Wednesday, October 06, 2021

The Drug War's Visual Regime: An Online Exhibit

“The works collected here take a slightly different track. By no means comprehensive, they present ruptures in populist (and online) discourse which have legitimized images, policies, and utterances that rendered segments of the population as subhuman. Highly political, these digital and editorial illustrations attempt to wrest meaning away from the sway of influencers, supporters, and trolls; and do so in the very same platforms in which these groups have dominated.”

We invite everyone to the exhibit by visiting the link below:

(The exhibit webpage is best viewed on desktop or laptop screens)

Featuring the works of:
Leonilo Doloricon
Pato (Gooeyduck)
Makò Micro-Press
Gilbert Daroy
Marx Fidel
Panday Sining
Tarantadong Kalbo
Tsaiiatte (Maria Juvice Buñag)

This project is supported by the Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts, University of the Philippines Diliman

Friday, September 10, 2021

New TWSC Director

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Soledad Natalia M. Dalisay assumed office as director of the Third World Studies Center on September 9, 2021. She is a professor at the Department of Anthropology, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines. Dr. Dalisay obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees in anthropology from UP Diliman. The new TWSC director is a well-published scholar on  medical anthropology, anthropology of disaster, and gender and sexuality. From 2009-2014, she served as the coordinator of the Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment, and chaired the Department of Anthropology from 2014-2020. 

Dr. Dalisay will serve a three-year term as the director of the Third World Studies Center. She is the ninth director of TWSC. She succeeded Dr. Joseph Palis, who served as the Center's director from September 2019 to July 2021 and is now chair of the Department of Geography. Dr. Jely A. Galang of the Department of History will continue as the Center’s deputy director.


Saturday, August 28, 2021

In Memoriam: Bienvenida C. Lacsamana

Dahil kay Ate Bien, masaya at magaan ang buhay sa Third World Studies Center (TWSC). Sa mahigit tatlong dekada, siya ang magiliw na mukhang sumasalubong sa lahat ng pumapasok sa Sentro, ang unang boses na magpapabatid na “Third World” ang natawagan sa telepono. Siya ang araw-araw na katuwang ng mga kasamang kawani sa pagpatakbo ng TWSC.

Nang magretiro siya noong Enero 2019, itinuring na siyang haligi ng TWSC. Sa kanyang ‘di matatawarang dedikasyon at pagkalinga, inagapayan n’ya ang ilang henerasyon ng mga mananaliksik at ang mga namuno sa Sentro. Malugod at masuyo siyang kasama na maagap na tumutugon sa iba’t ibang pakiusap para maisulong ang mga gawain ng TWSC. Likas siyang maalalahanin; walang kaarawan ng mga kasama—at minsan, kahit ng kanilang mga mahal sa buhay—na hindi n’ya maaalala. Dala n’ya ang mga k’wento at gunita ng pang-araw-araw na buhay sa ilalim ng iba't ibang direktor ng Sentro. Siya ang tuwa at palakpak na unang bumabati sa maliit o malaki mang tagumpay ng mga kasama, ang bukas na loob ng damay sa mga panahon ng lungkot at kagipitan. 

Taos pusong nagpapasalamat ang Third World Studies Center kay Ate Bien at sa kanyang pagyao ipinaabot sa kanya ang lahat ng pagmamahal at lubos na pakikiramay sa kanyang mga naiwan.

Saturday, April 03, 2021

A Running Casualty Count of Duterte's Drug War

The killings continue. Nearing five years after Duterte unleashed his deadly drug war and in the middle of a pandemic, suspected individuals in the drug trade continue to be killed. This is a running casualty count of Duterte's drug war.

For the 1st Quarter of 2021, 186 were killed in Duterte's drug war. Most of the killings were perpetrated by state agents. NCR tops with the most number of drug-related killings, followed by Cavite, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, and Davao Del Sur respectively.

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For an in-depth discussion on how we come up with the numbers and what the numbers meant, please go to our website

Thursday, September 10, 2020

In Memoriam: Prof. Laura L. Samson

The UP Third World Studies Center (TWSC) condoles with the family of Prof. Laura L. Samson, who passed away this morning, September 10, 2020. She was a retired professor of sociology at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Professor Samson also served as deputy director of TWSC from 2017 to 2019. Her active engagement and support for TWSC went back to its early formative years in the late '70s and in the '80s. In 2010, she co-edited with then TWSC director Prof. Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem the book Marxism in the Philippines: Continuing Engagements. She was also highly instrumental in elevating the standard and the quality of work that went into the publication of TWSC's in-house journal, the Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies. In 2004 she became the journal's editorial consultant/supervisor, a post she held until her appointment as deputy director. Professor Samson, "Ma'am Lau" to the staff, was as caring to her work colleagues as she was deeply dedicated in turning in scholarly works that were not only well-argued, but must also be well-written (she made a virtue of almost always knowing the precise word or punctuation to use). Disagreements between Kasarinlan's editorial staff and Professor Samson regarding the journal's content were not uncommon. But it was precisely this constant, but always mutually respectful back-and-forth that continues to drive the staff to be their own worst critics in their research and publications endeavors. It was mentorship at its best. She will be deeply missed.