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
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 existence.
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 University.
The five concentric circles are white because it symbolizes purity.
See also: The PUP Logo Design Specifications, Guidelines, and Visual Identity Standards
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 (1978).
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 nation.
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 artistic interpretation.
The Pylon originally
stood for the true, the good and the beautiful.
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 important undertaking.
Since 1987, however, the Pylon came to symbolized truth, excellence and
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
Dedicated to the future, the obelisk stands here and now as an emblem of
strength and greatness that only time can change.
The Centenary Insignia
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 years (1904-2004).
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
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
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.