Colloquium Series

The Center conducts regular "brown-bag" lectures and public seminars on topics related to the Philippines and Filipinos. It has presented more than 500 speakers to date. The lecture series is intended to promote intellectual interest and interaction within the University community, particularly among Philippine specialists. It also serves as a forum for distinguished Philippine specialists, intellectuals, officials, and other visitors who are invited to speak. Among them have been former Senators Leticia Ramos Shahani and Arturo Tolentino, former Senate President Jovito Salonga, former University of the Philippines (UP) President Jose Abueva, Dr. Doreen Fernandez, Dr. Carolina Hernandez, Dr. Mahar K. Mangahas, the late writers Salvador P. Lopez and Bienvenido Santos, famous author N. V. M. Gonzalez, noted novelist and 1980 Ramon Magsaysay awardee for Literature, Journalism, and Communications F. Sionil Jose. The Center sponsored the first Asian-scholar-in-residence at UHM, Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera, UP professor of literature and Filipino, who likewise won the Magsaysay Award. It also sponsored two Distinguished Florence Macaulay Lectures, bringing to the campus Prof. Solita Monsod of the UP School of Economics and Ms. Monalisa Yuchengco of the Yuchengco Group of Companies.

Please click on past lectures in our archives (right sidebar).

Spring 2014

Colonial Debt Among Filipinos and Chamorros and Implications on Research Regarding Acculturation and Attitudes Toward U.S. Militarization, by Francis Dalisay, PhD, Assistant Professor, UH Manoa School of Communications, February 4, 2014, Tuesday, 12:00-1:30 pm, Moore Hall 319.

Prof. Dalisay will discuss the implications of internalized colonialism for social scientific research on Filipinos and Chamorros. He will explain Filipino psychologist E.J.R. David's concept of the colonial mentality of Filipino Americans, focusing particularly on colonial debt as a sub-component. Prof. Dalisay will then present the results of a representative survey conducted with a sample of Filipinos and Chamorros living in Guam. More...

Cultural Identification as a Protective Development Factor for Filipino Youth in Hawaii and Exploring the Challenges and Motivations of Fiipino Students in Pursuing Health Careers - Two Potential Collaborative Projects, by Dr. Anthony Guerrero and Dr. Gretchen Gavero, Department of Psychiatry, John A. Burns School of Medicine, UHM, February 20, 2014, 12:00-1:30 pm, Moore Hall 319.

Filipino cultural identification may be a protective factor for Filipino youth-at-risk, and wed like to build collaborations in order look at cultural identification-strengthening approaches; we'd also like to build collaborations to support Filipino youths' success in pursuing higher education, including health professional school, etc. More...

Restoring Separation of Powers and Constitutional Accountability: Dismantling the Pork Barrel System through the Philippine Supreme Court, by Prof. Diane A. Desierto, Assistant Professor, Richardson School of Law, February 5, 2014, 1:30-3:00 pm, Moore 319 (Tokioka Room).

Prof. Desierto discusses the November 2013 decision of the Philippine Supreme Court in Belgica et al. v. Executive Secretary et al., which dismantled most of the Executive Branch's pork barrel distributions to Members of Congress, largely distributed throrugh the Priority Development Assistance (PDAF). The lecture also discusses developments from the ongoing oral arguments at the Court involving petitions challenging the constitutionality of the remainder of the pork barrel system administered under the Office of the President's Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). More...

A detailed account of Prof. Desierto's lecture is provided by Alden Alayvilla Here.

Fall 2013

Migration, Elections, and Muslims: A Symposium on Mindanao, by Faina A. Ulindang, PhD, Samuel E. Anonas, PhD, and Jamail Kamlian, PhD., November 23, 2013, Saturday, 2:00-4:00 pm, at the Philippine Consulate General Lanai, 2433 Pali Highway. Light merienda will be served. Contact Clem or Fred at (808) 956-6086, email cps@hawaii.edu, or Tessie at (808) 595-6316, Ext 101. More...

