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ICOPHIL 9: The Philippines and the World

The Ninth International Conference on the Philippines

28-30 October 2012 at Michigan State University

The Ninth International Conference on the Philippines will be held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan USA, October 28-30, 2012. Please note the change from the previously announced dates.

Held at approximately four-year intervals since 1980, this conference seeks to bring together specialists in all academic areas concerning the Philippines or Filipinos anywhere in the world. Within the context of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary sessions we aim to foster interdisciplinary conversations among academics, policy makers, and interested members of the global community that will bring about greater understanding of Philippine matters and address issues of importance for the future of the Philippines and of Filipinos in the homeland and its diasporas. Some of the round-table sessions will be internet-based to incorporate presenters located outside the United States.

We seek proposals for full panels, individual papers, and poster presentations. Papers should be original works that have not been published or presented elsewhere. Most panels will run for 2 hours, including at least 30 minutes for audience discussion. Proposals for individual papers will be accepted pending the ability of the conference organizers to place them within an appropriate disciplinary or problem-centered session. Additional opportunities are available for poster-presentations.

Papers and panels are sought in all disciplinary areas, including the traditional Philippine Studies areas, as well as applied and developmental areas. Participants with specialized knowledge are sought for round-table  discussions on topics of continuing importance, including the state of Philippine studies, the Philippine economy within the Pacific Basin, transparency in Philippine public life, and anticipated effects on the Philippines of global climate change.

The conference registration fee will be $100 for faculty and professionals and $50 for students. The banquet, which is subsidized, will be an additional $10. Registration forms, payment details, and travel and lodging information will be available on the conference web page, which may be accessed after November 15 through the web site of the Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University:

In partnership with The Asia Foundation limited numbers of scholarships will be available to cover airfare, lodging, and meals for students enrolled at colleges or universities in the Philippines whose proposed presentations are judged superior and who would otherwise not have been able to afford to participate.

Panel and paper proposals from potential participants in the Philippines will be vetted by the Philippine Studies Association in Manila. Submit by March 1, 2012 to:

Bernardita R. Churchill

President, Philippine Studies Association

Tel: (02) 921-4575; Fax: (02) 926-1347

Mobile: 0919-4905371


Panel and paper proposals from potential participants outside the Philippines will be vetted by the program committee in the U.S. Submit by March 1, 2012 to:

ICOPHIL Committee

Asian Studies Center

Michigan State University

East Lansing MI 48824-1035

ICOPHIL-9   The Kellogg Center Michigan State University


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28                      

Noon-1.30 pm            Session 1


104A/B            Intersections of Philippine and Filipin@ Studies

--The first of two 90-minute panels presented by the University of San Francisco (USF) Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program (YPSP) showcasing their teaching and research.

ˇ         Evelyn I. Rodriguez, Sociology

The New Pensionados: The Promise of U.S. Philippine Studies

ˇ         Edith Borbon, Filipino/Tagalog Language Coordinator

Filipino/Tagalog language teaching for second-generation Filipin@s

ˇ         Barbara Jane Reyes, Asian and Philippine Studies

Teaching Pinoy and Pinay literature in diaspora

ˇ         Mark T. Miller, Theology, Religious Studies, and Philippine Studies

Filipino theology and revolutions"

Chair/Moderator: Jay Gonzalez, Professor of Politics and Chair, Asian and Philippine Studies Programs, USF


105A/B            Voices a Decade: Critical Perspectives on Dekada ’70 

--This panel results from a Filipino film class at the University of Hawaii Manoa

Pia Arboleda, University of Hawaii Manoa, Moderator and Dscussant

ˇ         Karl Alcover, University of Hawaii Manoa

Footprints of Subversion: Martial Law and Dekada ‘70

ˇ         Jason McFarland, University of Hawaii Manoa

Beyond Gender Boundaries: Amanda Bartolome as a Portrait of Filipino Women in Dekada ’70

(read by Jovanie dela Cruz)

ˇ         Karl Ryan Meyer, University of Hawaii Manoa

Julian Bartolome and the Vulnerabilities of Being Male

ˇ         Joyce Camille Romano, University of Maryland

Fragmented Spirits: The Disempowerment and Struggle of Filipino Youth in Dekada ‘70


Riverside Room       Probing the Diaspora 1: Individual Papers

ˇ         Leodivico C. Lacsamana, University of Asia and the Pacific

Suntok sa Buwan: Diaspora, Migration, and Exile in Five Filipino OFW Films

ˇ         Mario Roger Quijano Axle,  Escuela Superior des Artes de Yucatan, Mexico

Spanish Zarzuela in the Philippines During the 19th Century

ˇ         Filomeno Aguilar, Jr., Ateneo de Manila University

Manilamen and Seafaring in the 19th Century


Heritage Room        Law and Society: Individual Papers

ˇ         Jose Duke S. Baggulaya, University of the Philippines Diliman

The Fictions of Filipino Law

ˇ         Lance Collins, Attorney-at-Law, Maui, Hawaii

Demystifying Philippine Statutory Law          

ˇ         Aries Arugay, Georgia State University

Saviors or Spoilers? (Un)Civil Society Mobilization during Democratic Crises in the Philippines


1.45-3.15pm             Session 2


104A/B                Philippine Studies and Social Justice in the Diaspora

--USF/YPSP Panel #2

Evelyn Rodriguez, Sociology, Moderator

ˇ         Claudine del Rosario & Irene Duller, Asian & Philippine Studies

Barrio Fiesta and Knowledge Activism: The Classroom on Stage and in the Community

ˇ         Jennifer Wofford, Asian and Philippine Studies

Filipino American Arts and Social Justice

ˇ         Joaquin Jay Gonzalez, Politics & USF Assistant Boxing Coach

Philippine Boxing, Ethno-Tours & Social Justice


105A/B            Modernizing Democracy: The Philippine Experience

--a panel of the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG)

Romulo M. Tuazon, Moderator

ˇ         Evi-ta L. Jimenez, University of the Philippines Diliman

The Hegemony of the Culture of Traditional Politics in Philippine Elections

ˇ         Pablo R. Manalastas,  Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines Diliman

The Criticalness of Transparency in Automated Elections

ˇ         Lilia Quindoza Santiago, University of Hawaii Manoa

The Pilandok Narrative in Philippine History and Society

ˇ         Romulo M. Tuazon, University of the Philippines Diliman

Political Clans Remain Dominant: Prospects of Modernizing Democracy


Riverside  Room         Education 1: Individual Papers

ˇ         Philip Kelly, York University

Geographies of the Second Generation: Filipino-Canadian Youth and Inter-Generational Class Reproduction 

ˇ         Yasmin Y. Ortiga, Syracuse University

Educated for Export: Philippine Higher Education and the Production of the Ideal Migrant Worker

ˇ         Kimi Yamoto, Osaka University

Supporters’ Difficulties and Attitudes in Assisting Children of Filipino Parents in Primary and Secondary Education in Japan


Heritage Room                       Open


3.30-4.30         Kellogg Auditorium     Plenary Session

ˇ         Welcome: Jeffrey Reidinger, Dean of International Programs, Michigan State University

ˇ         Honorable Jose L. Cuisa, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines

ˇ         Bernardita R. Churchill, University of the Philippines Diliman; Chair of the Philippine Studies Association; ICOPHIL Chair, International Council on Philippine Studies Conferences

ˇ         Cherubim Quizon, Seton Hall University, Chair of the Philippine Studies Group, Association for Asian Studies


The Filipina Nurses Trial


Documentary Film Project :  “U.S. v. Narciso, Perez & the Press”

ˇ         Geri Alumit Zeldes, Michigan State University, Moderator and Film Director

ˇ         MSU Journalism Students Present an Overview of Their Research for the Film

o   Alex Barhorst, Journalism junior, concentrating in editorial reporting

o   Alyssa Firth, Honors College and Journalism senior, specializing in documentary film

o   Andrea Raby, Honors College and Journalism sophomore

o   Simon Zagata, Honors College and Professional Writing sophomore

Rough-cut of “U.S. v. Narciso, Perez & the Press” 



A hilariously sad and lyrical semiautobiographical multimedia solo performance. Hasón, a wise-cracking crybaby narrator, is forever on a quest to "be tough" in the wake of his family's traumatic past—Hasón's mother was framed for murder by the FBI in 1976. Based on interviews, unpublished diaries, and personal archives, part historiography, part pop culture lecture, this intimate coming-of-age story examines historical trauma, the Filipino American family, and the Hulkamania within.

--Written and performed by JASON MAGABO PEREZ, University of California, San Diego.

Music directed and performed live by Arash "Shammy Dee" Haile.


6-7.30  Dinner Break


Sunday Oct 28

7.30-9                          Session 3


104A/B     Collusion, Corruption and Crisis Management under U.S. Colonial Rule

ˇ         Yoshiko Nagano, Kanagawa University

Aftermath of the Philippine National Bank’s Crisis of 1919-1921: The Arrest of Venacion Conception and the Abolition of the Board of Control

ˇ         Taiheo Okada, Seikei University

Competing Histories: History Education Under U.S. Colonialism

ˇ         Jodi Blanco, University of California, San Diego

“Almost Buddhist”: Rediscovering Asia Under U.S. Colonial Rule

ˇ         Eugene Matibag, Iowa State University

Nick Joaquin’s Diagnostics of Colonial Society and Its Long-term Effects


105A/B            Interracial Relationships from the Fil-Am War through the American Colonial Period

Moderator: Richard Chu, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

ˇ         Cynthia Marasigan, State University of New York at Binghampton

Reframing Race, Gender and U.S. Empire: African American Soldier-Filipina Relations in the Fil-Am War

ˇ         Tessa Winkelmann, University of Illinois

“An Opportunity to Work Out Their Own Salvations”: Control of Interracial Intimacies in American Colonial Period Peripheries

ˇ         Maria Paz G. Esguerra, University of Michigan

“Exit the Filipino”: Migration, Miscegenation, and Transnational Filipino American Families during the 1935 Repatriation Act


Auditorium    Probing the Diaspora 2: Individual Papers

ˇ         Rolando Talampas, University of the Philippines Diliman

Suntok sa Buwan?: Philippine Migration and Development Issues in the Age of Crises

ˇ         Sharon Delmendo, St. John Fisher College

The Manilaner Refugee Program: The European Jewish Community in the Philippines

ˇ         Sonny Izon, Independent Filmmaker

“An Open Door” [film trailer on the Manilaner Refugee Program]


Heritage Room                       


Monday October 29             

7.30-8.30         Kellogg Lobby                        Continental Breakfast


8.30-10            Session 4


Room 101        Unbundling Rights: State and Indigenous Community Relations

ˇ         Alejandro Cienca, Jr. , University of the Philippines Baguio

Governance Issues and the NCIP

ˇ         Santos Jose O. Dacanay III, University of the Philippines Baguio

Exploring the Financial Footrints of NCIP

ˇ         Raymundo D. Rovillos, University of the Philippines Baguio

Official Development Assistance and Indigenous Peoples

ˇ         Corazon L. Abansi, University of the Philippines Baguio

ADSDPP as a Roadmap to Sustainable Futures for IP Communities



Room 103        Popular Culture: Individual Papers

ˇ         Raul C. Navarro, University of the Philippines Diliman

Music and the new Society: The Restructuring of the Filipino Culture and Society, 1972-1986

ˇ         Laurel Fantauzzo, University of Iowa Non-Fiction Writing Program

Automats, Supper Clubs, Drive-ins, and Quarantined Carinderias: The Contradictions of Restaurant Culture in Post-War Manila

ˇ         Peter Keppy, Netherlands Institute for War Documentation

Southeast Asia in the Age of Jazz: The Making of Popular Culture in Colonial Philippines and Indonesia


