2012 Annual Report
Institutional/Organizational Development Activities
Officers and Board of Trustees (2012-2013)
President Celestina P. Boncan, Ph.D.
(University of the Philippines Manila)
Vice President Arleigh D. Dela Cruz, Ph.D.
(De La Salle University)
Executive Director Evelyn A. Songco, Ph.D.
(University of Santo Tomas)
Secretary Jerome A. Ong, M.A.
(University of the Philippines Manila)
Treasurer Estrellita T. Muhi, Ph.D.
(retired professor, University of the East-Manila)
Auditor Mary Dorothy dL. Jose, M.A.
(University of the Philippines Manila)
Public Relations Officer Jonathan C. Balsamo
Disciplinal Representative to Evelyn A. Miranda, Ph.D.
PSSC Board of Trustees (retired professor, University of the Philippines Diliman)
Executive Council Member, Oscar L. Evangelista, M.A.
National Commission for Culture (Palawan State University)
and the Arts-Committee on
Academic & Scholarly Activities
The 2012 PHA Annual Conference was held on September 20-22, 2012 at the University of Iloilo in Iloilo City on the theme “The Philippines in Asia” and with the following objectives: 1) to discuss patterns of political, economic, social and cultural developments in Asia; 2) to identify the challenges confronting Asian nations; 3) to relate the role of the Philippines in the light of recent developments in Asia; 4) to explore areas of collaboration between the Philippines and Asian nations; and 5) to enrich the teaching of Philippine and Asian History. The speakers and the titles of their lectures are the following:
Dr. Celestina P. Boncan The Philippines in Asia (keynote address)
Dr. Clarita R. Carlos Political Trends: Asian Democracies
Dr. Teresa de Guzman Women’s Roles in the Southeast Asian Maritime Trade
and Prof. Mary Louise Bolunia
Dr. Alvin P. Ang Trade and Growth Areas in Asia
Prof. Regalado T. Jose Identity and Cultural Tourism: The Case of the Archives of the University of Santo Tomas
Dr. Eusebio Z. Dizon Recent Archaeological Findings in Asia
Prof. Jeremaiah M. Opiniano Preserving Filipino Identity in Foreign Lands
Dr. Renato C. de Castro The 2012 Scarborough Shoal Stand-off: An Indication of Conflict Escalation in the South China Sea Dispute?
Prof. Rommel C. Banlaoi Terrorism in Asia: An Assessment of Threats and Responses
11 Years after 9/11
Prof. Teresita Ang See The Ties that Bind: Shared History, Shared Destiny
Prof. Arnulfo N. Esguerra Hands-on Asia: Lessons in Chinese Art
The PHA joined the City Government of Manila and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) in commemorating the 140th Anniversary of the Gom-Bur-Za Martyrdom on February 17, 2012 by way of a floral offering at the Gom-Bur-Za Execution Site at Rizal Park.
A Commemorative Lecture was held on May 18, 2012 on the occasion of the 1st death anniversary of PHA Past President and Executive Director Dean Gloria M. Santos at the Philippine Social Science Council Center. Three lectures gave tribute to Dean Santos as scholar, historian, and civic leader; three other speakers spoke on favorite topics of Dean Santos which are history, women and the Blessed Virgin:
Dr. Teofista Vivar Dean Gloria M. Santos: A Woman of Substance
Prof. Oscar L. Evangelista Remembering Dean Gloria M. Santos on Her Birth Anniversary
Dr. Estrellita T. Muhi Dean Gloria M. Santos: A Mover and an Inspiration
Dr. Luis C. Dery Mutya, Diwata at Dayanghirang: Ang Nawalang Imahe ng Babaing Pilipina
Dr. Evelyn A. Miranda Ang Pagpapatuloy ng Debosyon sa Birheng Maria: Nuestra Señora de la Salud at Aparisyon ng Birheng Maria kay Emma de Guzman
Dr. Celestina P. Boncan Ang Buwan ng Mayo sa Kalendaryo ng Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas: Celebrating May in Philippine History
The PHA was co-convenor with the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office headed by PVAO Administrator Lt. General Ernesto G. Carolina (ret.) in the symposium entitled “Images of Valor and Victory” held at Tejeros Hall, AFP Commissioned Officers Club, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City on March 21, 2012 as part of the observance of the 2012 Araw ng Kagitingan and Philippine Veterans Week. Keynote speaker in the symposium was Dr. Celestina P. Boncan (“Veterans: Catalysts of Genuine and Continuing Change”); other speakers included Dr. Ricardo T. Jose (“World War II: How It Started”), Dr. Luis C. Dery (“Battle of the Pockets”), and Prof. Marcelino Macapinlac (“Los Baños Raid”).
