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What’s Next to the Bangsamoro?

Two members of the Center for Philippine Studies, Dr. Patricio Abinales and Dr. Federico Magdalena, will have a presentation on “What’s next for the Bangsamoro? Opportunities and Challenges after the Election in Mindanao, the Philippines.”

Date : February 26, 2019, Tuesday, 12:00-1:00 pm
Venue: EWC John Burns Room 4118

Here, they will discuss the results of the recently conducted plebiscite, as required by the Bangsamoro Organic Law signed by President Duterte in July 2018. Majority of the voters in the affected area favored the setting up of the  Bangsamoro Autonomous  Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), except for some areas that would not be included in the new government for the Muslims (Moros). The speakers will discuss what is in store for the future of BARMM.

The event is jointly hosted by the East-West Center and UH Center for Philippine Studies.

For details, please click on Flyer.

To RSVP, please call 944-7111.

Philippine Studies International Conference 2019


Philippine Studies International Conference 2019:
Emerging Voices in Filipino and Philippine Studies
November 6, 2019, Honolulu, Hawai’i

The Center for Philippine Studies is inviting scholars to submit papers for the forthcoming international conference on November 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Please click this link for details.

Topics may include the following: continuing Filipino diaspora and rising remittances, transmigration/immigration issues, political and economic issues in the Philippines, conflict and peace, globalization and its effects, among many identified topics. This conference would bring together a generation of scholars to do these tasks: (a) evaluate the structural conditions that maintain a separation and distance between Philippine Studies and Filipino/a Studies scholarship, (b) present new research and investigation in related fields of the social sciences and humanities, and (c) diagram the present and future intersections of contemporary scholarship in both fields towards the elaboration of a “transpacific” model of Pacific Rim studies.

For particulars, pls click this brochure CPS Conference 2019.

Please contact Ms. Clemen Montero at or Dr. Federico Magdalena at for more information.


Lecture on Bangsamoro Organic Law, Mindanao

Please come and join us for the lecture on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), December 13, 2018, Thursday, 12:00-1:00 pm at East-West Center, John Burns Hall,  Room 3012.

Lecture Title:
Uncertain Times: A field update on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite in Mindanao, The Philippines

The speaker is Mr. Justin Richmond, Founder and Executive Director of Impl. Project.

He will discuss the newly approved law called Bangsamoro Organic Law that will establish an autonomous Muslim government in Mindanao, Philippines.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 12:  944-7111 or

For more details, please click below:
Richmond Lecture on BOL

Lectures and Workshops on Hibla


Watch and listen to a group of traditional weavers and experts on embroidery from the Philippines
for lectures and workshops. Please click this Link for more.

This event is part of the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Travelling Exhibition now on display at the UH Hamilton Bridge Library until November 17, 2018 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays from noon to 10:00 pm.


Date: September 18 to 21 September 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Place: Room 301, Hamilton Library


Date: 18 to 21 September 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Place: Bridge Gallery, Hamilton Library


Date: 18 to 21 September 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Place: Room 301, Hamilton Library

For more details, please contact:

Elena Clariza
Philippine Studies Librarian
University of Hawai’i, Hamilton Library
2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822
Email: <>

Lecture: Decolonizing Museum Practice in the Philippines by Dr. Ana Maria Theresa Labrador

“Decolonizing Museum Practice in the Philippines: Preventive Conservation and the National Museum of the Philippines”

by Ana Maria Theresa P. Labrador, PhD

Date: September 20, 2018, Thursday, 3:00-4:30 pm
Venue: Saunders 345
Co-Sponsors: UHM Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Philippine Studies, Department of Anthropology & Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program.

Dr. Ana Maria Theresa Labrador will give a talk on preventive conservation of artifacts in the Philippines.  Her presentation uses case studies to argue for more anthropological approaches to conservation that recognize and respect the contexts of objects, people, and place. Using ecclesiastical Church collections, and museum environments in the Philippines, she will demonstrate the interdependency of objects, people, place and time in more
holistic and conceptual conservation frameworks.

Dr. Labrador holds a PhD in Anthropology, Cambridge University, and an MA in Museum & Gallery Management, City University, London, UK. She is currently the Chief Curator & Head of Collections Management, National Museum of the Philippines.

Details about this lecture are found by clicking this Flyer .

For additional information, please contact Dr. Miriam Stark at <>

Is there Sexism in Tagalog Language?

Lecture: Perpetuation of Sexism in Tagalog/Filipino Language

by Dr. Pia Arboleda

Host: Filipino Association of University Women (FAUW)
Date: September 15, 2018
Time:  11:30-1:30 pm
Venue:  Max of Manila, Dillingham Blvd.

Dr. Pia Arboleda, currently Director of the UH Center for Philippine Studies, will give an interesting lecture on the perpetuation of sexism in the Tagalog/Filipno language.  Based on her study of  three major Tagalog/Filipino dictionaries, she will present her analysis of the presence of and continuing sexism in this Philippine language.

Interested parties may contact and send RSVP to fauw1987.
You may also listen to the lecture streamed live at

Details of the lecture may be found by clicking on this flyer below:


Contact: Email Dr. Arboleda at <> or the Filipino Association of University Women at <>

Building Filipinx Contemporary Dance

Building Filipinx Contemporary Dance
by Toni Pasion

Date: September 4, 2018, Tuesday, 3:00-4:30 pm
Venue: Kuykendall Auditorium, UHM

Toni Pasion presents intersections between Philippine folk dance and contemporary dance, and how this investigation is being utilized to empower Filipinx and Pacific communities through dance and storytelling. Filipinx contemporary dance is inspired in part by Pacific contemporary dance.

Toni Pasion is an emerging dancer, choreographer and scholar. She is an alumna of UH Manoa (MA in Dance), and founded the Manariwa Dance Company based in Los Angeles.

Please click on Building Filipinx for details.

Contact:  Call (808) 956-5901 or email Pia Arboleda at

How Violent Extremism and Illicit Drugs Connect


Date : August 2, 2018 (Thursday), 12:00-2:00 pm,
Venue: Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).
(We are located at 1890 East-West Road, Moore Hall 415
University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus)

Dr. Torres, Director of Peace Center at Mindanao State University, Iligan City, will talk about the siege of Marawi City, on the island of Mindanao, Philippines, that devastated the whole city, claimed hundreds of lives, and displaced some 400,000 residents in a five-month war in 2017.  The batte was fought between the combined forces of Maute brothers and Abu Sayyaf and the Philippine military.

The Marawi war was unprecedented. It was provoked by the Maute brothers and the Abu Sayyaf– two radicalized Islamic groups in the southern Philippines.  These fighters were composed mostly of young members, many in their early thirties.  The Maute brothers also founded Dawlah Islamiyah, which supports and propagates the idea of an Islamic state to be established in Mindanao in concert with the caliphate proposed by ISIS. The Abu Sayyaf, on the other hand, was led by Isnilon Hapilon, the ISIS leader in Southeast Asia who had a bounty of $5M from the US government.  Why the war took five months is a puzzle that the lecturer will unravel in his talk.

Dr. Torres will also give another lecture at UH Leeward Community College on August 4, 2018, Saturday, 10:00-12:00 noon, with Leeward CC and Knights of Rizal as co-sponsors.  Please see  flyer below for details.

Contact: Fred Magdalena, or Tel. (808) 956-6086. For the Leeward lecture, pls contact Raymund L. Liongson at

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

Photo of Marawi City destroyed

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 30,000 were displaced.

The lectures and conversations 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) Please click on Flyer for more details.

Conversation/Panel Discussion: April 19, 2018 4:00-6:00 pm (Philippine Consulate General, Pali Highway). Reception to follow after the discussion. RSVP for Panel discussion by April 11, 2018 to Please click on Flyer for details.

Meeting/informal discussion with community leaders (co-hosts: Knights of Rizal-Hawaii Chapter and Congress of Visayan Organizations):  April 20, 2018, Friday, 6:00 pm (Knights of Rizal-Hawaii Chapter, potluck dinner & conversation, Jerry Felicitas Residence, Waipahu).   April 21, 2018, 5:00 pm (Congress of Visayan Organizations, potluck dinner & meeting,  Balaan Catalina Clubhouse, Waipahu Depot Road).

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