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Filipino Psychology

History Of Philippine Psychology

Chronology of Philippine Psychology ::

• 1926 The University of the Philippines Department of Psychology is established within the School
of Education. Agustin Alonzo is chairman.
• 1930s The Department of Psychology at the University of Santo Tomas is established.
• 1932 Sinforoso Padilla organizes the Psychological Clinic at the University of the Philippines.
• 1933 Jesus Perpinan sets up the Far Eastern University Psychological Clinic.
• 1938 Angel de Blas, OP, sets up the Experimental Psychology Laboratory in the University of Santo
• 1948 Estefania Aldaba-Lim sets up the Institute of Human Relations at Philippine Women’s
• 1954 Joseph Goer establishes the Psychology Department at the University of San Carlos.
• 1961 Fr. Jaime Bulatao establishes the Department of Psychology and the Central Guidance Bureau at
the Ateneo de Manila University.
• 1962 The Philippine Psychological Corporation is founded. The corporation offers psychological
services and is the main retailer of psychological tests.
The Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) is founded.
• 1963 The PAP holds its first annual convention, leading to its first publication, Symposium on the
Filipino Personality.
• 1968 The Philippine Journal of Psychology, the official journal of the PAP makes its first appearance.
The PAP, together with the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Philippine Economics Society,
Philippine National Historical Association, Philippine Sociological Society, and Philippine Statistical
Association form the Philippine Social Science Council.
• 1970s Psychology becomes the most popular undergraduate major in many colleges and universities.
Psychological testing flourishes as the overseas contract workers boom begins.
• 1975 The Pambansang Samahan ng Sikolohiyang Pilipino is founded by Virgilio Enriquez
• 1975+ Several universities in the Visayas and Mindanao establish psychology departments.
• 1982 The PAP decides the time has come for quality control in the practice of psychology. It
introduces a bill in the Batasan Pambansa that would require practicing psychologists to be licensed.
• 1985 Amaryllis T. Torres is named an Outstanding Young Scientist by the NAST “In recognition of
her researches in population, industrial psychology, social development and participatory strategies,
and in evaluation studies, as well as her work on human development training.”
• 1986 EDSA Revolution overthrows the Marcos dictatorship. Psychologists play a key role in the new
government’s Moral Recovery Program.
• 1987 Ma. Lourdes Arrelano-Carandang’s book Filipino Children Under Stress is published. The book
is cited by the Catholic Mass Media Awards for “its facscinating probe of a sad social concern,
wri en in lucid language for the lay reader who cares deeply about out children”. 1/3
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wri en in lucid language for the lay reader who cares deeply about out children”.
• 1988 Alfredo V. Lagmay is named National Scientist by President Corazon Aquino.
• 1990 The PAP is among the founding members of the Afro-Asian Psychological Association.
Jaime Bulatao is named National Social Scientist by the Philippine Social Science Council.
• 1991 Ma. Cecilia G. Conaco is named an Outstanding Young Scientist by the NAST “In recognition of
her pioneering works on ethnicity and fertility which led to the development of models and ethnic-
specific…population control strategies…in the Philippines. Her other pioneering works on the
psychology f Filipino women and social cognition have resulted in the development of strategies on
persuasion and a itude change which are very relevant to the country’s national development
• 1992 The PAP and nine other national psychological associations establish the Asia-Oceania
Psychological Association.
The PAP names Ma. Lourdes Arellano-Carandang, Abraham Felipe, and Patricia Licuanan as
Outstanding Psycholgists.
Jaime C. Bulatao’s Phenomena and Their Interpretation is published.
Virgilio Enriquez publishes From Colonial to Liberation Psychology.
• 1994 Ma. Lourdes Arellano-Carandang is named National Social Scientist by the Philippine Social
Science Council.
• 1995 The PAP hosts a regional conference of the International Council of Psychologists with the
theme “Psychological Issues in a Growing Global Community”. The proceedings are later published
in a book, Understanding Behavior, Bridging Cultures.
The PAP names Virgilio Enriquez, Allen Tan, and Amaryllis Tiglao-Torres as Outstanding
Allan B.I. Bernardo is named Outstanding Young Scientist Award by the National Academy of
Science and Technology “in recognition of his significant research studies on the roles of language
and other contextual factors in the development of higher-order cignitive processes and
representation particularly in the are of mathematical cognition, that provide scientific bases for
rationalizing educational practice and reform”.
• 1998 The PAP hosts the 4th biannual Afro-Asian Psychological Association.
Ma. Emma Concepcion D. Liwag, is named an Outstanding Young Scientist by the NAST “In
recognition of her significant scientific research works on the emotional and cognitive development
of children…Her work…provides scientific knowledge that can be used to guide therapy for children
who experience traumatic or highly emotional events, and to design educational programs to prepare
children for the cognitive challenges of the 21st century, is unmatched by any other psychologist in
the country.”
Cristina J. Montiel receives the Distinguished Contribution Award from the Psychologists for Social
Responsibility of the American Psychological Association “For her unwavering commitment to social
justice in her personal and professional life.” Her work is a model for those who aspire to do peace
activism and scholarship, to combine passion with analytical rigor, and to speak with both their heart
and mind. The APA Division of Peace Psychology also confers on her the Outstanding Service
• 1999 Ma. Emma Concepcion Liwag, Alma de la Cruz, and Ma. Elizabeth Macapagal of the Ateneo
Wellness Center complete a thorough review of gender socialization in the Philippines for the United
Nations Children’s Fund: How We Raise Our Daughters and Sons.
• 2002 Allan B.I. Bernardo is awarded the National Research Council of the Philippines Achievement
Award “in recognition of his distinguished career as a prolific researcher and author, respected
professor, and academic leader; for original contributions to the field of cognitive science and
especially human problem solving, mathematical cognition, bilingual cognition, cultural and
contextual factors in thinking and theories of intelligence, as well as applications of cognitive science
to education which has won for him prestigous national and international awards and fellowships 2/3
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to education which has won for him prestigous national and international awards and fellowships
for teaching and research; and for being a guiding light for young scholars and academics, thus
ensuring the continued growth of psychology as a discipline.”
The PAP confers the title of Outstanding Psychologist to 6 psychologists: Be y Abregana, Anna
Daisy Javier Carlota, Noemi Catalan, Rosemarie Salazar Clenenia, Elizabeth R. Ventura, and Imelda
Virginia Villar.


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