RCCAH launches Diskurso Saliksik sa Kolehiyo to celebrate 2021 Research Week

RCCAH launches Diskurso Saliksik sa Kolehiyo to celebrate 2021 Research Week

The UST Research Center for Culture, Arts, and Humanities launched “Diskurso Saliksik sa Kolehiyo: Pilosopiya, Historya, Literatura” to celebrate the 2021 Research Week of the University of Santo Tomas. Faculty Researchers from the UST Department of Philosophy, UST Department of History, and UST Department of Literature presented their respective research papers.  The 2021 UST Research Week’s   theme was “Advancing Research and Innovation in the new normal.”


After the cancellation of all research events and other in-person academic activities in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this research event is the first-ever virtual celebration of Research Fortnight of the research center. The Diskurso Saliksik sa Kolehiyo aimed to promote research studies in the humanities with hopes of encouraging students and faculty members to engage in an active dialogue and critical discussion with regards to issues and approaches in cultural and artistic analytical studies.

Held on March 25, 2021, this university-wide research event featured the current research projects of the Faculty Researchers of the research center.

The launch also featured international scholar on Global History and Cultural Studies Dr. David R.M. Irving, research professor at the ICREA Institució Milà i Fontanals (CSIC – IMF), as guest resource speaker. The scholar presented a lecture on “Researching Global Music History During the Era of COVID-19” which discussed the challenge of pursuing research in global music history and research endeavors in general especially with the struggles of fieldwork and archival research in the height of a pandemic.

Starting with the presentations of faculty researchers from the UST Department of Philosophy, Prof. Robert A. Montaña, Ph.D., delivered a lecture on “Applying Alan Gewirth’s Principle of Generic Consistency (PGC) to Global Policies on Human Rights in a Post Pandemic World” which discussed the need for a conceptual reformation of the Principle of Generic Consistency, especially in the political and economic sector, during a pandemic.

Prof. Franz Giuseppe Cortez, Ph.D., delivered a lecture on “Pananahimik, Pagsusuri, Pagtutol, at Pag-asa: Isang Pagdalumat sa Kulturang Sci-Hub,” which discussed how the culture of sci-hub challenged the domineering institutions of publishing and the production of knowledge in the era of publications.

Dr. Rhochie Avelino Matienzo  discussed “Ang Etika ng Kahayupan Bilang Isang Epistemolohiyang Pagninilay.” Although is yet an unfinished research as of the time that the study was presented, it highly contributed to the diverse studies on environmental ethics, ethics of the nonhuman animals, and ethology.

Faculty researchers from the UST Department of History Asst. Prof. Emmanuel Jeric Albela and Assoc. Prof. Archie B. Resos, Ph.D., presented their joint research “From Miong to Digong: The Dynamics of Philippine Presidential Elections (1896-2016)” which traces the roots of dynamism in the Philippine presidential elections from its inception in the 19th century to the present times.

Asst. Prof. Janet C. Atutubo’s lecture titled “PEFTOK (Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea, 1950-1954), An Oral History of the Filipino Soldiers,” discussed the untold history of the 7,400 Filipino soldiers sent by the Armed Forces of the Philippines to take part in the Korean War.

Assoc. Prof. Augusto V. de Viana, Ph.D., presented a lecture on “Datu Tating: The Moro Leader of the First Anti-Imperialist Struggle in Borneo,” which discussed the untold story of the Philippines’s first anti-colonial fighter and brave Moro leader Datu Tating who organized thousands of Tausug and Iranun tribes to fight against British invaders.

Faculty researchers from the UST Department of Literature, Assoc. Prof. Luciana L. Urquiola, Ph.D., presented a lecture on “Traslacion as Digital Imagined Community: Discoursing the Interface Between Religion and Social Media,” which explained the interface between religion and social media during the nationwide observance of Traslacion.

Assoc. Prof. Jorge Mojarro, Ph.D., presented a lecture on “History, Propaganda, and Glory in the Early Dominican Chronicles of the Philippines,” which discussed the four histories on the Province of the Holy Rosary produced by the first Dominican chroniclers of the Philippines

Asst. Prof. Chuckberry J. Pascual, PhD delivered the panel reaction to Dr. Irving’s lecture. His presentation focused on tracing the roots of Philippine research, Filipino literary research, and its significance and impact during the present times.

Serving as the master of ceremonies is UST RCCAH Faculty Researcher and UST Journalism Program Coordinator Mr. Felipe F. Salvosa II, M.A.

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