CPS Annual Report, 2015-16

The Annual Report of the Center for Philippine Studies during 2015-16 consists of two parts. The first part is given by the current director, Dr. Patricio N. Abinales, the second by Dr. Vina Lanzona for the first half of 2015 until July.

Here’s the report of Dr. Abinales:


The Dean has agreed to the revisions of our by-laws, and the next step will be to formalize this. Everything, however, may begin either next year (if we vote on it) or at the end of my term. I would personally prefer the former as I am planning to go on leave either next year or when my sabbatical is due.


The VCAA’s office has approved Fred Magdalena’s proposal for a new course on the Peacebuilding in Mindanao and Hawaii. He will start teaching this in the fall. This course is the first of a set of new courses that will focus on Philippine local history and politics.

In the Fall, CPS will develop two courses: the first will be in northern Philippine politics and history, which we hope will complement the courses on Ilocano language and culture; and the second will be on central Philippine history and culture. Gerry Finin has offered to help me with the first course. I plan to seek the help of Professors Alfred W. McCoy and Michael Cullinane at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Cebuano Studies Center and professor emeritus at the University of San Carlos, Resil Mojares, in preparing for this course.

The Center also completed a two-year project on peacebuilding in the curriculum in August 2015. This project is supported by the US Institute of Peace, with Fred Magdalena as the principal investigator, in collaboration with Mindanao State University (campuses in Marawi, Iligan and Tawi-Tawi). After two years of “quasi-experiment,” the results showed some positive impact on the attitudes and behaviors of undergraduate students who took a course in history ingested with peace education concepts. At the end of the semester, posttest data indicated that the students became more open to cultural integration and harmony between Christians and Muslims (also Lumads), and showed lower social distance that separates these two religious groups, among other findings. In addition, five faculty members from MSU involved in the project were invited to participate in two conferences hosted by the Center in Honolulu. This project supports the ongoing peace process between the Moro (Muslim) rebels and the Philippine government.


On May 2nd, the CPS and the East-West Center co-sponsored the talk of Datu Mussolini Lidasan, the founder and executive director of the Al Qalam Institute for Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Southeast Asia, Ateneo de Davao University. Prof. Lidasan talk is titled “Countering ISIS threat among Muslim Youth in Mindanao.” As you very well know ISIS has begun to recruit in the war zones of Muslim Mindanao, and Prof. Lidasan will talk about efforts among Filipino Muslims to counter this latest fundamentalist threat to the Ummah.

CPS will also co-sponsor the concert of Grace Nono; a Filipina singer music is inspired by pre-colonial, traditional rhythms. Ms. Nono values the power of the babaylan (the pre-colonial women of prowess) and spirituality that emerges out of nature. The concert will be held on June 6 (Monday) at the Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Grants and Endowments

Two graduate students, Michael Ralph M. Abrigo (PhD Economics) and Jayson E. Parba (PhD Language Studies), received grants to present papers in international conferences. Abrigo was awarded a Belinda A. Aquino International Philippine Studies Endowment to present a paper (“Who weans with commodity price stocks? Rice prices and breastfeeding in the Philippines”) on Global Food Security in New York in November 2015, while Parba was granted a travel grant through the Ligaya Fruto Endowment to present a paper (“Language ideologies and flexible multilingualism in Philippine classrooms”) during the Applied Linguistics Conference in Florida in April 2016. Abrigo is finishing up his doctoral studies this year.

Fred Magdalena has applied for a huge grant from the federal government to promote and teach peace-building on young Moros and Christians in the war-torn provinces of the southern Philippines. CPS will be working with several Mindanao universities in the education and training of students, faculty and religious leaders in the peace-building process. We believe that CPS is in the best position to apply for this fund because of Fred’s expertise on Mindanao, plus the fact that he has extensive contacts with universities there.

We are exploring with Ms. Hannah Trinidad the possibility of an art show of her husband’s (Corky Trinidad) political cartoons. Ms. Trinidad is also the founder of the Bayanihan Dance Troupe in the Philipines, and I am hoping to approach the Honolulu Museum of Arts to co-sponsor something on this famous Filipino dance group.

Fund Raising

An Asian Studies alumna, Ms. Laurianne Chun, has offered to help raise funds for CPS. She has offered to create a new endowment fund, coming initially from her contributions. She has also proposed a project that may sound unusual to many of us, but if it succeeds, Ms. Chun guarantees steady revenue. She will collaborate with a travel agency to attract Filipino families to a cruise tour. A portion of whatever proceeds that will be raised from the tour will go to this new endowment fund. We are just in the initial stage of discussion and hope that this will move forward by the start of the Fall.

Finally, as you very well know, the CPS Director receives an additional “honorarium” of $300 a month for his/her responsibilities. I have decided to move this honorarium to the UP Foundation (applicable only as long as I am the director; the next director may not continue with this) to be placed in a “special fund” that is intended to support our CPS staff – starting with Clem, then Helen Lee and finally Fred. I realized that it is foolhardy for us to wait for manna from the UH Administration to (a) put Fred on a more stable basis and to increase the financial support for Helen and Clemen (who is especially in need of a raise for the extraordinary work she has done for CPS). So I am re-allocating the Director’s honorarium to the UH Foundation to address – even temporarily – this issue.

This means, however, that our annual lechon party is no more; and we will most likely have receptions where everyone will be asked to bring his or her own food and drinks – a small sacrifice in exchange for adding to the Center’s coffers.

I know these projects are understated and not publicized the way projects were promoted in the past. We expect however that they will achieve the same goals sans the “fireworks.”


For director Lanzona’s report, please click here .

Lecture: Countering ISIS Threat among Muslim Youth in Mindanao

Lecture-conversation on “Countering ISIS Threat among Muslim Youth,” by Datu Mussolini Lidasan, Monday, May 2, 2016, 1:00-3:00 pm, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Please come, listen and participate in this presentation to understand more why Islamic radicalism seems to be on the rise in the southern islands of the Philippines. Details at: Lidasan_Lecture-ISIS-Threat


Abus posing with ISIS flag at the background.  From: topiktrend.com

Inaugural Lecture: Prof. Diane Desierto, Michael J. Marks Distinguished Professor In Business Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law

Prof. Diane Desierto to Give Inaugural Lecture as Michael J. Marks Distinguished Professor of Business Law

The William S. Richardson School of Law is pleased to announce that Prof. Diane Desierto has been named the new Michael J. Marks Distinguished Professor in Business Law. Her inaugural lecture is entitled: “Global Public Policy in Cross-Border Private Transactions: Regulating Mergers & Acquisitions as Investment in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.” It is free and open to the public and will take place:

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 5-6 p.m.
Classroom 3, William S. Richardson School of Law, 2515 Dole Street
A reception will follow in the Law School Courtyard from 6-7 p.m.

Please click Here for details.

Spotlight on the Philippines – 3 Films


This year’s SPOTLIGHT ON THE PHILIPPINES brings 3 films that showcase two major hitters in the Philippine box office and 1 crime drama that premiered at the Toronto and Busan Film Festival last month and from one of the most celebrated Pinoy directors working today. In addition to these 3 films, we also have a psychological and spiritual horror film that is included in our HIFF EXTREME section, presenting midnight movies from all over the world, as well as one of the most celebrated films of 2014, which makes its return as part of HIFF’s NETPAC 25th anniversary celebration.

Therefore, check out this year’s Filipino films playing a this year’s HIFF (and with trailers)!

Please click this Link for trailers of these three films.

THE COFFIN MAKER:  In one of the most highly praised Filipino films of last year, a hard-working father tries his best to raise a young daughter alone in a rural area, but he is ill-prepared for what fate throws their way. The film takes us on a deeply emotional journey, free of cliché and sentimentality, slowly unveiling the struggles of a man who must confront his guilt and remorse. This return engagement screens as part of the 25th NETPAC Anniversary film series. http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/coffin_maker_the_2015

