In celebration of the 117th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence, the Philippine Historical Association (PHA) organized a colloquium with the theme “Independence and Legacy” at NCCA’s Leandro Locsin Hall last June 13, 2015. Noted istorians gave their respective views on various aspects of Philippine Independence, its legacy and related topics. Prof. Kristoffer R. Esquejo discussed the life and legacy of historian Gabriel F. Fabella in relation with the declaration of Philippine independence.
Dr. Emmanuel Calairo enlightened the audience about General Emilio Aguinaldo’s rightful place in Philippine history. Prof. James S. Guidangen shared the Cordilleran experience of celebrating Independence Day. Dr. Evelyn A. Miranda re-examined the relevance of Tydings-McDuffie Act to the Filipino’s aspiration for independence. Lastly, Mr. Ian Christopher B. Alfonso of Project Saysay showcased how to promote lessons in history through popular means. A fruitful discussion commenced between the speakers and participants. Teachers and students who came from different schools and universities within Metro Manila and nearby provinces graced the occassion. (Wensley Reyes)