UP Physics Association

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The UP Physics Association is the official academic organization in the University of the Philippines Diliman primarily dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Physics in and out of the University. It is based at the National Institute of Physics, one of the institutes in the College of Science.

UP Physics Association
In the spirit of uplifting science
The official logo of the UP Physics Association.
Established December 17, 1980
Type Scientific and Academic Student Organization
Executive Committee 2015-2016
President Angelo P. Rillera
Vice President for Internal Affairs Camille Victoria M. Cantor
Vice President for External Affairs Adonis Villagomez
Secretary Francesca Angela Bordon
Treasurer Erick John Carlo D. Solibet
Academic Affairs Committee Chairperson Mario Juvenal III S. Onglao
Membership Committee Chairperson Micherene Clauzette P. Lofamia
Public Relations Officer Mignon Frances A. Dumanjog
Projects Committee Chairperson Marc Christian T. Perez
Location National Institute of Physics, College of Science, UP Diliman
Senior Faculty Adviser Nathaniel P. Hermosa II, Ph.D
Junior Faculty Adviser Esmerando R. Escoto
Website UP Physics Association

Organization Profile

The UP Physics Association (UPPA), founded in 1980, is the official academic organization in the University of the Philippines Diliman primarily dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Physics in and out of the University. Recognizing itself as an agent of the University in the pursuit of higher standards of academic performance and service to the Filipino science community, the UPPA has been a venue for Physics enthusiasts to come together for the fulfilment of sacred thrust of leadership, rendition of service to the people and integration of Physics students into the university culture.

For more than 30 years, the UPPA has been actively holding various activities mainly intended for the manifestation of its goals. Since 2004, when the first PISIKAalaman, an annual Physics Quiz Bee for high school students in the National Capital Region, was held, the UPPA has been earnestly striving for the development and expansion of the event, for the association believes that through this, it is able to provide a channel for the students to excel and appreciate the beauty of Physics outside their classroom. With utmost pride, the UPPA imparts the success of Philippine Young Physicists’ Tournament, a nationally accredited version of the International Young Physicists’ Tournament also known as the Physics World Cup. These are just few of the many undertakings the organization holds in the firm belief that an understanding of the nature of the physical universe shall benefit all humanity.

This is the UP Physics Association, bringing fun to Physics life!

General Objectives

The UPPA is guided by the following objectives:

  • To promote the common interest and individual development of physics majors and other students in this field
  • To advance the study and awareness of physics in all its aspects among students and the general public
  • To cooperate with the UP Physics faculty for the improvement of the National Institute of Physics

Internal Structure

The UPPA is led by the Executive Committee, which is composed of the three officers and the six committee heads. The officers are the President, the Vice President for External Affairs, and the Vice President for Internal Affairs. The committee heads lead the six committees, namely the Secretariat, the Finance Committee, the Academic Affairs Committee, the Membership Committee, the Projects Committee, and the Public Affairs Committee.

Elections are held annually, and all members are allowed to vote. The UPPA is also composed of a junior faculty adviser and a senior faculty adviser, who helps guide the Association and align the activities of the Association with the National Institute of Physics. The faculty advisers are selected by the Executive Committee from the teaching faculty of the institute.


The UPPA is exclusively open for membership for undergraduate students of the University of the Philippines Diliman. The applicants undergo a semester-long application process, in order to learn about the workings of the Association and to get acquainted with all the resident members.

As an academic and scientific organization, the application process includes a seminar, wherein the applicants would present research papers, and a comprehensive examination and interview, aside from other activities.


All the activities of the Association are aligned with its objectives. Several internal activities are done throughout the academic year based on the interests of the members, such as the Committee Cup, Sem Starter and Sem Ender Parties, Tribute for Graduating Members, Christmas Party, and Research Meetings. There are also regular internal events such as the monthly General Assembly meeting and the Annual Meeting which takes place at the end of the second semester.

There are two main activities held by the Association, PISIKAalaman and Physics Month. PISIKAalaman is an annual physics competition for high school students, which has already reached its tenth year [1]. It has been endorsed by the Department of Education since 2006.

The official logo for PISIKAalaman 20X3.
A picture from PISIKAalaman 2012.

Physics Month is an annual celebration of physics in the National Institute of Physics, which is usually held in the month of February. It includes several events, which may vary from year to year, such as:

  • PISIKAwise-an: A general knowledge quiz bee
  • NIP Open House and Lab Tour
  • PISIKAlakasan: A race involving obstacles
  • UPPAg-Ibig [2]: A mock-wedding
  • PISIKAtakawan: An eating contest
  • Mutya ng NIP: A cross-dressing beauty pageant
    A poster from UPPAg-Ibig 2013.

Other events aside from PISIKAalaman and Physics Month include the Philippine Young Physicists' Tournament [3], the SCIENCYE, the Decasecond Film Festival, and the Integration Bee [4].

The UPPA also holds free tutorials for various Physics courses. Partnerships with other organizations and companies are also cultivated all year round. Several infographics about physics and Philippine society, such as national elections, calamities, and other current events, are regularly posted at the organization's online portals. Aside from bringing scientific information to the public, the UPPA also holds events for the community such as outreach events and educational projects.


The UPPA is officially recognized by the Office of Student Activities, a sub-unit of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs of the University of the Philippines Diliman [5], as a university-wide organization. The UPPA is also recognized by the Office of the Associate Dean for Student and Public Affairs as a college-based organization in the University of the Philippines College of Science [6].

The UPPA is a founding member of the Samahan ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Pagpapaunlad ng Pisika (SMPP), an alliance of different physics organizations from different universities in Metro Manila. It is also a founding member of the UP Alliance of Physics Organizations, which is composed of the different physics-oriented student organizations from the different campuses of the University of the Philippines. The UPPA has been a member of the International Association of Physics Students since 2014, as the local committee for Quezon City.


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