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Lecture: From Bonfire to Firewire

From Bonfire to Firewire: Innovative Online Modules on Philippine Folklore
A lecture jointly sponsored by the UC Berkeley Center for Southeast Asian Studies and UH Center for Philippine Studies

by Pia Arboleda
Director, Center for Philippine Studies &
Associate Professor of Filipino and Philippine Literature
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Historically, in the mountains of Barlig on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, the Ifiallig people would sit around the fire of the ator (council-house) to listen to tales of their hero-ancestors. When work in the rice fields was done, venerable elders and storytellers (umu-ufok) recounted these stories in their own language. These stories (ub-ufok), handed down for many generations, serve as a record of Ifiallig history, genealogy, and cultural traditions.

This talk will review current research on Ifiallig orature in Barlig, including the significance of Ifiallig oral traditions, the methods used in collecting orature, and the process of reviving tales through different media.

The animations that will be featured during the presentation are available through the University of Hawaii’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies website.

Pia Arboleda is Associate Professor of Filipino and Philippine Literature at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and concurrently the Director, Center for Philippine Studies.  She received the 2015 University of Hawai’i Regent Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

Date: September 10, 2019 at 11:00-12:30 pm
Venue: 351 Dwinelle Hall
DSSEAS Library, Level F/G
Berkeley, California

Report on Philippine Human Rights in the Philippines

The public is invited to a rare lecture entitled “A Report on the Human Rights Situation in the Duterte Government” by Ka Ed Cubelo.

During the past two years of President Rodrigo Duterte, there have been allegations of human rights abuses especially in connection with his war on drugs. In this lecture, Mr. Cubelo will present data and his analysis of what has happened since 2016.

Mr. Cubelo is a human rights activist and labor leader of Kilusang Mayo Uno.  He works at Toyota Motor Philippines and is president of the Workers Association in that company.

For more details on the lecture, please open this flyer below.

Date and Time: May 7, 2019, Tuesday, 2:00-3:30 pm

Venue: Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room), UH School of Pacific & Asian Studies

Contact: or call (808) 956-6086


Public Lecture on Race, Citizenship and Filipinos in the US Empire

Public lecture on “Ambiguous Belonging: Race, Citizenship and Filipinos in the US Empire,” by Dr. Katrina Quisumbing King.

Date and time: April 18, 2019, Thursday, 3:00-4:30 pm
Venue: Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319)
1890 East-West Road, Honolulu, Hawaii

The lecture will discuss the conflicting classification of Filipinos as “foreigners” and yet considered “nationals” of the United States at the time the Philippines was a colony. She will then draw some implications on the treatment of Filipino World War II veterans.
Dr. Quisumbing King is Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Southern California, and soon to be a sociology faculty of Northwestern University in Fall 2020.

More details about the event are found in this Link.

Rizal Conference in Honolulu


Rizalistas and other scholars and enthusiasts of Philippine hero Dr. Jose Rizal are invited to attend this conference, August 23-25, 2019. Yes, right in Honolulu!
This conference is an initiative of the Knights of Rizal-Hawaii Chapter, and UH Center for Philippine Studies. Come and join us!

For more particulars, see brochure below:

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 download this Brochure , or follow our website at 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