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Eloisa May P. Hernandez, PhD


Art History, Philippine Studies, Cinema,
Visual Arts, Gender Studies



Eloisa May P. Hernandez is Professor at the Department of Art Studies, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines in Diliman where she teaches art history, photography, popular art and culture, and Philippine cinema. She finished her B.A. Art Studies, M.A. in Art History, and Ph.D. in Philippine Studies with a dissertation on The Political Economy of Digital Cinema in the Philippines, 1999-2009 in U.P. Diliman.

She is the author of Digital Cinema in the Philippines, 1999-2009 (2014) and Homebound: Women Visual Artists in 19th Century Philippines (2004). She has also co-authored several books such as Philippine Art and Culture (2012) published by Anvil and Sining ng Sineng Filipino (2009) published by U.P. Sentro ng Wikang Filipino.

She had a solo exhibit on VMeme Contemporary Art Gallery and UP Vargas Museum. She served as panel convenor and delivered papers in several international conferences e.g. European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EUROSEAS) Conferences, Annual Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference (ASEACC), and Asian Film Archive Forum on Asian Cinema. Her works are published in several refereed journals and anthologies.

A recipient of the Southeast Asian Studies Regional Exchange Program grant, she researched on digital cinema in Southeast Asia which are published as a chapter entitled “The Beginnings of Digital Cinema in Southeast Asia” in the book Glimpses of Freedom: Independent Cinema in Contemporary Southeast Asia by Cornell University.

In 1999, she was awarded the Gawad Chanselor para sa Pinakamahusay na Guro. Prof. Hernandez has been elected as an Executive Committee Member of the National Committee on Cultural Education of the NCCA for 2004-2007. She also served as an elected executive committee member of the NCCA National Committee on Visual Arts, 1998-2001. She is a former member of the Young Critics Circle Film Desk and served as its President in 2012.



A. Sole author of a book
Digital Cinema in the Philippines, 1999-2009. UP Press, 2014

HOMEBOUND: 19th century Women Visual Artists in the Philippines, U.P. Press and NCCA. 2004

B. Author of a chapter in an international refereed book
The Beginnings of Digital Cinema in Southeast Asia. “Glimpses of Freedom: Independent Cinema in Southeast Asia.” New York: Cornell University Southeast Asia Publications Program. Editors: May Adadol Ingawanij and Benjamin McKay. January 2012.

C. Co-Author of a Book

Philippine Art and Culture. Quezon City: Anvil Publishing, Inc., 2012.

Sining ng Sineng Filipino. Quezon City: Sentro ng Wikang Filipino & Young Critics Circle Film Desk, 2009.

The Journey of Sungdu-an 3: Making the Local, Pananaw 6: Philippine Journal of Visual Arts, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, 2007.

The Introduction of Digital Cinema in the Philippines. Südostasien, Vol. 3 2013, pp 50-51. Published by Asienhaus Stiftung, 2013

The Role of Information and Communication Technology in Digital Cinema. Information and Communication Technology in Philippine Art, Heritage and Religion. Department of Science and Technology. 2008.

Ang Espasyo ng Kababaihan sa Sining Biswal sa Maynila: 1884 Hanggang Simula ng ika-20 na Siglo. Manila: Selected Papers of the Annual Conferences of the Manila Studies Association 1992-2002. Manila Studies Association, Inc. 2005.

Ang Sining Lesbiana sa Pilipinas: Ang Lesbianarama, Tabi-tabi sa Pagsasantabi: Mga Kritikal na Tala ng mga Lesbiana at Bakla sa Wika, Sining at Kultura. UP Press, 2003 (Editors Roselle Pineda, Eugene Evasco and Rommel Rodriguez)

Dissertation: The Political Economy of Digital Cinema in the Philippines, 1999-2009.

Thesis: Ang Espasyo ng Kababaihan sa Sining Biswal noong ika-19 na siglo (The Space of Women in Visual Arts in the 19th century)

Solo exhibitions

Uneasy Peace, VMEME Contemporary Art Gallery, December 18, 2020-January 24, 2021

Take Over, UP Vargas Museum, February 11 to April 23, 2022

Volunteer, Art Relief Mobile Kitchen

Faculty Adviser, UP Pep Squad and UP Men's Football Team

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