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Philosophical Association of the Philippines (PAP)
Philosophical Association of the Visayas and Mindanao (PHAVISMINDA)
in cooperation with the Seminario de San Jose, Palawan

Joint National Conference 2016
20-22 May 2016
A&A Plaza Hotel
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

Theme: "Democracy and Sovereignty"

Invited Keynote Speakers:

Ranilo Hermida, PhD, Ateneo de Manila University
Renante Pilapil, PhD, Ateneo de Davao University

We are again in the crossroad of our democracy as we are about to decide the fate of our nation. In contemporary political theory, democracy is deemed to have embodied the Aristotelian political ideal, which is to establish a society with a view to some good as the chief end, both of individuals and of states. Amy Gutmann explains that democracy has been drummed up as the ideal political system. It is also almost universally commended in contemporary politics and sometimes related to anything humanly good. This ideal political system, Philip Pettit avers, is anchored on the projection that in a democracy actual institutions are organized at different decision-making sites so that participants are encouraged or even required to deliberate with others about what is for the good of all. Most importantly, the optimism about democracy, David Kaplan declares, lies in its noble task, which is to make sure that good power will have control over bad power. Paul Ricoeur himself believes that democracy is the "definition of good government."

Nevertheless, these musings remotely reflect the political uncertainty of our democracy which recently is confronted with a high productivity growth that does not trickle down to the suffering majority, a fragile macro-economy, widening social inequality and a frayed social fabric, not to mention weak institutions. Thus, what is at stake here is that the formal definition of the democratic system is in itself insufficient to provide the substantive and material conditions for a society to ‘live well,’ for if democracy is deemed to be the epitome of good government, how is it possible that these repulsive conditions happen in a democracy?

In view thereof, papers that will help tackle the issue are all welcomed. For purposes of consideration, we look forward to receive an abstract of not more than 300 words on or before 9 April 2016 by email to Dr. Paolo A. Bolaños ( and to Dr. Ruby Suazo ( On a separate sheet of paper, please indicate the Title of Paper, Full Name(s) of the author(s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Abstracts will be reviewed blind by a committee. Notification of acceptance will be given via email within a week after the deadline. Finally, we wish to receive the full paper of not more than 3000 words on or before 30 April 2016.

Possible sub-themes:

1.       Democracy and Culture
2.       Democracy and Education
3.       Democracy and Environment
4.       Democracy and Good governance
5.       Democracy and the Good life
6.       Democracy and Religion
7.       Democracy and the Rule of Law


Adjustment of registration fee:

The registration fee for this joint conference has been adjusted in order to include stay-in accommodation at the conference venue, A&A Plaza Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.  Please take notice of the following adjustments:

Php5,000 for early-bird registration (professionals who will register by 22 April 2016)
Php6,000 for regular and walk-in registration (professionals who will register after 22 April 2016)
Php4,500 for undergraduate students, seminarians, and non-waged graduate students

The registration fee NOW includes the following: a) accommodation, b) buffet meals, c) use of hotel facilities, d) one year PAP membership, e) one year PHAVISMINDA membership, and f) conference kit, t-shirt, certificates, etc.

In order to ensure that we would be able to reserve your slot, please register online and kindly deposit the corresponding fee to the following account:

Banco De Oro – BDO Peso Savings Account
Account Number: 764-001-0486
Account Name: Philosophical Association of the Philippines (PAP), Inc.

A scanned copy of your deposit slip should be emailed to with the subject heading "Palawan 2016 registration payment."  Please include your complete name, institutional affiliation, and contact information.  We would not be able to confirm your registration until we receive a copy of your deposit slip.

Online registration: Click here to register online

Coming to Palawan:

Airfare to Palawan is not included in the registration fee.  You may book your flight through the following airlines:

PAL: (earliest flight for Palawan on 20 May leaves at 5:20am)
Cebu Pacific: (earliest flight for Palawan on 20 May leaves at 4:45am)
Air Asia: (earliest flight for Palawan on 20 May leaves at 5:55am)

Important: Please take note that the registration will start on the morning of 20 May 2016.  The programme proper will commence after lunch of the first day.  To be able to arrive at the conference venue on time, you may choose between two options: a) book the earliest flight for Palawan on 20 May (see flight options above) or b) leave for Palawan a day ahead of the conference.  If you choose option b, you will have to book your own accommodation for your first night in Palawan (19 May) since the registration fee only includes accommodation for 2 nights and 3 days (20-22 May).  If you prefer not to spend extra for your first night, we strongly suggest that you choose option a.  Please book your flight early as the month of May is usually very busy for the airlines.

A&A Plaza Hotel has offered airport transfer, so please indicate in the online registration form the dates of your flights so that we could notify them accordingly.

Possible group airfare: If you wish to be included in a group airfare, please indicate your intention in the online registration form.  We are going to do our best to have you included in a group airfare, but there is no guarantee that we would be able to do so because of the availability of flights during the summer.

Optional tour packages:

For those who are inclined to stay in Palawan after the conference for a little tourism, we are offering you the option to book your tours with iTravel Tours with the following discounted rates (please note that tour rates are not included in the conference registration, if you wish to avail of any of the tourism options, please indicate in the online registration form):

Underground river tour - 1,800/person (PAP-PHAVISMINDA rate: 1,540)
Honda Bay island hopping – 1,340/person (PAP-PHAVISMINDA rate: 1,140)
City tour: 600/person (PAP-PHAVISMINDA rate: 500)
Firefly watching: 1,200/person (PAP-PHAVISMINDA rate: 990)

Important dates to remember:

Conference dates: 20-22 May 2016
Deadline of CFP: 9 April 2016
Deadline of full paper: 30 April 2016
Early-bird registration: 22 April 2016
Regular and Walk-in registration: after 22 April 2016

* Click here to register online

* Click here to download invitation package (generic invitation letter, CHED endorsement, and conference programme)
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