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Sunday, November 17, 2013

2012 Annual Report of the Philippine Historical Association

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
                                                            (Museo Valenzuela)
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
Historical Research

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:

Speakers                                              Titles of Lectures

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:

Speakers                                              Titles of Lectures

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:

Speakers                                              Titles of Lectures

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).”

Institutional Linkages

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).

Financial Standing

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.