PHAVISMINDA holds 37th Annual PHAVISMINDA Conference

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The Philosophical Association of Visayas and Mindanao (PHAVISMINDA) held its 37th Annual PHAVISMINDA Conference last May 22-24, 2014 at the Joseph Baumgartner-Learning Resource Center of the University of San Carlos-Talamban Campus with the theme: “Quo Vadis Philosophia? Challenges and Opportunities for Philosophy under K to 12 Curriculum.”

The goal of the event was to discuss the future of philosophy under the K to 12 curriculum. The conference was also an opportunity for philosophy academics and researchers to exchange ideas on their research.

The conference was attended by philosophy teachers from different universities around the Philippines. Philosophy students were also present in the event.
Topics of the conference included: “K-12 and the Philippine Apocalypse: Challenges and Opportunities,” “The Problem of Universals and Language,” “The Selfie Trend and Authenticity in Man,” and “Academic Freedom in the Midst of Philippine Educational Reform,” among others.

According to PHAVISMINDA’s website, philosophy is going to play a pivotal role under the curriculum change. The “Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao” curriculum, which is one of the learning areas under the new curriculum to be offered from Kinder to Grade 10, is anchored on Ethics and Career Guidance while the “Pambungad sa Pilosopiya ng Tao” is one of the core curriculum subjects at the Senior High.

The three-day conference started at 10 A.M on the first day with an invocation by Fr. Francis Paul Escaño, RCJ. A short message from the coordinator of Religious Studies Section of USC, Mr. Sergio M. Alo III, was given after the invocation. The opening formalities of the event were taken care of by Mr. Ruby S. Suazo, President of PHAVISMINDA Inc., and Mr. Ian Jugo, Vice-President for Visayas of PHAVISMINDA Inc.

After the speech, the participants were split into two groups to maximize the amount of time for the day. Some lectures were held at the Virtual Training Room while others were at the conference room.

Questions and concerns were entertained after every discussion.

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