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Two Lectures and Workshops on Philippine Music

This year is a special one for the Center for Philippine Studies. Aside from a lecture on Mindanao, we are fortunate to have two distinguished resource persons on Philippine music to deliver lectures and conduct workshops in January and February 2024. Dr. Marie Jocelyn Marfil and Dr. LaVerne David de la Peña, both professors from the University of the Philippines and UH alumni, will come to Honolulu and share their expertise on the rich and varied music of the Philippines from north to south.

Please come and listen to these rare presentations, featured in two parts.

Lecture and Workshop on Philippine Music – 1, by Marie Jocelyn U. Marfil, PhD. Details are found in Marfil-Lecture. The flyer, a shorter version, is also available Here.

Her lecture will be on January 22, 2024, Monday, 3:00 pm (Moore Hall 319) while two workshops will be conducted on January 24, 2024 and January 26, 2024, Wednesday and Friday, also 3:00 pm (Moore Hall 119 ). The lecture is titled “An Overview of Philippine Music.” It covers Philippine Indigenous Music/Instruments in Northern and Southern Philippines, Art Song/Kundiman, Filipino folksongs, and Philippine Rondalla.

The workshops, titled “Learning the Basics of Rondalla Music,” will be conducted starting at 2:00 pm at the UH Music Department room 09. They are about playing the Philippine rondalla and other musical instruments. Nine participants can join the workshops (others with their own instruments can also join). Registration is required for attendees with or without instruments by clicking Link to Register.

Lecture and Workshop on Philippine Music – 2, by LaVerne David C. de la Peña, PhD. Details are found in Pena-Lecture. The flyer is available Here.

On the other hand, Dr de la Peña will give his lecture on February 13, 2024, Tuesday, 3:00 pm at Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room). The lecture, entitled “Kabataan Pinoy: Mapping trends in Philippine popular music in the 20th century,” will deal with the Filipino youth’s fascination with genres of Philippine music (particularly modern) through the years. Dr. de la Peña will also navigate through diverse subcultures, including urban gangs from the 50s to 90s.

His workshop will be presented on February 17, 2024, Saturday, 2:00pm at the UH Music Department Room 09. It is titled “The Cordillera Interlocking Rhythms: A workshop on Bamboo Instruments.” It is a hands-on event introducing the bamboo instruments of Northern Philippines.

Philippine music lovers, hop in!

Contact: For details, please contact at ; or Dr. Pia Arboleda at

Exploring Complexities of the Bangsamoro Movement: A Multidisciplinary Approach

By Juvanni A. Caballero, PhD

This series of lectures in January-February 2024 is hosted by the Center for Philippine Studies. The event features a young scholar from Mindanao State University, Dr. Caballero, who will give three lectures on Muslims in the Philippines:

“When Maratabat Influences a Business Practice: A Glimpse into Price Discrimination in Lanao”

Delving into the practice of dual pricing and exploring the motivations behind the higher prices set for Meranaw clients.

Date/Venue: January 30| 3:00-5:00 KUY 301

“Diversity and Divergence: Internal Challenges in the Bangsamoro Struggle for Self-Determination”

Discussing the internal challenges the Bangsamoro people face in asserting their right to self-determination, focusing on ethnic diversity and its influence on power dynamics.

Date/Venue: January 31| 3:00-5:00 KUY 301

“Nationalized Symbols of Injustices: Contemporary Sources of Bangsamoro Grievances”

Examining contemporary sources of Bangsamoro grievances, critiquing national historical narratives, symbols, and heritage identification practices that impinge on Bangsamoro feelings.

Dr. Caballero’s depth of knowledge and research in these areas promises an enlightening session, providing insights that are crucial for a more inclusive and informed understanding of Mindanao’s socio-cultural dynamics.

Date/Venue: February 1| 3:00-5:00 KUY 301

About the lecturer:

Dr. Caballero is a distinguished academician with extensive expertise in history, conflict resolution, and the intricate cultural landscape of Mindanao. His insights have been invaluable in understanding and addressing critical issues in our society.