Room 62          Building Communities: Individual Papers

ˇ         Aristeo C. Salapa, University of Southeast Philippines Davao and Emil G. Respeto, NICA Davao

Act for Peace Programme’s Intervention in Two Peace and Development Communities in Davao del Sur

ˇ         Renalyn J. Valdez, Lyceum of the Philippines

Case Study of Philippine National Red Cross Community Health and Nursing Service

ˇ         Atilano G. Fajardo, Adamson University

Transforming Lives, Building Communities through Systematic Change: The Adamson University Experience

ˇ         Danilo S. Josue, Mindanao State University, Maguindanao

Public Education and Awareness Campaign for the Environment (P.E.A.C.E.): The Mindanao State University Paradigm for Strategic Action of Mass-Based Alliances for Cultural Communities in Conflict-Affected Areas of Mindanao


Room 104A/B      U.S. Launching for Two Books

ˇ         Brief remarks

ˇ         Karina Africa Bolasco, Director, Anvil Publishing Company

ˇ         Bernardita R. Churchill, University of the Philippines Diliman


Subversive Lives: A Family Memoir of the Marcos Years, Anvil Books, 2011.

by Susan Quimpo and Nathan Gilbert Quimpo

ˇ         Video: “Subversive Lives”


Film: American Influences on Philippine Cinema by Nick Deocampo. Anvil Publishing Co., 2011.


Nathan Gilbert Quimpo and Nick Deocampo will sign books


Room 105 A/B     Perspectives on Philippine Literature: Individual Papers 

Moderator: Roger Bresnahan, Michigan State University

ˇ         Paulino Lim, Jr., California State University Long Beach

Diplopic Consciousness of Overseas Filipino Writers

ˇ         Jose B. Dalisay, Jr., University of the Philippines Diliman

History or Hagiography? The Commissioned Biography


Michgamme Room    Mindanao-Sulu: Individual Papers

Moderator:  Cherubim Quizon, Seton Hall University

ˇ         Nerlyne C. Concepcion, University of the Philippines Diliman

Maratabbat, Kasipugan and Pag-isunan: Muslim and Christian Resolution of Conflict in Sulu

ˇ         Nathan Gilbert Quimpo, Tsukuba University

The Crucial Role of Third Parties in the Implementation of the Mindanao Peace Agreements

ˇ         Rodney S. Jubilado, Francisco Perlas Dumanig, Jesse Grace Rubrico & Hanafi Hussin,

University of Malaya

A Maritime Filipino Community: The Case of the Bajaus


Riverside Room                      Discovering Origins: Individual Papers

ˇ         Barbara Gaerlan, University of California Los Angeles

Using Microfilms at the Mormon Family History Center to Research Genealogies in the Philippines

ˇ         Maria Cristina T. Subido, UP Planning and Development Research, Inc.

Attitudes of Heritage House Owners Toward Conservation in an Urban Tourism Destination 

ˇ         Pearl E. Tan, University of the Philippines Diliman, University of the Philippines Diliman

Performing Tradition in the Pahiyas Border Zone


Heritage Room                       Open for Collaboration


Monday, October 29

10.15am-12.15pm                  Session 5


Room 101           Filipino Post-Colonial Christianity: Religion and Society

Moderator: Kathleen Nadeau, California State University, San Bernardino

ˇ         Paul Ocampo, Arizona State University

Satan’s Children: Christianity as an Impetus to Leave Satanas

ˇ         Francis Tanglau-Aguas, College of William and Mary

My Grandmother versus Marcos and Other Martial Law Baby Stories: Filipino Folklore as an Instrument of Colonization

ˇ         Julius Bautista, National University of Singapore

Crucis: Passion, Panta and Pananampalataya in Pampanga

ˇ         Kathleen Nadeau, California State University, San Bernardino & William Holden, University of Calgary

Neo-liberalism and Christianity: Does the Philippine Basic Ecclesial Community Movement Help the Poor?

Discussant: Vina A. Lanzona, Director of the Center for Philippine Studies, University of Hawaii, Manoa


Room 103       Sound and Sentiment in Philippine Everyday Life and Culture

Moderator: Jose S. Buenconsejo, University of the Philippines Diliman

ˇ         Oh Mihyun, University of the Philippines Diliman

Emotion and Representation in Kasfala Recontextualization Among the Saragani Blaan People of Southern Mindanao

ˇ         Jose S. Buenconsejo, University of the Philippines Diliman

Spectacles of Refinement, Face and Voice in the Film Tunay na Ina (1993)

ˇ         Patrick Campos, University of the Philippines Diliman

History and Location in the Audio-Visions of Sari Dalena (1994-2011)

ˇ         Christine Bacareza Balance, University of California, Irvine

On Karaoke and Other Serious Matters


Room 62         New Doctoral Student Work in Philippine Studies 1:

From an Imagined Region to Global Transnational Locations

Moderator: Dada Docot, University of British Columbia

ˇ         Jason Luna Gavilan, History, University of Michigan

Recovering U.S.N. Filipino Veterans in the World—and Still Critquing the Politics of Global Militarism: Delineating the Historical Manifestations, Continuities, and Contradictions of “The Floating Plantation.”