The trio are all professors from Mindanao State University. Dr. Ulindang will speak on "Migrants of Mindanao: Perils, Debacle and Recovery," where she explores into the lives of second generation Mindanaoan settlers, particularly those whose parents were supported by government resettlement projects during the Commonwealth and Magsaysay administrations in the Cotabato provinces and Kapatagan, Lanao del Sur. Sporadic interviews also from the migrants themselves as well as written both primary and secondary sources are the main bases for this study.

Dr. Anonas talks about "Electoral Issues from the Perspective of Public Schools Teachers during the 2004 and 2007 Elections in Lanao." He says that "Prior to the automation of Philippine elections in 2010, most, if not all, of the elections held were allegedly rigged to favor a candidate or a group of candidates. Allegations of electoral violations moved to high gear in the 2004 presidential election especially in Muslim Mindanao with the 'Hello Garci' scandal which almost cost Gloria Macapagal Arroyo her presidency. The same allegations of electoral rigging occurred in the 2007 mid-term elections for senators, congressmen and local elective officials, particularly in Lanao del Sur which is dubbed as the 'cheating capital' in the Philippines."

Dr. Kamlian cites some experiences in his "Religious Discrimination in the Southern Philippines: Implications to the Peace Process" and digs into the nature, characteristic and probable causes of religious discrimination, particularly against Muslims. Author argues that this social malady is particularly driven by differences in customs, belief and history between Muslims and Christians. This presentation will also attempt to suggest some policy recommendations in order to minimize, if not eradicate, the said social problem.

Filipinos and Education in Hawaii: Challenges and Opportunities, by Jon Okamura, PhD, Ethnic Studies Department, and Patricia Halagao, PhD, College of Education, October 16, 2013, Wednesday, 2:00-4:00 pm, Moore 319 (Tokioka Room). More ...

Dr. Okamura will talk on "Filipino American Access to Public Higher Education in California and Hawaii." In 1998, Filipino American students joined African American and Latino students in a class - action lawsuit that charged the admissions policies of the University of California, Berkeley violated federal antidiscrimination laws. Two years earlier, California voters passed Proposition 209 that prohibits race - based affirmative action in college admissions. In 1996, the University of Hawai'i Board of Regents approved a 50 percent tuition hike and another 23 percent increase for the following year. Okamura's presentation compares the impact of those policies on the admissions and enrollment of Filipino American undergraduates in the UC system and the UH Manoa since 1996.

On the other hand, Dr. Halagao will speak on the "Status of K-12 Filipino Education." Her research focuses on Filipinos and education in Hawaii. She has developed numerous Filipino curriculum and professional development programs such as Pinoy Teach, iJeepney.com sponsored by the Smithsonian, the Filipino American Education Institute, and the F.O.B. Project. She is recipient of the Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award (2012) and recently appointed to serve on the Hawaii Board of Education.

Transnational Filipino America: Anti-Marcos and Today, by L. Joyce Mariano, PhD, Assistant Professor, American Studies Department, Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 2:30-4:00 pm., Moore 319 (Tokioka Room).

This presentation gives preliminary commentary on upcoming future research, highlighting turns in orientations toward the Philippine homeland from the 1970s until today and considering larger reverberations in the production of Filipino American diasporic subjectivities. Mariano argues that transnational calls for communal efforts toward the betterment of the Philippines has shifted from anti-Marcos politics and organizing to philanthropic and social development efforts. It contextualizes some of Mariano's research questions on the implications of this homeland re-orientation. More...

Spring 2013

The Logic of Mother Language, the Ir/Rationalities of National Language, and Cultural Democracy in Action, by Aurelio Solver Agcaoili, PhD, UH Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, January 23, 2013, 12:00-1:30 pm, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

The talk argues that with the reintroduction of mother tongue-based mother language education in the Philippines in 2009, and with the upsurge of pilot schools all over the Philippines offering the MTB-MLE curriculum, there is no other more poignant evidence that proves the irrationality of holding on to a hegemonic national language in a multilingual and multicultural country like the Philippines than this new educational initiative of that country. It argues as well that the national language as being foisted by 'nationalists' is a conspiracy of people who misinterpret the meaning of multiplicity, diversity, linguistic pluralism, emancipatory education, and cultural democracy in action. More...

