By: Michael Charleston B. Chua
Department of History
University of the Philippines Diliman
â€œAmistad Duradera: Pagbubuo ng mga Probinsya.â€ This is the theme of the Conference-Workshop for the 4th Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day held at the Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT) Multi-Purpose Hall in Baler, Aurora last 29 June 2006 sponsored by the UP Department of History, National Historical Institute (NHI), Samahang Pangkasaysayan ng Bulacan (SAMPAKA) and the Municipal Government of Baler. The theme explored the development of provinces under the Spanish colonizers, and how much their influence endures and is evident even today.
Dr. Jaime B. Veneracion, the conference convenor, was also assisted by Mr. and Mrs. Isagani and Ruth Giron of Bahay Saliksikan ng Bulakan. The conference was also part of the Baler Heroesâ€™ Trek, now on its second year, tracing the path of the soldiers from San Miguel, Bulacan who participated in the Siege of Baler in 1898-1899.
As a pre-conference warm-up, so to speak, there was a great exchange among the participants about the context of the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day: the courage and magnanimity of the human spirit as shown in the Siege of Baler, facilitated by the Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Michael Charleston B. Chua.
At 10:00 AM, the conference started right with the National Anthem and a prayer. Dr. Regino Paular, NHI Historical Education Division chief, welcomed the participants, composed mostly of teachers from Aurora and the delegation from SAMPAKA which included descendants of Col. Pablo Tecson, the leader of the Filipino Forces during the Siege of Baler. Mr. Enrique Quezon-AvanceÃ±a, the director of the Museo de Baler, gave some interesting anecdotes about the participation of his ancestors, including his grandfather Pres. Manuel Luis Quezon, in the Siege of Baler and related events. A message from the Chaiman of the UP Department of History, Dr. Ferdinand Llanes, was also read.
A pool of local historians gave educators and education students lectures on the development of Central Luzon Provinces:
Dr. Jaime B. Veneracion â€œAng Pagbuo ng Probinsya ng Bulacanâ€
Prof. Cesar Baroman â€œNueva Ecija: From a Comandancia to a Provinciaâ€
Prof. Lino L. Dizon â€œThe Beginnings of Tarlac Province, 1594-1873â€
After lunch, at 2:00 PM, the conference resumed with the presentation of papers with special themes:
Dr. Regino Paular â€œThe Role of the National Historical Institute in
Preserving the Historical Heritageâ€
Mr. Michael Charleston Chua â€œIsang Talababa sa Kasaysayan: Tarlac,
Bilang Luklukan ng Pamahalaang Pilipino, 1899â€
Taking the opportunity of an unusually clement weather, at 4:00 PM, the participants were taken to a tour of scenic and historic spots in Balerâ€”which included the fish port and the historic Ermita, the hill where some local families sought refuge from a great tsunami on September 27, 1735. Before the participants had their dinner at Bayâ€™s Inn Hotel near the shores of Baler, they shopped for treats at the Pasalubong Center, so they could take a piece of Baler back home and to their loved ones.
At 9:00 PM, as mandated by the Department of Education, the workshop ensued to create modules on how to teach what was learned in this conference on the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day. The fascilitators, headed by Dr. Veneracion, included the new instructors from the UP Department of History: Ms. Bernadette dela Rosa, Ms. Analyn MuÃ±oz, Ms. Kristyl Obispado and Mr. Michael Charleston Chua; and Mr. June Joson, the president of SAMPAKA.
(Note: This was posted as a comment to the Fil-Spaninh Friendship Day post. I think it deserves a place of its own. Thanks to Michael Charleston B. Chua for the article. The Conference he mentioned about happened literally just a stone’s throw away from where i’m working at ASCOT. I didn’t hear about it but i know what’s happening in Antarctica.)
Here’s another article about last year’s conference:
AMISTAD DURADERA: Spain In Philippine Life
Michael Charleston B. Chua
Department of History
University of the Philippines Diliman
â€œAmistad Duradera: Mga Larangan ng Pagtatagpo.â€ This is the theme of the Conference-Workshop for the 3rd Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day held at the Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT) Gymnasium in Baler, Aurora last 29 June 2005 sponsored by the Inter-Agency Committee for the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day. The theme spoke about the enduring friendship between the Philippines and Spain as reflected in the â€œpoints of contactâ€ or influences of Spain in our culture, their ways that we made our own, and the courage and magnanimity of the human spirit as shown in the Siege of Baler in 1898-1899.
Dr. Ferdinand C. Llanes, the conference coordinator, headed a pool of speakers from the University of the Philippines (UP) which gave educators, mainly from Aurora and the delegation from Samahang Pangkasaysayan ng Bulakan (SAMPAKA), highlights of a four-hundred year Spanish contact with the Philippines. Dr. Dante Ambrosio gave us a picture of Filipino culture and life when the Spaniards came in his lecture â€œAng Sandaigdigan ng Sandugo.â€ Dr. Ferdinand C. Llanes spoke about what remained of the native â€œBayanâ€ in the Hispanized â€œPuebloâ€ in â€œBayan sa Pueblo, Pueblo sa Bayan.â€ Dr. Ma. Luisa Camagaygave us an example of Spanish city life in â€œUrbanisasyon ng Maynila.â€ Dr. Evelyn Miranda showed the marriage of Spanish Catholicism and Folk Ritualism in â€œTurumba ng Pakil.â€ Dr. Jaime Veneracion traces the descendants of the Filipino soldiers of the Siege of Baler in â€œMga Inapo ng Labanan sa Baler.â€
After ;unch, as mandated by the Department of Education, a workshop was held to create modules on how to teach the lesson of the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day. The fascilitators were headed by Dr. Ma. Cecilia Samonte and included Profs. Raymund Arthur Abejo, Alma Bamero, Lars Raymund Ubaldo, Dwight Diestro, Dante Ambrosio, Kathlene Aquino and Michael Charleston Chua. Aside from the educators, the equally enthusiastic students from ASCOT didnâ€™t only listen to the lectures but also participated in the workshop.
After the groups had presented their modules, Dr. Milagros Guerrero wrapped up the conference and emphasized the importance of Philippine-Spanish Relations. Dr. Regino Paular, the Chief of the Historical Education Division of the National Historical Institute ended the conference with some closing remarks and distribution of certificates.
The Inter-Agency Committee for the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day was composed of the office of Sen. Edgardo Angara, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the National Historical Institute, the UP Department of History, the Department of Education, the Provincial Government of Aurora, the Municipal Government of Baler, and the Aurora State College of Technology.
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