HENERAL LUNA:  In 1898, General Antonio Luna, commander of the revolutionary army, is spoiling for a fight. The Philippines, after 300 years as a Spanish colony, has unwillingly come under American rule. General Luna wants to fight for freedom, but members of the elite would rather strike a deal with the US. The infighting is fierce in the new cabinet but Luna and his men forge ahead even as his decisions are met with resistance from soldiers loyal to President Aguinaldo. http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/heneral_luna_2015

HONOR THY FATHER: Kaye and Edgar are a pair of married white-collar swindlers, who have cashed in on promoting an investment scheme to their friends and fellow Pentecostal parishioners. But when they run afoul of their latest victims, their devout investors turn on them. When the tension erupts into violence, Edgar decides to seek the aid of his criminally inclined family. HONOR THY FATHER is the latest crime drama from celebrated Filipino director Erik Matti. http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/honor_thy_father_2015

KID KULAFU:  Before he became one of the world’s greatest boxers, Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao was a young boy living a hand-to-mouth existence, trying to survive one day at a time. When he discovers his natural talent for boxing, he embarks on a brutal and intense journey that takes him from the mountains of the Philippines to the streets of Manila, and must risk everything to become a champion – for himself, his family, and his country. http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/kid_kulafu_2015

VIOLATOR:  A devastating typhoon is sweeping over the Philippines, slowly approaching Manila. As if they sensed the final judgment looming, some of the city’s inhabitants behave in ways that are hard to explain. The intriguing mosaic of stories gradually leads us to a police station where the night shift is forced to wait out the forces of nature, while a new prisoner sitting in one of the cells appears to be connected to the mysterious powers concentrated in the storm. http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/violator_2015

Stop the Killing of Lumads

Lumad-killingsAttorney Reyna Ramolete will speak at Hamilton Library, Asia Multipurpose Room 401, Monday, October 5 at 5 PM, on the Lumad killings in Mindanao, Philippines. The Lumad are the indigenous people of southern Philippines.

Reyna is a local born Japanese/Filipina lawyer with the Legal Aid Society of Hawai’i. She also has experience with nonunion labor organizing in upstate New York. She went with a solidarity delegation to the Han-Ayan area in Mindanao on December 2014 and was at the Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV) that was destroyed by paramilitary troops on September 1, 2015.

The lecture will also be an occasion to launch a “Save Our Schools” campaign to build solidarity among several community-based events in the Philippines and Hawaii.

This event is sponsored by Decolonial Pin@ys, Hawai’i Peace and Justice, Oceania Rising, UHM Hamilton Library, Women’s Voices/Women Speak, and UHM Center for Philippine Studies.

Philippine Lawyer Antonio Oposa Jr. to give lecture on environmental justice

OposaAntonio A. Oposa, Jr., noted lawyer and advocate of environmental justice in the Philippines, will give a public lecture on February 17, 2015, 7:00 pm at the Keoni Auditorium, Imin Center, East-West Center. Oposa holds the 2015 Daniel and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals at UHM Richardson School of Law. The public is invited.

Recognized as one of Asia’s leading voices in environmental law, Oposa has fought to protect the Philippines’ natural patrimony. He has initiated landmark cases to protect the country’s remaining virgin tropical forests and to clean up Manila Bay. Oposa was awarded the Magsaysay Award in 2009, an honor some refer to as Asia’s Nobel Prize.

For more details, please visit this Site.

Study Abroad: Philippines

The Center for Philippine Studies is very pleased to launch a semester-long Study Abroad Program in the Philippines! For many years now, we have always dreamed of giving our students a truly unique experience of living and studying abroad in the Philippines–one of the most diverse, exotic and challenging nations of Southeast Asia. This is our first–and only–Study Abroad Program in Southeast Asia!

We in Hawai’i have this sense of familiarity and affinity with the peoples and cultures of the Philippines. The strength of this relationship ensures a program that would provide a valuable opportunity for Filipino students to reconnect and learn about their heritage, and for other students to learn about a fascinating culture that is deeply ingrained in the local culture of Hawai’i.

We have created a website that provides all the information students will need, including our partner institution, curriculum, housing, internship opportunities, field trips, program costs, and the application materials.


