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Manila, Philippines
Berkeley Summer Abroad

Manila, Philippines: Narratives of Tradition and Resistance

  • Summary

    Learn about Philippine history, culture, and society through interactions with Filipino people, as well as selected lectures by leading scholars in the Philippines. Students will be based at the University of the Philippines Diliman, the flagship campus of the national university system, and will go on field trips to farming communities, urban poor communities, the Cordillera mountain region, and more.

    Topics explored include the history of Japanese Occupation through the eyes of "comfort women", indigenous knowledge (including traditional tattooing and storytelling, indigenous math and engineering in the rice terraces, etc.), health care in urban communities, and histories of Martial Law.

    Program and Course objectives:

    By the end of the course students should have:

    1. Gained knowledge on the history, culture, and conditions of the Philippines through texts, guest lecturers and the students own field interviews
    2. Demonstrated research skills through a final project based on research done in the country

    Teaching & Methods include: lecture-discussion, group work and group discussions, field research.

    Dates:  May 27 – June 29, 2019
    All dates are subject to change

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    SSEAS 197: Philippines: Narratives of Tradition and Resistance

    At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    2.0 GPA or higher
    There are no prerequisites or restrictions for participation.


    Application opens February 4, 2019
    Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    Deadline to apply is March 15, 2019


  • Courses

    During the program, you will take one course for a total of six UC Berkeley units.

    Course: South and Southeast Asian Studies 197
    Title: Philippines: Narratives of Tradition and Resistance
    Instructors: Joi Barrios, Cynthia Agnes C. Aban, and Karen Llagas
    Units: 6 units

    How can we learn about Philippine history, culture, and society? What happens, for example, if we are able to “experience” the chanting of an epic, with its ever-changing narrative, instead of just reading it in a “fixed” text in a book? What can we know about Filipino spirituality through the work of a tattoo artist from a Kalinga village? What can a contractual factory worker on strike tell us about the Philippine economy from his/her point of view? How can we understand the situation of Filipino peasants by witnessing/participating in field labor and hearing the songs they have written?

    The course brings students on a research trip to the Philippines to learn through interviews and interactions with Filipino people, as well as selected lecturers by the Philippines’ leading scholars. Among the other topics to be explored are: the Japanese Occupation (1942-1945) through the eyes of “comfort women”, indigenous knowledge, such as mathematics and engineering in the Banaue rice terraces; healthcare and urban poor communities; and Martial law (1972 - 1986) memory and counter-memory from survivors of torture and detention.

    You can fulfill the L&S International Studies breadth requirement by full participation in a Berkeley Summer Abroad program. All of the required courses must be completed with a C-/P or better.

    Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.

  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    Program Fee

    2019 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,514 $3,300
    Program Fee $2,358 $2,358
    Total Cost $4,872 $5,658

    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $58.

    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    2019 Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $1,242
    Additional Meals $294
    Books $210
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $448
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $2,194

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.


    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per-unit cost:

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $419 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 per unit

    The program fee includes* the following items:

    • Student housing for the duration of the program on campus at UP Diliman in Manila.
    • Meals during program excursions
    • On-site orientation activities, excursions, etc.
    • Multi-Day excursions to the Banaue Rice Terraces, Subic Bay, and other day-long trips.
    • Travel insurance to cover accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs including fees for group transportation, guest speakers, etc.
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application and is applied to the program fee

    *Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Meals

  • Timeline
    Application opens February 4, 2019
    Application closes March 15, 2019
    Applicants notified of selection March 22, 2019
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 5, 2019
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    First day of program May 27, 2019
    Last day of program† June 29, 2019

    * These events take place on the UC Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    † Students are expected to check into program housing on May 27, 2019 and will be expected to check out of program housing on June 29, 2019. Students who arrive in-country early or depart after the last day may do so, but they are responsible for arranging their own accommodations outside of the program dates.

    All dates are subject to change.

  • Instructors

    Joi Barrios (Maria Josephine Barrios Leblanc) serves as a continuing lecturer teaching Filipino and Philippine Literature at UC Berkeley. After completing her Ph.D. in Filipino and Philippine Literature at the University of the Philippines Diliman, she taught at the Osaka University of Foreign Studies, UCLA, and UCI. She then returned to Manila to serve as Associate Dean of UP College of Arts and Letters and Coordinator of its Graduate Program. She is the author of several books, among them, two Filipino textbooks, the poetry collection "To Be a Woman is to Live at a Time of War," and her research, "From the Theater Wings: Grounding and Flight of Filipino Women Playwrights." She has won fourteen national literary awards and for her contributions to literature, was among the 100 women chosen as Weavers of History for the Philippine Centennial Celebration. In 2004, she also received the TOWNS (Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service) Award, and in 2016, the Balagtas Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature (Poetry in Filipino).

    Cynthia Agnes C. Aban is a continuing lecturer at UC Berkeley for Filipino Beginning and Intermediate levels. She also co-teaches seminar courses on Filipino Spirituality, Southeast Asian Performing Arts and the summer course, Philippine Myths and Legends. She has presented in several language and arts conferences in the US and abroad: the 1st Salindunong International Conference (“Proficiency Assessment of Filipino as a Foreign Language”) on April 2018; the National Heritage Language Conference at UCLA; the Philippine Studies Conference at the University of Hawaii Manoa (“Beyond IdentityX Heritage Language Acquisition and Philippine Studies”); and the Malikhaing Guro (Creative Teacher) National Conference at the University of the Philippines Los Baños in Laguna, Philippines. She has authored 3 Preschool Skillbuilder Books, Read and Grow, Count and Grow, Explore and Grow for ICI International, all currently in use in preschools in the Philippines. At present, she is revising Colloquial Filipino; The Complete Course for Beginners for Routledge Publications, to be published in 2019. Chat Aban was a candidate for Ph.D. with a major on Clinical Psychology at the University of the Philippines-Diliman and earned her BS Psychology from the University of the Philippines-Baguio. An award-winning songwriter, musician, and performer with Ang Grupong Pendong (KATHA Best World Music Album), she also contributed songs for various recordings of the band, ASIN and Lokal Brown.

    Karen Llagas has taught Beginning and Intermediate Filipino classes (FIL1A/B and FIL100A/B); online Intermediate Filipino classes (FILW100A/B), as well as coX taught Freshman/Sophomore seminar courses on Southeast Asian Short Stories (S,SEASN 39, with Prof. Sylvia Tiwon) and a summer course on Philippine Myths and

    Legends (S,SEASN 120, with Maria Joi Barrios LeXBlanc and Cynthia Aban). Together with fellow Filipino teachers, she has coXcreated materials for the UC Berkeley’s Filipino classes online. In addition to teaching, she has been conducting her research on the use of folklore in contemporary Filipino and Filipino-American literature and on heritage language teaching. She is currently at work on a Tagalog verb book (501 Tagalog Verbs, with Tuttle Publishing), which will be an important resource for students learning Filipino/Tagalog. As a poet and essayist, she has been a recipient of a Filamore Tabios, Sr. Memorial Poetry Prize, a Hedgebrook residency and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. Her first collection of poetry, Archipelago Dust, was published by Meritage Press in 2010. Her poems have appeared in Rhino Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, the anthologies Troubling Borders, An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the

    Diaspora (University of Washington Press, 2014), The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems of the San Francisco Bay Watershed (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2010), Field of Mirrors, (PAWA, 2010), among others.