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Dear Colleagues,

Please be informed that PAPJA 2015 Convention Selling of Tickets are now open! You may register at PAP Office from Monday to Friday 9am-12nn and from 1pm-5pm. All delegates (including ISPQC and Transcendance Finalists) are expected to pay in full amount. Early Bird Registration Fees is 700 per head. (November 14-December 15, 2014). These is 1 free Faculty (without kits, program and certificates) per 50 student delegates per school.

NO TICKET NO ENTRY! Please ensure to keep your tickets with you for January 23-24,2015. Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE but TRANSFERABLE

Please be guided accordingly.

PAPJA Committee 2015

To: All Participating Colleges and Universities
      28th Annual PAPJA Convention (January 23, 2014)

We are inviting Psychology Department Chairs, and  Psychology Faculty members, to contribute multiple choice questions ( with answers) on any or all of the following subjects:
•    General Psychology
•    Abnormal Psychology
•    Developmental Psychology
•    Experimental Psychology
•    Social Psychology
•    Theories of Personality
•    Psychological Testing
•    Behavioral Statistics
•     Industrial Psychology.

Your contributions will be added to the` test items'  included  in the bank for the Inter-School Psychology Quiz.

Please follow the format of the sample below.

Subject: Developmental Psychology

1. Which of the following exerts effects on both men and women, but is more likely to exert its
    effects in men than in women?
a. an X-linked dominant gene
b. an X-linked recessive gene
c. a Y-linked dominant gene
d. a Y-linked recessive gene

Answer: B

Please email your questions directly to the ISPQC Chair.
Email address:

Deadline for submission: December 15, 2014.

Thank you. We look forward to seeing all of you during the 2015 PAPJA Convention.

Sincerely yours,

ISPQC Chair 2015


The Ateneo Department of Psychology wishes to correct an article in the Nov 11, 2014 issue of Philippine Daily Inquirer entitled “Drawing in crayon is therapy of Yolanda kids.”  The article features an exhibit by Aspac Creative Communications of pictures of the Typhoon Yolanda disaster that were colored by child survivors and are being sold for P9000 – P14000.  It states that the proceeds of the sale will go to the Ateneo Psychology Department disaster outreach activities. This is incorrect and our Department does NOT have anything to do with this project. Furthermore, although we believe in the value of art therapy, exposing child survivors to graphic photographs of the disaster is inappropriate (and even harmful) and does not constitute art therapy. We do not endorse this activity or exhibit. 

Registered Psychologists and Registered Psychometricians Oath Taking Ceremony:

The Oath Taking ceremony which will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center on December 9, 2014 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Attire is Barong and Filipiniana. Tickets will be sold at PAP, DLSU Psychology Department and UST Psychology Department. Early bird discounts will be given until November 26, 2014 . Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE!

Payments until November 26 - 1,000/ticket

Payments from November 27- December 4 - 1,200/ticket

December 5 - December 9 (Onsite fee)- 1,500/ticket

Registration at PRC is scheduled on November 24 to November 26 but that tickets will be available starting next week.

Hon. Miriam P. Cue, PhD

Chair, PRB Board of Psychology

Thank you to our Outgoing Board of Directors for your years of service to PAP:

Margaret Helen Udarbe, PhD (outgoing Vice President, Silliman University)
Delia Belleza, PhD (University of San Carlos)
Ma. Claudette Agnes, PhD (University of Santo Tomas)
Gail Tan-Ilagan, PhD (Ateneo de Davao University)
Jerome Ouano, PhD (De La Salle University-Manila)
Ma. Regina Hechanova, PhD (outgoing President, Ateneo de Manila University)
Maria Caridad Tarroja (Ex-officio, De La Salle University- Manila)

Congratulations to our new PAP Board of Directors 2014-2015:

President: Angela Regala, PhD (Assumption College)
Vice President: Arsenio Sze Alianan, Jr., PhD (Ateneo de Manila University)
Executive Secretary: Maria Paz Consolacion Manaligod, PhD (Miriam College)
Treasurer: Marc Eric Reyes, PhD (University of Santo Tomas)
External Relations Officer: Violeta Bautista, PhD (University of the Philippines-Diliman)
Internal Relations Officer: Nelly Limbadan, PhD (Ateneo de Davao University)

Board Members:

Grace Aguiling-Dalisay, PhD (University of the Philippines-Diliman)
Karina Fernandez, PhD (Ateneo de Manila University)
Sr. Angelina Julom, PhD (University of Santo Tomas)
John Manuel Kliatchko, PhD (Don Bosco Technical College, Mandaluyong)
Isabel Melgar, PhD (Ateneo de Manila University)
Hector Perez, PhD (Far Eastern University- Manila)
Ron Resurreccion, PhD (De La Salle University-Manila)
Carmencita Salonga, PhD (Centro Escolar University- Manila)
Elizabeth Suba, PhD (Central Luzon State University, Nueva Ecija)

Ex Officio

Ma. Regina Hechanova, PhD (Ateneo de Manila University)

October 4, 2014

Dear Colleagues,


The Psychological Association of the Philippines-Junior Affiliates (PAPJA) will be holding its 27th Annual Convention on January 23, 2015 at SMX Convention Center, MOA, Pasay City and on January 24, 2015 in Far Eastern University Manila with the theme on “Psychology and Asian Societies in the Midst of Change”.

The PAPJA Convention is an annual gathering of Psychology students in the Philippines which serves as an important venue for the sharing of recent developments in the field of psychology as a science, exposure to the practice of psychology through workshops, exchange of ideas, and fellowship.
The highlights of this year’s PAPJA Convention include plenary session related to the theme, the Search for the outstanding undergraduate research, Inter-school Psychology Quizbee, Transcedance streetdance competition, Psyclips video competition and workshops that we believe will be very enriching for your students. We invite all of your undergraduate students majoring in Psychology to attend this significant gathering of young psychologists in the making. Please inform your students to wear the official psychology t-shirt of their organization or society on the first day of the convention.

