PAP-PHAVISMINDA JOINT NATIONAL CONVENTION
April 2-5, 2000
The Philosophical Association of the Philippines (PAP) and the Philosophical Association of the Visayas and
Mindanao (PHAVISMINDA) held last April 2-5, 2000 the First Joint National Convention of these two philosophical associations
in the Philippines. It was held at the Holy Family Retreat House in Lahug, Cebu City and was hosted by the University of San
Carlos, (USC). The theme of the convention was "The Future of Ethics."
The delegates who came from different parts of the country registered at the Retreat House in the afternoon
of April 2 and the host University took them to a brief tour of the tourists spots in Cebu City. The convention started formally
with the opening ceremonies the following day, with the President of the host university, USC, welcoming the participants
and the Presidents of the PAP and PHAVISMINDA giving their respective opening address. The sessions and discussions were conducted
from the first day (Monday morning) until Wednesday morning. The closing ceremony was held just before noon of Wednesday.
There were three types of sessions: first are the plenary sessions where senior philosophy professors delivered
lectures on topics related to the theme; there were six plenary lectures. An open forum followed after every plenary lecture.
The second are the concurrent discussions. There were two separate discussion groups with two speakers per group reading their
respective papers; delegates were divided into two groups for these concurrent discussions. An open forum followed after the
two speakers finished delivering their papers. The third are the concurrent workshops in teaching Ethics; there were three
topics: Bioethics, Social Ethics and Business Ethics. The participants chose and attended the topic they were interested in.
The workshops were divided into two sessions: the session on content, where the resource speaker shared his or her insights
as to what particular topics, insights, ideas, principles may be included in teaching the subject. The delegates afterwards
shared their own insight on the subject. The second session focused on the method, the discussion was centered on possible
approaches, activities that may be followed or adopted in teaching the subject.
The following are the plenary speakers and the title of their papers
Bro. Romualdo Abulad, SVD: The Future of Ethics: The Post Modern View.
Dr. Manuel B. Dy, Jr: "Schelers Phenomenology of Love and Hatred"
Fr. Lorenz Festin: "The Ergon-Energia Perspective in the Interpretation of Aristotles Ethical
Doctrine on Eudaimonia
Fr. Florencio Lagura, SVD: From the World of Discourse to the Realm of Ethics: Another
Reading of "Agere Sequitur Esse."
Fr. Ranhilio C. Aquino, PhD JD, "Ethics After Ethics: Post Modernism and Being Ethical."
Dr. Leovino Ma. Garcia "Towards a Narrative Ethics: From Ricoeur to Levinas."
Bioethics : Resource Speaker: Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD
Social Ethics: Resource Speaker: Dr. Rainier A. Ibana
Business Ethics: Resource Speaker: Dr. Antonette Palma-Angeles
Concurrent Sessions Speakers and the title of their papers:
Dr. Rolando Gripaldo: Renato Constantino and the Nationalist Ethics
Dr. Lawrence Liao: Ethics in Biological and Environmental Research.
Mr. Ranilo Hermida: Michel Foucault On the Care of the Self As a New Strategic Possibility for
Mr. Carlos Luz: Preliminary Notes on Mystical Knowledge in the Ethics of Socrates and
PAP National Convention 2001
Jove Jim S. Aguas, PhD
Two years ago on this vary hall we were elected as the new set of officers of the
PAP. This new set of officers was a mixture of old and new faces, of the experienced and the novice. We took over the leadership
from one who has dedicated much of his time and effort to PAP and has made PAP the most active and vibrant philosophical association
in the Philippines. We were happy that Dr. Garcia, the moving spirit behind PAP, whose name is somewhat synonymous with PAP
is still with us in the Board. Personally I thought assuming the presidency after Dr. Garcia was a big responsibility, it
was a big shoe to fit in. We were then tasked to continue the good work he has done. So we buckled down to work.
Today we present to you the modest achievements we have done as a Board and the vision
we have for PAP.
After our election, we planned our activities and the projects for PAP, foremost are,
conferences, conventions and the registration to the SEC.
