Sunday, December 20, 2020

Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc. (UGAT)


The Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao Inc. (UGAT), organized in early 1977 and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1979, is the national organization of anthropologists in the Philippines. It is also known as the Anthropological Association of the Philippines. UGAT’s main objectives are:

  • To promote, develop and disseminate anthropological knowledge;

  • To promote, deepen the knowledge, understanding and participation of and among different ethno-linguistic groups in working towards an integrated national consciousness and development;

  • To promote and forge linkages among anthropologists and others doing related work within the country and other parts of the world;

  • To uphold professional ethics.
Since its founding, UGAT has been conducting annual national conferences not only to discuss professional concerns but also to make anthropology more involved in national issues affecting Philippine society and culture.

UGAT is a regular member of the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) and is affiliated with the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES).

Journal Information

AGHAMTAO is the official publication of the Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc. (UGAT), the Anthropological Association of the Philippines.  Beginning with its maiden issue in 1978 devoted to a stocktaking of Anthropology in the Philippines, it continues to provide a forum for the “scholarship and the practice of anthropology,” covering such diverse areas as development and sustainability, disaster, ethnicity and national unity, education, and mass movements. The journal features selected papers read in annual conferences as well as reports from special events organized by UGAT.

AGHAMTAO comes out as a regular issue in October. All articles are screened by the Editorial Board, and undergo a double-blind review process. ​Issues of the journal are available at the PSSC Central Subscription Service.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

UGAT 39th Annual Conference Call for Papers


Anthropological Association of the Philippines

39th Annual Conference
9-11 November, 2017
Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City

Participants to the 39th UGAT Annual Conference are invited to consider ‘rights’ as a lens by which to weigh the realities of people’s daily lives against what they believe they are entitled to in their lives, in terms of goods or benefits, services or resources, or respect and human dignity. Implicit in this approach is the assumption that there is a difference between what is and what ought to be; a difference that demands analysis in terms of context and causation, and understanding in terms of appreciation of peoples’ perceptions of their situation and their agentive responses thereto. This project is timely, given the new, sometimes unsettling times and spaces people now occupy.

In this way, we may seek to foster further critical reflection upon the state of our country, people, and communities today; encourage theoretical and methodological refinement in the work of academics, activists, development workers, media practitioners, policy-makers, legislators, government officials, educators, health practitioners, and other actors; and perhaps provide a platform for dialogue on the possible role of anthropologists and other scholars and practitioners in light of the presentations and discussions in the conference.

Proposals for panels and paper that rely on local, ethnographic, or community-generated case-studies are particularly invited to address the following topics:
  • Roots of rights: indigenous or Philippine understandings of rights and obligations; reflections on religions and rights
  • Indigenous rights: assessing the IPRA on its 20th year; realizing self-determination; changing discourses (e.g., national minorities vs. indigenous peoples); indigenous concept of justice and rights in conflict resolution; recognition of rights according to the customary laws of indigenous communities
  • Human rights 1: consequences of war (e.g., secession, drugs, insurgency, etc.; the phenomenology of counter-insurgency; ethnographic reflections on state and anti-state violence)
  • Human rights 2: ethnographies of silence (or public acquiescence to violence); public secrets; scholarship in times of trouble
  • Women’s rights: continuities and changes; the state of Philippine feminism and feminist anthropology
  • Gender rights: sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions; LGBTQ+ rights
  • Moro rights: Islamic notions of rights; reflections on Moro identity and resistance; anthropological insights into the Moros’ road to peace
  • Governance and self-determination: issues in sovereignty; individual rights and human security; state power and instrumentalities
  • Rights of the displaced or dislocated: ethnographies of the internally displaced; the plight of informal settlers; issues arising from displacement or dislocation due to conflicts and disasters
  • Labor rights: continuities and changes; labor conditions in new and/or ‘shadow’ industries
  • Farmers’ rights: assessing the state’s agrarian reform program; the impact of climate change; the state of farmers and farming in the country
  • Property rights: transnational companies and local land grabs; the phenomenology of urbanization; issues in tenure systems
  • Environmental rights: continuities and changes in environmental advocacy; local responses to global climate change; articulating the rights of Nature; biodiversity conservation
  • Consumer rights: the ethnography of traffic; the phenomenology of disaster and life after disasters; reflections on the right to information; the internet as venue for activism and anti-activism
  • Rights of the disabled: reflections on/by people with physical and mental disabilities; inclusivity in the workplace; access to basic services; assessment of the implementation of the Magna Carta for disabled persons
  • Media rights: access to media and information; issues and concerns in various media (e.g., print, broadcast, new, social, etc.)
  • Children’s rights: the ethnography of young people; children in conflict with the law; the right to basic education, play and self-expression; issues on bullying
  • Language rights: struggles against the extinction of languages; the language of rights, the language of impunity
  • Rights to the past: Heritage and the materiality of symbols; struggles against revisionism; who owns the past?
  • Intellectual and privacy rights: copyright and ownership issues of creative, scholarly and other intellectual pursuits; informed consent and rights of research subjects
  • Non-human rights: rights and obligations in human and non-human relations; multispecies ethnographies; do spirits, plants, and animals have rights?
Proposals for other topics are also welcome, and will be given serious consideration.

