The members of the PHISO Steering Committee will assist the Board of Trustees in managing the affairs of the organization.
1. Naidyl Isis Bautista is Assistant Professor of Italian at the Department of European Languages, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines, Diliman. She is also an affiliate faculty of the Center for International Studies, also at UP Diliman. She obtained a BA European Languages (cum laude) degree from UP Diliman in 2011 and a Master in Teaching Italian to Foreigners (Didattica dell’italiano a stranieri) from the Università per Stranieri di Siena in 2016. Her research interests are focused on materials development, language didactics, linguistics, and cultural studies. In 2017 her paper entitled La contestualizzazione dell’apprendimento della lingua Italiana nelle Filippine: Didattizzazione di una puntata di “Radici – l’altra faccia dell’immigrazione” sulle Filippine was published at the Università degli Studi di Milano’s open access journal Italiano LinguaDue, which concentrates in the field of teaching Italian as a second or foreign language and linguistic education in plurilingual and multicultural contexts.
2. Kebart P. Licayan earned his Master’s degree in International Relations at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. At the same time, he took a certification in Terrorism Studies and worked as a student research assistant at NTU. Mr. Licayan’s research interests include International Relations, security studies, Southeast Asian studies and terrorism studies. His previous program was in Political Science obtained from the Rizal Technological University, Philippines.
3. Jeconiah Louis Dreisbach is a Senior Research Specialist at the Asian Institute of Management. While obtaining his MA in Philippine Studies from De La Salle University, he also attended the Center for Global Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin where he focused on populist rhetoric in the Philippines and Vietnam. Jecon has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, Associate Member of the National Research Council of the Philippines’ Anthropology and Linguistics cluster, and a Founding Member of the Southeast Asian Media Studies Association. His published research work revolves around the interplay between Philippine cultural studies, contact linguistics, and international relations.
4. Kobe Bryan L. Loterinia is BA candidate in Political Science with major in International Relations at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila. He is the founding chairman of Ang PuliNaw: Pulitikang Pananaw, a newly established student academic organization that focused on indigenization of Political Science. Recently had two papers accepted and presented in both international conferences. One in “The Remains of a Dictatorship: An International Conference on the Philippines under Marcos” organized by Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints of Ateneo de Manila University and the other one is on the “2nd PHISO International Conference” organized by Philippine International Studies Organization. His research interests include Marcos Foreign Policy, Democratization, State-building, and Environmental Politics.
5. Melanie Reyes is the incoming Chair of the International Studies Department at Miriam College. She obtained her AB International Studies from Miriam College, her MA in Public Administration, Major in Public Policy from UP Diliman where she is currently finishing her dissertation for doctoral program on Social Development. She is also a Senior Lecturer at the UP Open University teaching Women and Development Research. Her research interests include migration studies, gender and development, public policy and advocacy, and governance studies. She is a member of the National Gender Resource Pool of the Philippine Commission on Women and the Asian Association of Women’s Studies (AAWS). She was a delegate to the 2018 International Visitors’ Leadership Program of the US Department of States, where she engaged with various government offices and organizations in Washington DC and three different states in the US (Louisiana, New Hampshire, and Utah).
6. Pacita D. Fortin (former Chair, International Studies department, Miriam College)
7. Hadje Cresencio Sadje is associate member of the SOAS Center for Palestine Studies, University of London, UK. Mr. Sadje obtained an MA in Crosscultural Theology degree from Protestant Theological University, The Netherlands, in 2016. He is currently an MA student (specializing on Sociology of Religion) at the University of Bonn, Germany, and at the same time, an MA student in Theology and Religious Studies at the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Leuven, Belgium. In the world of practice, his notable works are in association with the Christian Peacemaker Team Greece, Caritas Brussels, World Student Christian Movement-Europe (WSCM-Europe), EAPPI-World Council of Churches (WCC), Peace Builders Community Philippines, and Pananaw Pinoy. While in academe, he researches and teaches at the Barcelona Applied Social Sciences Spain and the Foundation Academy in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Mr. Sadje’s research interests include global politics and world religions, sociology of religion, philosophical theologies, postcolonial theologies, and political/public theologies.
8. Lyon Suelo is a Lecturer in the Department of International Studies of the Far Eastern University. He holds a master’s degree in strategic studies from S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in the Nanyang Technological university, Singapore. His research interests focus on defense policy, international security, non-traditional security in Asia, and civil-military relations. Lyon gained his bachelor’s degree in political science from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
9. Denson Acomular teaches at the Social Sciences department of the National University, Philippines. He researches on the ontological security within the theoretical and methodological bounds of political sociology, and for which he critically explores the security(ness) while completing his MA program in International Relations at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Mr. Acomular graduated with MA (with merits) under a full bursary assistance from CEU on June 2018 and completed his BA International Studies (with distinction) at the Far Eastern University, Manila.
10. Christian Derek S. Guerra is researcher at the National Defense College of the Philippines and Master student in International Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He is interested in exploring security studies under the purview of International Relations with a focus on non-traditional security or constructivist understanding of human security. He previously worked at the Philippine-based ASEAN Business Advisory Secretariat, DFA Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies, and Foreign Service Institute.
