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Division of Humanities

History of the Division

The BA in Communication Arts was instituted in 1973. It has an annual intake of 35 new students and it has produced 449 graduates who have gone on to pursue careers in teaching, research, cultural work, journalism, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, organizational communication, community development, educational leadership, law, and diplomacy. Some of its outstanding graduates have joined the program faculty and they have gone on to specialize in fields that comprise or are allied to Communication Arts, such as Art Studies, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Heritage Studies, Media Studies, Creative Writing and Theatre Arts. The BACA curriculum has been recently revised to respond to current needs and social conditions in the Eastern Visayas community and in the national and international spheres. It now offers three areas of specialization: Literature and Creative Writing, Theatre Arts and Media Studies. The individual faculty has sought to keep individual courses up to date as well as provide a stimulating environment for students through co-curricular cultural and arts events. 

The Division of Humanities has engaged students and faculty in creative writing and performing arts workshops with resource persons who are nationally and internationally recognized artists and cultural educators: Professor Emeritus Merlie Alunan (UPVTC), Dr. Victor Sugbo (UPVTC), Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera (National Artist for Literature), F. Sionil Jose (National Artist for Literature), Dr. Dinah Roma (DLSU) Mr. Victor Penaranda, Alfred “Krip” Yuson, Dr. Emmanuel Daelo “Vim” Carmelo Nadera (PSHA & UP Diliman), Prof. Ricardo de Ungria (UP Mindanao), Tim Tomlinson (New York University), Prof. Antonino de Veyra (UP Mindanao), Dr. Patricia Arinto (UP Open University) and Mr. Alden Lugnasin (Ballet Philippines) and Ms. June Mercy P. Dalisay (community-based installation artist). Faculty and students lead the UPVTC and the larger community in organizing festive events that include lectures, workshops, forums, poetry reading, open mic spoken poetry, exhibits, and performing arts and theatre productions in celebration of the National Arts Month of February, National Literature Month of April, and the National Indigenous Peoples’ Month of October among other special occasions. Through these activities, students enjoy the opportunity to share their own creative work such as original poetry, installation art, performance art, and theater productions. Foremost among these is the annual KALARAKAN open space avantgarde theater produced and performed by the senior BA Communication Arts students that have become a spectacular presentation attracting audiences from other schools. The Division has launched the mini literary magazine named MANAGBANAG that features poetry written by students. Creative writers among the alumni have become published and awarded poets and leaders in organizing creative communities in Eastern Visayas.


A center of academic excellence in the Humanities and Communication Arts in Eastern Visayas.


The mission of the Division of Humanities is to develop professionals and specialists in the disciplines of the Arts who contribute to the enhancement of manpower resources of both public and private organizations. To produce communication arts practitioners, scholars, researches, cultural workers, and artists who lead in the preservation and advancement of culture and the arts.


  1. To develop in the students an appreciation for arts and culture and commitment toward their preservation;
  2. To develop opportunities wherein students can acquire the basic language and media skills for communication;
  3. To conduct research in the Humanities to meet the needs of the region and the nation.
  4. To produce graduates who demonstrate a clear understanding and appreciation for arts and culture and commitment towards their preservation and advancement.
  5. To produce competent communication arts practitioners who will contribute in the upliftment of life in the region and the nation.
  6. To develop scholars with research competencies in the Humanities and in the Communication Arts to meet the needs of the region and the nation