About the Center for Philippine Studies
- The Center for Philippine Studies (CPS) plays an important role in promoting interest in the
Philippines and Filipinos in the diaspora as an academic field of study. As such, it occupies a unique
place in the university as it finds a niche in the world.
- CPS along with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies collectively form the National Resource
Center for Southeast Asian Studies (NRCSEA) at UH Manoa, with funding roughly at $1 million every 3 years
from Title VI of the federal education programs. The "Philippine Year" component (2001-02) conducted an academic
conference and a short-term courses on Mindanao to analyze the roots of the Mindanao crisis, bringing to
Hawai'i the recognized experts in the field.
- Studying the Philippines at UH Manoa is fun. Find out why.
- CPS serves as the secretariat for the International Philippine Studies
Committee and has hosted two out of the six international conferences, each
attended by over 200 of the best scholars in the field. Worth mentioning are three recent
conferences, namely the International Philippine Studies Conference, held in Manila,
Philippines in August 2008, a sequel to the Philippine Studies conference held in Leiden,
Netherlands in June 2004, and the International Conference on the Hawaii
Filipino Centennial, held in December 2006 in Honolulu to commemorate the 100th
anniversary of the coming of Filipinos to Hawaii.
- Internationally, the Center is linked to the Philippine Studies Group of the
Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and the Philippine Studies Group in Japan (PSCJ).
- The Center runs a regular colloquium series, which has hosted at least 500 speakers
since its inception, and publishes the Philippine Studies Occasional Papers Series,
which has put out some of the best papers in the field. It has also institutionalized the
Philippine Studies Newsletter and Pilipinas Journal as outlets for Philippine
scholarly writing and current information on the state of Philippine Studies.
- The Center is routinely consulted for information on current Philippine issues, like
the September 2009 typhoons, the 2007 Mindanao conflict, and the 2004 and 2010 elections,
by international media from as far away as Egypt, Australia and China.
- AT UH, Hamilton Library houses an extensive Philippine research collection,
which can compete with Cornell, Michigan, and other top universities in
the country, as revealed by one survey. Many scholars studying the
Philippines from other countries and states use our collection throughout the year.
- It also undertakes various outreach activities in the Hawaii Filipino community over
the years. The past director of the Center, Dr. Belinda Aquino, was named a member of
the statewide Filipino Centennial Celebration Commission, which hosted the 100th
anniversary of Filipino immigration to Hawai'i in 2006. The Center lobbied the State
Legislature for funding for the Commission which set $150,000 as "seed
- The Center has helped educate at least three generations of students of Filipino
ancestry at UH Manoa, who now have a deeper understanding of Philippine culture and
their ethnic heritage.
- It has established and still maintains an Academic Exchange Program with the University
of the Philippines since 1990. The Center has also worked closely with the International Affairs
Office and Study Abroad Center on student study tours to the Philippines. At present, the Center
has academic links with two universities in Mindanao (Ateneo de Zamboanga University and Mindanao
State University-Iligan) for the offering of syncronous online courses on secessionism, sovereignty
movements and Islam.
- Four endowment funds totalling $175,000, the Alfonso T. Yuchengco Grant,
Ligaya V. Fruto Endowment,, the Corky Trinidad Endowment Fund, and the Belinda A. Aquino International Philippine Studies Endowment are now in place. Thus far,
eleven students of Filipino ancestry have been awarded such grants as of 2012.
(Note: An endowment can be named only with a minimum of $35,000 donation to the
UH Foundation.) These endowments shall provide scholarships to support deserving UH students in their
research and academic projects related to the Philippines.
- The Center has also received donations from former UH Regent Robin Campaniano, Dr. Quirico S.
Samonte (Prof. Emeritus) of Eastern Michigan University, Ms. Minako Ito and Mr. Mel Domingo both of
Honolulu, among others, who contributed for the Philippine Studies fund.
- Students majoring or minoring in Asian Studies can apply for study tours to Asia from the Study Abroad