11. Maria Francesca C. Mangahas is MA student in International Studies (Asian Studies concentration) at the De La Salle University, Manila, and BA holder in Political Science from the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines. While working on her BA thesis, she developed her keen interest on ASEAN’s governance, security and sustainable development as part of her MA research. During her college life, she participated in notable international activities such as the Winter Youth Assembly (New York, USA) and International Youth Leadership Conference (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). She served as exchange student at the Hijiyama University in Hiroshima and volunteered as a camp worker in Okayama, Japan. She is presently a member of the 2030 Youth Force in the Philippines.
12. Francis M. Esteban is a full-time lecturer and currently the Program Head of the Department of International Studies at the Far Eastern University. He finished his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of Santo Tomas, and took his Masters of Law in International Relations degree at Jilin University, Changchun, P.R. China. His research interests include Philppine foreign policy, US-Philippine relations, and Northeast Asia relations.
13. Maria Lorraine G. Sajorda is MA student in World Economics at Beijing Normal University, China and holds BA (Asian Studies) with full bursary support from the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines. While her BA thesis explored inter-agency cooperation of top-down level analysis on regional integration, she is now interested in the international political economy of select ASEAN countries. Aside from her academic life, she is a passionate debater who won several accolades during her college days.
14. Nathan Daniel Sison is lecturer in International Studies at Far Eastern University (FEU), Manila. He teaches Introduction to International Studies, Comparative Politics and Government of Southeast Asia, Philippine history, World Civilization, and Effective Speech Communication. He obtained his BA in Mass Communication (with distinction) and was also awarded as one of the university’s Top Ten Outstanding Students of 2015 in FEU. In 2016, he received a full scholarship grant from Thammasat University, Thailand wherein he obtained his MA in Asia-Pacific Studies with special focus on International Relations. His research interests are in the area of international studies focusing on Philippine foreign relations with the Asia-Pacific region in terms of both the state and people, foreign policy analysis and the inquiry of power in IR.
15. Marvin Renelle C. Rollo is MA student (Asia Pacific Studies) at the Thammasat University, Thailand, and BA holder (Political Science) from the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines. His regional interest, broadly the Asia Pacific, focuses on contemporary developments of transnational collaborative efforts in addressing issues about sustainable development. With his youth leadership advocacy, he founded the “Youth To Be” Philippine summit, selected as SEA Youth Sustainable Impact leader, became a member of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative and of the 2030 Youth Force in the Philippines Inc., and participated in both international and domestic youth leadership conferences.
16. Domar C. Alviar is Lecturer at the National University, Philippines. Serving various posts from university publications editorship in the Philippines in 2001-2007 to the Middle East and North Africa customs relations as well as international supply management for eight years before returning to the country, this economist by training decided to pursue his development advocacy and earned an MA in development communication. He managed his time abroad with a liberal concentration on an overseas Filipino workers empowerment tool and authored a related paper considered exemplar of good student work, the abstract of which was published online by the Faculty of Information and Communication Studies, UP Open University. He edits development reports and publishes them in Mega Scene (ISSN: 2508-0458). An international journal will soon run his probe of a localized political economy under the auspices of the Research and Innovation Office of NU Manila. The prevailing international economic regime and the Philippines’ greater openness that goes with it have prompted him to attune his social sciences and communication endeavors to something more deeply international even as he is pursuing a doctorate degree in communication at UPOU.
17. Filbert Anthony B. Mejorada is BA candidate in Political Science from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa (PLMun). He is the Deputy Student Regent of the University Student Council (PLMun – USC) A.Y. 2017-2018, as well as an ex-officio member of the Political Science Student Action Group and Debate Club. He attended various national and international conferences pertaining to the development and prospects of Political Science and International Relations in the Philippines. His research interests include International Relations of Local Governments and Comparative Southeast Asian politics. Recently, together with his partners, we presented a paper at the 2nd Philippine International Studies Organization (PHISO) International Conference, held at the Ateneo de Davao University.
18. Mar Louie Vincent C. Reyes is an MA student in Political Science at the University of San Carlos, where he also earned his BA Political Science major in International Relations and Foreign Service while serving as councilor for the Carolinian Political Science Society. His primary research interests are focused on the intersection between religion and politics, specifically in the politics of the Roman Catholic Church, the role of religious freedom in developing holistic societies, and the relevance of religion in international relations. He is also interested in studying political philosophy and ethics, particularly existentialism and Christian philosophy. He participated at the 2018 PHISO Conference and at the first National Christian Philosophy Conference. His papers were “ASEAN Religious Identity: How Religious Freedom Builds Bridges” and “Hope within the Vacuum: The Christian Response to Modern Existential Crises.”
19. Daniel Orin Levi T. Alatraca is an MA student in Political Science at the University of San Carlos, where he completed his BA Political Science major in International Relations and Foreign Service. He is currently affiliated with the Culture and Heritage Unit of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. in Cebu City. His research interests are in security and cultural studies specializing in the Southeast Asian region – its regional security dynamics, socio-cultural development and regional identity. In 2018, he presented his paper, “Promoting ASEAN Norms, Values, and Principles: The Philippine case towards shaping regional identity,” at the PHISO International Conference.
20. Ryan Dave A. Rayla is an MA student in Political Science at the University of San Carlos (USC). He lectured at USC and Cebu Normal University and engaged in regular radio co-hosting on “Ugmad Barangay” at DYRF 1215 and on “Youth on the March” at Radio Calungsod. Mr Rayla’s general academic interests include political science, international relations, Philippine history, water policy, and water governance.