Philippine Studies is an academic discipline encompassing the study of Filipino society and culture and its constituent ethnolinguistic groups. The Tri-College Ph.D. Philippine Studies Program is jointly offered by the Asian Center (AC), the College of Arts and Letters (CAL), and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) of the University of the philippines Diliman.
The program seeks to problematize the distinct identity of Filipinos, produce specialists capable of iidentifying and studying Philippine programs using multi- and interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies, expose students to different disciplinal perspectives, and impart a holistic approach to Philippine problems.
Philippine Studies Council
The Tri-College program is headed by the TriCollege Council, which consists of the deans of the Asian Center, College of Arts and Letters, and College of Social Sciences and Philosophy; coordinators from each college; and the head of the Secretariat.
Joefe B. Santarita, Ph.D, Dean, Asian Center (current chair)
Bernadette Abrera, PhD, Dean, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete, PhD, Dean, College of Arts and Letters
Noel Christian Moratilla, PhD (Asian Center)
Nancy Kimuell Gabriel, PhD (College of Arts and Letters)
Vicente Villan, PhD (College of Social Sciences and Philosophy)
Head of the Secretariat
Prof. Rolando Talampas
Prof. Rolando Talampas, Head
Julie Ann dela Paz, Staff
Milagros Dumlao, Staff
History of the Program
The Tri-College Ph.D. Philippine Studies Program traces its roots to two Diliman-based Ph.D. programs, instituted by the Asian Center and the then College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). In 1983, CAS split into three colleges. Two of the colleges that emerged, namely the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, continued to offer the degree separately.
In 1983, the UP Board of Regents initiated steps to integrate the three programs. A single curriculum with the same core courses for all three colleges was developed and instituted in 1993, but administered by each college separately, although the colleges coordinated in selected aspects of program administration. In 2000, a new initiative was launched by then Chancellor Emerlinda Roman to effect the full integration of the program under a single administrative structure. In 2004, the Tri-College Ph.D. Philippine Studies Program was established.
The Asian Center serves as the Secretariat of the Program.
Requirements: Tri-College PhD in Philippine Studies Program
- MA or MS degree from a recognized institution of learning
- Grade weighted average of 1.75 or better
- Letter of application for admission addressed to the Chair, Philippine Studies Council, UP Diliman. At present, the Chair is Joefe B. Santarita, PhD.
- Original AND Photocopy of transcript of records (TOR) of undergraduate and graduate studies*
- Three (3) letters of recommendation from former professors or experts from the applicant's discipline(s) /areas(s) of study**
- Duly accomplished Personal Data Form**
- A two-page description of the proposed dissertation with a multi-disciplinal orientation to be presented orally before the Admissions Committee
- Application fee of PhP 100 for Filipino Students and US$ 25 for foreign applicants, to be paid at the UP Cashier
- Two (2) passport-sized photos
- Original and photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate
- Original and photocopy of NSO Marriage Certificate (for married female applicants)*
- GWA Computation Form (For August 2020 intake applicants only; see below to download)
- Online application form (For August 2020 intake only; see "Application Process" tab)
* Both original and photocopy will be submitted to the Office of the Head, Secretariat, Tri-College Ph.D. Philippine Studies Program, Room 203, Hall of Wisdom, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman.
Application Forms: PhD Program
How to Apply: PhD Program (Only for August 2020 Intake)
In light of ECQ and its impact on work process, here is the modified application process for the August 2020 intake.
- Fill out this online application form (only for August 2020 intake). There will be separate forms for later semesters.
- Online interviews (via Zoom) of shortlisted candidates will be conducted starting 26 June 2020. Kindly make sure you have a registered/authenticated (i.e., you used a verified email address to sign up) Zoom account by then. Also, please make sure you have filled out the online application form above so that you can be notified of the/your schedule (s).
- Payment of application fees can be done once normal, on-site service resumes in the university. We will inform you of further deadlines, so please make sure you sign up for the online application form.
- All applicants will be notified of the results. Accepted applicants await further instructions/updates.
File Naming Guide
For faster processing, except for the Passport photo (jpg or png) and GWA Computation Form, all files must be sent as PDF (and in one zip file) and must be named thus:
- 01_Letter of Application - Last Name, Given Name
- 02_Transcript of Records Undergrad - Last Name, Given Name
- 03_Transcript of Records Masters - Last Name, Given Name
- 04_CV - Last Name, Given Name
- 05_Personal Data Form - Last Name, Given Name
- 06_Passport Photo - Last Name, Given Name
- 07_BirthCertificate - Last Name, Given Name
- 08_Dissertation Proposal - Last Name, Given Name
- 09_Marriage Certificate - Last Name, Given Name (For Married Female Applicants only)
- 10_GWA Computation Form Undergrad and Masters - Last Name, Given Name (One sheet each for undergrad and masters; one sheet per degree, but only 1 Excel file will be submitted; please refer to "Application Forms.." tab to download the GWA Computation Form.
