the best ang mga Prof sa UP

Facilities- Kahit na State University ang UP, hindi naman ito nahuhuli sa mga facilities ng mga private Universities. Magaganda ang mga facilities sa UP lalo na sa Science at Engineering dahil na din sa tulong ng alumni. Marami na din ang mga air-conditioned rooms. Pinakagusto ko ay ang library dahil maganda ang mga facilities dito

list bulletMy current job: Management Trainee-PNB

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: less than a month
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M. D.
◈ Studied AB in Economics
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 1983

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: It is a premier university in the Philippines... most everyone wanted to study here. Fortunately, I was able to.

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: The school is challenging but the people I met here were remarkable and fun.

list bulletMy current job: My title is a Business Analyst who is also a Financial and Compliance Manager of Federal Grants and Contracts awarded to the faculty researchers of our university. I work in the university research and sponsored programs office.

My current job involves policy analysis, policy recommendation and implementation. I do a lot of financial and data analysis and reporting to high level executives of the University (President, Provost, Vice Presidents, Associate VP) and government agencies (National Institute of Health, Department of Defense, Department of Education to name a few) here in the US.

I had my Master's Degree in Public Policy and Administration which is related to what I do in the university.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I went to school to learn Computer Language and Programming Skills, then went to Africa to volunteer/work with the International Red Cross... It took about a year from graduation to my first job.
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C. D.
◈ Studied Bachelor of Library and Information Science
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: It was one of my dream schools before. To enter this school is comparable to winning a lottery. Furthermore, in UP, you are taught not only on how to do your job well, but how on how you do it for your country. That's why I enjoyed being call both as Iskolar ng Bayan and Laybraryan ng Bayan.

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: UPSLIS is a small college as compared to other colleges in UP Diliman. But through this, it was able to exhibit a family-like environment. Rarely will you see a college who knows almost every student and staff in it - in SLIS we do. There is a friendly competition between the college organizations and this helped in further promoting and advancing the field of LIS. Professors are cool and young. As they said, "kabraso" mo lang sila. Rooms are also air-conditioned and wifi-enabled. The college though is located on the 3rd floor and somehow a hassle going up but I think of it as an exercise.

list bulletMy current job: I'm a librarian of CCA Manila.
Generally in charge of the overall library and information management of the school.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Days.
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K. M.
◈ Studied AB in Speech Communication
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: Top university

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: UP Diliman is the melting pot of all sorts of people, from the highly intellectual down to the most eccentric. I like how the university is very diverse yet accepting, with the kinds of courses they offer and the students that you meet. Though it is in the heart of the metro, it feels like a sanctuary with the trees enveloping the main roads and the random birds you see around the campus (UPD is actually an accredited bird sanctuary haha). And because of the smaller communities surrounding the the area, seldom will you feel homesick. The rich UP culture in itself -- UP Fair, Oblation Run, Zorro, LGBT community, the list goes on -- is enough justification why the people are free and ever ready to face the thriving real world.

UP professors come with the diversity the university provides. Some can be very uptight and strict, while others can be the coolest and most quirky-looking teachers you will ever encounter. Of course they are all opinionated and critical, which is a good thing because it makes you question and ponder and doubt yourself at times.

Being a state university, the downside definitely is the quality of facilities. It certainly has ample room for improvement, lots of fixing and maintenance. But the fact that it still cultivates the best students, it says a lot about the quality of instruction albeit a more conducive environment.

list bulletMy current job: I am a project management and strategic partnership officer for the corporate social responsibility arm of an automotive company.
I also work as one of the assistants of the President and CEO of the company.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 3 months
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C. M.
◈ Studied BS in Family Life and Child Development
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: The professors definitely are the best in the country. I mean there a few flukes then and there but very rare. I like that professors in this university are also very well traveled and are definitely experts and specialists in their fields.

The atmosphere despite the pressure of being in college is actually pretty laid back. I like it that you relatively can set you're own pace. I'm really glad we have the famed "academic freedom" which I greatly enjoyed when I was a student. The students and even the UP Community is something unique and harmonious in a way that you will always find someone to click with, if not, it ain't so bad either. I think mainly cause in the university you are not pressured to conform and uniqueness is highly encouraged.

list bulletMy current job: I'm a Senior Recruitment Specialist at the Premier BPO in the country.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Well, discounting the 9 months I did photography, when I decided to actively look for a job it took about 2 months.
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A. K.
◈ Studied BS in Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: Quality of Education - UP is considered as the best university in PH.
Relatively cheaper tuition fee compared to other top universities.

