First Baguio Social Science Summit (FBSSS)

Venue: UB Square Hall

Location: Baguio, Philippines

Event Date/Time: Nov 25, 2011 End Date/Time: Nov 26, 2011
Registration Date: Nov 25, 2011
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1st Baguio Social Science Summit Theme
“The Philippine Social Landscape: Peering Through the Northern Lens”

Organized by the Department of Social Sciences & Humanities and the Department of Philosophy of the University of Baguio

The First Baguio Social Science Summit is a Conference that aims to bring together scholars, teachers & students, government officials, the religious sector, and the civil society in a scholarly exchange on the issues that dominate the country’s social environs.

Revolving around the theme, “The Current Philippine Social Landscape: A Look from the Northern Lens,” this Summit will showcase discussions on Modern Filipino Religiosity vis-à-vis the Filipino Public Sphere, Health and Population Issues and Trends (including the RH Bill), and National Development from a Regional Perspective.

The Conference Registration Fee is Php700.00 inclusive of certificate of participation/attendance, conference kit, 2 morning snacks, 2 afternoon snacks, and 2 lunches. A special rate for students is set at Php550.00 provided they present a valid identification card upon registration. For international participants (those flying in from other countries), registration fee is pegged at USD20.00 which will be paid on-site.

Keynote Speakers: Plenary Sessions

Plenary Session 1 / Day 1
Liberty Contessa Catbagan, PhD Candidate
Topic: Filipino Religiosity as a Social Phenomenon

Ms. Catbagan is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Baguio, where she handles experimental psychology and social psychology subjects. Her research interests include peace and development studies, social and adolescent psychology, social representation of the Bangsamoro, and Filipino religiosity.

Together with Regina Estuar of the Ateneo de Manila, she presented the paper entitled “Negotiated Meanings through Drawings: The Social Representation of Bangsamoro in Cotabato” in the recently concluded Annual Convention of the Psychological Association of the Philippines.

She took her MS in Educational Measurement & Evaluation from De La Salle University-Manila and she is now on style-reading on the way to finishing her PhD in Social Psychology at the Ateneo de Manila University. She finished her BS Psychology degree at Saint Louis University in Baguio City.

Plenary Session 2 / Day 2
Mark Joseph Calano, PhD
Topic: Religion and the Filipino Public Sphere

Dr. Calano is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Ateneo de Manila University where he is also a candidate for his second doctorate degree. He reads Jacques Derrida and Charles Taylor while he currently writes his dissertation for his PhD in Philosophy. His research interests cover Ethics, Metaphysics, and Philosophy of Religion. He has presented papers in a wide range of gatherings and has also published a paper on Taylor's Communitarian Ethics in Philosophia: International Journal of Philosophy.

His translation on the Isneg Tale “Aran and the Crab” won First Place in the 2010 UNESCO Wisdom Stories for Sustainable Development Contest.

His PhD in Language Education, MA in Philosophy, MA in Religious Studies and Bachelor of Philosophy were all taken from Saint Louis University-Baguio City.


Dr. Raymundo Rovillos
PhD History – University of the Philippines Diliman
Dean, College of Social Sciences, UP Baguio

Topic: A History of Religious Activism: The Church & National Development

Dr. Gladys Marie Tamania
PhD major in Educational Management, minor in Rural Development – Benguet State University
Project Director, Leadership for Dynamic Change Research & Development Center for Professionals, Inc.
Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Philippine Military Academy, Baguio City

Topic: The Muslim-Christian Conflict and Its Social Impact on the Northern Regions of the Philippines

Dr. Armando Castañeda
PhD Development Education - University of Santo Tomas
Professor of Development Education & Philosophy in Education, UB Graduate School

Topic: National Development: Health and Population Issues Dissected

Henry L. Galuba, PhD
Director, Research and Faculty Development, Lorma Colleges, San Fernando City, La Union

Topic: Cordillera Peoples’ Participation in National Development: Issues and Prospects

November 25, 2011 (DAY 1)

8:15-8:45 Registration
8:45-9:00 Opening Ceremonies
9:00-11:00 Plenary Session 1: Filipino Religiosity as a Social Phenomenon
11:00-11:15 Quick Break
11:15-12:00 Open Forum / Dialog
12:00-1:00 Lunch Break

1:00-2:30 Lecture 1: A History of Religious Activism: The Church & National Development
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:15 Lecture 2: National Development: A Look at Health and Population Issues
4:15-4:30 Wrap-Up and Reminders

November 26, 2011 (DAY 2)

8:30-9:00 Morning Coffee Time
9:00-11:00 Plenary Session 2: Religion and the Filipino Public Sphere
11:00-12:00 Sectoral Feedback Presentation and Open Forum
12:00-1:00 Lunch Break
1:00-2:30 Lecture 3: Building New Communities: The Muslim-Christian Conflict and Its Social Impact on the Northern Regions of the Philippines
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:15 Lecture 4: Cordillera Peoples’ Participation in National Development: Issues and Prospects
4:15-5:00 Closing Ceremonies

For confirmation of attendance, or further inquiries, please contact the Conference Chair, Mr. Farland Valera thru the following:
Mobile: +63.915.796.8501
Office: (074) 442-4915 (local 275)


University of Baguio