Around 200 paper presentors, participants and delegates from state and private colleges, universities and high schools attended the Philippine Historical Association (PHA) Conference in Ateneo University de Davao University in Davao City on 18-20 August 2016.
One of the most attended local PHA conferences, history teachers, researchers and enthusiasts flew in and travelled all the way from up north and down south to share and learn from this year’s PHA theme Philippine Governance: Historical Perspectives.
Warmly applauded keynote speech of Jesuit Father Alberto Alejo explained in the conference that historians have not actually focused and studied the lumads so much so that the Filipinos do not know the real problems in Mindanao. Ateneo de Davao University Professor Heidi Gloria spoke about the land grabbing of known people and big companies making the Muslims landless in a vast land that is Mindanao.
Ateneo de Manila University Professor Ambeth Ocampo interrogated the Marcos Diaries as primary sources that showed how the former president imposed Martial Law in 1972. Speaking and presenting their studies in the Filipino language, Professors Zeus Salazar, Carmen Penaloza of Miriam College and UP College of Public Administration and Raul Rolando Sebastian of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines spoke about the pre-colonial society, origins and rise of political corruption and conflicts in culture and the bureaucracy, respectively.
Paper presenters primarily focused on corruption and governance. Some of the powerpoint presentations can be found in this PHA website.