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Passion and procession : art of the Philippines

Passion and procession : art of the Philippines, 24/06/2017 – 12/11/2017, Art Gallery New South Wales

Celebrating the diverse and vibrant art of the Philippines.

Passion and procession brings together painting, sculpture, video and installation works from ten contemporary Filipino artists, revealing their very personal responses to faith, history, politics and life in the Philippines.

The works draw on folk mythology, family archives, nature and religious ceremony to reconsider established narratives of history and nation. The artists have used found as well as ritual objects, plant specimens and symbols of precolonial histories to address the ambiguities of faith and science, social inequality and relationship to place. In doing so, they demonstrate a belief in the potential of art to inspire, heal and effect social change.

The artists include Santiago Bose, Marina Cruz, Alfredo Esquillo Jr, Nona Garcia, Renato Habulan, Geraldine Javier, Mark Justiniani, Alwin Reamillo, Norberto Roldan and Rodel Tapaya.

Accompanying their works is a selection of textiles and sculptural objects from the Philippines given to the Gallery in 2005 by Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter.

This exhibition is part of the Bayanihan Philippine Art Project, a collaboration between the Art Gallery of NSW, Blacktown Arts Centre, Mosman Art Gallery, Peacock Gallery (Auburn) and Campbelltown Arts Centre in association with Museums & Galleries of NSW, to celebrate the art and culture of the Philippines through a series of exhibitions, performances, creative writing and community programs across multiple venues.

The last issue of TAASA Review : The Journal of the Asian Arts Society of Australia (vol. 26, n° 2, June 2017) is dedicated to the Bayanihan Philippine Art Project, and the art and culture of the Philippines.

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Duterte’s exceptionalism and the pitfalls of military rule

Duterte’s exceptionalism and the pitfalls of military rule by Cesar Suva, 05/06/2017, New Mandala

Are we witnessing a replay of the Philippines’ recent history in President Rodrigo Duterte’s proclamation of Martial Law in Mindanao to deal with a terrorist threat? Will the Philippines once again be subjected to the perils beset the country by the rule of Ferdinand Marcos? Duterte’s exceptionalist narrative suggests that by taking the same actions as Marcos took 45 years ago, he can nonetheless achieve different results.

On 23 May, Philippine government troops attempted to arrest Isnon Hapilon, the leader of the armed Maute group, in Marawi City, Mindanao. The operation was unsuccessful, but the Maute group’s members retaliated by besieging the city’s jail and the campus of Dansalan College. Residents of the city, overwhelmingly Muslim Filipino, or Moro, were subjected to firefights between Hapilon’s followers and government forces. In reaction, President Duterte cut short his ongoing visit to Moscow to declare Martial Law in Mindanao for the prescribed sixty days, returning home to address the crisis.

The trigger for this proclamation was rebellion against the state and invasion, which is supposedly justified by the presence of international fighters within Maute’s ranks. With characteristic bravado, Duterte boasted to reporters that this new manifestation of Martial Law—tantamount to military rule—would achieve what practically every government ever based in Manila has not: that is, solve Mindanao’s problems ‘…once and for all’.

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Cesar Suva is Program Development Manager at the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society.

In 2015 he completed PhD research at the Australian National University’s School of Culture, History and Language. His thesis, Nativizing the Imperial: The Local Order and Articulations of Colonial Rule in Sulu, Philippines 1881-1920, is available online here.

Duterte’s peace hopes challenged in Mindanao

Filipino activists demonstrate against the recent declaration of martial law in Mindanao during a rally outside the residential palace in Manila on May 26. © AP

Duterte’s peace hopes challenged in Mindanao by Michael Vatikiotis, 28/05/2017, Nikkei Asian Review

Declaration of martial law by Philippine president raises broader concerns

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law on the southern island of Mindanao on May 22. This came after a group of heavily armed men bearing the black flags of Islamic State stormed the mainly Muslim city of Marawi in the north of the island. They burned down a college, a hospital and prison, while taking hostages.

