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A few photos from the 8th Nakem Conference

Day 1

Day 2 & 3

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8th Nakem Conference Bulletin


Taken at the 7th NAKEM International Conference in San Fernanado City, Philippines on December 5-7, 2012.

First Call

8th Nakem International Conference

Hosted and Sponsored by
The University of Hawaii Ilokano Program
Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
United States of America


The 8th Nakem Conference, “The Center from the Margin: Accounting All Philippine and Other Peripheralized Languages for Critical Education,” aims to explore the place of the Other, because ‘othered,’ languages in the pursuit of critical and emancipatory education for all peoples of the world. In addition, the conference problematizes the very nature of ‘center’ in the statist idea of authority, power, culture, education, and language in multinational, multicultural, and multilingual states in order to account the relevance of the ‘margin.’

The conference specifically aims to:

Paper Proposal Requirements

Paper proposals submitted for consideration by the Abstract Selection Committee must zero in on the theme or the specific goals of the conferences.

Apart from the theme, some topics for consideration are:

Only abstracts of between 250 and 300 words are accepted for presentation at the 8th Nakem International Conference.

Each abstract must zero in on the theme, or one or more of the topics listed in this Call for Paper.

All abstracts must be sent to, cc to, and, on or before April 30, 2013:

Notice of acceptance of abstracts will be emailed to conference paper proponents on or before May 30, 2013.

Notices will be emailed. Only e-versions of Notices of Acceptance will be sent. No other versions will be used; hence, all proponents are advised to have their own personal, or professional, email addresses.


The proposal, of between 250 and 300 words, must follow this format:

Name of Proposer:
Other co-authors (if applicable):
Institutional affiliation: (complete address included)

Contact Information:
Landline: (office, home, work)

Abstract: (Title, of no more than 10 words)
Abstract: (Content, including word count)

For example:

Name of Proposer: Luis Borges (main author)
Co-authors: Pablo Nerudi (if applicable)
Susan Sontagu (if applicable)
Institutional Affiliation:
College of Education
Don Mariano Marcos State University
San Fernando City
057-075-0770 (Tel)

Contact Information:
Department of Educational Foundations
College of Education, DMMSU, San Fernando City
0928-0928-928 (cell)
075-777-7777 (home/work)

Please take note that all abstract submissions must follow the format above. Proponents will be asked to choose only one presentation in case of multiple submissions.

Panel and Demo Proposal Requirements

For panel or demo proposals, each panel or demo shall consist of no less than three members, all of them working on the same theme, issue or topic but each speaker must present an individual paper. Two abstracts are needed: the panel abstract and the abstract for each paper, with the same specific requirements as those in individual presentations.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is April 30, 2013. Full papers, sent to conveners, are expected on of before August 30, 2013.


When sending abstracts, please put this information in the subject heading of your email:
Nakem2013-[your last name]-abstract, to wit:


Registration deadline is August 30, 2013. The registration form should be submitted and the corresponding registration fee paid. The details of payment are found below.

Registration fee includes conference kit and meals during the actual date—and only during the actual date. The cost of accommodations within and outside the University of Hawaii at Manoa will be borne by the participants, as well as transportation to and from the conference sites, and to and from the Honolulu International Airport.

Registration fee is USD 200 for all participants.

The registration fee, along with the filled out registration form, may also be handed to any of the members of the 2013 Nakem International Conference Steering Committee composed of the Nakem Conferences Philippines Board of Directors listed below.


For updates and other information on the 8th Nakem International Conference, please contact any of the following:

For inquiries in the United States, please email:


Outlined below are additional reservation requirements and other pertinent details:

Lodging will be in the following buildings:

Hale Kuahine
1811 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96848-1811

Hale Manoa
1711 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96848-1711

Lincoln Hall
1821 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96848-1821

Persons interested in housing should contact the East-West Center directly via phone (808-944-7805), fax (808-944-7790), or email (

The East-West Center requests that you identify yourself as attending the Nakem International Conference. Once your “call-in” status is verified, they will immediately confirm rooms on a space available basis. An advance deposit of one night’s rent is required to confirm the reservation. In lieu of an advance deposit, MasterCard of Visa will be accepted and the account charged only if there is a cancellation charge. Advanced deposits are required. This requirement may be waived if the requester provides acceptable credit card information, or the sponsoring department/office guarantees in writing payment of possible cancellation charges. Requesters agree to assist with, mediate or resolve any problems relating to guest’s conduct or unpaid charges. Cancellation charges equivalent to one night’s rent apply for individual reservations not cancelled at least 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival. Requests for specific room numbers or locations cannot be confirmed.

