5th Floor, L’ Azotea Bldg., 108 Session Road , 2600 Baguio City, Philippines
E-mail: kapwa3@gmail.com; Phone: (+63) 74 - 446 0108, CP: (+63) 09064536108

(excerpt taken from the Kapwa3 Project Brief, October 2011)

DATES: 25 June- 1 July 2012

KAPWA 3  – A Filipino Bridging Narrative
The chosen location for the proposed KAPWA-3 is Baguio City, the foremost university hub in the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR). A cosmopolitan city surrounded by rich ancestral communities, the city is known for IP cultue activities and as research center for the rich IKSP of the region. The University of the Philippines in Baguio, particularly their new Program for Indigenous Cultures (PIC), committed to co-host this meeting.

Some key questions the conference seeks to answer are:

  • Can ancestral worldviews— preserved by the indigenous people, contextualized in contemporary academic theories, propagated by the works of culture-bearing artists— contribute to shaping a healthy nation?

  • How can indigenous knowledge help deconstruct the narratives of the colonial masters, which are still perpetuated by the global capitalist hierarchies (eg. land is not sacred, natural resources are limitless, the earth is inanimate, etc.) Can lifestyles grounded in such ploys (i.e. the Filipino youth obsessed with “American Idol” dreams) be rerouted by a systematic revival of the Kapwa values in school?

  • How can the frameworks of Filipino Psychology and Indigenous Knowledge, with their implicit codes of harmony, wholeness and sharing, be harnessed to help Filipinos (here and abroad) to cope with the challenges posed by modernity to their private lives, their families and their communities?

  • Is a scholastic psychology discipline (i.e. Sikolohiyang Filipino, as proposed by Virgilio Enriquez), which embraces IK worldviews and experiences, relevant as an academic program for Philippine and Asian colleges? In terms of global curricula, what can such an IK-inspired psychology contribute to the social sciences and education?

  • Why Is Indigenous Knowledge significant for the 21st century and how can it be systematized and mainstreamed into the existing curricula? Can Sikolohiyang Pilipino Programs at campuses step up to propagate a science that draws new roadmaps for collective survival (rather than the survival of the fittest alone)?

  • How can the academe (professors, scholars, students, institutions) help in cultural preservation and monitoring without being imposing and intrusive? What would be some reasons to accept IK as really “Sa atin ito!” – to be confidently incorporated in the body of knowledge that we teach at school?

To answer these questions, presenters from local/ international academe, treated at par with indigenous knowledge holders and artists— are invited to look thoroughly into Indigenous Knowledge as presented orally, or from academic research. The ensuing discussions, dialogues and sharing are hoped to yield insights that help bridge the rifts in today’s Filipino society (between the formal and informal education leagues; the urban and rural enclave dwellers; the financially secure and the ecologically skilled; and so on).

In terms of post-modern theory building, all contributions of KAPWA 3 shall be analyzed for culture strengthening and life affirming properties and their significance to the Philippine nation and contemporary global societies. The discussion shall focus on how Filipinos here and abroad can benefit from Filipino IKSP and what kind of academic research would be useful to the Indigenous Knowledge holders and the preservation of their communities.

Another major aim of the conference is to spark interest among the general public in the humanistic and ecology-friendly values of the ancestral Asian societies and what advantages such values can offer to our 21st century living.


Dr. Rhoda Galanco, head teacher of the School of Teacher Education at the University of Baguio, in her reaction to the 2010 SLT meeting in Baguio, said:

“Now, more than ever, we should not ignore the importance of having a cultural identity. We are living in a multicultural society where we eventually become acculturated with diverse cultures and consequently lose track of our own identity. In my classrooms, I encounter several students suffering from a cultural identity crisis. They do not know their roots. They do not know their heritage. Their parents are partly responsible because they did not pass on to their children their culture. The schools are partly responsible because we failed to re-acquaint our students with their roots.

These talks on cultural identity and IKSP should be disseminated to a wider audience, and if possible, to students in the academe. Our students are so caught up with scientific theories and explanations they have forgotten about their indigenous knowledge systems and practices, which are, in fact, indigenous science.”