The army’s slow progress in flushing out the militants and the alacrity with which Duterte seemed ready to suspend civil rights is a worrying sign of renewed instability in a part of the country that has been plagued by decades of war.

 The crisis is embarrassing for Duterte. As the country’s first president from Mindanao, there were high expectations that he would make progress in restoring peace in the troubled region. But the attack on Marawi has raised fears of a concerted IS effort to establish a foothold in the Philippines.

The martial law decree in Mindanao highlights the lengths that Duterte, the former mayor of Davao City, is willing to go to address security issues. He has already been harshly criticized by human rights activists for sanctioning the extrajudicial killings of more than 7,000 people, mostly poor slum dwellers, for allegedly being drug users or pushers. His threat to impose martial law across the country has left rights advocates even more worried. He has already threatened to wield martial law as harshly as did former President Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s.

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Truth and Fiction in the Age of the Strongman: Filipino Writers on Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippines

Truth and Fiction in the Age of the Strongman: Filipino Writers on Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippines, 05/06/2017, SOAS

Miguel Syjuco & Candy Gourlay

This panel discussion looks at the interconnections between Philippine Fiction Writing and Journalism in the time of “tokhang,” schizophrenic populism and Duterte’s unique brand of nationalism. Filipino writers in the diaspora will seek to interrogate the ideas of Post-modernist knowledge construction and its end-games, activism and protest in a post-truth world and the role of fiction in a democracy.

Speaker Biography

Miguel Syjuco’s debut novel, Ilustrado (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010), won the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature, the Filipino Readers’ Choice Award, the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and the Man Asian Literary Prize and has been translated into more than 10 languages. Miguel, who earned a PhD in literature from the University of Adelaide, was a writing fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard in 2013 and is currently a visiting professor in the Literature and Creative Writing department at New York University, Abu Dhabi. He is the literary editor of the Manila Review, a member of the Folio Prize Academy and regularly writes for the New York Times International.

Discussant Biography

Candy Gourlay  is a Filipino author based in the United Kingdom. Her debut novel Tall Story (2010) won the National Children’s Book Award of the Philippines in 2012 and the Crystal Kite Award for Europe in 2011. Tall Story was shortlisted for 13 prizes, notably: the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize and the Branford Boase Award. Her second novel Shine (2013) was long-listed for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. It won the Crystal Kite Award for the British Isles and Ireland in 2014. Candy was born and raised in the Philippines. From 1984 to 1989, she worked as a journalist in the Philippines, notably as a staff-writer and later associate editor of the weekly opposition tabloid Mr & Ms Special Edition, which played a significant role in the overthrow of the 21 year regime of Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos

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Appel à contributions : Bridging Worlds, Illumining the Archive: An International Conference in Honor of Professor Resil B. Mojares

Appel à contributions : Bridging Worlds, Illumining the Archive: An International Conference in Honor of Professor Resil B. Mojares, 30–31 July 2018, Quezon City, Philippines

Organized jointly by Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Perspectives, School of Social Sciences, Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University and Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

Deadline for abstracts and panels proposals submission : 01 October 2017

In a prolific career spanning five decades, Resil B. Mojares has produced a remarkable body of work that combines meticulous research, incisive analysis, and elegant, lyrical writing.

An exemplary home-grown and -educated activist, intellectual, institution-builder, and man of letters, Mojares has made important, often pioneering, contributions to diverse fields and subjects, ranging from Philippine literature (Origins and Rise of the Filipino Novel: A Generic Study of the Novel until 1940; [co-ed.] the two-volume Sugilanong Sugboanon), architecture (Casa Gorordo in Cebu: Urban Residence in a Philippine Province, 1860–1920), theater and social history (Theater in Society, Society in Theater: Social History of a Cebuano Village, 1840–1940), to intellectual history (Brains of the Nation: Pedro Paterno, T. H. Pardo de Tavera, Isabelo de los Reyes, and the Production of Modern Knowledge), biography (Vicente Sotto: Maverick Senator; The Man Who Would be President: Serging Osmeña and Philippine Politics; Aboitiz: Family and Firm in the Philippines), history and politics (The War Against the Americans: Resistance and Collaboration in Cebu, 1899–1906; [co-ed.] From Marcos to Aquino: Local Perspectives on the Political Transition in the Philippines).