Although Lincoln Hall offers less comfortable accommodations with private bathrooms, guests should be advised that rooms are not air-conditioned and that hotel-type services such as porters, room service, etc. are not available. Hale Manoa rooms are provided with bedding and linen, but no towels. A towel packet is sold at our front desks for $5.00. Please note, since our dormitories house graduate students and researchers year round “quiet” hours are in effect throughout the year. Coin operated washers and dryers are available for guest use.

Lincoln Hall and Hale Kuahine desk hours are 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. After-hour arrivals and departures are processed at the Hale Manoa desk, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Although a dormitory room has been confirmed for you, the Housing Office reserves the right to assign guests to either Hale Manoa or Hale Kuahine. Both buildings are co-educational with shared bathroom facilities and similarly furnished rooms. Smoking is prohibited in all EWC buildings. Check-in time is 2:00 pm. Check-out time is 10:00 am.

Sodexo (808-956-3660) operates cafeterias and other food outlets throughout the University of Hawaii campus. Their Paradise Palms Cafe is across the street from Lincoln Hall. The Campus Center and other cafeteria operations are within 5 to 10 minute walk of the East-West Center campus. Parking at the East-West Center is administered by the University of Hawaii. Visitor parking is available on the Upper Campus at green Pay-to-Park visitor stalls and in the two Lower Campus parking structures. Guests may park adjacent to the dormitories for loading/unloading purposes, but vehicles must not be left unattended. For more information about parking rates and locations, go to


Beginning today, August 17,2013, we are starting our Nakem Advisory for the information of all those participating at this annual conference.

If you have any questions, you can email us at: nakemconferences@gmail.doc, or text/call Dr Alegria Tan Visaya, President of Nakem Conferences Philippines,

Conference Websites & Other

Sources of Updates

Other dedicated social networking websites post updates about this conference: and the UH Manoa Ilokano Program website.

Websites of institutional co-sponsors also post updates on the activities of the conference.

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4th Nakem Conference Bulletin

Bulletin Date: March 29, 2009

The Steering Committee of the 4th Nakem International Conference, “Dap-ayan: Understanding and Sharing Ethnolinguistic Worlds Towards Cultural Pluralism” has made initial arrangements with Hale Koa for your lodging and accommodation needs while attending the conference. The Steering Committee regrets that it cannot offer lodging and accommodation for participants, delegates, guests, and paper presenters except for a few keynote speakers.

Hale Manoa, a 13-story dormitory within the UH Manoa campus, on East-West Road, is administered by the East-West Center.

There is a limited eligibility—and availability—of these facilities.

Priority for eligibility is for students.

Eligibility for visitors—which is the case of all taking part in the 4th Nakem Conference—requires that we ‘sponsor’ you to avail of these facilities, the ‘sponsorship’ herein operationally defined as our telling Hale Koa management in advance that you are taking part in our Nakem Conference, an academic activity of the Ilokano Language and Literate Program of the University.

We have precisely done this initial arrangement—and you maybe eligible if you act now.

You need to make your reservation on-line. Reservation is by individual only.

There are restrictions that you must always consider when you intend to stay at Hale Koa:

1. No meals are served here. There are restaurants within and outside the UH Manoa campus for your dining needs. Public buses are available for trips to downtown Honolulu.

2. You will need to arrange with your roommate—if you are planning to have one (or several)—about the details of rooming together, including billing arrangement, the use of credit cards, manner of payment, and the like.

3. When you register on-line, you need to mention that you are taking part in the 4th Nakem International Conference. You can also call them to register.  

4. Your contact person at Hale Koa is Patti Chan, at 808 944 7807 (direct line). If you need to speak with Ms. Chan, call during office hours, Honolulu Time.

