Poster for Philippine Studies Group Research Celebration on 01 December 2023

The 2023 activities of the Philippine Studies Group at the York Centre for Asian Research, York University are supported through funding from the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto.

Philippine Studies Group Research Celebration

Friday, 01 December 2023 | 13:00 to 15:30 EST

Please join us to celebrate research on the Philippines and the diasporas taking place at York University and learn about student and faculty research in 2023.

Philippine Reporter story on the event

Philippine Studies: Moving Towards Transnational Collective Impact with Annalisa Enrile on Thursday, 26 October 2023

Philippine Studies Group Research Celebration

Thursday, 26 October 2023 | 13:00 EDT

Dr. Annalisa Enrile, a Professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, recently shared her extensive 30-year experience in building Philippine Studies in Los Angeles at an event. Her journey, from activism as a student to her current academic role, emphasized the importance of transnational collaborations between academia, community organizations, human services, and selected private sector partners for collective impact. She highlighted her key contributions in three areas: Global Immersions and Exchanges, Community Collaborations, and Institutional Permanence.

Globalizing Filipino Songs, Bodies and Sounds: Homeplace beyond Homeland | Ricardo D. Trimillos

Globalizing Filipino Songs, Bodies, and Sounds: Homeplace beyond Homeland

Wednesday, 26 October 2023 | 14:00 to 16:00 EDT

Homeplace is an important marker of Filipino identity in such contexts of population and geographic mobility as theorized by Cuba and Hummon (1993). Given Filipino geographical mobility, the depiction of homeplace in the diaspora almost always references geographic materiality. With the recognition that diaspora both references and informs a material homeland, Professor Ricardo D. Trimillos (University of Hawai’I at Manoa) will present selected musical manifestations of homeplace. 

Attendees of the event with Neri Colmenares on 02 October 2023. Photograph by Myka Jaymalin. (2)

Human Rights in the Philippines: Challenges and the Fight for a Democratic Future

Monday, 02 October 2023 | 12:00 to 14:00 EDT

Neri Colmenares, 62, is a veteran human rights lawyer and activist who was detained for four years when the Philippines was under Martial Law. In 2018, he filed the second petition accusing President Duterte of murder and crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court on behalf of eight victims of the “war on drugs”. He was also a co-petitioner in one of the 37 constitutional challenges to the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. Colmenares served as Bayan-Muna representative in the lower house from 2007 to 2016. As Bayan-Muna representative, he championed senior citizens’ welfare, a genuine agrarian reform program for farmers, higher wages for laborers and protection of human rights.

Leery New: Artist Talk Poster

Outer-Space Filipino Worker

Tuesday, 26 September 2023 | 14:30 to 16:00 EDT

Artist Talk with Leeroy New, a multidisciplinary artist whose practice manifests in large-scale immersive environments, costuming, collaborative performances and video works driven by concepts of world building, myth-making, and social change

Revisiting the Basics

Monday, 15 May 2023 | 10:00 to 11:30 EDT

Marshall McLuhan Fellow Karmina Constantino, a veteran TV journalist in the Philippines and an anchor with the ABS-CBN News Channel, discusses the role of the journalist in critical public discourse & in seeking accountability in a post-truth era in the Philippines.

Event poster for the event with Urban Ecologies on the Edge: Making Manila's Resource Frontier

Urban Ecologies on the Edge: Making Manila’s Resource Frontier

Tuesday, 21 March 2023 | 15:00 to 17:00 EST
Room 280N, Second Floor, York Lanes, York University

In this presentation, Dr Saguin (UP Diliman) will examine urbanization as a frontier-making process through the example of Metro Manila in the Philippines and its adjacent resource frontier, Laguna Lake.


Annual Dance Showcase, “Cardinal Points”

15-17 February 2023 | 19:30 EST
Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre

The Philippine Studies Group is pleased to support the visit of two of the lead dancers from Bayanihan, the National Dance Company of the Philippines.


Dance Workshop with Bayanihan: the National Dance Company of the Philippines

Monday, 13 February 2023 | 18:00 to 21:00 EST
Kalayaan Cultural Community Centre, 5225 Orbitor Drive, Unit 3, Mississauga

A rare opportunity to learn Philippine folk dance from Leo Lorilla and Pamela Corales, core performing artists of the world-renowned Bayanihan Dance Company.