(SPOT.ph) To say that the lines were long at the University of the Philippines - Diliman campus today is a huge understatement. Despite an extension of its original deadline date of July 27, over 10,000 high school students and their parents were estimated to have gone to the state university's campus today, July 30, to submit their applications to take the University of the Philippines College Admission Test or UPCAT. Things got a bit chaotic: lines became disorganized, students passed out, the size of the crowd started to rival that of a tightly packed MRT train car during rush hour.
It's not the first time a large number of students has applied to study at UP. In 2017, the university received over 103,000 applications. Not everyone who applies to take the exam actually end up taking it, but here are 10 posts that capture just how real the struggle for a good education got today.
On the last day of filing UPCAT applications for Metro Manila private schools, thousands of students and parents crowd in front of the UPD Office of Admissions. pic.twitter.com/i3lRLzSIak— Philippine Collegian (@phkule) July 30, 2018
The crowds were intense, to say the least.
UPCAT Applicants are already lining up at UP Diliman OUR. Currently pinapaalis ng guard (photo not mine)— T’CHALLA MAN (@Obissity) July 29, 2018
Huhu laban mga bata ????@upsystem please do something about this huhu pic.twitter.com/Xd9SgAYPxa
Applicants were lining up as early as the night of Sunday, July 29.
who would win?— jeg ???? (@diegs_valencia) July 29, 2018
sum iPhone release date
UPCAT reqs submission
Well, we see the similarities.
LOOK: Senior high school students flock the UP Office of Admissions on the last day of the submission of application requirements for UPCAT 2019 (for Metro Manila private schools). @gmanews pic.twitter.com/FL4Pg6ZvqL— Erwin Colcol (@erwincolcol) July 30, 2018
Gives the old joke "University of Pila" a whole new meaning.
PANOORIN: Pila ng mga estudyante na magsusumite ng application form para sa UPCAT sa UP Diliman, Quezon City pic.twitter.com/hx1Ri4kyyo— Raya Capulong (@RayaCapulong) July 30, 2018
It seemed like the lines would never end.
ambaboy naman @ UPCAT applicants :( >:( pic.twitter.com/wQ8ppb9dTD— Jody Ng (@jodydng) July 30, 2018
There's never an excuse for littering!
Went to get my TOR and only then realized why it was such a bad idea. Stampede ng UPCAT 2019 application. ???? pic.twitter.com/KummmxRRgk— Manell Queen ? (@metromanella) July 30, 2018
Another stampede to rival the great Zark's stampede of 2017.
LOOK: UPCAT applicants still hoping to get inside UP Office of Admissions and submit their applications. Meanwhile, the line inside is still long. pic.twitter.com/lUmvGBjYgc— Mike Navallo (@mikenavallo) July 30, 2018
Stay strong, children!
Apparently, it’s the last day to submit requirements for UPCAT. witnessed chaos and people literally losing their consciousness. The gates are almost broken. Parang magkaka stampede na ???? This video doesn’t even give justice to what is happening in UPD today #UPCAT2019 pic.twitter.com/DzcJMzLq0b— Aleeza Cruz (@aleezacrz) July 30, 2018
Suddenly, the MRT at rush hour seems pretty roomy.
Applicants in line for UPCAT Application in UP Diliman now chants “Extension” pic.twitter.com/3g2WsuW7tE— Yna (@ynaishteru) July 30, 2018