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 conducting a tree planting activity on 2 December 2022, at the UP Asian Center grounds.


The graveness of the unrelenting global warming and climate change issues that the world is currently facing is not entirely known to everyone. It may not seem recognizable by a layperson but its effects manifest on the various experiences of the Filipino people throughout the years. The Philippines, being a tropical country, experiences about 20 typhoons annually, and the rainfalls get heavier over the years. In July 2022, the Abra province experienced a magnitude 7.0 earthquake which was felt all the way to Metro Manila where aftershocks were also felt by the locals up until November 2022. Some locations that were not flooded decades ago during heavy rainfalls encountered unimaginable submerged houses; and the weather temperature now keeps on intensifying. As the world transitions into a technological shift amidst the global pandemic and multiple lockdowns, the carbon footprints reduced but it is still uncertain if it was enough to advance the fight against climate crisis; especially now that we are undergoing constant adjustments as we adapt to the new normal.
Just in time for its 67 th Founding Anniversary, the UP Asian Center will plant approximately 30 native balayong trees at the Asian Center grounds. This activity is an effort to promote the preservation and protection of the environment and also to raise the awareness of the UP Diliman community on the importance of conserving the environment. Tree-planting is just one of the myriad courses of action in nurturing our ecosystem. Apart from fighting climate change, trees help cleaning the air that we breathe and it reduces the risks of soil erosions. By planting the native balayong trees, the UP Asian Center will be instrumental in encouraging the entire UP Diliman community in pursuing to reduce their carbon footprints as they face their day-to-day lives.


Balayong (scientific name: cassia javanica) is a native plant that is widely distributed in the province of Palawan.1 It is also well-known as the Philippine Cherry blossom for its light pink and white flowers that is comparable to the sakura in Japan.
1 Taculao, Patricia Bianca S. 2020. Balayong: The Philippine cherry blossom. Magazine AGRICULTURE. https://www.agriculture.com.ph/2020/06/29/balayong-the-philippine-cherry-blossom/



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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.