Announcement courtesy of Dr. Ma. Luisa de Leon-Bolinao, Chair of UP History Department. 

January 6, 2012 is the 200th birthdate of Melchora Aquino, popularly known as Tandang Sora and one of the many women who contributed to the Philippine revolution of 1896. She was already 84 years old when she stood against the oppression that Filipinos were suffering under the Spanish colonizers. She helped the Katipuneros who fought  the revolution against Spain in various ways. When the Spanish  learned about her support to the Katipuneros, she was arrested and interrogated, but never revealed secrets of the Katipunan. Despite her age, she bravely confronted her tormentors. As a punishment, she was deported to Guam where she stayed until the end of the war.

Melchora "Tandang Sora" Aquino (1812-1919)

To commemorate her 200th  birthdate and her 93rd death anniversary (she died on March 2, 1919), an academic conference is being sponsored by College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD), College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University Center for Women’s Studies (UCWS), UP Diliman Gender Office (DGO) and Office against Sexual Harassment (OASH) to be held March 1 – 2, 2012 at UP CSWCD with participants from the following sectors: academics and researchers in Philippine History, gender and women’s studies, social work and community development; high school teachers of history and social studies, primarily from Quezon City; members of historical associations; faculty and researchers of Philippines Studies Programs in universities based abroad; representatives from women’s organizations and older persons organizations; and college students.

There will be four sub themes for presentation and discussion during the two-day conference, as follows:

  1. Tandang Sora Revisited: presentation of papers regarding the life of Tandang Sora and her continuing inspiration and relevance in the present times;
  2. Feminist Historiography:  presentation of papers dealing with feminist critiques and reconstructions of historiography;
  3. History of ‘small’ people: presentation of papers showing various heroic acts done by ordinary people, specially those inspired by the contributions of Tandang Sora, such as older persons, community health workers, community development workers, etc.; and,
  4. Nationalism and Femininity: appropriations of Tandang Sora and other heroines over time.


Submission of abstracts (300 words or less):    Sept. 30, 2011

Notification of acceptance of abstracts:           Oct. 30, 2011

Submission of full papers:                                  January 31, 2012

For other inquiries, please email the Conference Secretariat

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