MCM Santamaria, LL.D.

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Doctor of Law in Political Science, Kyoto University
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Politics • performance studies • Japan and Southeast Asia Sama-Bajau studies VIEW FULL PROFILE


  • Doctor of Law in Political Science, Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Master of Law in Political Science, Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University, Japan, 1993 
  • Master in International Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman, 1989
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of the Philippines Diliman, 1985


  • Politics
  • Performance studies
  • Japan and Southeast Asia
  • Sama-Bajau studies


  • Japanese Politics and Governance
  • Japanese Culture and Society
  • Japanese Economic Development and Social Change
  • Southeast Asian Culture and Society
  • Philippine Artistic Expressions
  • Philippine Intercultural Encounters
  • Special Problems:  Politics and Religion in East Asia
  • Theater and Society in East Asia
  • Readings in Philippine Socio-Cultural Studies


2016. "Necessary (Re)Unions: Revisiting and Revising Studies on the Sama Igal Dance and Kulintangan Ensemble Music Traditions." In Sounding the Dance, Moving the Music: Choreomusicological Perspectives on Maritime Southeast Asian Performing Arts, edited by Mohd Anis Md Nor and Kendra Stepputat. Routledge. 

2016. "Temple of Dance? Interrogating the Sanskritization of Pangalay." Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia 52 (1): 13–37. 

2016. "Reconfiguring Folk Performance for the Contemporary Stage: Sintang Dalisay and the Igal of the Sama-Bajau in Southern Philippines." In The Folk Performing Arts in ASEAN, edited by Narupan Duangwises and Lowell D. Skar, 311–31. Bangkok: Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre. Coauthored with Ricardo Abad. 

2014. Sulu sojourns: Photo-ethnography and political discourses on four ethnolinguistic groups in the Sulu and Tawi-Tawi ArchipelagoesPhilippine Political Science Journal 35 (2):136–57. Coauthored with Reuben Ramas Cañete and Marc San Valentin.

2013. From Tortillier to Ingsud-Ingsud:  Creating New Understandings concerning the Importance of Indigenous Dance Terminology in the Practice and Kinaesthetics of the Sama Igal Dance TraditionAsian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia 49 (2):116–53.

2010. “From the Philippines to Borneo and Back (Or, Is it the Other Way Around and All Over the World?!!): The Sama Dilaut Sangbay-Igal [Tribute Song-Dance] Performance across Real and Cyber Spaces.” Borneo Research Journal 4 (December):160–92. 

2010. “Visual Signification of Multiple Identities in the Southern Philippines:The Case of the Mural Painting Competition in the Kamahardikann 2009 of Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.” Journal of Maritime Geopolitics and Culture 1:1 (December): 93–123 (co-author with Hanafi Hussin). 

2010. “Igal-Pangalay: Reconstituting Culture via the Appropriation of Traditional Dances of the Sulu Sea.” Tirai Panggung 10:62–79. 

2009. “Digital Fabulation: Examining Endemism and Hybridity in the Sama Dilaut Igal Dance Tradition in the Virtual Space of YouTube.” The Loyola Schools Review: Humanities 8:103–126. 

2008. “Dancing with the Ghosts of the Sea: Experiencing the Pangkanduli Ritual of the Sama Dilaut (Bajau Laut) in Sikulan, Tawi-Tawi, Southern Philippines.” JATI 13:159–172 (co-author with Hanafi Hussin).