ˇ         Adrianne Marie Francisco, History, University of California, Berkeley

Colonial Subjects: Teaching History and Civics in the Philippines During U.S. Rule

ˇ         Christine Noelle Peralta, History, University of Illinois

Flipping the Script: Asserting Filipino Medical Knowledge in the U.S. Infant Mortality Campaigns

ˇ         Megumi Hara, Human Sciences, Osaka University

Youth in Motion: Representation and Civil Movements of Mixed Heritage Japanese-Filipinos

ˇ         Discussant:  Mamoru Tsuda, Osaka University Global Collaboration Center


Room 104A/B             Organized Violence Beyond and Within the State in the Philippines 

Chair and Discussant: Dominque Caouette

ˇ         Stephanie Martel, Université de Montreal

Securitization of Drug Trafficking in the Philippines: The Victimization of Women Recruited as Drug Mules by Transnational Criminal Networks

ˇ         Steffen Jensen, Senior Researcher, Rehabilitation and Research Center for Torture Victims

Sacrificial Violence at the Margins of the State: Brotherhoods in Metro Manila

ˇ         Clara Boulianne Lagacé, Université de Montreal

Reproductive Health Rights in the Philippines : A Form of Structural Violence

ˇ         Dominique Caouette, Université de Montreal

The Multiple Revolutions of the Communist Party of the Philippines : Violence, Regional Dynamics, and Tactics


Room 105 A/B     Refiguring Colonial Capitalism in the American Philippines, 1898-1930

Moderator and Discussant: Lisandro Claudio, Ateneo de Manila University

ˇ         Joshua Gedacht, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Cosmopolitanism as a Means of Conquest: Zamboanga in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

ˇ         Allan Lumba, University of Washington

The Lessons of Providence: Queer Economies and Liberal Imperial Strategies in the American Philippines, 1903-1909

ˇ         Anthony D. Medrano, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“The Law Is Practically a Dead Letter”: Smuggling and the State in the Sulu Borderlands, 1898-1930

ˇ         Jon A. Olivera, University of Washington

The Mission and Modernity: Protestant Wage Labor and Igorote Transitions in the Cordillera Central, 1904-1918


Michgamme Room                Palawan Environments and Global-Scapes

--A Continuing Research Conversation Begun at ICOPHIL-8

ˇ         Noah Theriault, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Sweating Rocks: Environmental Narratives and the Politics of Intermediacy in Palawan

ˇ         Sarah Webb, University of Queensland

Bitter-Sweet Flows: Forest Honey Valuation and the Making of a Palawan “7th Wonder”

ˇ         Will Smith, University of Queensland

Moral Geographies of Climate Change in Southern Palawan

ˇ         Tara S. Whitty, Scripps Institution of Oceanography & University of California, San Diego

Emptying the Fishbowl: The Conservation-scape of Irrawaddy Dolphins and Small-Scale Fisheries in Malampaya Sound

ˇ         Marvin Joseph F. Montefrio, SUNY College of Environmental Studies

Growing Alternative Commodities on Ancestral Domains: Decision-making in Biofuels and Rubber Production Regimes in Upland Palawan

ˇ         Senior Discussants: Wolfram Dressler, Wageningen University

James F. Eder, Arizona State University


Riverside Room    Knowledge Mobilization for Social Development:  Insights from the Work of the Institute of Philippine Culture

--There will be opportunity within this panel for former and prospective Visiting Research Assistants to comment

ˇ         Ma. Elissa Jayme-Lao and Emma Porio, Ateneo de Manila University

CSR and Communities: Lessons from a Qualitative Assessment of Poverty Reduction through a Water Concessionaire in Metro Manila

ˇ         Emma Porio, Ateneo de Manila University

Building Knowledge About Urban Poor Communities: Informing Policy and Development Initiatives in Philippine Cities

ˇ         Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu, Director, IPC: Ateneo de Manila University

Faring Forth Two Years After Ondoy and Pepeng: Insights form Longitudinal Studies on the Social Impact of Natural Disasters on Poor Communities


Heritage Room       Unsettling Connections: Rethinking the Philippines “Local” in World History

ˇ         Deirdre dela Cruz, The University of Michigan

Spirit Logic: Filipino Ghosts and Global Occultisms at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

ˇ         Smita Lahiri, Harvard University

Interpreting Bilocation: Mary of Agreda’s Marvellous Travels from Castile to New Spain and the Philippines

ˇ         Maria Elena P. Rivera-Beckstrom, University of Illinois Law School

Judicialization of Politics/Politicization of the Judiciary: Colonial Translation of American Constitutionalism in the Philippines

ˇ         Megan C. Thomas, University of California, Santa Cruz

Delayed Connections and the Matter of Distance: British Plans and News of their 1762 Attack on Manila


12.15-2pm       Lunch Break


International Council of Philippine Studies Conferences

            - State Room restaurant private dining room


Bernardita R. Churchill, chair; Belinda A. Aquino, founding chair; Cherubim Quizon, Roger Bresnahan, Gloria Cano, Maria Dolores “Lola” Elizalde, Maria Stanyukovich, Yoshiko Nagano, Nobutaka Suzuki, Charles Macdonald, Sida Sonsri, Cristina Barron, Julius Bautista (for Oona Paredes)


2-3.30pm          Session 6


Room 101         Philippine Economic Histories: Individual Papers

ˇ         Patricia Irene Dacudao, Ateneo de Manila University

Surviving the Philippine Frontier: External Trade and Internal Development in 1920s-1930s Davao

ˇ         Nenette D. Padilla and Marianito M. Vito, Jr., La Consolacion College, Bacolod

Market Dynamics of a Negros Showroom: Drivers of Innovation

ˇ         Tina S. Clemente, University of the Philippines Diliman

Barter-on-Credit, Hostage Bonds and Raids: Sino-Filipino Trade in Pre-Hispanic Philippine Ports


Room 103     Power Relations in Popular Literature and Culture: Individual Papers

ˇ         Hope Sabanpan-Yu, Cebuano Studies Center, The University of San Carlos

The Comic in Cebuano Literature

ˇ         Mary Grace R. Conception, University of the Philippines Diliman

Laughter in the (Banana) Republic: An Analysis of the Satires of Alejandro Roces’s Something to Crow About

ˇ         Jessica Gross, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“Something Else”: Maria Clara in Noli Me Tangere


Room 62       (De)Constructing the Filipino Face to the World: Individual Papers

ˇ         John Lee Candelaria, University of the Philippines, Los Banos,

The Asia Foundation/MSU Grantee

Photography as Propaganda: The Creation of the New “Filipino” in Japanese Propaganda Photographs, 1942-1944

ˇ         Peter Kutschera, Philippine Amerasian Research Center, Angeles City

The Compelling Case for Military Filipino Amerasians as Diaspora

ˇ         Clarissa Mijares, Ateneo de Manila University

The Filipino Dancer in Hong Kong Disneyland: Asserting “Filipinoness” in Labanotation


