2006 to 2009; 2015 to Present

EEPElena Enriquez Pernia, Ph.D. has over twenty years of experience in communication/media education, research, planning and evaluation. Her highly distinguished academic career focuses on building the capacity of students, local governments, health professionals, and civil society organizations to design, implement, and evaluate their own communication programs.

Dr. Pernia is currently Professor of Communication at the University of Philippines’ College of Mass Communication (UP-CMC) in Diliman, where she handles undergraduate and graduate (M.A. and Ph.D.) courses in communication/media theory and research, design and methods, quantitative and qualitative analysis, communication project planning and development. From June 2006 to May 2009, she served as UP-CMC Dean. She has authored several books, among them Communication Research in the Philippines: Issues and Methods which has become a standard text book in research classes in the several universities.

An evaluation specialist, she consults on projects related to audience research, media effects, strategic communication planning and evaluation, and development communication. She is also a leading trainer in strategic communication and leadership. Since 2012, Dr. Pernia has been the Conference Head of the annual National Communication Research Conference. The NCRC is venue for students, teachers, and professionals in communication and media to present and share their research findings, to meet and network. Began in 2007 as the Communication Research Student Conference (CRSC), the NCRC turned national and expanded participation to include communication and media teachers and professionals in January 2012.  Participation in the NCRC has been upwards of 400 students and faculty members from colleges and universities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The NCRC received the Gold Quill Award of Excellence as well as the Top award in the Communication Training and Education category in the 2015 Quill Awards of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Dr. Pernia sits on the Executive Boards of the Philippine Center for Communication Programs (PCCP), the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society, Philippine Alpha Chapter, and the Social Science Division of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP). Until recently, she was on the boards of Singapore-based Asian Journal of Communication, the International Communication Association (ICA). She also served on the Editorial Board of the Communications Review of the University for Asia and the Pacific (UA&P).

Since June 2012, Dr. Pernia has served as Readers’ Advocate or News Ombudsman at the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Inquirer Group of Companies). As Readers’ Advocate, she “serves as an in-house critic to ensure that the principles of accuracy and fairness are followed while promoting meaningful interaction between the editorial staff and the readers.” (from: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/51951/readers-advocate-up-professor-fills-long-vacant-inquirer-post)

2009 to 2015

Photo_RBTRolando B. Tolentino, Ph.D. is Dean of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication and faculty of the University of the Philippines Film Institute. He has taught at Osaka University and the National University of Singapore, has been a Distinguished Visitor at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of California, Los Angeles Southeast Asian Studies Consortium, and a recipient of the Obermann Summer Research Fellowship. He is a member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Filipino Film Critics Group) and chairs the Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND-UP).

Dean Tolentino earned his doctorate in Film, Literature and Culture at the Critical Studies Division, School of Cinema-Television at University of Southern California on a Fulbright grant in 1997. He also have Ph.D. units in American Cultural Sutdies at Bowling Green State University in 1993. Dean Tolentino completed his MA in Philippine Studies and AB-Economis, BSC-Accounting at De La Salle University in 1991 and 1986, respectively.

Dean Tolentino is a prolific writer, author and editor on film, culture, and politics. Among his scholarly works are: Co-editor, A Reader in Philippine Film History and Criticism: Essays in Honor of Nicanor G. Tiongson (Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2014); Co-editor, Salita ng Sandata: Bonifacio’s Legacies to the People’s Struggles (Quezon City: ACT/CONTEND and Ibon Books, 2013); Co-editor Serve the People: Ang Kasaysayan ng Radikal na Kilusan sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas (2008); National/Transnational: Subject Formation and Media in and on the Philippines (2001); Sa loob at labas ng mall kong sawi/kaliluha’y siyang nangyayaring hari: Ang Pagkatuto at Pagtatanghal ng Kulturang Popular (The Pedagogy and Performance of Popular Culture in the Philippines, 2001); Geopolitics of the Visible: Essays on Philippine Film Cultures (editor, 2000).

Among his books of fiction and other creative output are: Co-editor, Like/Unlike: Kuwentong Facebook at Politika ng Agam-agam (2014), Co-editor, Transfiksyon Mga Kathang In-Transit (2014), Almanak ng Isang Aktibista (2011), Mondo Marcos (Filipino and English volumes, 2010), Co-editor, Pagtatagpo sa Kabilang Dulo: Panitikang Testimonial ng Desaparecidos (2009); Sapinsaping Pag-ibig at Pagtangis: Tatlong Novella ng Pagsinta’t Paghinagpis (1999); Fastfood, Megamall at iba pang kwento sa pagsasara ng ikalawang milenyum (1999); Habilin: Antolohiya ng Katha Para sa Pambansang Kasarinlan (co-editor, 1991); Engkwentro: Kalipunan ng mga Akda ng Kabataang Manunulat (co-editor, 1990).

He has written critical essays, conference papers and discussion on various issues published in many journals and delivered in conferences locally as well as internationally.

Dean Tolentino is a recipient of various fellowships and awards including Gawad Balagtas, Unyon ng Manunulat sa Pilipinas, (2013), UP Press Centennial Publication Award (2008), UP Centennial Professorial Chair (2013-14, 2012-13, 2011-2012, 2010-11), Awardee, National Book Award for Personal Anthology, Almanak ng Isang Aktibista, National Book Development Board (2012), UP Press Centennial Publication Award, Sapinsaping Pag-ibig at Pagtangis: Tatlong Novella ng Pagsinta’t Paghinagpis (2008), National Book Award for Best Literary Criticism, Sipat-Kultura, Manila Critics Circle (2008), UP Creative Work Grant, Creative and Research Scholarship Fund (2008), Visiting Research Fellow, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University (2008); Distinguished Visitor, UC-Berkeley and UCLA Southeast Asian Studies Consortium (2006), Visiting Fellow, Sociology Department, National University of Singapore (Jul 2005-Dec 2006), Obermann Summer Research Fellowship (2004), Best Arts Book, Gintong Aklat, (2002), UP International Publication Award (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003); Henry Sy Professorial Chair (1998-1999); Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (1998, 1994, 1991); All University Predoctoral Merit Fellowship, USC (1993-1996); Fulbright Grant to pursue Ph.D. in area of Critical Theory and Cultural Studies (1992-1996).

2004 to 2009

Nicanor G. Tiongson, Ph.D.