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20 May 2012

From rappler.com: Filipino fascination with Japan goes beyond 'kawaii' by Fritz Rodriguez

MANILA, Philippines – Pinoy anime fans from all over the nation are ardently waiting for July, the Philippines-Japan friendship month.

The Japanese embassy here is preparing an array of activities for the anticipated month-long festivity. As part of the celebration, the embassy is organizing a Jpop anime singing contest, as well as a cosplay competition.
Such events are immensely popular in the country; Pinoy kids and adults alike are hooked on modern Japan.
It seems that Japanese pop culture has carved its own space in the lives of many Filipinos.
ASPIRING ARTIST. Jaymee Castillo gets her inspiration from anime.ASPIRING ARTIST. Jaymee Castillo gets her inspiration from anime.
'It’s not just cute'
19-year-old art student Jaymee Castillo is just one of the many young Filipinos fascinated by the beauty and intricacies of modern Japanese culture.
“It is something so contagious and inescapable due to its diverse forms, from anime to cosplay, music, contemporary art, food and what-not. It’s not justkawaii which is Japanese for cute, it’s so much more,” she said.
Her affair with Japan began in the late 90s. As a child, she would hurry home to watch anime on TV. But her interest did not end there. Her love for anime only jumpstarted her deeper interest in Japanese culture.
Jaymee admits that she started learning how to draw by copying her favorite anime characters.
“My works are highly influenced by Japanese culture in general. They are aesthetically pleasing, but have unique concepts. There’s always something new.”
SELF-PORTRAIT. Jaymee's love for anime spills over her love for art.SELF-PORTRAIT. Jaymee's love for anime spills over her love for art.
Aside from appreciating traditional Japanese art, Jaymee also frequents anime conventions, reads manga, and listens to J-Pop (Japanese pop songs).
Jaymee knows that she has pricey hobbies, especially cosplaying. To support her growing interests, Jaymee relies on borrowing CDs from friends who share similar interests.
“But when I was younger, sometimes I skipped recess so I can buy all my favorite anime merchandises,” she added.
When asked if she will ever outgrow her love for anime, Jaymee quickly replied, “People think that I will grow tired of it because they say it’s just for kids, but it’s not. It’s a childhood love that I will keep coming back to.”
Jaymee dreams of visiting Japan someday. “I want to experience in real life what I’ve been watching on TV, minus the subtitles.”
Cool Japan
Rappler interviewed Kyoto-based professor Bernard Susser of Ritsumeikan University. He defined Japanese pop culture as the aspects of Japan that have become popular overseas. This includes sushi and other Japanese food, manga and anime, J-Pop, Hello Kitty, computer games, Pokemon, and the like.
SUSHI ANYONE? Venturing into Japanese restaurants is always an adventure. Photo by Jaymee CastilloSUSHI ANYONE? Venturing into Japanese restaurants is always an adventure. Photo by Jaymee Castillo
Susser said it is difficult to pinpoint an exact factor which makes it so popular. “Of course, there is always the element of the exotic; Japanese popular culture is different in many respects from other popular cultures, and in some respects it may be more well-defined than some other national popular cultures.”
COSPLAY. Living a day as one's favorite character from anime or a videogame is always fun. Photo by Jaymee CastilloCOSPLAY. Living a day as one's favorite character from anime or a videogame is always fun. Photo by Jaymee Castillo
University of the Philippines professor Wendell Capili clarified that Japanese pop culture goes beyond anime and videogames. “It is a conglomeration of Japan's residual, dominant and emergent values, issues and concerns as reflected in their music, films, television, sports and other disciplines.”
Capili explained that Japanese pop culture gained much popularity in the Philippines in the 1970s due to the abundance of amusement centers featuring videogames and anime shows like Voltes V and Mazinger Z.
The nation’s penchant for Japanese culture may also be traced to our history. “Many Filipinos tend to be more open to change as a result of our post-colonial experiences,” he said.
Capili said that Philippine pop culture has a shorter history compared to Japanese pop culture, but this doesn’t mean that it is less significant.
“Pinoy pop culture is a combination of the country's multicultural, multiethnic, multilingual experiences vis-a-vis our indigenous, mainstream, largely western, and alternative traditions in our cultures and societies,” he said.
Philippines-Japan Friendship Month
Cognizant of these ties and interests, the Japanese embassy is holding its 4th annual J-Pop anime singing contest and a cosplay competition.
The celebration aims to promote Japanese language and culture appreciation among Filipinos and to strengthen the longstanding friendship between the two countries.
Application forms are available and may be submitted at the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) Library, Embassy of Japan, 2627 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City or can be downloaded at www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp. Registration has already begun and ends on June 22, about a month away.
Performers must also submit an individual/group photo, a short write-up about the performer/s, and a demo CD containing two Japanese songs by the participant/s. Cosplayers must also include a 2x2 photograph, a full body photograph of them in costume and a photo of the character they are portraying. 10 performers/groups and 15 cosplayers will be invited to compete in the Grand Final on July 21 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.
Winners will win prizes plus free lessons from the Nihongo Center Foundation and Center for Pop Music Philippines. – Rappler.com
For further details, please visit www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp or email jicc-mnl@ma.mofa.go.jp or call 551-5710 local 2318.


