Wilfrido V. Villacorta

Wilfrido Villacorta

Date of Birth 22 May 1945
Place Manila (Philippines)
Nomination 20 November 1999
Field Political Science
Title Professor Emeritus

Most important awards and recognition
Presidential Medal of Merit. Conferred by the President of the Philippines, 2007, for service to ASEAN regionalism; Appointment as Founding Member of the Curatorium, Xiamen Academy of International Law, 2005-Present; Outstanding Manilan Award (Education and Diplomacy), 2005; Fulbright-Freeman Distinguished Centennial Lecturer Award, 1998, United States of America; Centenary of Benedictines in the Philippines Award in Education, 1995; Chevalier dans L'Ordre des Palmes Academiques, academic decoration awarded by the Government of France, 1992; Award from the Komisyon sa Wikang Pilipino (Commission on Filipino Language), 1991; Chair, Philippine Social Science Council, 1980, President, Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences, Beta Chapter; Member, National Research Council of the Philippines; Member, Phi Delta Kappa International Honor Society in Education; Academician, Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences; Member-Commissioner, UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines; Academic Adviser and Honorary Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia-Pacific University.

Summary of scientific research
A.B. Political Science, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines, 1965; M.A. Politics, major in International Law and Relations, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., USA, 1968; Ph.D. Politics, major in International Law and Relations, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., USA, 1972. Philippine Ambassador and Permanent Representative to ASEAN, 2010-2012; Deputy Secretary-General, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Jakarta, Indonesia, 2003-06; Professor, De La Salle University, 1986-2003; Founding President, Yuchengco Center, a research center based at De La Salle University, 1984-2003; Senior Vice-President for External Operations, De La Salle University, 1987-93; Delegate, 1986 Constitutional Commission which drafted the present Philippine Constitution (Chairman of the Human Resource Committee: sponsored provisions on the rights of children, right to information, right to education and health care; co-sponsored provisions on the right to life, equality of women, human rights and social justice); Dean, College of Liberal Arts, De La Salle University, 1983-86; Secretary-General, Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia (ACUCA), 1978-82; Senior Specialist, Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO-INNOTECH), 1976-78; Visiting Professorships: University of Malaya, 2006-09; University Malaysia Sarawak, 2008; Ritsumeikan Asia-Pacific University, 2003, 2009; University of Southern Queensland, 1994; Ohio University, 1987; Han Nam University, 1989; Waseda University, 1980; Research Fellowships: Institute of Social Science, Waseda University, 1994; Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 1994; Institute of Developing Economies (Japan), 1993. Professor Emeritus and University Fellow, De La Salle University; Visiting Professor, Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya; Consultant, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), Sweden. My research has focused on international relations in East Asia - both Northeast and Southeast Asia. My studies have ranged from human rights and democracy to bilateral relations between the Philippines and the regional powers in East Asia, namely the United States, Japan and China, as well as issues in regional integration.

