Maria Margarita R. Lavides, an alumna of the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG), bagged the Best Paper Award during the First International Conference on Multidisciplinary Filipino Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) at Hilo on 27-28 October 2017.
Lavides is working on her PhD in Public Policy as a New Zealand ASEAN Scholar at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
Her winning paper, entitled “The Exercise of Rights of Biracial Children in Angeles City, Philippines”, bested papers from U.S. and foreign universities.
She was a Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) Scholar at the National University of Singapore, where she earned her Master in Public Policy degree in 2006.
She was Executive Director of Pearl S. Buck Foundation-Philippines, Inc. (PSBP) from 2012 to 2015.
Lavides earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration (BAPA) degree, cum laude, from UP Diliman in 2001. She was ranked first among that year’s batch of 113 BAPA graduates.
The First International Conference on Multidisciplinary Filipino Studies was organized by UH Hilo Department of Languages Chair Dr. Rodney C. Jubilado and Dr. Norman Q. Arancon from UH Hilo’s College of Agriculture, Forestry & Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM), under the auspices of UH Hilo’s Filipino Studies Program.
According to Jubilado, the conference aims “to provide an excellent venue for the exchange and sharing of ideas, researches, studies, experiences, and other academic pursuits, endeavors and interests related to Filipinos and the Philippines.”
UP System Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs and UP Diliman College of Arts and Letters (CAL) Professor Jose Wendell P. Capili delivered the inaugural conference keynote address. UH Hilo CAFNRM Dean Bruce Matthews was plenary speaker. (MPRO)