As part of the Training Series of 2017, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) will once again conduct the Doing Local History at Dapitan City Resort Hotel, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte on 1-2 December 2017.  

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


Interested participants may download the application form here: 

  1. The number of participants in the seminar is limited to maximize the time for workshops and discussions and enable greater interaction among the participants.
  2. Submit the application on or before the deadline indicated below.
  3. Send the application documents to Ms. Mona Lisa Q. Lauron by any of the following means. Also address inquiries to Ms. Lauron. Application is preferred; scanned signatures are accepted.


Snail Mail:
National Historical Commission of the Philippines
T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila 1000

(02) 536.3181

  1. Late and incomplete applications shall not be considered. Walk-in participants shall not be accommodated.
  2. Participants shall provide their own transportation to and from the training venue, breakfast, dinner and local accommodation.
  3. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Applicants shall be notified by email about the result of their application two weeks after the deadline of submission.
  4. Deadline of submission of application form is on 31 October 2017.