Conference Convenor: Atty. Augusto Gatmaytan, PhD

  • Proposals for papers must include an abstract (250 words) written in a style that is accessible to non-academic audiences. Sub-themes into which the abstract falls may also be indicated. 
  • Proposals for panels, must include a panel abstract as well as paper abstracts.
  • Please include author’s name(s), institutional affiliation, and complete contact information (email-address, contact number and mailing address). 
  • Students intending to join the Student Paper competition must indicate this in the submission. Please specify the degree program, year level, and university.  
  • Kindly email your proposals as an attachment (in MS Word format) to   

Deadline: 01 June 2017
Notice of acceptance of proposals will be issued by email by August 2017.

For further information, please contact the conference secretariat at (Jessie Varquez, Jr.) or 09273037081 (Lilian de la Peña). Monitor UGAT on FB for updates:

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Aghamtao 26 - Call for Submissions

Aghamtao: Journal of the Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc. (UGAT) / Anthropological Association of the Philippines
Volume 26 / 2017


AGHAMTAO, the official and peer-reviewed journal of the Ugnayang Pang-AghamTao, Inc., is now accepting article submissions for Vol.26.

Submissions are encouraged to engage with the theme: “Circulating Anthropological Knowledge in the Public Sphere: Building Communities of Practice”.

Please email submissions to as soon as possible in order to be considered for the issue which is scheduled for launch in October 2017.  Given the review process, the closing date for submissions for this particular issue is March 2017. Submissions received beyond this date would be considered for succeeding issues.

Article submissions should be emailed in MS Word .doc format. It should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 250 words.  All figures (numbered and with captions) should be in a separate file. The minimum length for an article submission is 3,000 words.  For referencing style, please consult recent issues of AghamTao.

Very truly yours,

Fernando Zialcita and Jose Jowel Canuday, Issue Editors
Eulalio Guieb III, Editor-in-Chief
and the Editorial Board of AGHAMTAO Vol.26

Saturday, October 22, 2016

UGAT 38th Annual Conference - In Photos

UGAT 38th Annual Conference
Circulating Anthropological Knowledge in the Public Sphere
Building Communities of Practice

20-22 October 2016
Ateneo de Manila University


Pons Bennagen

Mary Racelis

June Prill-Brett

Mike Tan

Rosario del Rosario

Gus Gatmaytan

Gayia Beyer

Mylene Lising

Aidel Belamide / Joy Belmonte / La Rainne Sarmiento

Aidel Belamide / La Rainne Sarmiento / Butch Zialcita / Mary Racelis / Maria Manghas / Fras Abaya

Nota Magno / Aileen Rondilla / Butch Zialcita 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Aghamtao 25

Aghamtao: Journal of the Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc. (UGAT) / Anthropological Association of the Philippines
Volume 25 / 2016

Cover image by Terue Yamauchi


Cover photo courtesy of Maria Mangahas

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

UGAT 38th Annual Conference Call for Participants

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the Ugnayang Pang-Agham Tao, Inc. (UGAT), the professional association of anthropologists in the country, we would like to invite you, and members of your organization, to the 38th Annual National Conference, which is being hosted by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU). It will be held at the Ateneo De Manila University campus in Quezon City on October 20-22, 2016.

This year, the theme of the conference is Circulating Anthropological Knowledge in the Public Sphere: Building Communities of Practice. The conference aims to discuss practices and relationships that contribute to the successes and/or failures in integrating anthropological knowledge into official policy and industry work.

