UP Professor Emeritus and former UP System Information Office director, Dr. Teresita Maceda, 70

| Written by Celeste Ann Castillo Llaneta

Photo from Dr. Tet Maceda, first used in the January-March 2019 issue of the UP Forum.
Photo from Dr. Tet Maceda, first used in the January-March 2019 issue of the UP Forum.


University of the Philippines Professor Emeritus and pioneering scholar of Filipino and Philippine Studies, Dr. Teresita Gimenez Maceda, known as “Tet” among her friends, passed away on December 11, 2019. She was 70.


Dr. Maceda was a professor of Philippine Literature and Philippine Studies at the UP Diliman College of Arts and Letters since 1983, and was named Professor Emeritus in June 2019. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Maryknoll College in 1969, a Master of Arts in English and Philippine Literature from the Ateneo de Manila University, and a PhD in Philippine Studies from UP in 1990. Her book based on her doctoral dissertation, Mga Tinig Mula sa Ibaba: Kasaysayan ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas at Partido Sosialista ng Pilipinas sa Awit, 1930-1955, was later published in 1996 by the UP Press and the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies. In her 1997 column, “BookTalk”, journalist Doreen G. Fernandez described Dr. Maceda’s book as follows: “All those who know Tet Maceda know that she sings, she teaches, she does research and analysis. Combining all these interests, she researched the songs of the Community Party (PKP), the Socialist Party (PSP), and the Hukbalahap (HMB).”


Maceda went on to publish numerous books and journal articles on Philippine popular culture and popular protest music, including the book Bride of War, My Mother’s World War II Memories. She also served as the adviser of the street theater group, UP Peryante.


Maceda leaves behind a legacy in UP publications. In 1989, she became the first director of the UP Sentro ng Wikang Filipino (UP SWF), and founded Daluyan, the UP SWF’s refereed journal. In 1999, during the time of UP President Francisco Nemenzo, Maceda became the assistant vice president for Public Affairs and the director of the UP System Information Office (now the UP Media and Public Relations Office). She and President Nemenzo conceptualized the UP Forum, the official UP System-wide publication that aimed to be “a channel to communicate administration programs and policies” and a “venue for a vibrant and free exchange of ideas of members of the UP community across UP constituents”.


In the Roundtable Discussion of the January-March 2019 issue of the UP Forum which celebrated the publication’s 20th anniversary, we asked Dr. Maceda what she thought was the legacy of the UP Forum. Read her response here.


Dr. Maceda’s wake will be held at Room 1131, Pavilion 1, Palma Hall, Quirino Street, UP Campus, near the Landbank ATM. The schedule is as follows: Dec. 13, Friday at 3:00 p.m. to Dec. 14, 2:00 a.m.; Dec. 14, Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to Dec. 15, Sunday, 2:00 a.m.; Dec. 15, Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.