Colloquium Series, Fall-Spring 2002

From Expositions to the Rizal Monument: Reflections on the Philippine Legacy in Spain, March 1, 2002, 12:00 noon, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Speaker: Vina Lanzona, PhD
Assistant Professor, UHM Dept. of History

Prof. Lanzona's teaching concentrates on the Philippines. She has publications on gender issues, revolution and rebellion in the Philippines. In this lecture, she will discuss the Philippine legacy in Spain. More...

Philippine Problems and Prospects: Despair or Hope? March 20, 2002, 2:30-4:30 pm, HIG 110.

Speaker: David Wurfel, PhD
Andrews Distinguished Visiting Professor
UHM Center for Philippine Studies

In more than 50 years of studying the Philippines, Prof. Wurfel has, from time to time, been plunged into the depths of despair about what he learns, and at other times has experienced real euphoria about Philippine prospects - just like so many Filipinos. This is an attempt to tote up the balance sheet between hope and despair. Problems examined will include corruption, rebellion, threats of military coups, slow economic growth, and environmental degradation. But for every problem a careful examination will reveal a ray of hope - usually not in the media. Economic, political and social progress in the Philippines is still possible, but will not come easily. More...

Contemporary Philippine Cinema: Challenges and New Directions, November 6, 2002, Wednesday, 3:00-5:00 pm, Center for Korean Studies Auditorium.

Speakers: Marilou Diaz-Abaya and Cesar Montano
Film maker & Actor

Marilou Diaz-Abaya is an internationally acclaimed and prize-winning director and one of the Philippines' most talented film makers. Cesar Montano is one of the country's leading screen and stage performers. Ms. Diaz-Abaya and Mr. Montano will be in Honolulu to participate in the 2002 Hawaii International Film Festival. "Bagong Buwan" is one of the best films produced by the Philippine film industry. Directed by Diaz-Abaya and starring Cesar Montano, it is a powerful film depicting Muslim family torn apart by their ideals and beliefs as they struggle to find peace in war-torn Mindanao. "Bagong Buwan" means new moon and the new moon symbolizes the hope in peace and understanding among Filipinos regardless of differences in beliefs, religions, customs and traditions. More...

Colloquium Series, Fall-Spring 2001 (and earlier)

A Three-Part Lecture Series on Mindanao, October 22, 2001, October 29, 2001, and November 5, 2001, 2:00-4:30 pm, Center for Korean Studies Auditorium.

Speakers: Prof. Rudy Rodil
Professor of History, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology
Ma. Cynthia Rose Banzon Bautista, PhD
Professor of Sociology, University of the Philippines
Atty. Michael O. Mastura
Practising Lawyer, Maguindanao & Cotabato City

  • First Lecture, "The Mindanao War and Prospects for Peace" by Prof. Rudy Rodil, Oct. 22
  • Second Lecture, "Cultural and Social Issues in Mindanao" by Dr. Ma. Cynthia Rose Banzon Bautista, Oct. 29
  • Third Lecture, "Islam and Political Forces in Mindanao" by Atty. Michael O. Mastura, Nov. 5

Mindanao in Southern Philippines has been in the news lately as a reported haven for international terrorism. The Mindanao conflict has a long and complex history antedating the militant Abu Sayyaf. To put the conflict in perspective, the Center for Philippine Studies will present three Filipino scholars in a colloquium series in the next three weeks. They will also be speaking in classes on campus. This program is funded by the National Resource Center for Southeast Asian Studies through the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UH Manoa. More...

President Estrada (Erap) After Two Years, April 24, 2000, Monday, 12:00-1:30 pm, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Speaker: Dr. Jovito R. Salonga
Former President, Philippine Senate

Senator Jovito R. Salonga, a towering and very much respected figure in Philippine politics for the past 40 years, will give his assessment of President Joseh "Erap" Estrada after two years in office. Salonga served in various capacities in Filipino political life. He was a Member of Congress representing his district in Rizal, a consistent topnotcher in three Senate races, Senate President, Liberal Party candidate for President in the 1992 elections, and the first chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) in the Aquino administration. More...

Filipinos in Japan and their Children through Intermarriage, October 23, 2000, Monday, 12:00-1:30 pm, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Speaker: Masataka Kimura, PhD
Associate Professor, Ibaraki University, Japan

The number of foreigners in Japan has been steadily increasing in the postwar period, and there has been a significant change in their composition. Filipinos are one of the few groups of that phenomenally growing population in the last two decades, which has a significant impact on Japanese society. With this background, the speaker will discuss the following: 1) the overall picture of foreigners in Japan; 2) Filipinos in Japan with particular reference to spouses of Japanese nationals, and entertainers; and 3) the "Japinos," or the children of Japanese-Filipino intermarriage. More...