Friday, November 27, 2009

Aghamtao 18

Aghamtao: Journal of the Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc. (UGAT) / Anthropological Association of the Phlippines
Volume 18 / 2009

Performing Heritage


Pride of Place, Pride of Self
Fernando N. Zialcita

Negotiating craft in development: A case of piƱa weaving in Panay
Hiroko Nagai

Pantomina, Catandunganon version: Choreographing identity and the politics of dance in insular Bicol
Ramon Felipe A Sarmiento

Lami-lamihan: Yakan cultural festivity and authenticity
Robert V. Panaguiton

Institutionalization, Filipino Martial Arts, and “Pilosopiya ng Pagpapaubra” Values, risks and possibilities
Perseville U. Mendoza

Fiesta heritage and diaspora identity maintenance: Sinulog, Santacruzan, and Simbang Gabi among migrant Filipinos in New Zealand
Josefina Socorro 
Flores Tondo

Towards a Lexicon of Philippine Dichotyledonous Wood Terms from 16th to 19th c. sources: A Preliminary Listing
Cheek Sangalang Fadriquela

“Bato nga tinumpok”: Stone tidal weirs as representations of “kabilin”, knowledge heritage and cultural landscapes
Cynthia Neri Zayas

The Philippine Military Academy ‘cadel lingo’ as heritage
Wilfredo B. Manalang III

Philippine cemeteries as heritage sites
Michelle S. Eusebio

“Touch the Artist’s Vision"
Anenette Lee Esparaz

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Aghamtao 17

Aghamtao: Journal of the Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc. (UGAT) / Anthropological Association of the Philippines
Volume 17 / 2009


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Table of Contents:

Mainstreaming Bodong Through Matagoan
Mary Constancy Barameda

Customary Justice System Among the Iraya Mangyans of Mindoro
Aleli B. Bawagan

The Syncretic Policy:Transformations in the Political Action Repertoire of MNLF Returnees in Palawan
Maria Carinnes P. Alejandria

Sa Ibayo ng mga Footnote: Tungo Sa Pagsasakasaysayan ng Isyung Tasaday
Michael Charleston B. Chua
Carlos P. Tatel, Jr.

The Tasaday Twenty Four Years After: Insights on Ethnicity and the Rights Framework
Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Social Impact Assessment Studies in Large Scale Mining Projects in Indigenous Peoples Lands

Dear colleagues,

The Philippine Health Ethics Review Board and Ugnayang Pang-Agham Tao cordially invite you to a forum on Social Impact Assessment Studies in Large Scale Mining in Indigenous Peoples Lands: Ethical and Social Challenges. It will be held on September 18, 2009, 1-5pm at the Philippine Social Science Center Library, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City (beside Iglesia ni Cristo).

The forum brings together practitioners of SIA studies, other researchers, ethicists, representatives of relevant government agencies, NGOs and indigenous peoples organization to: (1) thresh out ethical issues in SIA in large scale mining; and (2) identify ways to protect the rights of affected communities as well as the integrity of the social sciences.

Should you wish to attend the forum or require your class to attend, please communicate with Rosa Castillo at

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The Philippine Health Research Ethics Board in cooperation with Ugnayang Pang-Agham Tao- Anthropological Association of the Philippines cordially invite you to a forum on:

Social Impact Assessment Studies in Large Scale Mining Projects
in Indigenous Peoples Lands:
Ethical and Social Challenges

September 18, 2009, 1-5 PM
Philippine Social Science Center Library,
Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City

The forum brings together practitioners of social impact assessment (SIA) studies in large scale mining, other researchers, ethicists, representatives of relevant government agencies, NGOs and indigenous peoples organizations to: (1) thresh out ethical issues in SIA research in large scale mining and; (2) identify ways to protect the rights of affected communities as well as the integrity of the social sciences.

The stakes are high in the revitalized mining sector in the Philippines. It is estimated that the Philippines has $1 trillion worth of unexplored mineral resources. Mining, the centerpiece of the Arroyo administration's economic development plan, is expected to bring billions of pesos in investments and tax shares.

The stakes are high indeed especially for indigenous communities who have to bear the ecological and social costs of mining such as the destruction of environment and its consequent detrimental effects on people’s health, the disintegration of communities and the devastation of livelihood and economic resources. How do communities who become divided into pro- and anti-mining sectors become whole again? How are the rights of people promoted and protected?