Room 104A/B       Institutionalizing Politics: Individual Papers 

ˇ         David Barua Yap II, Ateneo de Manila University

The Asia Foundation/MSU Grantee

An Empirical Analysis of Political Dynasties in the 15th Philippine Congress [co-authored with Ronald U. Mendoza]

ˇ         Gabriel “Gabby” Domingo, University of California, Davis

Political Cycles in Philippine Municipalities

ˇ         Fe Gladys Golo & Philip Paje, University of Asia and the Pacific

Contesting the Rule of Law in the Katarungang Pambarangay of Sorsogon and Tagbilaran Cities


Room 105 A/B      Historical Reconsiderations 1: Individual Papers

Moderator: Paul Rodell, Georgia State University

ˇ         Michael M. Cullinane, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Retirada to Reconquista: The Central Visayas and Northern Mindanao, 1740-1850

ˇ         Ruth de Llobet, Universidad Pompeu Fabra

Pangasinan: Re-Thinking the 1812 Constitution’s Impact on Luzon

ˇ         Charles Donnelly, Monash University 

Modern Sultanism and the Maguindanao Massacre


Michigamme Room               111 Years of Keeping the Nation’s Patrimony: The State of the Art of the National Museum's Research, Collection and Museum Development


Moderator:  Ana Maria Theresa P. Labrador, Assistant Director, National Museum of the Philippines

ˇ         Arvin C. Diesmos

Reviving A Legacy: The National Museum of the Philippines and Its Pivotal Role in Philippine

Biodiversity Research

ˇ         Mary Jane Louise A. Bolunia

Linking the Philippines and the World: Archaeology and Prehistory of the Philippine Islands

ˇ         Robert A. Balarbar

Conserving a National Cultural Treasure: The Case of Carlos Francisco’s “The Progress of

Medicine in the Philippines”

ˇ         Maria Eliza Hidalgo Agabin, Ilocos Sur Heritage Office

Exhibition:  The Photographic Research on Ilocos Sur and its future home in the National Museum of Ilocos Sur


Riverside Room           Queer Histories, Contested Modernities

ˇ         Martin Joseph Ponce, The Ohio State University

Queering National History in Gina Apostal’s The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata

ˇ         Victor Mendoza, The University of Michigan

“Negroes Gone Native”: American Intimacies, Colonial Fantasies

ˇ         Roland Sintos Coloma, The University of Toronto

Ang Ladlad and the Public Pedagogy of Queer Politics

ˇ         Discussant:  Sarita See, University of California, Davis



Heritage Room                                  


Monday October 29

3.30-4  Kellogg Lobby                        Afternoon Break


4.00-5.30           Session 7


Room 101          Epic and Ritual: Individual Papers

ˇ         Genevieve L. Asenjo, De La Salle University

Engaging the Philippine Classic Onsite, Onstage, and Onscreen: The Case of the Panay-Visayan Epic Hinilawod

ˇ         Maria V. Stanyukovich, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography

Tops, Beads and the Epic Hero’s Haircut: Huhhud di Kolot, Ritual Oral Epic Tradition of the Yattuka

ˇ         Karina Garilao, Fundacion Santiago

Images and Religious Rituals and Practices in Santa Ana, Manila During the American Period: An Oral History Project


Room 103          Economic Adaptation: Individual Papers

ˇ         Shingo Fukuda, Kyoto University

The Decline of Philippine Labor Intensive Industry in a Period of Globalization: Case Studies of Footwear Manufacturing

ˇ         Waka Ayoyama, Hokkaido University

Economic Standards of Living as Related to Ethnic Identities: The Sama-Bajau Use of Adaptive Strategies in an Urban Market Society, Case Studies of Five Households in Davao City

ˇ         Atsumasa Nagata, Ritsumeikan University

The Present Situation of Filipino Migrants in Japan 


 Room 62          Historical Reconsiderations 2: Individual Papers 

ˇ         Cristina Barron, Universidad Iberoamerica

Why Did the Philippines Not Obtain Independence as Mexico Did in the Early 19th Century?

ˇ         Nariko Sugaya, Ehime University

Spanish Colonial Manila in Transition: Trade and Society at the Turn of the 19th Century

ˇ         Gloria Cano, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

The Emergence of Catalan Nationalism and its Influence on the Filipino Intelligentsia


Room 104A/B             Power and the Powerless: Individual Papers 

ˇ         Gem P. Daus, University of Maryland & Erwin de Leon, Milano School of International Affairs, The New School

The Cost of Invisibility: Filipinos (Not) in the U.S. Political Process

ˇ         Koki Seki, Hiroshima University

Poverty Alleviation and the Art of Government: A case of an Urban Poor Community in Metro Manila

ˇ         Anne Lan K. Candelaria, Ateneo De Manila University 

The Politics of Education in Philippine Provinces: Governors as Local Education Managers           


Room 105 A/B                        Chinese in the Philippines: Current Research Agenda and Future Directions 

Moderator and Discussant: Bernardita R. Churchill, Philippine National Historical Society

ˇ         Teresita Ang See, Philippine Assn. for Chinese Studies, Kaisa Para sa Kaunlaran

Recent Studies, Research, Publications and Source Materials on the Chinese in the Philippines

ˇ         Richard T. Chu, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Conducting “Tsinoy” Family History Research

ˇ         Norihiro Matsushima, Lyceum of the Philippines

Ethnic Chinese in the Philippine Settling: The Historical Study of the Tradition and New Functions of Chinese Organization


Michgamme Room   


Heritage Room                                  


Monday Oct 29                     

6-7.00  Kellogg Auditorium   Plenary 2:  Keynote  Address          

ˇ         Rodel Lasco, Senior Scientist, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
Professor, University of the Philippines Los Banos
Lead Author,  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

