TVUP: Launching a new age of information and education via Cignal 101

| Written by Franco Gargantiel II

During the launch of TVUP’s Cignal Channel 101. Photo by Misael Bacani (UP MPRO).


Quality higher education’s reach just got a boost via digital satellite TV.

On October 12, 2022, the University of the Philippines (UP) celebrated the official launch of its latest educational offering for the Filipino public: TVUP’s Channel 101 via digital satellite television provider Cignal TV.

With this launch of TVUP’s Cignal Channel 101, the UP brand of quality higher education is now available to Cignal TV’s 4.1 million subscribers and can reach even the most remote parts of the country.

TVUP is a television network operated by UP and a collaborative engagement between UP and Cignal TV. The network aims to provide professionally produced and curated content for information and educational purposes both to its UP audience and the general Filipino audience. The channel is currently available on Cignal 101.

UP President Danilo L. Concepcion (left) and Cignal TV President Robert P. Galang at the launch. Photo by Misael Bacani (UP MPRO).


According to UP President Danilo Concepcion, TVUP’s availability as a digital channel was a “perfect opportunity to nurture lifelong learning in our people.” He added that, through TVUP on Cignal 101, UP’s knowledge resources could be extended to as many Filipinos as possible, “whether these are students looking to enrich their lessons or ordinary citizens who wish to gain more knowledge and develop skills.”

TVUP is a public space to inspire innovation, creativity, critical thinking and understanding, and respect for diverse cultures. Its lineup of high-quality programs showcases scientific breakthroughs, national issues, and concerns, Philippine culture and society, etc.


Here is the lineup of TVUP programs that are available on Cignal 101:

Check out TVUP Channel 101’s offerings. Image from Cignal TV’s Facebook page.


K-Check is a 25-minute daily Philippine scholastic quiz show. It is the classic, well-loved quiz show now infused with the fresh, fast pace energy of today’s online and streaming game show content.

Sine Pinoy examines the issues and concerns of Pinoy Cinema by having one-on-one interviews with the filmmakers and film personalities themselves.

Ang Usapang Pelikula ay naglalayong bigyang diin ang larangan ng pelikula bilaing sining, industriya, produktong kultuural, textong panlipunan, at bilang isang tiyak na akademikong disiplina.

Protest Art features different communities and marginalized individuals seeking to have their voices heard through the impactful medium of art.

iSports Time is a gameshow that aims to push for a healthier and more active lifestyle among Filipinos. Student-athletes compete against each other to complete the iSportsTime Obstacle course. Each station is designed to test every aspect of the athlete’s strength.

DyipniTok is an entertainment talk show featuring local OPM artists who share their life stories and journeys in their musical careers. The show is set in a moving jeepney that makes its rounds on the UP campus. Apart from being interviewed, artists jam with the program host.

Tara Let’s Dance is a feature show on different dance genres in the Philippines. The show’s objective is to educate the audience about the rich culture of Filipinos in the art of dance and promote an active lifestyle.

Kalinangan, Kasaysayan, and Kamalayan (KKK), a news magazine show, is taking us on a journey to the exciting world of the arts, culture, history, psychology, sociology, and anthropology.

Classroom Beats is a magazine-type show whose dynamic and charismatic hosts explore discoveries and innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and their applications in our daily lives.

Gulayan sa Tahanan features the freshness and benefits of planting vegetables at home. Segmented into three parts,  Trivia banters, Taniman Hanggan Anihan, And Luto-luto, and Buro-buro, the show seeks to involve families, communities, and the country in the national movement for food security.

Camille, a teleserye, follows the story of Camille Dela Rosa, a university student who faces adversities in her studies, friends, family, and love life.

Tanging Familya is a heartwarming teleserye about a family trying to create a safe and loving space in a complex and uncertain community.

Batas at Bayan, a drama anthology, is based on corruption-related cases filed or decided upon by the Office of the Ombudsman and reviewed by appellate courts under the Philippine Justice System.

Stop C.O.V.I.D. Deaths, a webinar series that provides current information on COVID-19 and other outbreaks, viruses, infections, and disasters. This 2-hour program, hosted by public health experts Dr. Susan Pineda Mercado and Dr. Raymond Sarmiento, features a panel of experts from different fields.


TVUP aims to educate and inform everyone within the UP community and everyday Filipinos with meaningful and enriching content while combating misinformation and propaganda. This network is relevant in today’s age of easy-to-access and fast information and will only grow in relevance with future projects and numbers. It is important not just to gain new knowledge but to share it with others and start an open discussion, something that TVUP will certainly be able to do.