Anthropologist F. Landa Jocano, 83, passes away


Posted at Oct 28 2013 09:54 PM | Updated as of Oct 29 2013 07:12 PM

MANILA -- F. Landa Jocano, an anthropologist who specialized in cultural anthropology and Philippine foklore, passed away Sunday night.

Prof. Felipe Jocano, Jr. said in a Facebook post posted on the UP Department of Anthropology's page that his father passed away around 7:22 p.m. on October 27.

Jocano was 83 years old.

Aside from his numerous writings on cultural anthropology and folklore, Jocano also served as a professor emeritus at the Asian Center of the University of the Philippines and executive director of PUNLAD Research House, Inc.

Jocano worked with anthropologist Robert Fox, who got him a job at the National Museum of the Philippines.

It was while working for the museum that Jocano started writing different articles discussing Philippine legends and folklore.

One of Jocano's major contributions to the field of cultural anthropology was the documentation of the epic poem "Hinilawod."

Jocano was also one of the first scholars to suggest an alternative to the Wave Migration Theory, a theory made popular by H. Otley Beyer.

His remains lie at the Truth Chapel in Loyola Memorial Chapel, Commonwealth, Quezon City.