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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

PHA holds national conference on local history, August 28-30


As part of the celebration of History Month this August, the Philippine Historical Association (PHA), in partnership with the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will hold its annual national conference with the theme "Kasaysayang Pampook: Pananaliksik, Pagtuturo at Pagpapalaganap"(Kasaysayang Pampook tungo sa Pagbubuo ng Bansa) on 28-30 August 2014 at the Holy Angel University in the city of Angeles, Pampanga.  Co-sponsor of the conference is the Center for Kapampangan Studies of Holy Angel University, a model institution on the preservation and promotion of local history and heritage.

The conference aims to gather historians, teachers and professors of history, cultural heritage experts and other scholars and practitioners in the field of local history and heritage studies to present and contribute new ideas and viewpoints on various methods, programs and practices in the research, teaching and promotion of local history. Also, in unity with the nation's celebration of Apolinario Mabini's 150th birth anniversary, a session will be dedicated in the second day of the conference to discuss his life, education, ideology and critical role in Philippine history. There is an optional Heritage Tour of Pampanga that will take participants to the churches of Bacolor, Betis, and Angeles and delight them with Kapampangan food prepared by Lilian Borromeo-Lising at Henson-Panlilio Ancestral House. 

Dr. Pablo S. Trillana will speak on Local History and Nation-Building; Dr. Estrellita Muhi on research using archival sources; Dr. Ma. Luisa Camagay on Oral history; Dr. Evelyn Songco on teaching local history; Jonathan Balsamo on building local history museums; and Dr. Emmanuel Calairo on writing local history. For the special session on Mabini, Dr. Celestina Boncan will lecture on Mabini’s life and ideas; Dr. Evelyn Miranda on Mabini’s Spirituality; Dr. Augusto De Viana on Mabini’s education; Dr. Aurora Roxas-Lim on Mabini’s political philosophy; and Dr. Ambeth Ocampo on Mabini as a journalist.

For more information, contact Jonathan Balsamo, curator of Museo Valenzuela at 09055762181 or email him at