In lieu of registration, we will be selling tickets. Ticket sales will begin November 14, 2014. Pre-registered tickets will be sold at 700.00 from November 14-December 15, 2014. Tickets will be sold at 750.00 from December 16, 2014 to January 20, 2015. The cost covers participation in the plenary and workshops sessions, kit, and a certificate of Attendance. On-site registration/payment on January 23, 2015 at SMX Convention Center will be charged at 750 (inclusive of plenary and workshop sessions and certificates of attendance without kit).

Tickets are on a first come first serve basis. To avoid inconvenience on January 23, all school representatives are recommended/ suggested to claim their delegates’ tickets and kits upon payment or a week before January 23. Payments can be made through checks payable to Psychological Association of the Philippines or bank deposits in the name of Psychological Association of the Philippines at BPI Commonwealth Avenue Branch, Current Account No. 0421020868.

For payments made through the bank, please email to us the deposit slip, name of school and number of tickets bought ( to facilitate the slots for your school. Please ensure that someone from the PAP Secretariat acknowledged your payment and reserved slot or you may call PAP Secretariat at 4538257 to confirm your slots.

All unsold tickets after December 15, 2014 will be made available to all by January 5, 2015. Should you have inquiries, please call the PAP Secretariat at (02) 453-8257; and ask for Mercy, Linda or Bobby.

We hope to see you and your students in the Convention.

Very truly yours,

Convention Chair, PAPJA

TRANSCENDANCE 2015 - A Streetdance Competition for Psychology Majors

The Psychological Association of the Philippines is inviting Psychology majors to join Transcendance – a street dance competition to be held during the Psychological Association of the Philippines Junior Affiliates (PAPJA) Convention on January 23, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center.

General Guidelines:
1.    Open to groups of bona fide Psychology undergraduate students enrolled for the 2nd semester/term AY 2014-2015.
2.    Minimum of 8 and maximum of 15 students
3.    Only one (1) group may represent each school.
4.    Each routine shall have a minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 5 minutes (Note that time of the performance will start with the first audible sound and ends with last audible sound and a 5 point deduction will be given to those who do not comply with routine length).
5.    Groups may use a performance piece with a minimum of three (3) songs with no maximum limit.
Requirements to Join the ELIMINATION-AUDITION ROUND:

1.    A video of the group’s dance routine based on the following requisites:
a.    The video should be saved in a CD (DVD Format) with name of school.
b.    The video should be in an .mp4 or .avi FORMAT ONLY.
c.    The recorded dance routine in the video should be in the FRONT VIEW ONLY.
d.    Editing of videos is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Edited videos will automatically DISQUALIFY the group. Only the audio or music may be placed over the video for clearer and better audio.
2.    Each group member must accomplish the Transcendance Registration Form and attach a photocopy of his/her School Registration Form and ID.
3.    Accomplished Transcendance Registration Form (with photocopy of School Registration Form & ID) and the CD (labeled with name of school) must be sent/submitted to the Psychological Association of the Philippines, PSSC Bldg., Commonwealth Ave, Q.C. from November 15 to December 15, 2014
Requirements submitted after the deadline (December 15) shall be subject for approval by the Transcedance Committee for inclusion in the elimination-audition round.

There won’t be any live auditions, the chosen judges shall be meet together and watch the submitted videos for judging.

Mechanics for the FINAL Competition (January 23):

1.    For the Members of the Dance Troupe:
a.    The official participants/members of the dance troupe who qualified for the finals shall only be the student members of the group who are in the video submitted during the elimination-audition round.
b.    In the event that a member needs to be changed or replaced for the competition proper due to unforeseen/emergency circumstances, the participating school needs to submit to the PAP the name of the individual/s who would replace the participant/s with an endorsement from the Psychology Department’s Program chair and a photocopy of the student’s ID & registration form.

2.    For the Music:
a.    Groups must submit their final material on CD (2 copies) a week before the convention (January 12 to January 17, 2015). Groups who fail to submit their music will automatically get a 3 point deduction.
b.    Changes in music will not be entertained after said deadline (January 17, 2015).
c.    No CDs will be accepted on the day of the competition.
d.    Cassette tapes are not allowed.
e.    Only one (1) representative of the dance troupe is allowed in the control booth during performance. Representative must not be part of the performing team.

3.    For Attire and Props:
a.    Groups should wear clothing reflecting the character and style of the performance. This may include accessories such as hats, caps, gloves, scarves, jewelry and other forms of theatrical dress. However, bead necklaces, braces or other accessories made of beads are prohibited.
b.    Taking off pieces of clothing during the performance is permitted provided it is not offensive or out of character.
c.    Props may be allowed in the performance as long as it doesn’t destroy the stage set-up or flooring or those that may harm other groups’ performance (e.g. hand props or head gear)
d.    Body oils, body paints, body and hair glitters AND ANY OTHER substance applied to the body that may affect the clean dry surface of the stage and the safety of fellow competitors ARE PROHIBITED.
e.    All footwear must have clean, non-scuff soles (street shoes, heels are not acceptable).

4.    For the Day of the Performance:
a.    On the day of the convention (January 23), groups who are qualified in the finals will draw lots to determine the sequence of performances. Drawn spots are final, no changes will be entertained.
b.    Each group will be given 7 minutes each to practice on the day of their competition using the stage area between 12 noon to 1:15 p.m.
c.    Rehearsals will be allowed before or after such time (12 noon to 1:15 p.m) in a venue that would not disrupt the pn-going convention proper.
d.    All groups are requested to be at the venue and report to the contest coordinators by 11:00 am.
e.    All participants are required to bring and show their school ID.

5.    There will be corresponding deductions for violation of the aforementioned guideleines.


Choreography (30%)

Variety and Repetition – 15%

-    The ability of the group to perform a broad selection of complex moves from the Hip Hop style without excessive use of the same move or patterns

Spacing/Formations/Patterns – 15%

-    The group must demonstrate awareness of spacing between the members and full utilization of the stage while forming a range of unique, complicated and challenging formations, interactive partner moves and patterns.