Scholars and academics with papers and panels related, but not limited, to the following topics are invited to participate in this conference:

  1. Historiography and the Archive: Issues and Debates
  2. Precolonial, Colonial, Imperial, and Postcolonial Histories
  3. Biography
  4. Intellectuals, Intellectual Histories, and Philippine Studies
  5. Philippine Languages and Literatures
  6. Philippine Architecture, Theater, and the Arts
  7. Nation-Making, Nationness, and Nationalism
  8. Politics, Politicians, and State Building
  9. Social Histories
  10. “What is Obscure, Hidden, and Marginal” in Philippine History and Current Affairs
  11. Local and Regional Histories
  12. Cultural Studies
  13. The Philippines in Asia and the World

Selected papers that pass the refereeing process will be included in a special issue of Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints, the quarterly published by the Ateneo de Manila University since 1953.

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NYT lensman wins Pulitzer for Duterte drug war story photo

A freelance lensman of The New York Times won a Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news photography category for a picture published with the a story on the war on drugs in the Philippines, 11/04/2017, GMA News Online

The announcement, which was posted on the official Pulitzer Prize Twitter account, declared freelance photographer of The New York Times Daniel Berehulak as winner of the prestigious award.

The article in the New York Times published on the 7th of December 2016 was titled « They are Slaughtering Us Like Animals. » Inside President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal anti-drug campaign in the Philippines our photojournalist documented 57 homicide victims over 35 days.

I have worked in 60 countries, covered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and spent much of 2014 living inside West Africa’s Ebola zone, a place gripped by fear and death. What I experienced in the Philippines felt like a new level of ruthlessness: police officers’ summarily shooting anyone suspected of dealing or even using drugs, vigilantes’ taking seriously Mr. Duterte’s call to “slaughter them all.”

Liberalism and the Postcolony: Thinking the State in 20th-Century Philippines

Lisandro E. Claudio, Liberalism and the Postcolony: Thinking the State in 20th-Century Philippines, NUS Press, 2017

Extricating liberalism from the haze of anti-modernist and anti-European caricature, this book traces the role of liberal philosophy in the building of a new nation. It examines the role of toleration, rights, and mediation in the postcolony. Through the biographies of four Filipino scholar-bureaucrats—Camilo Osias, Salvador Araneta, Carlos P. Romulo, and Salvador P. Lopez—Lisandro E. Claudio argues that liberal thought served as the grammar of Filipino democracy in the 20th century. By looking at various articulations of liberalism in pedagogy, international affairs, economics, and literature, Claudio not only narrates an obscured history of the Philippine state, he also argues for a new liberalism rooted in the postcolonial experience, a timely intervention considering current developments in politics in Southeast Asia.

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CFP: Archaeology of the Seaports of Manila Galleon and the History of Early Maritime Globalization

CFP: Archaeology of the Seaports of Manila Galleon and the History of Early Maritime Globalization, 21–23July 2017,Amoy, Fujian, China

During 16-19 century, the Spanish navigators established and operated the Manila Galleon maritime route which connected eastern Asia and New Spain in the American continent. The galleons sailed via the hub seaports and trade centers of Manila in the Philippines and Acapulco in Mexico, being a prosperous route for more than 200 years. This pioneering navigation of pan-Pacific regions promoted early global maritime trade and can be regarded as a new maritime Silk Road between the East and the West.

