UP celebrates 150th year of Mabini, Delos Reyes in September

Intellectuals, the Public Arena, and the Nation

The University of the Philippines is one with the Filipino people in celebrating the 150th birth anniversaries of Apolinario Mabini and Isabelo delos Reyes. Known as the the “Brains of the Revolution,” Mabini is one of the country’s most important intellectuals. Delos Reyes, the “Father of Filipino Socialism,” was an indefatigable journalist, folklorist, politician, and labor activist.

To celebrate their lives and legacies, the international and interdisicplinary conference, titled“Intellectuals, the Public Arena, and the Nation,” will be held on 22 to 24 September 2014 at the College of Arts and Letters Auditorium, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.

Noted scholars and writers, Resil Mojares (University of San Carlos), Ramon Guillermo (University of the Philippines), and Merlinda Bobis (University of Wollongong) will keynote the conference. Bobis will also read from works her works and new book Dream Stories (Anvil) will be launched.

Close to 60 papers on wide-ranging disciplines will be presented on themes including people’s struggles; media and society; artists, writers, and musicians as intellectuals; archaeology and history of ideas; performance and public spaces; narratology and authorship; aesthetic traditions; pedagogy and university life.

Among the presenters are Joyce Arriola, Glecy Atienza, Arnold M. Azurin, Grace Barretto-Tesoro,Jose Buenconsejo, Patrick Campos, Wystan de la Peña, Alfredo Diaz, Jimmy Balud Fong, J. Neil Garcia, Eli Guieb III, Antonio Hila, Corazon Hila, Maria Alexandra Iñigo-Chua, Lisa Ito-Tapang, David R.M. Irving, Rene Javellana, Diosa Labiste, JPaul Manzanilla, Raul Casantusan Navarro, Choy Pangilinan, Michael Pante, Raul Pertierra, Rommel Rodriguez, Christian Tablazon, Judy Taguiwalo, Rolando Tolentino, and Jose Victor Torres.

The conference is organized by the College of Mass Communication, in partnership with the Archeological Studies Program, College of Arts and Letters, College of Fine Arts, College of Music, College of Social Science and Philosophy, and the School of Labor and Industrial Relations.

The conference is free for students, while a minimum conference fee of P3,000 will be charged for other participants.

Tickets to the opera Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka, on 23 September, at the Abelardo Hall, and Dulaang UP’s Ang Huling Lagda ni Apilinario Mabini, on 24 September, at Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, may be availed as part of the conference fee, on a first-come, first-served basis.For more details, email [email protected]visitwww.facebook.com/intellectuals150, or call the Secretariat at 920 6864.


Below is the list of speakers and their topics:

Panel 1 – Tracing Historical/Historiographic Links

September 22, 2014, 10:20 – 12:00

Arnold Molina Azurin

Mabini- the Revolutionary Link: From Burgos to Rizal, Bonifacio, Aguinaldo, Aglipay and de los Reyes

Kristoffer R. Esquejo

From July 4 to June 12: Tracing a Historian’s Quest and Role on the Change of Philippine Independence Day

Michael D. Pante

“Los Filipinos No Son Brutos!” The 1902 Anti-Rickshaw Campaign of the Union Obrera Democratica


Panel 2 – Music and Nation Across History

September 22, 2014, 1:00 – 2:40 pm

David R.M. Irving

Music and the End of Empire in Late 19th Century Manila

Ma. Edelquinn Sy-Beltran

The Public School Teacher as an Intellectual: the Historicism and Nationalism of Raymundo Bañas (1894-1969)

Raul Casantusan Navarro

Apat na Taong Pagsikat ng Nakapapasong Araw: Musika sa Filipinas sa Panahon ng Hapon, 1942-1945

Lata Katrina T. Mendoza

Rappin’ Against the Hemegononic Bloc: The Sirena of Abe Dancel and Gloc-9


Panel 3 – Discourse and / of Pedagogy

September 22, 2014, 1:00 – 2:40pm

Maria Teresa Tinio

The Osias-Bocobo Medium of Instruction Debate of 1916-17

Danim Majerano, Lilimay Manalo

Ang Bisa at Halaga ng Artifak sa Pagtuturo ng Lokal na Kasaysayan ng Pasig

Clod Marlan Krister V. Yambao

Estetika, Kontemporenidad at ang Art and Humanities General Education ng Universidad ng Pilipinas


Panel 4 – Visualizing Shifting Traditions

September 22, 2014,  1:00 – 2:40 pm

Lorelei D.C. de Viana

Filipino Pioneers of the Architectural Avant Garde: Manila’s Break from Classicism

Romeo Galang, Jr.

The Shifting Terrain of Tolentino’s Visual Narratives

Rene B. Javellana

Lists and Manuals: Guide for Sustaining Tradition and Tracing a Visual Tradition

Rhayan G. Melendres

Of Museums, Kinalabasa, and Swatow Ware: Looting, Collecting and Exhibiting Illicit Antiquities in the Philippines


Panel 5 – European Connections in Intellectual Discourse

September 22, 2014, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Wystan de la Peña

Bancarrota de Almas, Geokratos, the Filipina as Filipinas, and Filipinas as Pais Hispanico: Understanding Early American-Period Filipino Hispanista Discourse, 1898-1917

Edsel Basilla

Appropriating Gramsci: Searching a Neo-Gramscian in Renato Constantino

Richard Karl Deang

Foucalt et al.: “French Theory” in Philippine Intellectual Discourse


Panel 6  – Constructing Fans and Icons

September 22, 2014, 3:00 – 4:30pm

Patrick Campos

Constructing Rizal as Cinematic Icon as Genesis of Filipino Film, College of Mass Communication

