Main Conference (22-23 August 2019)

The main conference venue, Novotel Manila Araneta Center, is situated in the heart of Quezon City’s business and leisure district. The commercial center provides various amenities and attractions right at the hotel’s doorstep, including a dizzying array of restaurants, cafes, bars, cinemas, galleries, and shopping malls.

The Araneta Center, as the tourism district is known, features the Gateway Mall; the historic Ali Mall, which was named after legendary boxer Muhammad Ali; the bargain hunters’ haven Farmers Plaza, the iconic Smart Araneta Coliseum; the hip New Frontier Theater; and the eclectic arts and culture hub Cubao X, which is adjacent to the Art in Island Museum, an interactive 3D adventure for kids and kids-at-heart.

Gateway Mall itself features the Gateway Gallery, with a permanent art exhibit on Philippine History seen through the eyes of  well-known Filipino artists who are all alumni of the University of the Philippines, a principal host of the Society’s 7th Biennial Conference. Not to miss is the Dampa sa Farmer’s Market  just a block away from the hotel towards its Southern edge, where you can have fresh seafood cooked to your specifications.

With over 2,000 businesses, the Araneta Center is visited by an estimated foot traffic of about a million a day. It is also a transportation hub, accessible through the Light Rail Transit (LRT 2) and the Metro Rail Transit (MRT 3), the Araneta Center BusPort, and point-to-point buses that directly connect to the international airport. A bus terminal is conveniently just a stone’s throw away from the hotel.

Alternative Accommodations

Within walking distance from the hotel are several high-rise condominiums, where conference delegates who wish to arrange their own accommodations may explore options offered on Airbnb.

A nearby lodging option is the budget hotel Red Planet on Aurora Boulevard, a five-minute walk from the conference venue, albeit in an area that still has echoes of the Center’s gritty past. A similar budget hotel, also along the Boulevard, is the Go Hotel. This hotel is located across the main thoroughfare of EDSA (Epifanio de los Santos Avenue) so you will have to make the very crowded and busy crossing to the conference venue. It is approximately a ten-minute walk.

Towards the North is the Seda Hotel Vertis North, which is connected to the Araneta Center via the MRT3 line. This is a hotel comparable to Novotel Manila, and is located in a new development area with many shopping, food, and entertainment attractions.  Vertis North is connected by foot bridge to the SM North Mall Complex, which also has a Park Inn by Radisson  hotel.

Towards the South and also connected via the MRT3 line, is the Ortigas Center Business District. This area is the country’s second most important business district after Makati CBD. It is home to the Asian Development Bank Complex, and the headquarters of many leading multinational corporations. Ortigas Center contains several chain hotels such as the Crowne Plaza Manila, the Marco Polo Ortigas Center, the Holiday Inn Manila Galleria and the Mercure Manila Ortigas. For a more luxurious stay, the EDSA Shangri-la is also in the area.

Important to Remember:

  • For registered delegates who wish to stay at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center, please message us if you wish to avail of a special exclusive discount code for the hotel.
  • From the NAIA terminals, the two best ways to get to Microtel are by Grab or by Yellow Taxi. The commute should take approximately 90-120 minutes and cost USD $10.00 - $15.00. A cheaper option would be to take the Point-to-Point (P2P) buses by UBE Express which depart every hour and costs USD $2.00. Please see the Travel tab for more information on transportation to and from the airport.
  • The rush-hour commute on the MRT3 going to and from the Araneta Center is quite challenging, and not for the faint of heart.
  • For those deciding to stay in the Ortigas area, please note that during rush hour (6:30 am to 10:00am; 3:30pm to 7:30pm), it can take as long as an hour to get to the conference venue by car or taxi.
  • We discourage delegates from staying in the Makati CBD, the Bonifacio Global City, Pasay City or Manila during the conference. These areas are far from Novotel Manila Araneta Center and the commute will be challenging due to traffic. However, should you wish to extend your stay, you might want to check in to one of the hotels in these areas for easier access to the main tourist sites.