Deadline for Submission of Applications for Fall 2015: April 1, 2015. Schedule of Program: August 10, 2015-December 12, 2015. (Orientations on August 8 and 9, 2015)

Students are eligible to apply for a FLAS fellowship to go to the Philippines. If you are planning to pursue language studies (Tagalog/Filipino) during your Study Abroad in the Philippines, then you are eligible to apply for the Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) grants for undergraduates. Details about the grant and application materials could be accessed in this website:


The deadline for the fellowship is this Friday, January 16. We apologize for the late notice. Please submit a completed online application form by this Friday. Reference letters and transcripts, etc. could be submitted later.

Finally, there will be a Study Abroad Fair next Wednesday, January 21, 9am-2pm, at Campus Center. CPS will have a table and we’ll be able to provide more information regarding our program.

Thanks a lot! Please do not hesitate to contact Professor Vina Lanzona (vlanzona@hawaii.edu) if you have any questions.

Fieldwork Report on the Mansaka of Davao

By Joy Marfil

I was in the Philippines from July 18 to August 4, 2013, to do my field research on Mansaka music in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, in preparation for my dissertation. My objectives were to interview musicians about their culture and traditions, and to record Mansaka songs, music, and dance. But I was surprised to learn that a protocol has to be followed in order for me to do research. Supposedly I had to meet the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and had to secure a Free and Prior Inform Consent (FPIC) to gain access for my research. Usually the process takes about three months and there is no guarantee they would permit me to do my research in the tribal community. So I went to see the newly elected mayor of Tagum City, Mayor Allan Rellon, to ask his help. He was very supportive and immediately called Honorable Datu Rudy (Kimud) Onlos (Tribal Chieftain, Tagum City Federation of Barangay Tribal Council) to allow and assist me in my research. Mayor Rellon believed that my research would benefit their tribal community as well. Also, my classmate in high school, Dr. Janet Veloso, who is now a Division Supervisor of the Department of Education, Davao Region, helped me to negotiate with Mayor Rellon and Datu Onlos, with whom she is close friends. If not for Dr. Veloso, I would have had a hard time doing my research.

IMG_20130730_101713_187Before I started the research, I was given an Acceptance Ritual, which is one of the protocols, initiated by a baylan (tribal priest) in the presence of other baylan and twenty tribal chieftains from the different tribes – Mandaya, Manobo, and Kalagan. After the ritual, Datu Sucnaan proclaimed, “From now on you’ll be called Bia Joy,” which means “Honorable Joy.” Datu Onlos remarked, “Think of us as your family. Once you have been given an Acceptance Ritual, you are part of our family even if you don’t belong to any of the tribes. If you were not given a ritual, you cannot commune with us. But now you are accepted already by the tribes.” Datu Onlos also added:

“In the old times when foreigners arrived and were accepted by the tribe, they were given a piece of land. But now our problem is that we have only a few lands. We are supposed to give you a piece of land. That is our custom and tradition. If you want, we have it in the mountain; if you want to plant or farm, you can go to our ancestral domain anytime. That is how our system works. We give land right away. That is how our heart works because this is not our land. The Lord entrusted this land to us. So any good man that can be a steward of the land, we give it to him. Just like you, you came and wanted to build a relationship with us, so we also treat you as our sister.”

It was an overwhelming experience. They accepted me not only to do the research, but deeper than that, they accepted me as their family member. So whenever I go back to Tagum, I can visit them anytime.

After the ritual I was allowed to start my research. For my safety, Dr. Veloso gave me a bodyguard to accompany me during my entire stay in Tagum. In my research I was able to do the following: Interview Datu Onlos and Datu Aguido Sucnaan (baylan – tribal high priest of Tagum City, Cultural Master and Chieftain of Barangay Mapandan) about their music, culture, and tradition; visit a Mansaka community at Barangay Pandapan; record some of the Mansaka songs, music, and dance performed by Mansaka Cultural Masters; dine and drink wine (made by Datu Onlos) with them; dance with them; and most gratifying of all, learn to play the gimbal and agung and perform with their ensemble. The Mansaka tribe does not record or notate their music. They were kind and generous enough to perform different songs, dances, rituals, and ceremonies for me to record and transcribe.

