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.

The Artists’ Circle holds exhibits and shows throughout the year but the most prominent is its annual exhibition, the Kalipunan which ran at galleries from February 2005-March 2010, featuring varying works and participating artists from both residents and alumni of the UP Artists’ Circle.

The UP Artists’ Circle renews it recognition yearly from the UP Office of Student Affairs.

Service through Art

The Vinzons Hall Lobby Mural is a witness to the unending student activism in the interest of the marginalized masses. The mural speaks of the cruelty of Martial Law; for those who have been abducted, tortured, and summarily executed by the state. It was commissioned by Armando Malay, Dean of Student Affairs in 1978, and was a collaborative work by the members of UP Artists’ Circle Fraternity.- From Project Mural Facebook page.

Fraternity Seal


The Artists’ Circle drew its fraternity seal based on the letter “A” enclosed in shape of a circle surrounded by a laurel wreath. The number of laurel leaves represent the thirteen pioneers of the fraternity. The angle of the triangle in letter “A” is also symbolic– it corresponds to the founding date of the Fraternity. The triangle within the circle stands for the three tenets of the fraternity- Loyalty, Humility, and Determination.

The seal uses two colors: Royal Blue and Yellow Gold.

Pantone colors:

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Fraternity Flower, Pin and Badge

sweetheartspraywhiterosesboutonnierebsr109514041644617The UP Artists’ Circle uses white roses exclusively in its rituals for departed brothers. The Farewell Ceremony, also known as the White Roses Ceremony was first held on January 23, 2010 to honor the life of Ian Dorado ’07, who died at the age of 19.

White roses have been favored by the fraternity because they showcase the structural beauty of the rose better than any other color. They are suited to reverent occasions, and are fitting way to honor a friend or loved one in recognition of a new beginning or a farewell.

16143722_406039229729144_4660306102677358076_oThe pure white color conveys respect, pays homage to new beginnings and expresses hope for the future. Historically, the white rose symbolized innocence and purity.

The wearing of the fraternity pin and badge is a common custom in fraternities but it is usually limited to formal meetings and ritual ceremonies. Exchanging fraternity pins between different batches and from a brother to a sweetheart is common practice.

Our Mission

The Artists’ Circle is dedicated to developing artists of integrity, intellect, and high moral character and to fostering a truly lifelong fraternal experience.

To fulfill this mission, The AC Fraternity will:

• Encourage all our members to live the values taught in our ritual.
• Provide innovative services and programs designed to enrich the lives of our undergraduates, alumni, and communities.
• Create opportunities for our undergraduate and alumni members to participate in the life of the Artists’ Circle frat man on a daily basis.
• Promote and foster a spirit of pride, loyalty, inclusion and respect for the Artists’ Circle and its rich history.
• Empower our undergraduate and alumni members to help shape our future by being informed ambassadors and involved advocates.
• Encourage our undergraduate and alumni members to take an active role in advancing the Artists’ Circle interests by volunteering their time and by contributing to the Fraternity’s annual giving campaign.
• Communicate effectively and efficiently with our alumni, students and host institutions through various channels on a continuous basis.
• Value academic achievement and practice academic integrity.
• Establish positive and lasting relationships with our host institutions, alumni and communities.
• Encourage our members to be of strong mind and body.

The Creed of the Fraternity

Service through Art.

Our Vision

The Artists’ Circle will set the standard of integrity, artistic excellence, and achievement for our members, host institutions, and the communities in which we live.

Our Integrity

Our Founders created the Artists’ Circle to attract men committed to the full development of their intellectual and personal potential. This object requires that a community of trust exist among all brothers, along with a faithful devotion to truth and honor. Integrity is demanded in all relationships and pursuits, both personal and academic.

Notable members

    • Armand Bacaltos ’72, one of the 13 founders of the fraternity, painter, and professor of fine arts
    • Ramon Jimenez ’72, advertiser, Department of Tourism Secretary (2011-2016)
    • Froilan Madriñan ’72- sculptor and professor of fine arts, first faculty adviser
    • Luisito Ac-Ac ’73, sculptor
    • Benjamin Cabangis ’74, painter, CCP Thirteen Artists Awardee (1978)
    • Neil Doloricon ’74,  Former Dean of the College of Fine Arts, CCP Thirteen Artists Awardee (1990)
    • Leonardo Rosete ’74, incumbent Dean of the UP College of Fine Arts
    • Mariano del Rosario ’74, painter, CCP Thirteen Artists Awardee (1978)
    • Rock Drilon ’74, painter and gallerist
    • Roberto Acosta ’76, Metrobank Art and Design Excellence Award- Sculpture Program Grand Award (2016)
    • Popo San Pascual ’78, painter, CCP Thirteen Artists Awardee (1988)
    • Prudencio ‘Dengcoy’ Miel ’81, painter and cartoonist whose works have appeared in the New York Times an Straits Times of Singapore.
    • Bernardo Pacquing ’84, painter, CCP Thirteen Artists Awardee (2000)
    • Ferdinand Doctolero ’85, painter and Head of Fine Arts Department, Technological University of the Philippines
    • Mark Meily ’87, multi-awarded film-maker and Palanca Prize-Winning writer
    • Dino Ignacio ’95, digital artist, Webby Award Winner (1998)
    • Poklong Anading ’95, multi-media artist, CCP Thirteen Artists Awardee (2006), winner of the Ateneo Art Awards (2008)
    • Ernest Concepcion ’95, painter and CCP Thirteen Artists Awardee (2015)
    • Rodel Tapaya ’97, painter and Signature Art Prize winner (2010), Thirteen Artists Awardee (2013)
    • Lex Marcos ’97, scenic designer and stage actor
    • Andrei Vocalan ’00,  chef and owner of Angono Balaw-balaw restaurant, Gawad Natatanging Rizaleño (2017)
    • Tomas Leonor ’04, of STEP Juan, volunteer who is walking all over the Philippines for children with cancer.
    • Cian Dayrit ’08, multi-media Artist, CCP Thirteen Artists Awardee (2018), and winner of the Ateneo Art Awards (2017)