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

  Photos of soldier from Reuters  • Photo of wall from EPA  Photo of civilians from AFP  Photo of minaret from Reuters  

A benefit concert for the residents of Marawi City, "Tabang para sa Katawhan", will be held on 21 June 2017, 6 pm to 9 pm, at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. The UP community has embarked on this project to raise funds for the immediate relief of the victims of the ongoing violence in Marawi City. The city has suffered deaths, destabilization and interruption to normal life, destruction of precious Maranao and other indigenous cultural heritage, and disintegration of basic services. Nearby areas have also been adversely affected due to continuing violence.

The following artists will perform timely pieces to showcase and affirm the UP community's solidarity with the innocent victims. Proceeds will go to buying provisions such as food, water, medicines, and clothing for those affected by the conflict. Donations in kind are also welcome.

Performers will include:

  • Noel Cabangon 
  • Chikoy Pura
  • Mindanao State University, BS-International Relations Batch Nexus Dancers
  • UP Guitar Society
  • May-i Padilla
  • Miguel Lumibao
  • Kontra Gapi
  • MCM Santamaria
  • Ferdie Jarin
  • Erwin Puhawan
  • Darwin Absari
  • Kamaruddin Bin Alawi
  • College of Mass Communication - Film Institute Professors
  • And more!


Tickets are available at P500 professionals and P1000 for businesspersons. They may be bought at the UP Asian Center, Institute of Islamic Studies, and from members of the UP Muslim Students Association and Wahdat Al-Asabiyyah. For inquiries, you may get in touch at (63 2) 920 3535 or 981 8500 local 3580/3577. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Vehicles entering the UP Asian Center (GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center) grounds can only do so via the gate on Magsaysay Avenue that is near a UP guardhouse, a few meters away from Katipunan Avenue, and across Maynilad. A small gate for pedestrians on Guerrero St. lies across the College of Law parking lot and a few meters away from a waiting shed, where the Ikot jeepney, and jeepneys from Philcoa and SM North pass by. VIEW VICINITY MAP and GOOGLE STREET VIEW


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The UP Asian Center offers M.A. programs 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. Get an overview of these programs. The Asian Center also houses a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia. It has published several books and monographs, and hosts or organizes various lectures and conferences.