To get GWA, multiply each grade in your course by the number of units for that course. Add all the results of each of these, then divide the sum by the total number of units (excluding PE and NSTP). View sample computation.
All items except 07 and 09 must be submitted online by 5 June 2020. But if items 07 and 09 are available, please include them in the online submission.
If you already have them, do not open and scan the recommendation forms. They will be submitted—still sealed—later on in person.
Applicants with incomplete/pending requirements (as listed in the Requirements* tab, including the sealed recommendations) can still be shortlisted and interviewed online, but applicants endorsed for admission must submit all requirements (listed in Requirements* tab) in person at a date to be announced later. Any updates regarding deadlines and other procedures will be emailed to you, so please make sure you fill out the online application form.
*These include originals, photocopies and number of copies, as applicable. For instance, you would still need to submit two hardcopies of the passport-sized photos.
Applications of successful applicants will be processed and sent to the Office of the Registrar only after all requirements are submitted in person.
Application Process: PhD (Other Semesters)
- Submit requirements to Room 105, Hall of Wisdom, GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, Magsaysay Avenue cor. Katipunan Avenue, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.
- Short-listed applicants will be interviewed (to be scheduled accordingly)
- Accepted applicants will undergo admission process (medical, etc)
- Fill out this online application form (only for August 2020 intake). There will be separate forms for later semesters.
Overview of Course Requirements
Students are required to complete the following number of units:
- Core Courses: 9 units (3 courses)
- Major Area: 12 units (4 courses)
- Cognates: 9 units (3 courses)
- Electives: 6 units (2 courses)
- Dissertation: 12 units (4 courses)
All PhD students regardless of topic/field/dissertation must take the following courses:
• Philippine Studies (PS) 301
• Philippine Studies (PS) 302
• Philippine Studies (PS) 399
Majors, Cognates and Electives
What these are will depend on, among others, your dissertation topic. In some cases, you may have to take some MA-level courses. You can take them either at the Asian Center, the College of Arts and Letters, and/or the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. Download the PDF listing Philippine Studies courses offered at the Asian Center and detailing the programs of study
Courses @ UP Asian Center
Courses @ College of Arts and Letters
View the graduate-level courses (MA and PhD) offered by the following departments within CAL.
Contact the Department of Art Studies, Department of Filipino and Filipino Literature, and the Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts to inquire about their course offerings.
Courses @ College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
View the graduate-level courses (MA and PhD) offered by the following departments within CSSP.
• Department of Anthropology
• Department of Geography
• Department of History
• Department of Linguistics
• Department of Philosophy
• Department of Political Science
• Department of Psychology
• Department of Sociology
Academic Requirements: Beyond Coursework
Apart from coursework, the PhD program mandates the following
- Minimum General Weighted Average. The student must obtain a general weighted average of 1.75 in the three core courses to be able to take the qualifying examinations.To remain in good standing, the student should maintain a commulative weighted average grade (CWAG) of 1.75 or better at the end of each academic year until completion of the Program of Study
- Language Examination. When necessary for the research proposal and as determine by the students program committee, the student will take a proficiency examination in a pertinent foreign and / or Philippine language to be administered by an appropriate language department.
- Qualifying Examination. The student should pass a qualifying examination after completion of the core courses. Core courses should be taken within the first three semesters following the admission.
- Candidacy Examination. The student should pass a candidacy examination after completion of all coursework, including units stipulated under Residence Rules and upon satisfaction of CWAG requirements. The candidacy examination is a sit down examination to be taken in two to three sessions based on the students' discipline or area(s) of study jointly prepared by a panel of examiners. A student who fails the candidacy examination shall be allowed to re-take the examination within one year after the first examination. A second failure or failure to re-take the examination within the prescribed period shall disqualify the student from the doctoral program.
- Dissertation Proposal Defense. Upon advancement to candidacy, the student shall defend his/her disseratation proposal before the dissertation adviser and two readers of the committee.
- Oral Defense of Dissertation. The student shall defend his/her dissertation before a committee composed of the adviser, two reader-critics, and two members, at least one of whom was a member of the dissertation proposal committee.
