Javellana, Rene Pio B., S.J., D.Min.
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
- Church History I: 1st to 13th Centuries
- Church History II: 14th Century to the Present
- Philippine Church History
- Province Archivist, Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus (Appointed: 15 August 2013)
- Associate Professor in Fine Arts, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines (2003-present)
- Associate Professor in Fine Arts, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Research and Creative Work Track (2013-2015)
- Associate Professor in Fine Arts, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Research and Creative Work Track (Renewal: 2015-2017)
- Coordinator for Art Management, Fine Arts Program, School of Humanities, Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University (2010-present)
- Director, Fine Arts Program, School of Humanities, Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University (2003-09)
- Series Editor, Cultural Heritage Series, Ateneo de Manila University Press (2009-present)
- Visiting Professor (Thomas Gasson Professorial Chair) in the Department of Fine Arts, Boston College, Massachusettes (2007-08)
- Chair, Board of Trustees, Jesuit Communications, Sonolux Bldg., Ateneo de Manila University (2012-2014)
- Treasurer, Jesuit Communications, Sonolux Bldg., Ateneo de Manila University (2005-2012)
Other Educational Experiences
- 1987. Sculpture and Printmaking, Art Students’ League of New York
- 1985. Printmaking, Printmakers Association of the Philippines
- 1982-84. Art History, University of the Philippines
- 1978. Biblical Languages, Pontificio Istituto Biblico, Rome
Areas of Interest
- Principal interest: Art as the catalyst and mediator of cultural change. Interest lies at the intersection of cultures and institutions and at the intersection of eras. The diverse themes listed below are sub-themes of the more basic motif of intersection.
- Colonial architecture and art in Asia: Baroque was the first truly global style, brought by Portugal and Spain to the New World and the Indies. The permutations of the Baroque aesthetic as it traveled farther away from the Iberian peninsula and the counterinfluence of colonized cultures are the loci of study.
- Renaissance imprints and cultural dissemination: Technology was implicated in this exchange. Printing, which spurred a communications revolution, was a tool for cultural dissemination.
- Heritage conservation: To continue to dialogue, interact and mine the past, the artifacts of the past have to be conserved.
- Popular religion and globalization: Religion is an special area of cultural change of which I am interested.
- Art and religion: Consequently, the role that art plays in religion as a area of cultural change is involved.
- Contemporary visual arts: The shape of contemporary visual arts can give a hint where culture is going.
- Art and communication theory: Theories help organize the mass of data and information
- Online education: As a new technology within the IT revolution. As a tool of communication IT plays a role analogous to that played by Renaissance imprints.
- 1994. Doctorate: Doctor in Ministry, Pacific School of Religion, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, USA. Dissertation: The Art of Protest and Liberation: Philippine Political Art 1966-1993
- 1981. Masters in Theology: Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University. Thesis: A historico-critical reading of the Casaysayan nang Pasiong Mahal. (A 19th-century narrative and didactic poem on the life of Christ in the Tagalog vernacular)
- 1971. Bachelor of Arts: major in Philosophy and minor in Education, Ateneo de Manila University
Research and Publications
Books, Articles in Books
- 2015. CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art. Revised edition.12 Vols. Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines. Contributor and Associate Area Editor for Architecture and the Visual Arts. Various articles.
- 2015. “Glimpses of a Colonial Kitchen, “ Kritika Kultura, Feb (online journal of ADMU)
- 2014. Great Churches of the Philippines, with Pedro Galende. (Revised edition). Makati: Bookmark Inc. Nominated: Best Art Book, Manila Critics’ Circle, 1994. Preface reporting on the devastation wrought by the 15 October 2013 earthquake and typhoon Yolanda that damaged many of the great churches. Additional entry on Church of the Inmaculada Concepción,
- 2013. “Francisco Javier of Navarre to San Francisco Patron of Missions” in Portugal, Jesuits and Japan: Spiritual Beliefs and Earthly Good. Lead article in an Exhibition Catalogue, 15 Feb – 2 June 2013 Mass: Boston College, Mc Mullen Museum.
