Monday, August 07, 2017

Prof. Laura L. Samson Is the New TWSC Deputy Director

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Laura L. Samson as Deputy Director of the UP Third World Studies Center (UP TWSC). In this capacity, Professor Samson shall serve as Editorial Supervisor of the journal, Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies, and other UP TWSC publications.

Professor Samson was Chairperson of the Department of Sociology, CSSP, UP Diliman (2002-2005) and Director of the University of the Philippines Press (1995-2001). She has been teaching and doing research in the areas of sociological theory, popular culture, mass media, and cultural studies.

She is best known for her contribution to Philippine academic publishing. Under her watch, the University of the Philippines Press saw through the completion of what was then considered as the University’s biggest and most ambitious publishing venture, the “100 Taon, 100 Akda” Project, which was meant as the University’s contribution to the commemoration of the Centennial of the Philippine Revolution in 1996-1998.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Kasarinlan receives CHED Journal Incubation Grant

The Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies receives a journal incubation grant from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

The journal incubation grant is under the CHED's Journal Incentive Program that supports "initiatives of Philippine HEIs/scholarly and scientific organizations to improve the quality as well as boost the global prestige of Philippine journals based on current international standards of scientific and scholarly publishing" (CHED Memorandum Order No. 53, series of 2016). Specifically, the grant is given to "promising Philippine journals towards the path to meet the minimum generally accepted standards for Scopus/WoS-indexability." 

The grant provides for a cash award of PHP 400,000.00 annually over a three-year period, "technical support by CHED in providing the digital platform Portal for Academic Knowledge (PAK), CHED endorsement for library subscription, and automatic nomination for the CHED Republica: Journal of the Year category."

Under the previous CHED journal accreditation program from 2009 to 2015 Kasarinlan maintained a Category A-2 (very good to excellent) rating.

Kasarinlan is the in-house journal of the Third World Studies Center, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman.

Kasarinlan's full digital content is accessible for free at For regular updates, follow and like Kasarinlan on Facebook.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Invitation to a public forum on the ASEAN Economic Community

National Interest and the ASEAN Economic Community:
Convergence or Competition?
A Policy Forum
17 August 2017 (Thursday), 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Seminar Room, 2F, GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, UP Asian Center
University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City

The Bugkos Research Program of the UP Asian Center will hold a policy forum, "National Interest and the ASEAN Economic Community: Convergence or Competition?", on 17 August 2017 (Thursday), 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at the Seminar Room, 2F, GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, UP Asian Center, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City. The forum is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, but pre-registration online or by phone is REQUIRED

Pre-register HERE.

The forum will bring together leading political economists from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines to gain a better understanding of country processes for the ASEAN Economic Community initiative: What are the stakes for each country’s participation in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)?  How is each country preparing their domestic economies and constituencies for AEC integration? How are these countries positioning themselves in the regional trade treaties in relation to the changing global economic architecture?

Speaking at the forum are the following country experts: 
  • Philippines: Dr. Josef Yap, professorial lecturer, UP School of Economics and former president, Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)
  • Thailand: Dr. Wisarn Pupphavesa, Senior Adviser for International Economic Relations, Thailand Development Research Institute
  • Malaysia: Dr. Tham Siew Yean, Senior Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Yusof Ishak Institute; and, 
  • Indonesia: Dr. Shofwan Al-Banna Choiruzzad, Research Fellow, ASEAN Study Center, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia. 


After the presentations, a roundtable will proceed with representatives from the government and the private sector giving their reactions in order to further understand the road ahead for the Philippines and the rest of the region. Joining the forum as lead reactors include Dr. Erlinda Medalla, Philippine Institute for Development Studies and Ms. Myrene Sabina Bedaño, Department of Trade and Industry.


In December 2015, the ASEAN member-states formally launched the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in line with the goal of developing a single production base and market. Indeed over the past decade, much of the work has focused on reducing national barriers to foreign trade and investments as outlined in the AEC 2025 Blueprint. Yet, challenges remain especially at the domestic and global levels. Learn more and read the forum's concept note HERE


The Asian Center Bugkos Research Program is supported by the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Program of the University of the Philippines. For more information on Bugkos, please visit their website here. Other sponsors are the UP Political Science Department, UP Third World Studies Center, and the Asia-Pacific Pathways for Progress Foundation.


For directions to the venue, please view this vicinity map or go to Google Street View


Pre-registration through Google Form or by phone is required. To confirm your attendance please call the Bugkos Research Program Office, Asian Center, UP Diliman at 981-8500 local 3586. If you register but are unable to attend the forum, please inform the Bugkos Office as soon as possible by email or by phone. For inquiries, you may contact Dr. Antoinette Raquiza, Bugkos Program Leader: or Sascha Gallardo, Bugkos Operations Manager: 

Monday, July 17, 2017

SINELAYSAY: A Documentary Film Showcase feat premieres of "Pag-baylo" and "Leaving Bodeng"

SINELAYSAY: A Documentary Film Showcase
17-18 August 2017, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Room 400, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman

The Third World Studies Center (TWSC) of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, UP Diliman, in partnership with the Department of Political Science of Université de Montréal (UdM), invites you to this year's "Sinelaysay: A Documentary Film Showcase," to be held on 17-18 August 2017 at Room 400, Palma Hall, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, UP Diliman.

