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In general, Filipinology (Filipino: Pilipinolohiya) (Spanish: Filipinología) or Philippine Studies refers to the study of the Philippines and the Filipino people.[1] Belinda A. Aquino, former director of the Center for Philippine Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, defines Philippine Studies as "studies of Philippine culture and society, (which) started in the early 1900s when the Philippines became a colony of the United States.[2] It encompasses the study of Filipino history,[3] Filipino culture, Philippine languages, Filipino society, Filipino life, Filipino psyche or Filipino psychology,[4][5] Filipino politics, and Filipino government.[3] The approaches or perspectives of Philippine Studies could be theoretical, interdisciplinary, comparative, transnational, and global.[6] Filipinology was developed in the University of the Philippines Diliman[7] and had become part of curricula in some colleges and universities inside and outside the Philippines.


Learning goals of Filipinology include the comprehension, appreciation, and critical evaluation of the Philippines through Philippine History, contemporary issues in Philippine community, and Philippine Humanities such as Filipino philosophy, Filipino music, Filipino art, Philippine literature, and Philippine dance.[8] The incorporation of Philippine Humanities through literary readings, listening to musical recordings, film viewings, and field trips provide development of cultural acceptance and aesthetic sense.[8] Philippine Studies extend to connecting contributions of persons of Filipino descent to new settings and culture (such as Overseas Filipinos to other countries).[9] Apart from providing education and awareness about the Philippines, Filipinology aims to make students of Philippine Studies aware of Filipino ethnic identity by experiencing Philippine culture.[10]


Experts on Filipinology are called filipinologists (Spanish: "Filipinologista") (Filipino: Pilipinolohista; literally “experts in Filipino culture”). According to Rosa M. Vallejo the "foremost" non-Filipino filipinologist is the Spaniard bibliographer Wenceslao Emilio Retana y Gamboa.[11] Other prominent non-Filipino filipinologists are William Henry Scott,[12] H. Brett Melendy[13] Ferdinand Blumentritt,[14] and A.V. Hartendorp.[15] Among the prominent Russian filipinologists are Vladimir Makarenko and Podberezsky.


Publications dealing with Filipinology seek to reach specialist and non-specialist audience from and outside the Philippines. Among such Philippine Studies literature is the quarterly journal Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints published by the Ateneo de Manila University. Founded in 1953, the journal serves as a “forum” for disseminating many aspects of life in the Philippines through research in history, humanities and social sciences, “friendly and constructive debate”, and the expression of scholarly views.[16] Another publication is the book written by Remigio E. Agpalo entitled Adventures in Political Science. With an introduction written by Zeus A. Salazar, Agpalo’s book is a “major contribution” to Filipinology that covers important areas of political science in the Philippines, including political dynamics, comparative government, comparative politics, Philippine government, Philippine politics, political philosophy, political theory, political methodology, constitutional law, modernization and political development.[7]

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  1. ^ About Philippine Studies at St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI,
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b Yuchengco Philippine Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of San Francisco,
  4. ^ Tolentino, Rolando B. (...) "discipline called 'Pilipinolohiya' (Filipinology or studies of the Filipino psyche, culture and society" (...), Postnational family/postfamilial nation: family, small town and nation talk in Marcos and Brocka, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies,
  5. ^ Tolentino, Rolando B. (...) "discipline called 'Pilipinolohiya' (Filipinology or studies of the Filipino psyche, culture and society" (...), Postnational family/postfamilial nation: family, small town and nation talk in Marcos and Brocka, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies,
  6. ^ Philippine Studies Quarterly, Ateneo de Manila Press,
  7. ^ a b Adventures in Political Science,
  8. ^ a b 42. Philippine Humanities, Announcement of Courses, Philippine Studies,
  9. ^
  10. ^ Mission Statement of the Philippine Studies Department, City College of San Francisco, California,
  11. ^ Vallejo, Rosa M. (...) "Wenceslao Emilio Retana y Gamboa, foremost foreign Filipinologist" (...), Bibliographical Works, Philippine Bibliographies,
  12. ^ Footnote: "William Henry Scott",
  13. ^ (...) "Filipinologist H. Brett Melendy" (...), "Blame Their Damaged Culture", Filipinos in the U.S.: ‘Where Are You from? When Are You Going Back?’,
  14. ^ Riegel, Christine and Thomas Geisen. Footnote: (...) "Ferdinand Blumentritt was a Filipinologist (...), Jugend, Zugehörigkeit und Migration: Subjektpositionierung im Kontext von ... ,
  15. ^ (...) "filipinologist A.V. Hartendorp" (...), from the article "139th Birth Anniversary of Don Epifanio De Los Santos", Manila Bulletin,
  16. ^ Philippine Studies, PhilJOL,

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