- 2012. Philippine Style. Edited by Elizabeth Reyes, Photo by Luca Tettoni. Manila: Anvil Press.
- 2012. “The Jesuit House of 1730 Revisited” in Probing Philippine-Spanish Connections in History. Manila: National Historical Commission, pp. 183-210. Selected papers, Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day 2011, 2nd Dia del Galleon Anniversary Commemoration “A Return to Our Hispanic Roots: Revisting the Galleon Trade,” University of San Carlos, Cebu City, 6-8 October 2011.
- 2010. Casa de Dios: The Heritage of Fil-hispanic churches in the Philippines. Mandaluyong: Ortigas Foundation, Inc. (November 2010, book launching date; shortlisted National Book Awards 2011, Best book in Social Science for
- 2010. Preface for Palaspas by Elmer Nocheseda. Ateneo de Manila University Press (Published May 2010)
- 2009. Living with Art. Quezon City: AF Publications.
- 2008. “Memoirs of a Nightmare Beloved” in Movies that Matter: Festschrift in honor of Nicasio D. Cruz, SJ. Quezon City: ADMU-Office of Research and Publication.
- 2005. “Guarding the Western Frontier: Spanish Colonial Fortifications as a Cultural Route” in Endangered: FilHispanic Architecture, Papers from the First International Congress on Fil-Hispanic Architecture. Manila: Instituto
- 2005. Ikons (Art cards). Quezon City: Jesuit Communications Foundation, Inc.
- 2005. “The ‘divinization’ of Mary of Nazareth in Christian Imagination: The Iconography of the Virgin Mary. In Landas: Journal of Loyola School of Theology. Marian Issue 19:1 (2005).
- 2004. “Advocacy and Education in Heritage Conservation” in The Asian Face of Globalization: Reconstructing Identities, Institutions and Resources. Ricardo G. Abad, editor. Kuala Lumpur: UKM, Malaysia. (An Asian Public Intellectual Program Publication, Nippon Foundation)
- 2003. “Dating the Santo of Bohol” In Tubod: The Heart of Bohol. Manila: NCCA (Exhibition catalogue).
- 2003. In and Around Intramuros: an Interactive Guide. Quezon City: Jesuit Communications Foundation, Inc.
- 2000. Pinoy Almanac and Planner. Illustrations by Dindo Llana. Makati City: Tahanan Pacific, Inc. (English version).
- 2000. Ikaw ba ang hari ng kagubatan? Translation of Penny Velasco’s “Are you the Forest King? Makati: Bookmark, Inc.
- 2000. Dream Weavers. Makati: Bookmark Inc. Article contributed: “The Backstrap Loom.”
- 2000. Cinco de Noviembre. Illustrations by Jason Jason Moss and Felix Mago Miguel, Design by Jose T. Badelles. Copyright © 2000: The Negros Museum and Bookmark, Inc.
- 1999. The Jesuits: Cultures, Sciences and the Arts,1540-1773. Edited by John W. O’Malley, Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Steven J. Harris, and T. Frank Kennedy. Toronto: University of Toronto. Article contributed: “The Jesuits and the Indigenous Peoples of the Philippines.”
- 1999. Mindanao: A Portrait. Makati: Bookmark, Inc. Project coordinator, editor and contributor. Articles contributed: “The Promise Endangered,” “Mindanao Timeline” with Dr. Abdullah Madale. Awarded: Best book in History, Manila Critics’ Circle, 2000.
- 1998. Declaración de la Doctrina Cristiana by Fray Juan de Oliver 1996. General editor with José M. Cruz and J. Mario Francisco. Quezon City: Pulong Sources for Philippine Studies. Awarded: Best edited books, Manila Critics’ Circle, 1999.
- 1998. The World of 1896. Edited by Doreen G. Fernandez and Jose M. Cruz. Makati: Piltel and Ateneo de Manila University. Contributor and Art Director. Awarded: Best book in Social History, Golden Book Award, Publishers’ Association of the Philippines,2000.