We have a line-up of scholars who work in applied fields, as well as government practitioners to deliver keynote lectures. We feel that these discussions will be especially relevant to individuals in government, business, and educational institutions, as it addresses the nature of the interactions between anthropologists, on the one hand, and industry and the state on the other.

We hope you can join us in the conference and participate in the conversations on how to best engage anthropological knowledge in your work. Please see the attached documents for information on registration and accommodations in the area. Should you have any inquiries, please contact our secretariat at or at 0908-7784806 (Monica Santos) / 0908-8890203 (Joy Tadeo).

Thank you very much.


Fernando Zialcita
Conference Convenor

Jose Jowel Canuday
Conference Co-Covenor

Maria Mangahas
President, UGAT

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

UGAT 38th Annual Conference

UGAT 38th Annual Conference
Circulating Anthropological Knowledge in the Public Sphere
Building Communities of Practice

20-22 October 2016 
Ateneo de Manila University


Anthropologists are uniquely positioned to generate new understandings of society and culture, whether at the micro or macro-level. Such knowledge can be brought to bear on many contemporary problems afflicting our world today. They could also lead to more realistic policies. The conference aims to discuss how anthropological/ethnographic knowledge is, or is not, accessed as possible references for policies and programs by both the government and the private sector. It asks, what insights can be shared from various projects involving practitioners of anthropology? Saan tayo nagkulang?

It is time for us to reflect on how our discipline connects with various audiences within industry and the state. Have we been participating in the formation of key policies and discourses? How have we been listening to the concerns of our potential audiences, fmding ways to dialogue with them, building relationships and communicating the fruits of our research?

The conference specifically addresses the following concerns:

1. How policies and practices are formulated within industry (especially business and media), and selected domains in the Philippine state (the municipal, the presidential, the congressional, the judicial)

2. How these processes intersect with the key concerns of the various communities or audiences anthropologists wish to reach

3. The relationships and practices that contribute to the success or failures in the integration of anthropological knowledge into official policy and into industry

4. The perceptions of anthropology from the standpoint of practical industries

This year's conference will feature presentations that may shed light on the nature of the interactions between anthropologists, on the one hand, and industry and the state on the other.


Early Registration
(before 7 October 2016)
P3,000 non-member
P2,000 member
Pl ,500 student

On-site Registration
P3,500 non-member
P2,500 member
P2,000 student

To register early, please deposit the registration fee to PNB CA#39-335-930001-5 and submit your registration information (name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, home/off1ce phone no., mobile no., e-mail address) and an electronic copy of the deposit slip to

The registration fee includes the kit and food during the conference.

To avail yourself of the member discount, please pay the P750 membership fee along with the discounted registation fee. Membership includes a free subscription to Aghamtao, the official journal of UGAT.

For information on accommodations in the area and other inquiries, please contact UGAT at +63 908 778 4806 or at, or go to

Sunday, February 14, 2016

UGAT Annual Conferences (1978 to 2015)

UGAT Annual Conferences

1st (1978, Laguna) "Philippine Anthropology Today”
2nd (1979, Baguio City) “The Power of Anthropology: A Dialogue Among Developers”
3rd (1980, Cebu City) “The Filipino and His Changing Environment”
4th (1981, Dumaguete City) “The Anthropology of Power”
5th (1982, Iligan City) “Anthropology and Technology: Third World Perspectives
6th (1983, Cotabato) “Anthropology of Mass Movements: Peoples Organizations in Social Transformation”
7th (1984, Bukidnon) “The Anthropology of the Future: Emerging Structures and Processes”
8th (1985, Legaspi City) “Anthropology of Education: Contribution to Nationhood”
9th (1987, Cagayan de Oro City) “Culture Change and National Development”
10th (1988, Marawi City) “Ethnicity and National Unity”

11th (1989, Tacloban City) “Anthropology and Resistance”
12th (1990, Manila) “Philippine Ethnography: Issues in Cultural Pluralism and Nationhood”
13th (1991, Manila) “Anthropology of Philippine Anthropology: Issues and Concerns for the Nineties”
14th (1992, Laguna) “Anthropology of Development: Issues and Concerns of the Nineties”
15th (1993, Cebu City) “Sustainability of Development: The Anthropological Perspective”
16th (1994, General Santos City) “The Anthropology of Transformation”
17th (1995, Nueva Ecija) “Anthropology of Disaster”
18th (1996, Benguet) “The Indigenous Peoples of the Philippines: Knowledge, Power and Struggles”
19th (1997, Palawan) “Territoriality, Histories and Identities”
20th (1998, Quezon City) “Philippine Anthropology in the 21st Century”

