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

UP Asian Center faculty Dr. Matthew M. Santamaria is the choreographer and co-director of Tanghalang Ateneo’s Sintang Dalisay. The event will run for six days in July (6-7, 12-14, and 18-20) at Hyundai Hall (Soledad V. Pangilinan Arts Wing of Areté), Ateneo de Manila University.


Sintang Dalisay is a full-length Filipino adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play, Romeo and Juliet. The story is set in an imaginary Muslim community accompanied by kulintangan music.1 The play is adapted and directed by the late Dr. Ricardo G. Abad and Guelan Varela-Luarca.
The play will be staged on the following dates: 6-7 July, 12-14 July, and 18-20 July 2024. Interested show buyers may contact Tanghalang Ateneo through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For other inquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

1Memo # U2324-076 of Ateneo De Manila University (https://www.ateneo.edu/document/memorandum/2023/12/28/dr-ricardo-g-abad-1946-2023)


Professor and UP Artist I, UP Asian Center
Dr. MCM Santamaria is a Professor of Asian and Philippine Studies at the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. He received his Doctor of Law in Political Science from the Kyoto University Graduate School of Law in 1999. He holds the title of University of the Philippines Artist II (awarded in 2015 and 2020), and was recently appointed UP Artist I (Batch 2020-2022) in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the creative arts and in art scholarship for national development.
Dr. Santamaria has published many book chapters, articles, and essays on the themes of ethnic conflict, Sama-Bajau ethnography, ritual and performance, and dance studies. He continues his advocacy in helping sustain Sama-Bajau traditional music and dance through the Bunga Arts Link (BAL), a performance group which he established in 2004. The BAL through the “Kulintangan Project,” raises funds for the purpose of purchasing kulintangan (graduated bossed-gong) music ensemble instruments for the Sama-Bajau diaspora communities in Luzon and the Visayas.
For inquiries, please contact us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 891-8500 loc. 3586.

The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The UP Asian 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. It also 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. As an area studies institution, 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.