Posted April 10, 2010 by papnews
Categories: Feature, From the President's Desk

by J. Enrique G. Saplala

In the late 1950s, a group of young French film critics led by their mentor, Andre Bazìn, burst into the filmmaking scene. Armed with all the theoretical know how of the language of cinema, these critics became first time filmmakers churning out creative films that defied mainstream cinema. Known as the nouvelle vague (new wave), these filmmakers were responsible for changing the landscape of film and influenced the attitude of people towards cinema.
This burst of creative energy appears to be also apparent among today’s psychology students. The thirst for more information and interaction has driven them towards action, looking for venues to showcase their ideas and creativity. I have been a fortunate witness to these changes, where a new generation of psychology students has become the impetus for radical movements in undergraduate psychology. Like Bazìn, the key appears to be the students’ mentor who, by his or her encouragement, can push them to unleash their energies channeling it to productive use.

Movements in the South
An example of this student-driven creative energy is an auspicious gathering of psychology students in Davao City on January 18, 2004. An organization of psychology students from the Ateneo de Davao organized the first All Mindanao Wide Convention of Psychology Students. Attended by undergraduate students in psychology from all over Mindanao, the young Davaoeños organized the congress on their own; including fundraising through door to door campaign and selling old newspapers and recyclable materials. Suzette Aliño, one of the student mentors responsible for the groundbreaking convention, encouraged the students to pursue their vision. She was amazed by how the students methodically planned the convention with sheer determination. Two years later, a group of Ateneo de Zamboanga students in psychology organized a workshop on deception of which I was invited as speaker. I was surprised to learn that the students were able to invite the local PNP and the marines stationed at the Southern Command with hardly their teachers intervening for them. And to think these were all organized by the psychology majors!

The growth of student conventions
Other than their teacher’s encouragement, their experience and extent of exposure to psychology gatherings play a role in the growth of these activities. For example, psychology students of Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro regularly organize and invite speakers to give talks in developing fields in psychology: A case-in-point is the brown bag session in forensic psychology last year where students and professionals from all over Mindanao went to Cagayan de Oro to attend and listen to the research presentations. A similar movement has happened recently in Iloilo. Organized by the various student organizations in psychology, several schools banded together to mount the Iloilo Students’ Convention in 2008. According to Pete Galeno, professor of Central Philippine University, more than a hundred students trooped to Iloilo to present undergraduate research papers and participate in workshops organized by the students and teachers.
Manila also saw the surfacing of significant student conventions. For example, the 22nd and 23rd PAPJA convention were mostly organized by students from De La Salle University and Miriam College. Other than the PAPJA, which seems to be the mother of all student conventions, similar professional organizations encouraged and assisted students in organizing similar student gatherings. PSSP’s Tatsulok, which was the steering committee behind the All Psychology Student Congress, was organized by a core group of student organizations in psychology. Not far behind is the Consortium of Women’s Colleges (CWC) which mounted the CWC Research Forum in Psychology, also in 2006, where students from Assumption College, Miriam College and St. Scholastica’s College helped organized a sharing of their research papers in a half-day forum. Quite recently, a similar group of students from the Laguna College of Business and Arts organized their first student convention, where students from neighboring colleges gathered for a seminar, a workshop, and a quiz bee.

Going beyond the PAPJA experience: The case of the UP Visayas Tacloban College
Unbeknownst to most psychologists in Manila, the annual PAPJA seems to give some impetus for students to jump start student conventions in the provinces. A classic example is that of the students of UP Visayas Tacloban College. Recently, inspired by their experiences at the 23rd PAPJA annual convention, the UP psychology students banded together to put up the 1st Regional Seminar and Convention of Psychology Students. Students and professors who attended the PAPJA workshops got the permission of the PAPJA facilitators through email and echoed these workshops to the participants. Not contended with mere copying, the students adapted the 23rd PAPJA theme to the region, Character Strengths of the Filipino: A Positive Response to Current Challenges especially in the Waray Setting, prepared their workshops and critiqued each other’s work before finally promoting the convention. The students exuded idealism and high energy managing the entire convention, tapping regional and national professionals and arranging the itinerary of their resource speakers.

