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'Ma, Iskolar ng Bayan na ako': Fulfilling Mama's dream after her death from cancer

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:02 AM

Even when she was battling cancer, Christopher Al Eugenio's mother saved money to ensure her son can get review classes to enter his dream university

UPCAT PASSER. Christopher Al Eugenio talks about his mother's role in making his dream of getting into University of the Philippines possible. Photos from Christopher Al Eugenio

UPCAT 2020 results released

May 30, 2020 - 9:31 PM

Congratulations to all the passers!

UPCAT 2019 results released

Apr 01, 2019 - 10:03 AM

The UP College Admission Test results are out!

U.P. sets new UPCAT 2019 schedule for October

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:58 PM

The college admission test will take place on October 27 and 28

UPCAT. Students line up during the last day of submission of UPCAT applications in UP Diliman. File photo by Angie de Silva

UPCAT postponed due to Typhoon Mangkhut

Sep 12, 2018 - 2:55 PM

The University of the Philippines has yet to announce a new schedule for its annual college admission test

UPCAT. The University of the Philippines announces the postponement of its annual college admission test or UPCAT. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

UP records increase in applications from free tuition law

Jul 30, 2018 - 8:52 PM

The country's top university receives over 60,000 additional applications as aspiring students snake around the UP Diliman campus to beat the deadline to apply

CROWD. Crowd during the last day of submission of UPCAT Application in UP Diliman. Photo by Angie de Silva

UPCAT 2018 results released

Apr 30, 2018 - 2:32 PM

The UP College Admission Test results are out!

Netizens hit UP regent for 'arrogant' comments vs critics

Apr 07, 2018 - 10:24 PM

UP Board of Regents member Frederick 'Spocky' Farolan's Facebook post draws comments ranging from queries to barbs about the state university and the delayed release of the much-awaited UP College Admission Test results

UPCAT 2018 results out by April 30

Apr 07, 2018 - 5:06 PM

UP Board of Regents member Frederick Farolan does not mince words against critics angered by the delayed release of the test results

OBLATION. The Oblation, a statue by Filipino artist Guillermo Tolentino, is the symbol of the University of the Philippines. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

For UP hopefuls, the struggle starts with UPCAT

Oct 22, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Three senior high school students from Zamboanga prove that the only reason to push through is the unwillingness to give up

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Vying to be an 'Iskolar ng Bayan'

Oct 21, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Around 100,000 students from around the country are expected to take this year's University of the Philippines College Admission Test

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

UPCAT 2017 results released

Dec 21, 2016 - 1:54 AM

UPDATED More than 1 500 examinees passed the 2017 University of the Philippines College Admission Test

No freshmen in 32 UP Diliman courses – report

Aug 19, 2016 - 10:30 AM

These courses will continue according to an official from the University of the Philippines Diliman campus

Pangasinense youth leader to presidential bets: Prioritize education

Apr 24, 2016 - 7:24 AM

Frankie Cortez is one of the few youth representatives in Pangasinan who will be watching the last presidential debate live Will his plea be heard?

Parents, teachers, students ask SC anew to stop K to 12

Feb 16, 2016 - 7:30 AM

Stakeholders file a 4th motion for a TRO on the expanded high school program saying the Supreme Court should see the extreme urgency of the case

K to 12 effect: UP lists smallest number of UPCAT passers

Dec 17, 2015 - 11:10 PM

There has also been a huge drop in the number of UPCAT takers in 2015 due to the K to 12 program that prevents 4th year high school students from graduating

UPCAT 2016 results released

Dec 17, 2015 - 9:59 PM

The University of the Philippines System releases the results of the UP College Admissions Test on Thursday night December 17

Critics tell SC: K to 12 implementation a 'dictatorship'

Sep 17, 2015 - 3:37 PM

The [Supreme Court] should now resolve our prayer for a temporary restraining order even without the Office of the Solicitor General s comment says Severo Brillantes counsel for the petitioners

'DICTATORSHIP.' Days prior to the school opening on June 1, concerned parents, along with their kids, stage a protest action in front of the Supreme Court on Friday to ask the SC to stop the K to 12 program. File photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Ready for UPCAT? Test centers and reminders

Aug 29, 2015 - 9:57 PM

Review what you need to do before taking the University of the Philippines entrance exam

'Iskolar ng Bayan Hunger Games': 5 things I learned at 5AM

Aug 04, 2015 - 12:25 PM

There is much more to be learned when you yourself are the star of your own dreaded enlistment story and there are memories that will last and be cherished more than the 6 hours of total anxiety

SC urged: Suspend K to 12, let Grade 10 students take UPCAT

Jul 29, 2015 - 4:04 PM

Petitioners say it s extremely urgent for the Supreme Court to suspend K to 12 since colleges and universities not just UP will soon administer their entrance examinations

'UNPREPARED.' In this file photo, educators from different colleges and universities march to Supreme Court, calling for the immediate suspension of the 'unprepared' and 'ill-designed' K to 12 program. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Can Grade 10 students take the UPCAT this year?

