Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Invitation to the public lecture "Constitution Re-writing: Theory and Practice"

Constitution Re-writing: Theory and Practice
21 October 2016 (Friday), 9:00 AM to 12:00 NN
Ambion Room, College of Law, Malcolm Hall
University of the Philippines-Diliman

Kimana Zulueta-Fülscher, PhD
Program Manager
Democracy, Conflict, and Security Unit
International IDEA

Please click here for the playlist of the videos of the lecture.

Dr. Zulueta-Fülscher has a PhD on Political Theory, Democracy, and Public Administration from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization with a mission to support democracy initiatives worldwide. During the forum, Dr. Zulueta-Fülscher will introduce A Practical Guide to Constitution Building (2011) as well as the ConstitutionNet website where users can find all knowledge resources produced by International IDEA dealing with design-related issues such as federalism, bicameralism, constitutional assessment, constitutional reform processes and the role of political parties, among many others.


9:00 - 9:20 AM

9:20 - 9:30 AM
Prof. Nicolas Felix L. Ty
Institute of Government and Law Reform
UP Law Center
University of the Philippines

Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer
Department of Political Science
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines-Diliman

9:30 - 10:15 AM
Kimana Zulueta-Fülscher, PhD
Program Manager
Democracy, Conflict, and Security Unit
International IDEA

10:15 - 11:00 AM

11:00 - 11:50 AM
Q & A

11:50 AM - 12:00 NN
Ricardo T. Jose, PhD
Third World Studies Center
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines-Diliman

This public lecture is organized by the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Government and Law Reform, UP Law Center and co-sponsored by the Third World Studies Center. 


Monday, October 03, 2016

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: The 5th International Conference of the Japanese Studies Association in Southeast Asia

ASEAN and Japanese Studies: Futures and Critical Approaches
15-16 December 2016
Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

JSA-ASEAN is a network among Japanese Studies scholars from Southeast Asia set up in 2005 to serve as a catalyst in promoting Japanese studies in this region. It is the only organization with the aim of bringing together major Japanese studies specialists from various Southeast Asian countries with their counter-parts from Japan and other countries. It is hoped that with the combined resources of Japanese studies specialists in Southeast Asia, JSA-ASEAN would grow to become an important platform for the promotion of region-wide Japanese studies.

In order to stimulate interest and promote networks among scholars in Southeast Asia, JSA-ASEAN organizes a biennial conference as the major platform for a trans-disciplinary international exchange. The inaugural conference was hosted by the Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore in October 2006. The second JSA-ASEAN conference was held in Hanoi in October 2009, organized by Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences. The third JSA-ASEAN conference was held in Kuala Lumpur by University of Malaya in 2012. The fourth JSA-ASEAN conference was held in Bangkok by the Institute of East Asian Studies, Thammasat University in 2014.

This year’s theme is “ASEAN and Japanese Studies: Futures and Critical Approaches.” The year 2015 saw a series of events that would redirect and transform Japanese society: the apparent failure of Abenomics, the recurrent issue of Japan’s war responsibility at 70th Anniversary of end of World War II, public debates and actions against the Peace and Security Preservation Legislation, controversies about the preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the gradual reinstatement of nuclear power generation, and the forceful implementation of the new Social Security and Tax Number System. The government’s campaign of Cool Japan seems to have lost its lure amidst the competition with the powerful cultural promotion of South Korea and China in the international market of economic as well as cultural commodities. Crucial cuts to humanities and social sciences at universities will possibly engender the expansive and in-depth impact on the future generation of Japan. At this crossroads, the conference invites scholars of Japanese Studies, from the region and beyond, to examine the past and the present of Japan, and explore the possibilities of its future. 

The Philippine Conveners decided to host the event in Cebu to further promote Japanese Studies and networks with scholars from Southeast Asia, Japan and the US, beyond the universities based in Manila.  As we are holding the conference in Cebu, we will implement a policy of PRE-REGISTRATION for attendance with the following fees:

Registration Fee: 
P800 for two days or P500 for each day, inclusive of snacks, lunch and a conference kit and a certificate of attendance. (Students: P250 per day and P400 for two days)

Please click here for the tentative program and here for the reply form. Please take note that there will be no registration on site.  However, there will be a secretariat committee that will distribute the conference kits.  