Similar movements in the United States
The student movement appears not to be confined at home. For example, similar student movements can be seen across the United States where undergraduate students in psychology appoint convention chairpersons and organize the preparations and the proceedings themselves. In 2006, I went to an undergraduate convention for psychology students in Missouri, where my student presented her research paper alongside Midwesterners. I observed that the manner of planning these students engaged in is similar to how our students planned their conventions. Similarly, Miriam College students who have also attended undergraduate student conventions at Stanford informed us that the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Convention was so organized that they could not believe that the core groups of organizers were students like them.
Likewise, students from the UP Visayas Tacloban College are mulling over the prospect of having a Visayan PAPJA because of how big groups of students from the different parts of the region responded to their invitation. They have realized the advantages of sharing their resources with other people. As one student organizer said, “It’s not about us what we can share or what others can share, it’s about a mutual give and take of ideas, of learning from each other…”

Perhaps, we have to start rethinking how we plan our conventions and allow our students to work on their own conventions. If we mentor our students towards a direction of independence and excellence, then this is most likely where Philippine psychology will go.

UP Tatsulok

UP Visayas Students


Statistics – Anyone?

Posted April 10, 2010 by papnews
Categories: Feature

By Felicitas K. Claviolo

It was with much trepidation that I enrolled in my Basic Statistics subject two years ago. It was an undergraduate class and was a prerequisite in the postgraduate program  (Developmental Psychology) that I was interested in. I found the subject daunting because I had to learn the software SPSS, and all the terminologies associated with Statistics. Even if my undergraduate course was accounting (forty nine years ago!), with a 3-unit subject of Statistics, the terms and procedures being taught now were all alien to me. It did not help that majority of my classmates were much much younger and were either senior psychology students or former graduates of psychology.

The Author: Felicitas K. Claviolo

However, with determination, the presence of a brilliant and dynamic professor, and some tips from my technology savvy son and helpful classmates, I passed the subject with flying colors. Advanced Statistics 1 and Advanced Statistics 2, both graduate subjects, followed one after the other.  

Advanced Statistics 1 introduced us  to the different statistical concepts underlying the techniques. The knowledge was deepened by Advanced Statistics 2, where we were taught the application of these techniques. In one particular application, we were able to see the trends of preferences for the likely leader of our country. Not only that, the distances among the candidates could be visually presented. One can immediately see in a map which candidate is the most likely choice, who follows, and who are lagging behind. The location of the candidate in relation to the ideal candidate makes it easy to understand why he is preferred by the electorate or why he is at the tail end. More importantly, the candidates can be compared with each other, based on their traits. Candidates can utilize the findings to know the preferred traits, and thereby maximize or minimize their own particular traits to conform to the preference of the electorate.

Admittedly, studying is hard work. It requires patience and the perseverance to read and do the assignments, but that requirement is true for any student in order to succeed. Actual application contributes to effective learning. However, the exercise is rewarding, because statistics have a wide application. One of its applications is to present visually by way of a map the location of family members or friends in our life. The result may be surprising if not revealing. It can help in better understanding ourselves and our relationships. It can also be an aid in counseling.

I used to describe Statistics as the only boring subject in my course, where I fall asleep every time I had to read something on it. Now I must admit that statistics is interesting, practical and useful.

I believe learning is lifelong. One continues to learn throughout life. When one ceases to learn, stagnation sets in. I am one of the few senior citizens who went back to school and enrolled in graduate studies. I just needed to brush up on my computer know-how. Does age matter? No such thing. I either use my brain or lose it. I prefer to use it while I still have it.

Oath Taking Ceremonies Held For The First Batch of PAP Certified Psychologists

Posted January 23, 2010 by papnews
Categories: Uncategorized

A total of 105 participants attended the oath taking of the first batch of certified psychologists last November 28, 2009 at the Hotel Sofitel, Manila. Clinical psychology, assessment psychology and counseling psychology had the most number of certified psychologists followed by industrial/organizational psychologists, developmental psychologists, social psychologists and educational psychologists. The oath taking was led by PAP president, Dr. J. Enrique Saplala.

Dr. Rose Marie Salazar-Clemeña, certified counseling psychologist, outstanding Philippine psychologist and former PAP president, delivered an inspiring message on the role of psychologists in the Philippines. She stressed the importance of what psychologists in the different fields can do to help improve the lives of our fellow Filipinos.

The event was also graced by the presence of former PAP presidents such as Drs. Natividad Munarriz, Natividad Dayan, Imelda Villar, Mary Lou Onglatco, Ana Miren Gonzalez-Intal and Lucy Bance. The simple ceremony was moderated by certified educational psychologist and former PAP president, Dr. Allan B.I. Bernardo.

