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

Seven MA  and nine PhD graduates were conferred their degrees in the first ever virtual Recognition Ceremonies of the UP Asian Center and the Philippine Studies Tricollege Program. The recordings of the ceremonies, in line with the university's theme "Maglingkod, Magmalasakit, Manindigan," were streamed on 26 July 2020. 

The guests of honor were Dr. Caroline S. Hau of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies in Kyoto University for the MA Program, and Dr. Jaime Z. Galvez Tan for the PhD Philippine Studies Program. All graduates also delivered short video messages during the ceremonies. 

Master of Arts in Asian Studies

Grutas, Sarah Jean B. (Southeast Asia)

"Lustful Lords, Dead Deities: Female Sexuality in Indonesian Folk Literature"

Panganting, Abdulwahid G. (Southeast Asia)

"The Converging Role of Traditional Leaders and Non-Traditional Leaders in Conflict Resolution: The Case of Mindanao, Philippines and Maluku, Indonesia"

Umali, Marie Bernardine A. (Southeast Asia)

"Pramoedya Ananta Toer's Buru Quartet: Literature as Counter-Hegemony and Site of Contestation in Indonesia's New Order"

Master in Asian Studies

• Mendez, Jefferson R. (Northeast Asia, Japan)
• Sarmiento, Denzel G. (South Asia)
• Tam, Zhandra C. (Northeast Asia, Korea)

Master in Philippine Studies

• Serona, May Haydee Fatima M. (Philippine Foreign Relations)

*The Master in Asian Studies and Master in Philippine Studies refer to the non-thesis track of our graduate programs.


PhD in Philippine Studies

Cerda, Christoffer Mitch C. 

“Katwiran ng Kasaysayan: Ang Alegoryang Pangkasaysayan at ang Diskurso ng Kasaysayan, Nasyunalismo, at Bayan sa mga Nobelang Pangkasaysayan sa Wikang Tagalog, 1905–1927”

Fast, Michael John

“Pagkalalaki at Maka-Diyos: A Dialogical look at Masculinity and Religiosity Among Filipino Males”

Galura, Maria-Teresa L.

“Subli (Ang Pamana): Philippine Culture and Values in the Governance of Filipino-Owned Family Corporations in the Philippines”

Liwanag, Marichu C.

“Challenges and Prospects in Promoting Cultural Diplomacy Between Indonesia and the Philippines: A Philippine Perspective”

Manzano, Joanne V.

“Kadagaan sa Sarita at Pakasaritaan: Ang Kilusang Masa ng San Antonio at Sta. Isabel, Ilagan, Isabela”

Mendoza, Guillerma L.

“Diskarte: Understanding Design Culture through the Chairs of the Filipino Design Exemplars”

Peña, Romeo P.

“Naratibo ng Lubi sa Ating Gunita: Ang Industriya ng Niyog sa Panitikan at Kasaysayang Pilipino, 1940–2018”

Reyes, Minard T.

“Piso, The Image of Filipino Identity: The Concealed Value of Philippine New Generation Currency”

Salanga-Torralba, Elyrah L.

“Ang Diviner sa Kaniyang Divinasyon sa Syudad: Isang Naratibo ng Krisis”

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.