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 photo by Terue Yamauchi


Journal cover 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

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Mariflor Parpan: Anthropologist

Mariflor Parpan
17 October 1936 - 8 April 2016

From Vicky Tauli-Corpuz:

I received news that Mariflor Parpan Malicsi, passed away yesterday at around 5:55 p.m., April 8. She died from cancer of the colon. For those who still remember, Mariflor, was one of the anthropologists who exposed the Chico Hydroelectric Dam Project in the 1970s. She became a staunch oppositionist to the Chico Dam project and she worked closely with the Kalinga elders. She became an adopted daughter of the Kalinga for her support to their struggle. Those who have contact with the Kalinga people whom she worked with in the anti-dam struggle, please inform them of her passing away. According to Ching Verzosa-Gerlock who sent the news, a memorial mass will be held for her will be held on Sunday, April 10, at Our Lady of Assumption Parish in Project 8. For more information on the exact time, you can get in touch with Edna (Chiqui) Co in her email

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