Butuan SL01The graduate students of Philippine Studies 201 at the UP Asian Center are organizing an exhibit, Reconnecting Butuan and the Asia-Pacific: History, Heritage and Identity from 28 to 29 November 2018 at the UP Asian Center, QC. The event opens at 3 pm, 28 November and will feature lectures (tentative) and Manobo cultural traditions and performances. It is free and open to the public, but participants are encouraged to sign up: 



  • Manobo Prayer
    • Datu Aljun Cayawan, Manobo Prince of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur
  • Welcome Remarks
    • Henelito A. Sevilla, Jr. PS 201 Professor
  • Remarks
    • Matthew Santamaria, Professor, UP Asian Center
  • Environment, Literacy and Cultural Immersion: A Video Presentation
    • The video presentation will feature scenes/highlights of the literacy program in the elementary school?
  • Manobo Music and Dance: A Performance
    • Datu Aljun Cayawan, Manobo Prince of Sibagat and Champion, 2018 World Championships in Performing Arts, Long Beach California
  • Impressions from the Field
    • Nomer Angeles, PhD student, PhD Philippine Studies Program
    • Emerrie Fegarido, Student, Master in Philippine Studies Program
  • Dance Presentation
    • PS 201 student
  • Musical Performance (Song)
    • Arjay Espartero, Madrigal Foundation and Gold Medal Winner, World Championships of Performing Arts
  • Historical and Archaeological Finds in Agusan: PHL-Asia Links | A Lecture
    • Dr. Potenciano Malvar, President, Butuan Calagan Cultural and Historical Foundation


The photo exhibit will showcase the vibrant history, culture and heritage of the Manobos and of Butuan: from the balangays (boats) and the controversial First Mass to the traditional Laksoy (local wine) making. A small, eight-feet version of the Balangay—made from various materials—will also be on display. The exhibit will also showcase the results of the community engagement and literacy program done by the PS 201 Students in an elementary school.


The exhibit is organized by graduate students of Philippine Studies (PS) 201—Philippines in the Asia-Pacific—under Dr. Henelito Sevilla. It is the outcome of their visit to Butuan in November 2018.


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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. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here