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Alfonso Yuchengco Passes Away

We at the Center for Philippine Studies commiserate with the family of former Ambassador Alfonso Yuchengco who recently passed away. The news about his death is featured in Rappler .

Mr Alfonso is very dear to us, having been the first donor of a CPS Endowment that has benefited many UH students doing their research.

He is also the man behind the founding of RCBC Bank and related business ventures in the Philippines. His life achievements as a taipan are quite colorful that resembles those successful Chinese-Filipino entrepreneurs like Lucio Tan, John Gokongwei, Henry Sy and many others.

Our condolences to the family!

Talk – Weaving Dreams as Filipino Educational Praxis

Weaving Dreams as Filipino Education Praxis
A public lecture by members of the Tinalak Education Advisory Council at UH College of Education

Date and time: April 12, 2017, 12:00-1:30pm
Venue: Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319)
Sponsors: CSEAS and CPS

Watch out for this lecture from members of the Tinalak Filipino Education Advisory Council at UH Mānoa College of Education! They will present their scholarly work published in Educational Perspectives, an interdisciplinary research journal focused on education in Hawai’i featuring Filipinos.

For more details, please click on this site.

Please come and listen to the lecture!

Dr. Patricio Abinales talks about PH President Rodrigo Duterte and Communism

Don’t miss this chance! Listen to Dr. Patricio N. Abinales talk about President Rodrigo R. Duterte and the lingering issue of communism in the Philippines. Dr. Abinales is currently the director of UHM Center for Philippine Studies.

Photo: PH President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, dressed up in combat gear

This presentation tries to figure out how divergent features of contemporary Philippine politics seem to blend seamlessly and unproblematically in the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Date: April 5, 2017, 12:00-1:30pm
Venue: Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319)
Sponsors: UHM CSEAS and CPS

More details of the presentation are found here.

Come and see Baro at Habi

Folks, come and see visual clues to Filipino culture!
Visit the rare exhibit Baro at Habi of FAUW.

Place: Hawaii State Library, 478 South King Street, 1st Floor
Date: March 9-25, 2017.
Sponsor: Filipino Association of University Women (FAUW)

More details here:

36th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival, 2016

2016 Hawaii International Film Festival
Presented by Halekulani
November 3-13, 2016 at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18
and Regal Kapolei Commons 12

Through this promotion, write or mention the Code OUTREACH36. This code gives the purchaser $2 off each ticket purchased.

Folks, here are some new Filipino films you would like to see:


Antonio, a hotel worker in Manila, needs to make it to America. His father’s utter failure while living in Las Vegas compels Antonio to do anything and everything to support his cancer-ridden mother. However, he fails again and again to get a visa, despite taking many financial, emotional and personal risks. Haunted by his father’s past and discouraged by his current situation, Antonio comes to realize the power of a dream may just be within reach…

Friday, November 11 8:45 PM Dole Cannery
Saturday, November 12 11:00 AM Dole Cannery


Can an impersonator find his own voice? At 68, Pepe (Pinoy rock legend Pepe Smith delivering a raw performance) has dedicated his life to impersonating legendary Filipino rock star Joey Smith. Straddling the line between reality and imagination while sinking deeper into old age, he must undertake a journey of self-discovery to free himself from the shadow of his hero and become his own man. Only then can he be free to write the song of his career.

Wednesday, November 09 8:00 PM Dole Cannery
Friday, November 11 12:30 PM Dole Cannery


As leader of the world’s only LGBT political party, Bemz Benedito dreams of being the first transgender woman in the Philippine Congress. But in a predominantly Catholic nation, rallying for LGBT representation is not an easy feat. Bemz and her team of queer political warriors must rethink traditional campaign strategies. Culminating on election day, OUT RUN looks into the challenges LGBT people face as they transition into the mainstream and fight for dignity, legitimacy, and acceptance across the globe.

Thursday, November 10 5:45 PM Dole Cannery
Saturday, November 12 12:15 PM Dole Cannery


Ford, a surfing instructor from the Philippines, has been told his whole life that he’s the son of Francis Ford Coppola and that he was conceived during the on-location filming of APOCALYPSE NOW. He has wasted his youth waiting as his mother petitions the director to acknowledge Ford as his son. As the surfing season ends, Ford is forced to confront his past actions, inactions, and the stories of his life.

Saturday, November 05 4:30 PM Dole Cannery
Monday, November 07 3:00 PM Dole Cannery

Sexism in Philippine Language

Dr. Pia Arboleda speaks on “Sexism in Philippine Language : Reinforcement and Resistance”

Date & Time: Oct 24, 2016, 3:00-4:30pm
Venue: UH Manoa, Hamilton Library Room 301

There is a common notion that the Tagalog/Filipino language is nonsexist because it has generic nouns and pronouns. But upon closer inspection, instances of sexism are present in Filipino and are perpetuated consciously or unconsciously. The sexual stereotypes and patriarchal values reflected in some of these words may be outmoded, but their definitions are still maintained in the dictionary. In this lecture, Pia Arboleda discusses her study of words and definitions from three major dictionaries: Vicassan Pilipino-English Dictionary (1978) , Diksyunaryo ng Wikang Filipino (1989) and UP Diksiyonaryong Filipino (2001). She will also provide recommendations for language advocacy and nonsexist usage of Filipino. The presentation will be in English.

Recipient of the 2015 Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching, Pia Arboleda is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the UHM Filipino and Philippine Literature program. As part of her integrated approach to teaching, research and materials development, she produces multi-media bilingual animated films on Philippine folklore. One of her major accomplishments is the translation and subtitling of the 13-part film series on Noli Me Tangere based on the literary masterpiece by Jose Rizal, as well as Philippine films that are now used for classroom teaching.

The flyer is attached. For inquiries about this lecture, please contact Ms. Thang Nguyen

See you there!