Issue of October 13, 2019
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PNHS holds 40th confab
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The Philippine National Historical Society (PNHS), the oldest professional organization of historians and practitioners of history in the Philippines, is holding the 40th edition of the National Conference on Local and National History at the National Museum of Fine Arts Auditorium from Oct. 24 to 26.

This year's theme is “History, Culture, Heritage” with the aim of looking at neglected areas of historical research and providing vibrant exchanges from interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives.

The event is co-sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts-Committee on Historical Research, the National Museum, and the Philippine Social Science Council.

Scholars will present studies and methodologies on tangible and intangible cultural heritage reflecting the complex history of the Philippines, using indigenous knowledge systems/practices and documentary heritage that would give coherence to the “collective destinies and splendid variety” of Philippine history and culture.

The speakers are food historian Felice Prudente Sta. Maria – Food Literacy in Adult Education of the Philippine Commonwealth, 1937-1946); Ligaya S.P. Lacsina  (National Museum) – Southeast Asian Boat Construction in the Philippines at the End of the First Millennium: The Butuan Boats;  Allan Alvarez of National Museum – Hibla ng Lahing Pilipino: A Peek on the Socio-Cultural Identity of the Filipino People;

Anthony D. Medrano (Yale-NUS College, Singapore) –History from Below: The Economic Life of Philippine Pearls, 1870-1940; Jomar G. Encila (Office of Historical Research, Taguig City) – Reviving and Promoting a Town’s Local History through Kwentong Bayan: The Experience of Taguig City; Jose S. Buenconsejo (University of the Philippines Diliman) –Filipino Heritage in the Popular: Examples from Villame’s Rhyming Songs to Max Surban’s “Kuradang”;

George Emmanuel R. Borrinaga (University of San Carlos, Cebu City) –Jose Rizal in the Emotional Landscape of the 20th Century Samar and Leyte; Maria Nela B. Florendo (UP Baguio) –Displaying Indigenous Filipinos: Historiographies of the 1904 St. Louis Fair and Beyond;Jely A. Galang (UP Diliman) –Chinese Vagrants and Social Outcasts in the 19th Century Philippines; Eri Kitada (Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA) –Gendering a Japanese Pioneer Narrative of “Savagery: Violence Committed by Indigenous Peoples towards Japanese Settlers in Davao, 1918-1938”;

Munap H. Hairulla (MSU-IIT Iigan) –A Glimpse of Ilmu’ Pagkausug in the Jawi Materials of Sulu; Rolando O. Borrinaga  (UP Manila at Palo, Leyte) –Tandaya or Kandaya Puzzle: The Confusion Clarified and the Historical Site Located; Marya Svetlana T. Camacho (University of Asia and the Pacific) –Tagalog and Kapampangan Marriage Customs in the Spanish Colonial Legal Regime (17th-18th c.); Nicholas Michael Chow Sy (UP Diliman) –Demographic Constraints to Parental Choice over Marriage Partners in 19th Century San Pablo, Laguna;

Regalado Trota José Archivo de la Universidad de Santo Tomas – Jean Paul G. Potet and His Work on the Philippines – Tribute to French Filipinist, Poet, and Author; and Galileo S. Zafra (UP Diliman), Vim Nadera (UP Diliman);  Michael M. Coroza (Ateneo de Manila University) – “Balagtasan: Kasaysayan at Transpormasyon ng Isang Anyo ng Pangangawitran.”

The Journal of History 2019 will be launched at the conference.

During the event, prominent historian Samuel K. Tan, former chair of the Department of History of UP Diliman and chairof the then National Historical Institute now National Historical Commission of the Philippines, will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for History.

“Tan’s writings have long nurtured not only a spatial perspective and cultural sensibility, reflective of his familial roots deeply sown in Siasi, but have also pioneered and sustained a new way of seeing and sensing the Muslim South as an integral part of the national narrative in modern Philippine history,” said PNHS president Bernardita R. Churchill.

The author of more than 20 books on Philippine histories, most from his native Sulu and Mindanao history, Tan “deserves due appreciation and recognition for a lifetime commitment to modern Philippine history, profoundly shaping the field as a scholar, mentor, and institutional leader.”

A photo and art exhibit of rare vintage photographs of the Philippines at the turn of the 20th Century (BRC Collection)on the theme “Center and Periphery” will be displayed during the conference. The exhibit is a fusion of history (photographs) and art featuring the spontaneous realism paintings of artist Celeste Lecaroz.

For more information, call Bernardita R.  Churchill at (802) 9325165, 0908-723-8295 and email; and Mary Jane Louise Bolunia at (802) 5271140, 0920-946-7061 and email

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