In answer to this, the proposed conference specifically aims to:

  • to bring together the traditional knowledge holders and the academe, at par with one another, to learn from each other and re-define Filipino knowing and Filipino knowledge in a culture-fair way, as well as  to map out the relevance of traditional knowledge for Filipino education today.

  • to broaden the understanding of the Filipino personality in particular and the Asian personality in general, through social science approaches that are anchored in Asian cultural realities such as Sikolohiyang Pilipino, especially the accommodating, harmony-seeking disposition of “kapwa”.

  • to provide a forum for Filipino and international scholars, professors and students (chiefly in the Cordilleras), who are interested in finding appropriate cultural approaches to researching, teaching, documenting, reporting, preserving and promoting the Filipino culture — from the fields of: social sciences (sociology, psychology, anthropology); humanities (philosophy, history, art-studies) and education; as well as cultural workers (visual artists, film/video, literary arts); and performers of traditional Filipino art forms (chants, music, dance).

  • to share and discuss academic endeavors, findings, fieldwork on Filipino IKSP, kapwa psychology, Sikolohiyang Pilipino, Babaylan Studies, De-colonialisation,     Re-indigenization, as well as exchanging IK from among different cultural communities in the Philippines and around the world


KAPWA-3 is slated to take place from June 25 June -1 July 2012, at various venues in Baguio. The tentative events lined up for the proposed conference include:
  • A Symposium for Schools of Living Traditions and Heritage Centers (at VOCAS);

  • An exhibition informing the public about the GAMABA Awardees, the National Living Treasures (with lectures at the Baguio Museum);

  • An exhibition on culture-bearing through art (at the Bencab Museum);

  • Training Sessions by NCCA staff for founding/strengthening Schools of Living Traditions and Heritage Centers (at Teacher’s Camp/VOCAS);

  • International academic lectures, discussions, and story telling from scholars, culture-bearers and artists (at the University of the Philippines, Baguio);

  • Film-showings and live presentations of IKSP-inspired art (at VOCAS);

  • Informal meetings of cultural workers / academe interested in new education models (at VOCAS);

A Conference of 3 days at the University of the Philippines, Baguio, shall encompass:

Presentation of research papers, intangible heritage, audiovisuals and other studies by prominent national and international social scientists, indigenous knowledge holders (lumads), and culture-bearer artists who studied and/or have initiated action to enliven the application of the Filipino kapwa psychology.

Outreach Activities shall include:

Workshops offering hands-on learning and interaction with indigenous people at the University of the Philippines, University of Baguio, University of the Cordilleras, St. Louis University, Philippine Natl. Science High School Baguio, Special Education Center Baguio, VOCAS;

The tentative list of presenters shall include, among others:

GAMABA Awardee 2001: Frederico Caballero, Balay Turun-an, Calinog, Panay;
GAMABA Awardee 1993: Masimo Intaray, Brookes Point, Palawan;
GAMABA Awardee 2000: Alonzo Saclag, Lubuagan, Kalinga;
Fang-od, (octogenarian tattoo maker), Kalinga;
Maria Todi, SIKAT T’boli, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, Mindanao;
Datus Victor & Rogelio “Waway” Saway, Tala-andig SLT, Mindanao;
Rosemarie M. Magnanan, Mandaya Chieftain, Pyaggaguwan SLT, Davao Or.;
Abigail Amboc Perez, Community Leader, Tabon, Quezon, Palawan;
Milagros & Eddie Elo, Igkaputol Ati SLT, Dao (Tobias Fornier), Antique;
Layon Sagansang, Community Leader, Hanunoo SLT, Panatayan, Occ. Mindoro;
Manuel Dulawan, Founder, Ifugao Academie, Kiangan; Ventura Bitot & the Cordillera Theater Group; the Chiva Ibaloi SLT, Loakan, Baguio; the Lagud Ujah SLT; the Casecnan Arts & Culture Community, Baler, Aurora; and others

Dr. Alicia P. Magos, Professor Emeritus, UPV;
Prof. Felipe de Leon Jr., Professor Emeritus, UP Diliman, Akademiya ng SP;