Further, there is an emerging concern regarding social research and conflict of interest. What are the responsibilities of social scientists who are commissioned by mining companies to conduct Social Impact Assessment studies, one of the bases for granting an Environmental Clearance Certificate for the operations of a mining company?

The forum hopes to enlighten the participants and to generate ideas for the resolution of the aforementioned issues and concerns.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

UGAT 31st Annual Conference Call for Papers (Extended)

Dear colleagues,

The 2009 UGAT Conference Committee has extended the deadline of the submission of abstracts for the 2009 UGAT Conference with the theme: "The (Re)Making of Cities and its Consequences" to August 15, 2009.

For inquiries please email

Thank you.

2009 UGAT Conference Committee

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

UGAT 31st Annual Conference Call for Papers


Anthropological Association of the Philippines

31st Annual Conference
The (Re)Making of Cities and its Consequences
22-24 October 2009
Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City

We are pleased to announce the 31st Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao (UGAT) Annual Conference entitled "The (Re)Making of Cities and its Consequences." Urban centers are expanding physically and virtually as new modes of transportation become available and new means of communicating via information technology and mass media reach into the farthest corners of the globe bringing with them new sensibilities, images, and meanings attached to city life. Philippine anthropology has largely focused on rural and indigenous peoples and has neglected to significantly contribute to the discourse on cities. This year's conference aims to bring the study of cities to the forefront: Who makes the city, how, and with what consequences? Inherently this involves state energies as well as the deployment of social, economic, and cultural resources by different interest groups and agents with divergent ends.

The major questions of this year's theme are:

1. When is anthropology?

Putting cities at the forefront of anthropological inquiry may have methodological implications and involve an urgency to reach across other disciplines. Cities had always been made up of diverse people coming from different backgrounds, the city reproduces a fast-paced lifestyle that is often characterized by anonymity, fleeting encounters, rapid exchange of ideas, constant mobility, and porous boundaries as city life spills into the suburban and vice versa. These pose challenges to anthropologists who have long been typecaste as studying rural and indigenous communities whose pace of life and sense of community markedly differ from those in the city. How do anthropologists approach the study of cities? And how can the social science disciplines involved in studying cities effectively converse with each other?

2. What makes a city?

The city as a built environment is also a lived environment. Within a city, enclaves based on such markers as gender, religion, ethnicity, and class put in stark relief the vast heterogeneity of people and, at the same time, these people's need to create a community and assert identity. Thus the city is not only just an environment of built structures that affect human activity; it is also made up of people striving to make sense of the city environment and their place in it. One central question is how Filipinos differentiate the “public” from the “private” sphere. Answering this can unlock various domains. For instance: why streets and sidewalks are privatized, why so-called public transport is decentralized, why buses and trucks are increasingly accident-prone, why privately-owned malls are gaining over plazas and small businesses, why gated subdivisions are better maintained than public parts of the city, or why planning for the city is often ineffectual. The public vs. private dichotomy can be pushed back in time: When and how did the sense of public space emerge? It can be pushed forward: What effect does the narrow sense of public have on our cities’ competitiveness in the world today? It can be used to compare: How has the sense of public gained strength in particular Philippine cities?

3. What are the consequences of the (re)making of cities?

Cities have long been the "center" relative to the rural "periphery." It is the center of commerce, of education, of mass media, of technology, and of politics as well as the consumer of the produce of the rural, and a center where people of divergent backgrounds converge. The city becomes a venue for the playing out of people's differences and similarities and of possibilities of reinventing oneself that engender new forms of culture that may in turn be transmitted to the periphery via the mass media. This is not a one-way street, however, as developments in the rural also often affect and shape the city. What are the consequences of the human agenda and the processes of (re)making cities on both the center and the periphery? Is the rural the only periphery or are there peripheries within the center as well?