For six years now, TWSC and UdM 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. 

This year's showcase will premiere two new documentaries, widening the scope of Sinelaysay. "Leaving Bodeng" documents the last days of the about-to-be evicted occupants of the iconic White Building in Phnom Penh. "Pag-baylo: Losing the Land to Solar Farms" brings to light the deft maneuvers by big landowners to convert vast tracts of land that are meant for distribution to its tenants into solar farms. 

An open forum with the filmmakers of “Pag-baylo: Losing the Land to Solar Farms” and “Leaving Bodeng” follows every screening.

The screenings are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Screening Schedule: 

17 August 2017 (Thursday)

10:00 a.m. Kadena
10:30 a.m. Pag-baylo: Losing the Land to Solar Farms

1:00 p.m. Minera
1:30 p.m. Leaving Bodeng

2:30 p.m. Naglalahong Pamana
3:00 p.m. Pag-baylo: Losing the Land to Solar Farms

18 August 2017 (Friday)

10:00 a.m. Haw-as
10:30 a.m. Leaving Bodeng

1:00 p.m. Sa Rio Tuba
1:30 p.m. Pag-baylo: Losing the Land to Solar Farms

2:30 p.m. Alas-as
3:00 p.m. Leaving Bodeng


Friday, June 23, 2017

An invitation to a colloquium on the Marawi crisis

Everyone is invited to the Last Thursday Colloquium on the Marawi Crisis, to be held on 29 June 2017 (Thursday), from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, UP Institute of Small-Scale Industries, E. Virata Hall, E. Jacinto Street, University of the Philippines-Diliman. 

The colloquium brings together speakers who will dissect the currently unfolding crisis in Marawi City that has already cost more than 300 lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of civilians. The government response to the crisis, including the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, will be dealt with, as well as the prospects of an Islamic State presence in Mindanao.

Atty. Algamar A. Latiph, Executive Director of the Center for Governance and Peace Studies, Professor Julkipli Wadi of the UP Institute of Islamic Studies, and former Cong. Ashley Acedillo of the Magdalo Party will serve as resource persons. Dr. Eduardo C. Tadem of the UP Asian Center and Mr. Arman Disomimba of the UP Institute of Islamic Studies Student Council will also be part of the discussion.

Please click HERE for the event program.


ATTY. ALGAMAR A. LATIPH is a human rights lawyer and a peace advocate. Currently the Exeutive Director of Center for Governance and Peace Studies. He is a former Chairperson of the Regional Commission on Human Rights at the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

PROFESSOR JULKIPLI WADI is Associate Professor 7 at the UP Institute of Islamic Studies. He has an MA in Islamic Studies in UP and took up units in Ph.D. PolSci also in UP. His specialization includes Islamic thought and the social and political dynamics of the Muslim world. He also served as the 7th Dean of the Institute. He is often sought for interviews for his insights into emerging issues concerning the realm of Muslim political movements, including the Bangsamoro peace process and the ongoing conflict surrounding Marawi.

FORMER CONGRESSMAN FRANCISCO ASHLEY ACEDILLO (or “Ace” to friends) was a member of the 16th Congress. As a Party-list Representative, Acedillo brought to Congress a combination of youthful dynamism, disciplined dedication, as well as a deep understanding of the Philippine bureaucracy. The latter stems from his days consulting for various government agencies spanning legislation, national security, health, transportation, and urban development from 2008-2013. He served as Vice Chairman of the Committee on Globalization and WTO and was a member of six major committees, namely Appropriations, Civil Service and Professional Regulation, Foreign Affairs, Higher and Technical Education, Government Reorganization and Transportation as well as being member of two other special committees: the Committee on East ASEAN Growth and the Congressional Oversight Committee on Disaster Management. Prior to his stint in the legislature and in management consulting, he served as a combat helicopter pilot in some of the front lines of the Philippine military’s counterinsurgency campaigns, where he was awarded the Gold Cross Medal for gallantry in action (the third highest combat award for combat) and two Distinguished Aviation Crosses for his various exploits as an aviator. Acedillo graduated from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) with a Bachelor of Science (Management) in 1999 - garnering the highest marks in History courses for all four years in PMA. In 2011, he finished his Master of Management from the prestigious Asian Institute of Management (AIM) where he was awarded a Washington Sycip Graduate School of Business Full Scholarship. In September 2016, he was designated as President of the Institute for Policy, Strategy and Developmental Studies, Inc. (IPSDI) - a newly-organized private, non-partisan think tank based in Quezon City. Acedillo is married to the former Maria Paz Victoria Ocampo, and they have a daughter, Maria Angela Noelle.


Alternatiba, the UP Third World Studies Center, and ARYA Progresibo are co-sponsoring this event.

This colloquium is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Please feel free to invite friends, colleagues, and other networks to the event. 

For more details about the colloquium, please get in touch with Weng Soriano via mobile at 09150022134.