The Jeepney is a popular form of public transportation that has also become a symbol of Philippine culture. They are painted in unique and flamboyant styles and were originally built from leftover U.S. jeeps.

Source: CIA World Factbook

The Philippine Islands became a Spanish colony during the 16th century; they were ceded to the US in 1898 following the Spanish-American War. In 1935 the Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth. Manuel QUEZON was elected president and was tasked with preparing the country for independence after a 10-year transition. In 1942 the islands fell under Japanese occupation during World War II, and US forces and Filipinos fought together during 1944-45 to regain control. On 4 July 1946 the Republic of the Philippines attained its independence. A 20-year rule by Ferdinand MARCOS ended in 1986, when a “people power” movement in Manila (“EDSA 1”) forced him into exile and installed Corazon AQUINO as president. Her presidency was hampered by several coup attempts that prevented a return to full political stability and economic development. Fidel RAMOS was elected president in 1992. His administration was marked by increased stability and by progress on economic reforms. In 1992, the US closed its last military bases on the islands. Joseph ESTRADA was elected president in 1998. He was succeeded by his vice-president, Gloria MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, in January 2001 after ESTRADA’s stormy impeachment trial on corruption charges broke down and another “people power” movement (“EDSA 2”) demanded his resignation. MACAPAGAL-ARROYO was elected to a six-year term as president in May 2004. Her presidency was marred by several corruption allegations but the Philippine economy was one of the few to avoid contraction following the 2008 global financial crisis, expanding each year of her administration. Benigno AQUINO III was elected to a six-year term as president in May 2010. The Philippine Government faces threats from several groups, some of which are on the US Government’s Foreign Terrorist Organization list. Manila has waged a decades-long struggle against ethnic Moro insurgencies in the southern Philippines, which has led to a peace accord with the Moro National Liberation Front and ongoing peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The decades-long Maoist-inspired New People’s Army insurgency also operates through much of the country. The Philippines faces increased tension with China over disputed territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea. – The World Factbook

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The Center for Philippine Studies (CPS) plays an important role in promoting interest in the Philippines and Filipinos in the diaspora as an academic field of study. As such, it occupies a unique place in the university as it finds a niche in the world. CPS along with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies collectively form the National Resource Center for Southeast Asian Studies (NRCSEA) at UH Mānoa. To learn more about the CPS at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, please click here.

In keeping with the ideals of a diverse and pluralistic American society, the Filipino and Philippine Literature Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa seeks to provide an in-depth understanding of the Philippines, its national language and its people among heritage and non- heritage students, train language and literature scholars, researchers and teachers to become competent, literate users of Filipino, and lead the field of teaching Filipino and Philippine literature locally, nationally, and internationally with innovative pedagogical materials and research. To learn more about Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, please click here.

The Center for Philippine Studies is very pleased to launch a semester-long Study Abroad Program in the Philippines commencing in Fall 2015! This program will provide a valuable opportunity for Filipino students to reconnect and learn about their heritage, and for other students to learn about a fascinating culture that is deeply ingrained in the local culture of Hawai’i. Students may also participate in the Mānoa International Exchange in the Philippines or arrange an independent study abroad program in the Philippines through the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa Study Abroad Center.

Funding is also available for undergraduates wishing to conduct research abroad in the Philippines through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa.

kadagatanKADAGATAN incorporates Filipino culture and core values in teaching tropical marine ecology. Its aim is to engage students about environmental stewardship and to inspire them to take action in sustaining the wellbeing of their environment. This curriculum focuses on Filipinos and their intimate relationship with the sea, but the concepts covered in three modules are universal. Through standards and inquiry-based lessons and virtual activities, students will be taken on a journey into their past and place, beginning with the center most region of the Philippines, the Visayas. From there, students will explore the country’s diverse and rich coastal communities and dive into the deep trenches of Philippine water, all within understanding the context and connections to our global environment.




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