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 Embassy of India, Manila in partnership with the Asian Center, the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC), and the National Youth Commission (NYC) will be holding a virtual symposium, “Role of Ayurveda and Opportunities for India-Philippines Cooperation” on 13 November 2020, 11 am—12:25 pm. Registration instructions can be found below.

Keynote Address

"Science of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Approach to Treatment/Prophylaxis of COVID-19" by Dr. Rajmohan V, Assistant Professor, Government Ayurveda College, Kerala

Program of Activities

Welcome Remarks
          Ms. Vishwanjali Gaikwad
                 Second Secretary, Embassy of India, Manila
Special Address
          Dr. Annabelle Pabiona-De Guzman
                 Director-General, Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC)
Keynote Address
          “Science of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic approach to treatment/prophylaxis of COvid-19"
                  Dr. Rajmohan V.,  Assistant Professor, Government Ayurveda College, Kerala
Open Forum / Q & A Session
The Development of Ayurveda Industry in India and Opportunities for Bilateral cooperation,
          Representative, Himalaya Drug Company
Closing Remarks
           H.E. Mr. Shambhu S. Kumaran
                      Ambassador of India to the Philippines 

About the Symposium and Registration

This activity is part of the celebration of India’s Ayurveda Day and the 65th founding anniversary of the Asian Center with the theme “Zealously Cultivating Ideas, Ceaselessly Inspiring Minds across Asia”.
Those who are interested to join the symposium may send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Ayurveda Day

Ayurveda Day is "an initiative of India Foundation’s Center for Public Diplomacy and Soft Power." It aims to "promote and preserve the health science of Ayurveda" to help accomplish the UN-WHO Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Wellbeing for all ages). Ayurveda Day coincides with Dhanwantri Jayanti, marking the beginning of Diwali, which also falls on November 13 this year.
As one of the "oldest systems of Traditional Medicine in the world,"  Ayurveda is a "personal health framework for maximizing longevity with good health in physical, mental, spiritual dimensions" ( Source: Ayurveda Day website). Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word which means “The Science of Life.”

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.