[Blueboard] Launch of Philippine Studies special issue on Filipino Catholicism

Development Studies Program [LS] devstudies.soss at ateneo.edu
Thu Nov 20 17:14:40 PHT 2014

*Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints*

School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University

in partnership with Rappler, Inc.

invites you to the

Presentations will be made by the following contributors:

*Fr. Jose Mario C. Francisco, SJ*, Loyola School of Theology

*Dr. Manuel Victor J. Sapitula*, University of the Philippines Diliman

*Dr. Josefina Socorro F. Tondo*, De La Salle University Manila

*Dr. Julius Bautista*, National University of Singapore

and the issue’s guest editor

*Dr. Jayeel S. Cornelio*, Director, Development Studies Program

Forum Moderator:

*Paterno Esmaquel II, *Multimedia Reporter, Rappler Inc.

Faura Hall Audio-Visual Room

Ateneo de Manila University

Loyola Heights, Quezon City

21 November 2014

4.30 pm

The nine articles gathered in this special issue fall under three different
themes that matter to the study of Catholicism today: church-state
relations, popular religion, and reflections on studying Filipino

The articles on church-state relations include those by Dr David Buckley
(University of Louiseville) on Catholicism as a "public religion" and its
democratic dilemma; Fr Jose Mario C Francisco, SJ (Loyola School of
Theology, Ateneo de Manila University) on the discourse about the
Philippines as a "Catholic nation"; and Dr Coeli Barry (Mahidol University)
on the changes in the spirituality and congregational lives of nuns from
the 1930s to the 1970s, which resulted in the Filipinization of their

Tackling popular religion are the articles by Dr Manuel Victor J Sapitula
(University of the Philippines Diliman) on the Perpetual Help devotion in
Baclaran as exemplifying a "modern popular religion"; Dr Deirdre de la Cruz
(University of Michigan) on the "shower of petals" miracle in Lipa,
Batangas, in 1948-1949 as reason to rethink "popular religion"; and Dr
Josefina Socorro F Tondo (De La Salle University) on the religiosity of
Filipina migrant domestic workers in Kuala Lumpur and their relationships
with Malaysian employers, Catholics, and religious leaders.

Reflecting on the methods used in studying Filipino Catholicism are the
articles by Dr Jayeel Cornelio (Ateneo de Manila University) on the turn to
"everyday authenticity" in the study of religion in the Philippines since
the 1990s; Dr Julius Bautista and Peter J Bräunlein (National University of
Singapore and University of Göttingen) on the challenges of doing
ethnographic fieldwork on the Passion rituals of Central Luzon, which
questions the assumption that the researcher is free to determine the
parameters of fieldwork; and Dr Paul-François Tremlett (Open University,
UK) on the changes in the spatial dynamics of Metro Manila and how these
changes may be related to contemporary Catholicism, particularly with the
emergence of the El Shaddai movement.

In a research note, Adrian Hermann (Utrecht University and Stanford
University) discusses the early periodicals of the Iglesia Filipina
Independiente (1903-1904) and the formation of a global, transcontinental
network of independent Catholic churches. Fr Victor L Badillo, SJ, provides
a complete list of American Jesuits who were brought to the prison camps at
the University of Santo Tomas and at Los Baños during the Second World War.

Copies of the special issue will be sold at a special price during the

For inquiries and RSVP (by Wed., 19 Nov.), please contact Ramil at the
editorial office at tel. 426-6001 extension 4619 or email
philstudies.soss at ateneo.edu. Thank you.

Development Studies Program
Ateneo de Manila University
426-6001 local 5218/19
Rm. 408, 4/F Ricardo & Dr. Rosita Leong Hall
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights,
Quezon City 1108
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