15 April 2012

Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Methodologies in the Social Sciences

The Third World Studies Center (TWSC) of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) of the University of the Philippines, Diliman invites applications from social science graduate students to participate in the 2012 TWSC Research Writeshop titled, Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Methodologies in the Social Sciences on 7-8 May 2012, at the TWSC, Lower Ground Floor, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Social Science graduate students in the proposal stage of their thesis/dissertation are invited to submit a 300-400 word abstract based on their individual research projects. Students who are not yet at the proposal writing stage may also submit abstracts based on their graduate research papers. Abstracts should clarify the substantive issues that the ongoing research project addresses. It should also provide information on objectives, theoretical framework, and methods along with an explanation on the contributions of the research to the field of study.

Interested applicants are required to submit hard copies of the following on or before 18 April 2012 at the TWSC office:

1. Abstract;

2. Completed application form downloadable from the official TWSC blog (uptwsc.blogspot.com);

3. A True Copy of Grades or a Transcript of Records; and

4. A signed, confidential letter of Recommendation from the adviser or professor.

Only completed application forms and requirements submitted on time will be considered. Successful applicants will be notified on 23 April 2012. Full funding worth P1,500.00 may be made available to selected students. Interested applicants may forward their queries to uptwsc@gmail.com under the subject heading “2012 TWSC Research Writeshop.” For more information, please visit the following TWSC blog (uptwsc.blogspot.com) or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uptwsc.

Research Writeshop Program


9:00 – 9:10

Opening Remarks

Maria Ela L. Atienza, PhD


9:10 – 9:40

Module 1:

Multidisciplinarity and the Social Sciences

(30 minutes)

Ma. Luisa Rebullida, PhD


UP Department of Political Science

9:40 – 10:25

Open Forum

(45 minutes)

10:25 – 10:40


10:40 – 11:10

Module 2: Theories and their Applications in the Contemporary World

(30 minutes)

Randy S. David

Professor Emeritus

UP Department of Sociology

11:10 – 12:00

Open Forum

(50 minutes)

12:00 – 1:00


1:00 – 1:30

Module 3: Current Trends in Social Science Research -

New Media and the Social Sciences

(30 minutes)

Rolando Tolentino, PhD

Professor of Film and

Dean, UP College of Mass Communication

1:30 – 2:15

Open Forum

(45 minutes)

2:15 – 2:30


2:30 – 4:00

Module 4: The World At Your Fingertips: Library and Information Resource

Marian Ramos

Senior Lecturer

UP School of Library and Information Science


8:00 – 8:05

Background to the Workshop

8:05 – 8:35

Module 5: Research on the Ground - Ethnographic, Fieldwork and Gender Methodologies

(30 minutes)

