as "official and sole depository of the Intercollegiate Bureau of Academic Costume
," assigns each school a slightly different shade.
Wearing their "sablay," the university's official academic costume
, more than 10 professors held a press conference at Vinzons Hall in UP Diliman, Quezon City, to oppose plans to move UP's academic calendar from June-March to August-May.
The history of academic regalia dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries with modifications made up until the 19th century when the Intercollegiate Bureau on Academic Costumes
established a standard code of academic dress in 1895 that is for the most part still in use today (Sullivan 1997).