Pre-registration is completed after payment of the registration fees.

For Metrobank over-the-counter payments
Payment Details:
            Company Name: Ateneo de Manila University
            Subscriber Name: Name of conference attendee
            Reference: CONF
            Subscriber Number: 188

For payments at the Ateneo Cashier's office, please ask for a Turnover Report with the following details:
            Payer: Name of conference attendee
            As payment for the following: JSA-ASEAN conference fee
            Account to be credited: 188-078-004 

Please accomplish and send us the reply form by 15 November 2016.  

For inquiries and confirmation of attendance, please contact Japanese Studies Program, Ateneo de Manila University at 426-6001 local 5248 and 5249, or (c/o Dr. Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua, conference convener).

Monday, September 05, 2016

The 2016 TWSC Writeshop Fellows

The Third World Studies Center (TWSC) announces the following successful applicants to the 2016 TWSC Writeshop on 7 - 9 November 2016. In no particular order, the TWSC welcomes the following writeshop fellows with their respective manuscript submissions:

1. Gilbert Macarandang, Associate Professor, Social Sciences Department, De La Salle University – Dasmariñas

Pagpoposisyon ng Kapangyarihang Politikal sa Prosesong Elektoral sa Probinsya ng Tayabas, 1846-1898

Considered as a major political activity, local election in the Philippines during the Spanish period became a colonial apparatus to control the political power in the pueblo politics where native elite as former datu and rajah were given the title gobernadorcillo and cabeza de barangay. This article locates the political power of the state, church, and elite in the electoral process during the Spanish colonialism from 1846 to 1898. To contextualize how these institutions position themselves to gain political power in the pueblo, this paper examines the local elections in the province of Tayabas (now Quezon Province) during the Spanish colonialism.

2. Jay Balmes Villafria Jr., Instructor, Department of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Central Luzon State University

The Struggle for Golden Harvests: Understanding the Political Economy of Rice Production in Nueva Ecija Province, 1902-1940

This article explores and interprets the state of local economy of the province of Nueva Ecija which was and still up to the present, a major rice-producing province. Utilizing statistical data and previous academic studies on the province during the American period (1902-1940), the paper focuses on the interplay between forces of production that significantly contributed to the province’s political economy: the peasants, the rich landlords/hacenderos, and the colonial/insular government represented by the political leaders. The paper concludes that the economic relationship between landlords and the peasants is capitalist in a sense that the former provides capital for production while the latter receive wages in exchange for their labor. The colonial government, on the other hand, maintains mutual relations with the landlords to maintain the capitalist status quo while alienating itself to the working class which is the peasants.

3. Frances Michelle Nubla, Research Assistant, Ateneo Social Science Research Center, Ateneo de Naga University

An Exploratory Study of the Dynamics of Single Parenting

The dual-parent family no longer reflects the reality of family structures. This can be observed by the presence of various alternative family forms. Among these, the single-parent families are considered the most vulnerable, hence merits investigation. According to studies, single-parent families operate at a deficit in terms of both financial and social capital which is not the case among traditional families and other types of alternative family forms because of the presence of another parent with whom child care or its cost can be shared (MacLanahan 1989; Biblarz, 1999; Dufur et. al. 2010). In contrast to earlier studies which mainly focused on the family structure and its detrimental effects to children, this paper argues that family structure is just one side of the story. This paper posits that that presence of other factors cultivate a favorable or unfavorable parenting experience which this paper attributes to gender, social class, and state policy; and the presence of a social network of support in the form of family and kinship relations. Findings from the semi-structured interview conducted with four males and four females found that the gender, social class, and the extended-family structure of the Filipino family are important factors in single parenting experience. On the other hand, while there is a presence of a state policy that is intended to help Filipino single parents, it does very little to address the difficulties they faced by the respondents interviewed. Particularly because the single parents interviewed are not aware of its benefits, which could be attributed to the lax nature of government in terms implementing programs intended for single parents.

