Lectures on Mindanao: Islam, Terrorism, and the Siege of Marawi City 2017

Mini-Conference and Conversation on Mindanao:
Islam, Terrorism and the Marawi Siege of May 2017

On May 23, 2017, two radical groups that claim affiliation with the ISIS laid siege on the Islamic City of Marawi, on the island of Mindanao, Philippines. The Maute brothers from Lanao and the Abu Sayyaf Group joined forces and attacked the city, resulting in a deadly confrontation between these Islamists and government forces. For about five months of fighting and aerial bombardment, the Marawi siege has left untold devastation: more than half of the city’s infrastructure turned into rubbles, and practically all the city’s residents of some 500,000 were displaced.

The lectures and conversation will touch on the following:

Does ISIS in the Philippines exist? Will this crisis be the last, or will it spell more trouble in Mindanao? What does it take to contain the growing extremism among Muslim youth, and put Marawi back to its feet? Two professors from Mindanao State University in Iligan City, some 40 kilometers away from the scene of fighting will address these issues.

Dr. Marilou F. S. Nanaman and Dr. Sulpecia Ponce, Chair, Department of Political Science and Professor of Sociology, respectively, from MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology will present lectures on what happened, why did these groups choose Marawi City, and what are the costs of reconstructing the war-torn city and healing the distraught Meranao and Bisayan residents. They will also discuss the implications of this conflict on the global war on terror, and the stalled peace process between Moro rebels and the Philippine government.

Sponsors: University of Hawaii at Manoa Center for Philippine Studies, UH Leeward Community College, Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu, Congress of Visayan Organizations, and Knights of Rizal. With financial support from UHM SEED-IDEAS and UHM CPS Endowments.

Dates & Venues- Mini-conference: April 18, 2018 (UH Center for Korean Studies Auditorium, 12:00-2:00 pm)
Panel Discussion: April 19, 2018 4:00-6:00 pm (Philippine Consulate General, Pali Highway). Reception to follow after the discussion.
Meeting/conversation with leaders: April 20, 2018 (co-hosts: Knights of Rizal, Congress of Visayan Organizations. Time & place to be fixed later).

Contact: Ms. Clem Montero, cps@hawaii or Tel (808) 956-6086
or Dr. Federico Magdalena, fm@hawaii.edu, Tel (808) 956-6086

2018 SPAS Graduate Conference, The Asian Century

2018 SPAS Graduate Conference, The Asian Century, March 14-16, 2018

The conference will highlight proposals for papers, panels, and performances, reflecting on what scholars and others deem “The Asian Century.” Through historical rotation of power, Asia is taking prominence on the global stage. We are interested in research that examines this concept, especially the ways that smaller countries across Asia have gained power.

More information: SPAS Graduate Conference at Facebook
Or click on SPAS Asian Studies Graduate Conference

Philippine Studies Association (PSA) 2018 Call for Papers

Filipinists and Philippine Studies enthusiasts are invited to submit an abstract for the forthcoming Philippine Studies Association (PSA) conference on September 26-28, 2018 at the National Museum of the Philippines, Manila.

The Reshaping of Philippine Studies: Contending viewpoints, voices, and knowledges

In the era of global mobilities and fluid identities, Philippine Studies is constantly reframed, negotiated, or contested by scholars and academics. New theoretical and methodological directions emerge that reflect tensions between home-grown and diasporic scholarship, contending visions of nation, or new positions of identification.
Mindful of these competing viewpoints, voices, and knowledges, the Philippine Studies Association (PSA) invites original presentations that engage with, explore, or bear upon, these directions. Pre-formed panels are preferred.

Email submissions to philstudiesassociation@gmail.com and 2018natcon@philstudies.org.

For particulars, see details below.

Or visit PSA Website

Lecture, Chinese Studies on the Philippines by Professor Bao Maohong

Chinese Studies on the Philippines: Focus on Agriculture
By Prof. Bao Maohong


This presentation examines the recent interest in Chinese Studies on the Philippines, which has been spurred by international trade, and the new economic policies of the Duterte administration. One major focus of such economic relations gives impetus to the rise of organic agriculture as an alternative to industrial production and trade characterizing the bilateral relations between China and the Philippines. Trade and friendly foreign relations between them have been encouraged by a recent visit in 2017 to China by Philippine president Rodrigo R. Duterte.
The author argues that the current emphasis on trade which puts premium on agriculture (e.g., production of organic fruits, like bananas) will provide a balance in foreign relations between the two countries rather than dwell on the West Philippine Sea dispute which also places China at odds with some Asian countries like Vietnam and Japan. Besides, organic agriculture in the Philippines has become an emergent market integrated into the national economy. In 1980s, the green revolution was deemed a failure due to its economic unsustainability and negative impact on the environment. The movement on international organic agriculture combined with reinvention of traditional Philippine agriculture will play a role as an alternative form of agricultural development that at the same time establishes new trading partnership. It also offers an economically viable alternative to rehabilitate degraded arable land. Hopefully, it will also strengthen foreign relations between the two countries through sustained agriculture exports of products in high demand from China.

Prof. Maohong’s brief CV
Prof. Maohong is professor of history and director of Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Peking University. His research focuses on environmental history of the Philippines, and world environmental history. His main publications include: Forest and Development: Deforestation in the Philippines, 1946-1995 (China Environmental Science Press, 2008), The Origins of Environmental History and its Development (Peking University Press, 2012). He is now working on the project “History of the Philippines”. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints.

Date: January 29, 2018, Monday, 12:00-1:30 pm
Venue: Tokioka Room, Moore Hall 319
This lecture is co-sponsored with the UHM Center for Chinese Studies
Free and open to the public
Contact: email cps@hawaii.edu or call (808) 956-6086

FilGrad Event, Friday, May 11, 2018

Forwarding message to all UHM Graduates of Filipino program:

We will be holding the 2nd UH Mānoa FilGrad (Filipino graduation recognition ceremony) on Friday, May 11, 2018. We already have over 30 students signed up, but I know there are many others interested in participating. We want to make sure that everyone that is interested is included in this celebration. I would like to get a headcount by the 3rd week of January. Please email this google form out to all your students and colleagues. I will compile the names and emails into a document and get an email list going. Here is the link:

FilGrad 2018 Student Sign-up

Just a reminder, students do not have to be Filipino nor be a major or minor in the Filipino or Ilokano programs to participate in this event. It is open to anyone who wishes to embrace Filipino culture.

Also, since FilGrad only happens at the end of the Spring semester, students who are graduating in Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018 are all eligible to participate in FilGrad 2018.

Here are some links where students can get more information about FilGrad.
FilGrad Facebook Page

FilGrad 2018 Promo Video

Maraming salamat, agyamanak unay, daghang salamat, and mahalo nui loa,


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Sat, Nov 4 at 6:45pm – Dole Cannery E

OAHU: November 2-12, 2017

Tickets and flash passes can be purchased at the HIFF Box Office or online at HIFF.org.

680 Iwilei Road, Suite 100
Honolulu, HI 96817
PH: 808-447-0577

Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 IMAX Foyer
735 Iwilei Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
PH: 808-447-0577

(Including Opening/Centerpiece/Closing Films)
$10.00 HIFF Memeber tickets
$12.00 Senior, Military, Student
$14.00 General Admission

Lectures on Traditional Filipino Tattoo

Everyone is invited to attend this event – “Batok: Filipino Tattoo Lecture Series” at selected UH Community College Campuses from October 25 to November 2, 2017.

Come and listen to Lane Wilcken, Traditional Filipino tattoo practitioner. For more info, click on the flyer below .

Please contact Prof. Leon F. Florendo or call the number listed below.

Leon F. Florendo
Assistant Professor, Counselor
Leeward Community College-Wai`anae Moku
87-380 Kula’aupuni Street
Wai`anae, HI 96792
(808) 454-4707 (Direct Line)
(808) 454-4702 (Front Desk)

Why Moros in the Philippines will not turn fundamentalist

Why our Moro brothers and sisters will never turn fundamentalist
by Patricio N. Abinales

Contrary to the Marawi crisis of now almost three months, where the Maute brothers and Abu Sayyaf occupied this Islamic city and planted ISIS flags, Dr. Patricio Abinales argues that Moros from the Philippines will never become fundamentalist. At the last body count, more than 500 lives have perished in Marawi city since the fighting began on May 23, 2017, and still goes on as of this writing (Aug. 15, 2017).

Read this article from an online magazine Positively Filipino and find out why.