Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Bangsamoro: The Quest for Peace in Mindanao (A Free Public Screening)

Bangsamoro: The Quest for Peace in Mindanao
22 and 24 September 2015
PH 400, Palma Hall, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, 
University of the Philippines-Diliman

The UP Third World Studies Center will be hosting the screening of the documentary, "Bangsamoro: The Quest for Peace in Mindanao," directed by Boyette Rimban, written by Luz Rimban, and produced by the K.A.K. Tri-Media Productions. 

Running for 54 minutes, this documentary will be screened on the following schedules:
  • 22 September 2015 (Tuesday)
    • 10:00 - 11:30 AM
    • 1:00 - 2:30 PM
    • 2:30 - 4:00 PM
  • 24 September 2015 (Thursday)
    • 10:00 - 11:30 AM
    • 1:00 - 2:30 PM
    • 2:30 - 4:00 PM

GPH Peace Panel Chair Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, together with Boyette Rimban, will be present for questions from the audience on the September 22, 10:00 - 11:30 AM and 1:00 - 2:30 PM screenings.


The Moros have long defended their right to self-determination. Since the Spanish colonization of what the conquistadores would later call the Philippines, up to the American occupation, Moros in Southern Philippines have battled invaders who sought to violently subdue them, in order to get hold of the resource-rich land and resources of Mindanao. Manila-based governments have engaged the Moros alternately in war and peace, and it wasn’t until recently, under the administration of Pres. Benigno Aquino III, that peace seemed to be within reach.  

The peace was broken, however, on January 25 when members of the Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force launched an operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. The incident burst into the national consciousness, so to speak, and drew attention to the fragile peace that has been holding in Mindanao for at least three years now. 

Not many have properly explained the history behind the Bangsamoro struggle for self-determination and explored the implications of the war to the people. This timely documentary is an attempt to discuss the roots of the conflict and present a deep understanding of the Bangsamoro’s struggle to attain genuine peace and autonomy.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Palawan Documentaries (A Free Public Screening)

The University of the Philippines Third World Studies Center (TWSC), in partnership with the Department of Political Science of the Université de Montréal under the REINVENTERRA (International Research Network on Exploitation and Usage of Nature, Land, and Resources in Africa, Asia, and Latin America) Project, invites you the free public screening of “Palawan Documentaries” on 20 August 2015 (Thursday) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (screening time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.; 1:00-2:30 p.m.; 2:30-4:00 p.m.) at PH400 (Palma Hall). Palawan Documentaries features two student documentary films “Sa Rio Tuba” and “Naglalahong Pamana.” Limited seats only.


“Sa Rio Tuba”

Rio Tuba in Palawan is the site of the one of the biggest nickel open pit mine in the Philippines. It is also home to a once thriving fishing community along the Togpon River. Bobby Siplan, fisherman, and Lagrimas Padilla, fish vendor, are both members of this community. Two lives whose daily struggle to make a living ebb and flow with the changes wrought upon the river by the mining industry. The mine promises a harvest of bounty. Bobby and Lagrimas think otherwise. This is their story.

“Naglalahong Pamana”

Panglima Kenisio Malasan is a traditional leader of a Palaw’an tribe. Through him, the tribe’s tradition is passed on to the next generation—a tradition rooted in the land. But the Panglima wonders how their way of life can endure in the face of relentless encroachment of palm oil plantations. In a poignant dialogue between father and son, the Panglima and his child share fears for the future of their tribe.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Zerowork: From abolition of work to instead of work (A Public Lecture by Bob Black)

About the lecture:

Bob Black’s 1985 essay has received too much attention. “No one should ever work,” thus it begins and “Workers of the world…relax!” and 30 years since, a lot has happened in between. BB’s arguments against work and the right to be lazy is still relevant given the global financial crisis, ecological disaster and ASEAN integration. Bob’s proposition from abolition of work to the passage of productive play, “life will become a game, or rather many games, but not-as it is now-zero/sum game.” According to BB, his anti-work writings during the last three decades are addressed to everybody, but more particularly to anyone who are already working, who is looking for work or who doesn’t have work at all, which includes virtually everybody. Far from being a play on words, Bob longs for open discussion and polemics for and against work. Therefore, it's an open invitation to discuss not only work but play, leisure, ludic lifestyle, technology among others. Come, let’s play.

About the speaker:

Bob Black is an anarchist author based in United States whose training in jurisprudence and anarchism often confronts each other. Black has produced more than 50 titles on topics that range from human rights, democracy, art, technology, among others—apart from anarchy, anarchism, and other celebrity anarchists. The Abolition of Work and other essays (1985) is mainly associated with him and his most recent work is Instead of Work (2015). He is interested to discuss The Myth of Human Rights and Dispute Mediation from primitive societies and contemporary times.


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Oral History of China/Chinese Studies Scholars in the Philippines: Inception Workshop

The University of the Philippines (UP) Asian Center and the UP Third World Studies Center are co-sponsoring the "Oral History of China/Chinese Studies Scholars in the Philippines: Inception Workshop." This event will be taking place at the Third World Studies Center Conference Area, University of the Philippines-Diliman on 18 August 2015 (Tuesday), from 8 AM to 4 PM.

Dr. Tina Clemente, Associate Professor at the Asian Center, is coordinating the workshop in cooperation with Dr. Chi-yu Shih of the National Taiwan University.

(No more workshop slots available.)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Occupation & Liberation: An International Conference on the Pacific War in the Philippines

An International Conference on the Pacific War in the Philippines
3-5 September 2015
GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center,
University of the Philippines, Diliman
Quezon City

This year, 2015, marks the 70th year anniversary of the end of the Pacific War. In relation to this, the University of the Philippines Department of History, in cooperation with the Third World Studies Center and the Asian Center, will hold a conference, Occupation & Liberation: An International Conference on the Pacific War in the Philippines.

The conference fee is PHP 1,500. Participants will be provided with a conference kit, lunch and snacks for the three days of the conference. We also encourage you to pre-register by filling out the form in this link.

Please follow this link to access the endorsement of the event by the Commission on Higher Education for your reference.

For queries and more information, please contact us through:
  • Tel. No. (02) 981 8500 loc. 2126
  • Fax No. (02) 434 4021
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  • Contact persons: Mr. Francis Malban or Mr. Alvin Ancheta
To access the conference's final program, please click on this link.