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University of San Carlos Press is a member of the International Association of Scholarly Publishers and the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Its clientele includes a great many national and university libraries both in the Philippines and abroad, notably in the United States of America, and most European countries. The publications also reach the countries of South, Southeast and East Asia (Japan) as well as Australia and New Zealand.

University of San Carlos Press publishes two journals, the Philippine Quarterly of Culture & Society, now in its 38th year of publications, and an annual, The Philippine Scientist. Other than these journals, University of San Carlos Press has over the years published books and monographs in Architecture, History, Social Sciences, Philosophy, and the Natural Sciences.


Philippine Quarterly Of Culture & Society

The Philippine Quarterly of Culture & Society has from the outset covered all aspects of the vast areas named in the title. In part owing to the professional interest of its first editor, the late Fr. Dr. Rudolph Rahmann SVD, it has become the favorite outlet for articles on anthropology and archaeology of the Philippines. It has received wide acclaim by competent judges as one of the best scholarly of this country.


The Philippine Scientist

The Philippine Scientist, first issued under the name Junior Philippine Scientist, has served as an outlet for research papers in the Natural Sciences, with emphasis on entomology and marine biology. It is the only Philippine science periodically included in the indexing and abstracting coverage of the Biological Abstracts, Aquatic Science and Fisheries Abstracts, Zoological Record and FISHLIT/Fisheries Review. This journal is on the Internet ( through the Philippine Journals Online portal.



Enhancing Analytical Chemistry with Flow Injection Analysis. Josephine M. Castañares (2011)

Enhancing Analytical Chemistry with Flow Injection Analysis and its new generation technologies.

The introduction of flow injection analysis (FIA) in 1975 has brought about a surge of exciting avenues to enrich the science of analytical chemistry. At the outset, it revolutionized the idea that it is possible to do valid quantification even without achieving steady state conditions. In a unique way, it also emphasizes the necessity of measuring the sample size quantitatively

Its several forms of solution handling enhanced the concepts of dilution, titration, spectroscopy, electroanalytical techniques and chromatography. Several benefits derived from normal, reverse, gas diffusion, sandwich, and solvent extraction techniques address the needs for minimal sample or reagent consumption, waste reduction and matrix enhancement.

The new generation technologies including sequential injection analysis (SIA) and bead injection (BI) showcase the benefits of flow programming and some novel ways of analyte accumulation.

This book serves to familiarize students, researchers, chemists and other professionals of the increasing need to integrate flow injection and its related techniques in our day to day chemical analyses.

My Moments of War to Remember By. By Jovito Abellana (2011)

My Moments of War to Remember By was written during and after the last war. The factual and actual occurrences were expressed with the essence derived from truth without gilding the narratives to conform to the requisites of giving respect to anyone of our enemies during the war. Those who I mentioned as hostile, cruel and violent can never accuse me of defaming them. All of them were listed by the Cebu Guerrilla Forces as enemies. They were known in the Counter-Intelligence Corps (CIC), the People’s Court, the War Crimes Commission, etc.

The raw war is now over.

When the President of the Philippines, Mr. Elpidio Quirino, declared clemency for those who caused many executions and tortures, we have victims also forgave those bestial persons for the sake of peace. But we have nothing to forget.

In my conscience, animosities against them are no longer harbored. I only hope that what I am telling you in this book will never be forgotten.

Celebrating Milestones: 75 years of SVD Mission at the University of San Carlos. By Jose Eleazar R. Bersales and Patrick John Y. Lim (2010)

Celebrating Milestones chronicles moments of greatness as well as the challenges faced and hurdles surpassed by the missionaries of the Society of the Divine Word (Latin, Societas Verbi Divini or SVD)—both foreign and Filipino—at the University of San Carlos who stayed the course, despite times of adversity and moments of struggle and strife. Matched with period photographs and images—many of them rare—as well as new ones taken with the modern digital camera, it diverges from the tone of previous official histories of the University by devoting as little text as possible to allow the photographs to speak for themselves.

Balaanong Bahandi: Sacred Treasures of the Archdiocese of Cebu. By Louella Eslao-Alix, Fr. Brian C. Brigoli, Melva Rodriguez-Java, Trizer D. Mansueto, Arnold Carl F. Sancover, J.E. Bersales (editor/co-author) (2010)

Balaanong Bahandi is your ultimate guide to the Archdiocese’s architectural heritage, showcasing all the churches in Cebu from the earliest missions to contemporary parishes, including all of the outstanding artistry they contain, from bas relief expressed in coral stone to carved images in ivory and wood, ceiling paintings by the famed Canuto Avila and Raymundo Francia, handwritten pages in canonical books, bronze bells, and many other tangible manifestations of over 400 years of Christianity in Cebu.

Glimpses of Old Cebu: Images of the Colonial Era. By Lucy Urgello Miller (2010)

Glimpses of Old Cebu is a 276-page coffee table book of nearly 600 of the best photographs, postcards, stereoviews and lantern glass slides of Cebu and its many towns taken between 1870-1945. These images form part of over a thousand images collected over the past 20 years by Lucy Urgello Miller, a Cebuano now based in California.

More than just a mere showcasing of rare, never-before-seen images, the book also provides a treasure trove of information accompanying nearly every picture.

