Prof. Ambeth Ocampo Gives Lectures in Hawaii

Prof. Ambeth Ocampo, an accomplished and renowned history professor from Ateneo de Manila University, will be in Honolulu to give a series of lectures on the occasion of the Philippine celebration of National Heroes Day. The lectures are as follows:

Lecture 1- Mukhang Pera: Banknotes and Nation
About the Lecture:
“Mukhang pera” literally means “looks like money” but is often taken to denote a “greedy or materialistic person.” The lecture plays on this double meaning by showing how politics influences history and the way it is represented in the banknotes of the Philippines.

Reception and book signing follow the lecture at the Philippine Consulate General, 2433 Pali Highway, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817.
Date/Time: August 29, 2017 (Tuesday), 5:30-6:30 pm
Pls By invitation. RSVP by August 22, 2017 through Fax (808) 595-2581 or email at

Lecture 2 – Rizal in Dapitan: The Triumph of Life Over Death
This year marks the 125th anniversary of Jose Rizal’s arrival in Dapitan, his place of exile from 1892 to 1896. A lesser man would have crumbled in depression and boredom but Rizal turned his misfortune around and contributed to the development of the sleepy town through education and civic work that is the bedrock on which to build nationhood. Pls see poster for more info.

Venue and time: UH Leeward Community College, August 31, 2017 (Thursday), 10:30-11:45 am, ED 201 & 202 Lecture Rooms (Diamond Head side of the campus). Co-sponsored with Knights of Rizal and UH Leeward Philippine Studies Program.

Lecture 3 – Interrogating President Papers: The Ferdinand Marcos Diaries
These handwritten diaries that span the years 1969-1984 were left when Ferdinand Marcos and his family fled from the presidential palace in February 1986 and have been in the custody of the Presidential Commission on Good Government since. Prof. Ocampo is preparing the diaries for publication, collating from different manuscript sources, and annotating from newspapers and the Official Gazette. In the process being critical of Marcos’s own view of events.

Venue and time: East-West Center Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96848, September 1, 2017 (Friday), 12:00-1:00 pm. Pls RSVP to (808) 944-7111 or

About the Lecturer:
Prof. Ambeth R. Ocampo is a celebrated Filipino historian, academic, journalist and author best known for his writings on Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. He was Consultant to the Numismatic Committee of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and was involved in the design of the present new generation currency banknotes. He is a professor at the Ateneo de Manila University and writes a column on Philippine history for the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

UHM Center for Philippine Studies, (808) 956-6086 or email Patricio N. Abinales at or Federico Magdalena at
Philippine Consulate General at Pali Highway, Fax (808) 595-2581 or email
East-West Center, (808) 944-7111 or email, or Karen Knudsen at
Knights of Rizal, (808) 455-0557 or email Raymund L. Liongson at
FAUW, (808) 225-1219 or email Pepi Nieva at

Center for Philippine Studies, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu, Filipino Association of University Women (FAUW), East-West Center, and Knights of Rizal.

Please also see Philippine Daily Inquirer

Why Filipina Muslims will outlast ISIS

Hi everyone (esp. those who live in Hawaii) –

Dr. Patricio “Jojo” Abinales will give a presentation on Filipinas and ISIS for the FAUW (Filipino Association of University Women) at Max’s Dillingham branch on July 15, 2017 at 1:30pm. Please come and join the forum! ISIS is allegedly present in the Philippines through Islamic militant groups such as the Maute brothers and their gang, and the Abu Sayyaf group. Both are now embroiled in a war in Marawi City.

Join us in the discussion! This topic is very timely since the Marawi crisis began on May 23, 2017 and is still raging. More than 500 lives perished on both sides – ISIS represented by the Maute brothers with participation from ASG, the military, and civilians.

Tinalak donation to CPS

Photo showing the donor, William Feltz (right), of the East-West Center, with Ric Trimillos and Jojo Abinales receiving the priced Tinalak weaving.

Retired East-West Center Art Administrator William (Bill) Feltz has graciously donated a priced Tinalak weaving to the Center for Philippine Studies. CPS Director Jojo Abinales, Ric Trimillos and Fred Magdalena received the donation. Tinalak is a specially woven fabric by the T’boli tribe in Mindanao, Philippines usually from abaca. Weaving is a specialty of T’boli women who are known for their sense of beauty and nature, reflected in the intricate artistry of Tinalak.

