Watch the movie “Kingmaker” in Honolulu

A new documentary, KINGMAKER, is in Honolulu! It will open at the Kahala 8, 4211 Waialae Avenue, this Friday, 11/15. Tickets and schedules are available at this location.

The film examines the Marcos family’s return to power in the Philippines, exploring the disturbing legacy of Martial Law and Imelda Marcos’s efforts to help her son win the vice-presidency. In an age when fake news manipulates elections, The Marcoses’ comeback story serves as a dark fairy tale that is relevant not only to the Philippines, but to the rest of the world, including the U.S.

Recognizing the film’s significance in contemporary Philippine politics, it has elicited two reviews: by Patricio N. Abinales, The Curse that is Imelda Marcos: A Review of Lauren Greenfield’s Kingmaker film, and Cecilia Manguerra-Brainard, “The Kingmaker” Shows the Fragility of Democracy. Both reviewers are based in the US, Abinales a professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii, and Brainard, an accomplished writer from Los Angeles. Abinales ends his review by saying that this film “makes us remember why we as young adults fought dictatorship.” On the other hand, Brainard echoes a chorus reminding us that “those who lived through the Marcos dictatorship, the movie feels like a nightmare.” Interestingly, both reviewers are from the periphery – Abinales hails from Ozamiz City, on the island of Mindanao, and Brainard, from Cebu City, Philippines.

Call for Application to Fulbright Hays-Group Projects Abroad

(Note: for Hawaii and California Residents only; Extended Deadline: December 31, 2019)

Want to have a Fulbright Experience in the Philippines?
Come and join us in “Magsayod: Knowing Cebuano Language and the Philippine South.”

The UHM Center for Philippine Studies hereby issues a Call for Applications to Fulbright Hays-Group Projects Abroad (FH-GPA) program, a 5-week seminar-training in Cebu City, the Philippines on July 1-August 5, 2020.

The training will focus on:
● Immersion in basic Cebuano language,
● Familiarization of Philippine southern cultures, i.e., Muslims, other indigenous peoples, Cebuano society, and culture in Cebu and Mindanao.

For more details, please click on the Fulbright GPA Flyer ,
and the Fulbright Application Form. Extended Deadline: December 31, 2019.

Batas Militar: Noon at Ngayon (Martial Law: Then and Now)

Batas Militar: Noon at Ngayon
(Martial Law: Then and Now)

Jointly Sponsored by: UH Center for Philippine Studies & Hawaii Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
(Download Batas Militar (Martial Law) flyer here.)

The Marcoses and President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Date: September 20, 2019, Friday; 3:00-4:30pm
Venue: Moore Hall 117
1890 East-West Road, Honolulu, Hawaii

Isang film-showing ng “Ferdinand & Imelda: Exile in Hawaii” at talakayan ng mga aral mula sa kasaysayan ng Batas Militar sa Pilipinas. Mapapanood ang dokyu gamit ang Link na ito: . Pagkatapos ng dokyu, pangungunahan ni Dr. Belinda A. Aquino at Dr. Pia Arboleda ang talakayan at ihahambing sa kasalukuyang Batas Militar sa Mindanao ng administrasyon ni Pangulong Rodrigo R. Duterte.

English Translation:
A film-showing of “Ferdinand & Imelda: Exile in Hawaii” and discussion on lessons from the history of Martial Law in the Philippines. Watch the documentary Here . The documentary will be followed by a discussion of Dr. Belinda A. Aquino and Dr. Pia Arboleda, who will also talk about President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s Martial Law in Mindanao.

Contact: Federico Magdalena at or call (808) 956-6086

Lecture: From Bonfire to Firewire

From Bonfire to Firewire: Innovative Online Modules on Philippine Folklore
A lecture jointly sponsored by the UC Berkeley Center for Southeast Asian Studies and UH Center for Philippine Studies

by Pia Arboleda
Director, Center for Philippine Studies &
Associate Professor of Filipino and Philippine Literature
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Historically, in the mountains of Barlig on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, the Ifiallig people would sit around the fire of the ator (council-house) to listen to tales of their hero-ancestors. When work in the rice fields was done, venerable elders and storytellers (umu-ufok) recounted these stories in their own language. These stories (ub-ufok), handed down for many generations, serve as a record of Ifiallig history, genealogy, and cultural traditions.

This talk will review current research on Ifiallig orature in Barlig, including the significance of Ifiallig oral traditions, the methods used in collecting orature, and the process of reviving tales through different media.

The animations that will be featured during the presentation are available through the University of Hawaii’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies website.

Pia Arboleda is Associate Professor of Filipino and Philippine Literature at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and concurrently the Director, Center for Philippine Studies.  She received the 2015 University of Hawai’i Regent Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

Date: September 10, 2019 at 11:00-12:30 pm
Venue: 351 Dwinelle Hall
DSSEAS Library, Level F/G
Berkeley, California

Report on Philippine Human Rights in the Philippines

The public is invited to a rare lecture entitled “A Report on the Human Rights Situation in the Duterte Government” by Ka Ed Cubelo.

During the past two years of President Rodrigo Duterte, there have been allegations of human rights abuses especially in connection with his war on drugs. In this lecture, Mr. Cubelo will present data and his analysis of what has happened since 2016.

Mr. Cubelo is a human rights activist and labor leader of Kilusang Mayo Uno.  He works at Toyota Motor Philippines and is president of the Workers Association in that company.

For more details on the lecture, please open this flyer below.

Date and Time: May 7, 2019, Tuesday, 2:00-3:30 pm

Venue: Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room), UH School of Pacific & Asian Studies

Contact: or call (808) 956-6086


Public Lecture on Race, Citizenship and Filipinos in the US Empire

Public lecture on “Ambiguous Belonging: Race, Citizenship and Filipinos in the US Empire,” by Dr. Katrina Quisumbing King.

Date and time: April 18, 2019, Thursday, 3:00-4:30 pm
Venue: Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319)
1890 East-West Road, Honolulu, Hawaii

The lecture will discuss the conflicting classification of Filipinos as “foreigners” and yet considered “nationals” of the United States at the time the Philippines was a colony. She will then draw some implications on the treatment of Filipino World War II veterans.
Dr. Quisumbing King is Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Southern California, and soon to be a sociology faculty of Northwestern University in Fall 2020.

More details about the event are found in this Link.