HISTORY OF PHAVISMINDA
By Amosa Velez
The idea of a philosophical association of the Visayas and Mindanao germinated in the mind of Fr. Quintin C. Terrenal, SVD . Through his behest, Miss Amosa Velez, then the chairman of the University of San Carlos Department of Philosophy, wrote invitation letters to several philosophy teachers in Southern Philippines to attend an organizational meeting of a potential philosophical association.
DATE OF FOUNDING
Thus on May 27, 1979, the day of the foundational meeting, held at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City was born a community of philosophers called the Philosophical Association of the Visayas and Mindanao.
The Founder of the association is Fr. Quintin C. Terrenal, SVD, PhD, STD. Initially, acronymed PAVM, it became, to date, PHAVISMINDA.
THE FOUNDING MEMBERS
The following teachers representing their respective schools responded to the invitation:
1. FR. MICHAEL D. MOGA, SJ, PHD Ateneo de Davao University
2. MISS LILIA N. LOPEZCHUA Ateneo de Davao University
3. MR. ANTONIO FRONTERAS Cebu Central Colleges
4. MRS ERLINDA FRONTERAS Cebu Central Colleges (At present, University of Cebu)
5. MR. JESUS AREVALO Colegio de San Jose-Recoletos
6. MRS. GLORIA T. LINGAO-LINGAO Colegio de San Jose-Recoletos
7. FR. VICTOR MALLADA, OAR Colegio de San Jose-Recoletos (Now, University of San Jose-Recoletos, Cebu City)
8. MR. BERNARDINO V. CUINO, JR. Iligan Institute of Technology-MSU
9. MRS. FLORA C. ALIMA (now, PHD) MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY
10. MR. GABRIEL INGLES (now, ATTY) UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS
11. MISS VIRGINIA L. JAYME (now, PHD) UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS
12. MISS ROSARIO T. MANZANARES UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS (Now, ESPINA, PHD)
13. MR. VICENTE SARIGUMBA UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS
14. MRS. LEDINILA QUIMPO UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS
15. FR. QUINTIN C. TERRENAL, SVD UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS
16. MISS GENOVEVA R. VASQUEZ UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS
17. MISS AMOSA VELEZ UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS
18. MR. MELITO BACLAY (USC alumnus) UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS (Cebu City)
As founder of the Association, Fr. Terrenal was awarded (in absentia) a Plaque of Recognition during th 18th Conference of the Association in SEARSOLIN, Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City on May 28, 1995, on the occasion of the quadricentennial year celebration of the University of San Carlos as a school.
On the same occasion, those who were present at its founding and who have continued to be with PHAVISMINDA (either as members or as speakers), were presented with Certificates of Recognition: Mrs. Flora C. Alima, PhD, Mrs. Rosario M. Espina, PhD, Miss Virginia L. Jayme, PhD, Miss Amosa Velez, PhD, Mr. Antonio M. Fronteras and Fr. Michael D. Moga, SJ, PhD (Ateneo de Zamboanga who, at the time of the founding, represented Ateneo de Davao University).
PRESIDENTS OF PHAVISMINDA
1979-1981 MISS AMOSA VELEZ (elected secretary became presiding officer, when the first elected presiding officer resigned 2 months after election due to transfer of residence), of USC
1982-1985 FR. QUINTIN C. TERRENAL, SVD, of USC
1986-1987 DR. AGUSTIN SOLLANO, JR, of Cebu State College
1988-1989 DR. ROLANDO GRIPALDO of Mindanao State University
1990-1991 DR. PRISCILIANO T. BAUZON of University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, South Cotabato
1992-1995 MR. JOSE IVAN NATALARAY of University of St. La Salle
1996-1999 MISS AMOSA VELEZ
2000-2002 MR. NESTOR CASTOR of Notre Dame of Marbel University
2003-2004 MISS AMOSA VELEZ
2004-2006 DR. JANE GALLAMASO
2006-2010 DR. EDDIE L. BABOR, Ll.B. 2010-2012 DR. RUBY S. SUAZO
April 2000 experienced the joint national conference of the Philosophical Association of the Visayas and Mindanao (PHAVISMINDA), and the Philosophical Association of the Philippines (PAP). It was held at the Holy Family Retreat House in Lahug, Cebu City. It was sponsored and hosted by the University of San Carlos and co-sponsored by the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of Santo Tomas.
In the same venue, was held the 27th Conference of PHAVISMINDA and its silver jubilee on May 21-23, 2004. This special day was marked by the Keynote Address of Fr. Roderick Salazar, Jr., SVD, President of the University of San Carlos and the taped Welcome Words of its founder, Fr. Quintin Terrenal, SVD. Awards of REcognition were presented in absentia to the Founder, founding members and its past presidents. Of the founding members, only Bernardino Cuino Jr. was present.