Junior Scholars’ Conference (21 August 2019)


The Junior Scholars’ Conference will be held at the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law and Law Center in UP’s Diliman Campus, about 20-30 minutes away from the Main Conference venue.

The College of Law and Law Center is composed of two main buildings: Malcolm Hall and Bocobo Hall and is situated along Osmeña Avenue, within the 498-hectare Diliman Campus of the state-run University of the Philippines, the country’s premier university.

Junior scholars who will be presenting papers at the JSC workshops will be given free twin-sharing accommodations at the Microtel-TechnoHub,  located on property owned by the university, across the Diliman campus crossing Commonwealth Avenue. Microtel is part of the UP-Ayala Land TechnoHub, an information technology complex. It is also a self-contained community, with its own coffee bars and restaurants.

Microtel is approximately a 20-minute walk from the UP College of Law via Magsaysay Avenue and then Ylanan Road (though we don’t recommend this mode of traveling to and from the conference!). While the walk within the campus is pleasant, crossing Commonwealth Avenue is not so, since the new subway line is being constructed along this road.

Delegates who wish to register only for the JSC workshops as observers have a variety of on-campus and off-campus accommodation options.

There is a hotel on campus, called the University Hotel. The accommodations are basic but as it is only about five minutes on foot from Malcolm Hall, the venue of the Junior Scholars’ Conference, it is very convenient. A budget-friendlier option than the University Hotel is the UP National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (NISMED) Hostel, which is on another part of the campus, and is a 15-minute walk to the venue.

There are a couple of other accommodations on campus that may suit you.

For hotels outside the campus, we recommend the Sulo Riviera Hotel (the pricier option), and the Fersal Inn discount hotel on Kalayaan Avenue. Both are very near the Maginhawa food strip (see below) as well as the Matalino food strip, located just behind Quezon City Hall (and around 100 meters away) from Sulo Riviera hotel. These two hotels are in an area that is 10 minutes away from the UP Campus by taxi or Grab.

Information on the UP Diliman Campus

The University Campus is quite big, measuring nearly 500 hectares.

There are several museums on campus, notably the UP Vargas Museum, which houses works of art from Filipino masters, and seven others that are worth checking out.

There is also a high-end mall on property owned by the University, called the UP Town Center. It is quite accessible; just a 10-minute leisurely walk from the JSC workshops. It features great shopping, food, coffee, and bars, a 4DX cinema.

More information on the UP Diliman Campus.

Restaurants on campus

While lunch and snacks will be provided at the conference, if you arrive a day or so before the conference and stay on campus, other than your hostel/hotel fare, you may want to try Cafe Via Mare at the Asian Center, which is a restaurant featuring contemporary Filipino cuisine. It is a 2-minute walk from the conference venue, right by the Magsaysay Avenue exit to Katipunan Avenue.

There are also the three restaurants at the UP Bahay ng Alumni (Alumni house) — Chocolate Kiss, ROC and Art Circle.

Outside campus, but nearby, you may also venture into the Maginhawa food strip. You can take the Ikot jeep going to Krus Na Ligas, (where the famous Sarah’s drinking hole is) and from there, you can reach Maginhawa after about 10 minutes of leisurely walking.

Important to Remember:

  • Conference organizers will be directly contacting paper presenters in the JSC workshops for their accommodation arrangements. Should you wish to avail of single accommodation, you may pay a supplement to the hotel. Please contact the organizers immediately so we can make the necessary arrangements.
  • From the NAIA terminals, the two best ways to get to Microtel are by Grab or by Yellow Taxi. The commute should take approximately 90-120 minutes and cost USD $12.00 or $18.00.
  • Should you wish to have the authentic and unique Filipino transport experience of riding a jeepney, please note that these vehicles only take change or small bills for payment. The cost to ride is approximately Php 10.00 (depending on route) or USD $ 0.20.