Dr. Waldo Raposa, Associate Professor of New Testament and Dr. Jessica Rosalie Raposa, Associate Professor of Christian Education presented papers at the Annual Conference of the Philippine Historical Association last September 19 to 21, 2019 at the University of the Philippines, Dilliman. This year’s theme is: “Facing the Challenges of Historical Distortions and Opening New Directions in History”. The theme attempts to address the proliferation of “fake news, alternative facts, and historical distortions”, notably in popular historical consciousness as “alternative” historical narratives are politicized and circulated in popular spaces of dialogue.
Dr. Waldo Raposa presented his paper with the title, “An Evaluation of the Historical Reliability of Acts, Based on Lucian’s How to Write History”. Dr. Jessica Raposa’s paper is entitled, “The Historical Development of Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary-Philippine Area Learning Center and the Significant Role it Plays in the Ministry of its Graduates from 1959 to 2009”.
Reflecting on the conference, Dr. Waldo Raposa says, “In historical research, or in any research for that matter, one cannot overstate the importance of primary sources. At no other time in history has there been such a proliferation of fake news and need for vigilance against the purveyors of fake news than our time.”
The Philippine Historical Association is a “professional and honor association of historians, history teachers, and researchers in the Philippines” aimed at promoting and advancing historical knowledge and studies through conferences, trainings, and publications. The association was founded in 1955 by notable Filipino historians such as Gregorio Zaide, Teodoro Agoncillo, and Fr. Horacio de la Costa, S.J.
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