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 and , 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.