42nd PNHS National Conference on Local and National History Goes Virtual, Too

The Philippine National Historical Society (PNHS) invites everyone to its 42nd National Conference on Local and National History, to be held in virtual format from November 18-20, 2021, with the University of San Carlos, Cebu City, as host. The conference had originally targeted a face-to-face activity in the hope that the pandemic would dissipate by this time of the year. The venue is most significant because Cebu and the Visayas, as a whole, played important roles in the events that unfolded in the 16th century, which is the period of focus of the Quincentennial Commemorations of 2021.

These events included the first circumnavigation of the world by the survivors of the Magellan Expedition, the arrival of Christianity in Cebu, and the victory in the Battle of Mactan. The Quincentennial Commemorations of these events provide a venue for a reassessment of the impact of the said events, whether real or symbolic, to Filipinos.

The Conference is co-sponsored with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts – Committee on Historical Research (NCCA-CHR) (of which the Conference is a flagship project), the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) where PNHS is a Charter Member, and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), the lead agency for the National Quincentennial Commemorations of 2021.

The Philippine National Historical Society (PNHS) is the oldest professional organization of historians and practitioners of history in the Philippine, founded on February 2, 1941, with the mission to “encourage and undertake the study of Philippine history.” PNHS conferences and publications have presented researches on national history and local/regional histories that have reflected the diversity of Philippine society and culture.

Now on its 42nd year, the National Conference on Local and National History has been the major platform of the Philippine National Historical Society for the dynamic production of historical knowledge and dissemination of outputs from historical researches. The Journal of History, the official publication of the PNHS, shows the rich harvest of selected and refereed papers from the Annual Conferences. These initiatives are all consistent with the PNHS’s fundamental aim of promoting the study of Philippine history. Being the oldest volunteer professional organization, the PNHS has consistently contributed to relevant historical scholarship. Through its Annual Conferences on Local and National History, the PNHS has spread its geographic reach beyond Manila to encourage academics, cultural workers, and researchers to be active partners in promoting historical researches, resulting in the cultivation of national consciousness. The Annual National Conference sustains efforts towards collaboration among partner-institutions of the PNHS, as well as linkages among participants.

The Conference promises a vibrant exchange from interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives during this 2021 Quincentennial. Selected papers presented at PNHS Conferences are reviewed for publication in the Journal of History, first published in July 1941. The Journal of History 2021 will be launched at the Conference on November 20.

Registration for the Webinar is free. Please use the link below for the registration and zoom link:


A certificate will be issued to duly registered participants who will attend the three-day conference and will complete the evaluation.

We enjoin members to renew their Annual Membership with the Philippine National Historical Society. We invite new members to file their applications for membership. Please use the link below to renew your membership:


We look forward to your participation on November 18-20, 2021.

Bernardita R. Churchill, Ph.D.
President and Conference Convener
Philippine National Historical Society, Inc.
E-mail: nitachurchill@hotmail.com

Maria Nela B. Florendo, Ph.D.
Co-President and Conference Co-Convener
Philippine National Historical Society
University of the Philippines Baguio
Baguio City
E-mail: marianelaflorendo@gmail.com

Delilah R. Labajo
PNHS Board of Trustees
Local Conference Convener
University of San Carlos
Cebu City
E-mail: lailacebutpl@yahoo.com

PNHS Holds 41st National Conference on Local and National History via Webinars

The Philippine National Historical Society will be holding the 41st National Conference on Local and National History through a series of webinars, from 9:00 to 11:30 in the morning on October 24, November 14, and November 28, 2020. The conference is co-sponsored with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts – Committee on Historical Research (NCCA-CHR), and the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC).

Keeping the torch burning amidst this difficult health crisis, the society has assembled papers that highlight several historic events taking place, namely: the quincentennial commemorations taking place in 2021 (the first circumnavigation of the world, the introduction of Christianity and the victory in the Battle of Mactan), the commemoration of the end of World War II, and other topics that are relevant to the pandemic. The following are the presentations:

DAY 1. October 24, 2020 – 9:00-11:30 a.m.

    Revisioning Philippine History, Knowing the Philippines
    Research in the Time of Pandemic: The Tale of Philippine Archaeology

DAY 2. November 14, 2020 – 9:00-11:30 a.m.

  • Paper 3 – MERCEDES G. PLANTA
    The Philippines and Pandemics in World History: An Overview
    The Jungle University 1942-1945: Silliman University During the Japanese Occupation in Negros Island
    Juana Manahin, Bulacan heiress, and her 1694 will
    Tuloy po kayo sa Virtual Classroom ko: Teaching Philippine History Online

DAY 3. November 28, 2020 – 9:00-11:30 a.m.

    San Pedro Calungsod: The Bisayan Saint from Leyte
    Cholera and the Rise of the Dios-Dios Movement in Leyte, 1882-1890
    Liberation and Retaliation: How the Japanese Occupation Ended in Laguna

Registration for the webinar is FREE. An e-certificate will be sent to participants who will attend at least two of the three webinars, and who will dutifully accomplish the evaluation form that will be sent as each webinar closes. Please use the link below to register for the Webinar Series. We will email you the Zoom link. Please note that entry to the Zoom Room will be on a first-come, first-served basis.


We enjoin members to renew their annual membership with the Philippine National Historical Society. The membership fee for 2020 is waived for old members. Please find the link below for the renewal of membership.


For inquiries concerning the conference program (PNHS), travel and accommodations, and other matters of local concern, please contact the following:

Bernardita R. Churchill, Ph.D.
President and National Convener
Philippine National Historical Society, Inc.
E-mail Address: nitachurchill@hotmail.com

Maria Nela B. Florendo, Ph.D.
E-mail address: marianelaflorendo@gmail.com
Mobile phone: +63 945 274 5649

PNHS holds 40th National Conference on Local and National History, National Museum of the Philippines, October 24-26, 2019

The Philippine National Historical Society (PNHS), the oldest professional organization of historians and practitioners of history in the Philippines, held the 40th edition of the National Conference on Local and National History at the National Museum of Fine Arts Auditorium, National Museum of the Philippines, last October 24 to 26, 2019.

Co-sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts – Committee on Historical Research (NCCA-CHR), the National Museum of the Philippines, and the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC), the conference’s theme was “History, Culture, Heritage” with the aim of looking at neglected areas of historical research and provide vibrant exchanges from interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives.

Scholars presented 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 gave coherence to the “collective destinies and splendid variety” of Philippine history and culture.

Participants queue on the registration table for their conference kits.

The speakers were food historian Felice Prudente Sta. Maria – Food Literacy in Adult Education of the Philippine Commonwealth, 1937-1946); Ligaya S.P. Lacsina (National Museum of the Philippines) – “Southeast Asian Boat Construction in the Philippines at the End of the First Millennium: The Butuan Boats”; Allan S. Alvarez (National Museum of the Philippines ) – “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, Ceu City) – “Jose Rizal in the Emotional Landscape of the 20th Century Samar and Leyte”; Maria Nela B. Florendo (University of the Philippines Baguio) – “Displaying Indigenous Filipinos: Historiographies of the 1904 St. Louis Fair and Beyond”; Jely A. Galang (University of the Philippines Diliman) – “Chinese Vagrants and Social Outcasts in the Nineteenth-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 (University of the Philippines Diliman) – “Demographic Constraints to Parental Choice over Marriage Partners in Nineteenth 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 (University of the Philippines Diliman), Vim Nadera (University of the Philippines Diliman); Michael M. Coroza (Ateneo de Manila University) – “Balagtasan: Kasaysayan at Transpormasyon ng Isang Anyo ng Pangangawitran.”

One of the Q&A sessions during the conference.

The Journal of History 2019 was also launched at the conference.

During the conference, prominent historian Samuel K. Tan, former Chair of the Department of History of the University of the Philippines – Diliman and Chairman of the then National Historical Institute (National Historical Commission of the Philippines), was 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,” noted PNHS President Bernardita R. Churchill.

The author of more than 20 books on Philippine history, 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.”

Two Metrobank Foundation 2019 Awardees for Outstanding Teachers and Outstanding Filipinos – Cristina R. Cristobal (Philippine Science High School, Main Campus, Quezon City) and Ricardo T. Jose (Department of History, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman), were also recognized and honored.