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: It has a great ambiance for me. Mainly because of the trees inside the campus. It has a great feel.

The professors were excellent, they know what they are talking about. Some are strict, some are not. Some gives high grades, some does not. It depends really, but overall I believe they did a great job of teaching what they know.

Facilities- well the rooms are not air-conditioned (there are some, but very few.) In my opinion we lack equipment, especially in our kitchen (we do some cooking in our course.) We also don't have enough computers, some of my professors even use overhead projectors. There are places to rest and socialize. The different organizations have their own "tambayan"

list bulletMy current job: Executive Lounge Staff - Performs check-in/check-out procedures of guests at the Club Floor. Handles pre-arrivals and room assignments. Performs cashiering functions. In charge of the set-up of food, and the food and beverage service at the club floor.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 9 months
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K. C.
◈ Studied BS in Food Technology
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: It's considered the premier state university in the country

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: UP Diliman is the best university to get a holistic education. It helped me become more independent, resourceful, and to have better social awareness. The academic programs are excellent and you get good professors (well, it depends... but there are standards that have to be followed, more or less).

There are numerous extra-curricular activities and organizations you can join, you just have to choose depending on your interests and amount of free time.

I loved my entire UP Diliman experience, I wouldn't have had it any other way.

list bulletMy current job: PhD student, but I used to work also as a product developer in a food company

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 1 month
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M. J.
◈ Studied BS in Home Economics
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: Premiere university, my dad works in here, close to home.

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: The ambiance is conducive for learning, makes you relax whenever you look at the trees. I also look at it as a "mini Philippines" because some of the national issues are also reflected inside of it.

The Professors/ Instructors are diverse. One thing that is common to all of them is that they are all experts on their respective fields. However, there are some who does not know how to educate the students. Overall, all of them are experts!

The facilities inside the campus are already outdated. Teachers and students just get by with what they have inside the class. Despite the lack of airconditioned rooms, updated facilities and financial support. The university still remains the best. The libraries are full of read-worthy books that may help every student of the campus.

list bulletMy current job: Teacher

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took me 1 month to find a job
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R. L.
◈ Studied BS in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: Because it's the best school in the Philippines.

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: UP-Diliman is very conducive to learning. The professors and instructors push their students to only be the best but to be ready for the real world after college. The facilities in my college have enough computers and numerous books for different fields of study. There are various benches were you can rest or want to think and observe the green pastures of the campus.

list bulletMy current job: A University Research Associate.
I handle health research projects and work on experiments to identify genetic causes of different diseases such as lung cancer, heart diseases, and diabetes.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I graduated last March 2011 and had a job in June 2011. I decided to have a 2 month break after graduation.
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T. S.
◈ Studied BS in Electronics & Communications Engineering
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: The premiere university in the country benefits from the best professors in the country. The university employs professors who either have excellent track record in their industry, or are excellent academicians who have globally recognized credentials. Professors give their best effort in keeping in touch with the most recent trends in their respective fields and employ various methods to ensure learning and mentoring of the students.

The university maintains good academic freedom and flexibility which fosters innovation, creativity, and a dynamic learning atmosphere.

The university is maintained under state budget, hence, the state of the facilities and infrastructure are not as ideal compared to the private institutions in the country. However, the university makes ways to partner with various institutions like government units, private companies, and other organizations to augment this situation.

list bulletMy current job: I am currently working as an independent contractor for global outsourcing jobs in the field of IT & Programming, Project Management, and content creation/writing.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I started working even prior to graduation. I've been employed for a year under our ministry of science and technology, after which I've entered the online global workforce.
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L. G.
◈ Studied BS in Social Work
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: UP Diliman was my dream school ever since I was in Grade 2. My eyes was fixed in that dream so I invested on my studies early on. When I graduated in College I only took entrance exams in 2 schools - UP and UST (because they had installment options for the school fees).

