Dr. Nestor Castro, Professor of Anthropology of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy of the University of the Philippines, was re-elected as President of the International Federation of Social Science Organizations (IFSSO) during its 22nd General Assembly at Seijo University in Tokyo last 31 May 2015. IFSSO is a federation of national social science research councils, universities with social science units, and non-governmental organizations doing applied social science research. IFSSO has member organizations and individuals from 18 countries, including the Philippines.

IFSSO was originally established in 1975 as the Conference of National Social Science Councils and Analogous Bodies. Its name was changed to IFSSO in 1979. IFSSO’s Since then, IFSSO’s Secretariat headquarters has moved from Copenhagen to Rome, Tokyo, Bangkok, and Manila. IFSSO is recognized by UNESCO as a Category B International Organization.

The principal objectives of IFSSO are as follows:

• To encourage international scientific activities and international cooperation in the social sciences for the benefit of mankind;
• To facilitate the coordination of the international scientific activities of its Members;
• To foster concern about contemporary social problems and to encourage the application of the social sciences in the search for solutions;
• To contribute to the development of the social sciences at the national and regional levels, particularly in developing countries and countries in transition;
• To further the exchange of information, experience and ideas among its Members;
• To foster cooperative ventures and mutual assistance in the planning and implementation of programmes of major importance to Members and
• To promote the free international movement of social scientists in the conduct of their research and other professional activities.

Aside from Dr. Castro, the other elected members of the IFSSO Executive Board are the following:

First Vice President – Dr. Kazuhisa Nishihara (Japan)
Second Vice President – Dr. I Ketut Ardhana (Indonesia)
Secretary General – Mr. Hakan Gulerce (Turkey)
Treasurer – Dr. Morad Moulai Hadj (Algeria)
Member – Dr. Yekti Maunati (Indonesia)
Member – Dr. Reda Malauskaite (Lithuania)

This is the third term of Dr. Castro as IFSSO President. He was first elected as President in 2011 in Lipa, Batanchas and again in 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. CSSP is an associate member organization of IFSSO.

The IFSSO officials (Image taken from IFSSO website)


CSSP at the UP System Academic Leadership Conference

Members of the CSSP College Executive Board participated in the recently-concluded UP System Academic Leadership Conference, held on 9-11 March 2015 at Taal Vista Lodge, Tagaytay City, Cavite. From left to right, Dr. Maria Bernadette Abrera (Chair, History Department), Dr. Maria Carmen Jimenez (Chair, Psychology Department), Dr. Grace Aguiling-Dalisay (Dean, CSSP), Dr. Midea Kabamalan (Director, UP Population Institute), Dr. Soledad Natalia Dalisay (Chair, Anthropology Department), Dr. Aldrin Lee (Chair, Linguistics Department), Dr. Manuel Victor Sapitula (OIC-Chair, Department of Sociology), Dr. Jorge Tigno (Chair, Political Science Department), Dr. Ciriaco Sayson, Jr. (Chair, Philosophy Department), and Asst. Prof. Marco Stefan Lagman (Chair, Geography Department). 

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“Para sa KinaBOOKsan” Project: Psychology students extend support to UP Tacloban


In an effort to reach out with their fellow students from UP Visayas Tacloban College, the UP Diliman Department of Psychology (UPDDP) students spearheaded the “Para sa kinaBOOKasan: A Book Drive for UPVTC” last March 2014. The project aims to provide UPVTC students with needed textbooks and to restock library shelves of UPVTC.

Under the guidance of UPDDP faculty members Ms. Christie Sio and Prof. Diwa Malaya Quiñones, students from different organizations, namely UP Psychology Society (UP PsychSoc), UP Bukluran ng Sikolohiyang Pilipino (UP Buklod-Isip), and UP Psychological Understanding for Growth and Distinction Society(UP PUGAD Sayk), have successfully handed over resource materials to UPV Tacloban. A total of 764   textbooks, journals, magazines, readings/compilations/modules, non-academic tomes, fictional works, etc. (out of the 764 reading articles collected, 146  were brand new textbooks donated by Cengage Learning.). Also, through a separate fund-raising project organized by the UPDDP Psychedelics Core Group and the Psychology Euphoria Team 2014, the students were also able to donate an LCD Projector set (projector and stand), and a printer.


