Cebuano Studies Center holds first Vicente Sotto Lecture Series

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THE University of San Carlos Cebuano Studies Center held the first lecture of the Vicente Sotto Lecture Series for 2021 last Jan. 30 via Zoom.

The Vicente Sotto Lecture Series is a monthly event that aims to raise the community’s awareness and appreciation of Cebu’s rich cultural and literary heritage. It also serves as a venue for interested individuals to engage in discussions with esteemed resource speakers on various topics related to heritage, culture and history.

Dr. Maria Cristina Martinez-Juan opened this year’s lecture series with “Researching Cebu in the British Archives.”

The academic had taught as an associate professor for the humanities department of the University of the Philippines Cebu, before moving to New York and then London in 2013. Currently, she is a senior teaching fellow at the South East Asian Department of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London in the United Kingdom. She also directs the Philippine Studies Programme and teaches modules on Philippine Literature and Philippine Cultural Studies. She manages an academic and research program that includes digital humanities projects; SULAT, which is a creative writing space for UK-based Southeast Asian writers; and an annual Philippine studies conference in London.

The next lecture will be on Feb. 27, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. via Zoom with Dr. Jose Eleazer Bersales, whose lecture is entitled “The Cebu Records in the Augustinian Archives.” Upcoming speakers also include poet Larry Ypil, Denis Judilla and Dr. Michael Cullinane.

The Vicente Sotto Lecture Series is free of charge and is conducted on the last Saturday of every month. For inquiries and registration details, contact the lecture series organizer, Dr. Bea Yap Martinez, through email ( or, or through landline (32) 230-0100 local 308. Interested participants can also follow the Cebuano Studies Center on Facebook for more updates.