UP Cesar E.A. Virata

School of Business

The Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business (VSB) of the University of the Philippines in Diliman is the leading institution in management education in the Philippines. Established as the College of Business Administration in 1916, it has since been at the forefront of the formation of national business and educational leaders and breakthrough business research, all in pursuit of academic excellence.
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News & Announcements

[REMINDER] 2022 Alumni Homecoming - 11 February 2023

Less than a month to go before the 2022 Alumni Homecoming on 11 February 2023 (Saturday), 10 AM at the Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business in UP Diliman. Honoree batches are invited to RSVP through your batch coordinators in the attached list. Ticket prices at Php 1,500. For interested corporate sponsors, sponsorship packages are available through Raquel Avante at rmavante1@up.edu.ph. Thanks and see you there!

VSB Internal Shifting for 2nd Semester AY 2022-23

UP VSB Internal Shifting Applications for 2nd Semester 2022-2023 are NOW OPEN!


Only applicants transferring from BA BAA to BA BA will be entertained. Visit https://tinyurl.com/VSBShiftingInternal or scan the QR code to access shifting requirements.


Deadline for submission of requirements through the online form is on 31 January 2023 (Tuesday), 11:59 PM.

[NEWS] 2023 VSB Executive Committee

The Cesar EA Virata School of Business welcomes the new year with a refreshed slate of administration leadership, helmed by the new Dean, Dr. Maria Regina Lucia M. Lizares.


In the photo are the members of the VSB Executive Committee, from left to right:

  • Prof. Mikhael Anjelu B. Magana, Undergraduate Programs Director

  • Dr. Dave DG. Centeno, PhD Program Director

  • Prof. Josel Richa Ann D. Rivera, Masters Programs Director

  • Dr. Maria Regina Lucia M. Lizares, Dean

  • Prof. Ma. Angelica Esmera Calso, Department of Accounting and Finance Chair

  • Dr. Erik Paolo S. Capistrano, College Secretary, and

  • Prof. Luis Diego D. Lee, Department of Business Administration Chair

The team completed its Strategic Planning for 2023 and beyond last 9 January 2023, and is looking forward to serving the VSB community.


[ANNOUNCEMENT] Call for Applications - PhD in Business Administration (2023 Intake) at UP Diliman

The Ph.D. in Business Administration program of the University of the Philippines Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business is now accepting applicants for the 2023 Intake.

The deadline of submission of application requirements is on March 10, 2023.

Interested applicants may visit the following link for the admission application details: https://www.vsb.upd.edu.ph/phd-program/admission.

2022 VSB Alumni Homecoming - 11 February 2023

The UP Virata School of Business will be hosting the 2022 UP VSB Alumni Homecoming on 11 February 2023 (Saturday) from 10 AM to 2 PM. This year, the honoree classes are 1962 (Diamond), 1967 (Emerald), 1972 (Golden), 1977 (Sapphire), 1982 (Ruby), 1987 (Coral), 1992 (Pearl), 1997 (Silver), and BSBAA Class 2022 who passed the 2022 CPA Licensure Examination. All BSBA, BSBAA, MBA, MS Finance, MS Management, and PhD graduates of Classes 2002, 2007, 2012, and 2017 will also be invited.


To ensure the timely delivery of invitations to honoree classes, all VSB alumni may update their profile through the following link: https://tinyurl.com/VSBAlumniProfile.

VSB Professorial Chair and Faculty Grant Lecture Series - December 2022 [UPDATED]

Everyone is invited to attend the Professorial Chair Lecture Series this December. The schedules and link to the Zoom lecture are as follows:


Dr. Ben Paul B. Gutierrez

Topic: Jollibee Foods Corporation: Opportunities and Risks

Date and Time: 9 Dec 2022 (Friday), 11 AM


Dr. Debbie Chua Bun Pho

Topic: Board Diversity in Selected Philippine Industries

Date and Time: 15 Dec 2022 (Thursday), 11 AM


Prof. James Ryan O. Jonas

Topic: Profile of Loan Customers in UP and Policy Implications for UP Provident Fund

Date and Time: 15 Dec 2022 (Thursday), 1 PM


Dr. Daniel Vincent H. Borja

Topic: Duration and Practical Applications

Date and Time: 21 Dec 2022 (Wednesday), 1 PM


Topic: UPVSB Professorial Chair and Faculty Grant Lectures

Join Zoom Meeting

https://up-edu.zoom.us/j/97566340385

Meeting ID: 975 6634 0385

Passcode: VSBLects


The schedule for Faculty Grant Lectures will follow.

Call for Nominations: 2022 UP VSB Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA)

The school will honor its alumni who have outstanding accomplishments in the field of Business Management, and/or Entrepreneurship, and/or public service. Nominations for the 2022 UP VSB Distinguished Alumni Awards are now open.

The awardees, along with the 2021 awardees, will be honored during the annual alumni homecoming on Saturday, February 11, 2023 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) at the UP VSB Building. This year, the honoree classes are 1962 (Diamond), 1967 (Emerald), 1972 (Golden), 1977 (Sapphire), 1982 (Ruby), 1987 (Coral), 1992 (Pearl), 1997 (Silver), and BSBAA Class 2022 who passed the 2022 CPA Licensure Examination. All BSBA, BSBAA, MBA, MS Finance, MS Management, and PhD graduates of Classes 2002, 2007, 2012, and 2017 will also be invited.