Lucy Urgello Miller has mined every possible source of information such that the reader is able to locate every picture and understand its place in Cebu’s history. She herself injects personal anecdotes that were told to her by her aunt, Milagros Espina Urgello, on some of the images shown in the book.

Cebu’s progress as a town and then as a young city is chronicled in the book through pictures of streets, private and government edifices and public works projects. These are complemented with pictures taken of different towns, their churches, prominent streets and public infrastructure.

The very rare photos of the war against the Americans, the slaying of four American teachers in 1902, the great typhoon of 1912, the first Cebu Carnival in 1914, the sensational Fuente murders in 1915—these are but just a few of the many significant moments in Cebu’s history that are also chronicled in this book.

All told, this book is a must, not just for a lazy Sunday reading but also as an important source of colonial period information about Cebu, told through colonial lenses.

Architecture in the Philippines. By Winand Klassen (revised edition 2010)

This is the revised edition of Fr. Winand Klassen SVD’s incisive study about architecture in the Philippines, first published in 1986. The book is not about Philippine architecture per se because, as Klassen explain, the definition of Philippine architecture will arise when the concept of Filipino identity has been clarified.

In this book, Klassen presents architecture and buildings as cultural artifacts in both their passive and active aspects. They are seen both as receivers of associated beliefs, values and aspirations, and also as expressors of such beliefs and values. This does not mean, of course, that the book neglects to describe and analyze the physical aspects of the built environment.

The use of context in the book means both Filipino cultural context and the worldwide one. The book thus relates architecture in the Philippines to similar development elsewhere, without necessarily implying that there is always a direct influence of one on the other.

Substantial changes in this book from the first edition constitute the rearrangement of illustrations to correctly match the text as they are mentioned. The very few typographical errors have also been corrected, while the plates are no longer in color to lessen printing costs and reach as wide an audience as possible.

Architecture in the Philippines is written from a designer’s point of view, to be used principally by student-architects and architectural practitioners in the Philippines with the intention of narrowing the gap between the architectural historian and critic and the practicing architect.

Conversational Cebuano. Ma. Russel Pielago, Josefina Gonzaga with Aida Jumao-as, Thelma Aller, Santiago Benlot, Jr., and Jerry Ligad (2010)

Features of the book:

  • Basic conversational phrases including: greetings, common expressions, and more
  • Basic grammar guides, pronunciation hits, vocabulary and drills
  • An audio CD with dialogues and drill



Visual Fragments: The Rahmann-Maceda Photographic Collection, 1954-1964. By Jose Eleazar R. Bersales, Aloysius Ma. L. Cañete, Lilian C. de la Peña, and Marlene Socorro R. Samson (2008)

Visual Fragments: The Rahmann-Maceda Photographic Collection, 1954-64 draws light on a body of photographs from decade-long research collaboration between the missionary anthropologist Fr. Dr. Rudolf Rahmann, SVD and his student Dr. Marcelino Maceda. Their “scientific tours” among Negritos and other indigenous groups of central and southern Philippines come alive once again with this first-ever publication of a selection of photographs they took during this period. To provide some background on their work and in order to appreciate the value of ethnographic photography to the discipline of anthropology, a collection of essays written by practicing anthropologists and a museum curator accompany this volume, which makes for a persuasive appreciation and compelling reading of one of the most important periods in the history of anthropology in the Philippines.

University of San Carlos: A Commemorative History. By Jose Eleazar R. Bersales, Erlinda K. Alburo and Resil B. Mojares (2005)

This book chronicles over 400 years of the history of the University of San Carlos, one of the premier academic institutions of the country today. Culled from published and unpublished sources, interviews, official documents and archival material, the book traces the historical development of San Carlos from its humble beginnings as a small Jesuit college named in honor of San Ildefonso in 1595 to a competitive higher education institution today. In nine chapters, the book provides important information on significant events that propelled the University to a noteworthy position in academia. All told, the authors weave a narrative tracing the early project of the Seminario-Colegio de San Carlos as an educator of men for the priesthood during the Spanish and early American periods under the care of the Jesuit, Dominican and Vincentian orders; then as the “Alma Mater of the Visayas” on the eve of the separation of spiritual and secular spheres of learning in 1931; and finally as a diamond-in-the-rough polished into the crown jewel of the SVD popularly called the Divine Word Missionaries in the Philippines today.

With period as well as present-day photographs and memorabilia, the book is a treasure that the authors hope will be useful not only to any member of the Carolinian family of students, faculty, staff, alumni and SVD confreres but also to anyone interested in the development of a sectarian educational institution.

History of Western Architecture. By Winand Klassen (1st Reprinting 2003)

This textbook uses a semiological approach to architecture from a designer’s point of view. It is written primarily for students of architecture who intend to become practicing architects. They study of the history of architecture is here understood as a means of becoming a better designer with a full awareness as to what architecture is all about. A serious attempt is made to bring the history of Western architecture as up-to-date as possible in a single book which covers architectural developments from their prehistoric beginnings to the present day. The book retains an outline character. Only the more significant architectural achievement – about 200 – have been chosen as examples; these have been described, analyzed and illustrated thoroughly in terms of Form, Function, Technic and Meaning.


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