October 23, 1999, we had the midyear conference at UST. It was a conference that though
not financially rewarding, was a learning experience so to speak. We were able to gather all the papers to be read and we
reproduced them for the participants before the actual conference. In doing this the participants were able to participate
actively in the discussions. We provided them with the materials they need including a good souvenir bag. We thank the administration
and staff of Graduate School of UST for the support they extended to us during that conference. We would also like to acknowledge
UST GS for accommodating us, for the financial and moral supports through out our term. We hope that UST will continue to
Right after the midyear conference, we planned for the next national convention. We
explored the possibility of holding it outside Manila, preferably in the Visayas. We also explored the possibility of linking
with other institutions and organizations for this endeavor. We were fortunate that the Philosophical Association of the Visayas
and Mindanao agreed to the idea of holding a joint national convention. And the idea of holding the first ever joint national
convention of PAP and PHAVISMINDA was born when the University of San Carlos through Bro. Romy Abulad agreed to host the national
convention in Cebu. So last year we were in Cebu, and based on your responses and comments, we can say that it was a big success.
It was difficult planning and preparing for that convention, especially when you have
to coordinate with your partners, the PHAVISMINDA and San Carlos through the e-mail. But through the cooperation of these
three bodies, we were able to gather competent speakers who delivered excellent papers. The sessions and the discussions were
conducted properly. We were lodged at a convenient and quiet venue, the Holy Family Retreat House whose ambiance allowed us
to relax and forget our other concerns and at the same time take part in the proceedings.
We thank the PHAVISMINDA for the partnership, we hope that, that would not be the
last. We also thank the USC administration and staff for their assistance and hospitality. We hope PAP is always welcome in
In October 2000 there is supposed to be a midyear conference. But we were then faced
with the prospect of holding an international conference with a professor from Louvain as the main speaker. This international
conference will be jointly sponsored by the PAP and the newly formed School of Humanities of the Ateneo Loyola Schools. We
figured it as another successful convention. Hence we concentrated our efforts in preparing for this conference, and cancelled
the midyear conference, which many of you waited and expected for. But midway in our preparation, in January, our speaker
cancelled his visit to the Philippines because of the worsening peace and order situation then. We had to change plan right
away, change the theme and look for speakers. But this setback was quite providential, for it allowed us to come up with a
theme that is relevant to us, a theme that has something to do with the recent historical event in our country, People Power
II. Not only that, we were able to gather competent speakers, who will deliver complete papers and also we were able invite
an equally competent international speaker, Fr. Pat Riordan, whose insights help us see other perspectives about the People
Power. Hence we have this conference on EDSA II.
At this point, we would like to thank the School of Humanities of the Ateneo, for
the partnership, to the staff and the secretariat, thank you for everything. We thank also all the schools and institutions
who trusts PAP by sending their faculties in the conferences organized by PAP. We know without their approval many of us will
not be here. We hope that the other schools will hav the opportunity to host a PAP conference.
Without preempting your evaluation of this conference, we could say that we have conducted
fairly good conferences and conventions in the past. We have improved on how we conduct it, we have provided you with the
materials and kits you need. With the cooperation of our speakers, we provide you with their papers in advance.
There is another work uncompleted though, we were hoping that by the end of our term
we would be duly registered with the SEC. We thought the process was easy, but it was quite complicated and we really have
to devote more time and attention to it. We have signed and submitted the pertinent documents, we have paid the corresponding
fees, but we still have to submit some minor requirements to get our SEC registration. We thought we could finish everything
before this conference. We beg for your patience, and we hope we will accomplish this soon.
PAP is non-stock and non-profit association, but we have maintained a modest amount
in the bank for our operations and activities. Our Treasurer will be reporting on our financial standing later. PAP thrives
in your participation in its activities and membership. PAP is not the Board, not UST, not Ateneo, it is US. PAP is We who
always participate, who share, who take part. PAP is not about membership fee, it is participation.
Our vision for PAP is for it to continue providing opportunities and occasions for
philosophical discussions, for it to continue promoting the interest of philosophy and professors of philosophy, for it to
continue linking with other associations and institutions not only for its own growth but especially for the growth of philosophy
in the Philippines. We hope that in the future conferences of PAP junior philosophy professors will be given the opportunity
to share their ideas through paper presentation. I was in fact thinking of midyear conference as a venue for budding philosophers
and for providing space for them in national conventions.
We hope that you will continue supporting the activities of PAP and continue with
your membership and hopefully encourage others to join the PAP. We hope that PAP for its part could serve your noble interests.
To all schools and institutions
Mabuhay tayong lahat at mabuhay ang PAP!