In its twenty-five years of existence, PHAVISMINDA has had 27 conventions or conferences held in different places in the Visayas and Mindanao. The venues are changed in order to bring philosophy to as many interested persons as possible without their having to travel far, in the hope of maximizing the number of teachers and students who can benefit from the seminars and lectures during these conferences. To date, however, it is mostly the permanent members who travel around and benefit these meetings and change of venue, aside from the teachers of the host school.
Thus far, conference have been held in the following venues: In Cebu, Cebu City: University of San Carlos (USC) main campus, and USC Retreat House in Talamban Christian Lay Formation Centre in Talamban, hosted by USC University of San Jose-Recoletos, and Cebu Normal University (before, Cebu State College) In Tagbilaran City, Bohol :Dumadag Farm Agricultural Promotion Centre both hosted by Holy Name University (before, Divine Word College). In Musuan, Bukidnon: Central Mindanao University. In Koronadal, South Cotabato: Punta Isla Resort, Lake Sebu, hosted by Notre Dame of Marbel University. In Tacloban City, Leyte: Divine Word University. In Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis: SEARSOLIN Convention Hall, Xavier University VIP Hotel, hosted by Liceo de Cagayan University. In Negros Oriental, Dumaguete City: Silliman University. In Bacolod City, Negros Occidental: Mambucal Retreat House in Murcia, hosted by University of St. La Salle. In Iloilo City, Panay: hosted by University of San Agustin.
OBJECTIVES of PHAVISMINDA
To thresh out common problems in the teaching of philosophy and to work on their possible solutions; to update one’s knowledge in philosophy through the seminars or workshops that the organization will provide; to help members find topics for research in philosophy in the Philippine context; and to provide a venue for the publication of scholarly articles in this field.
In answer to the last objective the Association has "created" the PHAVISMINDA Journal
On May 1996, the first issue of the PHAVISMINDA JOURNAL was born, thus realizing the dream of its founder, being one of the objectives of PHAVISMINDA. Although the plan is to produce it annually, so far, there are only three volumes. These are Vol.1 May 1996, Vol. 2 May 1998 and Vol. 3 May 2001. The editors of the Journal are Dr. Virginia L. Jayme and Fr. Florencio L. Lagura. Vol. 4 May 2005-Vol.6 May 2007 are edited by Dr. Orlando Ali Mandane, Jr.
SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITIES OF PHAVISMINDA
1. Besides the annual conferences, activities at the University of San Carlos Department of Philosophy are open to non-USC PHAVISMINDA members. One such big activity is the celebration of the USC Philosophy department silver jubilee in November 1982. The theme of the celebration was “Why Philosophy Today” with invited speakers from the Biology, Economics, Religious and Philosophy sectors.
2. The joint PAP-PHAVISMINDA national convention on May 2000.
MEMBERSHIP is open to anyone who has earned a graduate degree in Philosophy, any student or teacher of Philosophy courses, anyone who values philosophy enough to be willing to take up the obligations and enjoy the benefits in the association.
In its twenty-three years of existence, PHAVISMINDA has had 25 conventions or conferences held in different places in the Visayas and Mindanao, an October conference in the founding year, and May and October conferences in the following year after which it was decided to have only an annual conference to facilitate institutional financial support of participants’ attendance. The venues are changed in order to bring philosophy to as many interested persons as possible without their having to travel far, in the hope of maximizing the number of teachers and students who can benefit from the seminars and lectures during these conferences. To date, however, it is mostly the permanent members who travel around and benefit philosophically and aesthetically from these meetings and change of venue.
These gatherings were at first called conventions. In 1993, they began to be called conferences. The reason for the change is that some members say that their school hesitates to send them as official participants thinking that these are mere social “affairs.” But these are not mere “social” events. In practice, these annual meetings are like “philosophical retreats” they reinvigorate and/or update the participant insofar as philosophical insights are concerned.
ATTENDANCE at conferences is on the average 30 participants. The lean turn-out of participants put PHAVISMINDA in a precarious existence. And yet it has survived. In its 23rd year it has shown signs of carrying on so long as there are people who are willing to prepare for the annual conferences and attended by interested philosophers. When it will finally be registered in SEC before the May 2003 conference, it will not bring embarrassment of the registration of an organization that will only disappear after the first outbursts of enthusiasm waned. PHAVISMINDA is like the southern star in the philosophical sky that has come to stay.