21st (1999, Albay) “The Use and Abuse of Anthropology in the Philippines”
22nd (2000, Misamis Oriental) “Theory and Practice of Philippines Anthropology: Reviewing the Past to View the Future”
23rd (2001, UP Diliman) “Bridging the Generations in Philippine Anthropology”
24th (2002, Davao City) “Rootwork and Network: Weaving Mindanao Anthropology”
25th (2003, Cebu City) “Writing Philippine Ethnography”
26th (2004, Cagayan de Oro City) “The Ends of Educating”
27th (2005, Miagao) “The Anthropology of Crisis”
28th (2006, Dumaguete) The Philippines Unbound: Anthropological Critiques of Globalization
29th (2007, Zamboanga City) The Practice of Governance
30th (2008, Pampanga) Performing Heritage

31st (2009, Cagayan de Oro) The (Re)Making of Cities and its Consequences
32nd (2010, Manila) Kalkhasan in Flux: Indigenous Peoples’ Creativity in a Changing Natural Environment
33rd (2011, Bukidnon) Aghamtaong Kaagapay: Anthropology Cares for Its Publics
34th (2012, Cebu City) “Culture” and “Well-being”: Conceptualizations, Appropriations, Implications
35th (2013, Davao City) Rethinking & Remaking Forms of Knowledge
36th (2014, Baguio City) Trajectories of the Anthropological in the Philippines
37th (2015, Dumaguete) Dagat Ug Kinabuhi: Maritime Cultures, Spaces & Networks

Monday, January 11, 2016

Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc. (UGAT) - Official Website

Official Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc (UGAT) Web Site

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Aghamtao 24

Aghamtao: Journal of the Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc. (UGAT) / Anthropological Association of the Philippines
Volume 24 / 2015


Personal library

Saturday, September 19, 2015

UGAT 37th Annual Conference Call for Participants

37th Annual Conference of the Ugnayang Pang-Agham Tao and
7th Annual National Conference of the Philippine Geographical Society

Where: Siliman University, Dumaguete City
When: October 22-24, 2015


The 2015 Joint Regional Conference of the Ugnayang Pang-AghamTao, Inc. (Anthropological Association of the Philippines) and of the Philippine Geographical Society on the theme “Dagat ug Kinabuhi/Maritime Cultures, Spaces and Networks” will take place on October 22-24, 2015 in Silliman University, Dumaguete City.

The conference hopes to create an interdisciplinary regional forum (encompassing the area between the Indian and the Pacific Oceans) to discuss issues and debates revolving around maritime contexts as (structured and structuring) fluid zones of spatial connection and separation, and within which contemporary insecurities and vulnerabilities communities must find ways to keep afloat (Dagat ug Kinabuhi means ‘the sea and life [lifeways/strategies]’ in the Visayan languages.) Paper presentations, posters, film showings, exhibits, as well as a GIS workshop are planned.

The conference is convened by Dr. Cynthia Neri Zayas (University of the Philippines-Diliman Center for International Studies). Plenary speakers include Dr. Rila Mukherjee (University of Hyderabad) on “Islands of the Indian Ocean World”, Dr. Paul D’Arcy (The Australian National University) on “Marine Protected Areas and Native Entitlements in the Coral Triangle”, and Dr Aurora Roxas-Lim (ret. faculty of the University of the Philippines) on “The History of Philippine Seamanship”.

Added highlights of the conference also include film showings, a GIS workshop, and two exhibits:

(1) “Human seascape”- Photographs, diaries and video of divers lives from Japan: Kanezaki (Fukuoka), Tsushima, OkinoshimaIsland; Korea: Busan and Jeju; Philippines: Ayoke Island (Surigao), and Davao, by Yamauchi Terue.

(2) “Scarborough Shoal in Ancient Maps” (A Cartographic Exhibit)

Please check the Facebook page or the website from time to time for more updates and for information about the program, travel and accommodations. The Conference Secretariat may be contacted at +63920-9823179 (Eizel Hilario) or +63917- 6270776 (Enrique Oracion), or by email at

Dagat ug Kinabuhi/Maritime Cultures, Spaces and Networks 
UGAT/PGS Joint Regional Conference
Silliman University, Dumaguete City
October 22-24, 2015

Registration fee

The registration fee is ₱3,500. This will cover the cost of the conference kit and meals (lunch and snacks). A 10% discount is given to current and lifetime members. Graduate and undergraduate students who will be presenting papers have a reduced fee of ₱2,500.

