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

Two art works by Leonilo “Neil” Doloricon  ‘Mangingisda’ and a colored print of ‘The Continuing Revolution,’ will be showcased in the launch of the online art exhibit, Collecting Histories: Gems from the Asian Center Art Collection, on 22 November 2021, 3 pm, Philippine Standard time. 
Neil Doloricon was a pillar of Philippine social realism and is a former dean of the UP Diliman College of Fine Arts. 
“Mangingisda” is a small print that features four sinewy male figures pulling a net full of fish under the rising sun. Though created in 1997,  but it may resonate strongly as ever with the current state of affairs of the Filipino fisherfolk, the country’s environmental problems, and most especially, the maritime and territorial disputes. 
A colored artist print of “The Continuing Revolution'' portrays the country’s history wherein the Filipino people were subjected to oppression by their colonizers, but revolted to defend their right for self-determination. The title alludes to the nationalist historian Renato Constantino’s popular historical treatise, “The Continuing Past.” 
Neil Doloricon was an alumnus of the UP Asian Center, where he obtained his master’s degree in Philippine Studies in 1994. Generally recognized as “Sir Neil” by his colleagues and students, he is well-known for his prolific editorial cartoons and social realist paintings. 
Catch the intricate details of ‘Mangingisda’ and ‘The Continuing Revolution’ at the virtual launch – via Zoom – of the online exhibit, “Collecting Histories: Gems from the Asian Art Collection” on 22 November 2021, 3 pm, Philippine Standard Time. View details and sign up
This exhibit also showcases works that originate from, or were inspired by the arts of, Southeast Asia, India, Iran, East Asia, and the Philippines. All exemplify different styles and techniques: from Indonesian leaf art, Mughal-style painting and “temple rubbing” to Chinese ink painting, Okinawan rice-resist dyeing, palette-knife, and Persian calligraphy, nasta’liq style. 
For inquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This exhibit launch is part of the Asian Center’s 66th anniversary celebrations (view full list activities and sign up). 

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.