The country’s thought leaders, who have come together as Akademyang Filipino to help the country solve its biggest challenges to national advancement, will hold their first general assembly and a forum on defending Philippine sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea, on November 24, 2018, at the UP Professional Schools Auditorium, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.
Akademyang Filipino trustee and Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio will be the keynote speaker at the forum, which will also feature a panel of experts on the West Philippine Sea territorial and maritime dispute composed of Renato De Castro of De La Salle University International Studies Department, Jay Batongbacal of the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, and author and columnist Richard Heydarian.
Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, chair of the Akademyang Filipino Board of Trustees, will keynote the general assembly. Messages will be delivered by UP President Danilo Concepcion and National Artist F. Sionil Jose, who co-founded the academy with the late Sen. Edgardo Angara and who is now the academy’s chair emeritus.
At the inaugural meeting of Akademyang Filipino in February 2017, Angara said he hoped the diverse organization “may provide an intellectual climate conducive to reform and change.”
The association’s membership comprises leaders in the arts, sciences, politics, industry, and professions, including national artists, national scientists, and the Philippines’ Ramon Magsaysay Awardees. Apart from Morales, Jose, and Carpio, the academy’s trustees are Angel Alcala, Sonny Angara, Jose Dalisay Jr., Lydia Echauz, Felipe Gozon, Doris Magsaysay Ho, and Ramon Magsaysay Jr.
The public is invited to watch the livestream of the forum at livestream.up.edu.ph, which will begin at 9:30 AM and end at noon. Observers, senior law students, and faculty members from UP and De La Salle University are expected to attend.
The event is sponsored by the University of the Philippines Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs, UP College of Law, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.