U.P. Chapel, a Modernist Landmark, Undergoes Restoration

The restoration and rehabilitation will continue in 2021.

Photography: Courtesy of DMCI Homes

The University of the Philippines has a many iconic structures, and one of them is the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice, more commonly known as U.P Chapel. This storied and well-loved landmark was a modernist expression by national artist Leandro Locsin, and has been recognized as a Cultural Treasure by the National Museum and a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Institute.


Its popular circular lay-out has 14 entrances with no doors, with its pews surrounding an altar raised on a round dais at its center. Works of other national artists could be seen within the dome: the murals of the Stations of the Cross were done by Vicente Manansala with the help of Ang Kiukok; the hanging crucifix was by Napoleon Abueva; the “River of Life” floor terrazzo made from marble chips was by Arturo Luz.


To combat wear and tear of the 65-year-old landmark, rehabilitation and restoration of the chapel was led by DMCI Homes after consultations with U.P. officials. Some of the work included “repair of masonry cracks, de-clogging of downspouts and drains, and the installation of new electrical fixtures.

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The chapel also got a fresh coat of paint from its railings to its iconic dome. The artistic installations within the structure, however, were left untouched.

The restoration of the ceiling and the dome’s underside will continue in 2021.

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