Michael Lim Tan, PhD

Professor of Anthropology and Dean

UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy

8:35 – 9:20

Open forum (45 minutes)

9:20 – 9:35


9:35 – 10:05

Module 6: Historical Methodology and the Territory of the Historian

(30 minutes)

Milagros C. Guerrero, PhD

UP Professor of History (Retired)

UP Department of History

10:05 – 10:50

Open forum (45 minutes)

10:50 – 11:20

Module 7:

Making Numbers Intelligible

Basic and Relevant quantitative applications for research in the social sciences: types of graphs, constructing and reading graphs, trending, plotting data and interpreting statistics, sampling techniques (30 minutes)

Jose Ma. Balmaceda, PhD

Professor of Mathematics and Dean, UP College of Science

11:20 – 12:00

Open forum / exercise: Participants will demonstrate what they learned (40 minutes)

12:00 – 1:00


1:00 – 2:00

Module 8:

Rudiments of writing: topic selection, formulating research questions and objectives, writing a review of related literature, ethical considerations in writing and research (1 hour)

Ma. Teresa Trinidad Pineda Tinio, PhD

Senior Vice President

Far Eastern University (FEU)

2:00 – 3:15

Exercise: Participants will demonstrate what they learned

(1 hr and 15 minutes)

3:15 – 3:30

Closing remarks

3:30 – 4:00

Awarding of certificates


16 August 2011

UP OVPPA and UPAA Kapihan on DIVORCE (open to the public)


UPAA Board Room

2nd floor

Ang Bahay ng Alumni

Magsaysay Avenue, UP Diliman

(behind UP Theater)


22 August 2011 (Monday)


9:00 a.m.


National Anthem

Welcome Remarks:

Regent Gladys S.J. Tiongco

President, UP Alumni Association


Dr. J. Prospero E. de Vera III

Vice President for Public Affairs

University of the Philippines

Introduction of Guest Speakers:

Dr. Jose Wendell P. Capili

Asst. Vice President for Public Affairs

Alumni Relations Director, University of the Philippines


Atty. Rita Linda V. Jimeno

Managing Partner, Jimeno, Cope and David Law Offices

Columnist, Manila Standard Today

2nd Vice-President, UPAA

Atty. Jose C. Sison

Lawyer / Philippine Star columnist

former host of ABS CBN 2's Ipaglaban Mo

Open Forum

UP Naming Mahal


Atty. Renato B. Valdecantos

Legal Counsel, UPAA


A Public Service Project of The University of the Philippines System and The UP Alumni Association

The KAPIHAN NG BAYAN SA UP aims to serve as a regular forum for intelligent and constructive discussion of issues relevant to our development as a nation. In a democracy, such public discourse is a valuable tool for guiding our national leaders and all citizens as we collectively confront and attempt to resolve whatever challenges are posed by these issues.

To achieve these goals, KAPIHAN NG BAYAN SA UP shall:

  • Adopt a strong bias not only for airing views and opinions on issues but for uncovering relevant facts and reasoned options for policies or actions on the given issues.

  • Select issues that are of great national significance, i.e., those that capture great public interest, that have festered and remained controversial over a long period, or that seems too complex and insoluble.

  • Make available, through carefully selected resource persons and discussants, the unique strengths and resources of UP in terms of expertise in various disciplines, and in knowledge generation through scientific research.

  • Work for the widest possible public exposure of the forum through partnerships with print, broadcast, internet and other communications media.

06 August 2011

tina arceo dumlao (inquirer) & cito beltran (philippine star) return to UP

UP Lingua Franca, in cooperation with the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines, sponsored by San Miguel Corporation, proudly presents:

THE BUSINESS STATE OF THE NATION: The Role of Media in a Developing Economy

Speakers: Ms. Tina Arceo-Dumlao (Philippine Daily Inquirer) and Cito Beltran (Philippine Star) Date : AUG 23, 2011 (Tuesday)
Venue : Pulungang Claro Mayo Recto (FC Conference Hall), Faculty Center, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines Diliman,
Time : 2:30-5:30 PM.

