The UP Asian Center will launch—via Zoom—an exhibit titled "Bulwagan ng mga Bayani: Alay, Alaala, at Pagpupugay sa mga Bayani ng Pilipinas" on 21 March 2022, 3 pm. The launching is free and open to the public, but participation requires signing in to a Zoom account.
This exhibit features the busts of the three martyred priests, Gomez, Burgos, and Zamora and 13 other national heroes. The busts were made by Graciano Nepomuceno, a renowned Filipino sculptor and santero (icon maker), and were once owned by General Guillermo Masangkay, one of the original members of the Katipunan.
The online launch will also feature a lecture on GomBurZa, Graciano Nepomuceno, performances by guest singers and artists, as well as the curator's remarks from Dr. Matthew Santamaria, Professor of the UP Asian Center.
The exhibit aims to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of Philippines national heroes and the roles they played in Philippine and Asian history. Organized by the Asian Center Museum, the launch is being held in line with the University of the Philippines Diliman’s celebration of the 2022 Arts and Culture Festival with the theme, kaMALAYAn: Pamana ng GomBurZa @ 150.
The exhibit will be housed at the Hall of Wisdom, GT-Toyota, Asian Cultural Center, and at the Asian Center's Museum page. Videos will be available on the UP Asian Center Youtube Channel.
List of Speakers @ Exhibit Launch
Dr. Matthew Santamaria (Curator's Notes)
Curator, Asian Center Museum; Professor, UP Asian Center
Ambeth R. Ocampo, PhD
Historian, Ateneo de Manila University
Soledad Borromeo-Bühler, PhD
Retired professor and historian
Ariel C. Lopez, PhD
Associate Professor, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman
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.