4. Anderson V. Villa, Associate Professor, Social Sciences Department, Ateneo de Davao University

The Entertainment Industry and the Feminization of Filipino Migration to Japan

This paper reflects on the complex nature of the implicit relationship between the migration industry, specifically the entertainment industry, as a representative case study, and the factors affecting complexities and irregularities of the desire of Filipinas to work and reside in Japan. The study also reveals the major reasons why migrants made their way out of their country of origin in order to take a risk at a distant host country. It is however evident that their mobility was made possible through the active involvement of the actors in the entertainment industry. It is in this context that the whole feminization of migration process becomes only possible with the unwitting collaboration of both the industry and the female migrants.

5. Mary Josefti Nito, Instructor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Asia & the Pacific

Post-Disaster Heritage Management in the Philippines: Case Study: Guiuan Church in Eastern Samar

The aftermath of earthquakes and typhoons always leave behind a trail of altered lives and properties. Recognizing these realities, especially with the increasing intensity of these hazards due to climate change, programs and policies were created geared towards post-disaster rehabilitation and risk-reduction. These policies particularly the national framework for disaster risk reduction and management is unfortunately silent about the response, rehabilitation and recovery of the cultural heritage sites. Though not yet included in the national framework, there are existing efforts and interventions in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of cultural heritage sites destroyed by disasters. This study is an initial exploration of the existing processes and practices in risk preparedness and post-disaster heritage management in the Philippines. In particular, this paper will look into the Guiuan Church in Eastern Samar which is a declared National Cultural Treasure and, was destroyed by the Typhoon Haiyan back in 2013. The initial findings of this explores the idea of community-based conservation contrary to the dominant practice of material-based or experts-driven approach in conservation. This study looks into the living heritage approach as the more sustainable approach to conservation for empowering and enabling disaster-stricken communities such as Guiuan. This paper ultimately aims to contribute in the integration of post-disaster heritage management in the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan 2011 to 2028 (NDRRMP). This is because the protection and rehabilitation of their heritage site is an important component to the rebuilding of their personal and communal resilience, because resilient communities move forward into the future carrying with them the heritage of their past.

6. Nicholas Michael C. Sy, MA History candidate, Ateneo de Manila University

Quantitative and Counter-intuitive Southern Tagalog: Why the nineteenth century was no more spatially mobile than the eighteenth century

The present paper challenges the common assumption that the nineteenth century was a much more spatially mobile time for Filipinos than the century that preceded it. It makes quantitative use of 2,705 entries on marriage registers from two pueblos in the Southern Tagalog region (Indang and San Pablo), to measure the magnitudes and directions of inter-pueblo relationships across the time period in question. Using exogamy as an indicator of mobility, the present paper comes to a surprising conclusion. Despite the region’s entry into the world market in the nineteenth century (and its resulting development of specializations and internal trade) mobility in the region remained unchanged. Akin Mabogunje’s (1970) Systems Approach to migration is used to frame the socio-economic and geographical realities most relevant to these trends in these statistics. Through an exploration of factors such as banditry, internal trade, geography, government requisitions, and government monopolies, the present paper outlines the institutions that channelled mobility in the region and made the above figures possible. At its close, implications are drawn in terms of applying the above template to future research into measuring regional integration.

7. Orville B. Tatcho, Instructor, College of Arts and Communication, University of the Philippines Baguio

Image Building Discourses in the 2016 Presidential Debates

In the months leading to the May 2016 national elections, the Commission on Elections (ComElec) partnered with three private-owned television stations to host a series of presidential debates in different formats. As a campaign communication style which is partially controlled by the candidates and their campaign teams, debates provide the candidates an opportunity to use their knowledge of certain issues as a vehicle for image building. Given the pervasiveness of image and representation over issue-based discussions in presidential campaigns, this paper aims to uncover the image building discourses of the candidates through an analysis of their statements and speeches in the debates. Using Benoit’s Functional theory of political campaign discourse and Fairclough’s Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), this study found that dominant image building discourses in the debate relate to: a) the image of the office or the presidency and b) image of the candidates. Discourses on the image of the presidency or the office center on its requirements and importance over its functions. This indicates that the presidency is often framed in terms of personality (who is seated/ assumes office) and not policy (actions and functions). Moreover, the image constructed and represented by the candidates mix elements of populism and reformism, with emphasis on “tiwala” (trust) and “malasakit” (solicitude) as seeming staples in political campaigns. Overall, a critical reading of the messages of candidates in the debates will help voters understand why certain values and discourses predominate in democratic discussions.

