University Center for Culture and the Arts
The University Center for Culture and the Arts (UCCA) had its beginnings with the organization in 1974 of Buklod Sining, a central cultural body -under whose umbrella were the following cultural groups: Dulambuhay, Himig Lahi (a faculty choral group), Bagong Himig, Banda Kawayan, Rondalla, Brass Band, and the PCC Dance Troupe.
The 1976 University Reorganization Plan included in the university structure the Cultural Development Office (CDO) which was placed under the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Development . Before the creation of the CDO, cultural programs were undertaken without benefit of direction from a formal university unit. Consequently, there were no defined objectives or programs.
The University President then had visions of instituting a “cultural renaissance” in the University to make it one of the dynamic “cultural centers” in the country. These visions were to be ambitiously achieved by an educational institution which did not have formal courses in the arts but had only people with the abilities and talents to accomplish the tasks.
With the designation of a Director and an Assistant Director, the Cultural Development Office was formally organized on October 1, 1980. On November 17, 1980 the University President issued Office Order No. 6, s. 1980 renaming the Office the University Center for Cultural Affairs (UCCA). This was in line with the concept of integrating and unifying the approaches to cultural development in the academe and to make the University a major center for Filipino cultural development.
On July 3, 1981 the University President issued Office Order No. 1 s. 1981 which placed the supervision and coordination of religious organizations under the University Center for Cultural Affairs. This was in line with the University’s objective of satisfying the academic community’s need for spiritual fulfillment and the promotion of interfaith endeavors.
When the new administration implemented its reorganization plan in 1987, the unit was renamed University Center for Culture and the Arts (UCCA) and was placed directly under the Office of the Dean for Student Services. A new Chief and two Assistant Chiefs were designated. Under the UCCA umbrella were the following groups: PUP Bagong Himig, PUPLHS Choral Group, PUP Banda Kawayan, PUP Rondalla, PUP Brass Band, PUP Polysound, PUP Maharlika Dance Artists, Filipiniana Dance Troupe, Sining-Lahi State Poly Repertory and the newest addition, the PUP Arnis Club.
Religious organizations, on the other hand, have been placed under the supervision of the newly formed Campus Ministries Office.
A result of the reorganization of the PUP structure in 1992 was placing the UCCA under the Office of the Vice President for Student Services.
In 1993 the UCCA was placed under a single chief with an assistant chief, a setup which lasted until 1996. In November of the same year, a director headed the UCCA which was renamed University Center for Cultural Affairs. An assistant director was also designated and the positions of UCCA Chief of Offices were abolished.
In 2012 the UCCA was reorganized. A director was designated and four (4) sections were formed with their respective chiefs: 1. Drama and Performing Arts; 2. Music; 3. Drama and Performing Arts; and 3. The PUP Banda Kawayan.
Under a new Director in 2014, the UCCA had undergone a major transformation within its function, revisiting its vision, mission and objectives and applying a core value of ‘networking’ and ‘sharing’ in its programs and activities. It has partnered with PUP units and offices as well as art and cultural personalities, institutions, government agencies and private associations within the country in all its activities and programs and has followed the commitment of using the arts as an agent for change.
Cultural organizations had revisited their core functions and some had taken a major repackaging in its development and services. Monthly-themed celebrations and advocacy activities had been put into place. To centralize all efforts of the student artists, alliances of similar art discipline organizations within the community had been forged. Among these groups were the PUP Theatre Alliance, PUP Hiphop Alliance and the PUP Chorale. PUP Bugkos (Bukluran ng Sining sa Pagkilos), an alliance PUP cultural units was also created to bring the art and cultural services to the PUP branches and campuses.
Three Section Chiefs were placed to handle the cultural organizations: the Music Section include the Bagong Himig Serenata, Harana String Company and the Polysound Band; the Dance and Drama Section include Maharlika Dance Artists and the Sining-Lahi Polyrepertory; the Visual Arts Section include Buklod Sining, PUPil and FilmBayan; while the cultural promotions group, PUP iCons was directly under the supervision of the Director.
To better encapsulate the UCCA as a cultural service provider of the PUP community, it has adapted a new logo bearing the iconic PUP Pylon and the baybayin symbols representing the three core sections. It included among its services aside from cultural performances and representations, theatre house management, the PUP Cultural Walk, Photo and Video Documentation, Promotion (Modelling) as well as Outreach and Extension Services via Art Workshops and Production Management.
The UCCA had also taken the challenge of developing and strengthening the capacity and service of the PUP Theatre located within the COC Compound. Adapting the name, “Ang Tanghalan ng Bayan,” it has been home to major events in culture and the arts within the community.