Andres Bonifacio conference for historians and teachers set


The Philippine Historical Association joins the Filipino nation in celebrating this historic date by adopting “Gat Andres Bonifacio: Huwaran ng Katapangan, Sandigan ng Kabayanihan” as the theme of its 2013 Annual Conference which will be held at Skylight Hotel in Puerto Princesa, Palawan from August 22 to 24.

Andres Bonifacio, founder of the revolutionary society Katipunan that launched the nationalist revolution against Spain in 1896, celebrates his 150th birth anniversary on November 30.

The conference aims to define the role of Andres Bonifacio in the founding of the Katipunan, to understand the place of the Katipunan in shaping the 1896 Philippines Revolution, and to develop a critical understanding of the 1896 Philippine Revolution and the creation of a Filipino nation-state in 1898-1899. The conference is supported by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

Session One is on Andres Bonifacio, in particular the controversies that hounded him—first, the debate on whether he should be considered as the first president of the Philippines (Milagros Guerrero: Si Bonifacio ba ang Unang Pangulo ng Pilipinas?), second, the circumstances of Bonifacio’s trial and execution (Luis Dery: Trial and Execution of Andres Bonifacio).

On the other hand, session Two is on key personalities or figures of the Katipunan—Andres Bonifacio (Augusto de Viana; Ang Konsepto ng Inang Bayan sa Himagsikang 1896); Emilio Jacinto (Jerome Ong: Pag-aaral ng Pilosopiya ng Katipunan ayon sa Kartilya); Gregoria de Jesus (Mary Dorothy Jose: Lakambini ng Katipunan); Pio Valenzuela (Jonathan Balsamo: Papel sa Kasaysayan at Pagsasakasaysayan ng Himagsikan).

Session Three is on the various places where the Revolution took place—in Manila (Celestina Boncan: Ang Kamaynilaan noong 1896, Pagmamapa ng Himagsikan); in Luzon (EstrellitaMuhi: The Ilocos Region and the Philippine Revolution); in the Visayas (Vicente Villan: Ang Himagsikan sa Visayas); and in Mindanao (Neil Santillan: Ang Himagsikan sa Mindanao) — including the battles and the nature of the encounters that took place and the generals who led the fighting.

Meanwhile, session Four takes a look at Andres Bonifacio, the Katipunan and the
Revolution beyond the confines of the end days of the 19th century through a prospective of the national hero controversy between Rizal and Bonifacio (Oscar Evangelista:
Demystifying the Rizal-Bonifacio National Hero Controversy), the continuity of indigenous methods of warfare first demonstrated by the Katipunan (Arleigh dela Cruz: Pana at Palaso, Kamote at Monggo, Anting-Anting, Dasal at Nobena: Mga Katutubong Pamamaraan ng Pakikipaglaban noong Panahon ng Himagsikan 1896-1897) and the significance of the Revolution to Filipino national life (Ian Christopher Alfonso:
Symbolisms of the Revolution). A workshop on teaching history caps the conference (Evelyn Songco: Evaluation and Measurement in the Teaching of Philippine Revolution).

Registration fee is P3,500 that includes conference kit and complimentary copy of Historical Bulletin, snacks and lunch for August 22 to 23. Participants who will pay on or before June 30 can avail of the discounted registration fee of P3,000.

For further details, contact: Jonathan Balsamo, PHA Secretary at 0917-6217032 or e-mail him at


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