8. Jude Vincent E. Parcon, Instructor, Division of Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas

Filipino Television in the Middle East: Towards a Sense of National Identity

This study aims to identify whether Philippine Television contributes to the sense of national identity of Filipinos in the Middle East. Five primetime telenovelas aired for the last three months were considered in this study. There are a total of 22 participants in this study. Using the Social Identity Theory of Tajfel & Turner (1970 and 1980), the study is in the assumption that: a.) both in-groups have distinct, well-defined and identified social identities, b.) as a result of social comparison, the Filipino group resulted to a negative social identity, c.) Filipinos engage in social mobility to seek for positive distinctiveness, d.) as Filipinos engage in social mobility, their social identity of being a Filipino is still inherent. The study utilised the Collective Self Esteem Scale by Luhtanen & Crocker (1992) to measure the Filipinos’ sense of national identity as represented in four factors: 1.) Membership, 2.) Private, 3.) Public, and 4.) Identity. Results indicate that Filipinos in the Middle East have a high level of perception on their national identity. Moreover, the Philippine television has a significant contribution on the sense of national identity among Filipinos in the Middle East.

Monday, August 22, 2016

An invitation to "Finding Our Heroes: Philippine Guerilla Files from the United States National Archives"

In celebration of the 55th Anniversary of the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies (UP SLIS), the School invites you and your staff to the SLIS Lecture Series on 31 August 2016 (Wednesday) at 2:30 PM, at the University of the Philippines Main Library.

This year’s SLIS Lecture Series has the topic “The BGen. Francisco Licuanan Jr. Memorial Collection: Finding Our Heroes: Philippine Guerilla Files from the United States National Archives” with Ms. Marie Vallejo as speaker and lead researcher of the same project.

The lecture is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

For inquiries, please call the SLIS Office at (632) 981-8500 local 2869 and look for Ms. Rhina Franco.

Friday, August 12, 2016

SINELAYSAY: A Documentary Film Showcase feat. screenings of the documentary "Haw-as: Leaving the Sea"

17 - 18 August 2016
Room 207, Palma Hall, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines-Diliman

For five years now, the Third World Studies Center and the University of Montreal have produced documentaries that tell the stories of the lives and struggles of Filipinos at the unmarked margins of society. This showcase features films focusing on such people against the backdrop of access to land and its uncertain, if not diminishing resources—a community that lives on the back of an active volcano for want of a liveable space, women mining the dregs of what was once a gold country, a worker living in a packed urban space and cycling through poverty and the deadly streets of a metropolis, a tribal leader bequeathing to his son a future that is about to vanish, and of families whose life stories swirl and eddy with the sludge of the mines on a river. 

Premiering in this showcase is the latest in this thematic series—a film about an aging couple who have lived off the sea that is now being gobbled up by a town’s hunger for land. This documentary is set in Brgy. Bang-Bang, Cordova, Cebu that has long been under threat by reclamation plans.


AUGUST 17, 2016 (Wednesday)

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Haw-as: Leaving the Sea (2016)

1:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. - Alas-as: Sitting on a Volcano (2013)

1:20 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. - Haw-as: Leaving the Sea (2016)

2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. - Minera: The Women Miners of Benguet (2013)

2:50 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. - Haw-as: Leaving the Sea (2016)

AUGUST 18, 2016 (Thursday)

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Kadena (2014)

10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. - Haw-as: Leaving the Sea (2016)

1:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. - Sa Rio Tuba (2015)

1:20 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. - Haw-as: Leaving the Sea (2016)

2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. - Naglalahong Pamana (2015)

2:50 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. - Haw-as: Leaving the Sea (2016)

To view more details about each film, go to An open forum with the filmmakers of "Haw-as" follows every screening of that film. All screenings are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.