Antonio D. Sison, CPPS

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Chair, Department of Historical and Doctrinal Studies



MA, Maryhill School of Theology, Phillippines

PhD, Catholic University of Nijmegen, Netherlands


Antonio “Ton” Sison, CPPS, is committed to contextual, intercultural, and aesthetic approaches to doing systematic theology. He is the author of the books Screening Schillebeeckx: Theology and Third Cinema in Dialogue (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), World Cinema, Theology and the Human (Routledge, 2012), The Sacred Foodways of Film (Pickwick/Wipf & Stock, 2016); and a contributor to a number of books and journals.


He has given lectures and presentations in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Kenya, Austria, the Netherlands, and a number of venues within the United States.

He was the featured keynote lecturer for the 2018 Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas (ASEAC) biennial conference in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and the 2018 Film and Theology Colloquium of the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.


His current research focus is on the phenomenon of religious inculturation in art and ritual from a postcolonial “aesthetics of liberation.” He is also a film critic for the print and online editions of National Catholic Reporter; his reviews of global cinema have earned recognition from the Catholic Press Awards of the United States and Canada.


Ton is a professed Brother of the Society of the Precious Blood (CPPS).


The Sacred Foodways of Film: Theological Servings in 11 Food Films (Pickwick/Wipf and Stock, 2016)


World Cinema, Theology, and the Human: Humanity in Deep Focus
(Routledge, 2012)


Screening Schilllebeeckx: Theology and Third Cinema in Dialogue (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)


“Liberative Visions: Biblical Reception in Third Cinema” in The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and its Reception  (Verlag Walter de Gruyter, 2016)


“Perichoresis of the Crucified Peoples: Spirituality in Third Cinema” in Plural Spiritualities: North American Experiences (Council for Research and Values in Philosophy, 2015)


“Postcolonial Religious Syncretism: Focus on the Philippines, Peru and Mexico” in The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film (Routledge, 2009)


“Cuba: Tomas Gutierrez Alea’s The Last Supper” in The Religion and Film Reader (Routledge, 2007)

“Afflictive Apparitions: The Folk Catholic Imaginary in Philippine Cinema” in Material Religion (06 April 2016)


“Reign-Focus: Theology, Film, and the Aesthetics of Liberation” in New Theology Review (vol. 24, no. 3, 2011)


“The Prophetic Liberating Schillebeeckx: Re-claiming a Western Voice for the Third World” in New Theology Review (vol. 22, no.4, 2009)