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PAPJA conquers Miriam College

January 15, 2008

For the second time after ten years, Miriam College hosted the 21st Psychology Association of the Philippines – Junior Affiliates (PAPJA) National Convention with the theme, Unity amid Diversity: One Philippine Psychology from December 7-8, 2008. Miriam College president, Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, welcomed more than 1,500 delegates from all over the country at the jam-packed Marian Auditorium. The keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Queena Lee-Chua, who shared anecdotes on her experiences as a researcher and teacher of psychology and math. This was followed by a plenary on the work of psychologists in the different fields, lead by PAP president, Dr. Allan Bernardo for research, Ms. Bing Manlapaz of DDISGV – for human resources management and Mr. Lorenzo Abacan of the Sophia School. Students had a chance to ask or clarify questions and were given helpful tips regarding job application, establishing contacts, doing research and so on. Four simultaneous focus group discussions with the psychology organizations’ representatives from the different schools were held during lunch, which addressed the issue on PAP’s role in helping its junior affiliate members.                                


Perhaps, the first day’s highlight was the Fourth Inter-School Psychology Quiz Challenge, which was held at the Miriam College High School Covered Court. University of Santo Tomas went for a three-peat as they conquered the title again, followed by second placer, De La Salle University and St. Louis University in third place.


Also, winners for the outstanding undergraduate theses and posters were announced at the end of the program. The outstanding undergraduate thesis went to De La Salle University, followed by Miriam College and Far Eastern University. The outstanding poster researches went to Ateneo de Manila University for the first and third place while the second place went to College of the Holy Spirit.


There were more than 40 workshops the next day and they were all full as usual. The most popular workshop was perhaps Fr. Jaime Bulatao’s An Introduction to Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy. Fr. Bulatao, PAP founding member, had two workshops where students were treated to an experience of altered states of consciousness and were taught how to apply this to their daily lives.