About the Author


* A.B. Arts-Law (cum laude)                               1951           University of the Philippines

* Master of Public Administration                     1954           The University of Michigan

* Ph.D. (Political Science/Sociology),               1959            The University of Michigan

Graduate Study Scholarships

U.P. graduate study fellowships from U.S. Mutual Security Agency/Foreign Operations Administration (forerunners of US/AID), the Agricultural Development Council, and the Rockefeller Foundation.


  • Founding President of Kalayaan College at Riverbanks Center Marikina (2001).
  • Professor Emeritus of Public Administration and Political Science, UP (since 1998)
  • Professor of Political Science and Public Administration (1993-1998)

·         President of the University of the Philippines (1987-1993)

  • Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Diliman (1990-1991)
  • Experience at the United Nations University and in relation to the United Nations System and the World Academic Community (1977-1987)
  • 1977-1984. Secretary, UN University Council (Governing Board of the University)
  • 1984-1986. Director, UN University Office for North America (formerly UNU Liaison Office) United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
  • 1986-1987. Director of Planning and Evaluation for the UN University.

Academic Experience

  • 1950-1970. University of the Philippines: from Graduate Assistant and Instructor in Political Science and Sociology (College of Liberal Arts) to Professor of Public Administration (1964-1970) and Assistant Dean for Academic Instruction and Research (1963-1970), College of Public Administration.
  • 1957. Founding Editor: Philippine Journal of Public Administration, quarterly journal published by U.P. College of Public Administration.
  • 1962-1963. Faculty Coordinator, Reorganization of the University of the Philippines, assisting President Carlos P. Romulo.
  • Early 1960s. Helped organize and became the first President of the U.P. Faculty Association.

Director, Local Government Research, U.P. College of Public Administration.

Mid 1960s. Led faculty in developing and establishing the Doctor of Public dministration Program at the U.P. College of Public Administration.

Academic Honors

  • 1951. A.B. (Arts-Law) cum laude, University of the Philippines; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society.
  • 1962. “TOYM” Award (in Political Science) by Philippine Junior Chamber of Commerce (JAYCEES).
  • 1968. Distinguished Scholar Award of the University of the Philippines (the first year this ward was given under U.P. President Carlos P. Romulo).
  • 1976. Most Outstanding Alumnus in the Social Sciences at the University of the Philippines, by the U.P. Alumni Association.
  • 1987. Most Outstanding Professional Achievement Award in Social Science for 1987, Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Science, U.P. Alpha Chapter.
  • 1987. Honorary Fellow, The Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • 1988. Certificate of Recognition “for outstanding and dedicated service to our country and the international community of nations, as an academic leader, writer, researcher, and negotiator in our quest for peace.” International Societies of Phi Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Gammu Mu..
  • 1990. Award of Recognition by the U.S. Big Ten Universities alumni Associations.
  • 1991. Honorary Doctorate, Soka University, Tokyo
  • 1994-95. Gawad bilang pagkilala sa kanyang pagtataguyod at pamumuno sa pagpaunlad, paggamit at pagpalaganap sa Filipino ang Wikang Pambansa (award for his leadrship and support in promoting the development, use and diffusion of Filipino, the national language) (1994-95)

-Gawad Sikolohiyang Pilipino: Pambansang Samahan sa  Sikolohiyang Pilipino

-Gawad Cecilio K. Lopez: Sentro ng Wikang Filipino

-Pagkilala: Departmento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas

  • 2002. Leadership Award, by the National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of the Philippines, “for his pioneering leadership of the College from its  very beginnings: for bringing forth and nurturing its long –running PJPA and its research and doctoral programs; for conceiving and conducting  path-breaking studies in various areas  now embodied in the Center for Leadership, Citizenship and Democracy: for  his continuing  commitment to scholarly excellence in the University and in his efforts to inform public opinion: and for his infectious sense of humor as well as his sober sensibility.”    (NCPAG 50th Anniversary)
  • 2003. Outstanding Phi Kappa Phi member, by the International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, U.P. Chapter  “an award for your achievements and contributions  towards sustaining a culture of excellence and service to the nation; of using knowledge to create a just, caring and humane world.”