Selection Criteria

1. The nominee must have demonstrated outstanding achievement as a professional manager in an industry, and/or;

2. The nominee is a successful entrepreneur whose firm has a respectable size in terms of Total Assets and/or number of personnel; and/or

3. The nominee has rendered distinguished public service.

Past recipients of the DAA will no longer be considered for this award. The accomplished nomination form (https://tinyurl.com/VSBDAA2022) and justification should be emailed to the Alumni Awards Committee (vsbdean.upd@up.edu.ph) no later than Friday, January 6, 2023, 5:00 PM.

Appointment of the Dean of the VSB - 10 November 2022

In its 1375th meeting held 10 November 2022, the UP Board of Regents appointed Associate Professor Maria Regina Lucia M. Lizares, Ph.D. as the Dean of the Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business.

Dr. Lizares will serve as the 15th Dean of the VSB.

[2022 CPALE RESULTS] UP VSB PRODUCES 30 NEW CPAs, 4 TOPNOTCHERS

Thirty (30) graduates of the UP Virata School of Business successfully hurdled the October 2022 Certified Public Accountants Licensure Examination. The new CPAs are from the BS Business Administration and Accountancy Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Over-all, the school registered a passing rate of 88.29%, with 30 passers out of 34 examinees. The Professional Regulation Commission announced that there are 1,722 new CPAs out of 6,665 examinees, or a national passing rate of 25.84%.

Among the new CPAs from UP VSB, four (4) were recognized as topnotchers: Lorenz D. Nalica (6th place), Angelica D. Igna (7th place), Keith Daniel A. Dee (8th place), and Loudette Remirose C. Tejada (8th place).

The successful examinees will formally take their oath later this year.

Congratulations to our new CPAs!

[UPDATED] Officer-in-Charge, Virata School of Business, October 2022

Professor Carlos C. Bautista, PhD., has been appointed as Officer-in-Charge of the Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business by UP Diliman Chancellor Fidel R. Nemenzo. Dr. Bautista's appointment is from October 11, 2022 onwards, until the appointment of a new Dean.

Virtual Public Forum for the Deanship of the UP Diliman Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business

The Nomination Committee for the 2022 Deanship of the UP Cesar EA Virata School of Business invites everyone to the Virtual Public Forum: Nominees' Presentation of Vision and Plans for the School on Monday, 12 September at 9:30 AM. All attendees are required to pre-register through this link: https://tinyurl.com/22VSBDeanForum.


Questions to the nominees can be sent in advance through: https://tinyurl.com/22VSBDeanQA.


The nominees are as follows:

  1. Dr. Erik Paolo S. Capistrano - Department of Business Administration

  2. Dr. Dave DG. Centeno - Department of Business Administration

  3. Dr. Maria Regina Lucia M. Lizares - Department of Business Administration

The nominees' vision, plans, and CV can be accessed here: https://tinyurl.com/22VSBDeanDocs.


For consultation sessions on 19 September, please email Raquel Avante at rmavante1@up.edu.ph.


2022 Call for Nominations to the Deanship of the UP Diliman Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business

Please see the call for nominations for the next dean of the UP Diliman Cesar EA Virata School of Business. Included are guidelines and a schedule of activities.


Nominations are welcome from 30 August to 6 September 2022 (5 PM). Kindly send all nominations to bbgutierrez@up.edu.ph.


Thank you very much!


Call for Papers: Philippine Management Review 2023 (Volume 30)

The Philippine Management Review is now accepting papers for consideration to its 2023 (Volume 30) edition.


The PMR is the official peer-reviewed journal of the University of the Philippines Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business, and is currently indexed in Proquest's ABI/INFORM Collection.


Please be guided by the following dates for this round of call for papers:

  • 1 August 2022: Call for Papers

  • 15 January 2023: Deadline for paper submission

  • January 2023 – April 2023: Review process

  • May 2023: Issuance of acceptance letters

  • June 2023: Expected date of publication


All submissions should be emailed to the Editor, Prof. Erik Paolo S. Capistrano, at escapistrano@up.edu.ph.


You can visit our website at https://pmr.upd.edu.ph/index.php/pmr to download our past editions and for more details regarding the journal.


Please feel free to disseminate the attached call for papers and the publicity materials to your own academic and professional networks who might be interested to submit as well.

[UPDATED/REVISED] Officer-in-Charge, Virata School of Business, May 2022

[UPDATED/REVISED ANNOUNCEMENT] Associate Professor Debbie Chua Bun Pho, PhD., has been appointed as Officer-in-Charge of the Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business by UP Diliman Chancellor Fidel R. Nemenzo. Dr. Chua Bun Pho's appointment is from May 2, 2022 onwards, until further notice by the Office of the Chancellor.

This appointment supersedes the previous announcement designating UP Diliman Vice-Chancellor Payongayong as OIC of the School.

In Memoriam: Professor Gerardo Agulto, Jr.

Our dear friend and colleague Professor Gerardo Agulto Jr. passed away on March 10, 2022. Gerry taught graduate and undergraduate courses until his retirement in 2012 and was the MBA program director from 1992 to 2001. We will miss him and offer our condolences to his family and loved ones.

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