3)         UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES (UP), Various Campuses:
Dr. Priscilla Supnet Macansantos, Chancellor UP Baguio;
Dr. Willy Alangue, Dean, Dept. of Sciences, UP Baguio;
Dr. Leah Abayao, Chair, Program for Indigenous Cultures (PIC), UP Baguio;
Prof. Alvin Villalon, Dept. of Psychology, UP Baguio;
Dr. Abigail Mendoza, Chair, Dept. of Psychology, UP Diliman;
Dr. Violeta Bautista, Dept. of Psychology, UP Diliman, PSSP;
Dr. Cynthia Neri Zayas, Center for Intl. Studies, UP Diliman;
Dr. Christine Muyco, Chairman of Theory & Composition, Dept. of Music, UP Diliman;
Dr. Grace Odal Devora, Dept. of Humanity, UP Manila;
Dr. Zeus Salazar, Professor Emeritus, UP Diliman, PSSP;
Dr. Victorino Sugbo, Dept. of Arts & Letters, UP Tacloban, Leyte;
Prof. Dulce Anacion Cuna, Dept. of Arts & Letters, UP Tacloban, Leyte;
and others

            Dr. Rhoda Galanco, School of Teacher’s Education, University of Baguio (UB);
            Prof. Lulu Fangasan, Benguet State University, Trinidad, Benguet, CAR;
            Prof. Kurt Paul Bagayao, Dept. of Mass-com., University of the Cordilleras (UC);
            and others

            Dean Manuel Dulawan, Ifugao Academie, Kiangan, CAR;
            Dr. Marilyn Ngales, Manila Lyceum, Intramuros, MM;
Prof. Nerissa Guevarra, St. Thomas University, MM;
Ambahan Scholar, Miriam College, Quezon City, MM;
Prof. Ma. Cecilia Conaco, St. Theresa College, Cebu City, Cebu;
Prof. Imelda Agnes Tubeo & Prof. Chesca de Ocampo, Bukidnon State Univ. Malaybalay, South-Cotabato, Mindanao;
Dr. Benjamin Abandio, Director, Pamulaan SLT, Davao, Mindanao;
            Dr. Manny Gaerlan, Board of Directors, Asian Institute of Management

            Hon. Theodoro Baguilat, House of Representatives, Ifugao;
Hon. Mauricio Domogan, City Mayor, Baguio;
Bridget Hamada Pawid, Director, Natl. Commission for Indigenous People (NCIP);
Representative, Department of Education and Sports;
Rina Lopez, ABS/CBN, Director, Knowledge Channel Foundation;

Roberto Aves, composer, Bacolod; Ruel Bimuyag, photographer, Hapao;
Myra Beltran, Dance Forum, Quezon City; Danilo “Momo” Dalisay, Bio-architecture, Bahay Kaliwat, San Joaquin, Iloilo; Pag-asa Donato and the Kaingud Fire Poi Dancers, Puerto Princessa Palawan; Koji Imaizuma, filmmaker, Japan;   Dr. Grace Nono, Tao Music, Manila; Briccio Santos, Director, Natl. Film Development Board, Manila; Auraeus Solito, Palaw’an film director, Manila; Kidlat Tahimik, filmmaker, Baguio; and others.

Dr. Elenita Strobel; Dept. of Multicultural Studies, Sonoma State Univ., C.A. USA;
1st Nation American (Pomo Nation) Representative, California, USA
Dr. S. Lily Mendoza; Dept. of Communication, Oakland University, Michigan, USA;
Dr. James Perkinson, Dept. of Communication, Oakland Univ., Michigan, USA;
Dr. Milagros Anguluan Coger; Los Angeles, CA., USA;
Venus Herbito, Filmmaker, CA., USA;
Professor Angel Shaw, Filmmaker, Hunter College Faculty, New York, N.Y., USA;
Jennifer Maramba, Art Therapist, Toronto, Canada;
1st Nation Canadian Representative, Toronto (collaboration with Ms. Maramba);
Professor, Uppsala University, Sweden;
Saomi IP Representative, Sweden;
Dr. G. Mend-ooyo, Academy of Culture & Poetry, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia;
Dr. Hiromu Shimizu; Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan;
Mr. Kayano, Ainu Community Leader, Sapporo, Japan;
Ainu IP Representative, Sapporo, Japan;
Karen IP Representative, Thailand;
James Rickard, Director, Wananga Whakairo SLT, Roturua, N-Zealand

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