PAP Holds Kamustahan And Forensic Psychology Meeting At CDO City

Posted January 23, 2010 by papnews
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Around 150 PAP members from Visayas and Mindanao attended a kamustahan last December 1, 2009, Tuesday, 9:00-12 noon at the Grand Hotel, Velez Street (across Vienna Cafe), Cagayan De Oro City (near Xavier University, main campus) .
The kamustahan gave the members an opportunity to meet their colleagues from the VisMin area and discuss concerns related to your membership with the PAP. Dr. J. Enrique G. Saplala moderated the meeting and discussed the psychology bill, certification of psychology specialists and other important matters relevant to the VisMin sector. The meeting was followed by a Q & A on the psychology bill and the certification procedures.
In the afternoon, a brown bag session was held at the audiovisual room of Xavier University’s main campus. Research papers on forensic and criminal psychology were presented by Dr. Joey Jegonia, Prof. Carla Raagas-Barros and Dr. J. Enrique Saplala. Over a hundred participants, mainly students, faculty and psychologists from the Visayas and Mindanao attended the session. Faculty and volunteer students distributed snacks in brown bags to all participants at the end of the presentations. This event was co-organized by the PAP, Xavier University’s Guidance and Counseling Department and Psychology Department.

PAP president Dr. Saplala with some PAP members from the VisMin regions

Updated Registry of Certified Psychology Specialists

Posted October 26, 2009 by papnews
Categories: Uncategorized

Psychological Association of the Philippines

Below is a partial list of certified psychologists in the different divisions of the PAP. Please note that the certification issued on these psychologists is valid from July 2009-May 2013.

Certified Clinical Psychologists
1. Aguilar, Maria Teresa F.
2. Alcala, Ma. Araceli B.
3. Alianan-Bautista, Evangeline S.
4. Apruebo, Roxel A.
5. Bance, Lucila O.
6. Batalla, Tomas Alejo S.
7. Briones, Zachele Marie M.
8. Buan, Nenita F.
9. Bulatao, Jaime
10. Camero , Mariglo V.
11. Carandang, Maria Lourdes A.
12. Castronuevo-Ruga, Evangeline R.
13. Catalan, Noemi S.
14. Catipon, Maria Aurora Assumpta P.
15. Cezar, Queenie Romina A.
16. Cue, Miriam P.
17. Dayan, Natividad A.
18. De Asis ,Ma. Blesilda G.
19. De Guzman, Rosalito G.
20. Dey-Triviño, Maria Louise P.
21. Enriquez , Ma. Cristina Salud H.
22. Fernandez , Karina Therese G.
23. Fernando , Priscilla G.
24. Garcia, Washington C.
25. Go, Tita A.
26. Jurisprudencia, Jerry J.
27. Lara, Yolanda Y.
28. Laydia, Maria Lourdes R.
29. Lozada, Orencita V.
30. Lim, Cora E.
31. Marin, Marisa V.
32. Melgar, Maria Isabel E.
33. Mogol, Christian Vernon M.
34. Ng, Rizason Go T.
35. Pilapil, Alicia N.
36. Ramos, Maria Lourdes L.
37. Rosuello, Maria Jinky M.
38. Salud , Annarosa D.
39. Saplala , J. Enrique G.
40. Sison, Beatrix Aileen L.
41. Sison, Johanna Marie O.
42. Sison, Patricia C.
43. Tan, Maria Melinda G.
44. Tarroja, Maria Caridad H.
45. Teopaco, Arvin M.
46. Gustillo-Villasor, Maria Teresa
47. Vicente, Nathaniel R.
48. Villar, Imelda V.G.
49. Yenko, Rose Marie J.

Certified Counseling Psychologists
1. Agot, Ellen Q.
2. Balatay, Nancy A.
3. Bance, Lucila O.
4. Bobis, Catherine A.
5. Camero, Mariglo V.
6. Carandang, Maria Lourdes A.
7. Clemeña, Rose Marie S.
8. Cruz, Teresita O.
9. Cue, Miriam P.
10. Dayan, Natividad A.
11. Gamueda, Siegfred F.
12. Hocson, Sheila Marie G.
13. Jacob, Floranie P.
14. Jimenez, Aileen Rose T.
15. Munarriz, Natividad J.
16. Ong Ante, Patrick A.
17. Orallo, Mary Joy G.
18. Palac, Cleofe C.
19. Rosales, Maria Regina Pamela Y.
20. Umali, Ma. Concepcion (Conchita) V.
21. Valle, Joanne Rachelle L.
22. Villar, Imelda V.G.
23. Villasor, Eduardo G.
24. Shao, Rosa C.