- 1998. Kasaysayan. Manila: Readers’ Digest Inc. (A-Z Publishing)
Articles contributed: “The Colonial Townscape,” “A Filipino Life of Christ: The Pasyon,” “Defending the Islands,” “Divine Light in the Darkness”
- 1998. Igkas Arte: The Philippine Arts during the Spanish Period. Edited by Nicanor G. Tiongson. Manila: Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas and Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional Article contributed: “The
Church and the Development of the Arts in Colonial Philippines.”
- 1997. Sermones of Fray Francisco Blancas de San José. General editor with José M. Cruz and J. Mario Francisco. Quezon City: Pulong Sources for Philippine Studies. Awarded: Best edited books, Manila Critics’ Circle,1998.
- 1997. Fortress of Empire: Spanish Colonial Fortifications in the Philippines, 1565-1898. Makati: Bookmark, Inc. Awarded: Best Book Design, Manila Critics Circle,1998; Golden Book Award, Publishers’ Association of the Philippines, 1998. Nominated: Best Book in History, Manila Critics Circle, 1998.
- 1997. Filipino Style with Fernando Zialcita, Augusto Villalon, and Elizabeth Reyes. Singapore: Editions Didier Millet. (Consistent National Bookstore Best-seller list, 2005)
- 1996. The Dictionary of Art, 34 Vols. London: Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Articles contributed: “Manila” and “Urban Planning, Philippines.”
- 1995. Virgin of Peñafrancia: Mother of Bicol with Vitaliano R. Gorospe. Makati: Bookmark Inc. (R. Javellana’s photographs are included in this publication)
- 1994. CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art. 10 Vols. Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines. Contributor and Associate Area Editor for Architecture and the Visual Arts. Various articles.
- 1994. Morality, Religion and the Filipino, Editor. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press.
- 1993. Great Churches of the Philippines, with Pedro Galende. Makati: Bookmark Inc. (Reprint 1998; ) Nominated: Best Art Book, Manila Critics’ Circle, 1994.
- 1993. Banahaw: The Power Mountain with Vitaliano R. Gorospe. Makati: Bookmark Inc. Article Contributed: “Icons of Power.”
- 1991. Wood and Stone for God’s Greater Glory: Jesuit Art and Architecture in the Philippines. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press.
- 1991. Ang Mahal na Passion ni Gaspar Aquino de Belen (Critical Text) 1990. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press. Awarded: Best Book in Pilipino, Catholic Mass Media Awards, Nominated: Best Book in the Vernacular, Manila Critics’ Circle, 1991.
- 1989. Casaysayan nang Pasiong Mahal (A Critical Text). Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press. Awarded: Best Book in Literary History, Manila Critics’ Circle, 1990. Nominated: Best Book, Catholic Mass Media Awards, 1990.
Articles in Refereed Journals
- 2010. Budhi: A Journal of Ideas and Culture “Transcendence in Japanese Manga and Anime.” Paper read at “Transcendence” COMIUCAP International Conference, September, 2009 Ateneo de Manila University, 2010.
- Kinaadman: “The Cebuano Pasyon.”
- Book Reviews in Philippine Studies
- 1992. Simbahan: Church Art in Colonial Philippines, 1565–1898 by Regalado Jose. Vol. 40, No. 1
- 1993. Balai Vernacular, by Corazon Hila Vol. 41, No. 2.
- 1992. The Mysteries of Taal, by Thomas Hargrove. Vol. 40, No. 1.
- 1992. Tuklas Sining, edited by Nicanor Tiongson. Vol. 40, No. 4
- 1991. “Conversations on Philippine Art,” edited by Cid Reyes Vol. 39, No. 1
- 1991. Nineteenth Century Manila, by Nick Joaquin and Santiago, Vol. 39, No.1
- 1990. Subli, by Mirano, et al Vol 38, No 2.
- 1990. Folk Architecture, by Bernardo Perez, et al. Vol. 38, No. 2.’
- 1990. Tuklas Sining, by Fernandez, et al. Vol. 38, No.2.
