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UPV psych profs join AASP & PAP conference

The University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) showed strong presence through various presentations of psychology faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and Tacloban College (TC) in the joint 11th Biennial Conference of the Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP) and 52nd Annual Convention of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) held at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City on August 19-22, 2015.

 Paper and poster presenters from CAS include Dr. Marshaley Baquiano, Prof. Johnrev Guilaran, Prof. Bernice Vania Landoy, Prof. Agustin Huyong, and Prof. Moniq Muyargas. Prof. Pierce Docena, Prof. Rowena Guiang, Prof. Ervina Espina, Mr Michael Pan, and Mr. Jholyan Francis Fornillos were the presenters from UPV Tacloban College.

Baquiano presented a paper on “Understanding Coastal Resources Management Using the Social Representations Approach” and co-authored two other papers entitled “Norms Shaping Negotiations Within a Face Culture” and “Exploring Philippine Public School Teachers' Perceived Needs Using ERG Theory. “ Together with Guilaran, Baquiano also presented their poster on the social representations of the 2014 Philippine State of the Nation Address.

Meanwhile, Landoy was lead presenter of one paper and co-author of three other studies presented in an organized symposium that compared the social psychological mechanisms on sexual aggression between US and Philippine samples. Huyong was also co-author of a paper on intergroup acceptance/tolerance, which was part of an organized symposium of group research projects by former students of the 2013 Summer School of AASP held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Muyargas also presented her study on motivations for sex and partner choice as factors influencing perceived risk of STIs and safer sex practices among gay men in Iloilo City. This paper was part of an organized symposium entitled “Narrative Studies on LGBT Psychology in the Visayas” convened by Docena of UPVTC and sponsored by PAP's LGBT Psychology Special Interest Group, of which both Muyargas and Docena are members.

Another organized symposium entitled “Nurturing Resiliency: The Katatagan Program” was convened by Guiang. This symposium featured three papers related to the PAP's Katatagan program, which was part of a collaborative work by Ms. Mary Jane Flores of the Ateneo de Manila University and the UPVTC psychology faculty represented by Guiang, Espina, Pan, and Fornillos.

Prior to the opening of the convention, Baquiano and Guiang participated in AASP's Summer School, which offered advance courses in social psychology and gave them an opportunity to collaborate in research projects with international participants.

By: Pierce S. Docena

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