The UP Artists’ Circle is a university fraternity founded on May 22, 1972, at the College of Fine Arts, University of Philippines.

With two chapters in Diliman and Baguio, scores of men have joined our ranks in pursuit of artistic excellence. Built upon principles of Loyalty, Humility, and Determination – our members serve their communities, pursue academic and professional success, and enjoy lifelong brotherhood.


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49th Anniversary

Join us as we celebrate our 49th year
and strengthen our commitment to service through art.
Lapit na 50 ‘musta na, The UP Artists’ Circle Fraternity 49th Anniversary Celebration this 22nd of May 2021. #AC49 #Lapitna50 / Zoom link to be announced via private message.


The Pioneers- The 1970s

The Diliman Commune, a student uprising in February of 1971 that preceded the founding of the UP Artists’ Circle in May of 1972.

The UP Artists’ Circle was born on a tumultuous time in the nation’s history and it is impossible not to mention certain historical events in writing about its beginnings.

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The Artists’ Circle, is a university fraternity for artists based in the University of the Philippines which shares a long history with the UP College of Fine Arts.

Alumni of the Artists’ Circle Fraternity currently constitute a large portion of the UP College of Fine Arts faculty. It accepts into membership those who are practitioners of an art form and enrolled at any degree-granting unit of the University in Diliman and Baguio. When it was founded in 1972, The fraternity primarily focused on the visual arts but has since recruited members who focused in theater, literature, music, architecture and design. AC is regarded as an institution of notable accomplishment and reputation in the Philippine art scene.

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Kalipunan is the Artists’ Circle Fraternity’s Annual Art Exhibit. It is a venue for advocating love for the arts and art education. This project is led by faculty and student members and aimed at strengthening social awareness of various art forms that lead to greater student involvement.

Some activities leading to the culminating art exhibit included workshops, art contests, and cultural nights in and out of campus.

The campaign is aided by sponsors and advertisement through mass media and donations by the alumni.

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Mon Jimenez

Ramon Jimenez ’72

Ramon Reyes Jimenez Jr.  known as Mon Jimenez, is a prominent advertising executive and is notable for being the Secretary of Tourism of the Philippines during the presidency of Benigno Aquino III.

Neil Doloricon

Neil Doloricon ’74

Social realist painter, printmaker, social critic and educator, Neil Doloricon is currently a professor at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts. He also served as Dean of the College and as chairperson of the Committee on Arts and Humanities in the Commission on Higher Education. Neil Doloricon is also an awardee of Gawad para sa Sining Biswal of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He was also the holder of the Fernando Amorsolo and Guillermo Tolentino Professorial Chairs at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts.

Mark Meily

Mark Meily ’84

Mark A. Meily is a multi-awarded film director, producer and a film educator who started his career in the Philippines. He has directed campaigns for Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Coca-Cola, DocuSign, and FICO. He is currently the chair of the Filmmaking program of the De La Salle-College St. Benilde in Manila.

Dino Ignacio

Dino Ignacio ’94

Webby Award Dino Ignacio is the lead user interface designer at EA Games. He designs and directs the implementation of the user interface. He’s the main guy that takes care of the user experience and how players interact with the game. He is also known among tech-hipsters as the dude who made Bert is Evil back in the ’90s

Rodel Tapaya ’97

Rodel Tapaya is one of the most recognizable names in Philippine contemporary art. He is as multi-awarded painter whose works have gained critical acclaim by winning important art prizes and exposure in international exhibitions. He broke out in the art scene by earning the coveted top prize in the Nokia Art Awards competed among artists in the Asia-Pacific region which allowed him to pursue intensive painting courses at the Parsons School of Design in New York and at the University of Helsinki in Finland.

Cian Dayrit ’08

Cian Dayrit is an intermedia artist working in painting, sculpture, and installation. He recently won the top prize at the Ateneo Art Awards (2017) and was selected for the CCP Thirteen Artists Awards for 2018.




Amorsolo Hall,
UP College of Fine Arts
E. Jacinto St. UP Diliman Campus
Quezon City

College of Arts and Communication
UP Baguio Campus
Baguio City


UP Artists’ Circle Fraternity