Grace Javier Alfonso continues the AAWS legacy
Grace Javier Alfonso is a professor emeritus of film and mass communication at the University of the Philippines’ College of Mass Communications. She earned her PhD in Communication in 1990, her MA in the Humanities (Art History) in 1980, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1972, all from the University of the Philippines (UP). She witnessed the evolution of distance learning in the Philippines from the birth of University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) in 1995 when she was then the Dean of the UP Diliman School for Distance Education. She became the Director of UPOU’s Audio-Video Reaching and Learning in 1999, and the Director of the Multimedia Center in 2004 until she was appointed Chancellor in 2007. Dr. Alfonso has served three terms as Chancellor of the UPOU from 2007-2016.
Dr. Alfonso is also a multi-talented artist excelling in various media. She is a painter, and a sculptor, a filmmaker, director, film researcher and critic, and an expert in multimedia. She has been bestowed numerous awards and distinctions, some of the most recent are the 2013 Concepcion D. Dadulfalza Award for Distinguished Achievement, the title UP Artist I for 2009 to 2011; 2012-2014; and UP Artist II for 2015 – 2017.
Gigi, as she is fondly called by her peers, is also a staunch advocate of the women empowerment and women’s studies movement in Asia, promoting and enriching women’s narratives through art. Her most recent art exhibitions include: Siningsaysay: Philippine History in Arts, Women Empowerment in the Philippines (2014) at the Araneta Cneter, Quezon City; Images of Three Women: Claiming Spaces (2014) at the Sandbox, UPOU; and 2 Women Voices: Visual Conversations Multiplied at Philippine Center (2012) in New York.
In 2013, Grace Alfonso was appointed as the 2nd president of the Asian Association of Women’s Studies AAWS. She now continues the legacy of the AAWS organization as it holds the 4th AAWS Congress on December 1-3, 2016, co-hosted by UP Open University and Thang Long University in Hanoi, Vietnam. With the theme: “Engendering Citizenship in Asia”, the congress wishes to explore the emergence of a national and global citizenship that fully integrates the rights of all to full social protection, welfare and self-determination. Join the discussion and