Philippine Government Service

  • 1954-1955. Staff Assistant to the Chairman, Budget Commissioner Dominador Aytona, of the Government Survey and Reorganization Commission (a presidential-legislative  body)-study of the organization, management and reform of the national government under President Ramon Magsaysay (on leave from U.P)
  • 1962-1963. Consultant to Philippine Vice-President and Secretary of Foreign Affairs, during the Macapagal Administration)
  • 1970-1971. Executive Director, Joint Executive-Legislative Local Government Reform Commission
  • 1971-1973. Secretary of the Constitutional Convention (Elected by the Convention Delegates)
  • 1973. Executive Secretary, Metro Manila Councilors’ Assembly
  • 1987. Adviser to the Philippine Government on Public-Administration and Development (February-August)- assisted Ambassador to the United States Emmanuel Pelaez,  the Chairman of the Government Panel on the Peace Talks with the Moro rebels and the Cordillera rebels and on the creation of autonomous regions in Muslim Mindanao and in the Cordilleras.
  • 1989. Chairman, Legislative-Executive Bases Council (September 1989-December 1990). The LEBC prepared and adopted the Comprehensive Conversion Program for Alternative Uses of the Military Baselands and the Military Camps in Metro Manila which was approved by President Corazon C. Aquino in October 1990. The Comprehensive Conversion Program became the framework for the conversion of Subic Naval Base, Clark Air Base, and other military bases, and of Ft. Bonifacio and other military camps in Metro Manila.
  • Member. President Corazon C. Aquino’s Committee on the Bases.
  • 1992-1993. Member, ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) Study Commission

Member of the Board of Trustees, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS)

  • 1999. Chairman, Search Committee for the President of Mindanao State University
  • 2005. Chairman, Consultative Commission to propose the revision of the Philippine Constitution.
  • 2008-2008. Member, Presidential Task Force on Education.

International Development and Education Experience

  • 1958. Secretary-General, First Asian Regional Conference on Public Administration, Manila and Baguio which led to the founding of EROPA (Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration).
  • 1959. United Nations Meeting of Experts on Community Development Programmes, the Hague, Netherlands.
  • 1971-1973. Member of the Board of Trustees, Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, Manila.
  • 1973-1975. Ford Foundation Adviser, Center for Economic Development and Administration, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal; also advisor on executive training.
  • 1974. Member of Evaluation Task Force, National Planning Commission, His Majesty’s Government of Nepal.
  • 1974. Consultant, Pakistan Administrative Staff College—on Implementation of Administrative Reforms in Pakistan.
  • 1975-1977. Ford Foundation Project Specialist on Asian Studies, South East Asia Office, with responsibilities for program management and development of graduate training and research in the social sciences and the humanities; development studies and research; rural development; and human rights. Based in Bangkok, Thailand and Manila.
  • 1978. Ford Foundation Consultant on the reorganization of Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • 1979-1988. Member of the Advisory Board, Southeast Asia Quarterly, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.
  • 1983-1984. Consultant, Reflections on Development Research Fellowships in Southeast Asia, The Rockefeller Foundation.
  • 1988. Member, Regional Advisory Council, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore
  • 1988-1992. Member, Board of Higher Education, an advisory body to the Secretary of Education, Culture and Sports
  • 1991. Member, ASEAN Advisory Board (Re: Study Project on the ASEAN University).