5. You need to hold the room—and make arrangements with Hale Koa reservation office to do so. East-West Center, the organization running Hale Koa, requires that you do that at least six months prior to your coming over.

6. You need to confirm the reservation; the Hale Koa and other housing facilities attached to it are always fully booked.

7. You are only allowed to stay at the Hale Koa for a maximum of 20 nights.

8. Desk hours at Hale Koa are 24 hours. You can reach the desk at 808-944-7960.

The rates at this time, March 29, are the following (maybe subject to change):

Single Room, $27 per night
Double Room, (single or double occupancy), $37 per night.

For reservations and other information, log on to:

If you opt to book with the various hotels in downtown Honolulu, you might consider doing your reservation soon. The room rates in these hotels are commercially priced and they vary according to the amenities and services they offer, their location, and hotel name.

The 4th Nakem International Conference Steering Committee

50 Papers To Be Presented At 4th Nakem Conference in Honolulu

The Abstract Selection Committee of the 4th Nakem Conference to be held at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa from November 11 to November 14 has selected 50 papers for presentation at the conference. Another panel consisting of five more papers and dealing with the Ilokano intellectual tradition since the 19th century will also form part of the conference.

The papers deal with the sharing of heritage, multicultural education, and various issues related to sharing heritage, heritage language teaching, emerging knowledge on the Ilocos and Amianan, cultural pluralism and democracy, and the Ilokano-Amianan politico-historical discourses. Some speakers will come from Australia, Bangladesh, India, The Philippines, and Canada.

The 4th Nakem Conference is chaired by Aurelio Solver Agcaoili and co-chaired by Lilia Quindoza Santiago and Raymund Llanes Liongson. Together with Clem Montero and Julius Soria, the five faculty members representing UH Manoa, Leeward Community College, and Kapiolani Community College form the conference’s Steering Committee.

The steering committee is looking for student volunteers who will help with the registration, documentation, technology assistance, and conference proceedings. For updates on the 4th Nakem Conference, please log on to any of these dedicated sites:, or

For inquiries, email: The 4th Nakem Conference Secretariat, or


The University of Hawai’i’s Ilokano Language and Literature Program convenes the 4th Nakem International Conference on “Dap-ayan: Sharing and Understanding Ethnolinguistic Worlds Towards Cultural Pluralism.” The conference will be held at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa on Nov. 11-14, 2009.

The four-day conference is expected to be attended by cultural researchers, heritage language educators, advocates of heritage preservation and promotion, public policy leaders, and cultural artists and workers who are interested in the issues of cultural pluralism, multicultural education, cultural democracy, heritage language teaching, and critical practices related to the pursuit of linguistic rights and social justice.

The conference, the fourth in the Nakem Conference series that began in 2006 during the centennial celebration of the coming of the Filipinos to Hawai’i and the second to be held in the United States, aims to bring into the open a critical and creative discourse—as what happens in the dap-ayan—on what it means to share a heritage in a multicultural Philippines and among peoples of the Philippines in the diaspora.

The conference also hopes to locate Ilokano and various languages in the culturally plural experiences of the peoples of the Philippines and to revisit methods and methodologies that can be deployed to respond to the issues of multicultural education, literacy, cultural production and promotion, the sustenance of living traditions, and the writing and sharing of intangible heritage.
Abstract Proposal Requirements

The abstract proposals we are looking for are those that zero in on the theme of the conference or those that cover any of the topics listed in this Call for Papers. Any abstract submitted for consideration by the Selection Committee must be 300 words or less and must specify the issue or the issues it raises and the tentative direction it takes to respond to the issue or the issues it raises.

The Selection Committee encourages papers from various ethnolinguistic communities in the Philippines and in the Philippine diaspora. Philippine scholars are encouraged to write their papers in any Philippine lingua franca (Ilokano, Tagalog, or Cebuano) provided that these papers have parallel English translation to be used during the presentation. The translations are required due to the international nature of the conference.

