The UST Center for Religious Studies and Ethics is a partner of the University of the Philippines-Diliman – College of Social Sciences and Philosophy Folklore Studies Program, and Aliguyon – UP Folklorists in organizing Pagdiriwang: Festivals as Heritage, an international conference on folklore that will take place from December 11 to 12, 2019, at the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (NISMEd) Auditorium, University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Thomasians will be presenting in the conference. Under the theme of Karisma ng Kwaresma, br. Jerone Geronimo, O.P. will present his research entitled Santong Bangkay in Pulilan, Bulacan; Mr. Angelo Lorenzo Salvacion will present his research entitled Kamay ng Manggagamot; Narratives from Anyatam, San Ildefonso, Bulacan; Ms. Carlotta Pasion will present her research entitled The ‘Salubong Traditon of Lubao, Pampanga; and fr. Hermel Pama, O.P., will present his research entitled Sisakit’s Song: Seasonal Passion, Passionate Season as Construction of Ritual Time in Mt. Mayon, Philippines.

This conference encourages multi-disciplinary approaches and collaborations and allows for a broader mode of research dissemination through paper presentations. Moreover, this conference aims to generate a critical discussion of folklore centering on festivals that will explore various modes of understanding this phenomenon in the context of social, political, economic, and historical processes of celebrating , remembering, honoring, displaying, commemorating, ritualizing, contesting, and mystifying culture.