Visiting Professorships/Lectureships

  • 1965-1966. Visiting Scholar, Institute of Advance Projects, East West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • 1966-1967. Visiting Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.
  • 1968-1969. Visiting Lecturer, Ateneo de Manila University (Politics and Development).
  • 1969-1970. Visiting Professor of Political Science, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
  • 1973-1975. Visiting Professor of Development Administration and Chairman of Committee on Public Administration Study, Institute of Business Administration, Commerce and Public Administration, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Guest Lecturer. University of Michigan, the University of Hawaii, and the University  of Oregon, Cornell University, Duke University, Tufts University, the Local Autonomy College of Japan, the American University in Beirut, the University of Malaya, Sophia University in Tokyo, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Waseda University, the City University of New York, Colombia University, University of California, Berkeley and Northern Illinois University; Jawaharlal Nehru University.
  • Also presented papers at meetings of the Congress of Orientalists, in Mexico City; the Conference on the Bicentennial of American Independence, in San Francisco; the Canadian Association of South-East Asian Studies, the University of Toronto; the International Society of Political Psychology, at Oxford University; the First National Social Science Congress of the Philippines, in Metro Manila; the World Future Studies Federation, at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, and several other scholarly conferences.

Membership in Professional/Civic/Other Organizations

  1. Current Positions/and Professional Affiliations
  • Founding President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kalayaan College
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Aurora Aragon-Quezon Peace Foundation
  • Chairman, Committee on Constitutional Continuity and Change, Philippine Political Science Association.
  • Co-Chairman, Board of Advisers, Manila Doctors College
  • Member, Advisory Council of Eminent Persons to propose electoral and political reforms, Government of the Philippines and UNDP.
  • Member of the Board of Advisers, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ)

Trustee and Incorporator, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR)

  • Co-Founder & Member, National Inter-University Forum on Education (NIUFE)
  • Trustee of the Bantayog ng  mga Bayani Foundation, Inc.
  • Trustee and Fellow, Social Weather Stations (SWS)
  • Member, Philippine Constitution Association (PHILCONSA)
  • Trustee, Foundation for Worldwide People Power
  • Member, Citizen’s Movement for a Federal Philippines (CMFP)
  • Fellow, Institute for Development and Econometric Analysis, Inc. (IDEA)
  • Trustee, International Visitors Program-Philippines (IVP)
B.       Scholarly Affiliations
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Pi Gamma Mu Social Science Honor Society
  • National Research Council of the Philippines
  • Philippine Political Science Association
  • Society for Public Administration of the Philippines
  • Honorary Fellow of the Philippine Society for the Advancement of Science

Volunteer Service

  • President and Chairman of the Board of Governors, Beverly Hills Homeowners’ Association
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Federation of Homeowners’ Associations of  Antipolo City
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Aurora Aragon-Quezon Peace  Foundation
  • Chairman, Committee on Constitutional Continuity and Change, Philippine Political Science Association.
  • Trustee and Incorporator, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR)
  • Trustee of the Bantayog ng  mga Bayani Foundation, Inc.
  • Member, Philippine Constitution Association (PHILCONSA)
  • Trustee, Foundation for Worldwide People Power
  • Member, Citizen’s Movement for a Federal Philippines (CMFP). Chairman, Board of Adviser

One response to “About the Author

  1. James Ramon Prescott, Ph.D.

    Dear Professor Abueva,

    My name is Jim Prescott and I live in Elgin, Illinois, USA. I have been researching an academic paper about Philippines-United States relations in the early 1950s and ran across an editorial published in the Philippines Herald in 1950. I wanted to find some more background information about the Herald, their ownership, editorial position/ political orientation, etc. I realize that this is a narrow question, but there is more knowledgeable about this specific issue than yourself. So I am taking the liberty to ask for your assistance.

    One of the chief issues I am concerned with in my paper is the importance of Philippine nationalism in the early 1950s. My reading of the P-H editorial was that it was, in my opinion, a surprisingly nuanced discussion of Phil- Am relations. It was critical, but not a scathing attack on the US policies pre- and post- Philippines independence. Also the editorial supported President Quirino more or less out of default, rather than having any particularly strong support for him. Does that sound right? Or am I somehow missing the boat?

    I understand that the P-H had been founded in 1920 by (then) Senate President Quezon. But it’s not clear to me whether the P-H was still owned by the Quezon family in 1950, and whether they would have taken a strongly pro- Liberalista or pro-Quirino position. This is not necessarily a big issue, but it will help clarify issues in my research and I don’t know who else I can turn to for help on such a narrow question. I hope that I am not being too presumptuous.

    Very truly yours,
    Jim Prescott

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