Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of California, Los Angeles

PLENARY TALK: “Translating Research into Pedagogy, Practices, and Projects”

Dr. Stephen Acabado received his doctorate in philosophy and master’s degree in arts in anthropology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and his bachelor’s degree in arts in anthropology from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

His research interests are; historical ecology, landscape archaeology, agricultural systems, settlement patterns, emergent complexity, indigenous people, and heritage conservation. Dr. Acabado directs the Ifugao Archaeological Project, a collaborative research program between the University of the Philippines-Archaeological Studies Program, the National Museum of the Philippines, the University of California, Los Angeles and the Save the Ifugao Terraces movement, Inc (SITMo). He is a strong advocate of an engaged archaeology where descendant communities are involved in the research process.


Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology

PLENARY TALK: “Integration of Innovation and Foresight in Generating Impactful and Sustainable Extension Projects”

Dr. DeAnna Caña Regnim is an Assistant Professor at the College of Trades and Technology and Graduate School, a trainer, a technical adviser, and a mentor at the Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology. She is the director of the Strategic Foresight and Innovation Office, in charge of establishing and operating the college’s innovation centers and strategic foresight charge initiatives.

Dr. Regnim graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy in Development Education from the Central Bicol University Central Bicol University of Agriculture and a Master of Arts in Teaching Technology Education from the Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges. She is a development worker through her research and extension projects that cause development changes in local communities.


Trinity University of Asia

PLENARY TALK: “Exploring and Rationalizing the Key role of Microbiology and Biotechnology in Creating Sustainable Cities

Dr. Howell Ho is currently the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Trinity University of Asia. He earned his doctorate degree in Biology and master of science in Biology at De La Salle University.

Dr. Howell’s academic interests are; molecular biology, statistics, microscopy, data analysis, research, biotechnology, science, microbiology, and life sciences.


Chinese University of Hongkong

PLENARY TALK: Social Media in Sociolinguistic Analysis: Investigating Variation and Change in Philippine Englishes using Twitter

Dr. Wilkinson Daniel Wong Gonzales is currently an Assistant Professor of Applied English Linguistics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, with over six years of experience in linguistics, data science, and predictive analytics. Alongside his professorial duties, he is also part of a team at the National University of Singapore, where he serves as a Researcher and Data Analyst for the Corpus of Singapore English Messaging Team headed by Professor Mie Hiramoto.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in English at De La Salle University and continued his master’s degree in English language and linguistics at the National University of Singapore. Dr. Gonzales received his Ph.D and Master’s in Linguistics at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (USA). His research focuses in sociolinguistics, language variation and change, multilingualism and language contact, world Englishes, corpus linguistics, and so many more. 


University Fellow
Charles Darwin University, Australia

PLENARY TALK: From the Academe to the Communities and Industries: The Path of Research

Dr. Jacqueline F. Escarcha is a University Fellow at Charles Darwin University in Australia. She is an interdisciplinary agricultural scientist with research interests focus on livestock agriculture, farming and environmental interactions, governance, and sustainable development.


  • Doctor in Philosophy by Research (Agriculture and Environment 2019; Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia.
  • MSc in Agriculture, Agronomy and Food Production 2011; Montpellier SupAgro, Montpellier, France.
  • MSc in Sustainable Development in Agriculture 2010; University of Catania, Catania, Italy.
  • BSc in Agriculture, major in Animal Science 2003; University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna.


Singapore Institute of Engineering Technologists, Singapore

PLENARY TALK: “Sustaining Human Development and Protection through Research

Dr Sam is a life-long learner for more than 40 years. He has gone through the various possible pathways to become a qualified engineer, builder, and also a mathematician/ scientist. He obtained his First Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Melbourne in Australia. Later, he 00completed his postgraduate degrees from various local & overseas Universities including the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Western Mindanao State University (WMSU).

Dr Sam has also completed various external examinations by self-study : Cambridge Higher School Certificate, LCCI Business Statistics, RSA Quantitative Methods for Business, The Society of Engineers , UK Part 2 (Civil Design) and Part 3 (Management) and The Council of Engineering  Institutions, UK Part 2 (Now : The Engineering Council).

Dr Sam has been very active in many professional bodies. In 1980 he initiated the formation of the Singapore Institute of Engineering Technicians (SIET – later renamed as the Singapore Institute of Engineering Technologists) and served in the Executive Council for almost 30 years. [ He was awarded the SIMMS Medal by the Society of Engineers, UK in 1985. He has been a ‘Professional Interviewer’ for various UK Professional Bodies for registration as ‘Incorporated Engineer (IEng), Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Chartered Builder.


De La Salle University

PLENARY TALK: “Writing Teaching Cases

Dr. Raymund B. Habaradas is a full professor at De La Salle University under the Department of Management and Organization. He also serves as DMO’s Graduate Studies Program Coordinator and is the holder of the Ambassador Ramon V. del Rosario Chair in Entrepreneurship. He teaches Management Research 1, Management Research 2, and Management Action Research.

He received both his Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degrees from the same university. His research outputs are in the areas of corporate social initiatives, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial resilience, business model innovation, and SME development. Aside from being published in several internationally-refereed and abstracted journals, he has written chapter in books published by Cambridge University Press, Chulalongkorn University Press, DLSU Publishing House, and Routledge. He also writes articles for opinion columns in Business World, Manila Standard, and Manila Times.