Student volunteers Pam Carrera, Kyle Lim, Mayumi Matsumura, and Sam Benavidez lead the students’ core group in facilitating the project.  The project will not be successful if not through the support of Dr. Carmen Jimenez, UPDDP Chairperson, and Cengage Learning for donating 4 boxes of brand new textbooks to UPV Tacloban students.




Coping with a Couple's Copious Conjugal Cupboard of Curios, Cops, Cuffs and Corpse by Toym Imao

Materials Used: Brass, galvanized iron, fiberglass

Dimensions: Approximately 14 feet high, 12 feet wide and 12 feet deep.



This sculptural installation is the second of the three-part “Super Robot-Suffer Reboot Series,” visual artist Toym Imao’s artistic interpretation of a childhood memory when his beloved anime robot TV shows (Voltes V, Mazinger Z, Daimos, etc.) were banned from airing under the Marcos Regime. This event, while inconsequential to many, was the start of Imao’s awakening to the realities of Martial Law.

“Last, Lost, Lust for Four Episodes,” the first of the series was unveiled last September 20, 2014 at the AS Steps, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, in time for the commemoration of the 42nd anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines. The sculpture used the popular anime Voltes V as a take-off point to a discourse on martial rule and its impact on Philippine society.

“Coping with a Couple's Copious Conjugal Cupboard of Curios, Cops, Cuffs and Corpses” is inspired by the story of Mazinger Z, another popular super manga robot banned during the 1970s. Mazinger Z is a mecha robot piloted by Kouji Kabuto to battle the Mechanical Beasts controlled by evil scientist Dr. Hell. Dr. Hell was corrupted by his greed for power and became mad with his desire to become the new ruler of the world. Like Voltes V, the Mazinger Z plot explores the archetypical battle between good and evil.


The Sculpture

The Voltes V installation was inspired by The Fall of Lucifer, usually depicted in paintings and sculptures with the Archangel Gabriel wielding his sword against a defeated Lucifer beneath his feet. In particular, Imao took his visual cues from National Artist’s Fernando Amorsolo’s Marcang Demonio painting.

This Mazinger Z installation is inspired by another religious icon – Michaelangelo’s Pieta. This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. In Imao’s depiction, Mary is Inang Laya or Inang Bayan and Jesus is the battered Mazinger Z. In an act of ultimate sacrifice for good, Mazinger Z was destroyed in the TV series.

The sculpture is an ode to the Marcos’ conjugal dictatorship, megalomania, and hero worship.


The Mazinger Z/Inang Bayan Pieta is eventually avenged by the Japanese manga's upgraded version of the original robot in the form of Great Mazinga which is portrayed by the artist as an archangel wearing armor inspired by the robot. Standing at the crest of the temple, he wields two swords and carries with him the severed heads of the two-headed Mechanical Beast Doublas M2.

The three caryatids at the bottom are actually the three female robot allies of Mazinger Z, namely, Aprodite A, Minerva X, and Venus A. Each caryatid carries a severed arm, leg and wings of Mazinger Z. The three female robots are visual metaphors of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and represent mothers, daughters and wives whose loved ones were victims of Martial Law.

Dr. Hell’s evil henchman is Baron Ashura. The Baron is actually a man and a woman who Dr. Hell discovered in an ancient tomb. Dr. Hell sewed the two male and female halves together and then brought the composite being to life. The combined face of former President Ferdinand Marcos and his First Lady Imelda Marcos is the representation of the conjugal dictatorship. Exactly opposite the Pieta is an image of the grim reaper inspired by one of Mazinger Z’s beast enemies, "Garada K7." He holds a tablet with the inscribed date in Roman numerals, September 21, 1972, the date of the declaration of Martial Law.

