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EnCOUNTERS: A Forum on Countermapping Practices in the Philippines


Cartography is a science that concerns itself with the design and execution of maps. Although this practice has been integral in the envisioning of history especially those that touch on notions of imagination, identity, power and autonomy, it has also been subjected to critique within and outside the discipline of geography since the mid-20th century. Owing to the science and the complex values imbued in maps, it was inevitable that non-western and countermapping traditions and practices emerged to challenge the dominant knowledge systems and its resultant claims about physical spaces, its interpretations and even the “existence of other worlds” (Wood, 2009). Similar efforts have been engaged in by Filipino geographers, social science students, artists and development workers in different sites and communities in the Philippines.

The Lopez Museum & Library in partnership with the Department of Geography of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman presents EnCOUNTERS on 19 November 2016 (Saturday), 1 – 4PM. This forum aims to provide an overview of counter-cartographies and art mapping in the context of the cultural turn within geography and art history. It will also present the countermapping projects of geographers, GIS practitioners, and university students in different communities in the Philippines. Research and project presentations are as follows:

  • Map Art and Radical Counter-Cartographies

Joseph Palis (Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of the Philippines)

  • Counter-mapping resistance:  re-mapping spaces of engagement, translation and resistance

Arnisson Andre Ortega (Assistant Professor, Population Institute, University of the Philippines)


  • Countermapping spaces of development

Kristian Saguin (Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of the Philippines)


  • Countermapping and its role in reclaiming indigenous peoples’ lands

Trina Galido-Isorena (Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of the Philippines)


  • Contour: Mapping for the People – Student initiated Countermapping

Junior Philippine Geographical Society- UP Diliman

Represented by Ervic K. Angeles


Registration is free for students (please bring student IDs) and Php 135 for adults.

This lecture is in partnership with Philippine Geographical Society, UP Department of Geography, Junior Philippines Geographical Society, and the Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines (GSUP). Also brought to you in part by Gourmet Farms, Inc.

Pre-registration is required as slots are limited. To register, email or call 631-2417. Look for Thea or Yna. Please follow the link to access the online registration form: