A while back, we sent one of our travel interns to check out prooPH’s UPCAT: University of the Philippines Culture and Arts Tour, and the verdict is in.
‘The University of the Philippines, Diliman’ are words that when said or heard can inevitably intimidate. This prestigious and respected institution is home to the brightest of minds and the richest of history, and what better way to celebrate both than to immerse myself by way of a walking tour of the famed campus? Delve into its nitty gritty with people who know it for what it really is – prooPH.
Their very own UPCAT (UP Culture and Arts Tour) showcases how various forms of art, history and culture bursts with deep-rooted patriotism in every inch of the university. You can ask almost anything about the place, and there is most likely an answer to it. Every little detail has a story to back it up.
To see as locals do, the tour had a special and refreshing way of making me feel like I was being shown around by old friends in a hazy but familiar place. I’m pretty sure I’ve come across these pieces of information in school once or twice before, but to see them come alive through stories and comedic antics by my guides Anj, Topher and Jods was something else. Them being true blue (maroon?) UP students since day one helped in cultivating their unique and authentic take on things, filled with surprises left and right.
prooPH magnifies the ordinary and amazes you with an even greater backstory, delivered in an entertaining mix of modern, raw and poetic Filipino. Who would’ve thought that the guardhouse and waiting sheds along the university entrance were carefully angled at a degree not only to aesthetically please but to also shade people from the sun at any time of day? Or that the administration building known to many as the Oblation’s backdrop has floor tiles that bounce back the sun to illuminate the building? Or that the campus is home to the dreamiest lagoon that rises up with bright, pink lilies resting on the surface? These were just a few of my favorite sights from the entire tour.
prooPH inc’s UPCAT is a carefully curated tour that promotes ecotourism and art appreciation, finding beauty in all things Filipino and all things UP.
Rooted in love for the Philippines, prooPH inc is driven by the passion to uplift the morale of Filipinos by emphasizing the different aspects of our country that show what being Filipino is all about. They aim to give value to what our country can offer locally and globally from its people, culture, art, history, society and its other facets.
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