The Philippine International Studies Organization (PhISO) is the pioneering Filipino scholarly organization dedicated to the study of International Relations.
PhISO was established on 22 September 2015 by an open letter written by Dr. Nassef Manabilang Adiong, which he circulated among IR students and scholars in the Philippines, and whose respondents became the core group and officers of the organization. By the end of September, PhISO’s official website was launched. This was followed by the signing of the charter on October 25 and the creation of a board of advisers by the end of November 2015. With the indefatigable efforts of Asst. Prof. Frances Antoinette Cruz, the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws of PhISO were duly approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the Republic of the Philippines on 01 April 2016.
The primal mission of PhISO is to instill the culture of scholarship whose interest is to explore the sources of knowledge of IR in the Philippines and making Global International Relations as its research agenda. In addition, PhISO aims to foster conviviality to individuals interested in International Studies (also known as International Relations) through diverse research interests, collaborative publication projects, and networking via academic activities.