University Fellow chaired first APCRH scientific committee
Pilar Ramos-Jimenez, University Fellow and associate professor
of the Behavioral Sciences Department, chaired the Scientific
Committee of the highly successful First Asia Pacific Conference
on Reproductive Health (APCRH) which was held on February
15-19 at the Philippine Trade Training Center.
The theme of the conference was “Quality RH (reproductive
health): On Track with the International Conference on Population
and Department Commitment.” It was organized by the Philippine
NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare, Inc. with support
from the Department of Health, the Commission on Population,
UNFPA, Ford Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation,
Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, Embassy of New Zealand,
and the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
Ramos-Jimenez also convened the first plenary session entitled
“Fulfilling the Cairo Commitments” which had speakers from
China, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. She
facilitated the meeting of NGO representatives leading to
the creation of an RH network among NGOs and individuals in
the Asia-Pacific region.
Behavioral Sciences Department Chair Dr. Romeo Lee, also participated
in the conference as convenor of the parallel session on male
involvement. All the graduate students of the DLSU-BSD Health
Social Science graduate program served as rapporteurs of selected
parallel sessions of the conference.
CLA faculty read papers in 5th International Conference on
A La Salle-Ateneo joint international conference was held
on March 8-9 at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon
City. The theme for this year’s International Conference was
“Challenges and Opportunities of Japanese Studies in the New
Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta, director of the Yuchengco Center
for East Asia and faculty of Political Science Department,
read a paper titled, “Philippines-Japan Relations during the
Aquino and Ramos Administrations.”
Psychology Department faculty Dr. Alex Abrenica gave a lecture
on the plight of Japinos in the Philippines.
Japanese Studies Program Coordinator and Philosophy Department
faculty Laureen Velasco also spoke on “Zen’s Paradigm of No-Paradigm:
Seeing the Suchness of the Japanese.”
In addition, Mamoru Tsuda of the Osaka University of Foreign
Studies, this year’s Japanese Studies visiting professor,
presented a paper titled, “The Need for an Integrated Approach
towards Japan-Philippine/Philippine-Japan Relations.”
Other paper presentors came from the University of the Philippines-Visayas,
Kyoto Sangyo University, the National University of Singapore,
University of Western Sydney, and ADMU. The conference culminated
in a buffet dinner at the residence of Japanese Ambassador
The conference was made possible through the generosity of
the Japan Foundation. The organizing committee members from
DLSU-Manila were Dr. Eduardo Ugarte, International Studies
Department Chair, and Velasco of the Japanese Studies Program.
Book honoring Brother Andrew launched
festschrift titled Quest for Insights Into Faith: Charting
New Paths and Direction for Religious Education was launched
on March 17 at the Ariston Estrada Seminar Room. The book
was conceived by Adamson University President Fr. Jimmy Belita,
CM in honor of Brother Andrew Gonzalez, FSC.
by Adamson University, it features 12 essays and monographs.
The lead essay was written by Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi,
OP, DD. Among the contributors are faculty and graduates of
DLSU-Manila’s Religious Education Department: Brother Bill
Garvey, FSC, Fr. Herman Hendrickx, Dr. Jose de Mesa, Dr. Nati
Pagadut, Dr. Carol Fallarme, Dr. Julius Wangiwang, Brother
Luke Nguyen, Dr. Carmen Gaerlan, Mr. Hernan Raymundo, Fr.
Jimmy Belita, and Sr. Ma. Corazon Manalo, DC.