The Mansaka is an ethnic group found in the southern part of the Philippines, particularly in the provinces of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley. According to Datu Onlos, the Mansaka, Mandaya, and Kalagan (or Kagan) tribes used to be a single tribe. However, they became divided – some went up to the mountains (Mansaka), some to the upper portion of the river (Mandaya), and some stayed in the seashore or riverside (Kalagan). The Kalagan tribe is divided into two. Half of the group followed the Muslim faith, while the other half retained their traditional faith.

DSCF0519The term “Mansaka” derives from “man” meaning “first” and “saka” meaning “to ascend,” so Mansaka means “the first people to ascend the mountains or go upstream.” Farming is their primary source of living. According to Datu Onlos, the first generation of Mansaka was not open to new development. They wanted to protect their culture and tradition, and going up to the mountain was their way of protecting the community. Datu Onlos also mentioned that they believe in the God called Magbabaya. They also believe in the Holy Trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (diwata), and Jesus Christ being the tamisa na anak ng Magbabaya (“the only Son of God”).

Mansaka instruments consist of the following: gimbal (double-headed drum made of deer skin); kubing (jaw’s harp); agung (wide-rimmed, vertically suspended gong); kulintang (row of eight small, horizontally-laid gongs); lantoy (mouth bamboo flute); parundag (mouth or nose bamboo flute, bigger than lantoy); and kudlong (two-stringed instrument, which resembles the Muslim kudyapi, where one string functions as a drone while the other string plays the melody). There are three different kinds of kudlong depending on the number of frets: Kyagan (five frets); Panganduan (seven or eight frets); and Binudyaan (thirteen frets). The more frets, the larger the instrument is. If two kudlongs are played together, it is known as bandayon.

While the beginner kulintang player uses a two- or three-gong kulintang, the advanced player uses a five- to eight-gong kulintang. Usually the instruments are played in pairs. For example, the gimbal and agung are played together, particularly for prayer/ritual on Pagtabi; and the kudlong and lantoy or parundag are also played together. The kudlong or any of the bamboo flutes can also be played as solo instruments. The instrumental ensemble consists of gimbal, kulintang (usually from 3 to 8 gongs), and agung. I found out also that two to three players may play on one agung – playing the boss, edge, and rim, creating different colors.

The instrumentation varies depending on the ceremony or occasion. Ideally, a bigger ensemble is usually used for a big celebration such as the harvest and wedding ceremonies, while a smaller ensemble is usually for solemn ceremonies such as a healing ceremony and acceptance ritual. A solo instrument – kudlong is usually played for courtship.

When a Mansaka engages in dancing, the hand and eye movements convey certain meanings. Usually it is a gesture of prayer. A dance for prayer or ritual is called Binalyan – communicating to Magbabaya (God). Datu Sucnaan stated that “According to our ancestors, God finds pleasure when you dance.” Sometimes the dancers imitate the movements of the bird called “kabuwa,” in which the dance step is called “kinabuwa.” This bird usually appears during summertime.

Mansaka music has specific functions in their lives as part of their culture and tradition. For example: Binarig is for courtship; Barabay is for entertainment; and Sinakay-sakay is used for all types of ceremonies and rituals – wedding, harvest, etc. Dancing has always been a part of every ceremony and ritual. Some examples of their ceremonies and rituals are:

Piyagsawitan (harvest ceremony)
• Wedding Ceremony
Pag-ipad or Pagdiyaga (healing ritual)
• Ritual to Become a Bagani (tribal warrior)
Dawot (song)

In the Mansaka tribe, dawot is an extemporaneous singing that talks about their history, culture, and tradition. According to Datu Sucnaan, each story has a different babawoy or tonada (tune). There is no written record in their history and it is through dawot that their history is being told and preserved. In a way, dawot is a form of storytelling. As the story is told from one generation to the next, new information is added, thus making the dawot longer and longer. Very few Mansaka are able to perform the dawot, only those who are gifted and given wisdom – anointed ones. Thus, the singer depends on the Holy Spirit as he performs the dawot. Dawot can be sung in a cappella, ideally in high register. It can be accompanied by different instruments but usually is accompanied by the kudlong. While the singer performs the dawot, the audience motivates him through pag-iyak – a sort of shouting, which is the counterpart of Western clapping. Example: “Huh” or “Yahu.”

