The Philippine National Historical Society, Inc. (PNHS) has the honor and pleasure to invite you to the 43rd National Conference on Local and National History, a hybrid conference which will be held on August 25-27, 2022, with the Local Government of Guiuan, Eastern Samar as host. After two years on the virtual platform, we are happy to provide a venue for a face-to-face interaction which will be simultaneously accessible online via Zoom.

The Philippine National Historical Society (PNHS) is the oldest professional organization of historians and practitioners of history in the Philippines, 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.

The official poster for the 43rd National Conference on Local and National History, featuring the shell-adorned wall of the Guiuan Church.

Now on its 43rd 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 43rd National Conference on Local and National History takes place during History Month and on the eve of this year’s celebration of National Heroes’ Day. Very much attuned to these August celebrations is our venue Guiuan, Eastern Samar, which has been both witness and participant to significant developments in our history.

This year’s theme is “History and the Environment”; the term environment is encompassing inasmuch as it covers both the physical and the social environment, how geography shapes the human landscape just as how humans transform and make the physical environment malleable. The Conference features local history papers that cover both the host community and other geographic areas. Topics cut across academic disciplines and historical periods.

Aside from the LGU of Guiuan, 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-Local Historical Committees Network where the PNHS is a Charter Member from its founding in

The Conference promises a vibrant exchange from interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives. Selected papers presented at PNHS Conferences are reviewed for publication in The Journal of History, first published in July 1941. The Journal of History 2022 will have a soft launch during the conference.

Interested parties may click here to access the Conference Program and Travel Advisory.


For on-site participants

  1. Please fill out the online pre-registration form.
  2. Registration fee for on-site participants is PHP 2,000 inclusive of the conference kit, certificate of attendance, meals and snacks for August 25-26; for this year,, discounts for PNHS members will not apply.
  3. Accommodations in Guiuan will have to be arranged separately. For inquiries, please contact: Ms. Kinna Mae Kwan, Local Convener and Municipal Administrator of the Municipality of Guiuan: Contact no. +63995-874-1177 E-mail:

For participants who opt to attend virtually

  1. Please fill out the online registration form.
  2. Registration fee is PHP 750, which doubles as your PNHS membership fee for 2022. PNHS Members who applied for/renewed their membership and paid their annual fee in 2020 and 2021 may register for virtual access free of charge. Please upload proof of payment of membership fee when you register.

Duly registered online participants will be sent a Zoom link, and will be issued a certificate after the conference.

Payment of Registration fees

Conference registration fees (for both on-site and online participants) may be paid through RCBC Account No. 1-191-42200-3 (Kalayaan Street, Diliman, Quezon City). On-site participants have the option of paying upon arrival at the conference venue.

We enjoin members to renew their Annual Membership with the Philippine National Historical Society. We invite new members to file their applications for membership. Click here to access the membership form.

We look forward to your participation in the first hybrid PNHS conference. We invite you to visit the PNHS Website and Facebook page for updates.

We hope to see you in Guiuan. Please stay well and keep safe.

Yours sincerely,

[Original Signed]
Bernardita R. Churchill, Ph.D.
President and Conference Convener Philippine National Historical Society, Inc. E-mail: Contact Number: (02)893-5165

[Original Signed]
Maria Nela B. Florendo, Ph.D.
Co-President and Conference Co-Convener
Philippine National Historical Society
University of the Philippines Baguio
Contact No. +63 945-274-5649

[Original Signed]
Kinna Kwan
PNHS Board of Trustees
Local Conference Convener
Municipal Administrator, LGU of Guiuan
Eastern Samar Samar
Contact number: +63 995-874-1177