When I learned that I passed in UP, I couldn't believe it at first. However, I can say that UP changed my life more than I can imagine.

The professors that I had treated my views with respect. Most of them get their teaching foundation from Paolo Freire's pedagogy of the oppressed, I think. They interact with students without thinking that they know everything (when as a matter of fact, they know a lot!). They see the students as people they can learn with (and learn from too).

There is an atmosphere of acceptance of views and high academic intellect in this school. The exchanges of opinions in the classroom fosters a good relationship between the students and professors. The professor also allows the students to read wide ranges of materials and theories and not stick to one or two readings alone. The students then have a liberty to choose the school of thought they will practice in real life. The professors also assists and understands students during difficulties. There is an atmosphere of the school as a family.

In terms of facilities, since it is a state university, we can expect lesser in this aspect. In our college, not all rooms were air-conditioned. However, the basic needs like tables, chairs, LCD projectors are present. The libraries are one of the best in the country! They also offer students counselling, health services, affordable dormitories, etc.

list bulletMy current job: I am a social worker for an International Sponsorship Organization.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I graduated in April. Took the board exam in June, and had a job in July even before the result of the board exam came out.
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A. C.
◈ Studied AB in Political Science
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2002

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: The Diliman Campus of the University of the Philippines is a unique place for students. Although it is in the middle of an urbanized city, the university was able to maintain its green and serene environment. Likewise, the wide sidewalks and open areas encourage the students to walk and enjoy the nature. Although the university has been a century-old, the facilities are of high standards to help the students in their everyday needs. Every college has its own library aside from the main four-storey main library. Similarly, facilities such as infirmary, bank, convenient stores, restaurants, religious chapels, dormitories, theaters, and courts for different sports are available.

list bulletMy current job: I am currently working as an urban planner for a city government office in Metro Manila.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Two months after graduation
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J. P.
◈ Studied BS in Business Economics
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2003

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: The atmosphere in the School of Economics is foremost relaxed. It's a small school and you will most likely be friends or at least acquiantances with most of the people there. So there is that sense of camaraderie in the place. But there is also an under current of competition. Friendly competition but competition nonetheless. This is not surprising considering the quality of students the school brings in.

The professors there are top-notch. I remember one class where the class clapped after the professor gave her lecture because it was that inspiring and insightful. And they exuded credibility which commanded everyone's respect. No small wonder since some of them were former department secretaries in government at one point (eg. Winnie Monsod).

The facilities, however, are another matter. It wasn't so bad in the School of Economics but the facilities in other colleges weren't really conducive if you wanted to study. Broken chairs, graffiti on the tables were common-place.

list bulletMy current job: Finance Manager

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 1 month
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J. M.
◈ Studied AB in Broadcast Communication
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: The professors come in all shapes and sizes, intelligence and attitudes. With all the diversity, one cannot generalize too much. No doubt, they are all smart. But there are a few teachers who have yet to express their intelligence in a more student-friendly way.

The atmosphere, on the other hand, depends on who you're with and where you are on campus. In the classroom, there is always an air of expectation that you must prove that you deserve to be there, and with that expectation is the need to be independent yet flexible.

The facilities are not at par with private universities, but the historical significance and design of the campus can lead you to forget that some equipment and classrooms must keep up with the times. From what I've seen, upgraded facilities on campus are sponsored by private companies or people.

list bulletMy current job: I am a focal group discussion facilitator and field enumerator for an international NGO at Makati with an advocacy in children's rights.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Around three weeks. Took a long time to sink in that I am already a graduate (I graduated on October) .
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C. T.
◈ Studied AB in Speech Communication
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: University of the Philippines, with its flagship campus in Diliman, Quezon City, is the premier state university in the country. It is definitely the best when it comes to education because we learn not only inside the four corners of the classroom, but also through experiences out of the academe.

Hailing from the University of the Philippines gives a very good edge to the graduates because employers know that we are the best. We have been trained rigorously in our own fields of expertise. Graduates from the university are known in different fields, such as politics, arts, TV, radio, marketing, advertising, and the corporate world.