The Manila Galleon Navigation is an interesting academic theme which had been investigated and researched by multi-disciplines as archaeology, history, anthropology, marine navigation, oceanology, and etc. in last half century. The seaport sites and shipwrecks underwater are respectively 2 important types of cultural heritage contributing to archaeological reconstruction of galleon navigation history. An international academic workshop of “Early Navigation in the Asia-Pacific Region” was carried out at Harvard University in summer of 2013. Maritime archaeologists from United States, Mexico, England, Philippine and China met to discuss the early pan-Pacific maritime trade history focusing on the perspective of shipwreck archaeology of galleons (Wu, C. editor, Early Navigation in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Maritime Archaeological Perspective, Springer Press, 2016)

A further dialogue on the galleon and related history of maritime cultural interaction between the Eastern Asia and New Spain will be carried out at Amoy on July 21-23, 2017. The meeting calls for papers focusing on the newest developments in the archaeology of the Manila Galleon connecting seaports of Manila in Philippines, Acapulco and San Blas in Mexico, Hagatna in Guans, Haicheng (Amoy), Macao in China, Nagasaki in Japan. A dozen of presentations respectively on different seaports archaeological fieldworks will be welcome. We hope these archaeological discoveries on galleon seaports will open a new window for sighting and understanding the social cultural exchange on the new maritime Silk Road of pan-Pacific region in last 500 years.

Proposed topics:

1, New archaeological discoveries of Manila Galleon Archaeology and related seaports such as Manila in Philippines, Acapulco and San Blas in Mexico, Hagatna in Guans, Haicheng (Amoy), Macao in China, Nagasaki in Japan

2, Maritime cultural heritage of harbors, historical city architecture, maritime folklore and population of different Manila Galleon related seaports.

3, Transportation between Manila Galleon related harbors, and origin of the cargo such as the kilns of the ceramic industry.

4, Trade, merchants, business organizations and navigation, related to the Manila Galleon.

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Lav Diaz : Journeys

Lav Diaz : Journeys, 27/01/2017 – 12/03/2017, London Gallery West

London Gallery West is proud to be the first London venue to present six films by Lav Diaz, one of the greatest radical artists of contemporary cinema. For this exhibition the gallery space will be transformed into an inviting cinema environment to screen a rotating programme of Diaz’s extraordinary epics.

Independent Filipino filmmaker Diaz describes himself as a storyteller who makes films about the struggles of his people. His films tell quiet tales of everyday sorrow and resilience, and of the existential quest of a people betrayed by the postcolonial nation state. His films demonstrate a radical reworking of melodrama that extends the possibilities of cinema by combining physical cinematic realism with poetry, modernist literature, painterly landscape, musical improvisation, theatrical performance, ritual intensity and duration.

Shot mostly in black and white, Diaz makes notoriously long films with the economy of means afforded by digital. Diaz’s method of filmmaking exemplifies an organic process that merges fictional storytelling with the material density and tempo of the locality of shooting. Astonishing rhythmic pacing creates a powerful dialectic between the microscopic gestures and steadfast movements of powerless bodies, the immensity of natural and historical forces, and spectral presence.

Diaz was winner of the Golden Lion at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer award at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival, among other prestigious prizes. He is a Radcliffe–Harvard Film Study Center Fellow. Retrospectives of his work have recently been held at the Jeu de Paume Museum, Courtisane Festival, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

A programme of talks will take place throughout the exhibition and Diaz will be in attendance in March for an international symposium on his films and artistic practice hosted by the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media.

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Duterte’s War on Drugs and His Continuing Popularity

Duterte’s War on Drugs and His Continuing Popularity, 16/02/2017, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin

The Philippine Studies Series Berlin would like to invite you to the lecture/discussion « Duterte’s War on Drugs and His Continuing Popularity », featuring documentary filmmaker Alyx Arumpac who has been video documenting the killings and political analyst Cleve Arguelles.


In the past seven months since Rodrigo Duterte came to power and declared his war on drugs, 7,028 people have been killed in police operations and vigilante-style killings. Despite the rising body count, Duterte remains popular among Filipinos. Aiming to shed light on his controversial policy and why he continues to be popular, the Philippine Studies Series Berlin brings together documentary filmmaker Alyx Ayn Arumpac and political analyst Cleve Kevin Robert Arguelles. Alyx Arumpac who has documented the killings in Manila, will present “Stories from the Night Beat.” Showing excerpts from her ongoing documentary project “Aswang,” she will discuss how the drug war is being carried out – who are the targets, the methods, and the communities most affected, among others – and provide specific stories of victims.