Musicality (20%)

-    Timing and music usage and the group’s ability to perform simultaneously to the music.

Showmanship (10%)

-    Confidence, Projection and Presence

Execution/Technical Merit (30%)

-    The judges will evaluate the style of movements in the routine and the execution of the styles. The judges will consider the quality of movement throughout the routine, including arm, leg and body placement and synchronization of the group members. The routine contains dynamic movements from beginning to end and contains minimal pauses and poses.

Costume (10%)

-    Attractiveness and appropriateness of costume to music

List of actions during the performance that will correspond to appropriate Deductions:

a.    Clothing tossed into the audience
b.    Routine length (over or under limit)
c.    Inappropriate costume
d.    Music containing improper language and lyrics
e.    Lewd gestures or movements
f.    Pre-performance display beyond 20 seconds time limit
g.    Use of props that may damage the stage or floor or may affect other groups’ performance
h.    Falls, trips and/or stumbles

* Note that there may be other actions that may have corresponding deductions, which will be based upon the given rules/guidelines.


Name of Student: _____________________________________________________________
Year Level: ________________ Student ID Number: ______________________________
Name of School: ___________________________________________________________
School Address: ___________________________________________________________
Name of Department/Program Head: ________________________________________¬¬¬¬___
Contact number of the Department/Program Head: ________________________________
Name of Team: ____________________________________________________________
Contact person of the Team: ____________________ Contact number: _______________

I hereby attest that the following are bona fide, undergraduate students of Psychology in our school/university.

Signature of Psychology Department/Program Chair

Mechanics of the Competition
28th Annual PAPJA Convention
January 23, 2015

I. Participants
a.    All entry forms shall be submitted on or before December 15, 2014 or at least confirmed to the office of the PAP on or before the said date. Entries beyond the deadline will not be accepted.
b.    A team shall be composed of  3 members with 1 alternate. There must be a faculty member who will be the team’s official coach in case of questions or complaints. The team shall be the official representative of the school/university.
c.    On the day of the ISPQC, all participants must confirm their registration with the contest committee at the registration area at 12:00-12:45 pm only. Each participant will be given a code inside a sealed envelope. The sealed envelope will be presented at the venue for admittance to the first or qualifying round. Failure to present such sealed envelope and/or opening the sealed envelope will be disqualified. The code will serve as the participants’ test identification. Confirmation of registration for participation in the Quiz Competition will close
at exactly 12:45pm and late confirmation will not be entertained.

II. Contest Rules
1. The contest shall consist of:

a. First Round/Qualifying Round
•    The qualifying round (written) will start at exactly 1:00pm. Late comers will not be admitted, and therefore, will not be qualified to join the contest. Participants will be allowed to enter the venue for the qualifying round at 12:55pm.
•    Each participant answers a fifty (50) item questionnaire and a corresponding answer sheet is provided to write their answers.
•    Fifteen (25) minutes are allotted to answer the questionnaire. The answer sheets will be collected after 25 minutes.
•    The scores of the team members will be summed and the possible total score of the team is 150. The top ten teams that garner the highest total scores will move to the second and final round.

b. Second and Final Round
•    The ten (10) teams shall be asked twenty (20) questions. Each correct answer is given an equivalent of 10 points. Total perfect score is 200 points.
•    Five (5) points will be deducted from the team for every blank or wrong answer. Surnames/terms that are misspelled will be considered wrong.
•    The Quizmaster will read the questions twice only.
•    Each team will be provided with a blank card to write their answers.
•    The participants will be given ten (10) seconds to write their answers on the blank card after the Quizmaster reads the question twice. All answers on the card will be raised and shown to the judges at a given signal.
•    Failure to comply with the time signal will render the answer invalid.
•    Should there be a tie, the Quizmaster will give another question to break the tie. The scores of the teams will be written on a scoreboard facing the contestants.
•    The team that gets the highest scores will be declared 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Placers accordingly.

2. Sources of Questions: The question items will be taken from the following subjects
•    General Psychology
•    Abnormal Psychology
•    Developmental Psychology
•    Experimental Psychology
•    Social Psychology
•    Theories of Personality
•    Psychological Testing
•    Behavioral Statistics
•     Industrial Psychology.

3. All participating teams should be identified by either wearing their official school uniform, official Psych shirts or school I.D.

4. Only the official coach of the participating team is authorized to raise questions or complaints on behalf of the team. Questions should be addressed to the Board of Judges. The complaint should be settled before the Quizmaster reads the next question. The decision of the panel of judges is considered final.

5. The board of judges is composed of three (3) psychologists who are members of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) and respected in their areas of practice.

PAPJA Inter-School Psychology Quiz Challenge (ISPQC)
28th    Annual PAPJA Convention
January 23-24, 2015

(November 3, 2014 – Dec. 15, 2014)

SCHOOL :    ______________________________________________________

ADDRESS:    ______________________________________________________

REPRESENTATIVES: (3rd year and 4th year students)

1.    _______________________________________
2.    _______________________________________
3.    _______________________________________
(Alternate)    4.    _______________________________________

COACH (Faculty Member):  _________________________________________

Endorsed by:

                  School Department Head


We are inviting psychologists to run a workshop for the 28th Annual Convention of the Psychological Association of the Philippines-Junior Affiliates (PAPJA) on January 24, 2015.

The PAPJA Convention is an annual gathering of Psychology undergraduate students in the Philippines. The convention serves as an important venue for the sharing of recent developments in the field of psychology as a science, exposure to the practice of psychology through workshops, exchange of ideas, and fellowship. The workshops are an integral part of the PAPJA Convention and seek to offer students from different parts of the country an opportunity to learn new skills and new knowledge they may otherwise not learn in the classroom. This year, the PAPJA will offer 100 simultaneous workshops for 5,000 Psychology students from all over the Philippines.

