Ma. Mercedes E. Arzadon

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Maria Mercedes "Ched" Estigoy Arzadon
Room 209 College of Education, University of the Philippines-Diliman


  • PhD Anthropology/Sociology of Education (ongoing)

University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

  • M. A. Nonformal Education

University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City 1999-2006

  • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Major: Special Education)

University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City (1979-83)

  • Certificate in Multilingual Education for Minority Language Contexts. European Training Program, Wycliffe Center, Buckinghamshire, England (April 2010)

Passed the National Board Exam for Teachers
Most Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award

My research interests include nonformal and informal education, mother tongue based multilingual education and education reform

Courses handled

1. EDUC 101 - Alternative Learning Delivery Systems
2. EDNFE 221 - Theory and Practice in Nonformal Education
3. EDNFE 222 - Instructional Materials & Strategies in Nonformal Education
4. EDR 255 - Alternative Literacies
5. EDFD 221 - Sociocultural Foundations of Education
6. EDUC 100 - Philippine Educational System

Scholarly Papers

• Locating and re-ordering discourses: An imperative for environmental education. 4th New Zealand Discourse Conference. December 2-4, 2013. Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

• The Unstoppable MTBMLE Caravan and the Reconfiguration of the MTBMLE Discourse. 4th International Conference on Language and Education: Multilingual Education for All in Asia and the Pacific – Policies, Practices and Processes November 6-8, 2013. Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

• The Knowledge Systems in a Kankana-ey Community: Parallel and Complementary. UGNAYANG PANG-AGHAMTAO, INC. (UGAT) - ANTHROPOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES 35th ANNUAL CONFERENCE. October 24-26. Ateneo de Davao

• Teacher recalls mother in poverty, education link. Business Mirror-Education Page. Oct 20, 2013

• What Should the New K to 12 Teacher Be Like? A Critical Analysis on the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 and its Implications on Teacher Education. Educational Foundations Conference, October 5, 2013 UP College of Education

• Embedding New Identities: Equipping Parents of Reading at Risk Pupils (co-author); ASIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES & HUMANITIES. May, 2013

• Enhancing Creativity for Homeschooling Learners. Parent Educators Advancement in Knowledge” (PEAK) Seminar for the Catholic Filipino Academy (CFA) Homeschool Organization. January 18, 2013. Arzobizpado de Cubao, Lantana Street, Cubao, Quezon City

• Teaching Ibaloy Cultural Values in the Context of Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education. Education International Conference on Values and Moral Education, November 17, 2012. U.P. College of Education

• Recognizing Prior Learning: Models and Frameworks. Round Table Discussion Series on The Openness of Open Universities. October 9, 2012. UP Open University, Los Banos, Laguna

• Embedded Identities: Initial Outcomes from the Kwentistahan Parents Training Program. 7th International Conference on Teacher Education (ICTED 2012) 26 - 28 JULY 2012. UP Diliman

• Participatory Teaching and Learning (seminar paper). National Training of Facilitators on SBM, Participatory School Governance, Teaching and Learning. July 7, 2012, PS Link National Headquarters, St. Dominic, Quezon City.

• Social Studies and MTBMLE Framework. 2nd Philippine Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education Conference. February 16-18, 2012. Iloilo City. Organized by 170+ Talaytayan MLE, SIL, TAP, WVSU, Save the Children, DILA & NAKEM

• Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education Program Proposal Components. Issue Orientation and Advocacy Skills Training on Mother Tongue-based Multi-Lingual Education. November 8-10, 2011, Tagaytay Haven, Tagaytay City. Organized by Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development

• Socio-cultural perspectives on MTBMLE (seminar paper) Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education, Phase IV - Training of Trainers , March 19 - 28 , 2011, Ecotech Center, Lahug - Cebu City. Organized by Department of Education

• Teacher-Intellectuals and their Counterdiscourses on Environmental Care. Alipato Journal, March 2010 vol. 4 issue, pages 21-35. Office of Research, Development and Publication, University of the Philippines Integrated School, University of the Philippine, Diliman, Quezon City

