August 5, 2009


President Bernardita Reyes Churchill, as national convener, officially announced that the 30th National Conference on Local and National History annually being organized by the Philippine National Historical Society, Inc. with cooperation of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, will be held on October 22-24, 2009 at the Main Audio Visual Hall of Holy Name Univeraity in Tagbilaran City in Bohol.

The Conference theme is “Towards a National History: Local History in the Context of National History,” which has all these years been the thrust of PNHS Conferences. The objective of the conference is to look at the research and writing on the Visayas as well as other regions in the archipelago and to situate these studies in the context of national history. The Conference will also try to identify gaps that can be addressed by future or further research and encourage systematic studies on local and national history. Papers will also be presented in related social science disciplines and in the humanities, UP History Professor Churchill reported.

The registration fee for the Conference is P3,000.00, and the Philippine National Historical Society will request the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Education (DEP-ED) to issue memorandum allowing participants to attend the conference on official time and at official expense.

Tagbilaran is the capital and a component city of the island paradise Province of Bohol. It is situated some 630 kilometers southeast of Manila and 72 kilometers south of Cebu City. Tagbilaran lies on the southwestern part of the province, and has a total land area of 3,270 hectares, including about thirteen kilometers of coastline. By the way, the origin of the name TAGBILARAN was derived from the word Tagubilaan, a contraction then of two local dialect terms Tagu, which means “to hide” and Bilaan, which refers to a Muslim marauder tribe or Moros who were feared by the early settlers because they pillaged and looted the place. In brief, Twgbilaran means “to hide from the Moros.”

On February 9, 1742, Governor-General Gaspar dela Torre signed a decree establishing the separate town of San Jose de Tagbilaran from the town of Baclayon. Since then, this once unheralded town has been under the mantle of the Province of Bohol until it became a Chartered City on July 1, 1966 by virtue of Republic Act No. 4660, that she made a name of her own.

For particulars about the 30th National Conference on Local and National History, inquiries could be sent to Dr. Marianito Jose Luspo, Co-Convener, at Holy Name University, Gallares corner Lesage Streets, 6300 Tagbilaran City, with email address: or to Dr. Erlinda K. Alburo, Co-Convener, at Cebuano Studies Center, University of San Carlos, Cebu City, with email address: (Ruben E. Taningco)


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