National history confab spotlights the Visayas

SAMAR’S Provincial Capitol Building and the Rizal Monument in Catbalogan.

Studies on and from the Visayas will take the spotlight in this year’s edition of the Philippine National Historical Society (PNHS) conference on local and national history to be held in Catbalogan City, Samar, from 25 to 27 October.

Now on its 39th staging, the event to be hosted by the Samar State University and themed “History and the Eastern Visayas: Local History in the Context of National History” is supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), National Historical Commission of the Philippines, and The Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC).

The keynote speaker is National Artist and NCCA chairman Virgilio Almario.

The papers that will be presented are “The Panmatbat and the Women Chanters for the Dead in Eastern Samar: History, Cultural Aesthetics, and Prospects” by Jhonil Bajado of Samar State University in Calbayog; “The 1521 Magellan Landing in Homonhon Island Revisited by Rolando Borrinaga of the University of the Philippines Manila in Palo, Leyte; Spies, Informers, Castaways: How the Spanish Invaders Knew About the Philippines by John Crossley of Monash University, Australia; “Gleaned from the Image of the Holy Infant Jesus: A Church History of the Visayas Region” by Delilah Labajo of the University of San Carlos, Cebu City; “Samar: From Just a Dream to One of Reality: Capul Island and Guiuan” by Mary Jane Louise Bolunia of the National Museum; “Not A Church, Not a Fort, Not a Bahay na Bato, Not a Municipio: Other Forms of Infrastructure Built in Spanish Philippines” by EA Sembrano of the Far Eastern University; “The Philippine-American War in Samar: In Defense of Our Iroy nga Tuna” by Charo Nabong-Cabardoof the Samar Island Heritage Center in Catbalogan; “Abaca and the Food Issues in Lukban’s Resistance Movement in Samar” by Emiliano Justimbaste of Pattinabangay Foundation, Inc., in Ormoc City; “Memory and Resilience: Localized Self-labels and Imitative Action in Adversity Prone Eastern Visayas, 1595-2013” by George Emmanuel Borrinaga of the University of Hull in the United Kingdom; “Country of Transit: The White Russian Refugee Camp in Tubabao Island, Guiuan, Samar (1949-1951)” byKinna Mae Kwan of theUniversity of Santo Tomas Center for Conservation of Cultural Properties and Environment in the Tropics (CCCPET); “The Chinese in the Visayas” by Carmelea Ang See of the De La Salle University Manila; and “The Chinese in Negros Island: Their World War II Experience” by Earl Cleope of Silliman University.

Other papers include “History of the Christ the King College (CKC) Museum Revisited” by Carl Bordeos of Christ the King College, Catbalogan; “In Search of 16th-19th Century Baybayin in the Collections of the World” by Regalado Trota Jose of the Archivo de la Universidad de Santo Tomás; “Pagsanjan: From Contact Zone to Provincial Capital in the 17th Century” by Grace Liza Concepcion of University of Asia and the Pacific; “From Mead’s Trail to Kennon Road: A History of Road-Building in the Province of Benguet, Northern Luzon, Philippines, 1900-1905” by Charita Delos Reyes of University of the Philippines Baguio; “Religious Women as Trailblazer – On the Contributions of Religious Women to Christian Mission and to Human Development, Nation-Building, and Integration” by Fr. Michael G. Layugan, SVD of Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay; “Philippine Weaving Technologies in the Historical Study of Botany by Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez of the University of California, Berkeley; “Historical Perspectives on the Development of Pampanga Cuisine” by John Edward Alfonso of Mabalacat City College, Pampanga; “National History and Indigenous People’s Histories: Integrating Indigenous Peoples Histories in a General Philippine History Syllabus” by Maria Nela Florendo of UP Baguio; and “Learning the Lessons of History: Understanding and Teaching Martial Law (1972-1986) by Digna Apilado of the UP Diliman.

Also during the event, the recent issue of the Journal of History will be launched together with the book Datu Kalun: A Basilan Odyssey by Edwin Pamaran of Ateneo de Zamboanga University.

For more information, contact Jhonil Bajado, the conference secretariat at, 0927-6448213 or Dr. Bernardita R. Churchill at 0908-7238295, (02) 921-4575, or

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