Certified Assessment Psychologists
1. Abacan, Lorenzo S.
2. Abrenica, Alexa P.
3. Arias, Antero Rosauro Jr. V.
4. Balatay, Nancy A.
5. Bance, Lucila O.
6. Batongbacal, Donna L.
7. Bulatao, Ma. Aurora B.
8. Camero, Mariglo V.
9. Cue, Miriam P.
10. Dayan, Natividad A.
11. Dayan, Reginaldo Mauro A.
12. Dela Rosa, Anna Maria Kathleena J.
13. Dy, Polly C.
14. Eleosida, Isabelle S.
15. Felipe, Abraham
16. Galura, Editha L.
17. Gatchalian, Mariflor J.
18. Gerong, Andres S.
19. Guerrero, Ana Maria T.
20. Laydia, Maria Lourdes R
21. Ledesma, Lourdes K.
22. Lumbre, Leo Christian P.
23. Mendoza, Leonor Lynette Fortunata C.
24. Montenegro, Susan Theresa G.
25. Munarriz, Natividad J.
26. Pilapil, Alicia N.
27. Reyes, Rachel C.
28. Reyes, Rowena A.
29. Rodriguez, Antonieta A.
30. Rosuello, Maria Jinky M.
31. Salud, Annarosa D
32. Santos, Thelma L.
33. Sison, Johanna Marie O
34. Suba, Elizabeth S.
35. Tarroja, Maria Caridad H.
36. Teopaco, Arvin M.
37. Teves, Lizza P.
38. Valdez, Elma V.
39. Vicente, Nathaniel R.
40. Villar, Imelda V.G.
41. Gustillo-Villasor, Maria Teresa
42. Ylaya, Gina R.

Certified Developmental Psychologists
1. Antonio, Angelito Z.
2. Carandang, Maria Lourdes A.
3. Castronuevo-Ruga, Evangeline R.
4. Fajardo, Maricar P.
5. Manaligod, Ma. Paz Consolacion A.
6. Masilungan, Maria Theresa C.
7. Sabino, Carmen M.
8. Tayaban, Ma. Teresa B.

Certified Social Psychologists
1. Ebal, Gerald James Y.
2. Estuar, Ma. Regina Justina E.
3. Felipe, Abraham I.
4. Intal, Anna Miren G.
5. Inzon, Fr. Charlie M.
6. Licuanan, Patricia B.
7. Lupdag, Anselmo D.
8. Manalastas, Eric Julian D.
9. Mendoza, Leonor Lynette C.
10. Perez, Josephine P.
11. Tan, Allen
12. Torres, Amaryllis

Certified Educational Psychologists
1. Angeles, Marie Paz H.
2. Bernardo, Allan B.I.
3. Felipe, Abraham I.
4. Tse, Kar Him

Certified Industrial/Organizational Psychologists
1. Cue, Miriam P.
2. Hechanova-Alampay, Ma. Regina M.
3. Intal, Anna Miren G.
4. Laydia, Maria Lourdes R.
5. Luy, Jacqueline Fe R.
6. Mattison, Hiyasmin Ledi C.
7. Montenegro, Susan Theresa G.
8. Onglatco, Marylou U.
9. Tengco-Pacquing, Ma. Criselda M.
10. Pascual, Minelle M.
11. Pilapil, Cecille Ann C.
12. Reyes, Glody T.
13. Roxas, Maryfe M.
14. Samonte, Elena L.
15. Sison, Patricia C.
16. Torres, Amaryllis T.
17. Yenko, Rosemarie J.

Dr. Allan Bernardo Is PAP’s 2009 Outstanding Psychologist Awardee

Posted September 12, 2009 by papnews
Categories: Uncategorized

Awarding of Outstanding Psychologist 2009The Psychological Association of the Philippines conferred on DR. ALLAN B. I. BERNARDO the title of Outstanding Psychologist during the 46th PAP Convention at Silliman University, Dumaguete City. Dr. Bernardo was recognized for his exemplary work and accomplishments as a teacher, mentor, researcher, leader, and psychologist.

The Outstanding Psychologist Committee was composed of former Outstanding Psychologist awardees namely, Dr. Patricia Licuanan, Dr. Ma. Lourdes Carandang, Dr. Amaryllis Torres and Dr. Allen Tan. Congratulations to Dr. Bernardo!

