• NCCA, PNHS to commemorate end of WW2 in annual conference


    The Philippine National Historical Society Inc. (PNHS) holds its 36th National Conference on National and Local History on October 22 to 24 at the Casa Real de Iloilo (Old Iloilo Provincial Capitol) Iloilo City. The conference is a flagship project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ Committee on Historical Research.

    PNHS is the oldest professional organization of professional historians and practitioners of history in the Philippines. Through their annual conference, it aims to present researches on mainstream national history and local or regional histories that enrich the understanding of the cultural diversity of Philippines society.

    For 2015, PNHS commemorates the end of World War 2 (WW2) in the Pacific with Japan’s formal surrender on September 2, 1945. Several sessions are dedicated to discussions on national and local histories during wartime Philippines. Although highly historical in approach, the conference is not limited to discussion of history. Paper presentations also include studies related to social science disciplines and the humanities.

    Some of the topics to be covered in the conference are Iloilo’s local history, historic documents, jawi text, baybayin, Doctrina Christiana and other writings, Christianization and migration and role of woman in different aspects of Philipine history among others.

    Iloilo City will host this year’s PNHS conference, through the Office of the Governor headed by Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. The city is said to be the second most damaged city in the Philippines during WW2, making it a relevant venue for the conference.

    Pre-registration for the conference will start on October 21, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the lobby of Casa Real de Iloilo. Interested participants shall pay a sharing fee of P3,500. Registration fee for enrolled undergraduate students (with valid school ID) is P1,500, inclusive of all the handouts given to regular participants.

    For inquiries, call Dr. Bernardita Churchill, President and National Convener of PNHS at (02) 921-4575, 09194905371.

    NCAA search for young historians
    The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), through the Executive Council of the National Committee on Historical Research (NCHR), launches the official call for nominations for the 2016 Young Historian’s Prize (YHP).

    Since the inception of YHP, NCCA have recognized outstanding scholars who have contributed significantly to the field of history and historiography. Nominations are open for young historians and scholars aged 21 to 40. Chosen scholars are judged based on a single work in the field of history.

    Now on its fifth year, NCCA continues to encourage the study of history through its 2016 Young Historian’s Prize. Interested scholars must submit unpublished manuscripts of historical academic works (i.e journal, articles, thesis and dissertations) clearly demonstrating the use of primary sources and written in the proper academic format. Entries must be completed in the last three years and must have single authorship.

    Copies of the Nomination Form may be obtained at the Cultural Heritage Section or may be downloaded at the NCCA website. Nominations may be submitted through ordinary mail to the National Committee on Historical Research, Cultural Heritage Section, Room 5C, 5th Floor, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), 633 General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila. Submissions are accepted until November 16, 2015.

    For other inquiries, you may call Mr. Bernan Corpuz, Head of the NCCA Cultural Heritage Section at (02) 527-2192 local 505.


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