Philippine Visual and Performing Arts
Banaue Miclat-Janssen has an MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College of
the City University of New York (BC-CUNY) and a BA Theater Arts degree
from University of the Philippines, Diliman.
She has been a professional performer for the past 21 years, and a
passionate teacher for the past 4 years. Banaue currently teaches at
the Ateneo de Manila University. She is excited give back to both the
community and her country through teaching a course on Philippine
Visual and Performing Arts for Casa Bayanihan.
Inequalities of Gender, Class and Ethnicity in the Philippines
Andrea Soco-Roda is currently a lecturer at the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Ateneo de Manila University. She holds a Master’s degree in Applied Sociology from the National University of Singapore, and a Ph.D. in Geography from the same university. Andie has done extensive research on urban poverty and development issues, having been a Research Assistant and a Project Officer of the [John J. Carroll] Institute on Church and Social Issues, a Jesuit-run non-government organization in the Philippines. Andie finds teaching with Casa Bayanihan to be a learning experience because it allows her to engage with students from different cultures and backgrounds. The students' refreshingly varied world-views can be sources of insight and inspiration.
Benjamin N. Muego
Philippine Politics and Governance
An American of Filipino descent, Professor Benjamin N Muego has lived in the United States for most of his adult life and taught at various universities both here and abroad, including Illinois State University, the University of the Philippines (as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar), Hanoi National University of Education, De La Salle University-Manila, Ateneo de Manila University-Loyola Schools and Bowling Green State University (BGSU) where he was a tenured Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies from 1990 until his retirement in 2010. Author of The Spectator Society: The Philippines Under Martial Rule (Ohio University Press, 1988), American Government: A Basic Text for Non-Majors (Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2009), The Philippines: A Self-Study (National Foreign Affairs Training Center, 2011) and more than two dozen refereed journal articles and book chapters in various Political Science and Asian Studies anthologies, Professor Muego is a former Fulbright Scholar (1986-87), East-West Center Fellow in International Relations (1990-91) and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore (1978-79). Professor Muego received his AB in Political Science from the University of the Philippines-Diliman (1969), his MA in Political Science from Kansas State University (1971) and his PhD, also in Political Science, from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (1976). Professor Muego is fluent in three Philippine languages (Tagalog, Ilocano and Cebuano), is a life-time member of the Fulbright Association, East-West Center Association, Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Delta Theta Phi National Law Fraternity and the Alpha Phi Beta (Association of Philippine Barristers) and served as Chair of BGSU’s Faculty Senate on two separate occasions (1993-94; 2002-03) and was honored by BGSU with its Distinguished Faculty Service Award in 2004.
Filipino for Foreign Students: Introduction to Philippine Culture Through Immersion
"Casa Bayanihan challenges me to be more creative and reflective with my teaching methods, especially where cultural grounding of immersion experiences is of primary issue."
Carlota obtained her MPhil Sociology and Social Policy from Bangor University (formerly University of Wales-Bangor), United Kingdom through the Ford Foundation-International Fellowship Program. The title of her MPhil dissertation is, When the Curtain Calls: Stories of the Urban Poor Children in the Performing Arts. She finished her B.A. Sociology at the University of the Philippines in 1994 with her thesis entitled, “Maglako ay Di Biro: Ang Pakikipagsapalaran ng mga Ambulant Vendors sa Pamantasan ng Pilipinas” (Hawking is Never Fun: Stories of the Ambulant Vendors in the University of the Philippines). A recipient of the Asia Fellows Award (AFA) from the Asian Scholarship Foundation (ASF), Carlota conducted a research on the street children in New Delhi, India in 2011. Her research, Images of Childhood in India received funding from both the ASF and the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advance Study of India (UPIASI). She served as a Visiting Research Fellow of Jamia Hamdard (Hamdard University) in New Delhi while doing her research stint. Her researches on children and childhood found reception in both national and international conferences. She is currently a full-time faculty member of the Department of Filipino in the Ateneo de Manila University where she serves as Coordinator for International Linkages.
Engaging Reality: Accompaniment and Community
As an undergraduate, Grace studied Anthropology and Theology at Fordham University and participated in Casa de la Solidaridad in El Salvador. She completed her Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Education at Santa Clara University. Currently, Grace co-directs Casa Bayanihan and is also privileged to facilitate the Praxis Seminar, a space where students can reflect upon and process their experience in communities. She most enjoys listening to students discover incredible depth from seemingly ordinary moments.
Mysteries of God: Suffering, Solidarity and God
An associate professor of philosophy at Santa Clara University, Mark serves as Director of Mission and Ministry at Casa Bayanihan. He has taught or worked in El Salvador, the Philippines, Mexico, and Canada. He also is the author of several books and is a senior fellow of the Bannan Institute for Jesuit Education and Christian Values at Santa Clara University. Mark has degrees in philosophy and engineering from Stanford and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale.