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Martial Law Movie “Dekada 70”

An invitation to the viewing public. Free screening.

Film showing: Dekada ’70. This film is a multi-awarded film that portrays the struggle against oppression in the Philippines during the period of Martial Law. The event is sponsored by Hawaii Filipinos for Truth, Justice and Democracy.

Date: September 18, 2022, 1:00 pm. Screening starts at 2:00 pm.

Venue: BUSAD A101 Shidler College of Business, UH Manoa, 2404 Maile Way

Webinar on “Philippine Democracy at Death’s Door: 1986 and the Marcos Resurrection,” by Patricio Abinales, PhD

We are back in our Martial Law lecture series. Please come and join us for this rare and exciting presentation of Dr. Abinales.

The lecture tries to explore some of the institutional and
political factors behind the Marcosian Restoration as well as the twilight of the EDSA tradition.

Date: September 8, 2022, Thursday, 4:00 pm (Hawaii time)


Pamana ng Lahi Workshop

The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Center for Philippine Studies, UHM Center for Southeast Asian Studies and UHM Philippine Language and Culture Program in collaboration with Southville International School and Colleges Filipino and Foreign Languages Department proudly present the Pamana ng Lahi Workshop: Teacher Training for Language and Culture.

Everybody is invited to this Zoom lecture. A link will be provided after registering.

Date and Time: August 10, 2022 at 3:00 pm -11:00 pm HST (August 11, 2022 at 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Philippine time)

Contact: Dr. Pia Arboleda at


Listen to: Food Stories (Mga Kuwentong Pagkain) from the Philippines

Aloha! The Mama Sita Foundation, the University of Hawai’i Center for Philippine Studies and Filipino Language and Culture Program, the City College of San Francisco Fiipino Program cordially invite you to the third season of Pinoy Food Stories: Mga Kuwentong Pagkain hosted by Pia Arboleda and Paolo Paculan.
Join the second session of the Mga Kuwentong Pagkain: Pinoy Food Stories on May 6, 3:00 pm (Hawaii) / May 7, 9:00 am (Manila) and explore how our interactions with our Asian neighbors through history manifests itself in Filipino food.

This month, our guests include Chonaisa Simbulan (writer and home chef), culinary consultant and chef Datu Pendatun III, and Chinese Filipino heritage advocate Meah See to discuss The Asian Connection: Bridges of Flavor.For those who will miss this session, the recording will be posted on our website: may also view our past two seasons on that site.Mahalo!

Register now
* May 6, 2022 3:00 PM Hawaii;
* May 6, 2022 6:00 PM San Francisco

Webinar on “Dr. Jose Rizal and the Philippine Revolution,” by Sir Emmanuel F. Calairo, PhD, KGOR

Please come and join the Knights of Rizal-Aloha Chapter.

Date and Time: May 6, 2022, Friday, 6:00 pm (HST, Hawaii Time), or May 7, 2022, Saturday, 12:00 noon (Philippine Time)

Link: (just copy and paste to your URL to open, no need to register)

Zoom ID: 841 0857 6956

Passcode: 571097

Contact: Dr. Serafin Colmenares,

Webinar on Jose Rizal

Kundiman ng Bayan: Jose, Paciano and the Rizal Family in the Time of the Revolution and Beyond, by Floro C. Quibuyen, PhD

Welcome to another exciting webinar on the Philippines’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, hosted by the Knights of Rizal-Aloha Chapter.

Date and Time: March 19, 2022, Saturday, 5:00 pm (Honolulu time); March 20, 2022, Sunday, 11:00 am (Manila time); March 20, 2022, 2:00 pm (Sidney time)

Link: To join, copy and paste this site –

Please click this link for details – Dr. Jose Rizal

Webinar: Ouster of a Dictator and Exile to Hawai’i – The Fateful Days of February ’86

Come and join us in this forum on the ouster of Philippine Dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Date: February 25, 2022, 4:00 PM, Friday, Hawai’i time (February 26, 2022, 10:00 AM, Philippine time)

Hosts: Coalition of organizations in Hawai’i


About this Forum: Five speakers will share eyewitness accounts of what happened on that fateful day in February 1986 – its basis, and repercussions.

“The dictator who was ousted from that struggle, together with his family, was exiled in Hawai’i. The son of the former dictator is now running for the highest political position in the Philippines. A generation seems unaware or are misinformed about the events of the past. The forum will also recall the aftermath of that exile—from the extent of the plunder that they brought with them to Hawai’i and the results of the human rights violations filed against them in the US courts, to the $2 billion judgements imposed by the courts which have not yet been settled.”

Webinar Series on Post-Martial Law in PH


The Center for Philippine Studies will host a year-long webinar series on Martial Law in the Philippines based on the above theme. Come and join us!

This webinar series will feature presentations by invited scholars to reflect on the Martial Law, Philippine style, declared by then President Ferdinand Marcos on September 23, 1972 (Proclamation No. 1081). Holding office beyond what the law allowed, Marcos continued governing the Philippines by an iron hand. He suspended the writ of habeas corpus, dissolved Congress and installed a puppet legislative body, incarcerated thousands of militants and oppositionists without due process while hundreds of desaparecidos left no trace, and militarized the country especially Mindanao, where about three-fourths of the army ran after the Moro secessionists led by Nur Misuari. The military also clamped down on the rising communist threat propagated by Jose Maria Sison.

Under this extended regime of twenty years, many events went by under the watchful eyes of critics until Marcos was deposed in a bloodless people’s revolt at EDSA in 1986. Marcos fled to Hawai’i until his death. Then, his corpse was allowed to return back home, and later buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani despite widespread opposition. This year, his son and namesake, Ferdinand Marcos, Jr, or BBM in short (for Bongbong Marcos) is gunning for presidency to restore the family glory. He promised to fix problems the Philippines supposedly incurred for the past 50 years. In the process, there have been attempts of revisionism to put asunder the “evils of Martial Law” – the plundering of the Philippine economy, crony capitalism, and making the country the “Sick man of Asia,” as analysts have argued.

The webinar series will revisit some of these now forgotten episodes, and feature what the country has become, or is becoming, and where it will lead to in the years to come.

The presentations are arranged by our academic calendar. In Spring, we shall have three speakers starting on March 9, 2022. The first salvo begins with Dr. Belinda A. Aquino, Professor Emeritus, University of Hawaii at Manoa, who will present extracts, with updates, from her well-known book, Politics of Plunder: The Philippines under Marcos. They will be followed by four more in Fall 2022.

Here are the speakers at a glance. Please click CPS Colloquium Series to view.

The list below chronologically shows a summary of the presentations. Details will be provided in separate flyers to be posted in our website, and distributed to the public.

Spring 2022 –

  1. Belinda A. Aquino, PhD – The Philippines Under the Marcos Regime: A Broad Overview and the ‘Plunder of the Ages’, March 9, 2022, Wednesday, 4:00 pm, HST (Hawaii time). Please click this link for detailsAquino
  2. Dexter Cayanes, PhD – Specific time-continuum in the “Signification” of Bienvenido Lumbera: The Nation, the Writer and the Sagisag Magazine in the Imaginative Period of Martial Law 1975-1979, April 13, 2022, Wednesday, 4:00 pm, HST. Please click this link for detailsCayanes
  3. Rufa C. Guiam, PhD – Impact of Martial Law on the Bangsamoro and their Struggles, April 27, Wednesday, 4:00 pm, 2022 (HST). Please click this link for details Guiam

Fall 2022 –

  1. Patricio N. Abinales, PhD – Philippine Democracy at Death’s Door: 1986 and the Marcos Resurrection, September 8, 2022, Thursday, 4:00 pm, HST (Hawaii time). Please click for details – Abinales
  2. Josen M. Diaz, PhD – The Crisis of Martial Law, October 5, 2022, Wednesday, 4:00 pm, HST. Please click this link for detailsDiaz
  3. Mark J. Sanchez, PhD – From Barefoot Lawyers to International Tribunals, November 4, 2022, Friday, 4:00 pm, HST. Please click for detailsSanchez

Webinar on Manila Wrongly Portrayed since 1840

Join us in this exciting webinar on “Manilaism” by Dr. Tom Sykes, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom.