A workshop is intended to develop specific skills or competencies in a particular area of practice in psychology. Though it should share new knowledge or expertise in an area of psychology, it is not meant to be a lecture or a sharing of research. All workshops will be held from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon of Saturday, 24 January 2015. Facilitators should expect about 40 to 50 participants per workshop (depending on size of the available rooms). The workshops will be held in Far Eastern University, Morayta, Manila. PAP will endeavor to assign student assistants to designated room assignments.

Psychologists interested in running a workshop need to fill out the Online Workshop Abstract Form . The deadline for submission of the workshop form is 15 November 2014. All workshop abstracts will be evaluated and screened by the PAPJA Workshop Committee. Selected workshops and their venue assignments will be announced by 30 November 2014.

All workshop facilitators will be given an honorarium of P4000 for their generous sharing of their time and expertise.

Hector M. Perez, Ph.D.
PAPJA Chair/ Board Member


PAP is looking for an Administrative Assistant I (contractual position)

Duties and Responsibilities: Performs administrative and office support activities for PAP Board. Directly reports under PAP Executive Director. Duties may include fielding telephone calls, receiving and directing members, word processing, filing, emailing and faxing. Extensive software skills are required, as well as Internet research abilities and strong communication skills. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

•Knowledge of standard office policies and procedures.

•Skill in developing and maintaining effective working relationships.

•Skill in English composition, grammar, spelling and punctuation.

•Skill in typing/word processing and use of personal computer/software.

Minimum Qualifications: Four (4) years' secretarial/administrative experience; OR, Certificate in Secretarial Science and three (3) years of secretarial/administrative experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. 

For applicants, please send your resume to for evaluation.

The Asian Association of Social Psychology in cooperation with the Psychological Association of the Philippines and the University of San Carlos, invite you to submit proposals for presentations to its 2015 Convention with the theme “Psychology and Asian Societies in the Midst of Change.”   We are inviting the following types of presentations:

Paper Presentation. This refers to individual papers on a research study or documentation of psychological practice. These presentations will be clustered into a maximum of four papers per session (about 15 minutes per presentation) based on a common theme. To facilitate the grouping into clusters, please take care in providing relevant key words in your abstract submission. For presentations with multiple authors, kindly designate a main or primary presenter.   Paper Presentation submission click here

Organized Symposium. A symposium refers to a set of four different presentations (about 15 minutes per presentation) that cluster around a common topic, issue or subject matter with the aim of providing complementary or divergent views and perspectives. To foster inter-institutional collaboration, it is encouraged that presenters in the symposium come from at least two different institutions. Preference will be given for symposium featuring participants from different countries. Organizers have the right to not accept all the papers in the symposia or re-organize a symposium should the need arises.   Symposium submission click here

Poster Presentation. Posters involve the use of a  visual aid to illustrate a study. Presenters are expected to talk about their research during their assigned schedules. Guidelines for the poster size and content will be given to accepted papers.  Poster Presentation submission click here

Learning Session. Learning sessions aim to teach participants specific knowledge or skills pertaining to current trends, teaching, practice and/or research and publication in Psychology.  Sessions are typically an hour and a half hour long and should be able to accommodate as many as 100 participants. Abstracts should indicate specific learning objectives and content.   Learning session submission click here

Submit you proposals in the following site

Presentations titles should not be more than 12 words. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words. Deadline for Abstract Submission is December 30, 2014.   Submission of an abstract implies the commitment that the presenting author will be available between August 20 – 22, 2015 and the financial resources to register for the conference. Abstracts will be evaluated and screened by the Scientific Program Committee. Please be reminded that if you have more than one submission as primary presenter, only the earlier submission will be prioritized for screening. Notification of acceptance will be made on March 15, 2015.


(Submissions before September 15, 2014 may be considered for the December 2014 issue)

Please read the guidelines for submissions below.


The Philippine Journal of Psychology (PJP) is an international refereed journal published biannually by the Psychological Association of the Philippines.  It is the flagship journal of psychology in the Philippines, and its principal aim is to promote psychological studies in the Philippines and psychological studies of the Filipino people.  The PJP publishes articles representing scholarly works of Philippine psychologists, articles on psychological studies conducted with Filipino participants and/or conducted in Philippine society, cross-cultural studies including a Philippine sample, and articles of general interest to psychologists studying and working with Filipino people.


Ma. Elizabeth J. Macapagal (Ateneo de Manila University)


Liane Peña Alampay (Ateneo de Manila University)

Margaret Helen U. Alvarez (Silliman University)

Mendiola Teng-Calleja (Ateneo de Manila University)

Eric Julian Manalastas (University of the Philippines Diliman)

David Allbritton (DePaul University, USA)

Allan B.I. Bernardo (University of Macau, Macau SAR China)

Stephen Colarelli (Central Michigan University, USA)

Emee Vida Estacio (Keele University, United Kingdom)

Gregory Arief D. Liem (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

James H. Liu (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)

Cristina Montiel (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines)

Rogelia Pe-Pua (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Joseph H. Puyat (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Felicisima C. Serafica (The Ohio State University, USA)

Tes Tuason (University of North Florida, USA)
Types of Articles 

In pursuit of its aims, the PJP will publish various types of articles: (a) regular research reports, (b) brief research reports, (c) theoretical review articles, (d) general articles on psychology in the Philippines, (e) book reviews, and other types of articles that may be invited and/or approved by the Editors.

Regular research reports describe original research papers that describe empirical work that represents a significant addition to psychological knowledge in any of the major areas of psychology science.  Regular research reports should be no more than 8,000 words, and should include an abstract of no more than 200 words and five keywords; the reference list cannot exceed 50 items.

