PHAVISMINDA

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Who We Are

                                     

                                     

 HISTORY OF PHAVISMINDA
 By Amosa Velez

THE ASSOCIATION

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

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

CONFERENCES

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

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.