27 February 2021

PGS Lecture Series 2021-03: Evangeline Katigbak-Montoya on future lives of Filipino migrants in Singapore

In this PGS Lecture Series, Dr Evangeline Katigbak-Montoya discusses the intersections of hope, education and aspiration for the future lives of the younger members of Filipino migrant families in Singapore. The presentation builds on Appadurai’s (2004) conception of aspiration as a navigational capacity for the future and juxtapose this with the idea of hope to develop an analytical lens that captures the ways by which education and migration are employed by families to navigate the imagined future geographies of their younger members’ lives. Using the case of Filipino migrant families in Singapore, Dr Katigbak-Montoya argues that hope acts as a spatio-temporal anchor that moor people in the here and now even as their aspirations are projected onto the future and elsewhere.






Dr Evangeline O. Katigbak-Montoya is a geographer whose research interests involve transnational migration and emotional geographies. Prior to going to Singapore in 2009 for her doctoral studies at the National University of Singapore, she taught Geography at the Department of Geography, University of the Philippines (Diliman) where she also obtained her BSc and MSc in Geography. She is currently with the International Studies Department, De La Salle University.


This talk happens on March 17, 2021 (Wednesday) at 4:00PM. Click this link to register for the talk. Or go directly to this link: https://bit.ly/3rf9qJe


Dr Katigbak-Montoya’s lecture is co-sponsored by the UP Department of Geography.

03 February 2021

PGS Lecture Series 2021-02: Mikko Tamura on participatory mapping for safe LGBT spaces

For the second PGS Lecture Series for 2021, Mikko Tamura will present data, discourses, and practices of mapping that go beyond representation. Entitled Participatory Mapping of LGBT Experiences and Safe Spaces, the talk draws from Tamura's own project engagements through MapBeks -- an "online community of volunteers advocating for LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex +) representation and inclusion in various mapping platforms". The talk also discusses the queering of mapping and mapmaking practices in the Philippines.

Aside from being the lead advocate for MapBeks, Tamura is currently the Community Manager for the Asia and the Pacific Hub at the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. He is the founder of MapBeks and is a volunteer mapper and a voting member of OpenStreetMap and HOT.

He was previously involved in various disaster mapping response during the Super Typhoon Yolanda and the Marawi Siege. 

Tamura's talk will take place remotely via Zoom on 20 February 2021 at 7:00PM. Click this link to register.

This PGS Lecture Series is sponsored by the Philippine Geographical Society, and co-sponsored by the UP Department of Geography




23 January 2021

PGS Lecture Series 2021-01: Mariño Deocariza on urban resilience and geographic thinking

Mariño Deocariza (Oxfam-GB) will give a talk entitled Geographic Thinking in Community Resilience Projects on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 2pm. 

Presently serving as program manager of BRUC (Building Resilient Urban Communities) with field sites in La Trinidad (Benguet), Malay (Aklan), Janiuay (Iloilo), and Del Carmen (Siargao), Mr Deocariza's talk draws from projects that advocate for climate change resilience in Asian urban cities that highlight applied geography and geographic thinking. Mariño Deocariza is an urban planner and erstwhile faculty member of the UP Department of Geography.

Check out BRUC case studies from the following areas:

La Trinidad (Benguet)Malay (Aklan)Janiuay (Iloilo), and Del Carmen, Siargao (Surigao del Norte).

This talk is presented by the Philippine Geographical Society through the PGS Lecture Series 2020-2021, co-sponsored by the UP Department of Geography.

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