Meanwhile, Cleve Arguelles’ talk “Post-EDSA democracy in between crisis and transformation: The rise of Duterte” aims to make sense of the big question/s of Duterte’s rise to power, especially in light of the violence of his war on drugs. Arguelles situates the Duterte phenomenon in the context of the country’s longstanding democratic deficit and underdevelopment and argue that the crisis of post-EDSA democracy made his rise possible both in politics and the social imaginary. He asks, what kind of a society makes this kind of politics possible?

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Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, vol. 35, no. 3 (2016)


Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, vol. 35, no. 3 (2016)

The Early Duterte Presidency in the Philippines

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Table of contents


Research Articles
  • The Dark Side of Electoralism: Opinion Polls and Voting in the 2016 : Philippine Presidential Election by Ronald D. Holmes
  • Bloodied Democracy: Duterte and the Death of Liberal Reformism in the Philippines by Mark R. Thompson
  • Duterte’s Resurgent Nationalism in the Philippines: A Discursive Institutionalist Analysis by Julio C. Teehankee
  • Politics of Anxiety, Politics of Hope: Penal Populism and Duterte’s Rise to Power by Nicole Curato
  • The Spectacle of Violence in Duterte’s “War on Drugs” by Danilo Andres Reyes
  • The Duterte Administration’s Foreign Policy: Unravelling the Aquino Administration’s Balancing Agenda on an Emergent China by Renato Cruz De Castro
  • Divided Politics and Economic Growth in the Philippines by Eric Vincent C. Batalla

La femme qui est partie, Lav Diaz


La femme qui est partie, Lav Diaz (2016)

Le dernier film de Lav Diaz, qui a remporté le Lion d’Or lors de la 73e Mostra de Venise, sort aujourd’hui, 1er février 2017, sur les écrans en France.


Horacia Somorostro sort de prison en 1997 après avoir passé trente ans derrière les verrous pour un crime qu’elle n’a pas commis. Alors qu’elle retrouve sa fille, Horacia apprend que son mari est mort et que son fils a disparu. Elle comprend rapidement que son ancien amant, le riche Rodrigo Trinidad, fait partie de ceux qui ont conspiré pour la faire arrêter. Trinidad vit désormais reclus chez lui, dans la terreur d’être victime d’un enlèvement. Horacia commence alors à fomenter un plan pour se venger…

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Revisiting the position of Philippine languages in the Austronesian family


« Revisiting the position of Philippine languages in the Austronesian family » by Lawrence Reid, 18/02/2017, De La Salle University

Lecture organized by the Linguistic Society of the Philippines (LSP) and the Dept of English & Applied Linguistics (DEAL) of Br Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education (BAGCED), De La Salle University.

With recent claims by non-linguists that there is no such thing as an Austronesian language family, and that Philippine languages could have a different origin from one that all comparative linguists claim, it is appropriate to revisit the claims that have been made over the last few hundred years. Each has been popular in his day, and each has been based on evidence that under scrutiny has been shown to have problems, leading to new claims. This presentation will examine the range of views from early Spanish ideas about the relationships of Philippine languages, to modern Bayesian phylogenetic views, outlining the data upon which the claims have been made and pointing out the problem that each has.

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Philippine Political Science Journal, vol. 37, no. 3, december 2016


Philippine Political Science Journal, vol. 37, no. 3, december 2016

Table of contents


  • The relationship between IRA and local government expenditures: evidence from a cross-section of Philippine cities by Tristan Canare
  • The erosion of the political dominance of an entrenched political clan: the case of the Felix political clan of Cainta, Rizal by Raymund John P. Rosuelo
  • “The greatest workers of the world” : Philippine labor out-migration and the politics of labeling in Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s presidential rhetoric by Oscar Tantoco Serquiña Jr

Year-end Country Report

  • The Philippines in 2015: the calm before the political storm by Julio C. Teehankee

Book Reviews

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