- 1990. “Gaspar Aquino de Belen’s Poetic Universe: A Key to His Metaphorical Theology.” Vol. 38, No. 1.
- 1989. Selected Writings, by Julian Dacanay Vol. 37, No. 1.
- 1989. Angels in Stone, by Pedro Galende. Vol. 37, No. 1
- 1989. Social Realism, by Alice Guillermo. Vol. 37, No.1
- 1988. “Angels and Gargoyles of Loboc Church.” Vol 36, No. 1.
- 1987. Architecture in the Philippines, by Winand Klassen. Vol. 35, No. 2
- 1987. “The Jesuit House of 1730” Vol. 35, No. 2.
- 1984. Kasaysayan at Pag-unlad ng Dulaang Pilipino Vol. 32, No. 3.
- 1984. Intramuros of Memory by Jaime Laya and Esperanza Gatbonton. Vol. 32, No. 3.
- 1984. “The Sources of Gaspar Aquino de Belen’s Pasyon.” Vol. 32, No. 3.
- 1983. “Pasyon Genealogy and Annotated Bibliography” Vol. 31, No.4.
Academic and Professional Involvement
2014. Associate Area editor for Volume 3 Architecture and writer for the Revised Edition of the CCP Encyclopedia of Art (CCP-EPA; Publication Date 2015).
2014. Consultant, Restoration of Casa Boix, A. Bautista St., Quiapo, Manila
2014. Board of Trustees, Member, National Museum of the Philippines
2014. Consultant for Intramuros Administration, Intramuros, NCR.
2013-2014. Member, Bicentennial of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus Committee
2013. Board of Trustees, Member National Museum of the Philippines (Appointed: 17 March 2011)
2013. Consultant for the restoration of the San Ignacio Church and Casa Mision in Intramuros, NCR.
2013. Consultant of the National Museum on the botanical works of George Kamel (1703)
2012. Consultant, Sugbu Chinese Heritage Museum (SCHM), Cebu City
2012. Consultant, Jesuit House of 1730, Sugbu and Pedro Chirino Galleries, Cebu City
2012. Chair, Board of Trustees, Jesuit Communications
2012. Coordinator for the Jesuit Philippine Province of the scholarly activities for the 2014 celebration of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus, Jesuit Conference of Asia and the Pacific.
2013-2004. Juror, Ateneo Art Awards.
2011. Board of Trustees, Member National Museum of the Philippines (17 March 2011-17 March 2013)
2011. Board of Trustees, Acting Chair, Jesuit Communications
2011-2014. Treasurer, Jesuit Communications
2010. Expert consultant for the National Museum of the Philippines, declaration of Maribojoc Church as historical site and as an important cultural property.
2010-2009. Expert consultant for the restoration of the Jesuit House of 1730 in Cebu.
2009. Expert consultant for the National Museum of the Philippines, declaration of Baler Church as historical site and Sarrat Church as an important cultural property.
2009. Consultant and planner for Museo de Intramuros at the restored Casa Mision/ San Ignacio Complex, Intramuros, Manila.
2009. Visiting lecturer, Escuela Taller, Revelin de San Francisco, Intramuros, Manila
2008-2007. Visiting professor, Department of Fine Arts, Boston College, Massachusetts (Thomas Gasson Fellowship)
2007. Visiting lecturer, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California
2009-2007, 2007-2003. Director, Fine Arts Program, School of Humanities, Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University.
2003-1997. Creative Director, Jesuit Communications
2003, 2001. Director, CCRT Mir-Lab, Department of Communication, Ateneo de Manila University
1991-94. Associate Area Editor for Architecture and Visual Arts; Contributor, Encyclopedia of Philippine Art and Culture, Cultural Center of the Philippines
2004-1987. Lecturer, Ateneo de Manila University, Department of Communication
2003-1986. Assistant Editor, Philippine Studies (Academic journal of the Ateneo de Manila University)
1984-82. Teacher, Ateneo de Manila High School Department
1981,1972. Lecturer, Ateneo de Manila University, Department of Theology