MSC hosts 3-day anthropological conference

BOAC, Marinduque — Marinduque State College (MSC) hosted the 44th Ugnayang Pang-Agham, Inc. (UGAT) Annual Conference on October 26 to 28, 2022.

This year’s conference focuses on the theme “Kapuluan: Anthropology in Archipelago” and explores the material interconnectedness of peoples, islands, and the sea. It features 44 panel sessions that were divided into 11 parallel sessions and interspersed with three distinguished lectures, plus a keynote address. The sessions were delivered onsite at the MSC main campus, and online via Zoom.

The conference opened with messages from Marinduque Governor Presbitero Velasco Jr., Boac Municipal Mayor Armi Carrion, MSC President Diosdado Zulueta, and UGAT President and conference co-convenor Skilty Labastilla.

“So, this province is blessed with your arrival as this will open doors, not only to discover culture, history and unique traditions that this province has, but also be a feature of your studies which in turn will be the basis for our governance in planning, funding, and other administrative measures so that in the end, will serve as our basis for the growth of our dear Marinduque,” said Velasco.

Meanwhile, Carrion for her part says, “Your event in the island province of Marinduque is a great opportunity for us islanders to showcase our hospitality, culture and traditions that are unique to the island. It is with a great pride and honor that you have chosen this majestic island province of Marinduque as your haven as your haven as you explore the material interconnectedness of peoples, islands and the sea.”

MSC president also mentioned that Marinduque will always be at the forefront of the climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction efforts prior, during, and even after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Since the island has been at the front and center of extractive industry struggle, MSC has been constantly innovating with possible alternatives and solutions,” Zulueta added.

“I’d like to think of UGAT Conferences as nothing more than a more organized, systematic, and grander kwentuhan sessions, or in Bisaya, istoryahanay sessions, or in youth speak, chikahan sessions. We have more than 120 paper presentations and six short films, so I enjoin everyone to have a good time sharing and listening to stories from the field,” Labastilla concluded.

UGAT, also known as Anthropological Association of the Philippines, is a national organization founded in 1977. Since its establishment, it has been conducting annual national conferences with the objective of promoting, examining and encouraging discussions on anthropology. —

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