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

Guided Tours of the three National Museum Buildings – National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Museum of Anthropology were scheduled for October 26.

Call for Papers on Philippine Studies for Conference in Alicante, Spain

The International Conference on Philippine Studies (ICOPHIL XI 2020) is now accepting submissions of paper and panel abstracts and proposals for roundtable discussions for the 11th staging of this quadrennial event to be held in Alicante, Spain, on September 21 to 23, 2020.

Organized by the Philippine Studies Association, Inc., International Council for Philippine Studies Conferences, and Universidad de Alicante, the 2020 edition of ICOPHIL is going to be hosted by the Aula Magna, Facultad de Filosofia y Letras of the Universidad de Alicante.

The theme is “Philippine Studies Across Borders, Across Disciplines: Collaborations, Interventions, Linkages.”

As in the past ICOPHIL conferences, which have been held alternately in the Philippines and elsewhere every 4 years, ICOPHIL 11 aims to be the most inclusive international gathering in the field of Philippine Studies, transcending boundaries between and among academic disciplines and geographic regions.

A fruitful increase in collaborations and linkages among Filipinists in recent years, enriched by the participation of academics from other parts of the world such as Japan, Australia, Southeast Asia, and Africa has expanded to multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary engagements on topics about the Philippines.

The suggested themes for individual and panel presentations and roundtable discussions are the following:

  • Spain’s Golden Century (El Siglo de Oro)
  • The Philippines and the World: Entangled Histories
  • Five Hundred Years of Spain and the Philippines (1521-2021)
  • The Philippines in the Context of the 21st Century
  • Rethinking the Nation: Language, Culture, and Social Change
  • Philippine Literature in Filipino and Vernacular Languages, Spanish, and English
  • Filipino as a World Language
  • Islam in the Philippines
  • The Jawi Script in the Philippines
  • Mindanao and Peace-building in Southeast Asia
  • Anthropology and Ethnography of the Filipino Peoples
  • The Geopolitics of the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea
  • Identities from the Margins: Women, LGBTQ+, IPs, and IDPs
  • Media, Press Freedom, and the Future of Democracy
  • Fundamentalisms and Ideological Shifts in the 21st Century
  • Climate Change and Ecology in the Philippine Archipelago
  • The Future is Asian. For the Philippines as well?
  • Diaspora and Citizenship
  • Performing Arts, Rituals, Digital Humanities, Literature of the Voice
  • Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Food History and Culinary Literacy

Abstract proposals of about 250 to 350 words should be submitted in doc or docx format to philstudiesassociation@gmail.com, cc Bernardita Churchill at nitachurchill@hptmail.com, Isaac Donoso at isaacdonoso@yahoo.es, Clement Camposano at cccamposano@up.edu.ph, and Elizabeth Enriquez at elenriquez@up.edu.ph.

Deadline for submission has been extended to January 31, 2020. Additional details can be viewed here.

For more information on registration, rates, and payments, contact ea.sembrano@gmail.com.

MSA holds 28th Annual Manila Studies Conference

The Manila Studies Association is holding its 28th Annual Manila Studies Conference at the Mapua University along Muralla Street in Intramuros, Manila, from November 28 to 29, 2019. The conference, co-sponsored with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Mapua University, will present various researches and studies on the different aspects of Manila and its districts, including topics on history, culture, education, architecture, and heritage.

The conference will continue the MSA tradition of disseminating studies on the city and the metropolis since the First Annual Manila Studies Conference began in 1989. The papers will be presented by recognized scholars, as well as young academics in their respective fields of research and expertise. The conference envisions to be a forum and platform where intellectual discussion can transpire and elicit further studies and inquiry. The papers should provide rich and useful research and teaching materials for teachers and students. The conference consists of two days of paper presentations, film showing, and an educational tour of the Museo de Intramuros.

The conference fee is PHP 2,500.00 which includes kit, certificate and meals (snacks and lunch). Student fee is PHP 1,000.00. Please endorse check payments to The Manila Studies Association Inc. Registration will be on site.

For inquiries, please contact:

Lorelei de Viana

Manuel Zamora, Jr.

Gloria B. Teodoro