Main publications
“Strengthening the Foundation for an ASEAN Community”. In: ASEAN Matters! Reflecting on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Ed. by Lee Yoong Yoong. Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS), Institute of Policy Studies, NUS, and World Scientific Publishing. Pp. 303-314; “Impact of Public Governance on the Rights of the Child”. In: The Future of the Filipino Child: Development Issues and Trends. Ed. by Florangel Rosario-Braid, Ramon Tuazon and Ann Lourdes Lopez. Metro Manila: UNICEF and Asian Institute of Communications and Journalism. Pp. 208-227; Noynoy: Triumph of a People’s Campaign. Metro Manila: Anvil Publishing; The Indivisibility of Rights of the Human Person, Catholic Social Doctrine and Human Rights, ed. by Roland Minnerath, Ombretta Fumagalli Carulli, and Vittorio Possenti, Vatican City: Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 2010; The Impact of Public Governance on the Rights of the Filipino Child, The Future of Filipino Children: Development Issues and Trends, Makati: UNICEF and Asia Institute of Journalism and Communications, 2010; Inter-regional Cooperation in Democracy Building: Prospects for Enhancing ASEAN-EU Engagement, Stockholm: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), 2009; The ASEAN Charter as a Catalyst to the Realization of the ASEAN Economic Community, Soochow Law Journal, Volume V, Number 1, January, 2008; ASEAN-Japan Relations: The China Factor, Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Southeast Asia: Progress and Challenges through Half-a-Century, ed. by Ronald D. Holmes, Quezon City: Philippine Social Science Council and The Japan Foundation, 2007; Ending Poverty through the UN Millennium Development Goals: Some Reflections, Charity and Justice in the Relations among Peoples and Nations, Mary Ann Glendon, Juan José Llach and Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo (eds), Vatican City: Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 2007; The Human Person in Theravada Buddhism and Islam: Implications for Governance in Southeast Asia, Conceptualization of the Person in the Social Sciences, Edmond Malinvaud and Mary Ann Glendon (eds), Vatican City: Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 2006; Political Relations between Japan and the Philippines during the Aquino and Ramos Administrations, Philippines-Japan Relations, Ikehata Setsuho and Lydia Yu Jose (eds), Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2003; Co-authored with Bachtiar Alam, Perceptions of Japan and the Japanese by Filipinos and Indonesians: An Intergenerational Study, Manila: De La Salle University Press, 2002; The Strategic Implications of the Asian Financial Crisis: A Philippine Perspective, The European Union, United States and ASEAN: Challenges and Prospects for Cooperative Engagement in the 21st Century, ed. by K.S. Nathan, London: ASEAN Academic Press, 2002; The American Influence on Philippine Political and Constitutional Tradition, Mixed Blessing: The Impact of the American Colonial Experience on Politics and Society in the Philippines, ed. by Hazel McFerson, Westport CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002; Verso una Cultura Civica e Universale, Globalizzazione: Conflitto o Dialogo di Civiltà?, ed. by Roberto Papini, Napoli: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 2002; Co-authored with Eric Batalla, The Political Dimensions of the Philippine Response to the Financial Crisis, Southeast Asia into the Twenty First Century: Crisis and Beyond, Abdul Rahman Emborg and Jurgen Rudolph (eds), Bangi: Penerbit University Kebangsaan Malaysia, 2000; Foreign Policy Issues in East Asia: Implications for Relations with Latin America, (translated to Spanish), Diplomacia (Journal of the Andrés Bello Diplomatic Academy of Chile), No. 85. Oct-Dec 2000; Human Rights and Culture: Implications for Human Security, Asia's Emerging Regional Order: Reconciling Traditional and Human Security, William Tow, Ramesh Thakur and In-Taek Hyun (eds), New York: United Nations University Press, 2000; Project Director. Rebuilding Bridges: Fifty Years of Philippines-Japan Relations: 1948-1998, Manila: Yuchengco Center for East Asia, 1999; Philippines: Nationalism and Regionalism, Strategic Cultures in the Asia-Pacific Region, Ken Booth and Russell Trood (eds), London: Macmillan Press, 1999; Philippines Performance during the Financial Crisis: Implications for U.S. and Japanese Involvement, Southeast Asia's Changing Landscape: Implications for U.S.