With the theme, "The (Re)Making of Cities and its Consequences," UGAT invites panel and paper proposals for the 2009 Annual Conference. Papers and panels are expected to interrogate the processes and consequences of (re)making cities and how cities are studied in anthropology. The main themes include (but are not limited to):

1. Anthropologists in cities: doing ethnographies beyond convention
2. The built and lived environment: disaster management, sustainable cities, ethno-aesthetics, and heritage issues and advocacies
3. Sacred city: city as pilgrimage site
4. Urban folklore and cosmology
5. Private and public space: urban anonymity, urban space as private property
6. The body and the city: regulation of bodies, gendered city, and the creation of ethnic and religious enclaves
7. Exploding the urban-rural divide: diaspora, new media
8. Health and the city: health tourism, psychopathology, the underworld
9. The market city: mall culture, food culture, the tiangge culture
10. Cyber spaces in cities and cities in cyber space

We look forward to the participation of individuals from academic institutions, community-based organizations, and policy agencies.


2009 UGAT Conference Committee Guidelines for ABSTRACTS

1. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.
2. Authors must indicate the theme their paper may fall under.
3. Submissions should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation and contact information (mailing address, telephone no., mobile phone no., e-mail address). For students, please indicate your intent to join the Student Paper Competition.
4. Abstracts should be sent to by 15 JULY 2008.

Abstracts may be considered for either paper presentation or poster presentation.

Papers authored by students will be automatically entered in the student paper competition. The winning paper will be considered for publication in the AghamTao Journal.

For other inquiries, please contact UGAT or go to

Friday, March 20, 2009

Dialogue on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Environment and Mining Issues: The Western Shoshone Peoples Experience

The Philippine Indigenous Peoples’ Links (PIPLINKS) together with Tebtebba Foundation, Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center, Inc.-Kasama sa Kalikasan (LRC-KsK) and Ugnayang Pang-AghamTao, Inc (UGAT) - Anthropological Association of the Philippines through the support of Broederlijk Delen cordially invites you to a forum:

Dialogue on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Environment and Mining Issues:
The Western Shoshone Peoples Experience

The forum will commence with the film showing of "Our Land, Our Life: The Struggle for Western Shoshone Land Rights" which tackles the long struggle for land of the Western Shoshone of Nevada against the US government and mining companies. A discussion will then follow with Julie Cavanaugh Bill, the lawyer of the Western Shoshone Defense Project and Larson Bill, a Shoshone leader, as well as the sharing of experiences from two Philippine indigenous groups, and reactions from UGAT and a support group.

The Western Shoshone has a long history of struggle against mining on their lands. Their concerns have included the activities of Barrick Gold, formerly Placer Dome, who operate the Cortez mine on Shoshone land. The Shoshone have successfully taken their case to the Inter American Court of Human Rights and the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which has helped raise their concerns to the highest levels. However they remain, as yet, unable to gain justice, adequate redress or respect for their wishes. Along with other prominent cases of injustice against First Nations these matters are currently being raised both in the US Courts and in talks with the new US administration.

The Western Shoshone case reveals clearly the international nature of the suffering of indigenous peoples at the hands of large-scale mining development. It belies the idea that the Philippines is an isolated or exceptional victim of the global mining industry. Their case has been documented in a film prepared with the support of Oxfam USA . Representatives of the Western Shoshone are experienced in the international indigenous peoples movement. They have presented their case in different fora and used their film in presentations and discussions with audiences in the US and internationally.


Film Showing
Discussion of the film
Sharing of experiences from two Philippine indigenous groups
Reactions from Ugnayang Pang-AghamTao, Inc (UGAT) and a support group

Date: 22 March 2009 (Sunday)
Time: 2-5 pm
Venue: Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman

Monday, March 9, 2009

A New Home for UGAT

A New Home for UGAT

Finally, UGAT has its own domain. Here's the new official home page of Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc.


Thursday, January 1, 2009

UGAT Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics of the Organization

An Anthropologist must be scientifically objective (truthful) and relevant to national and community goals; sincere to his/her host community and obliged to explain to them the objectives and implications of his/her research; to listen to criticism by his/her host community of the research he has conducted; and eventually to provide them a copy of his/her work, ideally in their language, for the host community would be the final arbiter of the validity of his/her research;

An Anthropologist doing research has the obligation to make available the results of his/her research data not only to the host community and his/her scientific community, but also to the larger community; and,

The Anthropologist has the right and the obligation to criticize unethical practices of fellow anthropologists and other individuals and institutions that affect the practice of anthropology.

Article II, Section 2, Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao Inc. (UGAT) Constitution

UGAT Constitution and By-Laws

Constitution and By-Laws of the Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao (UGAT), Inc.

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