Jul 18, 2015 - 1:29 PM

University of the Philippines president Alfredo Pascual answers the question brought about by the government s K to 12 program

UPCAT application goes online

Jul 17, 2015 - 8:29 PM

Applicants who will be issued test permits will also be provided with a link to an UPCAT Online Reviewer which will be made available on the first week of August

Iskolar law: 'Top high school grads should still take UPCAT'

Jun 20, 2015 - 3:00 PM

We support Iskolar ng Bayan We support affirmative action but we re having a problem how to do it says University of the Philippines vice president for public affairs Prospero de Vera

ISKOLAR NG BAYAN. This file photo shows the Oblation statue, an iconic symbol of the University of the Philippines. File photo from Wikimedia commons

How a low-performing student passed the UPCAT

May 01, 2015 - 7:30 PM

All that Erlen Mahilum wanted to do was write poetry songs fiction – even late into the night So she scored low in academics and often fell asleep in class

TOP 55. Like many students, Erlen Mahilum, 16, often zoned out in class. Screengrab from Youtube

UP to 'reinvent' UPCAT for K to 12 graduates

Apr 17, 2015 - 12:14 PM

The new UPCAT will be able to assess higher skills of senior high school graduates

UPCAT 2015 results released

Jan 12, 2015 - 8:24 PM

The University of the Philippines releases the results of the UP College Admission Test on Monday evening January 12

UP to offer online UPCAT review by 2015

Sep 09, 2014 - 2:53 PM

The state university will also review the test and the questions to make it less achievement based and more aptitude based

UP improves UPCAT application process

Aug 16, 2014 - 4:25 PM

UP has introduced improvements in its application process to address concerns on the accessibility of the UPCAT

Tried and tested: Entrance exam strategies

Aug 15, 2014 - 12:00 PM

Here are some helpful tips for psyching yourself up for that crucial entrance exam

To UPCAT takers: Go for it

Jun 28, 2014 - 9:04 PM

I finished my degree with honors and a lot of opportunities opened up for me after college Knowing that my parents are proud of me is priceless

Para sa bayan: Dangal at husay

Apr 28, 2014 - 6:24 PM

Dangal Honor Integrity Ito ngayon ang hamon sa ating mga bagong graduates ng UP

SABLAY. In celebration of the graduation season, the UP oblation statue in Diliman wears a sablay. Photo by Raisa Serafica/Rappler

Remembering Kristel

Mar 14, 2014 - 3:35 PM

One year after Kristel Tejada s death her father admits he would still allow his other children to enter UP – but with a condition

LAST CHRISTMAS. In this picture, little did Christopher know he will be spending his last Christmas with Kristel. Photo from Christopher Tejada.

The most peculiar names

Dec 23, 2013 - 3:53 PM

There are siblings with names such as Sincerely Yours Macaroni and Spaghetti Do you know any other peculiar names?

UPCAT 2014 results released

Dec 23, 2013 - 2:07 AM

Results of this year s UP College Admission Test come two months earlier than the university s usual schedule

Largest batch of students take UPCAT

Aug 03, 2013 - 10:00 PM

The UPCAT is administered to the largest batch of examinees thus far The number of takers exceeds expectations of the Admissions Office


Aug 03, 2013 - 5:27 PM

Annually held in the first weekend of August the state university exam brings students to different testing centers scattered all over the country

An UPCAT story: Why UP?

Aug 03, 2013 - 12:43 PM

After getting past the first hurdle which is UPCAT select students will be given the chance to experience the ups and downs of UP life

Special UPCAT for the disabled offered Aug 7, 9

Aug 03, 2013 - 12:34 AM

The University of the Philippines conducts a Special UPCAT for high school students with disabilities on August 7 and 9

The unhurried life in Cuyo

Aug 01, 2013 - 11:36 AM

The people of Cuyo Cuyonons as they are called understand and hold deep respect for the simple life

Riding to UP? UPCAT Maps can help

Jul 31, 2013 - 5:45 PM

UPCAT Maps helps students get to their UPCAT venues in Diliman Quezon City if they re commuting

Tips for UPCAT takers

Jul 30, 2013 - 3:31 PM

Taking the UP College Admission Test UPCAT can be a nerve racking experience Here are some tips that can help

Online Buzz: UPCAT 2013

Feb 02, 2013 - 10:23 PM

University of the Philippines hopefuls have waited for almost half a year for the online release of the UPCAT results for academic year 2013 2014

UPCAT results out

Feb 02, 2013 - 6:48 PM

On average only 1 out of 6 exam takers passes the UPCAT

IN PHOTOS: The UPCAT experience

Aug 04, 2012 - 8:36 PM

The University of the Philippines holds its College Admission Test for school year 2013 on August 4 and 5

A look back at the UPCAT

Aug 04, 2012 - 3:35 PM

I never could have guessed what exactly an impact one exam would have on my life That flimsy sheet of paper was my ticket to experiences I would not trade for all the money in the world

The UP way: Remembering my UPCAT

Aug 04, 2012 - 8:54 AM

The proctor briefed us I carefully swallowed the lump in my throat and clung to the thin thread of hope that I would be part of the select few who would make it

My UPCAT journey

Aug 03, 2012 - 4:31 PM

UPCAT regional examiners travel to different parts of the country to make sure that the UP studentry is more representative of the nation’s population