Hawaii Filipina graduates summa cum laude at UH Manoa

Reschi Karla Ramo, 21, graduates from the University of Hawaii-Manoa as a summa cum laude, with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Health, minor in Ilocano Studies.
Photo courtesy of Reschi Karla Ramo.

ILOCOS NORTE—All the way from Waipahu in Hawaii, 21-year-old Reschi Karla Ramo takes a vacation in Barangay Calioet, Libong, Bacarra yearly, where she was born and grew up until her family migrated to the United States in 2011.

Her homecoming this year is filled with more excitement after she brought home a very special “pasalubong” that can’t be compared with anything that came with the balikbayan box.

Follow her story Here.

In 2015, Reschi was awarded a scholarship under the Coca Cola New Century Scholarship grant while studying at Leeward Community College. Leeward CC is part of the UH System. Please click this Link for more details.

4th International Conference in History, 2017

Philippine Historical Association (PHA)

September 14-16, 2017
Venue: Manila Hotel and De La Salle University

We are happy to announce that the Philippine Historical Association (PHA) will host the Fourth International Conference of the International Council for Historical and Cultural Cooperation-Southeast Asia (ICHCC-SEA) on September 14-16, 2017, in Manila. With the theme, “The Malay World: Connecting the Past to the Present,” the participation of reputable scholars from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and other parts of the world shall highlight the conference. The venues shall be at the Manila Hotel and De La Salle University, Manila.

More info is found by visiting the site of PHA , or by clicking its FB account.

2017 Calls for Papers in Three International Conferences, Philippines & Indonesia

Three international conferences in the Philippines and Indonesia have announced a CALL FOR PAPERS:

Philippine Sociological Conference
Conference Theme: The Sociology of Justice
5 October 2017 | Pre-conference tour
6-7 October 2017 | University of the Philippines Cebu

The Philippine Sociological Society’s Annual conference invites paper presentations on all topics related to sociological research. The conference is open to academics, practitioners, and graduate students. Exceptional undergraduate students may also submit an abstract.
The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Sociology of Justice.’ The idea of justice has been at the heart of sociological investigation since the discipline’s inception. From Marx’s conceptualization of fair distribution of the proceeds of labor to contemporary research that examines the structural biases in the criminal justice system, sociologists have been at the forefront of interrogating the social currents that underpin the delivery as well as miscarriage of justice.

For more info, contact:

Philippine Anthropological Conference (UGAT)
39th Annual Conference
UGNAYANG PANG-AGHAMTAO, INC. (UGAT)/Anthropological Association of the Philippines

9-11 November, 2017
Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City

Participants to the 39th UGAT Annual Conference are invited to consider ‘rights’ as a lens by which to weigh the realities of people’s daily lives against what they believe they are entitled to in their lives, in terms of goods or benefits, services or resources, or respect and human dignity. Implicit in this approach is the assumption that there is a difference between what is and what ought to be; a difference that demands analysis in terms of context and causation, and understanding in terms of appreciation of peoples’ perceptions of their situation and their agentive responses thereto. This project is timely, given the new, sometimes unsettling times and spaces people now occupy.

For more info – send proposals(in MS Word format) to, or contact Atty Gus Gatmaytan

5th Literary Studies Conference
12-13 October, 2017, Universitas Sanata Dharma Yogyakarta

TEXTUAL MOBILITIES: Diaspora, Migration, Transnationalism and Multiculturalism
The conference, ”Textual Mobilities,” invites papers that focus on the representations of the experience of diaspora, migration, transnationalism and multiculturalism in today’s globalization. Cultural forms like literature, film, theatre, media and other contemporary forms have tried to map the experience in all its varieties, dimensions and complexities. In literature, “textual mobilities” of Ramayana and Mahabharata epics and their surrogations across Southeast Asia is a case in point. Current critical theories, especially postcolonial theories, have translated textual mobilities into diverse enticing trajectories worth investigating.

For more info: The Secretariat of the LSC Conference:
Department of English Letters
Universitas Sanata Dharma Yogyakarta
Kampus 1
Jln. Mozes Gatotkaca, Mrican, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 55281
Phone: +62 274 513301 ext. 1325 (Sisca)

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.