Brief research reports describe original research papers that describe empirical work that either (a) replicates findings previously published in the international research literature, (b) validates theories, hypotheses, methods, and psychological instruments developed in other countries, or (c) presents preliminary or exploratory findings that present innovations in theory, method, or analysis.  Short research reports should be no more than 3,000 words, and should include an abstract of not more than 150 words and five keywords; the reference list cannot exceed 30 items.

Theoretical review articles present either a tutorial, a critical review, and/or a metanalysis of Philippine research on a research problem or research method that relates Philippine research to global research on the same topic.  Theoretical review articles should be no more than 8,000 words, and should include an abstract of not more than 200 words and five keywords; the reference list cannot exceed 50 items.

General articles give perspectives on problem, issues, and/or new developments pertaining to research, teaching, and practice of psychology in the Philippines or to psychology in Philippine society, government, or social problems. General articles should be no more than 6,000 words, and should include an abstract of not more than 150 words and five keywords; the reference list cannot exceed 50 items.

Book reviews provide critical commentaries on psychology books published in the Philippines , books authored or co-authored by Filipino psychologists, or edited books with contributions by Filipino psychologists.  Book reviews should be no more than 2,000 words, and should not include an abstract; the reference list cannot exceed 5 items.

Articles that do not fall under any of the five types described above, but that fit the aims and scope of the PJP may be invited by or proposed to the Editors.


Preparation and Submission of Manuscript

All manuscripts should follow the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6thEdition); all prescriptions regarding the handling of references, tables, figures, headings and subheadings, abbreviations, symbols, among others must be followed.  Permission from the copyright owner should be included for use of any figure previously published elsewhere.

Only electronic versions of the manuscripts will be accepted.  Manuscripts must be prepared using any readily available word processing software.

Authors should submit at least three separate document files:

        1. Title page: this contains the following: (a) title of manuscript, (b) running head, (c) author(s), (d) author affiliation, (e) contact information of the corresponding author including postal address, phone, fax, and email address;

        2. Manuscript: authors should remove all personal information in the actual manuscript, and should ensure that the actual manuscript contains no information that may indicate the identity of the authors.

        3. Cover letter: addressed to The Editor indicating the intention to submit the manuscript to the PJP and the type of article being submitted (i.e., regular research report, book review, etc.).  The letter should also affirm that the authors complied with all ethical guidelines related to research (see Ethical Principles and Guidelines for Philippine Psychologists), and that the manuscript being submitted has not been published in any form previously, and is not currently being considered for publication in any form elsewhere.

All submissions are done electronically; no submissions with hardcopies of the manuscripts will be accepted.  Authors should email their submissions to PJPEditor@yahoo. com.

Peer-Review Policy and Procedures

Upon submission, the Editor or one of the Associate Editors reads the manuscript and decides whether it is likely to be competitive for publication.  Within three to four weeks of submission, authors are notified by email that their manuscript either (a) has been declined without review or (b) has been sent to referees for peer-review.  For manuscripts that are reviewed, authors can expect a decision within 90 days after submission.  The editorial decision for such manuscripts shall be one of the following: (a) acceptance with routine or minor revisions, (b) revise and resubmit, or (c) rejection.

The PJP  implements a double blind peer review policy.  It also seeks to implement a constructive peer review policy, wherein referees are encouraged to provide authors with detailed comments that would help authors improve their manuscripts for publication.

Manuscripts that are accepted will be subject to edited to improve readability and effectiveness. Prior to actual publication, authors will be asked to review the pre-publication proofs of their manuscript, and to supply corrections and/or missing information.


The copyright of all published manuscripts will be shared by the authors and the Psychological Association of the Philippines.  The shared copyright will apply to all printed and electronic copies of the manuscript, and will be affirmed by both parties in the copyright forms.

June 23, 2014


The Professional Regulatory Commission selected Dr. Honey Carandang as Outstanding Psychologist for 2014. In its awarding ceremonies last June 20, 2014, the PRC hailed Dr. Carandang and 30 other awardees from different professions for their exemplary work. Dr. Carandang was cited for being a key figure in Psychology having created the committee that first drafted the Psychology bill, which was later enacted as the Philippine Psychology Act of 2009. She was also cited for pioneering the practice of psychotherapy in the country specializing in children and families, for founding the Philippine Association of Play Therapy, authoring 13 books on the FIlipino families that created widespread impact on parents and mental health professionals. She  founded the MLAC Psychological Services for Wellbeing that specializes in the wellbeing of the marginalized, traumatized, abused, survivors of disasters, street children, OFW families left behind, and children in prostitution.  Dr. Carandang is the first Psychologist awarded this honor by PRC.  She was joined in the ceremonies by  Dr. Imelda Villar, Psychology Regulatory Board (PRB) of Psychology, her spouse Dr. Brigido Carandang, Dr. Gina Hechanova, PAP President and Dr. Miriam Cue, Chair of PRB for Psychology. The PAP extends its warmest congratulations to Doc Honey with thanks for her continued service to the profession and others!


You may apply as a PAP member via online application.

Please follow the steps:

1)    Download the membership form from the Forms Section.

2)    Send your completed form together with your Official Transcript of records (Psychology course e.g. BS/AB course in Psychology, MA/MS in Psychology, PhD course in Psychology ) via email at For those who are licensed psychologists, and psychometricians, please send a copy of your PRC id as well.

3)    Wait for results of application via email

4)    Payment for the approved membership category is needed for activation of your membership with PAP.

Please be reminded that incomplete documents will not be evaluated. Thank You.


New and Renewal Applicants for CPE Provider Accreditation and RENEWAL for Certified Specialists has been extended until April 30, 2014.

Extended Deadline for New applicants for Certified Specialists until March 31, 2014. Also PRC Licensed Psychologists may apply for certification provided with guidelines below for your reference.


Background and Principles: 

In 2009, the Psychological Association of the Philippines implemented the program of certifying specialists in the various fields in psychology to recognize and professionalize the practice of psychology in the Philippines, and to inform our publics about the competencies of the different specialists in psychology.  Certification is granted for a three-year period after which, psychologists are required to renew their certification.