University of the Philippines – Visayas

PLENARY TALK: “Enhancing Fisheries Education and Research through a Stranger Connection with Social Sciences in the Philippines

Dr Alice Joan Ferrer is a Professor and Scientist from the University of the Philippines Visayas. She holds a Masters and PhD (Economics) degrees from School of Economics, University of the Philippines. Her professional interests include fisheries and aquaculture social sciences, policy analysis, health economics, gender, climate smart agriculture, and governance, among others.

She has published in peer-reviewed and indexed journals, books chapters, and authored a book. Currently, she is the president of the Asian Fisheries Society, the National Deputy Director of the Economy and Environment Group Philippines, and the Executive Director of Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development.


De La Salle University – Manila

PLENARY TALK: “Data Management and Government Information Systems

Mr. Johannes Paulus “JP” Acuña is an Information Technology Specialist – Data Architect based in Quezon City, Philippines. Most of his engagements are with Government Agencies and International Development Organizations. He is currently a consultant of the World Bank, supporting various projects in the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Papua New Guinea Department of Health. He is also a consultant of Asian Development Bank under the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department. He is also a Consultant of the Department of Health through a grant from the Task Force for Global Health. He was a part-time lecturer at the De La Salle University College of Computer Studies.

His area of expertise are on Data Management, Data Governance, Data Architecture, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Data Modeling and Design, Data Integration, Data Quality, and Master Data Management. He provided consultancy, technical advisory, and technical assistance for various flagship programs and projects in the Philippines such as the PSA’s National ID System (PhilSys), DSWD’s Database of Poor Households (Listahanan), Rapid Assessment for CSC’s HR Information System for Government, Department of Agriculture’s Registry of Farmers and Fisherfolks (RSBSA), DEPED’s Learner Information System, Philhealth’s National Health Insurance Program, and National Anti Poverty Commission’s Integrated Poverty Database. He was also involved in disaster information systems and logistics management during Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Emergency and Recovery Project in based Tacloban. He is an active contributor to various initiatives in the Philippines on the use of technology solutions to improve the quality of government services to its citizens.

Mr. Acuña completed his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Specialization in Software Technology at the De La Salle University – College of Computer Studies. He is currently working on his thesis as part of the requirements for his Master of Science in Information Technology. His research interests are in Digital Transformation, Technology Adoption, and Organizational Change Management. He is providing pro-bono advisory support for students, researchers, system developers, and various interest groups aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


Sorsogon State University

PLENARY TALK: “Future Proofing Human Organization through Sustainable Livelihood and Social Enterprise Development

VIVIEN L. CHUA is a very dynamic and competent professional teacher, a researcher and goal-oriented team player, with highly transformative leadership potential and critical in solving complex problems. Her experiences include: high pressure management roles at a young age in her employment history both in private and government service.

She had researches which translated innovations in Higher Education; community development and empowerment; tourism that cater to individual learning needs. She finished her doctorate degree at the Bicol University, Legaspi City Philippines and awarded as the Most Outstanding Graduate in the doctorate level. A licensed professional teacher, teaching behavioural sciences aligned with her undergraduate studies. Besides, Dr. Chua is currently a practicing professional in the field of Educational Management. She served various coordinator positions in the academe support to operations and designated as the Program Dean of the College of Education in 2009. She was given the position as Director of Public Relations and Information Services in 2011 and as Director of Extension Services since 2014 -2018, then as Campus Administrator of Magallanes Campus and presently as the Director of International Relations .

Dr. Chua won various awards in the local national and international competing categories in conferences for her researches and extension projects. A recipient of the World Research Leader Philippines Award given by the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research. Also, she is the main author of seven (10) researches and co-author of four(4) published in ISI, Index Copernicus, CHED accredited and or peer reviewed, online, indexed, cross-referenced international publications.


Chinese University of Hongkong

PLENARY TALK: Translanguaging Pedagogy

Dr. Prem Phyak teaches at the Department of English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Ph,D., Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa MA TESOL, the Institute of Education, University College London (UCL) M.Ed. English Education, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

His research interests include language policy, multilingualism, language ideology, Indigenous language education, and teacher education. He has co-authored a book, Engaged Language Policy and Practices (Routledge, 2017) and published articles in several journals.


De La Salle University – Manila

PLENARY TALK: “Reinventing Teaching with Technology: Perspective, Practices, and Possibilities

Dr. Romualdo A. Mabuan is a full professor at Far Eastern University under the Institute of Education. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics at De La Salle University, and his Master of Arts in Teaching English Language Arts at Philippine Normal University.

His academic interests are; continuing professional development, digital learning and technologies, language documentation, teacher education, and TESOL.


Far Eastern University

PLENARY TALK: “Reinventing Teaching with Technology: Perspective, Practices, and Possibilities

Prof. Gregorio Ebron is a professor at Far Eastern University, under the Institute of Education. He completed his Master of Arts in Education with Specialization in English Language in Teaching at Philippine Normal University.

Prof. Ebron and Dr. Mabuan published several researches, one of it entitles “Flipped Learning Approach in Teaching Writing in a University Setting: Students’ Experiences, Preferences, and Perspectives”