The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) announces a series of training seminars starting in August—History Month—until November 2016. The seminars are designed for social studies teachers, graduate students in history, history researchers, professional/academic historians,  museum personnel, members of local historical and heritage societies, and local tourism councils.

The 2016 seminar series responds to the commission’s mandate to foster understanding and appreciation of Philippine history and to disseminate historical knowledge through historical writing, museums, memorial lectures, public commemorations, conferences, installation of historical markers, declaration of historic landmarks, and the preservation of historic heritage.

The seminars will consist of lectures, group discussions, and exercises; some entail visits to the NHCPmuseums and/or local historical sites. All except one will take place in different parts of the country.


Series 1. Historical Method

The seminar aims to explain history as a discipline, a way of knowing, with its own core concepts and method of apprehending knowledge about the past. The course will focus on three sets of related topics:

  • Thinking historically. Nature of history and historical knowledge, core concepts of history;
  • Historical sources. Nature and types of historical evidence, source criticism, issues in the production of historical knowledge; and
  • Historical research. Stages of the research process from formulating an argument to selecting sources, critical reading and gathering of data, and analysis and interpretation of sources, including ethics of historical research.


The seminar also contains practical sessions on doing history, with a range of exercises on the core concepts of history and the application of historical method in the use of primary sources. Selected primary sources will be provided for evaluation and analysis by the participants.

Target audience:

  • History and social studies teachers
  • Graduate students in history
  • History researchers
  • Local tourism councils
  • Local historical societies


Series 2. Doing Local History

Interest in local history has grown perceptibly over the years: local communities have increasingly expressed interest in writing their histories, recognizing sites and figures important to them, creating local museums, and making history and heritage part of local tourism. Even the Department of Education has required local history in its K-12 social studies curriculum of grades two and three. The seminar on Doing Local History taps this rising public interest by discussing the meaning and sources of local history and oral history as a method of acquiring local historical knowledge.

The seminar opens with a plenary lecture on the nature of local history and its sources, followed by a walkabout through the heritage town where the seminar will be held in order to identify visible sources of local history. A separate session will discuss oral techniques of data gathering; a workshop on oral interviews will follow.

On the second day, participants will be divided by group: basic education teachers will form one group and all the rest, another. The first group will work on a module about the local history of their community, while the second will produce a working (detailed) local history proposal (or research template).

Target audience:

  • Social studies teachers of grades two and three
  • Graduate students in history
  • History researchers
  • Local tourism councils
  • Local historical societies


Series 3. The History Museum as a Learning Tool

History museums are no longer lifeless repositories of artifacts of the past; they are (or can become) living centers of learning through the innovative use of exhibits, interactive displays, and new technologies. This seminar is especially designed for basic education teachers of social studies. Using the NHCP’s modernized museums, the seminar seeks to demonstrate the instructive component of history museums as a supplement to classroom learning, especially since the NHCP museums contain information and visuals not provided in school textbooks. This is because most of the facts and visuals presented in the NHCP museums are derived from archival sources. Through the seminar participants will therefore also learn to use archive-based information in the classroom.

The seminar consists of four parts:

  • Lecture on the purpose and role of history museums and their potential as a learning tool in relation to the social studies curriculum;
  • Tour of one of the NHCP’s museums, with note-taking by participants of the contents of the galleries, new information presented, and sharing of observations;
  • Creation by participants of lessons around specific galleries of the museum; and
  • Lecture on the use of new technologies in learning history, followed by the actual use by participants of the NHCP’s online history lessons in the museum’s e-learning room.

Target audience:

  • Museum curators and personnel
  • History and social studies teachers


Series 4. Putting up a Local Museum

Local museums tell the stories of communities or specific groups of people,  or of social institutions that have played a significant role in the lives of many. Their lives and narratives are, however, often omitted in history books and school textbooks. Yet their stories are important and need to be told not just to the present but also to future generations.

Thankfully, there is increasing public recognition of this need. More and more local governments and communities are planning to put up museums. The new K-12 curriculum in Social Studies, which requires local history in grades two and three, would certainly benefit from the presence of local museums. The seminar organized by the NHCP seeks to guide local communities, historical and heritage societies, and local governments in planning local museums.

Through lectures, discussions, and workshop sessions, the seminar will explain the principles and elements of museology at a basic level. This introductory seminar will answer the following questions:

  • What is a museum and what purpose does it serve? Why put up a museum?
  • What are the stages in setting up a museum and the requirements of each stage?
  • What is the content of the museum and how is it arranged?

Target audience:

  • Museum curators and personnel
  • Local tourism councils
  • Local historical and heritage societies


Series 5. Academic Writing

This highly specialized seminar is for professional or academic historians and history researchers for whom academic publications are an indispensable undertaking. Converting research findings into publishable academic articles and books is a challenge academics face at some point in their career. The seminar aims to provide an overall framework for academic writing and individual revision strategies for participants. For this reason, applicants are required to submit an unpublished research paper (5,000-8,000 words) in history or the social sciences two months prior to the seminar and fill in the pre-seminar questionnaire. In addition, accepted participants will have to read an article they will receive by email which they will discuss during the seminar.

Listed below are the weaknesses most frequently mentioned by journal editors.

  • Absence of a clearly stated research question and the response to it;
  • Unclear argument for the why the research question is significant or why it raises issues significant to the target audience; and
  • Unclear argument for why the response advances new understanding of the research topic.

These weaknesses often cause manuscripts to be rejected without being sent for peer review, and as a result potentially significant research findings go unpublished. The seminar thus aims to enable researchers to produce writing that could be considered for review by publishers. Specifically, the seminar seeks to:

  • To provide writers a clearer understanding of what the publishers look for when they are considering an article for publication;
  • To highlight the underlying dynamics or argumentation in a research article so that the argument in it is organized for clarity and effectiveness;
  • To increase awareness and efficiency in the use of linguistic conventions so that ideas are conveyed accurately, clearly and appropriately; and
  • To develop/deploy planning and revising strategies.

Papers revised as a result of the workshop may be submitted for review and publication to the NHCP’s Journal of Philippine Local History & Heritage or to the Regional Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, both of which are peer-reviewed.

Target audience:

  • Professional or academic historians
  • History researchers


Seminar Details

The seminar programs may be downloaded from here. Other details are as follows:

Date and
No. per

Historical Method (2 days)
11-12 August, nhcp
office, T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila
20-21 August, Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City 80 10 Aug 2016 (extended)
3-4 October, UP Cebu 72 20 September 2016 (extended)

Doing Local History (2 days)

16-17 September, Vigan City Lecture Hall, Ilocos Sur* 72 30 Aug 2016 (extended)
14-15 October, Escuela Pia, Taal, Batangas* 72 30 Sept 2016 (extended)
18-19 November,
Malolos City
80 15 November 2016

The History Museum as a Learning Tool (2 days)

1-2 September, Katipunan Museum, Pinaglabanan, San Juan
72 15 Aug 2016 (extended)
29-30 September, Emilio Aguinaldo Museum, Kawit, Cavite 72 30 August 2016
10-11 November, Mabini Museum, Tanauan, Batangas 80 20 Sept 2016

Putting Up a Local Museum (2 days)
24-25 October, Jose Rizal Museum, Calamba City, Laguna 50 5 Sept 2016
24-25 November, Museum of Philippine Social History,
Angeles City, Pampanga
50 10 October 2016
Academic Writing (3 days) 5-7 December, nhcp
office, T.M. Kalaw, Ermita, Manila
20 1 October 2016
* Venues subject to confirmation.



Interested participants may download the application form from here..

  1. The number of participants per seminar is limited to maximize the time for workshops and discussions and enable greater interaction among participants.
  1. Submit the application on or before the deadline indicated above.
  1. Certain seminars require other submissions in addition to the application form. Kindly refer to the instructions on the application form.
  1. Send the application documents to Ms. Paulita Avestruz by any of the following means. Also address inquiries to Ms. Avestruz. Application by email is preferred; scanned signatures are accepted.



National Historical Commission of the Philippines
T.M. Kalaw St.
Ermita, Manila 1000

Fax (02) 536.3181
  1. Applicants are advised to note the target audience of each seminar and apply for that closest to their work place.
  1. To enable as many different participants as possible, each applicant may apply to only one seminar. Kindly indicate the date and venue of the seminar selected.
  1. Late and incomplete applications shall not be considered. Walk-in participants shall not be accommodated.
  1. Participants shall provide their own transportation to and from the training venue, breakfast, dinner, and local accommodation.
  1. The nhcp shall provide the following:
  • Seminar venue, equipment, and meals during the seminar (except dinner);
  • Lecturers, facilitators, and secretariat; and
  • Seminar kit.
  1. No registration fee shall be charged.
  1. Selection will be based on the applicants’ reasons for applying for the seminar and the overall representativeness of applicants across geographical origins, gender, and professional or institutional backgrounds.
  1. Applicants shall be notified by email about the result of their application two weeks after the deadline for submission.

Seminar Programs
Application Form
CHED Memorandum
DepEd Advisory