President’s Report 2009

Posted September 12, 2009 by papnews
Categories: From the President's Desk, Uncategorized

by J. EnJay Saplalarique G. Saplala

1. Certification of Psychology Specialists

  • In recognition of their contribution to the field of psychology, all former presidents were certified psychology specialists in their respective fields.
  • Former PAP presidents were invited to assess applicants who applied for certification.
  • Immediate past president, Dr. Allan Bernardo was appointed by the board to be the chair of the certification committee. He sat with the appointed former presidents who acted as assessors for the PAP certification.
  • He was also tasked to formulate and create a mechanism to recognize the psychologist’s competencies, specifically the continuing professional education. This includes defining guidelines and procedures for PAP to decide which workshops and organizations will be recognized by the organization and creating a point system for the CPE for those renewing their initial certification. The mechanism would be used by future assessors in reviewing the
    applicant’s documented CPE. Dr. Regina Hechanova was appointed as his co chairperson.
  • The first list of certified psychology specialists was released during the last week of July.
  • 2. Code of Ethics

    • The Board of Directors appointed Dr. Allan Bernardo, chair of the professional and scientific ethics committee, to head the task force in compliance with the PAP charter. The board also appointed the following as members of the committee: Dr. Lourdes Carandang, Dr. Natividad Dayan, Dr. Rosalito De Guzman and Ms. Anna Guerrero. The Task Force on the Code of Ethics was convened last February 27, 2009 at Cravings Katipunan Avenue, QC.
    • The Code of Ethics was ratified by the board on July 17, 2009. Copies of the code will be posted in our website soon.

    3. Psychology Bill

    • The Psychology Bill Task Force Committee task force composed of Drs. Lucy Bance, Lota Teh, Allan Bernardo, Caring Tarroja, J. Enrique Saplala and Isabel Melgar were invited to be part of the Technical Working Group (TWG)to review and finalize the Psychology Bill last December 3, 2008 at the House. There was a follow up meeting on the bill on the months of January and February 2009 and the bill was approved by the Lower House on June 9, 2009.
    • We are awaiting the second and final reading of the bill before it is submitted to the office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines for approval. Update: The second hearing would be held on August 24, 1:00 p.m. at the Senate. Senator Panfilo Lacson is sponsoring the bill.

    4. Continuing Professional Education

    • Two CPEs were held during the year: Jumpstarting your Research with Dr. Allan Bernardo and Integrating Gestalt –Competence into personal ID and professional profile with Dr. Hans Lenhard. One workshop on Performance Management Systems from the I/O Division will be held on September 19, Caritas Hall, Miriam College. The Clinical Psychology division will offer one workshop with Dr. Roger Davis this October at the PSSC. More workshops summer 2009 will also be offered by the clinical and counseling psychology division. Other CPEs will be discussed during the division meetings and the upcoming strategic planning.

    5. Communication

    • We have upgraded our website,, and requested psychologist, AJ SAGMIT, to be the webmaster. Our website is also registered with the International Union of Psychologists’ directory.
    • Our electronic newsletter is updated regularly by Mr. MARSHALL VALENCIA, our external relations officer. You are welcome to contribute articles to the newsletter.

    6. PAPJA

    • We had our PAPJA at De La Salle University last November 2008. The event was attended by close to 1,600+ students from different parts of the country. Based on the suggestions made during the PAPJA 2008 focus group discussion, a job fair and workshops related to careers in psychology were conducted. Speakers from the different fields in psychology were also invited to conduct workshops in psychology.

    7. Membership in IUPsy

    We have also reactivated our membership with the International Union of Psychologists last September 2009. The PAP appointed Dr. Allan Bernardo, a regular member of the IUPSY to represent PAP.

    8. PAP Research Survey – being undertaken by Dr. Allan Bernardo. Details will be posted soon.

    9. Response to disaster prone areas ‐ Ms. Suzette Agcaoili is presently inviting interested volunteer psychologists to be part of the core group of volunteers to give appropriate therapeuticinterventions for survivors or victims of natural or man‐made calamities.

    10. Forensic psychology meeting –An interest group for psychologists practicing in a forensic setting was formed. Two meetings for psychologists working in a forensic setting were held this year: May 18 at Miriam College and August 12, 2008 at Café Antonio, Dumaguete City. Elected as overall chairperson is Dr. Naty Dayan. Dr. Jay Saplala serves as her assistant. Point persons were also elected to represent Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

     Addendum: PJP – two PJP journals were released: June 2008 and December 2008. The June 2009 and December 2009 issues would come out soon.