--The IPCC was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize


The Philippines: A Country at Risk from Climate Change



Tuesday, October 30

7.30-8.30         Kellogg Lobby                        Continental Breakfast


8.30-10            Session 8


Room 101        Mindanao: Incorporating the Southern Frontier to the Philippine State

ˇ         Faina C. Abaya-Ulindang, Mindanao State University

Resettlement as a Tool for Counter-Insurgency: The Case of EDCOR Mindanao

ˇ         Midori Kawashima, Sophia University

The Perception of the Philippine State by the Islamic Intellectuals of Lanao during the 1950s and ‘60s

ˇ         Federico Magdalena, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Moro Resistance and Collaboration in Winning the Mindanao Frontier

ˇ         Nobutaka Suzuki, Tsukuba University

The Career of Najeeb Saleeby and the Moro Problem: American Colonial Governance of the Muslim Filipinos


Room 103        Gazes upon the Philippines as Cultural Space: Regional, Metropolitan and Alien

ˇ         Ricaredo D. Trimillos, University of Hawaii Manoa

Music Performance and Microhistories: Working Across a Grand Narrative

ˇ         Lorenzo Perillo, University of California Los Angeles 

Maganda at Malakas: Neocolonialism, Dance Diplomacy, and the Politics of Gender in Hip-hop

ˇ         Ryan Buyco, University of Hawaii Manoa

Ooka Shohei’s Travels in the Philippines: A Post-Colonial Reading


Room 104A/B


 Room 105 A/B            Historical Reconsiderations 3: Individual Papers

ˇ         Charles Sullivan, University of Michigan

Whose “Little Brown Brother”? Photographs and the Politics of Civilization in the early American Colonial Philippines, 1900-1920.

ˇ         Ruby R. Paredes, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“Defender of the Faith” or How William Howard Taft Kept the Filipinos Within the Catholic Fold

ˇ         Florentino Rodao, Universidad Complutense

The Role of The Philippines Herald in the Commonwealth Period


Room 62         Education 2: Individual Papers

ˇ         Junald Dawa Ango, , University of the Philippines Cebu

The Asia Foundation/Michigan State University Conference Scholarship

“Fil-Am Schools”: The American Public School System’s Adaptations to Philippine Conditions during Its Early Years, 1901-1909 (An Initial Survey)

ˇ         Fiona Seiger, National University of Singapore

Because we are “different”: Cross-Border Claims-Making by NGOs on Behalf of Japanese-Filipino Children in the Philippines and Multivocality on the Salience of Japanese ‘Blood’

ˇ         Olivia Anne M. Habana, Ateneo De Manila University

Enslavement or Debt Peonage? Conflicting Ideas on Child Labor in the Early American Period


Michigamme Room   Pagbabalangkas: Understanding the Field from Within  

ˇ         Winifredo B. Dagli, University of the Philippines Diliman

Pamamaybay sa Ilog Lagnas: Isang Pagbabalangkas ng mga Usaping kaugnay ng Tubig sa Bundok Nanahaw

ˇ         Moreal Nagarit Camba, University of Asia and the Pacific

The Asia Foundation/Michigan State University Grantee

Mga Lente sa Likod na Lente: Isang Panimulang Pag-aaral ng Ilang Piling Litratong Kuha ni Xander Angeles

ˇ         Jimmuel C. Naval, University of the Philippines Diliman

A Discourse on the History and Culture behind the Etymologies of Filipino Words (Ang Kasasayan at Kultura sa mga Ugat ng Salita)


 Riverside Room                      Performance in Language and Literature: Individual Papers

ˇ         Marylyn R. Canta, University of the Philippines Diliman

“Lost in Translation”: Indian Linguistic Affinities in Philippine Textile Terminology

ˇ         Maria Eileen L. Ramirez, University of the Philippines Diliman

For the Record: Contending Narratives of Performance from the Philippines, Construals of Public Selves

ˇ         Anne Christine A. Ensomo, Ateneo de Manila University

The Trope of the Tropics: A Topographic Representation of Post-Colonial Archipelagic Formations as Seen in Representative Philippine Literature


 Heritage Room                       Open for Collaboration


Tuesday Oct 30

10.15-12.15                 Session 9


Room 101     New Doctoral Student Work in Philippine Studies 2:  

From (Art) Constructs and Theories to Performance of Global Cultural Imaginations

Moderator and Discussant: Vina A. Lanzona, University of Hawaii Manoa

ˇ         Anjeline de Dios, Geography, National University of Singapore

Transnational Dynamics of Creative and Migrant Labor: The Case of Overseas Filipino Musicians

ˇ         Christina Verano (Sornito) Carter, Anthropology, Columbia University

To Heir is to be Haunted: Rethinking the Logics of Kinship and Cultural Inheritance in the Western Visayas

ˇ         Dada Docot, Anthropology, University of British Columbia

The Migrant in the Visuals: Visualizing Diasporic Narratives through the Performance of Ethnicity

ˇ         Kristian Sendon Cordero, Cultural Studies, Ateneo de Naga University

The Asia Foundation/Michigan State University Conference Scholarship Awardee

Imagining the Indigene: Representation and Discourse on the Agta in Contemporary Bikol Writings


Room 103     ReSituating the Artisanal: Design, Labor, Identity and Performance in Philippine Material Culture

ˇ         Patrick Alcedo, York University

Material Culture Meaning and Agency: Importing Costumes for Toronto’s Ati-atihan Festival Competition

ˇ         Analyn Salvador-Amores, University of the Philippine, Baguio

Wearing Idenitities and the Reinvention of the Kalinga Identity: Felt-tip Markers, Tattooed T-shirts and Barong Tagalog

ˇ         B. Lynne Milgram, Ontario College of Art and Design University

ReFashioning Household Production for Elite Global Markets: Edgy Crafts from the Central Philippines

ˇ         Cherubim Quizon, Seton Hall University

Dressing the Lumad Body: Indigenous Peoples and the Development Discourse in Mindanao

ˇ         Discussant:  Ricardo Trimillos, University of Hawaii, Manoa


Room 104 A/B            Jailed in the City: Penalization of Poverty, Criminalization of the Poor, and the Control of Metro Manila’s Urban Space