Environmental Law in the Philippines, by Antonio A. Oposa, Jr., January 29, 2013, 11:45-1:00 pm, Moot Court Room, William S. Richardson School of Law.

The colloquium features Antonio A. Oposa, Jr., one of Asia's leading voices in the global arena of environmental law. In Minors Oposa v. Factoran (1993), the Philippine Supreme Court gave standing to the petitioners-children to take legal action on their behalf and on behalf of generations yet unborn, enforcing the principle of inter-generational responsibility. More...

Language Choice and Accommodation Strategies of Filipino Women Married to Malays, Malaysian Chinese and Malaysian Indians, by Francisco Perlas Dumanig, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics University of Malaya, Malaysia, February 12, 2013, 12:00-1:30 pm, Moore Hall 155A.

Language choice has become a common phenomenon in mixed marriages in which speakers face with the challenge of choosing an appropriate language in various domains of communication. In multilingual and multiracial societies, language choice can sometimes be crucial because of its social, political, and economic impact on the speakers. Even in the smallest unit of a society which is the family, language choice and accommodation strategy play an important role particularly in interactions of couples who come from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. More...

Constructing Ilokano Identity in Rondalla Pedagogy, by Froilan Fabro, MA student (Ethnomusicology), UHM, February 13, 2013, 2:00-3:30 pm, Moore Hall 319.

This presentation is based on the fieldwork I conducted in the Philippines concerning the practice of Rondalla in the Ilocos Sur region. In the municipality of Santa Lucia, Ilocos Sur, the Ilokano identity is conflated with the national practice of the rondalla through their construction of a localized tuning system. This localized tuning system allows them to use fingering positions that transition freely between instruments. While this practice is useful for regional musical styles, I argue that this local tuning system excludes the Santa Lucia ensemble from national rondalla practice and handicaps local students aspiring to further their musical studies and perform in rondalla ensembles outside their region. More...

Jose Rizal and the Noli Me Tangere, A Century Hence: A Film and Lecture Series, sponsored by IPLL, CSEAS and CPS, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 1:00-4:00 pm, Hamilton 301.

This presentation takes a peek into an important work of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal. Three lectures by Dr. Pia Arboleda, on translating the Noli Me Tangere, April 5, 2013, 1:00-4:00 pm, Hamilton 301; Jovanie dela Cruz, on critical perspectives on Rizal, April 12, 2013, 1:00-4:00 pm, Hamilton 301; Dr. Patricio Abinales, on the strange nobility of Rizal's Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, April 19, 2013, Hamilton 301; and Dr. Pia Arboleda again on kapihan at kuro-kuro - an open forum, April 26, 2013, 1:0-4:00 pm, Hamilton 301. The lectures will be conducted in conjunction with Eddie Romero's 13-episode telenovela (film) of Noli Me Tangere, courtesy of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. More... .

From Bonfire to Firewire: Ifiallig Orature Digitized, by Dr. Pia Arboleda, April 22, 2013, 3:00-4:30 pm, Moore Hall 319. Co-sponsored with Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures.

Long ago, in the magnificent mountains of Barlig, Mountain Province, Philippines, the Ifiallig would sit around the fires of the ator (council-house) to listen to tales of their hero-ancestors. Venerable storytellers (umu-ufok) recount these stories in the Finallig language. These stories (ub-ufok), handed down for many generations, serve as a record of their history, genealogy and cultural traditions. Ifiallig society used to revolve around the stories told within the walls of the ator. The death of influential village elders, with no one to take their place, will inevitably extinguish Barlig's orature, and along with this will vanish the beautiful stories that have given honor and value to the life of a people. More...