Episode 7: A Closer Look at the Philippines
Through the Eyes of an Opinion Writer and a Historian
February 24, 2022 — Historian Mina Roces and opinion writer and political commentator Manuel L. Quezon III talk about the Filipino identity, gender roles, the importance of family dynasties, and the upcoming presidential election in their home country the Philippines. The episode is part of A Closer Look, a series hosted by Asia Society Switzerland with the support of BDO and the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies of the University of Zurich, shedding light on different Asian countries through the eyes of leading local voices. Other episodes in the series cover Brunei, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka. (1 hr., 2 min.)
Where and what to eat in the Philippines
Mina misses rice cakes with salted duck's egg, cheese, and freshly-grated coconut, also called bibingka, which can't be found in Australia or anywhere else outside of the Philippines. Her place to go for bibingka is Via Mare, a Philippine restaurant chain.
Manuel recommends Harbor View, a restaurant beside Manila bay, which offers a view of the bay and a great variety of Philippine seafood.
Manuel L. Quezon III is a speechwriter, political and crisis communications specialist, historian, opinion writer, book conceptualizer and editor, and blogger. As a practitioner of political communications, he has served as speechwriter and writing consultant to two presidents and a number of public figures. His government service engaged him in crisis communications and public online communications efforts. He is a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a lecturer in journalism in the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, and a partner in DDI Strategic Communications. He is a contributor to other publications such as ABS-CBN online and Spot.ph. His professional interests and endeavors have centered upon mapping out and understanding the Philippine presidency, national electoral history, and Philippine protocol and heraldry.
Mina Roces is a Professor of History at University of New South Wales, Sydney. She is the author of five monographs: Women, Power and Kinship Politics in Post-War Philippines (Praeger 1998), Kinship Politics in Post-War Philippines: The Lopez Family, 1946-2000 (de la Salle University Press, 2001), Women’s Movements and the Filipina, 1986-2008 (University of Hawaii Press, 2012), The Filipino Migration Experience: Global Agents of Change (Cornell University Press, 2021), and Gender in Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, February 2022). In addition, she has co-edited several anthologies on the topic of women in Asia. Her research interests lie in twentieth century Philippine history, particularly women’s history as well as the history of dress. In 2019 she received the Grand Goodman Prize for excellence in Philippine Historical Studies given by the Philippine Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies, USA. In 2016 she was elected fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Noel Clehane is the Global Head of Regulatory & Public Policy at BDO and a chartered accountant with over 30 years’ experience in professional practice and public policy affairs. He coordinates the involvement of the BDO network globally in regulatory and public policy matters and is heavily involved in Europe-ASEAN matters for BDO. He is a frequent visitor to South-East Asia as a result. Based in Brussels, Belgium, he is a member of the Executive Board of the EU-ASEAN Business Council, Treasurer of the ASEAN Chamber EU and chaired the European Services Forum from 2017-2021. He is an active member of both Asia Society Switzerland and Asia House in the UK. Noel is a Fellow of both Chartered Accountants Ireland and the ICAEW in the UK. He also holds qualifications from Law Society Ireland, Instead Paris, the Institute of Risk Management, Florida Atlantic University and Zurich University of Applied Sciences.