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42nd Annual Conference of the Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc. (UGAT)


November 16, 17, 18, & 20, 2020

via Zoom and Facebook Live

Anthropology of Encounters

Hosted by

De La Salle University - Social Development Research Center (DLSU-SDRC) &

Ateneo de Manila University - Department of Sociology and Anthropology -

Anthropological and Sociological Initiative of the Ateneo (DSA-ASIA)

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Gideon Lasco, MD, PhD is a physician and medical anthropologist. He is senior lecturer at the University of the Philippines Diliman's Department of Anthropology and research fellow at the Ateneo de Manila University's Development Studies Program. He obtained his medical (MD) and master's degrees (MSc in Medical Anthropology) from the UP College of Medicine and his PhD from the University of Amsterdam. A recipient of the Palanca Award for Essay, he maintains a weekly column on health, culture, and national affairs in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, as well as a newly launched column in SAPIENS - the online anthropology magazine - that focuses on the relationships of humans with other living and non-living things. His collection of essays, The Philippines Is Not A Small Country, was published by the Ateneo de Manila Press in September 2020, and his ethnographic monograph on human stature has recently been accepted for publication at the University of the Philippines Press. 


Mary Racelis joined the Ateneo de Manila faculty in June 1960, the first woman professor in the College. Fr. Frank Lynch, S.J., then starting both the Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC) and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology (DSA), invited her to be among his first staff members. Dr. Racelis was born in Manila in 1932 of a Filipino father and American mother. She received her elementary education in the Philippines and finished high school and college in New York (Cornell University, Sociology and Anthropology 1954). She completed her M.A. Sociology at the University of the Philippines in 1960. In 1975, De La Salle University awarded her a Doctorate in the Social Sciences, honoris causa. In 2003, the Ateneo de Manila University awarded her a Doctorate in Humanities, honoris causa. (Source)

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Ponciano L. Bennagen was the founding president of UGAT. He was a former chair of the UP Department of Anthropology and Commissioner of the Constitutional Commission that drafted the 1986 Philippine Constitution.

Benjamin Abadiano is a trustee of the Assissi Development Foundation. He established the Pamulaan Centre of Indigenous Peoples Education based in Davao City, the first tertiary-level program for the Indigenous Peoples.

Eufracio C. Abaya is an educational anthropologist from the University of the Philippines. He received his PhD in anthropology from the Michigan State University.

He was a former president of UGAT. 

Ruth S. Batani is a cultural anthropologist and currently the Vice-President for Research and Extension of the Benguet State University. She received her PhD in anthropology from the University of the Philippines.

Nancy Ann P. Gonzales is the Vice-President for Academic Affairs of the Ifugao State University. She has written studies on indigenizing the curriculum. She has a PhD in Education.


Maria F. Mangahas is a member of the CHED Technical Committee for Anthropology. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. 


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