Karen Frondozo and Kristoffer Brugada

Ang Komodipikasyon at Komersalisasyon ng Isang Bayani

Roland Tolentino



Panel 7 – Politics and Poetics of (Self-) Authorship

September 22, 2014, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Eulalio R. Guieb III

Pag-aakda/Authoring: Rights to Narratives and a Writer’s Critical Self-Reflexivity

Rommel Rodriguez

Chained Metaphors: The Artist as Political Prisoner

J. Neil Garcia

The Poet-Critic in Contemporary Philippines


Panel 8  – Gender and Political Commitments

September 23,2014, 1:00 – 2:40 pm

Judy Taguiwalo

Birthing Creativity and Commitment: Women Militants in the Midst of the Anti-Imperialist People’s Struggle

Mae Caralde

Ang Maging Babae sa Pulang Larangan [To Become a Woman in the Red Front]: A Research-based Screenwriting Chronocling Women in the Contemporary Revolutionary Movement

Cherish Aileen A. Brillon

Nagmalitung Yawa in Between the Lines: A Feminist Reading of Humadapnon

David R. Corpuz

The Wedding Video and the Persistence of the Marriage Model, Romantic Love Myth and Heteronormativity in Filipino Same-Sex Relationships


Panel 9  – Situating Intellectuals, Grounding Experience

September 23, 2014, 1:00 – 2:40 pm

Linda Grace Cariño

From the (Kafagway) Ground: A Case Study of the Continuing Cariño Case Over Camp John Hay

Jimmy Balud Fong

Ibaloys Reclaiming and Asserting their Presence in Baguio: The Role of Intellectuals

Doris Wilson

Theater Performance as Public Arena for Discourse on Today’s Indigenous Youth, Elders and Culture: The Dulaang UP Baguio Experience, Department of Communication

Scott Magkachi Saboy

A Native Re/Turns: An Autoethnographic Musing


Panel 10 – Public / Private Constructions of Stars

September 23, 2014, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Karen Lee V. Panela

Physical Humor and Vic Sotto’s Persona as the Paramour in Dobol Trobol and Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak

Alfredo Diaz

Kris Aquino: Private as Public

Christina Stella Cruz Ustaris

Bongga Ka Guy: Constructing Nora Aunor as a Philippine Gay Icon


Panel 11  – Journalism and Knowledge Formation
September 23, 2014 3:00 – 4:30

Jose Victor Torres

The Business of Truth: Notes on the Rise of the Philippine Newspaper Business During the American Colonial and Commonwealth Period (1900-1941)

Maria Diosa Labiste

Folklore and the Insurgent Journalism of Isabelo de los Reyes

JPaul Manzanilla

Malikhaing Pakikisangkot:  Intellectuals and Democratic Space in the Post-EDSA Dispensation

Anthony Divinigracia

Campus Journalism at the Sidelines of Philippine History: The Case of the Varsitarian


Panel 12  – Musicians as Intellectuals

September 24, 2014, 10:20 – 12:00nn

Arwin Tan

Bridging the Gap in Cultural Capital: Jose Zamora’s Tagalog Translation of a Spanish Music Theory Book “ Breve Explicacion de los Principios Elementales de la Musica” from Late 19th Century Manila

Jose S. Buenconsejo

Jose A. Estella’s Music Archive: A Cultural History of Musicology and Filipinism in the Music of Manila’s Public Sphere from 1890s

Maria Alexandra Inigo-Chua

Musical Representations of a Marginal Intellectual at the Time of the Philippine Revolution: A Study of Selected Piano Works of Julio Nakpil

Antonio C. Hila

Francisco Santiago: Utilizing Filipino Folk Music in the Academic Art Music Genre


Panel 13  – Narrating (Public) Absence/Presence

September 24, 2014, 1:00 – 2:40pm

Kristoffer Brugada

Kanya-kanyang Maynila, Iisang Maynila

Jaimee Faith J. Santos

Resurfacing the Disappeared: The Author in Fish-Hair Woman by Merlinda Bobis

Christian Tablazon

Banwa: Notes Towards a Narratology of Absence


Panel 14  – Archaeology and its Representations

September 24, 2014, 1:00 – 2:40 pm

Grace Barretto-Tesoro

The Oriental Ceramics Society of the Philippines and Philippine Archaeology

Jack G.L. Medrana

Selling Banaue: Material Culture in the Marketing of a Tourist Destination

Dawn Iva Satumbaga

Archaeology and Media in the Philippines

Melodina Cruz

Representations of Archaeologists in Japanese Anime


Panel 15 – Contesting Screens

September 24, 2014, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Marie Louise Antoinette Sioco

Indiana Jones: The Contributions of the Film Series in the Field of Archaeology

Joyce L. Arriola

Visual Artists as Literary Artists: Fantasy and Folklore in 1950s Cinematic Adaptations

Rosemarie Roque

Pelikulang Independiyente at Kolektibong Alaala: Ang AsiaVisions at ang Pagsibol ng Sineng Bayan noong Dekada ’80

Choy Pangilinan

Indie at Pakikibaka: Kritikal na Pagsiyasat sa Imahen ng Pakikibaka at Bansa sa Ilang Piling Pelikulang Indie


Panel 16 – Performance and Public Spaces

September 24, 2014, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Glecy Atienza

Ang Maging GANAP

Lito Casaje

Convergence of Artaud’s and Grotowski’s Theatrical Expressions vis-à-vis Philippines’ Holy Week Rituals and Plays

List Ito-Tapang

Effigies as Allegories of Nation: Performativity in Philippine Protest Art

Corazon Hila

Revelry as a Medium for National Issues Awareness: The Case of the UP Lantern Parade