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UP Sablay

The UP Sablay is the official academic costume of the University of the Philippines. The official colors of the University, maroon and green, were used in the sablay. Yellow gold, which stands for the high standards of values and excellence, was also used. The colors, based on the Panthone ProSim color chart, are Panthone 195 CVP (maroon), Panthone 349 CVP (green), and Panthone 138 CVP (yellow gold).The indigenous letters Alibata for U and Alibata for P, originating from the indigenous alphabet called baybayin or katitikan, are equivalent to the Roman letters “U” and “P”, respectively. The curvilinear design called ukkil or ukit, which resembles a sprouting plant, signifies life. The geometric designs (in zigzag and diamond patterns) are common design elements gracing the attires and functional objects of indigenous peoples from Batanes to Tawi-tawi. Arranged continuously and rhythmically, these geometric designs highlight the diverse cultural communities in the Philippines and the University’s pursuit of knowledge, cultural enrichment, and scientific advancement.

Date of Registration: 13 September 2002
Date of Issuance of Certificate of Copyright Registration and Deposit: 23 September 2002

About the Creators:

  • Virginia D. Monje is a Professor at the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of the College of Science.
  • Rogelio L. Juliano Jr. (deceased) is a former Associate Professor at the Department of Speech Communications and Theater Arts of the College of Arts and Letters.
  • Abraham P. Sakili is an Associate Professor at the Department of Art Studies of the College of Arts and Letters.
  • Antoinette B. Hernandez is an Associate Professor at the Department of Speech Communications and Theater Arts of the College of Arts and Letters.
  • Consuelo J. Paz is a retired Professor at the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy.
  • Carmen G. Diaz de Ventanilla is a retired Professor at the University of the Philippines.

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  1. Mia Rotor says:

    May I inquire if it is in writing and officially stated how to wear a sablay; eg. what color dress to wear, where to hang a sablay left or right? Thank you for any information you can give.

    • CLuna says:

      Upon graduation, the Sablay is transferred from the right to the left shoulder – symbolizing the official completion to the life of a UP student.

  2. A.Garcia says:

    Hi, is it legal to sell our sablay outside the academe? Because I found someone selling it on ebay as a ‘Philippine souvenir-handwoven ethnic sash’. I feel insulted, as a graduate of this University and a proud owner of a sablay, that someone will treat our sablay as a souvenir.

    Please see here.

  3. Francisco E. Sarmiento III, MD says:

    I have been fascinated with the Sablay as it distinguishes UP graduates from the rest. I intend to buy one for myself whenever there is a need to use it.

    In this connection, is there a standard or code when one can or cannot wear the Sablay? I asked this question because I get to see others using it other than official UP academic functions. Can this be worn in any formal occasion not connected with UP? I hate to see a UP symbol get bastardized.

  4. Gabby says:

    Uhm, will it be possible for UPLB students to use sablay?

  5. Yael says:

    May isang school somewhere in Luzon na parang sablay din ang academic gown, blue na lang ang kulay. Nakalimutan ko na kung ano ang pangalan ng school, basta somewhere in the provinces.

  6. Francisco Eroles says:

    University of Rizal System ung pangalan ng skul na tinutukoy mo. Ang tawag sa graduation attire naming ito ay sakbay. Kulay blue at green ito na may nakasulat ding alibata equivalent para sa “URS”. Isa akong college instructor sa pmantasang ito. We are found at Rizal province. Actually, our school has 10 campuses.

  7. Mayenni Oca says:

    Is there a difference in the sablay worn by the candidates for graduation for master’s and bachelor’s degrees?

  8. Florence Rosete says:

    Can I ask why UP started using Sablay only in 1990 when the university was founded back in 1908? It’s for my paper and I can’t interview anyone for that. thanks!

  9. hmm says:

    my bro and mom went to UP…but I observed UP Manila and UPLB dont use sablay

  10. roy says:

    What is the measurement of sablay?

  11. Val says:

    UP Manila has two graduation rites/ceremonies. Graduates wear Sablay over the traditional garments during their respective College recognitions, and wear toga during the University Graduation. These ceremonies are usually scheduled on different dates.

    If I may ask, can UP alumni wear the Sablay in functions outside of UP? Say a faculty member who graduated from UP but is employed in another university, can he use the Sablay during the graduation rites of that university?

    If so, can the Sablay be worn over formal clothing instead of the traditional Barong Tagalog? Thanks.

    • Procopio Porciuncula says:

      I actually saw some San Beda College faculty members who are UP alumni who used the Sablay during the SBC commencement exercises. My sister is an alumna of SBC’s College of Arts and Sciences.

  12. malou says:

    my son is in UP-Mindanao. I noticed UP-Min had been using sablay….

  13. gg says:

    actually UP Manila does use the Sablay during the college recognition program which we like to call “college graduation” or the “half-graduation”. The other “half” of graduation is the “university graduation” and we wear the toga and cap

  14. dindosoriano says:

    The UP BAA Class 2011 which passed the CPA exams last October 2011 100% were proud to wear the sablay in their oathtaking ceremonies administered by PRC in Manila Hotel. As a father, I felt also proud to see all of them wear this costume as if to say “we belong to UP” the prime university in the Philippines.

  15. cheche says:

    Hi, I graduated from UP Manila, and we used sablay in our college recognition while we used the typical toga and cap for the university commencement exercises. :)

  16. anonymous says:

    Ginaya nyo lang yang UP sablay nyo sa Lyceum eh.

    • Iska says:

      Do you have the basis to back up your claim?

      To enlighten you, the University of the Philippines Diliman first used the Sablay as its OWN UNIQUE academic regalia in 1990. If you have also read this entry before commenting, you can see that the University owns the copyrights to the Sablay way back in September 2002. And according to comments from Lyceum of the Philippines students on that “viral” Facebook photo, they had only begun using their version of the Sablay this April.

      So please, before accusing someone or a prestigious institution such as UP for apparent plagiarism, take a cue from Lourd de Veyra. GMG!

  17. Procopio Porciuncula says:

    It looks like UPLB has finally decided to switch towards using the Sablay during their commencement exercises. The UPLB University Council finally approved it, which means that this year’s commencement exercises would be the last time that UPLB graduates would use the traditional graduation gown.

  18. shelley says:

    Pantone without the ‘h’ is the color authority. Their charts are used to standardize colors.

  19. eric says:

    if UP owns the copyright, can other state or local colleges and universities still use sablay but with a different design. I heard that UP encouraged other state universities to use sablay too.

    • rduo says:

      The copyright only covers the UP Sablay rather than all types of sashes. Other colleges and universities may use graduation sashes of their own design.

  20. Janelbebeng says:

    Can the Sablay be used over a
    Muslim costume in an event (not U.P.) by a UP Alumnus who has his/her own Sablay?

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