CIS professor delivers retirement lecture

February 20, 2024| Maria Luz D. Fang-asan, Professor VI, capped 40 years of service to BSU with her retirement lecture at the College of Information Sciences (CIS).

Her lecture titled, “Igorot Culture Conservation Riding on Digital Connection” was attended by CIS faculty members, BS in Development Communication students, alumni and guests. The lecture was delivered before a panel composed of Leah E. Abayao, dean of the College of Social Sciences, University of the Philippines-Baguio; former La Trinidad Mayor, Edna C. Tabanda of the Igorot Global Organization; Richard H. Kinnud and Lily Ann D. Lando, culture champions; Stanley F. Anongos, dean of the BSU- College of Social Sciences; Myrna B. Sison-Kuiper, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, BSU; Rocky C. Ngalob of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples-Benguet; and Ann Heather B. Kiwang, director of the BSU- Institute of Social Research and Development.

In her lecture, Fang-asan shared her journey as a researcher before and after the availability of Internet in the locality. She presented the advantages and benefits that the Internet has contributed in the preservation of Igorot culture but she also cited the disadvantages and possible threats it could bring. The lecture ended with the participants doing the Uwawi of Kalinga led by Fang-asan’s past DevCom 17 students.

The panelists each gave their honest and candid insights on the lecture. They also shared their experiences with Fang-asan and how they bore witness to how she championed Indigenous Knowledge research.