The Mansaka learn their music through their dead ancestors, who appear to them in a sacred place in Masara Mountain called “Pula,” where only the Mansaka are allowed. Non-Mansaka people are prohibited from going, to keep them away from trouble and sickness. According to Datu Onlos, they hear different kinds of music and instruments in the sacred place. The chosen ones, or what they call the cultural masters, learn their music by listening to the performance of their dead ancestors, who appear to them in human form, and they imitate the melody and rhythm. This may sound strange, but is fact. Datu Onlos himself actually sees and talks to his dead ancestors when playing kudlong in their sacred place. Thus, each of the cultural masters has their own specific music. Until the present time, that was their method of learning music. But of course the cultural masters teach the music aurally to the younger ones. However, if a cultural master notices that the young one doesn’t have an interest, he will not force him. Mansaka don’t have a method of notation but rather they play by ear and imitation. One of the concerns of Datu Onlos is the preservation of Mansaka music. He commented that the younger generation nowadays hardly appreciates their traditional music.

After transcribing several Mansaka songs (dawot) and instrumental music, I discovered that most of their music was constructed in pentatonic scale (a scale consisting of five tones), which is the main characteristic of Asian music. Chanting is a common practice in Mansaka’s style of singing. Ornamentation of the melodic lines is also common both in singing and playing instruments. In instrumental music, the rhythm is set for each kind of music with regular beat and meter. Oftentimes, each instrument plays with a variation of the basic rhythm. The tempo is set from the beginning and it is the same tempo throughout the entire performance.

DSCF0579The dance steps correspond to the beat. A change in dynamics will also indicate changes to their movements. For softer sound, their movement is fine, slow, and subtle. For louder sound, there are bigger, faster and sometimes wild hand movements and footsteps. The indication of a sudden change of the dynamics level from soft to loud is called lugoy.

Some pieces are strophic form, binary form, and through-composed. However, depending on the ceremony and occasion, the performance may last for several days. For example, in the wedding and harvest ceremonies, the celebration may last for weeks. Even in dawot, the singer can sing stories about their history and ancestors endlessly.

It was a fulfilling research. Datu Onlos and the rest of the staff of the Tagum City Federation of Barangay Tribal Council were very supportive and made sure that I received what I needed. It was sad news though when I received an email recently that Datu Onlos passed away on July 23, 2014. Indeed, he helped me so much with my research and so I would like to dedicate my dissertation to him.


Joy Marfil is a PhD student in Music at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She is the first recipient of the Belinda A. Aquino International Philippine Studies Endowment. This research is conducted toward her PhD dissertation.

CPS Annual Report, 2013-14

By Vina A. Lanzona

In the second half of the year 2013, the Philippines suffered several tragedies, one after another. During the month of October, a hostage crisis in the southern city of Zamboanga dominated the headlines. A group of disgruntled and rogue Islamic separatists from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) laid siege on Zamboanga City and declared it a Bangsa Moro or Moro Nation, under the leadership of Nur Misuari. The siege lasted for weeks with frequent clashes between government and rebel forces. About 10,000 homes were destroyed and over 200 people killed, which led the United Nations to declare the event a humanitarian crisis.

BoholThe following month, another tragedy struck when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 shook the Visayan provinces of Bohol and Cebu, the strongest earthquake the nation experienced in more than two decades. Over 220 people died, thousands were injured, and the destruction of centuries-old colonial Churches, broke the hearts of thousands. All these tragedies did nothing to prepare Filipinos for another catastrophic event that occurred in November: the death and destruction caused by typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda, that swept throughout Central Visayas and was the strongest and most powerful typhoon ever recorded in history. The 315 kmh winds that accompanied the storm surges wiped out entire villages in Leyte and Samar, and led to more than 5000 deaths and 2000 missing. The Philippine government was highly criticized for not acting swiftly and efficiently, in direct contrast to the international relief efforts launched by institutions and individuals from all over the world.

Haiyan2The Center for Philippine Studies, in cooperation with the Filipino community in Hawaii, also sprung into action. Within the first week of the tragedy, the CPS, with its numerous student volunteers set up a table for donations at the Campus Center. It also took the leadership in coordinating the efforts of various organizations and individuals within the UH community. The CPS was present when the Music Department staged a benefit concert at the Kawaiaha’o Church and when student and faculty chefs of the Food Sciences Department held an All-You-Can-Eat (and sold out) Pasta event at the Agricultural Sciences building. From these two events, and several other fund-raising events organized by the Graduate Business Student Association, East-West Center/UH Pinoy, Katipunan and Timpuyog student organizations, SEED, Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society, the Cancer Center and collections from UH students, staff and faculty, the CPS helped raise a total of $11,520.00. The CPS donated this sum to the Filipino Community Center, where all donations were matched dollar for dollar by the Hawaii-based Consuelo Foundation. Thus, the UH community raised more than $23,000 for the relief and rehabilitation efforts of the communities ravaged by typhoon Haiyan. It was our first major effort at fund-raising, and it was very successful thanks to the generosity of the UH community.


To see background information on our fundraising efforts, please check Here.

For more information on how the Consuelo Foundation helped to rebuild communities with our donations, please click this Site.

These events obviously dominated CPS work at the end of the Fall semester. But just like previous semesters, we continued our CPS Colloquium Series, and this year’s theme focused on the publications of our own faculty, and welcoming new and old faculty to our Philippine Studies ohana. Professor Vernadette Gonzalez of the American Studies Department launched her new book, Securing Paradise: Tourism and Militarism in Hawaii and the Philippines (Duke, 2013), and Professors Jon Okamura of Ethnic Studies Department and Patricia Halagao of the College of Education presented their recently published essays from a volume entitled, The Other Students: Filipino Americans, Education, and Power (Information Age Publishing, 2012). We also welcomed as a new faculty member, Professor Joyce Mariano of the American Studies Department, who presented her work on the anti-Marcos movements in the US; Professor Francis Dalisay of the Communications Department, on the attitudes of Chammoros and Filipinos regarding US militarization; Professors Anthony Guerrero and Gretchen Gavero of the Department of Psychiatry, on the challenges facing Filipinos in pursuing health careers, and finally, Professor Diane Desierto, the newest addition to the Richardson School of Law, who discussed the controversial pork barrel system in the Philippines.desierto

Aside from this very rich series of talks, the CPS also co-sponsored the visits of several important scholars of the Philippines and Southeast Asia. In the Fall, the CPS launched the documentary Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Filmmaker on a Voyage, a moving film about the late award-winning director Marilou Diaz-Abaya by Mona Lisa Yuchengco, the former editor of Filipinas magazine. Our United States Institute of Peace (USIP) grant also funded the travels of three Professors from Mindanao State University: Dr. Faina A. Ulindang, Dr. Samuel E. Anonas, and Dr. Jamail Kamlian, who led a workshop entitled Migration, Elections, and Muslims: A Symposium on Mindanao, which was co-sponsored by Congress of Visayan Organizations and the Philippine Consulate. In the Spring, the CPS co-sponsored the visit of prominent Yale Professor and Southeast Asian scholar James Scott, as well as participated in several activities that featured the environmental lawyer/activist Tony Oposa, who was sponsored by the Richardson School of Law.Oposa-Flyer

All these events demonstrate the important role played by the Center for Philippine Studies in the intellectual and community life of UHM: from organizing academic talks and lectures, to welcoming new and prominent scholars, and rallying the UH community to assist communities in the Philippines. The CPS aims to sustain this active and important role as it enters its 40th year of existence. Indeed, we are excited to announce that we will be celebrating our 40th anniversary year in Spring 2015, with a variety of activities including an international conference in April, dance performances in May, and community events throughout the year.

We hope that you’ll join us in celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the CPS in the coming year. Please stay tuned and regularly check our websites for updates and upcoming activities!!!

Please click here for previous reports:
Annual Report, 2012
Annual Report, 2013