Mary Racelis: Engaged Anthropologist

Written by Dr. Soledad Natalia M. Dalisay.

For UP Anthropology Centennial Commemorative publication 2014-2016

While Mary Racelis surely belongs to an earlier generation, she definitely is one person even the youth of today, the new generation of future Anthropologists, definitely know and admire.  Mary's journey throughout her Anthropology career has been quite serendipitous. Starting from her college days at Cornell University, New York, Mary was looking for her niche as an undergraduate. She happened to enroll in a course on Religion Among the Primitives offered in the Sociology-Anthropology Department, with Morris Opler as her professor. This proved to be a seminal point in her academic career. The inspired wonders of cultural diversity fueled a passion that would direct her future career. Mary Racelis, the Anthropologist, thus began her life course. Many more Anthropologists whom she would meet in the academe and beyond helped shape her path.


Dr. Prospero R. Covar

Written by Dr. La Rainne Abad-Sarmiento.

Dr. Prospero CovarProbing onthe Filipino values of  pagkataong pangloob,  pagakataong  panglabas, and pakikipagkapwa  are  among Dr. Prospero R. Covar's valuable contribution to the study of Philippine society and  culture.

In his  pioneering research study on the Watawat ng Lahi, a millenarian social movement founded in 1936  in Calamba, in his native province of Laguna,  he found such worldview among its leaders and members, which they gained from worship experiences for their home-grown cult hero Gat Jose Rizal.

Covar expounded on three kinds of local knowledge that frames the Filipino psyche:  the unquestionable knowledge relating to God; the natural human knowledge possessed from their interaction with the environment and nature; and forced knowledge which may not be according to God's will.

Felipe Landa Jocano: Professor Emeritus, UP

Written by Carolyn I. Sobritchea, PhD, UP Asian Center.

Felipe Landa Jocano, Professor Emeritus, is one of the country's foremost anthropologists.  He is widely known, here and abroad, for his numerous field studies and publications on Philippine folklore, pre-history, cultural communities, folk medicine and organizational culture.  He completed his BA degree in 1957 from the Central Philippine University, and his MA (l962) as well as PhD degrees (l963) in anthropology from the University of Chicago, Illinois, USA. Among his outstanding works are Sulod Society (1968); Growing Up in a Philippine Barrio (1969); Slum as a Way of Life ( 1975), Philippine Prehistory  (1998)  and  the Hinilawod, a Central Visayan  Folk Epic (reprinted 2007).

The Bontok-Igorot Anthropologist: June Chayapan Prill-Brett

Written by Maria Carinnes Pamintuan Alejandria.

The Bontok-Igorot Anthropologist: June Chayapan Prill-Brett

 june bret1Born in July 31, 1939, June Chayapan Prill-Brett is the first Igorot anthropologist to finish a Ph.D. at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Growing up in a multi-cultural household with her mother who was an Igorot and her father who was American, Dr. June was introduced to the lifeways of her mother’s village by spending every summer there encouraged by her father. It is within this backdrop that she would later develop a keen interest in the culture of the people of Mt. Province with whom she strongly affiliates with.