He will be presenting three thought-provoking papers, above, that promise to shed light on crucial aspects of Mindanao’s history, culture, and societal dynamics.


Ces Jocson,
Department of Indo-Pacific Languages & Literatures
Spalding 454 | 808-956-8672

Pepe, Pao, Pia: A Dual Perspective on Translating Rizal

Pepe, Pao, Pia: A Dual Perspective on Translating Rizal

Please come to two lectures on Translating Jose Rizal, the Philippine National Hero.

Date and Time: October 31, 2023, Tuesday, 2:30-5:30pm

Venue: UM Manoa Webster Hall 203

Paolo Ven B. Paculan, will lecture on “Noli Panghayskul: Designing Rizal’s Novela Tagala for this Generation,” while Dr. Pia Arboleda will talk on “Turn on the Subtitles, Please! Translating and Subtitling the Noli Me Tangere.”

For details, see the flyer below:

Helobung: Tales, Tunes and Threads of the T’bolis

Come and join us to the T’boli presentation at UH Manoa

Event: Helobung: Tales, Tunes and Threads of the T’bolis

Preserving T’boli Culture and providing a livelihood for their community in the biodiverse lands of the southern Philippines, Helobung (“endless joy”) is a wellspring and tradition bearer. Helobung introduces and shares this people’s cultural roots and signifiers. This event is jointly sponsored by the UH Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UH Manoa Music Department and the UH Center for Philippine Studies.

Date: October 27, 2023, 7:30pm

Place: Barbara Smith Ampitheatre, UHM Music Department, 2411 Dole Street

Kunyari – Zoom Lecture by Justin Gerald Ocampo, Sept 19, 2023

Come and listen to a lecture entitled “Kunyari,” by Justin Gerald Ocampo.

Date and time: September 19, 2023, 12pm-1:00pm HST

Description: Kunyari, written and directed by Justin Ocampo, is a Filipino American romantic comedy short film about two former lovers pretending to be together at a party in an act of self preservation against the expectations of their gossiping and intrusive Filipino families, encountering unresolved feelings along the way.

Registration required:

Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad 2023

The University of Hawaii Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program, called Project Dunong at Kalinangan 2023, is now going on in Dasmarinas, Cavite with De La Salle University-Dasma as host. It started on June 5-6, 2023 with a pre-departure program via Zoom, and the main program launched on June 12, 2023 until July 6, 2023 on the DLSU Dasmarinas campus. This project is the second Fulbright-Hays GPA implemented by the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Center for Philippine Studies.

Project Dunong at Kalinangan will train 19 participants carefully selected from Hawaii and California (1 is from neighboring Yuma, Arizona) composed of K12 teachers, students and university faculty. It is managed by a UHM team consisting of three members (Dr. Federico Magdalena, Project Director, Dr. Pia Arboleda, Co-Project Director and the Center’s Director, and Dr. Jayson Parba, Project Administrator), with Dr. Christian George Francisco of DLSU-Dasma coordinating the FH project. MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology is also an institutional partner in this endeavor, with Prof. Jed Otano as coordinator.

The participants will undergo a month-long immersion training on basic Filipino language and Philippine cultural heritage.

Prof. Peth Amoncio, Filipino language instructor, kicking off the Fulbright training.

Graduation time!

Closing ceremony, at last!

Webinar: Beads, Batok and Beauty: Philippine Traditions of Beauty by Dr. Maharaj “Raju” Desai

The public is invited to this exciting lecture by Dr. Raju Desai, formerly a faculty at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and now teaching at City College of San Francisco (Philippine Studies).

Date and time: April 4, 2023, 3:00-5:30p, (HST)

Registration required:

Details: Please see flyer

Fulbright 2023 Training in the Philippines

Good news for those desiring to learn basic Filipino language!

Applications are now accepted for a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad summer training in the Philippines from June 5 to July 10, 2023. Site of training is Dasmariñas, Cavite with De La Salle University as host. The FH-GPA (also called Dunong at Kalinangan: Fulbright 2023) is implemented by the Center for Philippine Studies, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Details: Please click this Link for application materials and other details.

Contact: Federico V. Magdalena, PhD at