Download a map to the Faculty Centre, Bulwagang CM Recto, the CAL Building, Palma Hall, and the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater here. (Map derived from UP Diliman campus map.)


The University of the Philippines College of Arts and Letters in Diliman, Quezon City was established in 1983, as a result of a three-way split of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) for reasons of administrative efficiency. It originated from the College of Philosophy, Science and Letters established in U.P. in 1910. A year later, it was renamed College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It offered degrees in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences and serviced the General Education Program.

CAL students-1-14By 1976, this college had grown to such an extent that it was becoming increasingly difficult to administer and maintain. On 30 September 1976, a Reorganization Plan led to the creation of three divisions: Humanities, the Science, and Social Sciences and Philosophy. The immediate precursor of CAL, the Division of Humanities consisted of five Departments under an Associate Dean. These Departments – the Art Studies, English and Comparative Literature, European Languages, Filipino and Philippine Literature and Speech Communication and Theatre Arts – form the academic core of the College as it stands today.

The Department of English and Comparative Literature (DECL) is the oldest department of CAL. Founded in 1910 as the Department of English, it became the Department of English and Comparative Literature in 1957 when comparative literature courses were added to the curriculum.

The Department of European Languages (DEL) has its roots in several departments, also founded in 1910. Later, the Department of French and German merged to form the Department of Modern Languages, while the Departments of Spanish and Latin merged into the Department of Spanish. All these were eventually unified under the single unit that is the DEL. At present, it has added other European languages, namely Italian, Portuguese and Russian to its curricular offerings.

In 1959, two new departments incubated in the DECL CAL students theater-1were established as independent units – the Department of Speech Communication and Drama and the Department of Humanities. The first is now known as the Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts’ (DSCTA) and it prepares students for careers in the various fields of communication and develops their expertise in performance and other areas of theater production. The second was renamed Department of Art Studies in 1984. This department focuses on the study of the various expressions of culture and the arts such as painting, sculpture, film and music using traditional and non-traditional paradigms of art theory and criticism.

The Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature, the youngest among the departments of CAL, was established in 1966. It aims to develop the Filipino language and other Philippine languages and undertake research on the different ethno-linguistic groups and their literary traditions. Its ultimate goal is a truly relevant, pro-Filipino and nationalist education.

Today, CAL maintains its leadership in arts and letters in the Philippines. The basic functions of the College remain – instruction, research and extension work. It continues to uphold humanistic ideals in the midst of technological advancement, promote arts and letters as instruments of liberation and empowerment, and inculcate values that promote a nationalistic culture.


The Mission of the College of Arts and Letters is to achieve the highest standards of academic integrity and excellence in arts and culture; to foster creative, critical and innovative culture with a nationalist and humanist orientation; and to serve the Filipino ideals through Instruction, Research/ Creative Work and Extension.

Ang Misyon ng Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura ay makamit ang pinakamataas na pamantayan ng akademikong integridad at kahusayan sa sining at kalinangan; maitaguyod ang malikhain, mapanuri, at mapagbagong kalinangan na may oryentasyong makabayan at makatao; at maglingkod ukol sa mithiing Filipino sa pamamagitan ng pagtuturo, saliksik/malikhaing gawain, at ugnayang bayan.


Dean:  Dr. Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs:  Dr. Aileen O. Salonga
Associate Dean for Research, Creative Work and Publication:  Dr. Isabelita O. Reyes
Associate Dean for Administration and Development:  Atty. Alden Q. Lauzon
College Secretary:  Prof. Jose Carlo  G. De Pano
Assistant College Secretary: Prof. Pauline Mari F. Hernando

Department Chairs
Art Studies:  Dr. Flaudette May V. Datuin
English and Comparative Literature:  Dr. Lily Rose R. Tope
European Languages:  Prof. Nina Agcaoili
Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas (Filipino and Philippine Literature):  Prof. Aura Berta A. Abiera
Speech Communication and Theatre Arts:  Prof. Melanie M. Leaño

Attached Unit Heads
Director, Institute of Creative Writing:  Dr. Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr.
Curator, UP Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center:  Dr. Patrick D. Flores

College Coordinators
Graduate Studies: Dr. Jimmuel C. Naval
Tri-College Philippine Studies:  Dr. Ma. Crisanta N. Flores
General Education Program: Dr. Ramon Guillermo
Alumni Relations:  Prof. Roorkee Del Rosario-Ong
Student Affairs:  Prof. Jeff Giron
NSTP:  Prof. Pauline Mari F. Hernando
Information:  Prof. Patricia Marion Y. Lopez

Supervising Administrative Officer:  Ms. Aurelia E. Carandang

Administrative Personnel

Unit Name Position
Dean’s Office 1. Roberto A. Barcelo Admin Asst V
2. Wilfredo B. Caňedo, Sr. Admin Aide VI
3. Aurelia E. Carandang Supervising Admin Officer
4. Alfred N. Crisologo Admin Asst II
5. Danilo A. Gonzales Admin Aide IV
6. Rolando C. Guerrero IT Officer IV
7. Eric D. Juanillo Admin Aide VI
8. Evelyn D.C. Mariano Univ Research Assoc II
9. Lorna I. Panganiban Admin Asst II
10. Ma. Teresa T. Peralta Univ Research Assoc II
11. Benjamin B. Pojas, Jr. Sr. Admin Asst I
12. Socorro C. Villagracia Admin Officer II
13. Vicente M. Zamora Admin Asst I
Secretary’s Office 14. Arturo C. Almajar, Jr. Admin Aide VI
15. Aurora Y. Calimotan Student Records Eval II
16. Pablo C. Navarro Admin Asst II
17. Joel Q. San Jose Admin Officer II
18. Janette T. Tolentino Student Records Eval II
Graduate Studies Office 19. Mary Jane E. Reblando Univ Research Assoc I
DAS 20. Cielo S. Corpus Admin Asst II
21. Erica Diwata M. Jacinto Univ Research Assoc II
22. Cheryl T. Navida Admin Officer IV
23. Napoleon B. Rivera, Jr. Admin Asst IV
DECL 24. Rogelio L. Alderite Admin Aide III
25. Julieta C. Cordero Admin Asst V
26. Rosanna M. Dacanay Admin Officer IV
27. Anita G. Ilagan Admin Asst II
28. Joanne J. Mabuloc Univ Extension Assoc I
DEL 29. Eva S. Elona Admin Officer IV
30. Felix B. Pariňas, Jr. Admin Asst I
DFPP 31. Susan L. Alcantara Admin Asst II
32. Eduardo B. Bascon Admin Aide III
33. Maria A. Olayta Sr. Admin Asst I
34. Rolando A. Tagaban Admin Officer IV
DSCTA 35. Ricardo C. Bustillos Admin Asst I
36. Manuel B. Casalan Admin Officer V
37. Archie C. Clataro Admin Asst II
38. Jesus A. Lopez Admin Asst II
39. Lemuel J. Macadaan Admin Asst V
ICW 40. Ronnie C. Amuyot Admin Officer IV
41. Arlene A. Andresio Admin Asst II
42. Gloria D. Evangelista Admin Asst II
43. Pablo C. Reyes Admin Aide IV
UP Vargas Museum 44. Blandina B. Alvarez Admin Officer IV
46. Eduardo G. Makiling Admin Aide III
48. George M. Morales Admin Aide III
49. Erlinda M. Pabico Museum Guide
50. Cecilia A. Raynera Librarian 1
51. Heherson S. Sula Admin Asst II