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Annual Report, Center for Philippine Studies 2012-2013

By Vina A. Lanzona, Director

The second year of my directorship was marked by a lot of successes for both the Center for Philippine Studies and its associate faculty. During this year, CPS received two prestigious international awards: (1) A United States Institute for Peace (USIP) award for its project entitled "Teaching Enriched History and Bridging Cultures: In Search of Peace in Mindanao, Philippines," that aims to implement a local history curriculum with peace education for undergraduate students in the three campuses of Mindanao State University (Iligan, Marawi and Bongao) and (2) in collaboration with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) a Fulbright grant award that allowed K-12 teachers from the Chicago, St. Louis (Missouri) and Hawaii public schools to enhance their curricula on Southeast Asia by bringing them to Vietnam and the Philippines for a series of workshops and immersion programs. Both grants were implemented this summer 2013.

Director Vina Lanzona had the unique opportunity to direct the UHM Study Abroad Program in Seville, Spain during the Spring semester. It was altogether rewarding as she supervised 14 UHM students in Spain, taught two courses in her areas of expertise and conducted research at the Archivos de Indias, the biggest depository of colonial archives in Spain. Professor Jojo Abinales, who was also granted tenure in the Asian Studies Department this year, took the helm as Acting Director of CPS. He had a very fruitful semester, capped with a successful summer in the Philippines.

Ben Anderson, Lindy Aquino and Vina LanzonaThe CPS once again sponsored a host of activities including lectures, colloquia, and community events during the academic year. The highlight of these events was the campus visit of renowned scholar and intellectual Ben Anderson, Professor Emeritus of Cornell University. The CPS was one of the major sponsors of Prof. Anderson's visit, which included a campus-wide lecture on Nationalism and a well-attended forum with Philippine and Asian Studies scholars and students. The CPS was also a sponsor of the campus visit of Dr. Arsenio Balicasan, the chief Economic Adviser of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, and an international conference held at UHM entitled "European Encounters with Islam in Asia."

Aside from these events, CPS continued with its Colloquium Series this year. For Fall 2012, CPS collaborated with the UHM College of Education for a series entitled "Filipina/o American Language, Identity and Education." Starting with Dr. Patricia Halagao, the series also featured Prof. Hannah Tavares, Dr. Robert Bachini and recent Ph.D. graduate and Assistant Professor Dr. Julius Bautista, all of whom talked about research and pedagogical topics on Filipino-American education. For Spring 2013, CPS collaborated with the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, in a lecture series that featured Ilocano Professor and Program Director Dr. Aurelio Agcaoili, Prof. Pia Arboleda, Dr. Francisco Dumanig from the University of Malaya and MA student and CPS grantee Froilan Fabro. CPS also played a major role in the Film and Lecture Series entitled "Jose Rizal and the Noli Me Tangere: A Century Hence," that showcased the enhanced video presentation of the staging of Rizal's masterpiece produced by Philippine National Artist Eddie Romero. The lectures featured Director Abinales, and CPS affiliate Faculty Prof. Pia Arboleda and Jovanie dela Cruz. The year ended with a well-attended and highly talked about reception.

Summer was very busy for Director Abinales and Associate Director Fred Magdalena who made two successful trips to the Philippines. Fred Magdalena went to Iligan City, Mindanao in June to implement the project on curriculum development with peace education, under the auspices of the USIP. He supervised a three-day teacher workshop (June 21-23, 2013) for 44 history faculty of Mindanao State University involving six campuses all over Mindanao and Tawi-Tawi. The workshop is part of a capacity building effort to train such teachers handling local history (on Muslims and tribal communities) to make students bridges of cross-cultural understanding, and develop in them a sense of what educators say "culture of peace" in Mindanao. Director Abinales organized a series of workshops and seminars for public school teachers under a Fulbright grant. The Philippine phase of the Fullbright Teacher's Field Visit Project combined lectures by some of the country's top scholars on the issues that concerns many Filipinos, exposures to major shrines, the sampling of Philippine cuisine, and a visit to public elementary schools in Manila and Cebu. The teachers also had a chance to share their experiences with their Filipino counterparts, undergraduate students majoring in education, and officials of the Department of Education especially as these pertain to the K-12 program that the Philippine government is committed to implementation the middle of the decade.

CPS-Meet&GreetOur Fall Colloquium Series will feature new Filipino American faculty at UH Manoa, book lanching events, and a mini-conference on Mindanao. Please visit our website regularly to keep abreast of the major activities of and developments at CPS. We also started a Faculty and Student News section in our website to share news and activities of our students and faculty. We promise a fruitful academic year as we prepare to celebrate the 40 year anniversary of the founding of the Center for Philippine Studies in 2015.

Thank you, Mahalo and Maraming Salamat!


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