Thursday, July 3, 2014

35th PNHS Conference this October 23-25, 2014

40 Matiwasay Street, UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City, 1101, Philippines
Tel: 921-4575 Telefax: 926-1347 e-mail:
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OCTOBER 23-25, 2014


We have the honor and pleasure to invite you to the 35th National Conference on National and Local History of the Philippine National Historical Society (PNHS) on October 23-25, 2014, at the Romualdo B. Tadena Hall of the University of Northern Philippines, Heritage City of Vigan, Ilocos Sur. The conference is co-sponsored with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts – Committee on Historical Research (NCCA-CHR), the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC), and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

PNHS conferences and publications have presented researches on mainstream national history and local/regional histories that enrich the understanding of the cultural diversity of the Philippine society. Paper presentations also include studies in related social science disciplines and the humanities. This year 2014 is the 150th Birth Anniversary of Apolinario Mabini and the PNHS Conference is in commemoration of his Sesquicentennial.

The conference sharing fee is P3,500.00. Participants will be provided with a conference kit to include the book of abstracts and conference program, abstracts and conference papers in CD, complimentary PNHS publication, and lunch and two meriendas for the first two days of the conference. Breakfasts and dinners, accommodations, and the Lakbay-Aral, shall be shouldered by the participants. The registration fee for enrolled undergraduate students (with valid school ID) is PhP 1,500.00, inclusive of all the handouts given to regular participants. The registration fee will be discounted to Php 3,150.00 for PNHS members.

The Heritage City of Vigan has a rich history that would date back to pre-colonial times when it served as an important trading post. In 1572 Juan de Salcedo arrived in Vigan, and named it Villa Fernandina. With the Christianization of Northern Luzon, it served as the seat of the Archbishopric of Nueva Segovia. On December 2, 1999 the Vigan Heritage Village became part of the UNESCO World Heritage list in recognition of the City’s well-preserved colonial structure.

To reach Vigan from Manila, one can opt for air or land transport. PAL Express and Cebu Pacific have daily flights to Laoag; travel time is about 1.5 hours. From Laoag, take a public bus that would bring you to Vigan. The Partas Bus has a depot in Laoag. Take the Manila-bound Partas Bus which will drop you off at the Partas Vigan Station; travel time is just an hour. The UNP Campus is a stone’s throw from the Partas Vigan Station via a tricycle.  Other buses do not enter Vigan so from Laoag get off the town of Bantay intersection along the main highway, and take a tricycle to UNP/to your hotel.

Those who wish to take land transport from Manila may choose from several bus lines that ply the Manila-Ilocos-Manila route. Partas Bus has stations conveniently located in Pasay City along Tramo corner Edang Street, San Roque (for those coming from the Visayas and Mindanao) and another station along Aurora Boulevard, Cubao.  Fari┼łas and Maria de Leon are among the bus lines that ply the route. [1](Please visit the website: for contact numbers of bus lines.) Travel from Manila to Vigan takes about 8 hours.

For participants from Northern Luzon, there are several public buses that travel the Tuguegarao-Laoag-Tuguegarao arc. Baguio City can also serve as a take-off point; travel time from Baguio to Vigan is about 5-6 hours.  The Partas Baguio Station is located at central bus terminal along Governor Pack Road with trips at hourly interval.

To attend this conference, you may use this invitation letter in applying for official travel authority and funding assistance from your school or agency. PNHS will request CHED and DEP-ED memos to allow participants – on official time and expense – to attend the conference. Pre-registration will start on October 22, 2014, at 4:00-6:00 p.m. on campus.

For inquiries, please contact any of the following:

Bernardita R. Churchill, Ph.D.                               Jimmy R. Soria, Ed.D.
President and National Convener                           Local Co-Convener
40 Matiwasay Street, UP Village,                              Vice President for Research and Extension
Diliman, Quezon City, 1101                                       University of Northern Philippines
Tel: (02) 921-4575                                                      Tel: (077) 722 8292
Telefax: (02) 926-1347                                               Fax: (077) 722-2810
Mobile: 0919-4905371                                                Mobile: 0917-5966628
E-mail:                            E-mail:

Maria Nela B. Florendo, Ph.D.
PNHS Vice President for Northern Luzon
University of the Philippines Baguio
Tel: (74) 442 2427
Telefax: (74) 442 2427
Mobile: 0921-473 8905

Vigan is a favorite travel destination. It offers a breadth of accommodations from modest bed and breakfasts to heritage hotels. (Please visit the Vigan City website: for contact numbers of hotels; click tourism/where to stay.) For assistance regarding accommodations and other arrangements in Vigan City, please contact Dr. Jimmy Soria who will refer you to links.

We look forward to your participation.

Very sincerely yours,

[Original Signed]                                                       [Original Signed]
Bernardita R. Churchill, Ph.D.                               Jimmy R. Soria, Ed.D.
President and National Convener                               Local Co-Convener

[1] Partas Buses enter Vigan while other buses go through the main highway. Passenger will have to alight at the Bantay-Vigan intersection then ride a tricycle to Vigan/UNP/hotel.

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