Dr. Maria Arlissa Aguiluz, a professor of Prosthodontics, took her oath of office as UP Regent before President Rodrigo Duterte on February 6, 2020 in Malacañang.
Appointed by the Palace for a term of two years, Regent Aguiluz replaced lawyer Frederick Mikhail “Spocky” Farolan, who served as UP Regent since November 11, 2016.
Aguiluz was Student Council chair and a graduate of the UP Manila College of Dentistry (UPCD); and was in the top 5 in the licensure board exam results for Dentistry. A former head of the Prosthodontics Section, she recently chaired the Department of Basic Health Sciences, Ethics Review Board, and Committee on Revitalized General Education Program, all of UPCD. She is currently Assistant Professor 7 at the UP Manila Department of Clinical Health Sciences, and taking up Master of Science in Bioethics in UP Manila and UP Diliman.
In 2015, she received a Service Award for 20 years of continuous service to UP Manila.
She is a member and former executive director of the Philippine Dental Association. She is also a member and former president of the Kapisanan ng mga Dentista sa Bulakan.
Aguiluz has authored several published works, and has been a training coordinator and a resource speaker on Dentistry, Prosthodontics, and Dental Jurisprudence.