Role at UHM and the World

The Center for Philippine Studies (CPS) at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa promotes 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 its niche. Studying the Philippines and its people at UHM is fun. Find out why.

CPS was originally established as a Program in 1975 by an Act of the Hawai’i State Legislature to recognize the contributions of Filipinos to the history of Hawai’i and to highlight the academic expertise on the Philippines at the University of Hawai’i. Administratively, the Center is housed at the School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) of the College of Languages, Arts and Letters (CALL). It is the only such center in North America and an internationally recognized source of broad and specialized expertise on a country and people with a long historical link with the US and the Asia-Pacific region.

Learn more about the Center by navigating this site.



In-person training For Students on the Philippine Hero Dr. Jose Rizal, under the program Rizal Youth Leadership Institute (RYLI), by the Knights of Rizal-Aloha Chapter, co-sponsored by the Center for Philippine Studies and FilCom Center.

Free T-Shirt for student attendees.

Date and Venue: July 27, 2024, Saturday, 8:00-3:00 PM at the FilCom Center, Waipahu, Hawaii.

Details: Register now while slots last. First come-first served basis. Please click on the QR Code in the bottom part of the flyer, below.

Contact: Sir Sergio J. Acubilla III, RYLI Program Director.

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Slots are limited, so better HURRY!


UPCOMING EVENT: FREE Rondalla Workshop, from July 29, 2024, through August 6, 2024.

Do you love Philippine music and culture? Curious to learn how to play the bandurria/octavina instruments? Perform in a Rondalla group? Come join a free Rondalla Workshop given by Dr. Marie Jocelyn U. Marfil of the University of the Philippines.

Free Rondalla Workshop is happening on July 29-August 2, 2024, and August 5-6, 2024. Please see the flyer below.

Register now! Slots are limited.


WEBINAR: Philippine History and the Filipino Diaspora

Filipino Fridays: Conversations on the Filipino Diaspora in the US

Date: June 21, 2024 9 PM EDT; June 22, 2024 PHST
Sponsor: UPAA, see UPAA in America, Inc. (UPAAA) – Events

UPAAA Regional Vice President Northwest Dorothy “Dot” Llariza-Tome and UPAA Nevada President Mia Casino moderate a conversation on how Philippine history shaped the Filipino diaspora and how the diaspora has also shaped Philippine history. Featuring the seasoned columnist and writer, Manuel L. Caballero, and the esteemed educator Dr. Juanita Santos Nacu, a former two-term President of UPAA San Diego and a former President of UPAAA.Dot and Mia are producers and hosts of “On the Dot,” a weekly podcast and UPAA Nevada initiative over PHLV Radio.


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Dialogo: Philippine Studies Goes Global

An international conference on Philippine Studies hosted by the University of the Philippines Asian Center, Diliman, Quezon City, on November 27-29, 2024.

Deadline: July 15, 2024


Lecture – “Istorya: Weaving Personal Stories into Fiction,” by Gina Apostol

Special Event Tomorrow: April 5, 2024, Friday, 5:30 pm.

Come and listen to this lecture, hosted by UHM Center for Philippine Studies, The Filipino Association of University Women, UP Alumni Association of Hawaii, and the Knights of Rizal.

Reserve your seat by clicking this Link


ANNO Conference is scheduled for March 14-15, 2024. This will be an opportunity for artists and/or scholars doing work with Indigenous performance to share research, hold discussions, and perform. Register for the conference using this Google Form.