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

As part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman will be holding a series of activities throughout November. Please see the list of events below. If and when available, clicking on a title will jump to a press release that contains more information.  

Date Title/Nature of Activity Speaker (s) Venue

3 November 2015

10 a.m. to 12 noon

A State Prosecutor’s View on Extrajudicial Killings: An Introduction of Cases | A Human Rights Colloquium

Atty. Peter Ong, Senior State Prosecutor
Department of Justice, Philippines

Seminar Room, Hall of Wisdom, UP Asian Center

5 November 2015

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Impact of ASEAN Integration on the Philippines: An Interdisciplinary Analysis:  A Public Forum  Various experts on society and culture, economy, and foreign relations  GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, UP Asian Center

 8 November 2015

7:00 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Asian Center Fun Day Sunday The College of Human Kinetics, UP Diliman and Alpha Sigma Fraternity are co-organizers Sunken Garden, UP Diliman 

 10 November 2015

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Utsav: A Festival of India  Co-sponsored with the Indian Embassy in the Philippines  GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, UP Asian Center

 12 November 2015

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.***

In Search of Common Symbols in Southeast Asia: A Public Forum  Grace Odal-Devora, Ph.D, Professor, UP Manila and Honey Levi Achanzar-Labor, Ph.D.***   GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, UP Asian Center

 12 November 2015

5:30 p.m. to 11 December 2015 (Office Hours) 

TILAOK: An Art Exhibit Inspired by "Ang Mahiyaing Manok"
Ruben de Jesus, Professor, College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines Diliman  Asian Center Museum Galleries, UP Asian Center

12 November 2015

Meeting of Asian Center Alumni* GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, UP Asian Center

 14 November 2015

9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 Religion and the Environment: A Roundtable Dean Julkipli M. Wadi of the UP Institute of Islamic Studies; Rev. Fr. Dexter Toledo, OFM, the Provincial Secretary of the Franciscans; Mr. Gurdial Singh of the Khalsa Diwan Sikh Temple; and Venerable Miaoxin of the Mabuhay Buddhist temple. ASEAN Hall, Hall of Wisdom, UP Asian Center 

 14 November 2015

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

 Flavors of Harmony: A Food Festival  Sumptuous dishes from all over Asia  Lobby, Hall of Wisdom, UP Asian Center

 23 November 2015

 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Financial Inclusion, Migrant Worker Re-Integration and Philippine Development: A Public Conversation**  Diwa C. Guinigundo, Deputy Governor, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; Jun Perez, Microfinance expert; Yvan Yonaha, Lecturer, UP Los Baños; and Frances Cruz, Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Letters, UP Diliman Seminar Room, Hall of Wisdom, UP Asian Center 

25 November 2015 

5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

 Asian Center Night: Dinner and Cultural Presentation**  Dr./Pastor Ed Lapiz; Kaloob Dance and Music Ministry GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, UP Asian Center 

 27 November 2015

Starts 6:00 p.m. 

Intercollege Socials and Conversations on Transdisciplinary Collaborative Community Involvement**  Rooftop, Hall of Wisdom, GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center 

All events are free and/or open to the public unless indicated with an asterisk (*). Please stand by for further announcements regarding events marked with (**). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, but the organizers would appreciate an email expressing intent to come: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please indicate the activity/activities you would like to attend. Furthermore, kindly note that schedules, seating arrangements, and other logistical matters may change; to keep abreast of these changes, sign up for this mailing listFor further inquiries, kindly email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*** The public forum was originally scheduled to end at 5:00 p.m, and to feature a talk by NCCA Chairman, Felipe de Leon, Jr. Ph.D., as well as cultural presentations. Please be guided accordingly.  

Photo: 60th anniversary logo. Desig by Neli Quejado. Page last updated: 13 November 2015; 1707 PM

 The 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. View recent and upcoming Lectures & Conferences and read other News & Announcements. Join our mailing list to receive invitations to lectures, conferences, etc.