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Professorial Chair Lecture of Dr. Peracullo

Originally posted on Erika's thoughts:
Last Thursday, August 17, I attended the talked of Dr. Peracullo on Genealogical Mapping of Feminist Resistance Theory. She talked about the history of feminist and how women are being oppressed in our society. Dr. Peracullo started her talk with giving an example of a Feminist group that is…

The Body “Knows:” Self, Identity, and Body Awareness

This is a beautiful essay from Cha Aquino of PHILOPE A56. Among the many assignments and activities I had assigned to my students, this assignment is a personal favorite because of the overwhelming positive response to the call to share about what it means to have a gender and body identity. Thank you for all the wonderful reflections!

Philosophy of the Person

The first time I truly realized that I was a girl was when I complained to my parents that there was a boy bothering me in school. The boy would tease me all the time, call me names, and from what I could remember, was just short of becoming violent. After explaining this to my parents, they laughed and said, “Ganyan talaga mga boys ‘pag may crush sayo.” I vividly remember being confused because I thought that if he liked me, why would he be mean to me? A few days later, when the boy’s teasing became too much, I fought back and got reprimanded by my homeroom teacher. Despite telling her that he was bothering me, she said that regardless of the situation, “it’s not proper for girls to fight.” At that moment, I remember being (wrongfully) ashamed of defending myself.

Boys will be boysCredit: CNN Philippines “It’s the comments…

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Incentive: Geological Mapping of Feminist Resistance Theories

Originally posted on Kimby Estanislao:
Due to the existence of patriarchy and hyper-masculinity in the world, people, particularly women, were forced to resist these social structures and body systems that had long oppressed and subjugated them. An example of which is the iconic resistance against the state in the context of religion that is staged…

Colonialism, Decolonization, and Resistance

Another excellent reflection from Jerika Ubaldo of Gender, Race and Class in the US course.

Gender, Race, and Class in the United States

In Praise of Difficult Chicas: Feminism and Femininity 

by Adriana Lopez

  • Colonialism

“Feminist might not be the proper sobriquet to describe my great aunt, Tia Esthercita, but she sure was fearless. In the late 1950s she flouted the church’s social dictums, scoffed at being ladylike and defied los hombres machistaShe smoked cigars, huffed down whiskey and indulged in numerous love affairs with very doting, sometimes married, men. She owned a farm on the outskirts of Bogotá, Colombia, and a three-bedroom modern apartment in Las Torres de Fenicia, a high-rise luxury building in the once chic downtown part of the capital. I could never quite figure out how my aunt could afford this lavish lifestyle and why my mother’s family always rolled their eyes and spoke furtively when the subject turned to our eccentric aunt – a woman with cojones.”

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Painting their Presence: A Deconstruction of the Experience of Women of Color in the American Society

I am very happy with this work from Rianna Custudio in my class, Gender, Race and Class in the U.S.

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The articles of Lopez, Hurdis, and Tumang offered a riveting account of how they resisted the realities in context of the American society. As part of the minority, these women of color paint the feminist movement with additional colors or perspectives as to how gender and race are linked to the experience of oppression. While gender is a basis for subjugation, women of color are bound to additional levels of discrimination due to their race. Therefore, feminism, at least the waves present during their time, does not yet fully offer the representation that these women are uncovering. This society presents a great contrast to the repressed individuality in which they were longing and fighting to be discussed or recognized. The three articles are deconstructed with respect to the elements of colonialism, decolonization, and resistance, respectively. Then, an explanation as to why certain passages were highlighted would follow.

In Praise of…

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All Reaction Papers due on August 15, 2017

Dear students,

As announced last Saturday during the Big Lecture Series, reaction papers on Interreligious Dialogue and Big Lecture shall be submitted on August 15, 2017 via Word Press.

I am also inviting you (for extra points) to attend my Professorial Chair Lecture on August 17, 2017 at 230 PM at Yuchengco Building 408.  The deadline for submission of reaction paper for this event will be August 19, 2017.

Please be guided accordingly.

