Fernando Zialcita, Ph.D.

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Fernando Nakpil-Zialcita has a M.A. in Philosophy from the Ateneo de Manila University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Hawaii. He teaches at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University and heads the Cultural Heritage Studies Program at the same. Though from Manila, much of his field research took place among farming communites in the Ilocos, Northern Luzon. Lately, however, he has shifted his focus to street research because of his interest in urban heritage and regeneration. Indeed he is active in groups advocating the preservation of built heritage. Though interested in the Hispanic World, he has also explored the world of Southeast Asia. He believes that cultural identity can be better understood when examined from various angles. He thus writes on the interface between the Southeast Asian and the Hispanic worlds in domains of Filipino culture such as traditional architecture, cookery and popular Christianity. Fernando Zialcita, Ph.D.

Areas of Interest: 

Cultural heritage and identity, urban regeneration, religion and politics, and encounters between Western and indigenous cultures in art


Academic Background: 

Anthropology, University of Hawaii



  • Authentic Though Not Exotic: Essays on Filipino Identity. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press.
  • Quiapo Heart of Manila: Its Heritage and Transformation. Manila: Metropolitan Museum of Manila and The Cultural Heritage Studies Program, Ateneo de Manila University. Edited by Fernando N. Zialcita.
  • Balangkas: Source Book for the Preservation of Built Heritage in the Philippines. With others. Manila: The National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
  • “Is Southeast Asia a Jigsaw Puzzle or a Collage?” Globalization in Southeast Asia: Local, National and Transnational Perspectives. Edited by Shinji Yamashita and J.S.Eades. New York: Bergahn Books, 2003.
  • Cuaresma. Edited by Gilda Cordero-Fernando and Fernando N. Zialcita. Text by Benjamin Basilidez Bautista, Gilda Cordero-Fernando, Reynaldo Ileto, Nicanor G. Tiongson and Fernando N. Zialcita. Additional text and captions by Cora Alvina. Photographs by Noli Yamsuan. Makati: Bookmark, Inc. and Bungang Araw, 2000. (Awarded Outstanding Book in the Social Sciences in 2000 by the Manila Critics’ Circle, September 1, 2001).
  • “Self-Expression and Mutual Sympathy in Farming Villages.” Old Ties and New Solidarities. Edited by Charles J-H. Macdonald and Guillermo Pesigan. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2000.
  • Tropical Living: Contemporary Dream Houses in the Philippines. Main text by Elizabeth V. Reyes. Texts by Paulo Alcazaren and Fernando N. Zialcita. Photographs by Chester Ong. Singapore: Periplus, 2000.
  • “Why Insist on an Asian Flavor?” Philippine Studies (Quezon City 2000), 48 (Fourth Quarter): 523-48.
  • “Is Communitarianism Uniquely Asian?’ Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, Special Focus: Asian Ways: Asian Values Revisited. Guest edited by Raul Pertierra (Singapore 1999), 14 (2): 313-31.
  • “Hero or Villain? Notes on the Philippine Elite in 1896-1898” Centennial Papers on the Katipunan and the Revolution. Edited by Bernardita Reyes Churchill and Francis A. Gealogo. Manila: Manila Studies Association, Inc. and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, 1999. Pp. 14-30.
  • “La Casa de Manila.” Manila 1571-1898: Occidente en Oriente. (The Manila House, Manila 1571-1898, The Western Orient). Madrid: Ministerio de Fomento, Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, Instituto Español de Arquitectura, Centro de Estudios y Experimentación de Obras Públicas, Centro de Estudios de Obras Públicas y Urbanismo, 1998.
  • “Spirits, Water Problems and Household Needs in the Ilocos,” Views of the Environment in Asian Countries: Their Relationship to Sustainable Development. Preface by Yoshio Gondo, introduction by Tetsuo Yamaori. Fukuoka: Asian-Pacific Center and the United Nations University, 1997. (commissioned by the Asian-Pacific Center and the United Nationas University).
  • “An Island World,” “Traditional Houses” Filipino Style. Photographs by Luca Invernizzi Tettoni and Tara Sosrowardoyo. Main texts by Rene Javellana, Elizabeth Reyes, Augusto Villalon and Fernando N. Zialcita. Singapore: Archipelago Press, 1997.
  • “The Meanings of Community.” Philippine Studies (Quezon City, 1996), vol. 44 (First Quarter): 3-39
  • “Barriers and Bridges to a Democratic Culture.” Democracy and Citizenship in Filipino Political Culture, vol. 1. Edited by Maria Serena Diokno, Quezon City: Third World Studies Center, University of the Philippines in cooperation with Social Sciences and Philosophy Research Foundation and United States Agency for International Development. Quezon City, 1997. (The paper was one of the two synthesizing papers that were commissioned to open the conference).
  • People’s Participation in Local Governance: Four Case Studies. Written by Fernando N. Zialcita, Letty Tumbaga, Ronald V. Amorado, and others. Quezon City: Ateneo Center for Social Policy and Public Affairs, 1995.
  • Pamana (Legacy). A tele-drama for regular television on the theme of cultural identity and conservation in 19th and early 20th century Filipino houses. Starring: Joel Torre, Cherry Pie Picache, Allan Paule, Rolando Tinio and Perla Bautista. Script by Roy Iglesias. Directed by Ellen Ongkeko and Jose Cuaresma. Executive Producer: F. Zialcita for the National Commission on Culture and the Arts. 1995
  • The Soul Book: An Introduction to Philippine Pagan Religion. with Francisco Demetrio, S.J. and Gilda Cordero-Fernando. Quezon City: GCF Books. 1991
  • “The Wood-and-Stone House and Its Southeast Asian Cousins”. Solidarity, Architecture and Development in Southeast Asia, (Manila, 1991) 131-132: 32-45.
  • Philippine Ancestral Houses: 1810-1930. With Manuel I. Tinio, Jr. Quezon City: GCF Books. 1980



2nd Semester, SY 2010 - 2011:
SA 21. Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology
SA 199.1 / SA 240.33. Culture and the Senses
Soc 261 / An 281. History of Sociological and Anthropological Thought
SA 107. Contemporary Sociological and Anthropological Thought
Soc 302. Seminar on Issues in Sociological Theory
SA 199.12 / Fil 109.2 / 209.2 / Ph 157.8 / 227.9. Sp. Topics: Intangible Heritage, Orality, Memory and Creativity (w/ G. Devilles, L. Garcia)