Guest Speakers

Guest of Honor

Ma. Serena I. Diokno

Ma. Serena I. Diokno, Ph.D., is a Professor Emeritus of History at the University of the Philippines, and served as chair of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (2011-2016). She is a co-founder and the coordinator of the Southeast Asian Studies Regional Exchange Program (SEASREP) Foundation, an organization of Southeast Asian scholars that promotes Southeast Asian studies in the region and has written extensively on Philippine and Southeast Asian history and development, higher education, and democracy.

Keynote Speakers

Ramon Pagayon Santos

Ramon Pagayon Santos, Ph.D., is a National Artist for Music and Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of the Philippines. He was the former chair and elected Member of Honor of the Asian Composers League. From 2001 to 2005, he was the vice president of the International Music Council at UNESCO. As a composer, his works draw on Philippine and Southeast Asian artistic traditions and from Western and non-Western sources, featuring various combinations of orchestral instruments, Javanese gamelan, Philippine indigenous instruments as well as different styles of vocal production.

Syed Farid Alatas

Syed Farid Alatas, Ph.D., is a Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore and a leading theorist in critical scholarship, advancing the intellectual movement for an autonomous social science tradition in Asia. Among his pioneering works are Democracy and Authoritarianism: The Rise of the Post-Colonial State in Indonesia and Malaysia (Macmillan, 1997), Alternative Discourse in Asian Social Science, Responses to Eurocentrism (Sage, 2006), and Applying Ibn Khaldun: The Recovery of a Lost Tradition in Sociology (Routledge, 2014).