Warm wishes,

Dr. Jeane


Alternative Class on August 10, 2017

My dear students,

As previously announced, everyone is encouraged to attend the event on Interreligious Dialogue on Thursday, AUgust 10, 2017 at 1100-1230 PM at Y407-409.  PHILOPE A56 CLASS is expected to attend.

Please come on time and ask questions for our speakers.  You will get extra points for doing this!

See you all there at the event tomorrow!


Dr. Jeane


Dear students,

Please mark the date (the event was moved from August 3 to August 10, 2017).  Those who still want to make-up for lost point should go to this event.


The Philosophy Department

College of Liberal Arts

In cooperation with the

Behavioral Sciences Society

Cordially invites the La Sallian Community

To an interreligious forum




August 10, 2017


1100-1230 PM


How should we speak of God amidst the anxieties of our times?  Where shall we search for the face of Jesus, of Mohammed and of the Buddha, amongst the endless streams of refugees pouring out of war-torn areas here and overseas?


The seeming dissonance between the message of love and peace, which is the heart of the world’s religions, and the reality of violence and indifference towards those of different faith or religion, is hard to ignore.  For some scholars, the above dissonance points to the increasing role of religious belief in the promotion of epistemic violence, which is manifested in sexism, fundamentalism, racism, ethnocentrism, transphobia, and many more.  For some scholars, however, religion can be a category of knowledge that is enabling, and can contribute to human flourishing. Religion is not the “other” in the emancipatory discourse.


The forum presents local scholars from major religions—Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, to explore these issues and more.  It seeks to offer a venue for the community to reflect on the Praxis of faith and to respond to the challenge to contribute to the flourishing of all.




Datu Mussolini Sinsuat Lidasan is a Fellow of the Konrad Adenaeur Stiftung and the King Abdullah bin Abdulazis Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue. He is a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission. He is also currently the Executive Director of the Al Qalam Institute of Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Southeast Asia based at Ateneo de Davao University.


Mr. Abdul Rahman Ernesto M. Cruz is a leading figure of the Islamic Propagators Association of the Philippines. He facilitates Islamic dialogue in schools, jails and other correctional institutions, with the police and military organizations, and other public desks. Mr. Cruz hosts a radio and television programs, which airs every Saturday and Sunday in DYME 78.3, which covers the entire island of Masbate, Negros (Iloilo City) and in Samar, Philippines.


Ms. Laureen Velasco is a faculty member of the Philosophy Department at De La Salle University. She is the 2015 Winner of the Students’ Search for Outstanding Teachers (SSOT), a campus-wide search sponsored by the Student Government. Ms. Velasco has obtained multiple fellowships from The Monbusho (Monbukagakusho)

and Japan Foundation as recognition for her outstanding scholarship on Japanese Philosophy and Culture and Zen Buddhism.


Dr. Mark Joseph Calano is a faculty member of the Philosophy Department at The Ateneo de Manila University.  He holds two PhDs, one in Religious Studies from St. Louis University and the other in Philosophy from ADMU respectively.  Dr. Calano is also an author of a SHS textbook on World Religions.


For more information about the forum, email  You can also call via local 546.

Assignment for July 18-23, 2017

Dear students,

Please refer to the file attached for the instructions regarding your 2nd journal entry.  See you all next week!

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Jeane

July 18-23 Assignment

Excellent Reflection on the film, Departures and Buddhism

Departures is a truly beautiful film to frame discussions on death, life and love.  Here is an example of a reflection that strings the film and Buddhism together.  PHILOPE A56 student, Charisse Aquino writes:

“Departures” and Buddhism

Credit: Culture Trip

A few weeks ago, we watched a Japanese film in PHILOPE class called “Departures.” The 2008 film is about a man called Daigo , who, after a failed career as a cellist, becomes a nōkanshi (a traditional Japanese ritual mortician) in his hometown. Throughout the film, the viewers see him deal with different struggles such as his anger towards his father and even hostility from others because of his job. In this reflection, I will discuss and analyze the film and connect it with themes of Buddhism. For better understanding, the reflection will be divided into two parts, ‘Dying’ and ‘Living.’

For more check out Charisse’s site here: