FGS 2013


Images are very powerful tools of representation. They serve as evidences and records of events past, and may reflect visions and the uncertainties of the future. Visual media has been the subject of interest among geographers since the 1980s, particularly the landscape paintings of the 18th and 19th centuries through which the social and political contexts of the time could be gleaned, further enriching our understanding of the relationship between place and power through analyzing the materiality of the art work and how its subject is portrayed and gazed at. Recent developments in landscape and place studies extend such geographic explorations from treating art works as a subject of analysis to looking at art as a process and by incorporating art as a method, resulting in the collaborative engagements between artists and geographers (Hawkins, 2011). The integration of art and geography opens new opportunities for participatory research as it offers novel means of articulating our understanding of space and place. The affective qualities of images can be utilized to reconstruct the past, communicate the salient characteristics of our environment, and to visualize our imagination of the future. The 2nd Forum on Geographical Studies (FGS 2013) combines paper presentations with lectures by Filipino visual artists on the agency of images to influence our knowledge of places and the events that impact our communities. The first panel, “Research Engagements of Young Filipino Geographers” showcases undergraduate and graduate theses of young scholars on various themes of human geography in relation to exploring the diverse aspects of Philippine society. The second panel entitled “Visual Arts, Geography, and Ways of Doing” underscores the potentials of merging art theories and geographic themes in advancing research methodologies through more creative avenues that could encourage broader community participation and interdisciplinary collaboration, in the hope that such ways of doing would allow us to know more and to know better.


PH 207, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City

November 26, 2013

09:00 – 09:30 am Registration

09:30 – 10:00 am National Anthem and Opening Remarks

10:00 – 12:00 pm Panel 1

12:00 – 01:00 PM Lunch Break

01:00 – 03:00 PM Panel 2

03:00 – 03:30 PM Break

03:30 – 05:00 PM PGS Annual Assembly


The Hegemonic Representation of Bahay Kubo in the Cultural, Rural, And Tourism Landscapes: Discursive Narratives on the Political Economy of Iconic Development Landscapes

Hazel Dizon

Pseudo-Legitimization of Urban Informal Settlements: A Case Study of Pechayan, Brgy. Old Capitol Site, Quezon City

Lawrence Anthony Dimailig, Erlan Patrick Mendoza, & Kevin Joseph Poe

From Ondoy to Habagat: A comparison of community coping strategies between Barangay Tumana and Provident Village in Marikina City

Dinnah Feye H. Andal & Ann Laurice V. Salonga


Imaging Disasters: Photojournalism, Place, and Disaster Events

Rem Zamora, Photojournalist, abs-cbnNEWS.com

The Fine Print: A Look at the Art and Science Behind Mapping and Cartography Neil Eneri Tingin, Research Associate, Disaster Risk & Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) – Flood Modelling Component Consuming place: An experiential study about the Baguio urban landscape through emotional cartography

Farah Manuel, Faculty, UP Baguio Fine Arts Program

To get a pdf copy of the program, please click here.


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