1. Active Associate or Fellow of the Psychological Association of the Philippines.

2. Photocopy of PRC License and/or a copy of the PRB Resolution with the name of the applicant marked or highlighted.

3. Educational Requirements: Refer to the area of specialization in the PAP Certification of Psychology Primer for the nature of document (e.g. in Clinical psychology: Master of Arts or PhD in psychology with major/specialization in counseling psychology or clinical psychology)

4. Documented evidence of professional work experience showing consistent work over at least a five-year (5) period: Refer to the area of specialization in the PAP Certification of Psychology Primer for the nature of document (e.g. in Clinical psychology: psychological reports, therapy reports, peer-evaluated research reports, and the like). Proof of community involvement and service related to the applied field of specialization (e.g. community development, humanitarian/relief mission, advocacy activities) organized by legitimate private organizations or local government units.

5. Must have attended within the past three (3) years prior to the date of application conferences, seminars, and continuing education workshops in psychology organized by agencies recognized by the Psychological Association of the Philippines.

 Two sets of all documents should be placed in a long folder with applicants printed name (SANTOS, M. A.) on the ear of the folder.

 Two folders placed inside one long brown envelope (regular or expanded, depending on the amount of documents submitted) with applicants printed name (SANTOS, M.A.) printed on the upper right hand corner of the front side of the envelope, and the area of specialization applied for printed on the upper left hand side.


July 25, 2013

For almost three decades the PAP worked on a Psychology Law to protect the public and to allow psychologists to practice their profession amidst other licensed mental health professionals. The Philippine Psychology Act was signed into law in 2009 and our gratitude go to all those who were part of the efforts at getting the law passed.  Last Friday July 19, 2013 was the induction of the first batch of psychologists and psychometricians who were granted licensure without examination. Our congratulations go to all 400 oath-takers!  We would like to thank our Professional Regulatory Board (PRB) Dr. Miriam Cue and Dr. Emy Villar for making this event special. We wish to remind the rest of the PAP community that application for licensure without examination is only until May 21, 2015. According to the PRB, the examination for licensure will be done before the year ends.

PAP will be applying to be the Accredited Integrated Professional Organization (AIPO) to assist the PRB in implementing the Psychology Law. Yet as we are finding out, our law has its challenges and we are trying to navigate through these as best as we can.  The Professional Regulatory Commission requires that all new officers of the AIPO are licensed. Thus our biggest challenge is balancing QUALITY, INCLUSION, and GROWTH - not just for those covered in the law but for the entire Psychology community in the country.  The Board is currently exploring various options to ensure representation of the many specializations in Psychology and to prevent the marginalization of those who practice is not covered by the law. We will also be asking the division officers not covered in the law to consult its members whether its practice areas should be regulated.  Once we have done this, we will be reviewing the PAP constitution, certification and membership policies and processes to align these with the directions we set.

On October 23-26, 2013 we are holding our first joint international conference with the Asean Regional union of Psychological Societies (ARUPS).  We would like to thank Dr. Allan Bernardo and Dr. Chee Leong Goh, Dr. Caring Tarroja, Dr. Mira Ofreneo, Mr. Jay Yacat, Dr. Ronnie Motilla, Dr. Sean Mansukhani who are part of the organization committee and committee chairs Dr Boboy Alianan, Dr. Ola Regala, Dr Paz Manaligod, Dr. Marge Alvarez, Dr. Grace Dalisay, Dr. Claudette Agnes, and Dr. Delia Belleza who are working very hard to make the upcoming conference a success.  We are excited because we will have lined up both local and international speakers, presenters and workshop facilitators.  On the first day of the conference, we will also be having free learning sessions on various topics. We will be opening up conference registration by August 1 so we hope you will join in yet another milestone!

Even as we are preparing for the PAP ARUPS conference, we are also beginning to prepare for PAPJA to be held on Jan 17 & 18, 2014 under the leadership of Mr. Hector Perez.  Please inform your students to save the date!

Finally in terms of outreach and advocacy, the Psychology for Philippine Education program is underway with the pilot schools beginning their work with public schools. We will also be continuing to partner with Interaksyon for an advice column to make psychology more accessible to the public

We thank you for your support and ask for your continuing involvement as we continue to build our discipline, organization and nation.  We hope to see you all in October!

January 22, 2013

Happy New Year to all!  Last week, we hosted the 2013 PAPJA convention at the SMX MOA and FEU and it was a great way to start the year.  We had about 4500 participants who gave us positive feedback on the program. Thank you to all the participants, student and faculty volunteers, our emcees, workshop facilitators and the board members who made the event a success!At the end of last year, the PAP board and division officers finished our strategic planning process. We revised our vision and mission and identified our key result areas, goals and strategies that will serve as our roadmap in the coming years. We are happy to share with you the plan which can be downloaded in the PAP website. Here are some highlights of the plans:

Revised Vision and Mission. The new PAP vision is PAP is an internationally recognized leader in Psychology in Southeast Asia. Our mission statement is “We are a national organization that advances the professional development of Filipino psychologists in the areas of teaching, research, and practice; upholds the quality standards of the practice of psychology; facilitates the generation and dissemination of knowledge in Philippine psychology, promotes the public awareness of psychology as a scientific discipline; shapes public policy via providing psychological perspective and fosters collaboration and partnerships towards social transformation.”

Quality Assurance. As part of our efforts at quality assurance, the certification process will continue. The deadline for application for/renewal of certification is on March 31, 2013. Details are posted in our website. The publication of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 10029 signals the start of the licensure and registration process. We have posted the IRR in our website and will be releasing another document on Frequently Asked Questions about the Psych Law shortly. PAP will also be assisting in the orientation sessions on the Psych Law and we will inform you when these will take place.

Research & Publications. We wish to announce the appointment of our new Editor in Chief Dr. Melissa Macapagal who will be responsible for bringing in an international advisory board and reviewers for the Philippine Journal of Psychology.  Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Allan Bernardo who raised the quality of PJP and made it available online.  Dr. Bernardo will continue to serve on the PJP advisory board and we are grateful at his willingness to continue conducting publication workshops in the country.

Professional Development. In line with our efforts at continuous professional education (CPE), the various divisions and certified CPE providers will be hosting workshops throughout the year. We are inviting schools, psychological centers especially in the regions to apply to become CPE providers so that we can have more CPEs across the nation.  Our next big event is the upcoming PAP Convention on October 23 to 26, 2013 at the Miriam College, Quezon City. We are happy to announce that this will be an international convention in partnership with the Asean Regional Union of Psychological Societies (ARUPS).  We look forward to going to Cagayan de Oro for our convention in 2014.  PAP has also agreed to partner with the Asian Association of Social Psychology for an international conference in 2015. 

Partnership & Extension. Our initial partnership with Department of Education will continue as we seek to broaden and deepen our involvement in helping our public schools.  This year, we will be launching a volunteer program entitled “Psychologists for Philippine Education” (“Sikolohista para sa Sambayang Edukasyon”) that aims to match public schools with Departments of Psychology that can provide faculty and student volunteers to assist in teaching and guidance counseling services.

Public Awareness & Advocacy. Last year, PAP was able to publish 17 media articles through our partnership with Interkasyon. We encourage you to contribute articles that will educate and inform our public on psychology.  We will continue putting forth position papers and assisting in policy formulation on psychology related matters.

Inclusive Growth. As the PAP grows, we wish to encourage greater representations from the regions. This year, we will put out guidelines for the formation of regional chapters so we may ensure that the voices of psychologists across the country are heard. We thank all those who participated and gave their inputs to our strategic directions. As we celebrate a glorious past, we also look forward to the future with great excitement. More importantly, we enjoin all of you to actively take part in the future yet to be!  

September 10, 2012

In behalf of the PAP Board, allow me to extend our thanks to all who came to the 49th PAP Annual Convention in Cebu.  We would also like to give recognition to the people who were instrumental in making it happen: Dr. Mira Ofreneo (Convention Chair), Dr. Delia Belleza (Convention co-chair) and all the faculty and student volunteers from the University of San Carlos.  Daghang salamat sa inyong tanan!New Board Members and OfficersWe also wish to welcome our newest PAP board members: Dr. Ronnie Motilla, Dr. Arsenio Alianan, Dr. Grace Dalisay, Mr. Hector Perez, and Sr. Angie Julom.  After our election last Sept. 7, 2012, the PAP officers are:Vice President – Dr. Ronnie MotillaSecretary – Dr. Ola RegalaTreasurer  - Dr. Seann Tan-MansukhaniInternal Relations Officer – Dr. Arsenio AliananExternal Relations Officer – Dr. Marge Udarbe AlvarezOur heartfelt thanks to the outgoing officers who have so generously shared their time: Dr. Chit Salonga who served as our Treasurer, Ms. Mariflor Gatchalian who was head of our 50th anniversary committee, Dr. Aurora Corpuz-Mendoza who was head of the Psych Law committee.  Our utmost appreciation goes to Dr. Caring Tarroja who after her sterling leadership of the PAP now becomes a part of the board as ex-officio and Dr. Allan Bernardo former ex-officio who has been a big influence in the growth and professionalization of Filipino psychologists. 

Update on the Psych Bill. Many people are concerned about the status of the IRR of the Psychology Law (RA 10029).  We have sought legal counsel and are continuing to dialogue with the members of Professional Regulatory Board to ensure that the IRR reflects the spirit and the letter of the law but is also fair to all psychologists.  We realize that there are those who have different opinions about the coverage of the bill and we accept that consensus in such a large organization may be difficult. However, the bill was crafted after many years of consultation, research and benchmarking with the intent to protect clients as well as allow clinical and counseling psychologists and psychometricians to practice given existing licensure in similar professions. We enjoin those who have questions about the Psych Law to read PAP’s position or contact us if you have questions.  Please be assured that once we have reached a resolution regarding the IRR, we will launch a communication campaign. 

Psychosocial Support. We are happy to announce that we raised a substantial amount of funds for the psycho-social support fund during the convention.   After discussions with DOH and organizations such as Save the Children, we are in the process of mobilizing debriefing and training for those affected by the Habagat floods.  The PAP Board has created a Psycho-social Support Committee to spearhead these efforts.

Strategic Planning. In the coming months, the board will be sitting down to craft the organizations strategic plan for the coming years.  Please feel free to email us your ideas on the directions for PAP until the end of September.   We have seen the growth of Psychology and we thank you for your involvement and for making such growth happen. As we celebrate the past, we begin to look towards the future. We realize that there is much to be done for our members, organization and the nation and we look forward to continue building a community of competent psychologists and serving the nation. 

PAP launches Psychology for Philippine Education 

The ratification of the Anti-Bullying law in both the Senate and Congress is  landmark milestone in the efforts at ensuring the protection of Filipino children. Bullying has been defined as any aggressive behavior inflicted by one or more individuals that is repeated and over time and where the victim is in a weaker position to defend himself or herself resulting in physical and mental abuse, harassment, intimidation, or humiliation. A study by Dr. Liane Alampay and Dr. Melissa Macapagal for UNICEF shows that 36% of urban students experience bullying. Forty one percent of the bullying was verbal (being called names, being made fun of). Other forms of bullying include: physical violence, harassment, extortion, social exclusion and cyberbullying.

The bill requires schools to create anti-bullying policies, systems, structures and counseling for both victims and perpetrators and their families. Despite its good intention, however, implementation of this law will become a challenge especially for public schools. Only 4% of public schools have licensed guidance counselors and majority of public schools merely assign one of their subject teachers to take on the guidance function.

With this in mind, the Psychological Association of the Philippines launched the Psychology for Philippine Education program in partnership with the Department of Education. The program will be piloted starting this school year and initially 12 Psychology departments from 12 colleges and universities will be adopting 20 public schools for the next three  years. Faculty from Assumption College, Ateneo de Manila University, Ateneo de Naga, DLSU, Far Eastern University, Miriam College, Silliman University, University of San Carlos, UP Diliman, UP Iloilo, UP Tacloban, and UST have volunteered to assist their adopted public school/s. Last May 27 & 28, Psychology faculty from these institutions came together for a workshop on bullying, anger management, positive discipline and service learning. Starting this school year, these faculty and their and students will be conducting research on bullying, training, and providing psychology related services in their adopted schools. The Scientific Program Committee would like to announce that the Call for Papers is closed. Notication of results will  be emailed by June 30, 2013.

Report on the 49th PAP Convention in Cebu 

This 2012, the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) celebrates its 50th founding anniversary as an organization. In light of this celebration, the recently concluded 49th National Convention focused on “Strengthening Psychology, Serving the Nation.” The Department of Psychology of the University of San Carlos (USC) hosted the 2012 Annual Convention, which gathered over 1,100 scholars and professionals from all over the country. The convention was held at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, from August 15 to August 17, 2012. With such a remarkable attendance, the 49th PAP convention is considered to be the biggest assembly in the organization’s history. Day 1 of the three-day event was packed with stimulating speeches and symposiums. Following USC President Fr. Dionisio Miranda’s welcome message, incumbent PAP President Dr. Maria Caridad Tarroja briefly talked about the organization’s history and its present thrust in her presidential address. The convention’s keynote speaker was no less than Hon. Patricia B. Licuanan, Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Hon. Licuanan, who also formerly served as PAP President, gave her personal tribute to pioneers, namely Fr. Jaime Bulatao, Dr. Alfredo Lagmay, Dr. Estefania Aldaba-Lim, and Dr. Virgilio Enriquez. 

The first plenary session focused on the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Philippine Psychology Act of 2009 (RA 10029). The salient features of the controversial IRR were discussed by the members of the Psychology Professional Regulatory Board (PRB), Hon. Imelda Virgina Villar and Hon. Miriam Cue. Dr. Lourdes Carandang has officially resigned from her post as chair of the PRB for health reasons. The IRR remains subject to the Professional Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) final approval. Day 2 started with a plenary session that discussed how to strengthen the teaching, research, outreach and professional practice of psychology in the Philippines. Dr. Lota Teh talked about the establishment of the CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 38 Series of 2010 and CMO 39 Series of 2010 in line with strengthening the teaching of Psychology in the Philippines, among other things. Dr. Allan Bernardo followed with a discussion on Research in Psychology, highlighting ten (10) important things to do when engaging in research. Dr. Sylvia Estrada-Claudio discussed Outreach in Psychology, which she notes is a “promising and a very fruitful approach.” Dr. Carandang then talked about Practice in Psychology, which she capped with the statement that “the ultimate goal of our practice is the well-being of the people we serve.”

Parallel oral presentations were conducted in the afternoon of both Day 1 and Day 2. Topics covered various areas of interest in the different divisions, specifically Assessment, Teaching, Clinical, Counseling, Developmental, Industrial-Organizational, and Social Psychology Divisions. A Special Policy Forum on the PAP Statement on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Nondiscrimination was also conducted during Day 2 of the convention. The well-attended LGBT Forum discussed the key concepts and implications for practice and for Psychology in the public interest. The PAP 50th Anniversary Dinner at the Pacific Grand Ballroom capped Day 2. Prior to officially starting the evening’s feast, Dr. Cue informed the body that the PRB will be asking for an extension from the PRC, with regards the filing of the final IRR in light of the issues raised on the matter. Among the highlights of the night’s festivities were the tribute to past presidents, the service awards given to Ms. Linda G. Sevilla and Ms. Mercedita G. Mondejar of the PAP Secretariat, and a sneak peek of next year’s venue. Day 3 began with the final set of parallel oral presentations followed by the Closing Ceremonies, which was held at the Pacific Grand Ballroom of the Waterfront Hotel. Newly certified psychologists took their oaths and PAP Awards were presented. Dr. Maria Teresa Batangan of the University of the Philippines Diliman and Dr. Marylenda Penetrante of Divine Word College (Legaspi) received the Estefania Aldaba-Lim Service Award; Prof. Lina Marie Sycip was granted the FG David Teaching Award; and a total of 10 researchers received distinction for Most Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation. With several outgoing members of the PAP Board of Directors, an election for new BOD members for 2012-2013 was conducted. With 294 qualified votes cast, the newly-elected members are Dr. Ronaldo A. Motilla, Dr. Arsenio Sze Alianan, Jr., Dr. Grace Aguiling-Dalisay, Sr. Angelina M. Julom, and Mr. Hector M. Perez.

Workshops capped the three-day convention. The topics for the said workshops were: Test Development and Adaptation: Process and Issues; Cognitive and Behavioral Techniques Techniques in Emotional Management; Conducting Child Custody Evaluation; Issues and Trends in Assessing Adolescents; Developing Instruments for Research in Educational Psychology; Strategic Training for Transformation in the Workplace; Quantifying Qualitative Analysis using Open Source Tools: A Workshop on Text Mining; and Integrating Course-Based Service in the Teaching of Psychology: Principles and Application of Service-Learning. Next year’s venue for the 50th national convention is Cagayan De Oro City, which is dubbed as The City of Golden Friendship.


This report is written by: Gracele Canilao-Nieva 08/27/2012

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For those who wish to have their ID’s done, please send a clear scanned copy of your 1x1 ID picture together with your e-signature to with subject heading: PAP Certified ID: Surname, Name and Area of Specialization.

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Dear PAP Colleagues,

Please be informed that for renewal of membership fees please see below provided that you pay until May 31, 2014. Otherwise, new membership rates will apply;

Membership Renewal Fees:

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