Reuben Ramas Cañete, Ph.D. (1966–2017)

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Professor, Assistant to the Dean for Research and Publications
Ph.D. in Philippine Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman
Room 205, Hall of Wisdom

Museum Studies • Visual anthropology • Cultural policy and political aesthetics • Intercultural studies • Contemporary Asian and diasporic cultures VIEW FULL PROFILE


  • Ph.D. in Philippine Studies, Tricollege, University of the Philippines Diliman, 2008
  • M.A. in Art History, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines Diliman, 2002
  • BFA Fine Arts, Major in Painting, University of Santo Tomas, 1988


  • Museum studies
  • Visual anthropology
  • Cultural policy and political aesthetics
  • Intercultural studies
  • Contemporary Asian and diasporic cultures


  • PS 213 Filipino Intercultural Encounters
  • PS 215 Philippine Language and Culture
  • Art Stud 212 Aesthetics and Art Theories in Ancient & Modern Cultures
  • Art Stud 240 Art History
  • Art Stud 245 Readings in Aesthetics & Art Theory
  • Art Stud 250 Art Historiography
  • Art Stud 252 Seminar On Issues In Aesthetics And Art Theory
  • Art Stud 255 Seminar in Art Criticism
  • Art Stud 270 Philippine Art and Society
  • Art Stud 283 Arts Market & Audience;
  • Art Stud 284 Collections Management


2016. "Performing Faith, Celebrating Plenty, Conserving Tradition: The Case of the Carabao Festival in Pulilan, Bulacan, Philippines." In The Folk Performing Arts in ASEAN, edited by Narupan Duangwises and Lowell D. Skar, 117–27. Bangkok: Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre. 

2015. “Ang Mabentang Lalaki: Komersiyal na Maskulinidad at Espasyong Pambenta sa Kalunsuran ng Pilipinas.” In Kritikal na Espasyo ng Kulturang Popular, edited by Rolando B. Tolentino & Gary C. Deviles, 362–76. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press. 

2015. "Keeping One's Own: State Cultural Policies in the Philippines." A.M. Post (115):44–47.

2014. "Sulu sojourns: Photo-ethnography and political discourses on four ethno-linguistic groups in the Sulu and Tawi-Tawi Archipelagoes." Philippine Political Science Journal 35 (2):136–57. Coauthored with MCM Santamaria and Marc San Valentin.

2014. “Selling Manliness: The Supermall and Male-Oriented Consumerism in Selected Philippine Clothing Stores.” In Communication and Media Theories, edited by Rolando Tolentino, Patrick Campos, Randy Jay Solis and Choy Pangilinan. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press.

2013. "A Preliminary Study of Ceiling Murals from Five Southeastern Cebu Churches." Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia 49 (1): 69–104. 

2011. “The Macho Machine: Male Sexual Commodification in Philippine Realist Film.” Positions 19:2(Fall) 347–364.

2011. “Ang Pagbenta sa Imahen ng Kalalakihan sa mga Piling Tindahang Pandamit sa Pilipinas.” Plaridel 8:1 (February) 35–50.

2011. “Reading/Writing the AAP: The Challenge of Writing Contemporary Art History.” In Suri Sining: the Art Studies Anthology, 43–53, edited by Reuben Ramas Cañete. Quezon City: Art Studies Foundation. 

2011. "[Re]New-ing Philippine Art History: New Art History, “Not New” Art History.“ In Between New and Not-New: Art History, Nationality, and the Globalist Subscription.” In Paths of Practice: Selected Papers from the Second Art Studies Conference, edited by Cecilia S. Sta. Maria, Patrick Flores, and Tessa Maria Guazon, 18–37. Quezon City: Art Studies Foundation. 

2009. “From the Sacred to the Profane: the Oblation Ritualized.” Humanities Diliman 6:1–2 (January-December) 1–20.

2009. “Sexscapes: the Spaces of Philippine Pornography.” Es.Pa.Syó: Journal of Philippine Architecture and Allied Arts 1:1 (December) 51–57.

2008. "Hispanic Strains in Philippine Modern and Contemporary Art." In More Hispanic than We Admit: Insights into Philippine Cultural History, edited by Isaac Donoso, 327–43. Quezon City: Vibal Foundation, Inc. 

2008. “The Connoisseurly Brotherhood: A Metacritique of Philippine Modernist Art Criticism from the Sixties to the Eighties.” In Philippine Studies: Have We Gone Beyond St. Louis?, 244–64, edited by Priscelina Patajo-Legasto. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press. 

2007. “El Spoliarium with its Others: Philippine Art History and its Discursive Contentions.” Diliman Review 54:1–4, 20–43.

2007. “Re-envisioning the Macho: Masculinity in Philippine Visual Culture.Kyoto Journal Unbound: Gender in Asia Online 64 January. 


2016. Amadeo Y. Manalada: Telling Tadhana. Manila: Saga Publishing. 

2015. Amadeo Manalad: Drawing a Saga. Manila: Saga Publishing.

2014. Erewhon Arts 2013-2014. Quezon City: Erewhon Arts Center. 

2014. Masculinity, Media, and Their Publics in the Philippines: Selected Essays. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press.

2012. Sacrificial Bodies: The Oblation and the Political Aesthetics of Masculine Representations in Philippine Visual Cultures. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press.

2012. Classic Sansó. San Juan City: Galerie Joaquin. 

2012. Art and Its Contexts: Essays, Reviews, and Interviews on Philippine Art. Manila: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House

2011. Sansó Moderno. San Juan City: Galerie Joaquin.

2011. The Global Paisano: Manuel Baldemor’s Folk Modernist Vision. Manila: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House

2011. Suri Sining: The Art Studies Anthology (editor). Quezon City: Art Studies Foundation.

2011. Pulilan: The Blessed Land. Pulilan, Bulacan: Jefarca Arts and Historical Society, Inc.,

2009. Federico Aguilar Alcuaz: The Landscapes. San Juan: Galerie Joaquin

2007. Homecoming: the Buncio Collection of Philippine Art. Quezon City: Artist’s Guild of the Philippines, 2007.