Non-student presenters and regular participants may also register early and avail of the “early bird” registration fee of ₱2,700 (until September 30, 2015).

You may deposit the amount to “Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc.” CA 393359300015 at the Philippine National Bank (PNB-‐UP Campus Branch). Make sure to bring and present the deposit slip during conference registration.

Kindly click on this link to pre-register: Please also print out the form and present it to the secretariat at the conference venue to facilitate your registration.
Membership to UGAT and PGS is not included in the Registration Fee. Interested individuals may sign up for membership during the conference. For more information on membership in UGAT and to download the application form please visit the website:

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Aghamtao 23

Aghamtao: Journal of the Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc. (UGAT) / Anthropological Association of the Philippines
Volume 23 / 2014

Rethinking and Remaking Forms of Knowledge 

A Disappearing Tradition: Gapas (Cotton, Gossypmium hirsutum) as Textile and Medicine in Santander, Cebu
Zona Hildegarde S. Amper

Cosmology of Mandaya
Emmanuel S. Nabayra

Traditional Ecological Knowledge of the Wild Yam buloy (Dioscorea divaricata) and its value to the Magbukun Ayta Community
Ma. Dolores Tongco 
Will McClatchey 
Eulalio Malicsi 
Miguel Quitain 
Alberto Malunic 
Mercedes Cayetano 
Josefina Alejo 
Berlinda Restum 
Emilita Restum, and the 
Magbukun Ayta Community

Ati Migration and Trade in Ethnomedicines in Cebu
Bonifacio M. Amper Jr.

Anthropology of, for and with design: A Philippine Perspective
Pamela G. Cajilig 
Diego S. Maranan

Appropriations and Adjustments: Badjau Indigenous Laws amidst Philippine State Laws
Robert V. Panaguiton

The Politics of Generosity: Traffic in Goods Resistance and the Crafting of Selves within the Contemporary Transnational Filipino Household
Clement Castigador Camposano


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Aghamtao 23


A message from the AghamTao Editorial Board:

Dear UGAT Conference Participants, fellow UGAT members, and others in the anthropology community,

Greetings of peace, good cheer, and our best wishes for 2014!

This is to invite you to submit an article for AghamTao, the official journal of the Ugnayang Pang-AghamTao, Inc.

We encourage you to engage the theme of the issue (Forms of Knowledge: the Critical Work of Anthropology). Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 250 words. The minimum length for an article submission is 3,000 words. For referencing style please consult previous issues of AghamTao (Vols. 16-22).

The deadline is on or before February 28, 2014. Please email submissions in MS Word .doc format to both the following addresses: , with “AghamTao Vol. 23 Submission” on the subject line.

AghamTao is a peer-reviewed journal with CHED accreditation. The regular issue is launched in October during the annual conference and is also one of the benefits of membership in the UGAT.

Thank you and we are looking forward to your submissions!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Aghamtao 22

Aghamtao: Journal of the Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc. (UGAT) / Anthropological Association of the Philippines
Volume 22 / 2013

“Culture” and “Well-Being”


Well Being and Caring:
The Alaga system among Filipino Catholics in Brussels, Belgium
Hector Guazon, CICM

“Positibo”” Achieving well-being among young people living with HIV in Cebu City
Maria Carinnes A. Gonzales

Understanding the Ilocano concept of ‘the good life’ in the agricultural landscape of Ilocos Sur
Joy Raquel Tadeo

One River, Diverse Lives:
Why the ‘one size fits all’ approach in intervention may not work
Enrique G. Oracion

“Yuta ang Kinabuhi”, Land is Life’:
The State and the Bagobo-Klata of Sitio Kahusayan
Julienne S. Baldonado

Report from the Field

Assessing IPRA Knowledge and participation in Ancestral Domain management of the Agusanon Manobo
Marvin Doods S. De Castro

Notes on the cosmology of contemporary Agusanon Manobo in San Andres, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur

Anthropology Day 2013 Philippines

Isabelo de los Reyes as Anthropologist-at-Large
Jose Rizal and Isabelo de los Reyes: Contending models of nationhood?


ISSN: 0188-4857