Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Docu co-produced by TWSC is 2016 Active Vista Best Human Rights Short Film

From the Active Vista Facebook Page.
Photo courtesy of  Bernalyn H. Sastrillo.
The Third World Studies Center (TWSC) is very proud to announce that “Naglalahong Pamana (Fading Heritage)” is the 2016 Active Vista Best Human Rights Short Film.

Organized by the Dakila Media Collective for Modern Heroism, the 2016 Active Vista International Human Rights Film Festival features ten select entries of “human rights themed short films whose fresh takes and innovative approaches will inspire revolutions of the mind and create movements.”

Active Vista cited the documentary film "for giving a relevant, poignant, and sensitive discourse on a tribe's loss of land and culture because of minings and plantations."

“Naglalahong Pamana” was produced by the TWSC in partnership with the Department of Political Science of the Université de Montréal under the project, REINVENTERRA (International Research Network on Exploitation and Usage of Nature, Land, and Resources in Africa, Asia, and Latin America).

Early this year, “Naglalahong Pamana” was judged Best Documentary Film and was the Golden Philippine Eagle Festival Director's Choice at the Singkuwento International Film Festival (SIFF) by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

The documentary tells the story of Panglima Kenisio Malasan, 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 mines palm oil plantations. In a poignant dialogue between father and son, the Panglima and his child share fears for the future of their tribe.

“Naglalahong Pamana” is co-directed by Lucy Lavirotte, Jerrica Manongdo, Berna Sastrillo, and David Simantov-Levi.

Watch “Naglalahong Pamana” now.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Kasarinlan Year-End Sale!

Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies* is on sale from December 1 to 22, 2016. Just go to Third World Studies Center at Lower Ground Floor, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman. Grab each issue for only P100 or less.

*Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies is an internationally refereed journal published twice a year by the Third World Studies Center. It provides a forum for critical and interdisciplinary perspectives on the Philippines and the Third World with special reference to political economy.
Since 2009, Kasarinlan has been accredited by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as a Category A-2 (very good to excellent) research journal (Memorandum Order 9, Series of 2010; Memorandum Order No. 26, Series of 2013). As per CHED Memorandum Order No. 05, Series of 2012, the accreditation means that "for faculty members evaluated in compliance to publication requirements per CHED Memorandum Orders, publication in the journal is credited as an international level publication."

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Russia-ASEAN Relations: Overtures and Opportunities

Russia-ASEAN Relations: Overtures and Opportunities
25 November 2016 (Friday), 10:00 AM –12:00 NN
Ambion Room, 1st Floor, College of Law (Malcolm Hall), University of the Philippines Diliman

For the audiovisual recordings of this forum, please click here.


Russia first opened formal relations with ASEAN in 1991, but recently rachetted up its visibility in Southeast Asia, hosting three regional conferences in 2016 and more actively engaging in bilateral negotiations with its member-states toward forging broader and closer partnerships with its eastern neighbors. Russia’s diplomatic offensive indicates its interest in claiming a place in Asia’s shifting economic and security architecture. But how does Russia see its role in the region’s geopolitical dynamics in which the US and a rising China present distinct poles? What are Russia’s economic, political and security interests in Southeast Asia and the Philippines, in particular? The public forum aims to tackle these questions at a time when the Philippine government itself has signified its willingness to explore a strategic partnership with Russia.


Dr. Victor Sumsky is the Director of the ASEAN Centre, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. A leading Russian expert and writer on Southeast Asian political history and development and East Asian security studies, Dr. Sumsky worked previously with the Soviet Foreign Ministry, Institute of Oriental Studies, and the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) in Moscow and earlier this year, received a Medal of the Order of Merit for the Motherland, 2nd Grade, in Russia.  The ASEAN Centre was established in 2010 toward promoting Russian-ASEAN member states’ academic exchanges and economic and other forms of linkages.

Click here for Dr. Sumsky's full profile.

The forum is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Seating is first-come, first-served basis, but participants are encouraged to sign up here to expedite the registration process on the day of the forum. 


The Ambion Room is located on the first floor of Malcom Hall (UP College of Law), University of the Philippines Diliman. The main entrance is located on Osmeña Avenue, University of the Philippines Diliman, facing the Sunken Garden. It can also be accessed by foot through Guerrero St., on which ply the IKOT, Philcoa, and SM North jeepneys. Nearby landmarks include the UP School of Economics, National Engineering Center (NEC), and the UP Asian Center. Click here for the vicinity map.


The forum is organized by the UP Asian Center (Bugkos “Asia in Transition” program) in partnership with the UP Third World Studies Center; the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (China/Strategic Studies Program); the UP Department of Political Science; and the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea (IMLOS).


For inquiries about the forum, please email the Information Office of the UP Asian Center: 


The symposium is one of many events—lectures, etc.—that the UP Asian Center is holding in celebration of its 61st anniversary this November. Please click here for the complete list of these activities. Please do join us for the following: 

Monday, November 07, 2016

The 2016 TWSC Writeshop

The 2016 TWSC Writeshop
Third World Studies Center, Lower Ground Floor, 
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, 
Palma Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City 
7-9 November 2016

About the writeshop 

The Third World Studies Center (TWSC) launches the 2016 TWSC Writeshop in continuing its commitment to build the capacity of early career researchers, junior faculty members, and graduate students in the social sciences. As a premiere social science research center in the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines-Diliman, the TWSC continues to develop critical, alternative paradigms to promote progressive scholarship by undertaking pioneering research and publishing original, empirically-grounded, and innovative studies.

Originally meant as a capacity-building workshop on social science research in 2010, the TWSC Writeshop transformed into a unique publication platform for early career researchers, junior faculty members, and graduate students in the social sciences. Since 2014, successful Writeshop participants were not only given the opportunity to interact with experts from the academe and the publishing industry, but also the opportunity to produce a publishable manuscript for the TWSC’s internationally refereed and CHED-accredited (A-2, Very Good - Excellent) journal Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies. The 2016 TWSC Writeshop sustains this academic tradition and more.

The 2016 TWSC Writeshop marks another milestone as it transitions from module-based discussions to manuscript-driven mentoring in the form of intensive yet collegial small-group discussions. The mentors, established scholars in their respective fields and the Kasarinlan editorial staff, will bring into line problematization, researcher positionality and ethics, and crafting meaningful narratives based on empirical work to equip the participants in making a contribution in social science scholarship, i.e., by creating a publishable work. In seeing through the TWSC Writeshop’s goal, the Writeshop culminates with the publication of successful manuscripts in a special issue in Kasarinlan.

The 2016 Writeshop Fellows:

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
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
Anderson V. Villa, Associate Professor, Social Sciences Department, Ateneo de Davao University
The Entertainment Industry and the Feminization of Filipino Migration to Japan
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
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
Orville B. Tatcho, Instructor, College of Arts and Communication, University of the Philippines Baguio
Image Building Discourses in the 2016 Presidential Debates
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

Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera, National Artist for Literature, delivered a keynote speech, while Professor Randy David, UP Professor Emeritus, delivered a plenary talk. Mentors for the small-group discussions for each manuscript are Dr. Ferdinand Llanes, Dr. Raul Pertierra, Dr. Jaime Veneracion, Prof. Regalado Jose, and Dr. Violeda Umali. Facilitators for the discussions are Kasarinlan managing editor Joel Ariate Jr., associate editors May Cruz, Miguel Reyes, Emerald Flaviano, and Christian Masangkay.

Photos from the event