ˇ         Phil Parnell, Indiana University

Climate Change, Disasters and Environmental Migrants

ˇ         Wataru Kusaka, Kyoto University

Moralizing of Class Politics in Metro Manila: Criminalization of the Urban Poor under the Disciplinary Governance of the Metro Manila Development Authority

ˇ         Saya Kiba, Kobe University

Perspectives of Election from the Disorganized Urban Poor and Fragmented Mass: A Case of Pasig City

ˇ         Christopher Magno, Indiana University South Bend

In the Name of the City: The Urban Infrastructure of Criminalization and the Manufactured Transgression


Room 105 A/B            NGOs in the Philippines: A Neo-Liberal State Agenda or a Transformational Social Agenda 

ˇ         Susan Russell, Northern Illinois University

Peacebuilding: The Role of NGOs in Mindanao

ˇ         Christopher Martin, London School of Economics & Politics

NGOs and the Moral Economy of OFWs and Youth in Batangas

ˇ         Andres Narros Lluch, Universidad Nacionale y Distancia

The “Komedya” of International Development Projects in the Philippines

ˇ         Faith R. Kares, Northwestern University

Simulating Democracy: Empowerment for Whom?


Room 62       Family Health and Well-Being: Individual Papers

ˇ         Melinda Tan, Philippine Children’s Medical Center

Coping Experiences of Low Income Filipino Mothers and Fathers of Children with Autistic Disorder

ˇ         Zachele Marie M. Briones, Ateneo de Manila University

Family Stress and Filipinos: An Overview of a Psychosocial Intervention Program for Filipino Patients with Type II Diabetes

ˇ         Prisciliano A. Bauzon & Ernesto A. Buenaventura, Jr., University of Southern Mindanao

The Untold Stories of Filipino Children in Central Mindanao: Vulnerabilities and Challenges

ˇ         Cecilia Fe Sta. Maria-Abalos, University of the Philippines Los Banos

Narrative of the Pier


Michigamme Room   Sexual Labor of Filipino Women in Globalization

ˇ         Maria Hwang, Brown University

Freelancers in Hong Kong’s Nightlife Industry

ˇ         Rhacel Parrenas, University of Southern California

The Sexual Citizenship of Migrant Hostesses in Tokyo

ˇ         Masaaki Satake, Nagoya Gakuin University

Marriage Emigrants from the Philippines to Japan

ˇ         Akiko Watanabe, Toyo University

Marrying Foreign Muslims in the Gulf States: A Preliminary Study of the Mixed Marriages of Overseas Working Filipino Women

Discussant: Jennifer Nazareno, University of California San Francisco


Riverside Room                     


 Heritage Room                      


12.15-1.45       Lunch Break


Tuesday Oct 30                     

1.45-3.15pm   Session 10


Room 101                   Economics: Individual Papers

ˇ         Shingo Mikamo, Shinshu University

Asia and the Political Economy of Development: Implications for the Philippines

ˇ         Satoru Nishimura, Kagoshima University

Changing Agents and Institutions in the Rural Economy in the Philippines: A Case Study of Hacienda Lusita

ˇ         Clement Camposano, University of Asia and the Pacific

When Generosity Threatens: The Traffic in Goods and the Plurality of Struggles within the Contemporary Transnational Philippine Household


Room 103                    Revisiting, Recycling and Recollecting Filipino Identities on Stage

ˇ         Lily Ann B. Villaraza, Northern Illinois University

The Caricature of Condition: George Ade’s The Sultan of Sulu

ˇ         Christi-Anne Castro, University of Michigan

The Changing Trope of the Filipina in a US Popular Song

ˇ         Ruth Pe Palileo, Trinity College, Dublin

The Art of Pagbalik, the Act of Recycling and the Importance of Properties in the Philippine Aesthetics of Poverty

Discussant:  Joi Barrios-LeBlanc, University of California, Berkeley & University of the Philippine, Diliman


Room 104 A/B              Historical Reconsiderations 4: Individual Papers 

ˇ         Imke Rath, Universitat Hamburg

The Soul and the Inner Self: A Discussion on Early Modern Tagalog and Christian Concepts of the Essence of Mankind

ˇ         Laurence Tumpag, Northern Illinois University

A Comparative Analysis of Gender Performance in Pre-colonial Philippines, Indonesia, and Various Western Cultures: A Literature Review

ˇ         Ariel Cusi Lopez, Leiden University

Divergent Narratives of Two Sultanates: Maguindanao and Sulu in the 18th Century



Room 105 A/B                       


Room 62                     Mental Health and Well-Being: Individual Papers 

ˇ         Karryl Mae C. Ngina & Emma Ruth T. Calde

An Exploratory Study of Sapo as an Indigenous Psychotherapy

ˇ         Maria Regina M. Hechanova, Antover Tuliao, Lota A. The, Arsenio Alianan & Avegale Acosta

Problem Severity, Technology Adoption, and Intent to Seek Online Counseling among OFWs

ˇ         Marylendra (Neth) Penetrante, Divine Word College

Children’s Resilience and Natural Disasters: The Bicol Experience


Michigamme Room               Interpreting Traditions: Individual Papers

ˇ         Tomoke Onoe, Osaka University

A Plurality of Modern Medicine and Traditional Power in Kalinga Healing

ˇ         Deanna Weibel, Grand Valley State University

Igorots, Athropologists, and “Igorrote Villages”: the Impact of Ethnology as Imperialism

ˇ         Alvin G. Mejorada,

Divided and Conquered: Pre-Colonial Institutions and Post-Colonial Economic Development in the Philippines


Riverside Room                      Education 3: Individual Papers

ˇ         Remedios Sapasalan, De La Salle University, Dasmarinas

Summarizing Strategies of Filipino College Students in L1 and L2

ˇ         Ricamela Saturay Palis, Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba

From Cultural Literacy to Cultural Resonance: Emerging Notions and Practices of Cultural Education in the Philippines


