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 University of the Philippines has designated Privacy Focal Persons for each major academic unit. For the UP Asian Center, the Privacy Focal Person is Mr. Janus Nolasco, University Researcher I, Privacy Focal Person. The UP Asian Center also has a Committee on Data Privacy, whose members include:

• Maria Cecilia T. Medina, PhD, Assistant Professor (Chair)
• Janus Nolasco, University Researcher I
• Avelino Golondrina, Administrative Assistant
• Jerebeth Mojado, Supply Officer
• Alessandra Gumba, Librarian


The functions of the UP Asian Center are subject to the provisions of the Data Privacy Act. These functions include the collection, storage, retrieval, editing, transmission, and disposal of the following:

• Personnel records and transactions (staff and faculty)
• Student records
• Student applicants' records
• Applicants for positions
• Mailing lists on graduate program application, job opportunities, lectures and conferences

Under the law, the UP Asian Center is mandated to protect regulate unauthorized (including third-party) access to, and disclosure of, personal and sensitive personal information. The Data Privacy Act also stipulates Data Subject Rights and Responsibilities. Data subject refers to a person from whom data is collected. One of these rights is the right to access, which mandates that data subjects have the right to know where and how information is stored by the UP Asian Center.

To learn more about the University's privacy policies, kindly visit UP's Data Privacy Portal.


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Page first created 3 September 2019
Last updated 3 March 2019

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. Get an overview of these graduate programs. The Asian Center also publishes an open-access, peer-reviewed journal, Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia.