41st National Conference on Local and National History of the Philippine National Historical Society

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The Philippine National Historical Society (PNHS) is going to hold its 41st National Conference on Local and National History this year as a three-part webinar series this month and in November.

The webinar, co-sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) is scheduled on October 24, November 14, and November 28 from 9 to 11:30 in the morning. 

This year, as the organization keeps the fire burning amid this challenging health crisis, "[the] PNHS Board 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," said PNHS President and Convenor Dr. Bernardita Reyes Churchill.

Papers to be presented on the first day are "Revisioning Philippine History, Knowing the Philippines" by Dr Churchill, and "Research in the Time of Pandemic: The Tale of Philippine Archaeology" by Dr Mary Jane Louise Bolunia of the National Museum.

Second day presentations include "The Philippines and Pandemics in World History: An Overview" by Mercedes Planta of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, "The Jungle University 1942-1945: Silliman University During the Japanese Occupation in Negros Island" by Earl Jude Paul Cleope of Silliman University, "Juana Manahin, Bulacan Heiress, and Her 1694 Will" by Regalado Trota Jose and Edgar Allan Sembrano of the University of Santo Tomas, and "Tuloy po kayo sa Virtual Classroom ko: Teaching Philippine History Online" by Maria Nela Florendo of the University of the Philippines - Baguio.