-Japan Relations on the Eve of the Twenty-First Century, ed. by Gerrit W. Gong, Washington D.C.: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1999; Japanese Official Development Assistance to the Philippines: An Analysis of the Policy Process and Its History, Philippines and Japan: Facets and Dimensions, Quezon City: Ateneo De Manila University and Manila: De La Salle University Press, 1999; Democracy in Asia: A Status Report, Proceedings on the Workshop on Democracy, Vatican: Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 1998; Preparing the Child for 2020: Political and Cultural Imperatives, Megatrends: The Future of Filipino Children, Manila: United Nations Children's Fund, the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communications and Katha Publishing Co., Inc., 1998; Co-edited with Scott Thompson, The Philippine Road to NIChood, Manila: De La Salle University and Social Weather Stations, 1996; Issues in Sustainable Development in Japan-ASEAN Relations, Kazuyasu Ochiai (ed.), In Search of Sustainable Development: Japan in the Circum-Pacific Area, Mito: Ibaraki University, 1995; The Political Economy of Japan's Foreign Policy towards ASEAN Countries, Tokyo: Institute of Developing Economies, 1995; Japan's Asian Identity: Concerns for ASEAN-Japan Relations, ASEAN Economic Bulletin. Vol. 11, No. 1 (July), 1994; The Curse of the Weak State: Leadership Imperatives for the Ramos Government,Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 16, No. 1, 1994; Co-authorship, Philippine Human Development Report, ed. by Solita Monsod, Makati: United Nations Development Program, 1994; Asia and the Pacific since 1945: A Filipino Perspective (translated to Japanese), in Ajia-Taiheyo no Sengo Seiji, ed. by Takashi Inoguchi, Tokyo: Asahi Shimbun Press, 1993; The Philippine Territorial Claim in the South China Sea, Fishing in Troubled Waters: Proceedings of an Academic Conference on Territorial Claims in the South China Sea, ed. by R.D. Hill, Norman Owen and E.V. Roberts, Hong Kong: Centre of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong, 1992; Ideological Orientation of Political Forces in the Aquino Era, Economy and Politics under Corazon Aquino, ed. by Bernard Dahm, Hamburg: Mittei lung en des Instituts fur Asienkunde, 1991; The Politics of Language in the Third World: Toward Theory Building, International Journal of the Sociology of Language, No. 88, 1991; Political Contestation in the Philippines: Rhetoric and Reality, Political Contestation: Case Studies from Asia, Norma Mahmoud and Zakaria Haji Ahmad (eds), Singapore: Heimann for Friedrich Naumann Foundation, 1990; Philippine-Soviet Relations, The Soviet Union and the Asia-Pacific Region, Pushpa Thambipillai and Daniel Matuszewski (eds), New York: Praeger, 1989; The Management of National Security in the Philippines: The Role of Leadership Styles, Leadership Perceptions and National Security: The Southeast Asian Experience, Mohammed Ayoob and Chai-anan Samidavanija (eds), Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1989; Changing Philippine Perceptions of the Soviet Union, Foreign Relations Journal. Vol. II, No. 1, 1989; Japanese Presence in the Philippines: Filipino Perceptions, Presence and Perceptions: The Underpinnings of ASEAN-Japan Relations, ed. by Charles Morrison, Tokyo: Japan Center for International Exchange, 1986; The Catholic Church in Contemporary Philippine Politics, The Social Science Review (Waseda University, Tokyo), Vol. 28, No. 1, October 1982; 1984; The Four Modernizations Program of China: Its Implications for Southeast Asia, China and Southeast Asia, ed. by Theresa Chiong-Carino, Manila: China Studies Program, De La Salle University. 1977; Co-editorship with Charles McCarthy, The Chinese in ASEAN Countries, Manila: De La Salle University, 1976; Towards the Post-Mao Era: Selected Chinese Sources on Contemporary China, Manila: De La Salle University, 1976; Co-authorship with Isagani Yuzon, The Political Experience of Man, Manila: De La Salle University, 1975; The Philosophy and Social Gospel of Theravada Buddhism, Philippiniana Sacra, Vol. VIII, No. 23,1973.

Professional address

107 Kamagong Street
Ayala Alabang Village
Muntinlupa City 1780


The Indivisibility of Rights of the Human Person (PDF) 2009

Contribution to the panel (PDF) 2009

Ending Poverty through the UN Millennium Development Goals: Some Reflections (PDF) 2007

The Human Person in Theravada Buddhism and Islam: Implications for Governance in Southeast Asia (PDF) 2005

Duties of Children towards the Elderly: East Asian Perspectives on Intergenerational Solidarity (PDF) 2002

Globalization and Disparities in Southeast Asia (PDF) 2001

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