University of the Philippines is also home to the most number of National Artists in the country.

list bulletMy current job: I'm currently a Senior Analyst for Maersk Line - the largest shipping line in the world.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: A month.
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L. F.
◈ Studied BS in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2006

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: It was close to my place of residence and the tuition fee was small; I also had a DOST scholarship in college, one of the benefits of which was that they'd subsidize my tuition fees. Since it didn't cover the whole cost of my tuition, I was concerned about minimizing the cost my parents would still have to pay for me to go to school.

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: Honestly, if I had to compare UP Diliman with the other two schools that I had to pick from (Ateneo De Manila University and De La Salle University), I'd have to admit that the other two schools were much cleaner. UP Diliman also had generally older facilities that had fallen into some degree of disrepair. You wouldn't expect most classrooms to be air conditioned, and you also learned to tune out the graffiti in many of the bathrooms and classrooms I frequented. To be fair, that's because UP is a state university that covers a huge area; the other two schools also have the benefit of having more money (from higher tuition fees charged to students) to use for miscellaneous expenses. UP was a very hair-down place where you met all sorts of people from different backgrounds, and religion isn't a big thing there. One could while away free hours just sitting down watching people, or hanging out with co-students from different backgrounds, just having fun or talking about whatever tickles your fancy or intellect. The campus grounds had a lot of green areas, which had leaf litter and branches and brown patches of mud and dry grass; there was hardly an area on campus where you couldn't find some sign of plant life or nature, but it wasn't manicured or deliberately landscaped the way gardens in Ateneo or La Salle would be. No uniforms; you could wear what you wanted, except if you were attending a PE class or an ROTC session. Basically, if you are very fussy and rely on formal rules and order to make your way around, or you're too sensitive to tolerate possibly controversial viewpoints from other students, and maybe even your instructors and professors, UP isn't for you.

Speaking of instructors and professors, I have to say I generally liked mine. They came in all sorts: there were green, newbie instructors; there were tenured professors who taught very demanding classes; there were distinguished national artists and scholars who were highly intelligent but believed in free discussion rather than rigid coursework. I don't know how it was in other schools, but during my time in UP, I studied under more female teachers in the life science, arts, and language courses, while male teachers were taking care of math, non-life science and philosophy subjects. Very rare was the subject where you'd have teachers who enjoyed power tripping, and such teachers would be referred to as "terrors" (though the term could also apply to teachers who were simply just too demanding of their students academically). I learned a lot from the instructors, who knew how to respect their students and gave leeway for those who deserved another chance. There are those who tended to spoil their classes, giving bonus points and lowering grading curves so the class as a whole could pass, but you had to really look for those professors and instructors. But also, there are those who would give no allowance, and you had to determine how they were right away if you were to decide on the best course of action--whether you could study your way to a passing grade or drop the course and take it in another semester, with hopefully a less demanding teacher. But whether or not they were demanding, I found all of the teachers in UP to be competent authorities in their respective fields.

list bulletMy current job: Right now, I'm a senior content editor for social media. I'm in charge of ensuring the quality of content that is published on selected social media campaigns for certain businesses, making sure that they are grammatically correct, in line with any marketing efforts and business strategies that the businesses have, and are targeted to pique the interest of the niche that the business hopes to attract or retain as customers.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was able to get my first job, which was as an assistant in an academic laboratory, within 3 months of my graduation. Saying that, it wasn't the best-paying job, and it was a lot more demanding and frustrating than I was able to deal with.
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V. C.
◈ Studied BS in Chemical Engineering
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2007

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: UP is the Best school in the country. I am Intelligent, smart and witty and I wanted a University that would help me maximize all of my talents and skills during the learning process.

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: Great place to Study, conducive to learning and definitely lots of Smart and Intelligent Students. The people here were active and very worthwhile to talk with. The level of intelligence is here is high and the professors provided adequate learning guides and the topics that are thrown to us are simplified to the most possible way that we can learn in quickly and accurately. Facilities were quite disappointing, but they compensate with the Quality of education they will provide to their students.

list bulletMy current job: I am an Aerospace Engineer in NAIA.
My task involves the designing and constuction of the airplanes and equipments used there.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 10-11 months. Because I took up the Licensure exam and passed it. Also it takes a lot of time to be hired inside this kind of Job.
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L. R.
◈ Studied Bachelor in Physical Education
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: I chose this school because this is the school almost everyone is dreaming of and the premier university in the country.

