Friday, August 1, 2008

Mercedes Concepcion

"Mother of Asian demography"

Mercedes B. Concepcion

  • 1st Filipina Demographer
  • 1st Filipina Director of the University of the Philippines Population Institute
  • 1st Filipina staff member the Statistical Training Centre of the University of the Philippines

"During the Spanish occupation, when the Filipinos didn't like the Spaniards, all they had to do was flee to another island and get out from having to pay tax. So this inter-provincial movement continues. So these island groupings have also been responsible for the fact that people do not think in national terms. You think of your family first, your kin group next, and your province."



Mercedes B. Concepcion, a leading figure in population
Asian wins United Nations Population Award for 2005
Sophia Smith Collection - Population and Reproductive Health Oral History Project
Mercedes Concepcion Interviewed by Rebecca Sharpless