 Heritage Room                      


 3.15-3.45                     afternoon break


Tuesday October 30              3.45-5.15 pm              Session 11


Room 101                   Open


Room 103         Powers from the Margin:  Making Disaster Risk

                          Reduction Inclusive Among Vulnerable Groups

ˇ         Thea Hilhorst

Indigenous Peoples’ Response to Disasters

ˇ         Soledad Natalia M. Dalisay

Climate Trouble: Women Facing Up to the Challenges of Climate Change in Coastal Communities

ˇ         Emmanuel M. Luna

Disaster Risks and Adaptive Social Protection among Street Families in a Commercial District in Quezon City

ˇ         Jake Rom D. Calag

Integrating Marginalized Social Groups in Disaster Risk Reduction


Room 104 A/B            Historical Reconsiderations 4: Individual Papers

ˇ         Ryan Crewe, University of Colorado, Denver

Transpacific Inquisitions: Policing the Precarious Boundaries of Faith for the Mexican Holy Office in 17th Century Manila

ˇ         Michael Hawkins, Creighton University

Preserving Savagery and Domesticating Violence in the Philippines Muslim South, 1899-1913

ˇ         Bryan Ziadie, Ateneo de Manila University

Counterinsurgency, Culture and the Bells of Balangiga


Room 105 A/B        Book Publishing in the Philippines 

ˇ         Maricor Baytion, Director, Ateneo De Manila University Press

Academic Publishing: Scholarship & Nation Building

ˇ         Marivi Soliven Blanco, Award-winning fictionist & essayist

Rights to Publish & Read: The Complicated World of Rights Negotiation vs the Rights of the People

ˇ         Karina Africa Bolasco, Director, Anvil Books

Martial Law Narratives & Shaping a Nation's Memory

ˇ         Ma. Joi Barrios-LeBlanc, University of the Philippines Diliman & University of California Berkeley

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Transnational Publishing


Room 62      Challenges to Traditional Values: Individual Papers

ˇ         Robin Hemley

Hidden Agendas, Scandal, and Ambiguity: The Strange Case of the Tasaday

ˇ         Charles J-H Macdonald, Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique

Filipino Values Reconsidered

ˇ         Lisandro E. Claudio, Ateneo de Manila University

Notes on Anti-Nationalism and the Postcolony: A Dissenting View from Within Philippine Historiography


Michigamme Room   How Can We Write Philippine History?

ˇ         John Crossley, Monash University 

The History of Philippine History

ˇ         Maria Dolores Elizalde, Independent Scholar

When Spaniards Began to Write About Philippine History as if They Were Not Spanish

ˇ         Paul A. Dumol, University of Asia and the Pacific

Towards a New Narrative of Philippine General History

Discussant:  Gloria Cano, Universidad Pompeu Fabra


Riverside Room                                 


Economics of Environment and Development 2: Individual Papers

ˇ         Agustin Arcenas, University of the Philippines, Diliman 

The Occupational Hazards of Climate Change: Heat Exposure and Other Health Impacts on Semi-skilled Workers’ Productivity

ˇ         Elmer V. Sayre, Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition & Development Foundation

Ecological Sanitation for the Base of the Pyramid

ˇ         Vanessa Fixmer Oraiz, Fulbright Student Program, University of the Philippines Los Banos

Kawayan – A Study of Climate Change Justice in the Province of Abra, Philippines


Heritage Room—OPEN for collaboration


 Tuesday Oct 30                     

5.30-7       Kellogg Auditorium

                 Pre-screening of a new film directed by Nick Deocampo: 

                 “Film: American Beginnings of Philippine Cinema”



7.30 pm    Huntington Club at Spartan Stadium                    

Conference Banquet and Roundtable on Philippine Studies

Moderator: Belinda A. Aquino, University of Hawaii Manoa

Sidi Sonsri (Thailand), Julius Bautista (Singapore), Charles Macdonald (France & Europe), Dada Docot (Canada),

Maria Stayukovich (Russia), Cherubim Quizon (Mainland US), Lance Collins (Hawaii), Yoshiko Nagano (Japan)



Wed. Oct 31  Airport Shuttles and post-conference activities


For departures from Capital City Airport (LAN), arrive at least one hour before boarding time: If your hotel doesn’t have a shuttle, talk to a PASS member.


For departures from Detroit Metro Airport (DTW), arrive at least 1.5 hours before boarding time. The Michigan Flyer leaves from Albert St. side of the Marriott. See  for schedule and to make a reservation (required) . The Marriott is reachable on the #1 bus.

ˇ         From Kellogg walk north (angle right as you leave the front door) to the corner of Michigan Ave. but don’t cross.  Take the #1 bus (Meridian Mall) to the Grand-River- past-Abbott stop (2 minutes), cross Grand River Ave, walk one block in the same direction the bus was going, cross M.A.C. Ave. and walk a short block to Albert.

ˇ         From the Lansing Radisson, walk south on Grand Ave. to the traffic circle, cross diagonally to the southeast corner of Grand and Michigan Ave., and take the #1 bus (Meridian Mall) to the Grand- River-past-Abbott stop (14 minutes), and follow directions as above.

ˇ         From Gatehouse Suites, cross Grand River and take the #1 bus (D’town Lansing) to the Grand-River-past-M.A.C. stop. (5 min), walk back to M.A.C. and follow directions as above.

ˇ         From the Super-8, take the #1 bus (D’town Lansing) on your side of Grand River Ave., to the Grand-River-past-M.A.C. stop. (6 min), walk back to M.A.C. and follow directions as above.

ˇ         For transportation to the Marriott from other places, talk to a PASS member.


For the workshop at the University of Michigan, a bus will be waiting at the front door of the Kellogg hotel.  Those who will be going on to their flights out of Detroit Metro after the workshop, and those who plan to stay overnight in Ann Arbor, should bring their luggage with them.  Those who will be returning to fly out of Lansing/Capital City should leave their luggage at Kellogg.

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