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Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints is an internationally refereed journal that publishes scholarly articles and other materials on the history of the Philippines and its peoples, both in the homeland and overseas.

It believes the past is illuminated by historians as well as scholars from other disciplines; at the same time, it prefers ethnographic approaches to the history of the present. It welcomes works that are theoretically informed but not encumbered by jargon. It promotes a comparative and transnational sensibility, and seeks to engage scholars who may not be specialists on the Philippines. Founded in 1953 as Philippine Studies, the journal is published quarterly by the Ateneo de Manila University.




Due to the current COVID-19 public health emergency, with Metro Manila and the entire island of Luzon placed under quarantine and the Ateneo de Manila University on shutdown for one month, there will be a delay in the shipment of the print copies of Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints vol. 68, no. 1 (March 2020).

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this delay.

However, please be advised that the issue is available online in the journal’s website ( and soon in Project MUSE (

Thank you for your kind understanding.
Posted: 2020-03-16

The Philippines, Spain, and Globalization, Sixteenth Century to the Present: An International Conference

Organized by
Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints
School of Social Sciences, Loyola Schools
Ateneo de Manila University
To be held in Novotel Manila Araneta Center
Quezon City, Philippines
23–24 July 2020

An incontrovertible consequence of the sixteenth-century conquest by Spain of the islands that became the Philippines is the country’s incorporation into globalization. The Philippines became a part of the Spanish global empire, with the founding of Spanish Manila considered by some historians as signaling the birth of world trade the circuits of which interconnected all parts of the inhabited earth. In the religious sphere, the islanders were introduced to Catholicism, with many local communities becoming a part of the global Catholic ecumene. The Philippines became a significant node for flows into it and out of it of free and unfree migrants, cultural practices, linguistic elements, flora and fauna, microorganisms and diseases, agricultural commodities, artisanal and manufactured products, minerals, monies, technologies, and other vectors of social life. Through the centuries the Philippine engagement with globalization deepened, eventually yielding cosmopolitan natives and nationalist ideologies. Nevertheless, the Spanish domination of the Philippines was far from a simple linear process; rather, it played out some of the most acute contradictions of globalization as indexed by friar hegemony and underdevelopment. At the same time, the country and its peoples, in their own ways, became participants in and shapers and influencers of globalization.
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