If I were a tour guide: UP Diliman

My friend Egai, who works in Geoje City, South Korea, was home for a vacation. Along with him were Jung Yup, Joo Young, and Myung Hee. They all went to Tagbilaran City, Bohol together, but the girls had to go home to Korea earlier, while Egai explored Bantayan in Cebu. They had a day left to explore Manila/Quezon City before their flight the following day.

We arranged to meet at McDo Quezon Avenue, but they got stuck in one of the LRT stations due to a fire that day along Taft Avenue. We ended meeting at SM Makati and having dinner at Thousand Cranes Shabu Shabu Restaurant in Greenbelt.

But if there was enough time, I would definitely take my guests for a walk around the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

University Avenue
University Avenue

First stop: Quezon Hall

Quezon Hall, UP Diliman satellite map

Quezon Hall houses a number of the administrative offices such as the Office of the Chancellor and the offices of the Vice Chancellors. It is the site of the famous symbol of UP, the Oblation.


About 4 or 5 years ago, Allen and I conducted review classes for college admission tests. We took our students to a tour around the campus and had a group picture taken at the Oblation. I did not know until today, in the course of writing this post, about the superstition that a person whose picture is taken with the Oblation would not be able to graduate. Nakagraduate naman kami ni Joyce. At pumasa naman sina Ryan, Tina, Reinald, at Sean, among others ๐Ÿ™‚

Second stop: The Vargas Museum

The Jorge B. Vargas Art Collection consists of oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, drawings, and sculptures. It enjoys the unique distinction of being the only art repository in the country embracing the entire range of Philippine artistic creativity from the 1880s to the 1960s.

For a minimal fee (Php20 for UP students, faculty, alumni, and employees; Php30 for non-UP), one gets to see works by Juan Luna, Felix Resureccion Hidalgo, Fernando Amorsolo, and other known artists at the Vargas Museum.

Third stop: UP Sunken Garden

Site of the UP Fair, the UP Sunken Garden is a place of fun and games. It is ideal for kite-flying, syato, agawan base, luksong baka, luksong tinik, and other outdoor games that we used to play. There is almost always a soccer game played there. My friend Dae Woo was finally able to see where he can possibly play soccer in this part of town.

UP Sunken Garden
UP Sunken Garden

Fourth stop: UP Shopping Center

For balot, the best tapsilog (Rodic’s!), squid balls and samalamig (Coop), kakanin, UP shirts and other souvenir items (Maroons and Handog), dropping by the UP Shopping Center is a must.ย  There is also Mashita, a Korean and Japanese eateryย  where M gets her kimchi. D treated us to kimbap and a noodle dish (I forgot what it is called; I will update this post when Chai texts back).

Mashita kimbap (and the noodle dish in the background)
Mashita kimbap (and the noodle dish in the background)

Other stops

Also worth checking is the UP Film Center where there may be free screenings of Filipino film classics or foreign language films (the Eiga Sai was ongoing when I made the plan with Jung Yup and company).


5 thoughts on “If I were a tour guide: UP Diliman

  1. Very nice entry… wanna be my tour guide? Been in, out, around, and about U.P. more than a few times… but not as a student… would be nice to have a detailed tour of the place… ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. thanks for touring us that time ma’am! haha.. well, nagkatotoo ang curse for me because i won’t be graduating on time. pero ok lang. fun experience ang one year ko sa japan! haha. buti naman at nakapasa kami kahit may pic kami with oble. XD

  3. @cyrabastin: Sure! Yung may event para masaya, like Lantern Parade (December) or UP Fair (February). Or baka may centennial event na pwede puntahan. Pero OK lang din naman on a regular day. Wear your most comfortable shoes and do not forget your camera.

    @Tina: Japan or graduating on time? Ako din, I would choose Japan, no doubt about it ๐Ÿ™‚ On second thought, oo nga ano, neither Joyce nor I graduated on time. Hehe

  4. me too i’ll pick Japan (someday, someday!)…shocks i just saw this post, so i will have to edit my latest blog entry..it is incomplete and inaccurate hehe

  5. Oo nga! Edit, edit! hehehe

    Di pa ako nagblog about Claire Dela Fuente resto and Wensha. I’ll just be grabbing pics from your multiply site ne? Regards to Danielle!

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