The members of the PHISO Steering Committee will assist the Board of Trustees in managing the affairs of the organization.
1. Lorna Q. Israel is Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Studies, Miriam College where she has been teaching for the past 15 years. She handles courses on Research Methods, Social and Political Though, Gender and Development Studies. She also serves as the coordinator of the Department’s Graduate Program in International Studies. She has BA in International Studies (Maryknoll/Miriam College), an MA in Philippines Studies from the Asian Center, University of the Philippines where she is doing her PhD on Philippine Studies (Foreign Relations). Her research interests include humor studies, gender and development, language, violence, socio-cultural studies, Philippine Studies. She is a member and past president of Kasibulan Women’s Art Group.
2. 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.
3. Pacita D. Fortin (Chair, International Studies department, Miriam College)
4. 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.
5. Jeconiah Louis Dreisbach is MA candidate (Philippine Studies) at the De La Salle University, Manila. He earned graduate-level credits in international relations from the Center for Global Politics at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany in 2017. From 2014 to 2016, Jecon served as the national secretariat for international solidarity of the National Union of Students of the Philippines’ (NUSP) National Office. He is a member of the Philippine International Studies Organization and the Association for Critical Heritage Studies. His research interests are in contact cultures and languages (particularly Davao Filipino), critical/cultural studies, intercultural/group communication, and Philippine mass movements. He has also presented papers on Japanese soft power in popular culture and the politics of language and performance studies. His recent journal articles can be read in the Recoletos Multidisciplinary Research Journal (2017) and the Geografia: Malaysian Journal of Society and Space (forthcoming 2018).
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.