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Saturday, January 31, 2009

PHA holds general assembly and election of officers

The Philippine Historical Association, the honor and professional association of historians in the country, held its 2009 General Assembly and election of officers last January 31 at the National Historical Institute, T.M. Kalaw Street, Manila.

Mrs. Emelita V. Almosara, Deputy Executive Director of the National Historical Institute presided the election and administered the oath-taking of the newly elected members of the PHA Board of Governors. Elected officers of PHA for 2009-2010 are:

Dr. Evelyn Songco, University of Santo Tomas

Vice President
Mr. Michael Charleston Chua, De La Salle University

Mr. Jerome Ong, University of the Philippines Manila
Assistant Secretary: Ms. Darlene Espena, De La Salle University

Dr. Estrellita Muhi , former Chair of UE History Department
Assistant Treasurer: Mr. Orestes De los Reyes, Adamson University

Public Relations Officer
Mr. Jonathan Balsamo, Ateneo de Manila High School
Assistant PRO: Mr. Arleigh Ross De La Cruz, De La Salle University

Dr. Teofista Vivar, former Assistant Superintendent, Department of Education

Dr. Cesar Pobre, Armed Forces of the Philippines
Dr. Evelyn Miranda, University of the Philippines Diliman

Immediate Past President
Dr. Celestina Boncan, National Historical Institute

Executive Director
Dr. Gloria Santos, St. Mary’s College of Quezon City

During the assembly, a minute of silence was observed to remember and pray for Dr. Rosario Mendoza-Cortes who passed away recently. Dr. Cortes was former president of PHA and emeritus professor of history in the History Department, UP Diliman.

Before the election, Dr. Celestina P. Boncan, immediate PHA past president, delivered her presidential lecture on Philippine history entitled "Darkness after the Light: RIZAL 1887-1888". A business meeting followed the lecture where President Celestina Boncan, Executive Director Gloria Santos and Treasurer Estrellita Muhi gave their reports on PHA activities, accomplishments and finances, respectively.