Mr. Angelito P. Bautista Jr., Acting Director of the Research, Extension, Planning, and Linkages – Research Management Office (REPL-RMO), and Prof. Michelangelo Fulo, Director of the QCU Batasan Campus, recently attended the Association of Local Colleges and Universities (ALCU) Seminar-Workshop Unang Sangkapat na Hasikdiwa – Palihan from August 22 to 24, 2023, at the Function Hall, Civil Technology Building, Marikina Polytechnic College (MPC), Marikina City.
The event was organized by the Center for Marikina Valley Studies (CMVS), the local studies center of the Marikina Polytechnic College that focuses on local history and heritage research and training programs, which was inaugurated early this year.
Dr. Rene M. Colocar, MPC and ALCU President, graced the event by thanking the participants for attending the seminar-workshop and highlighted the importance of community history and the role universities play in preserving local history.
His talk was followed by a discussion on “Kasaysayan bilang disiplina ng Agham Panlipunan” (History as a social science discipline). Dr. Jaime Veneracion, Chair of the CHED Technical Panel for History, served as the guest speaker, who discussed the different facets of history, the difference between truth and facts, and his experiences related to historical facts. The discussion continued after a morning break where Dr. Veneracion gave a talk on “Kasaysayan ng Kasaysayan,” which focused on various aspects of history and its importance in society.
In the afternoon of the first day, the discussion focused on the Philosophies of History where Dr. Roderick C. Javar from the University of the Philippines – Los Banos Department of Social Sciences discussed the evolution of historical philosophies from the ancient to modern times.
On the second day of the seminar-workshop, Prof. Michael Charleston “Xiao” Briones Chua, a Filipino historian, academic, and television host, who also serves as a professor at De La Salle University, talked about the nature of historical inquiry, including its sources, techniques, and theoretical approaches. In the afternoon, he focused on history education and historical literacy, as well as on “Metodolohiyang Pangkasaysayan at ang Bagong Kasaysayan / Pantayong Pananaw” (Historical Methodology and the New History / Standing Opinion).
On the last day of the activity, Prof. Rita Alfaro, Lecturer from the Ateneo de Manila University – Department of History (ADMU-DH) discussed the different types of history, while Dr. Janet Reguindin Estella, Asst. Prof. from ADMU-DH focused on the topic: “Kasaysayang Lokal: Iba’t ibang Kahulugan,” where she shared how to conduct local history research, its importance, and its impact on the profession and society. Meanwhile, Dr. Jely A. Galang, Associate Professor of History at the University of the Philippines – Diliman discussed the history of local history in the Philippines,
At the end of the third day, the participants presented their workshop output, which focused on the “Yamang – Pamana” or cultural treasures or locations within the vicinity of their institutions that has contributed or are contributing to the progress and development of the institution. For QCU, Prof. Fulo presented the output and received feedback from the speaker.
More than 50 university administrators, researchers, historians, and instructors from various local universities in the country attended the said event, which is the first seminar-workshop of the MPC-CMVS.