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: The school's atmosphere is quite different from any other schools because of it's total occupied area, the presence of trees which made it a fresher and cleaner one. The professors were really so equipped for us to be also thoroughly equipped with the substances we need to possess in our real lives outside the campus. It trained us to think critically and to honor the country and excel above mediocrity.
The facilities were not that good but it doesn't matter anyway because it's how you handle yourself as a student and if you're really determined achieving goals, outside forces or disturbances even poor facilities doesn't matter at all.

list bulletMy current job: I teach basic dances for kids ages 7-12 year old at Sta. Maria Bulacan, for children of Motolite employees.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Less than a month.
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M. M.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2007

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: University of the Philippines is know for it's academic excellence. I can't imagine why anyone would not want to study here.

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: UP is a place just like home. You will feel at ease with the environment. There are different kinds of people coming from all walks of life, with different culture, religion, dialect and values. But everyone treats each other with respect. You can see a bit of friendly competition, but it is healthy in the long run since you get to strive become better.

The professors are great too. Although some will be "terror". Most of them are really good at what they are doing. And as most of them are UP graduates as well, you are ensured of the quality of education that they provide.

list bulletMy current job: Civil Engineer

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 9 months. This includes preparing for and taking the licensure exam.
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P. J.
◈ Studied BS in Chemistry
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: Passing UP was only a dream for me so I didn't let go of the chance to get in this university.

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: The ambiance in UP Diliman is very soothing to the soul. There is a lot of trees and it is not like what others are saying that rallies are everywhere. I seldom see rallies inside the school. I love walking in the roads where you can see many people also walking or jogging. It is like a forest in the city.

When it comes to the professors, they are very strict. I never had a prof doing spoon feeding. One really has to study hard in order to pass.

The facilities, just like any other public school, is not that good. There are some rooms and buildings that are not maintained well and needed to be renovated.

list bulletMy current job: I am into a business. I decided to get into this business few weeks after graduation.
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J. F.
◈ Studied BS in Education
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 1989

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: The primary reason I undertook such course of study in this school was firstly because much positive feedback was given to me about it, through word of mouth by others, and also because of it's multi awarded media publicized achievements that also impressed me to such point of desiring to enrol there. It was lauded as having high academic standards, and having an excellent set of academic educators which was said to be the best in the country. Since I was always also a consistent honor student prior to such undertaking and a multi gifted individual who was multi awarded in various undertakings, I prepondered that as an einsteinic genius that this milieu would probably encourage me to perform in a milieu that would help to drive me towards excellence in my undertakings there. The campus was also so immense, beautiful, serene and spacious that I was inspired to study there.

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: The atmosphere was very conducive to studying and romance as a student.
I liked to show off to others about the immense size of the campus as I did not ever want to select a wee one as I have always been prone to arrogance. I felt mighty because of it's size.Since the atmosphere of the campus was immense in size and combined city scape and pockets of greenery in it's encompassment I had the best of two worlds both of which I adhered to endearingly. Within it's encompassment I had the numerous college buildings themselves to traverse to, the shopping malls, the post office, various eateries, museums, theaters, boarding houses, microtels, banks, gyms and other amenities within it's encompassment which I could utilise. Transportation to and from the campus to popular areas were also readily available. In my spare time I had serenity and greenery to inspire me to write poetry and literature and to paint like Leonardo Da Vinici. It was also an inspiring romantic environment to fall for my boyfriends there in the years of my youth. I had so many perfect memories of friendships, love and academic memories there all of which are memoired in my hearts treasure chest. The professors were the best in their field, well trained, multi awarded, and very inspiring to such point that they inspired their students to sometimes trill higher than their mentors on occasion. Which is the true calling of a good teacher when their students become the teacher and excel far beyond and above them to be to such extent a credit to their profession. The facilities for the most part were good; large classrooms, well equipped, clean and well maintained by a very pleasant and helpful janitorial staff population whom we also fondly remember endearingly.

list bulletMy current job: I am a head auditor of the Joyas, but I also train or educate our staff members there. The reason I ceased to be a head teacher and director of my school in Tacloban was because of my separation from my husband which caused such job change but I still do service orientation in other ways still

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After 2 months
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J. V.
◈ Studied AB in Communication Research
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2000

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: There is no doubt that the College of Mass Communication, and the University of the Philippines as a whole, is the leader in education in the Philippines. What I liked about my University was the atmosphere of openness and liberal thought. Although there was no absolute freedom, my school developed my critical and creative thinking and made me more assertive.

