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Seminar marks Bonifacio at 150

/ 08:20 AM November 28, 2013

Statue of Andres Bonifacio at the Bonifacio Shrine in Lawton, Manila. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—To mark Andres Bonifacio’s 150th birth anniversary, the History Department of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) held last Nov. 7-9 a seminar-workshop for social studies and history teachers nationwide.

With the theme “Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Bayan: A Reexamination of Bonifacio’s Ideas on Patriotism, Citizenship, and Nation Building,” the seminar-workshop offered the teachers an opportunity to take the study of Bonifacio from the realm of research and scholarly debates down to the high school and elementary levels. It addressed as well the need of the Department of Education’s K-to-12 program for innovative and creative ways of teaching history, stimulated discussion on the brave Katipunero, and provided the teachers with a chance to study and reflect on selected primary sources.

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The event was sponsored by Ortigas Foundation together with Pasig City Mayor Maribel Eusebio, Metropolis Construction Inc. and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and featured six plenary lectures and workshop sessions. Dr. Bernardita Reyes Churchill, president of the Philippine National Historical Society, delivered the keynote lecture titled “Andres Bonifacio Really Matters: Revisiting the Katipunan and the 1896 Revolution.”

The other plenary lectures were delivered by Dr. Marya Svetlana T. Camacho, Dr. Paul Dumol, Dr. Leodivico Lacsamana, Dr. Arnel Joven, Dr. Clement Camposano and Prof. Alvin Campomanes, all of the UA&P.

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The afternoon sessions consisted of workshops on three primary sources: Bonifacio’s “Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Bayan” and “Katungkulang Gagawin ng mga Anak ng Bayan” and Emilio Jacinto’s “Mga Aral ng Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan.”

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