Welcome to the 2016 Stetson Southeast Asian Regional Rounds (SEARR). The University of the Philippines Law Center and its Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea (UP-IMLOS) are pleased to host this year’s qualifying competition once more. While the competition proper will be held only over a couple of days, we wish that you could take the time to explore Metro Manila and bring more than just happy memories of the Stetson SEARR back home.
Introduction to Metro Manila, Quezon City and UP
The Philippines’ sprawling metropolis has grown beyond its capital, Manila. Today, Metro Manila is composed of sixteen adjacent cities which are home to the national government’s offices, financial hubs, and the country’s largest universities. These cities are linked primarily by the national thoroughfare, Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), and three light rail transit lines (MRT, LRT 1 and LRT 2). Under normal traffic circumstances, Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City is an hour and a half’s drive away from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. Clark International Airport in the Province of Pampanga, on the other hand, is outside Metro Manila, but is also an hour away from the University of the Philippines (UP).
UP is the country’s national university. The UP System is comprised of seven constituent universities in fifteen campuses across the nation, the largest of which is the flagship unit, the University of the Philippines in Diliman, which is on a 493-hectare campus in Quezon City. The UP College of Law is housed in Malcolm Hall, which is among the buildings that line the University’s Academic Oval.
Quezon City has its fair share of modest accommodations that are less than thirty minutes away from the University of the Philippines. Booking accommodations more than a month or two in advance is highly recommended, as the month of January could get pretty busy in the Philippines.