Logo and Symbols
The PUP Logo
The star in the logo stands for the perfection of the human
person as well as the search for truth, while the five
concentric circles depict infinite wisdom.
Both the five-pointed star and the five concentric circles
stand for quintessence, meaning the highest form of quality or
the most perfect example of creation. The two arcs of laurel
symbolize excellence and quality of education as demonstrated by
the rich achievements of the University in over a century of its
The star is golden yellow not only because this is a star’s
natural color but also because, together with the dark maroon
used as background, it is the traditional color of the
The five concentric circles are white because it symbolizes
Here are the former logos of this institution:
Left to Right:
Philippine School of Commerce (1908), Philippine College of
Commerce (1953), and Polytechnic University of the Philippines
The sculpture (Cut and welded brass mural relief, 2.5 x
9.3 meters) was built by national artist Eduardo Castrillo
in 1974. The theme of the artwork is Consolidated
Growth through Education - the role of PUP in the
educational development of the youth in preparation for
their involvement in nation building. The mural
illustrates the social, economic, industrial, technological,
and cultural aspect of life with which man blends himself to
develop an environment necessary to the progress of the
The mural is located at the main gate of the University
Mabini Campus. The brass sculpture depicts the
purposeful growth of the Filipino youth. It also
signifies the role and responsibility of the youth in the
progress and development of the nation, which the University
recognizes. As an institution dutifully concerned in
shaping the lives of the youth, the University pays tribute
to the hope and builder of the world tomorrow through this
The Pylon originally stood for the true, the good and the
The Triad of pillars may also stand for wisdom, strength
and beauty because there should be wisdom to contrive,
strength to support and beauty to adorn any great or
Since 1987, however, the Pylon came to symbolized truth,
excellence and wisdom.
The Obelisk, standing majestic on its base, depicts the
strength of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines as
an institution of higher learning, promoting educational and
moral aims which are fortified by a determined leadership
with a clear vision for the Filipino youth and an efficient
support system inspired by the virtues of public service.
With a long-standing reputation as a vanguard of truth
and social justice, PUP also pays homage to the Great
Conscience and Brain of the Philippine Revolution,
Apolinario Mabini who reflects everything the University
upholds especially its mission of public enlightenment.
On top is the University Star Logo , symbol of PUP’s
image as the Light of the Nation. It stands for the
perfection of the human person and the search for truth. Its
five concentric circles represent infinite wisdom and each
point of the star signifies integrity, ingenuity, industry,
intelligence and internationalism – the core values of PUP
as a Total University.
Dedicated to the future, the obelisk stands here and now
as an emblem of strength and greatness that only time can
This masterpiece is built by designer and architect Lor
Calma in the year 2000. It depicts the dynamic
transformation of the University as it embraces the power of
Information and Communications Technology.
The sculpture is located at the main lobby of the Ninoy
Aquino Learning Resources Center, near the PUP ICT Center.
With the artwork is an inscription that says: "This
sculpture is dedicated to the students, faculty, academic
and administrative personnel, and the management of the
Polytechnic University of the Philippines for their
excellence, innovativeness, and unrelenting pursuit of the
highest ideals of academic standards in the field of
Information and Communication Technology under the
leadership and inspiration of Dr. Ofelia M. Carague."
The Centenary Insignia
The Centenary Logo is an emblem of a noble and glorious
past, a living testimony to the University population’s
adherence to the beautiful traits of loyalty, integrity,
love of peace, commitment to service, and undying love of
and devotion to God - essential attributes in the pursuit of
academic excellence and progress in a span of one hundred
Standing for the wheel of life is the circle which moves
incessantly to give life to all members of the academic
community - the administrators, the professoriate, the
non-academic personnel, and the studentry - walking hand in
hand, regardless of status in life, looking forward to a
resplendent life-giving future. As it is, the wheel of life
converges with Information and Communications Technology.
The laurel leaves inside the circle embody good health,
peace, harmony, and prosperity within the ambit of PUP and
the global village where the inhabitants meet as they
communicate the same ideals, ideas, and aspirations.
Within the centenary logo is the PUP logo which speaks
eloquently of PUP’s vital role in molding minds, enriching
souls, and giving firmer grounds to stand on.
From the circle emanate three big arrows which stand for
the rapid growth of high-tech education in all levels. The
University is now cited as the Center of Development in
different disciplines, especially Information and
From the Philippine Flag spring red and blue bands - a
symbol of the PUP community’s respect for nationalism and
Filipinism, strengthened by the PUPians’ role in
nation-building, courageous outlook, tenacity and
contribution to economic progress.
The rising sun emerges through the yellow color imbibing
the vision, mission, and goals of PUP and its endless search
for truth, excellence, quality, compassion, efficiency and
effectiveness as it tackles the functions of a University -
instruction, research, extension, and production.
Ten small arrows spring from the circle to herald the
University’s concern for people from all walks of life,
through the service and commitment in seven branches and
three campuses throughout the nation.