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

The UP Asian Center will be hosting the forum, “Democratic Governance and the Future of the University” on 13 May 2023, 1:00 PM, PST (GMT+8),  at the Seminar Room, GT-Toyota, Asian Center and via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required.


The University of the Philippines is at a crossroads. For the most part of its history, UP has embodied the principles of academic freedom and excellence. It has maintained its tradition of honor and public service through the promotion of emancipatory discourse, accountable leadership, and commitment to democratic governance (“kapangyarihan mapagpalaya”).
But these principles need to be nurtured through practice, in and out of the university. More than ever, there is a need to resist the slide toward authoritarianism and red-tagging that threaten critical thinking and emancipatory action as well as patronage politics and clientelism that eat into the UP community’s and the nation’s moral fiber. It’s imperative to ceaselessly voice our concern, assert our democratic rights and welfare, and defend the voices of the academic body politic.
The forum will discuss the challenges to and future of democratic governance in the University and beyond. The discussion will apply a multidisciplinary approach, through the lenses of culture, politics, governance, and development and toward strengthening the democratic processes and moral governance, both inside and outside UP.


Dr. Bomen Guillermo is the director of the Center for International Studies (CIS), University of the Philippines Diliman. His current research projects are on the transmission, dissemination, reception, and translation of radical texts and ideas in Southeast Asia using techniques and approaches from translation studies and digital humanities. He is the author of several books which include Translation and Revolution: A Study of Jose Rizal’s Guillermo Tell (Ateneo De Manila University Press, 2009), Pook at Paninidigan: Kritika ng Pantayong Pananaw (UP Press, 2013), and the novel Ang Makina ni Mang Turing (UP Press, 2013).
Professor Emeritus, UP Asian Center
Eduardo C. Tadem, Ph.D., is a Professorial Lecturer at the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman, and Convenor of the Program on Alternative Development of the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UPCIDS AltDev). He retired as Professor of Asian Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2015 where he served as Editor-in-Chief of Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia. He has published in several academic journals, periodicals, and books. He was President of the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) from 2014-2018, co-convenor of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples’ Forum (ACSC/APF) Philippine National Organizing Committee (2017), and a founding Governing Board Member of the Consortium on Southeast Asian Studies in Asia (SEASIA). He earned his Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore, and a Master of Arts in Asian Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Professor Tadem currently teaches courses on Southeast Asian Studies, Agricultural and Rural Development, Economic Policy, and Social Protection. Learn more about the graduate program.


Representative, All UP Academic Employees Union 
Student, Ph.D. Philippine Studies Program
Chairperson, UP College of Education Student Council
Student, MA Philippine Studies Program


This forum is organized by students, faculty, and staff of the UP Asian Center.


For inquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 8 981 8500 local 3580.
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. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. 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. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here.