Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

Ten (10) UP Asian Center faculty members was awarded the One UP Professorial Chair Grant for the 2022-2024 cycle in recognition of their research and mentoring efforts in the previous year. Below are the awardees from the UP Asian Center.


Jocelyn O. Celero, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Tina S. Clemente, Ph.D., Professor
Ariel C. Lopez, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Maria Cecilia T. Medina, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Noel Christian A. Moratilla, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Maria Dulce F. Natividad, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Michelle R. Palumbarit, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Antoinette R. Raquiza, Ph.D., Professor
Matthew Constancio M. Santamaria, Doctor of Laws, Professor
Henelito A. Sevilla, Jr., Ph.D., Professor


The One UP Professorial Chair Grant Award aims to provide recognition and incentives to faculty members who demonstrate outstanding performance in two out of three work areas of the faculty: teaching, research or creative work, and public service (Source: Memorandum No. PDLC 22-11, One UP PC & FG Awards Guide).
The award was approved during the 1309th meeting of the UP Board of Regents held on 22 July 2015. A total of PhP 100 million per year will be allocated for the period January 2016 to December 2018 to approximately “800 professorial chair and faculty grants to be distributed by priority fields across all the Constituent Universities.” The Board approved the continuity of the awards subject to the availability of funds to encourage a higher standard of performance among the faculty (Source: Board of Regents 1309th Meeting, Memorandum No. PDLC 22-11).

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The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The UP Asian 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. It also 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. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. As an area studies institution, the Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website.