Abstracts must be saved on a document file, on Arial type font 12, and sent as an attachment. Accompanying the abstract is a separate sheet on the proponent, with the following details:

    * Name:
    * Organizational affiliation (if applicable):
    * Complete address including contact number: (work)
    * Complete address including contact number: (home)
    * Email address: (a must)
    * Alternative email address: (we encourage you to have one)

Program Abstract

The Selection Committee requires that another abstract of 50 words or less be submitted for inclusion in the program. The abstract should bear the title of the paper, the author or authors, and the institutional affiliation (if applicable).
Topics for Presentation

Abstract proposals for full consideration by the Selection Committee must deal with the theme or any of the following topics:

    * Ilokano and heritage language teaching and the world languages curriculum
    * Appreciating ethnolinguistic worlds
    * Tangible heritage from the various ethnolinguistic groups
    * Theories and practices in the sharing and understanding of a heritage
    * Cultural pluralism as a philosophy of education
    * Pathologies of multiculturalism, remedies of cultural pluralism
    * Languages and cultures in the diaspora
    * Subversions of the multicultural Philippines experience
    * Mass media, popular culture, and heritage education

Session Format

The conference will follow a plenary session format for both the plenary speakers and the paper presenters. Each presentation is limited to 20 minutes maximum, with 5-10 minutes allotted for open forum. There will be separate sessions devoted for workshops, and organizing and advocacy work.   
Full Paper Submission

Abstract proposals turned in prior to the deadline get prior consideration by the Selection Committee. This is to allow time for the proponents to prepare their full paper, not to exceed 20 pages including references. Full papers are double spaced, on an Arial type font 12, MLA format, saved on a document file, and sent as an attachment to the Selection Committee. Full papers are due by May 31, 2009.

Conveners and Selection Committee

The conveners and members of the selection committee are made up of Dr. Aurelio Solver Agcaoili, Dr. Lilia Quindoza Santiago, and Dr. Raymund Llanes Liongson.

The conference steering committee is made up of Aurelio Agcaoili, coordinator of the Ilokano Language and Literature Program of UHM (conference chair); Lilia Santiago, assistant professor of Ilokano, UHM (co-chair), Raymund Liongson, coordinator of the Philippine Studies Program, Leeward Community College (co-chair); Clem Montero, lecturer of Ilokano and education specialist of the UHM Center for Philippines Studies and lecturer of Tagalog/Filipino, Kapiolani Community College  (member); and Julius Soria, instructor of Ilokano at UHM and at Farrington High School in Kalihi (member).
Where to send abstract and deadlines

Abstracts should be sent to, cc to and

Deadline for submission of abstracts is February 28, 2009. Proponents of abstracts accepted for presentation will be notified on or before March 15, 2009.

For updates on the conference, please visit Or you can visit the Nakem Conference button under the UH Ilokano Language and Literature Program website.


Out-of-state and out-of-country participants are advised to make arrangements with their travel agencies for itineraries and for special services like travel to and out of the Honolulu International Airport. The 4th Nakem International Conference Steering Committee does not have the resources for lodging and other forms of accommodation to participants. As such, all participants are advised to check in with hotels and lodgings close to the conference site at UH Manoa. The University has a number of hotels and hostels but booking is normally six months prior to the conference. Booking with these hotels and hostels are done individually; an online transaction would be sufficient for all your reservation and booking needs.
Participants need to check with the University of Hawai’i website for these services.

Likewise, the Steering Committee cannot offer any financial assistance or grants to paper presenters.

The holding of 4th Nakem Conference is part of an international linkage of UH Manoa Ilokano Language and Literature Program with Nakem Conferences, Inc. (based in Hawai’i) and Nakem Conferences International- Philippines Chapter (also known as Nakem Conferences Philippines), a language and culture advocacy group whose institutional and individual members come from various universities, colleges, and organizations in the Philippines.  Other organizations and individuals have been invited to take part as co-sponsors in an effort to advance mother language education, cultural pluralism, and linguistic and cultural rights of all peoples of the Philippines in the homeland and in the diaspora.

Contact Us
All questions about the 4th Nakem Conference should be emailed to the conference chair (Aurelio Solver Agcaoili, and co-chairs (Lilia Quindoza Santiago, and Raymund Llanes Liongson,  For scholars in the Philippines, you may write to Dr. Alegria Tan Visaya, President of Nakem Conferences Philippines,