By Juvanni A. Caballero, PhD

This series of lectures in January-February 2024 is hosted by the Center for Philippine Studies, featuring Dr. Caballero from Mindanao who will give three lectures:

“When Maratabat Influences a Business Practice: A Glimpse into Price Discrimination in Lanao”

Delving into the practice of dual pricing and exploring the motivations behind the higher prices set for Meranaw clients.

Date: January 30| 3:00-5:00

“Diversity and Divergence: Internal Challenges in the Bangsamoro Struggle for Self-Determination”

Discussing the internal challenges the Bangsamoro people face in asserting their right to self-determination, focusing on ethnic diversity and its influence on power dynamics.

Date: January 31| 3:00-5:00

“Nationalized Symbols of Injustices: Contemporary Sources of Bangsamoro Grievances”

Examining contemporary sources of Bangsamoro grievances, critiquing national historical narratives, symbols, and heritage identification practices that impinge on Bangsamoro feelings.

Dr. Caballero’s depth of knowledge and research in these areas promises an enlightening session, providing insights that are crucial for a more inclusive and informed understanding of Mindanao’s socio-cultural dynamics.

Date: February 1| 3:00-5:00

About the lecturer:

Dr. Caballero is a distinguished academician with extensive expertise in history, conflict resolution, and the intricate cultural landscape of Mindanao. His insights have been invaluable in understanding and addressing critical issues in our society.

He will be presenting three thought-provoking papers, above, that promise to shed light on crucial aspects of Mindanao’s history, culture, and societal dynamics.


Ces Jocson, cjocson@hawaii.edu

Department of Indo-Pacific Languages & Literatures

Website: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/ipll

Spalding 454 | 808-956-8672

Pepe, Pao, Pia: A Dual Perspective on Translating Rizal

Pepe, Pao, Pia: A Dual Perspective on Translating Rizal

Please come to two lectures on Translating Jose Rizal, the Philippine National Hero.

Date and Time: October 31, 2023, Tuesday, 2:30-5:30pm

Venue: UM Manoa Webster Hall 203

Paolo Ven B. Paculan, will lecture on “Noli Panghayskul: Designing Rizal’s Novela Tagala for this Generation,” while Dr. Pia Arboleda will talk on “Turn on the Subtitles, Please! Translating and Subtitling the Noli Me Tangere.”

For details, see the flyer below:

Helobung: Tales, Tunes and Threads of the T’bolis

Come and join us to the T’boli presentation at UH Manoa

Event: Helobung: Tales, Tunes and Threads of the T’bolis

Preserving T’boli Culture and providing a livelihood for their community in the biodiverse lands of the southern Philippines, Helobung (“endless joy”) is a wellspring and tradition bearer. Helobung introduces and shares this people’s cultural roots and signifiers. This event is jointly sponsored by the UH Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UH Manoa Music Department and the UH Center for Philippine Studies.

Date: October 27, 2023, 7:30pm

Place: Barbara Smith Ampitheatre, UHM Music Department, 2411 Dole Street

Kunyari – Zoom Lecture by Justin Gerald Ocampo, Sept 19, 2023

Come and listen to a lecture entitled “Kunyari,” by Justin Gerald Ocampo.

Date and time: September 19, 2023, 12pm-1:00pm HST

Description: Kunyari, written and directed by Justin Ocampo, is a Filipino American romantic comedy short film about two former lovers pretending to be together at a party in an act of self preservation against the expectations of their gossiping and intrusive Filipino families, encountering unresolved feelings along the way.

Registration required: https://hawaii.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kdO-orDkiGNZjAAKrcZtIBMoMsNTFHd9e#/registration

Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad 2023

The University of Hawaii Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program, called Project Dunong at Kalinangan 2023, is now going on in Dasmarinas, Cavite with De La Salle University-Dasma as host. It started on June 5-6, 2023 with a pre-departure program via Zoom, and the main program launched on June 12, 2023 until July 6, 2023 on the DLSU Dasmarinas campus. This project is the second Fulbright-Hays GPA implemented by the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Center for Philippine Studies.

Project Dunong at Kalinangan will train 19 participants carefully selected from Hawaii and California (1 is from neighboring Yuma, Arizona) composed of K12 teachers, students and university faculty. It is managed by a UHM team consisting of three members (Dr. Federico Magdalena, Project Director, Dr. Pia Arboleda, Co-Project Director and the Center’s Director, and Dr. Jayson Parba, Project Administrator), with Dr. Christian George Francisco of DLSU-Dasma coordinating the FH project. MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology is also an institutional partner in this endeavor, with Prof. Jed Otano as coordinator.

The participants will undergo a month-long immersion training on basic Filipino language and Philippine cultural heritage.

Prof. Peth Amoncio, Filipino language instructor, kicking off the Fulbright training.

Graduation time!

Closing ceremony, at last!

Webinar: Beads, Batok and Beauty: Philippine Traditions of Beauty by Dr. Maharaj “Raju” Desai

The public is invited to this exciting lecture by Dr. Raju Desai, formerly a faculty at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and now teaching at City College of San Francisco (Philippine Studies).

Date and time: April 4, 2023, 3:00-5:30p, (HST)

Registration required:


Details: Please see flyer

Fulbright 2023 Training in the Philippines

Good news for those desiring to learn basic Filipino language!

Applications are now accepted for a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad summer training in the Philippines from June 5 to July 10, 2023. Site of training is Dasmariñas, Cavite with De La Salle University as host. The FH-GPA (also called Dunong at Kalinangan: Fulbright 2023) is implemented by the Center for Philippine Studies, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Details: Please click this Link for application materials and other details.

Contact: Federico V. Magdalena, PhD at fm@hawaii.edu.

Webinar: Enrique de Malacca: Malay or Cebuano?

The public is invited to this presentation about a lesser known historical figure, Enrique de Malacca. Federico V. Magdalena, PhD will discuss this man in the Vicente Sotto Lecture Series organized by the Cebuano Studies Center, University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines.

DATE: January 28, 2023, Saturday, 10:00am (Philippine time)

Link: https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=578512567624007&set=a.476242187851046

About the Webinar:

The Vicente Sotto Lecture Series begins the new year with a lecture by Dr. Federico V. Magdalena from the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa. His lecture entitled “Enrique de Malacca: Malay or Cebuano?” will be held on January 28, 2023 (Saturday) from 10:00 – 11:30 AM via Zoom.

To listen to the lecture, please answer the registration form linked here: https://forms.gle/aWBux9TYUEkS2egP7

Zoom details will be sent to your email once registration closes.


This webinar lecture re-visits the historical account about Enrique de Malacca and reviews available evidence regarding his identity – is he a Malay or a Cebuano? Enrique is a “captured slave” who worked as Ferdinand Magellan’s valuable interpreter in his voyage to the Philippines in 1521. He got into Magellan’s embrace in 1511 as a young boy shortly after the downfall of the Malaccan sultanate under the Portuguese forces.

Using linguistic data, there is a high probability that this mythical guy, who knew both Malay and Cebuano (aside from Portuguese and Spanish), was more of a Cebuano speaker. This line of thought is corroborated indirectly by primary historical sources, and by inference on contiguous events surrounding Enrique’s early life. This presentation will attempt to explain why.