AC Faculty, Students, Alumni Present Their Research in Southeast Asian Studies Conference in Bangkok

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Photo: Faculty and alumni of the UP Asian Center, along with fellow participants in SEASIA 2017 Conference.

Faculty, students, and alumni of the UP Asian Center delivered presentations at the second Southeast Asian Studies in Asia (SEASIA) 2017 Conference held at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand from 16 to 17 December 2017.


  • Consumer-led Growth and Deindustrialization: The Case of the Philippines and Deindustrialization: The Case of the Philippines and Indonesia by Antoinette Raquiza

  • Health, Inequality and Inclusive Development: Manila and Mumbai from a Comparative Perspective by Maria Dulce Natividad

  • The Dynamics of Energy Relations in an Increasingly Energy Insecure World: The Case of Myanmar and Iran by Henelito Sevilla, Jr.

  • Intra-ASEAN Labor Migration and the ASEAN Economic Community: Patterns, Prospects and Conflicts by Geoffrey Ducanes

  • Comparing Foreign Investment’s Role in Development in the Philippines and Thailand by Manuel Montes and Jerik Cruz* 

These papers partly comprised a panel, “Interrogating Southeast Asia in Transition, where they presented their respective research studies under the UP Asian Center’s Bugkos Research Program.  Dr. Antoinette Raquiza is Associate Professor at the UP Asian Center and member of the governing board of the Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies (SEASIA), while Dr. Maria Dulce F. Natividad and Dr. Henelito Sevilla, Jr. are both Assistant Professors. Dr. Geoffrey Ducanes, a research fellow of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies and Dr. Manuel Montes of the South Center Geneva are two of the seven study leaders in the program. Learn more about the Bugkos Research Program

Photo (L–R): Dr. Henelito Sevilla, Jr; Dr. Maria Dulce Natividad; Dr. Antoinette Raquiza; and Dr. Geoffrey Ducanes.


  • Chinese Diaspora and Philippine International Relations by Janina Tan*

  • Spaces and Traces: An Attempt to Understand the Relationship of Port City and Globalization and Its Relevance in Area Studies by Bel Plotena*

  • The Changes in the Land Use Patterns in Marikina: Effects to the Marikina River (1946-2009) by Nomer Angeles* (TriCollege student)

  • Constructing Men and Masculinities in Cambodia and Vietnam: Space, Modernity and the Posctcolonial State by Kevin Mandrilla

  • Tales of Kuntilanak: The Monstrous-Feminine in Contemporary Indonesian Films by Rosie Ramirez

  • Tracing the Routes: Humanitarian Logistics Management in Eastern Visayas, Philippines during 2013 Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) by Arlene Santiago 

Photo: Students and alumni of the UP Asian Center. 


  • Understanding the Dynamics of ASEAN’s Free Labor Mobility Project by Katrina Navallo

  • The Mosaic of ASEAN Identities: Issues, Challenges and Prospects in the Formation of ASEAN Identity among Ethnic Chinese in Insular Southeast Asia by Shayne Garcia*

  • Tweeted Democracies: Unpacking the Impact of Information Technology and Social Media on Shaping Political Discourse in Southeast Asia by Emy Ruth Gianan

  • Examining Three Challenges in the Creation of a 21st Century Literature Textbook by Alona Guevarra

  • The Theater Stage as a Contact Zone: A Reconstruction of the History of the Mater Dei Auditorium of St. Joseph’s College (Quezon City, Philippines) after 1972 by Angelo Arriola

  • Cambodia and Thailand’s Tangible Conflict on Intangible Heritage: Dissecting the “Ownership” Dispute over a Hand Gesture and the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage by Alleson Villota II

  • Undue Process: Filipino Action Films, The Problems of Justice, and the Failure of Philippine Politics by Janus Nolasco

  • Cross Border Employment and Labor Migration Policies in ASEAN: Philippine Perspective by Catalina Tolentino

  • Rediscovering Mutya as an Innovative Symbol for Human Development and Social Transformation in a Philippine Setting by Grace Odal Devora

  • ASEAN’s Bumpy Road to Economic Integration by Eduardo Tadem (Founding governing board member of SEASIA)

  • ASEAN Migration and the Changing Intra-Country Labor Policies: Implications for the Future Direction of Women’s Labor by Rebecca Gaddi

*Slated to present but was not able to come to Bangkok


SEASIA is a biennial conference, the first of which was hosted by Kyoto University from 12 to 13 December 2015. The inaugural SEASIA conference gathered researchers from 206 institutions across the Northeast and Southeast Asian region to promote region-based Southeast Asian studies. This year’s theme is Unity in Diversity: Transgressive Southeast Asia. 


The Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies in Asia (SEASIA) was established in 2013 by ten of the leading area-studies institutions in Northeast and Southeast Asia to promote region-based Southeast Asian studies. The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman is one of the eight members of the Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies in Asia.To learn more about the Consortium, please visit the SEASIA website 

The UP Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. Get an overview of these programs. The Asian Center also houses a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia. It has published several books and monographs, and hosts or organizes various lectures and conferences

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