Webinar Title: “Getting Manila Wrong Since 1840: Flawed Simulations, Third World Blues and Other Western Literary  Misrepresentations.” 

Date: February 22, 2022, 3:00-4:30 pm (Hawaii time)

Register in Advance:

You will receive an email confirmation once approved.

What the webinar is about: Dr Tom Sykes, Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, UK, draws from his recently published book, Imagining Manila, to describe several enduring representational tropes and devices that have defined a trajectory of British and American Orientalist fiction, travel writing and journalism about the city of Manila. Termed “Manilaism,” he will discuss counter-hegemonic canon of Filipino and foreign writers who have dissented from this distorted view of Manila.

Co-sponsors: UH Department of English

More details are found here:

Faculty Dialogue (Webinar): Rizal and his Chinese Ancestry

Coming Up soon! 

The Center for Chinese Studies hosts a Faculty Dialogue (via Zoom) on Dr. Jose Rizal and his Chinese Ancestry, in cooperation with the Center for Philippine Studies.

Date:  February 2, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm


Dr. Pia Arboleda will spearhead the discussion on Rizal:  “The Philippine National Hero’s Chinese Ancestry: Issues and Controversies.”

Jose Rizal was a patriot and visionary whose literary masterpieces exposed societal injustice under Spanish rule and the oppression of Filipino people by the Church. Yet his Chinese ancestry has always been surrounded by controversy. In the Philippines, courses focused on Rizal do not discuss his heritage; and the general attitude toward the idea that Rizal is Chinese is one of disbelief and denial…

The original announcement is found in


Understanding China Series Event 7:

  “The Philippine National Hero’s Chinese Ancestry: Issues and Controversies” 

Jose Rizal was a patriot and visionary whose literary masterpieces exposed societal injustice under Spanish rule and the oppression of Filipino people by the Church. Yet his Chinese ancestry has always been surrounded by controversy. In the Philippines, courses focused on Rizal do not discuss his heritage; and the general attitude toward the idea that Rizal is Chinese is one of disbelief and denial. This presentation will discuss factors giving rise to misconceptions about Rizal’s ancestry in the context of 19th century Philippines, and its implications in today’s society. At the heart of this issue is the anti-Chinese bias that has been perpetuated over the centuries. I draw upon Craig Austin’s Lineage, Life and Labors of Jose Rizal: Philippine Patriot, Nick Joaquin’s A Question of Heroes, Alfonso O. Ang’s (a.k.a. Tu Yiban) Rizal’s Chinese Overcoat, as well as writing by scholars like Ambeth Ocampo and John Schumacher, and offer insights on how the misinterpretation of Ibarra’s character in Rizal’s major novels, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, have contributed to the controversy. My aim is to inform about Rizal’s Chinese ancestry as a way of confronting and rejecting anti-Chinese attitudes.#

Recipient of the 2015 Regent’s Medal for Excellence in Teaching, Pia Arboleda is Associate Professor and Chair of the Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures Department. She holds a Doctor of Arts degree in Language and Literature, a master’s degree in Filipino Language in Literature, and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Marketing from De La Salle University. Prior to joining UH, she served as Visiting Professor at Osaka University and Assistant Professor at University of the Philippines Baguio. She is currently the Director of the Center for Philippine Studies. Ming-Bao Yue is Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures, and currently Director of the Center for Chinese Studies.

Co-sponsored by the UH Mānoa Center for Philippine Studies.

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