14 December 2018
SOAS University of London has been awarded a new grant of 8 Million PHP (£120,000) from the Philippine Embassy in London to strengthen the SOAS Philippines studies program.
The grant will boost the existing Philippine studies project at SOAS and will add to the £75,000 initial funding which was donated to SOAS by the Philippine government in October 2017.
From left to right: Consul Rommel Romato, Consul General Senen Mangalile, Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo, Dr. Cristina Juan, Professor Stephen Hopgood, and Dr. Ben Murtagh pose for a photo after the signing of the Gift Agreement at the Philippine Embassy.
The SOAS Philippine Studies Project has successfully organized academic programs including intensive summer course on language learning, modular lectures on Jose Rizal's novels, conferences on HIV/AIDS awareness, digitization of SOAS Filipiniana collections, and writing workshops. It organized UK’s first academic conference on the Cordillera for its annual Philippine Studies Conference in London in July 2018. The project also plans to organize a major academic conference on Mindanao in July 2019.
Philippine Ambassador to the UK Antonio Lagdameo and SOAS Pro-Director Professor Stephen Hopgood signed the said gift agreement on behalf of the Philippine Government and SOAS. The special signing ceremony was held at the newly established Sentro Rizal of the Philippine Embassy in London. The signing ceremony was attended by Dr Ben Murtagh, Head of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics; Dr. Cristina Juan, Senior Teaching Fellow and Executive Officer for Philippine Studies at SOAS, Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul General Senen Mangalile and Consul Rommel Romato of the Philippine Embassy.
Ambassador Lagdameo said: “the Philippine Embassy is a committed partner in developing the Philippine studies initiatives in SOAS and in the UK. We are delighted to help in finding opportunities for mutually beneficial people-to-people exchanges between the Philippines and the United Kingdom.”