As a public university that relies heavily on state funding, UP has always had problems with physical facilities. What it lacks in the quality of classrooms it makes up for the quality of its teachers and most especially its students that come from the higher percentile of high school students in the country. While a lot of people lament the scarcity of loanable books at its libraries, UP is the most well-stocked library in the Philippines.

Festive is the adjective that describes the atmosphere in my college and the entire UP. This goes not only with the various activities all around campus year-round, but with the feeling that this spot is indeed a venue for learning. Even the student who consistently fails exams could even exhibit great intellect and interesting ideas. These thoughts make me miss my school once in a while.

list bulletMy current job: I am a supervisor at a KPO company and a freelance writer.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took me ten months before I could find employment. It was quite hard to look for a degree-related entry-level job that at least pays the bill.
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M. E.
◈ Studied BS in Community Nutrition
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2004

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: University of the Philippines is a school that lets you be free and there's a full flow of knowledge. You'll learn to be independent and think for yourself. Facilities are not as modern since funding would come from the government. But the good thing about the school, what they lack in the facilities, they make up for the professors. The professors are amazing and they would really challenge you and bring out the best in you.

list bulletMy current job: I currently work in a call center as a content designer for a private company.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After graduation, it took me almost a year before I'm able to find a job because I still had to take my Licensure Exam.
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E. C.
◈ Studied PhD in Mathematics
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 1998

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: The professors are tough but reasonable and fair in giving grades. The students knows what to expect, so it's really not a big deal. The atmosphere of the school is conducive to learning, since it has a lot of open space. Library facilities are sufficient.

list bulletMy current job: Teaching profession (Mathematics)

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I had a teaching job before I took the PhD degree. This degree makes you confident in teaching various math subjects as well as to conduct research.
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J.
◈ Studied BS in Applied Physics
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 1995

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: The professors were very knowledgeable about the courses they taught. I would characterize the atmosphere as "open" and "free". Students were encouraged to think independently and voice out their opinions openly. The facilities were the best that the country could offer then.

list bulletMy current job: I'm a reliability engineer.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After graduation, I was automatically employed by the university.
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C. M.
◈ Studied BS in Geology
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: It's the top university in the philippines

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: It's very open to the community/masses-that's basically one significant difference of up from other universities. And very diverse. The facilities are somewhat outdated but little by little, they are updating the equipment.

list bulletMy current job: Geologist in a geothermal company

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Right after grad, I already got hired, but only contractual for 4 months. Than after 3 months, I got a regular job.
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H.
◈ Studied BS in Landscape Architecture
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2002

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: The landscape architecture department in UP felt like it was a tightly-knit community as it had a small population and everyone knew each other

It was an extremely creative (at times bohemian) environment and students were usually involved in the arts as well. I did some of my best thinking and writing during that time.

list bulletMy current job: I currently manage the Philippines landscape department of an international consulting firm.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was offered a job before I graduated so I started the day after I got my diploma.
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E. D.
◈ Studied Bachelor of Secondary Education
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2002

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: I had fun studying in UP Diliman. Aside from the UP Fair, the Lantern Parade, and all that jazz, I was taught how to be independent. The atmosphere itself is nature at its finest. It seemed like I was not really studying since I was enveloped by a lot of trees. Some professors were kind; some were downright mean. The facilities meanwhile are okay enough. Not dirty anyway and still very useful.

list bulletMy current job: I am a writer.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Six months, I think.
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F. R.
◈ Studied BS in Mechanical Engineering
◈ At UP Diliman
◈ Graduated 2003

list bulletAbout UP Diliman: In UP, professors are different from each other so you need to ask who are the better and the best before enrolling. Facilities are old and needs more subsidy and funds. The atmosphere is very fresh; so many trees.


list bulletMy current job: I am a Plant Engineering Officer and part time tutor

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: In 3 months I had a job offer in my current job
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