We are currently on hiatus because of heavy work load.
I’m very, very sorry. I’ll try to return and post more regularly once my research project is over. Meanwhile, I’ll try to post “Around the Web” every now and then.
Kert of Spawn of Anthro
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It’s been a rather busy start of the year so forgive me if I haven’t been as active as I wanted to. I am going to keep this blog. I have no thoughts of giving this up whatsoever, but I won’t be very active in the blogosphere for a couple of weeks.
These months, however, have been very interesting. I’m proud to announce that the University of the Philippines Diliman, the uni where I graduates, was awarded Center of Excellence by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED. Here’s the document that proves it:
It’s also the first time of the university I’m a part of to host a massive conference comprising prestigious speakers from all over the country. The conference is about K-12 and Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education — both were implemented just recently. It was hard work for most of us and I would have really wanted to just sit down and listen to the talks. Alas, I was juggling several work loads.
I also had the chance to visit the ancestral land of the T’boli in Lake Sebu. We took our speakers there for R&R. The T’boli are very noteworthy. They’re very strong and they’ve kept their identity through the ages even with many threats in their surroundings. Their pride as a group is immense. I guess this raging pride tightens their hold to their culture and ancestry and binds them together as one. Given the chance, I’d love to conduct fieldwork in the area.
Other than that it’s been work, work, work for me. I did say I want to post every other day but with unexpected events I won’t be able to do that. However, I will try to post and interact as much as I can.
Just a heads up. Your humble moderator will be gone for a month. I will be visiting IP groups in the mountains of Cordillera in the Northern Philippines where I will have my left arm hammered down for a traditional tattoo. I wish I’d be able to go through it. I have a couple of tattoos on my body already and they were done using a machine for around 30 minutes. But the traditional one, according to my friends, is much more painful and may take up to 2 hours. It’s kind of scary, but I really want to have a part of culture imprinted on my body.
After that I will be joining an archaeological excavation. We’re going to dig up a burial site. It’s going to be fun. I’m excited.
So I’ll be gone for a month and a half. Anyway, I’ll be posting photos of my trips when I get back. ‘Til then, see you!
Next week, the student organization we’re a part of — the Anthropology Society — will sponsor the very first talk for this semester. Every month, the organization holds an informal talk (we call it Kapihan) in which current studies and trends in the academe are discussed. The organization had sponsored a variety of topics such as indigenous laws and state laws, the relationship of social sciences to Philippine politics, the study of folklore in the Philippines across history, mother-tongue language, archaeology in Southeast Asia and many, many more. We also invited politicians, professors and experts to talk about these topics.
In this month’s Kapihan (Kapihan because coffee is called Kape in Filipino; and we serve coffee during the talk), we invited a graduate student from University of Toronto who is doing research here in the Philippines. She is studying the OFW remittances in relation to the economic development of the country. And she will talk about her research on this Kapihan.
The economy of the Philippines is always a good topic to talk about. Our economy relies so much in the international market as the country doesn’t create its own industries that much. As my professor once said, ‘the Philippines is export-oriented and import-dependent”. And recently, multinational investments had decreased in the country. So where do we turn to? (*drum roll please*) Human resource.
An article in Yahoo News says that Philippines will become the “dark horse of the region” (Quote taken from the article). As the population from industrialized countries continue to decline, they will need a big pool of workers for manual labor. The Philippines is a prime choice for manual labor as 80% of the population speak English and are willing to go abroad to work — plus we have a growing rate of population that will enter the workforce (our population will double, from 93 million to 190 million, in 30 years)!
These workers help the Philippine economy as much of their salaries are sent to their families in the Philippines. In fact, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) are presently dubbed as the new heroes of the country because of the big help their giving to keep our economy from breaking down.
The talk will be held at the Anthropology Museum, 3rd floor Palma Hall, Nov. 23 4-5:30. There will be free coffee and free biscuits! Yay!