Tina Arceo-Dumlao is a journalist and desk editor of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. She has a Journalism degree from the University of the Philippines, and is paying the public back for her free college education by engaging in community service.

Cito Beltran is a highly-regarded writer, Philippine Star columnist, motivational speaker, and business and life consultant. He earned his BA Journalism degree from the University of the Philippines. He was the host of the Straight Talk on ANC.

Entrance to THE BUSINESS STATE OF THE NATION: The Role of Media in a Developing Economy is FREE. It is open to the public.

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02 August 2011

DAMAYAN: Fashion Show by UP alumni designers for scholars of the UP College of Home Economics (CHE)

From UPAA board member and UP CHEAA President Dr. Evelina (Evie) G. Escudero:

The UP Home Economics Alumni Association is holding an activity entitled Damayan on 28 September 2011.

ACTIVITY: UP CHE Alumni Association Gala Night (open to non-UP and non-UP CHE alumni)

PLACE : Philippine International Trade Training Center (PTTC)

Roxas Boulevard corner Buendia Avenue, Pasay City

ATTIRE : Formal OR Semi Formal

The activity is aimed to raise funds for scholarship to help deserving students of the College of Home Economics. Damayan includes a seminar on skills enhancement in the morning, and a fashion show in the evening. The fashion show will feature creations by Filipino designers who are UP CHE alumni, including:

1. Jun Jun Ablaza

2. Eerie Angeles

3. Tracy Dizon

4. Jan Garcia

5. Joji Lloren

6. Lito Perez

7. Pidge Reyes

8. Michelle Sison

Music will be provided by the highly-acclaimed UP Singing Ambassadors under the baton of musical director and CHE (HRA) alumnus Ed Manguiat.

The UP College of Home Economics is home to students from the following academic programs:

1. BS Hotel, Restaurant & Institution Management

2. BS Food Technology

3. BS Community Nutrition

4. BS Family Life and Child Development

5. Bachelor of Science in Clothing Technology (BSCT)

6. Bachelor of Science in Interior Design (BSID)

7. Diploma in Early Childhood Development

8. Master of Family Life and Child Development

9. Master of Science in Food Science10.Master in Interior Design

11.Master in Home Economics

12.Master of Science in Nutrition

13.Ph.D in Food Science

14.Ph.D in Nutrition

15.Ph.D in Home Economics

For tickets and other details, please get in touch with

Mrs. Tess Angeles
UP Office of Alumni Relations
Fonacier Hall (Alumni Center beside Bahay ng Alumni)
Magsaysay Avenue, UP Diliman
Tel.: (+63)(2) 9298226 or 9818500 ext. 4251


The UP CHE Alumni Association
Room 108
Fonacier Hall (Alumni Center beside Bahay ng Alumni)
Magsaysay Avenue, UP Diliman
Tel.: (+63)(2) 9206873

Email :up_cheaa@yahoo.com

the college of home economics, u.p. diliman


24 May 2011

UP Diliman College of Liberal Arts (CLA) celebrates 100th year; CLA, CAS, CAL, CS & CSSP graduates invited!

The UP Diliman College of Arts and Sciences Foundation is inviting the alumni of the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Arts & Letters, the College of Science and the College of Social Sciences & Philosophy to the following activities in celebration of the centennial year of the UP College of Liberal Arts:

June 15, 2011


Opening of Exhibit

(Galleria 1, Bulwagang Rizal/Faculty Center)


Panel Discussion: “Revisiting the Liberal Arts and Setting the Directions for the Future"

(Pulungang Recto/ FC Conference Hall, Bulwagang Rizal/Faculty Center)

June 18, 2011

General Homecoming

(Palma Hall [formerly AS/LA] Lobby)




Book Launching of "Celebrating the Birth and Rebirth of the UP College of Liberal Arts"

by Ricardo T. Jose, Laura L. Samson and Gianne Sheena Sabio,

Published by the UP College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Foundation


Lunch and Fellowship



For inquiries and RSVP:

(+63)(2) 9205286