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 invites the public to attend the upcoming colloquium and exhibit launch titled “Salingkat: The Allure of Philippine Basketry” on 7 June 2023, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, at the Seminar and Japan Hall, UP Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. Register for the event through the link provided. Kindly note that registration is required due to limited seating availability. 


In line with our commitment to promoting Filipino identity and fostering a sense of pride in our Asian and Filipino heritage, this event marks a significant milestone as the Asian Center plans to institutionalize its very own museum which was first established in 1973 by Dr. F. Landa Jocano, the Philippines' foremost anthropologist and former Dean of the Institute of Philippine Studies at the Philippine Center for Advanced Studies.
This new exhibit will feature around 200 ethnographic items on traditional basketry from all over the Philippines, holding a significant place within the Asian Center Ethnographic Collection which showcases artifacts from the Philippines and other Asian countries. Through this exhibit, we also aim to highlight the rich diversity of basket weaving traditions in the Philippines and celebrate the artistry and skill of Filipino basket weavers.
As a testament to the enduring legacy of Dr. Jocano, esteemed scholars Dr. Carolyn Sobritchea, Dr. Mary Racelis, and Assistant Professor Felipe Jocano Jr. will lead a colloquium, offering profound insights into the life and invaluable contributions of Dr. F. Landa Jocano. Following this discussion, the exhibit will be officially opened to the public.
We warmly encourage everyone to participate in this celebration of our cultural heritage. 


Honoring the Trailblazer: The Enduring Influence of F. Landa Jocano on Anthropologic Scholarship

Dr. Carolyn Sobritchea currently serves as a Professorial Lecturer of the UP Asian Center and the University of the Philippines Open University. She is also Chair of the CHED Technical Panel on Gender and Women’s Studies, a member of the Advisory Council of the TESDA Women’s Center, and Vice President of the UP Center for Women’s Studies Foundation.

F. Landa Jocano: Seeing Value in Values

Dr. Mary H. Racelis is a respected Research Scientist and Senior Professorial Lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila University. She has a distinguished career spanning various fields, with research work focused on urban poverty, values, community organizing, human rights, gender, children, reproductive health, indigenous people, and sociocultural change. She currently teaches at both Ateneo de Manila and the University of the Philippines, contributes to scholarly publications, and advocates for marginalized communities by publishing articles in renowned newspapers.

Grounded Theory, Reflexivity, and Ethnography: The Legacy of F. Landa Jocano

Assistant Professor Felipe P. Jocano Jr. is a member of the faculty of the Department of Anthropology, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman. His areas of interest include internet anthropology, economic anthropology with an emphasis on the relationship between values, consumer culture and management, medical anthropology, and the anthropology of martial arts as body practice, with an emphasis on Filipino martial arts.


For inquiries, please contact Phoebe Danielle Pangilinan, Junior Museum Specialist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 981-8500 loc. 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.