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.


Monday, August 01, 2016

Seminar-Workshop on Land Access Issues in Southeast Asia

Seminar-Workshop on Land Access Issues in Southeast Asia
29 July 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Third World Studies Center
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines-Diliman

Among the consistent results of the Consortium for the Asian Democracy Index (CADI) surveys conducted in selected Southeast Asian countries since 2011 is the dismal state of asset distribution—i.e., land ownership—in those countries. Meanwhile, the work of the International Research Network on Exploitation and Usage of Nature, Land, and Resources in Africa, Asia and Latin America, or REINVENTERRA, since 2014 has highlighted various issues on access to natural resources and the conditions under which they are exploited, e.g., various forms of (state-sanctioned) land-grabbing. This by-invitation seminar-workshop brings together researchers affiliated with either of these two networks, as well as other researchers working on land access issues, at the Third World Studies Center (TWSC) of the University of the Philippines, where access to critical resources is a constant concern; among other activities, in February 2015, the Center served as secretariat of the international conference entitled “Contested Access to Land in the Philippines and Indonesia: How Can the Rural Poor (Re)gain Control?”  

Participants in this seminar-workshop shall have the freedom to discuss any contentious land access issue or issues particular to their country or the region—from how tourism conflicts with traditional land use, to how agrarian reform is progressing (if at all). Also among the participants of this workshop are a team of young video documentary filmmakers who will show their work-in-progress, a short documentary on land reclamation in the Philippine province of Cebu.

Among the aims of the workshop is to draw parallels in the land access/appropriation/transformation issues in different Southeast Asian countries. Questions to be tackled may be in the vein of “Who is benefitting from land grabbing, or the continued non-implementation of land reform?” or “Can the displacement of certain communities for particular massive infrastructure projects be justified?” The proceedings of the seminar-workshop may be transcribed and published in an issue of TWSC’s journal, Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies.



Welcome remarks

Introduction of participants and overview of the seminar-workshop

Coffee break

Session 1: Senior researchers on land access issues in Southeast Asia 

On the land reform movement in Thailand
Naruemon Thabchumpon 
Assistant Professor, Department of Government, and
Director, Master of Arts in International Development Studies Programme
Chulalongkorn University 

On land grabbing for tourism in Indonesia 
Fariz Panghegar 
Centre for Political Studies
Department of Political Science 
University of Indonesia

On agrarian reform beneficiaries and the dynamics of exclusion in Negros Occidental, the Philippines
Rosanne Rutten 
Affiliated Researcher
Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences
University of Amsterdam 

Open forum

Lunch break

Sessions 2: New/ongoing research on land access issues in Southeast Asia 

On the contested development of the tourism landscape of Nasugbu, Batangas, the Philippines
Hazel M. Dizon 
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography 
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy 
University of the Philippines Diliman 

On opposition to the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport in the Philippines
Hansley A. Juliano (principal presenter)
Department of Political Science
School of Social Sciences 
Ateneo de Manila University

On land use as a site of contestation, evidenced by social narratives of peasants in rural Vietnam
Maria Ima Carmela Ariate
Graduate Student  
Asian Center 
University of the Philippines Diliman

Open forum

15:00 - 15:15
Coffee break

15:15 - 16:45
Presentation on and screening of work-in-progress video documentary on reclamation projects in Cebu 

Lucien Beucher, Paula Mae Ceracas, Patricia-Ruth Cailao, and Marie Isabelle Rochon Duran 
REINVENTERRA Video Documentary Team 
University of the Philippines Diliman and University of Montreal
Open forum 

16:45 - 17:00


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Job Opening: Full-Time Research Associate

The Third World Studies Center, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman is looking for a full-time Research Associate. Gross monthly compensation is PHP20,651. Initial contract is for six months, renewable up to three years.

Applicants must be:

  • Preferably a graduate of any social science course from the University of the Philippines;
  • Able to demonstrate a critical appreciation of scholarly works;
  • Diligence in tracking down sources and organizing gathered data;
  • Good writing skill in both English and Filipino; 
  • Able to work with minimal supervision; and
  • Willing to do field work (research is on political economy of violence and resources) 
Applicants must submit the following in PDF format:
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae, including at least two (2) references and their contact information;
  • A transcript of records (or a printout of grades from UP CRS/online student information platform);
  • A five-hundred word essay answering the following question (in English or Filipino): Paano dapat paghatian ang lupa? 
  • A letter of application addressed to:
Third World Studies Center
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines Diliman
Applications for the RA position must have the following email subject:

TWSC RA August 2016

Applications must be sent to

Deadline of applications is on 19 August 2016 (Friday), at 5:00 PM.

Friday, July 01, 2016


The UP Third World Studies Center is making available to the public compiled digital copies of File No. 60, Marcos' Maharlika files from the US National Archives and Records Administration. These documents and correspondences show Ferdinand Marcos' attempts, starting from August 1945 to March 1948, to be recognized as the commanding officer of a guerilla unit called "Ang Mga Maharlika" during World War II. His requests were refused by the Philippine-Ryukus Command, calling his claims "fraudulent" and a "malicious criminal act."

These are the initial documents from the Maharlika files. Further documents will be uploaded through this post in the coming days.

You may also want to read the three-part series on File No. 60 from Vera Files:

Part 1--File No. 60: Marcos’ invented heroism
Part 2--File No. 60: A family affair
Part 3--File No. 60: Debunking the Marcos war myth

Correspondence between Marcos 
and US forces

18 August 1945
Ferdinand Marcos' first attempt for recognition of the Maharlika Unit.

18 December 1945
Follow-up Letter to US Army from Ferdinand Marcos.

7 June 1947
Assistant Adjutant General Thomas Brown's response to Ferdinand Marcos, denying recognition of Maharlika as guerilla unit.

16 July 1947
Cablegram from Ferdinand Marcos protesting the decision.

2 December 1947
Formal petition from Ferdinand Marcos as follow-up letter to earlier cablegram.

31 March 1948
Final and irrevocable refusal to Ferdinand Marcos, from the Headquarters of the Philippines-Ryukyus Command.


Internal Investigation Documents

Investigation by Captain Curtis in Response to Marcos' angry July 1947 cablegram.

March 1948
Strongly-worded discussion and rebuttal by Captain Curtis regarding the Maharlika Unit investigation, which led to 31 March 1948 final refusal against Ferdinand Marcos.