The PHA Colloquium “Melchora ‘Tandang Sora’ Aquino: Tagapagpalaya ng Bayan, Tagapagpalaya ng Kasarian at Kababaihan” held at the Kalinga-Apayao State College, Tabuk City, Province of Kalinga on June 16, 2012 was one of the activities designated by the 2012 Kalayaan Inter-Agency Task Force chaired by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines for the celebration of the 114th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence. The colloquium commemorated the 200th birth anniversary of Melchora Aquino, mother of the Katipunan and heroine of the 1896 Revolution. The speakers and the titles of their lectures are the following:
Prof. Mary Dorothy dL. Jose Ang Paglalangkap ng Kamalayang Pangkasarian sa Pagtuturo ng Araling Panlipunan (Workshop on Gender Sensitivity)
Prof. Jerome A. Ong Tandang Sora: Babae, Bayani
Dr. Celestina P. Boncan Sino ang Bayani? Iba’t Ibang Kahulugan at Pamantayan ng Kabayanihan
Prof. Jonathan C. Balsamo Ang Kahalagahan ng Araw ng Kalayaan
Mr. Richard H. Baula Republic Act No. 8491: The Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines
Under the auspices of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines the PHA held a seminar entitled “Places of Significance in Rizal’s Life: Lessons on Nationalism, Civic Consciousness and the Importance of Education” at the University of Saint Louis, Tuguegarao City, Province of Cagayan on December 3, 2012 as part of the celebration of the 116th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal. The speakers dealt on key features of selected places in the life of Rizal such as “Calamba: Childhood of a Hero” (Dr. Arleigh Dela Cruz), “Manila: Memories of a Student” (Dr. Evelyn Songco), “Europe: Journey to Light” (Dr. Celestina Boncan) and “Dapitan: Triumph of Civic Nationalism” (Dr. Estrellita Muhi).
The PHA launched the 2012 issue of its official journal Historical Bulletin on the theme “History, Women, Art” at the PHA Annual Conference in Iloilo City. The PHA also launched in the same venue the proceedings of its 2011 Annual Conference entitled “Magkakatuwang na Larangan, Magpapatingkad ng Kabuluhan: Ang Paggamit ng mga Agham Panlipunan sa Pagtuturo ng Kasaysayan (History and Other Social Sciences).”
The PHA is an affiliate of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). It sits as a member of the Technical Working Committee chaired by the NHCP which prepares activities to celebrate historical events of national importance.
The PHA is a member of the Executive Council of the Committee on Historical Research of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
The PHA is financially stable and is able to support operational expenses of its board meetings which are held quarterly and as the need arises. The revenues of the PHA come principally from registration fees in the annual conference, membership dues and the sale of the Historical Bulletin. The PHA receives financial support from the NCCA and the PSSC for its annual conference and the NHCP for the Independence Day Colloquium and the Rizal Day Seminar. The PHA receives support from Vibal Publishing Inc. for conference kit and other materials. However, the PHA needs to generate funds to support expenses incurred in seminars that it holds for free such as the Pocket Lectures which are for teachers of Araling Panlipunan in the National Capital Region.