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State university hosts int’l gab on culture, religion

By Edna Bagadiong

VIRAC, Catanduanes --- The 9th Philippine Association for the Study of Culture, History, and Religion (PASCHR) International Conference aimed at fostering discussion on culture, history and religion, was held on May 18 at the Catanduanes State University (CatSU), here.

In his welcome remarks, CatSU President Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza expressed his gratitude to PASCHR for selecting CatSU as the conference’s partner and venue. He said that as a sociologist, a conference that delves into culture, religion, and history is very significant as it plays a crucial role in disseminating and preserving knowledge.

The university president also stressed that the activity is beneficial for the younger generation as it will allow them to know their roots and the historical foundations that have shaped society today.

A total of one hundred (100) onsite and online participants joined the 9th Philippine Association for the Study of Culture, History, and Religion (PASCHR) International Conference was held on May 18, 2023, at Catanduanes State University (CatSU).

Dr. Amarjiva Lochan, President of the South and Southeast Asian Association of the Study of Culture and Religion, pledged assistance in publishing the conference research papers in their journal during his message.

The morning session was highlighted by a brief opening program where Dr. Esmeralda F. Sanchez, President Emeritus of PASCHR, introduced the keynote speaker, Dr. Sophana Schrichampa from Mahidol University in Thailand. It was then succeeded by the discussion of the first Plenary Speaker, Dr. Randy T. Nobleza from Marinduque State College.

The afternoon session featured parallel sessions where 52 paper presenters representing 31 universities and colleges from across the globe, presented their respective research works.

The conference, centered around the theme “Narratives and Practices of meaning-making: histories, cultures and religions in the Philippines in their Indo-Pacific contexts.”

A total of 100 onsite and online participants joined the event. Also present were Hon. Arlynn H. Arcilla, Vice Mayor of Virac, and Hon. Joselito Alberto, Councilor of Bato, representing Mayor Samuel V. Laynes, and Provincial Governor Joseph C. Cua, respectively. (PIA5/Catanduanes)


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