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

The UP Asian Center will host a forum, “The Philippines and the Global South: Social, Economic, and Political Realities,” on 9 December 2019, 1 pm–5 pm at the UP Asian Center, QC. The conference is free and open to the public. Seating a first-come, first served basis. Walk-ins are welcome, but participants are encouraged to sign up.


The forum aims to serve as a platform to discuss current and emerging social, economic, and political issues in the Philippines and the rest of the Global South that impact their domestic and foreign policies. Presentations are grouped into two panels.

Registration starts at 1 pm. Click on each title to view the abstract.


Implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the Philippines
     Nadine Aralar

Foreign Aid Cuts and the Global South: A Case Study on the Philippines
     Mark Edel Diaz

Experiences of Filipino Workers in Japan: An Assessment of Labor Impact of the Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement
      Myra Mariano-Ramos

Preparing for RCEP’s Wide Market: An Assessment of Philippine MSME’s Market Readiness
      Dane Marvic Palencia

Outsourcing in Asia: Women's Economic Empowerment through BPOs: India and the Philippines
      Nabeelah Abdulwahab


The Paradox of Human Rights in the Global South: Examining the Conditions of the LGBTW in the Philippines, India and South Africa
     Monica Villa Abrille

Comparative Study of Dengue Vaccination Policies and Programs in the Philippines, Brazil and Thailand
      Emmevienne Ann Suelto

How NGOs are Changing Lives: An Assessment of the Roles of the NGOs in Advancing Women’s Rights in the Philippines, India and Bangladesh
      Mary Ann Pinlac

Right to Adequate Housing: An Analysis of the Low-Income Housing Policies in the Philippines, Mexico and India
     Maria Raphaela Pilar

Achieving Sustainable Development Goals by 2030: The Case of the Philippines
     Anafriami Martin

*Free snacks and beverages will be served during the conference.

The Organizers

The conference is organized by the students of PS 282 – The Philippines in the Global Features under Assistant Professor Henelito A. Sevilla, Jr., Ph.D. PS 282 is a graduate-level course that aims to contribute to imagining and articulating Philippine external relations using an alternative axis – that of global north and global south – as an organizing geography for the field. It specifically aims to map out cleavages and convergences within the Global South through an examination of the structure of its political system, political culture and political economy, and the major current issues that it faces, e.g., Islamic peace process, migration, human rights, climate change, and health issues and diseases, as they relate to the pursuit of Philippine geopolitical objectives.

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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 atthe journal's website. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here.