• Dedicated to a Cause Greater than Themselves. In Starting where the Children are: A Collection of Essays on Mother Tongue- Based Multilingual Education and Language Issues in the Philippines. Nolasco, R., Datar, F. & Azurin, A. (eds). 170+Talaytayan MLE Inc, 2010

• Inclusive Education and MLE: Lessons from the Field. (conference paper) 5TH NAKEM INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. University Of Northern Philippines. December 16-18, 2010

• Priority Areas for Teachers Training for Mother Tongue-based Multilingual Education. (conference paper). PHILIPPINE ASSOCIATION FOR LANGUAGE TEACHING, INC. PALT 50th Anniversary & 6th International Conference. 2-3 December 2010. University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines

• Critical Literacy, a Frame For Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education (a seminar-workshop paper). 2010 ASIAN LITERACY CONFERENCE. Reading Association of The Philippines. (National Affiliate of the International Reading Association)November 3-5, 2010. Manila Hotel, Manila, Philippines

• MTBMLE Policy: Beginnings and Initial Gains. (conference paper). National Conference on Research and Teacher Education. UP College of Education. October 20-21, 2011

• Crossing Borders in Environmental Education (seminar paper). Third Noted National Tri-Level Conference. 30 Sept.- 2 Oct. 2010. University of Asia in the Pacific, Ortigas Center Pasig City

• Engaging the Community for MTBLE (seminar-workshop paper). Phase I: Ten-Day Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) Training on Theoretical Foundations of MTB-MLE. September 12-21, 2010. Organizer: Department of Education Central Office. Development Academy of the Philippines, Tagaytay City

• Teacher- Intellectuals & their Counter Discourses on Environmental Care (seminar paper) 6th International Conference on Teacher Education (ICTED 2010) 29 - 31 JULY 2010. SEAMEO INNOTECH, Quezon City

• Developing Fluency / Asking Questions. Teachers Training on MTBMLE (seminar-workshop paper). May 29 – June 10, 2010. Translators Association of the Philippines Training Hall, Commonwealth, Quezon City.

• MTBMLE Foundations (seminar paper). Summer Training Course for Teachers and Professors of Teacher-Education Institutions on Mother Tongue-Based Multicultural Education. May 17-29, 2010. Philippine Normal University.

• Multilingual Education in the Philippines. Training on Multilingual Education for Minority Language Contexts. April 1-30, 2010. European Training Program Wycliffe Center, Buckinghamshire, England

• MTBMLE Orientation (forum paper) Teacher Education and Multilingual Education Standards in the Philippines. March 18, 2010. Training Center, College of Education. University of the Philippines

• Multilingual Education across Disciplines (seminar paper). Orientation on Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education. February 2-5, 2010. Philippine Normal University

• The Greening of a Local Community. (conference paper) 28TH Annual Conference of the Anthropological Association of the Philippines" The Philippines Unbound: Anthropological Critiques of Globalization" 26-28 October 2006. Silliman University, Dumaguete City

• Popular Education in Action (a plenary presentation). A seminar on Nonformal and Popular Education. Philippine Association for Teacher Education (PAFTE-NCR). November, 2008. Philippine Normal University

• The Greening of a Local Community: Dynamics of Environmental Discourses in Community Learning (unpublished thesis). April 2006. College of Education, University of the Philippines, Diliman (most outstanding thesis award)

Recent Training

• Certificate in HR Planning and Acquisition (PMAP/Miriam College, 2007)

• Crisis Management (Fleishman-Hillard, 2007)

• Coaching (The Navigators-Malaysia, 2007)

• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Debriefing (Full Life Counseling and Trng Center, 2007)

• Course on Assessment and Reporting Practices that Support Inclusive Education for Students with Additional Needs (SWANs) (Assessment Curriculum and Technology Research Center, October 21-22, 2013


• UGAT (Anthropological Society of the Philippines) - Member

• Educational Anthropology Network – Ethics Committee Head

• 170+ Talaytayan MLE – General Secretary

Scholarly blogs and online communities that I manage