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Sunday, January 29, 2012


PHA BOARD OF GOVERNORS 2012-2013: [L-R) Dr. Luis Dery (DLSU); Ms. Dorothy Jose (UP Manila); Dr. Cely Boncan (UP Manila); Dr. Teofista Vivar; Dr. Evelyn Songco (UST); Dr. Evelyn Miranda (UP Diliman); Mr Jonathan Capulas Balsamo (Heroes Square); Mr. Jerome Ong (UP Manila); Mr. Michael Charleston Briones Chua (DLSU); and Mr. Arleigh Ross Dela Cruz (DLSU)

UP Manila historian Dr. Celestina P. Boncan was elected president of the Philippine Historical Association during the general assembly held by the association last January 29 at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila. 

Dr. Boncan was PHA president in 2006, 2007, 2008. She is co-author of the book The Filipino Saga: History as Social Change (with Rosario Cortes and Ricardo Jose). She received a Fulbright research scholarship and a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship. In 2007, she was the Outstanding Faculty for Extension Service of UP Manila.  In 2008, she was awarded as Centennial Faculty Grantee of UP Manila.  She also went on secondment at the National Historical Institute (now National Historical Commission of the Philippines) as Chief of  the Research, Publications and Heraldry Division (2008-2009).  At present, she is associate professor at the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of the Philippines Manila.  

Also elected to the board of governors are:

Dr. Evelyn A. Songco (University of Santo Tomas) as Executive Director
Prof. Arleigh Ross D. Dela Cruz (De La Salle University) as Vice President
Prof. Jerome A. Ong (UP Manila) as Secretary
Dr. Estrellita Muhi as Treasurer
Prof. Mary Dorothy DL Jose (UP Manila) as Auditor
Prof. Jonathan C. Balsamo (Heroes Square/Enderun Colleges) as Public Relations Officer
Prof. Michael Charleston B. Chua (De La Salle University) as Governor
Dr. Evelyn A. Miranda (UP Diliman) as Governor
Dr. Teofista L. Vivar as Governor
Dr. Luis Camara Dery (De La Salle University) as Governor

The PHA is a national professional and honorary association of historians and history teachers founded in 1955 by eminent historians such as Fr. Horacio dela Costa SJ, Encarnacion Alzona, Gabriel Fabella, Gregorio Zaide, Nicolas Zafra, Celedonio Resurreccion, Teodoro Agoncilllo and Esteban de Ocampo. It is also affiliated with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC). #