Yakal Residence Hall Association
Location: Magsaysay Avenue
Capacity: 196 males and 182 females
Contact Number: 981-8500 local 4620
Yakal Residence Hall Association (YRHA)
The UP Yakal Residence Hall Association (UP YRHA) is the official in-house association of residents in Yakal Residence Hall, the most sought after dormitory of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Since its inception in 1962, YRHA has actively forwarded its objectives of promoting academic excellence and enhancing camaraderie among its residents through activities that will help in achieving the aforementioned goals.
Yakal Residence Hall was built in 1962 from the vestiges of six-type A cottages of UP Men's North Dormitory which were demolished in 1961. US Peace Corps-male and female volunteers, including Filipino counterparts, were the first occupants of Yakal for one summer in 1962. Upon their departure, female students of all year levels who could not be accomodated in Banahaw Residence Hall (now Ilang-Ilang Residence Hall) were accepted.
This unit became a men's hall for the undergraduates, from sophomores to seniors between 1962 to 1966. It was not until the construction of the Female Extension on October, 1978 that Yakal was made co-educational. Upon completion of the building, all female residents from Narra were asked to transfer to Yakal. At the start of the second semester, 1978-1979, male residents immediately worked out the reorganization of the Yakal House Council with female residents.
Yakal Residence Hall is a two-storey co-educational dormitory for both freshmen and upperclassmen. A centrally-located lobby connects the main building to its extension. The lobby is furnished with a piano, and several sofa sets. To the east is the recreation room provided with a ping-pong table. Adjacent the recreation room is a fenced, well-lighted basketball court.
The main building, which houses the male students, has two wings with a total accommodation capacity of 196. Four students occupy a room with double-decked beds. Communal facilities include the TV Area located near the lobby. Refrigerators are also provided. The Extension of Yakal, which houses female students, is parallel to the main building. Comprising of two wings with a total accommodation capacity of 182, only two students occupy a room with built-in furnishings. The beds are single level.
After more than four decades of existence, the comfort rooms of Yakal male wing was finally renovated through the initiative of Mr. Rodolfo A. Robidillo, the dormitory manager from 2002-2007 and 2009 to present. He also improved the comfort rooms of the female wing and the receiving area including the counter during his term.
The renovation was funded by the Office of the Chancellor. The Yakal Residence Hall Internet Connection Project was also launched and implemented on June 29, 2004. Yakal Residence Hall is the first dormitory in the campus to have internet access.
- Amazing Race
- Acoustic Night
- Faces of Yakal
- Take Her Out
- Open House
- Videoke Challenge
Newbies Night Out
Linggo ng Wika
Yakal House Council 2013-2014
Chairperson: Rodante O. Manansala Jr.
Vice Chairperson for Internal Affairs: Joel dela Paz
Vice Chairperson for External Affairs: Samuel Arellano
Executive Secretary: Alexander John Cruz
Head, Education & Research Committee: Albert Yumol
Head, Socio-cultural Committee: Marlon Mopon Jr.
Head, Dormitory Welfare & Coordination Committee: Searle Aichelle Duay
Head, Sports Committee: Stephen Yu
Head, Publicity Committee: Allen John Guanzon
Head, Finance Committee: Martin Estrera
Head, Freshmen Committee: Patrick Dominguiano
Yakal House Council 2012-2013
Chairperson: Jose Ruel V. Fabia
Vice Chairperson for Internal Affairs: Searle Aichelle Duay
Vice Chairperson for External Affairs: Kelsey Rhyss Galleon
Executive Secretary: John Francis Mansos
Head, Education & Research Committee: Ronn Patrick L. Guingguing
Head, Socio-cultural Committee: Daren Jay Quinio
Head, Dormitory Welfare & Coordination Committee: Arnold Onrubia
Head, Sports Committee: Gabriel Joshua Dominisac
Head, Publicity Committee: Mark Gil Carilo
Head, Finance Committee: Gene Mark Tobeza
Head, Marketing Committee: Rovir Jefferson Agner
Yakal House Council 2011-2012
Chairperson: John Paul A. Mendoza
Vice Chairperson for Internal Affairs: Ronn Patrick L. Guingguing
Vice Chairperson for External Affairs: Jose Adrian J. Dalangin
Executive Secretary: John Martin Rey C. Estrera
Head, Education & Research Committee: Rodante O. Manansala Jr.
Head, Socio-cultural Committee: Bryan G. Diano
Head, Dormitory Welfare & Coordination Committee: Maxell P. Lumbera
Head, Sports Committee: Stan Kristian G. Ejera
Head, Publicity Committee: John Francis L. Mansos
Head, Finance Committee: Romeo Jay C. Pragacha
Head, Marketing Committee: Mark Gil C. Carilo
Yakal House Council 2009-2010
Chairperson: Joanne Binasoy
Vice Chairperson for Internal Affairs: Ma. Concepcion Cueto
Vice Chairperson for External Affairs: Mon Jeffrey Transfiguracion
Executive Secretary: Ayen Ramos
Head, Education & Research Committee: Little Hermie Monterde
Head, Socio-cultural Committee: Clifford Apilar
Heads, Dormitory Welfare & Coordination Committee: John Paul Mendoza & Angela Belgera
Head, Sports Committee: Felix Urbino
Head, Publicity Committee: Florencio De los Reyes
Head, Finance Committee: Ian Penafiel
Head, Marketing Committee: Alexander Luciano