- Requirements for Graduation. After the student passes the oral defense, the student shall be qualified to apply for graduation.The applicant for graduation must submit five bound copies of the approved doctoral dissertation as a prerequisite for graduation. The bound copies must conform to the standard format of the PhD program and carry the approval of the members of the dissertation committee and acceptance of the dissertation by the Chair of the Philippine Studies Council.The applicant for graduation must submit at least one pre-print paper on the approved doctoral dissertation, where applicable, as another prerequisite for graduation. After the graduation of the student shall have been recommended by the Philippine Studies Council, and approved by the Board of Regents, the student shall be officially conferred the doctoral degree.
Semestral fees for the Tri-College PhD Philippine Studies Program
- Tuition fees for Asian Center-offered courses: PhP 500.00 per unit (PhP 1,500 for a three-unit course)
- Tution fees for non-Asian Center courses (CAL or CSSP): PhP 500 (PhP 1,500 for a three-unit course)
- Library Fee: PhP 1,200
- Athletics: 75
- Registration fee: 40
- Medical: 50
- Cultural: 50
- Student Fund: 50
TriCollege Forms for Students
These forms are not part of the documentary requirements in applying for the program. These are to be used by students already admitted to the program.
Dissertations (2012 and Earlier)
View (7 MB) titles and authors of theses (MA) and dissertations (PhD) that have been in the UP Asian Center from 1963 to 2012.
The Mandukit of Sta. Ursula, Betis Pampanga: Carving Sacred Images, Negotiating Heritage (PhD)
The Fourth Horseman: Infectious Diseases and the Philippine American War (PhD)
LOZADA, Dave III
Pagtatahip-dunong: Pagsusuri ng mga Awit ng mga Kilusang Bayan sa Kalakhang Maynila mula 1986 hanggang 2016 na Mabisang Magagamit sa Pagtuturo ng Kamalayang Bayan (PhD)
Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa sa Mindanao (PRMM): The Pursuit of an Alternative Revolutionary Strategy (PhD)
Facility-Based Delivery: Implikasyon sa Paghulma sa Pang-Inang Kalusugan (PhD)
Darna and the Intermediality of the Filipino Superhero Genre (PhD)
The Bagani Spirit through the Moral Imagination of Philippine Army Officers: Strengthening Military Leadership based on the Agyu Epic (PhD)
Ganting-Loob at Pamuling-Pamudod: Dalumat at Realidad sa Lipunang Tagalog ng Caciquismong Espanyol, 1571–1896 (PhD)
The Concept of 'Ilmu' Pagkausug in the Jawi Materials from Sulu (PhD)
De(familial)izing the Family: Anak ng OFWs' Emergent Narratives on Parent-Child Communication, Religious Socialization, and Self-Perceived Identities (PhD)
PINZON, Mary Jannette
Sapatero in Marikina City: Enacting Economies in the Philippines' Footwear Capital (PhD)
Malasakit in a Public Utility Company: Expression of Kapwa, Buhay, Ginhawa, Dangal, and Tulong in the Workplace (PhD)
Retokadong Talambuhay, Manipuladong Salaysay: Ang Pananalambuhay kina Manuel M. Quezon at Ferdinand E. Marcos (PhD)
Filipino Philosophy in the Martial Traditions of the Philippines: The Dungan as Philosophic Principle (PhD)
Of Forgetting and Remembering: Social Memory, Commemoration, and the Jewish Refugees in the Philippines during the Second World War (PhD)
TIROL, JOSE MARIA
Tiangge Online: The Proliferation of Philippine Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Internet (PhD)
Pagtatanghal ng Bayan: Ang Pulitika sa Kultura ng mga Ritwal na Pananampalatayang Katoliko sa Angono, Rizal (PhD)
ZARATE, MARIA JOVITA
Indian Textiles in the Philippines: Contexts of Encounter and Traces of Practice (PhD)
Kalinangang Pinanday sa Ginto: a Cultural History of Gold in Philippine Society (PhD)
Baybayin: Makabayang Hibik sa Tinig ng Sinaunang Titik 1882–2012 (PhD)
The Influence of the 1986 People Power Revolution on the Basic Education Curriculum: A Case Study of Two Private Secondary Schools in Metro Manila (PhD)
Identity and Representation: The Life and Work of Five Philippine Chinese Neo-Realist Visual Artists, 1954–1975 (PhD)
Koro at Lipunang Pilipino: An Inquiry into Social Capital and Human Development in Philippine Choirs (PhD)
DE LEON, Abigail
Pook at Pagsasakapangyarihan: Ang Kababaihan ng Tundo, 1946–2008 (PhD)
Mutya: Pamamaybay sa Larangan ng Isang Diwa (PhD)
Nalandangan: Kulturang Kapayapaan ng Inay Malinandang ng Talaandig Tungo sa Paglikhang Gabay sa Edukasyong Pangkapayapaan (PhD)
VILLALUZ, Geraldine, RSCJ