The temple is surrounded by twenty-one lampposts representing 21 years of the Marcos regime. They are a combination of pickaxes, the grim reaper’s sickle and shovels. These characterize the massive building spree that the past regime boasts of but which came at high costs. Paintbrushes and rollers are visual metaphors of white washing and superficial beautification done to cover actual decay and poverty in the city.

The Marcos-Imelda Ventriloquist Puppet Head is a visual metaphor for propaganda, deception and disengagement from reality. A “show” orchestrated by a stage draped in American colors and iconography. The steps in front allude to the Metro Manila Film Center at the CCP Complex where allegedly several workers were buried during an accident in its construction – and how the issue, like other tragedies during the Marcos regime was candy-coated.

The shadow cut-out figures represent those in mourning for the “disappeared;” the displaced orphans, widows, and those who have lost friends and relatives.

The Four Evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are usually represented in iconography as winged icons of a lion, eagle, angel and bull – which also represent Spain, United States, Japan and China, past colonizers, aggressors of the country’s sovereignty.



3rd Philippine Korean Studies Symposium

More than 100 delegates around the Philippines and abroad attended the 3rd Philippine Korean Studies Symposium (3PKSS) held on 12-13 December 2014 at the GT-Toyota Asian Center, UP Diliman.

Organized by the Department of Linguistics of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, and the Korea Foundation, the symposium carried the theme, “Forging directions for Korean Studies in the Philippines”.

In her welcome address, UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Padilla-Concepcion commended the occasion and said that the event had been in line with the UP System’s approach, that is, “to act with pride with what the University holds, while showing humility in acknowledging what it doesn’t know yet, by accommodating inputs from the other universities and institutions within the country and abroad.” 

UP Diliman Asian Center Dean Eduardo T. Gonzalez delivered the opening remarks. He addressed the participants and organizers of the conference by saying that it was high time cross-disciplinary research between UP scholars and outside scholars was harboured in the University, and that Korean Studies in the Philippines, though started relatively slow, had already gained momentum with the recently concluded Korean Studies Association (KoSASA) symposium, and the then held 3PKSS. 

Hon. Choongsuk Oh, Director of the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines expressed his congratulations to the event. He said that the introduction of Hallyu to the Philippines sparked the interest of many Filipinos regarding Korea; however, it was the scholars and educators of Korean Studies who cultivated the curiosity. He lauded the event by saying that 3PKSS was a perfect time to share the knowledge and expertise of Korean Studies scholars both in the Philippines and abroad. 

Asian Music students of the UP Diliman College of Music graced the event with a Korean traditional percussion and song performance. 

Delivered by renowned scholars from Korea, Vietnam, and the US, the plenary presentations include: “The role of Linguistics in teaching Korean as a foreign language,” by Dr. Ho-Min Sohn of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa; “War and Peace in the Yellow Sea,” by Dr. John Delury of Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies; “Reviewing the implication of new Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) from the viewpoint of the Korean language education policy,” by Dr. Hangrok Cho of Sangmyung University; and “Study on practice of translation of Korean literature and development of Korean Studies in Vietnam,” by Dr. Le Dang Hoan of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi. Paper presentations within the parallel and panel sessions were rendered by scholars of Korean Studies around the country and abroad, each with respective reactors, who were equally competent academics.


From left to right: Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines Director Choongsuk Oh; UP Diliman Department of Linguistics Chairperson and 3PKSS Convenor Aldrin P. Lee; and UP System Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Padilla-Concepcion.

A portion of the audience who participated in the 3PKSS.

UP System Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Padilla-Concepcion welcoming the participants and guests of 3PKSS

UP Diliman Asian Center Dean Eduardo T. Gonzalez delivering the opening remarks


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