BORONGAN City, July 29, 2014 – Seminarians gathered July 25 for the 2nd Philosophical Conference, which was hosted by the Nativity of Our Lady College Seminary (NLCS), Borongan City.
Attended by almost a hundred college seminarians from NLCS, the Pope Paul VI Minor Seminary of Maasin and the Sacred Heart Seminary of Palo, the conference updated the seminarians on various topics on Philosophy, as well as on thesis-writing.
Dr. Eliza Cruz of San Beda College talked about “Man’s Quest for Meaning: A Prelude to Philosophical Thinking and Education”; Prof. Marella Ada Mancenido-Bolaños on “Literature, Language and Hermeneutics in Sartre”; Dr. Moses Angeles on “Disputed Questions on God and Being: St. Bonaventure’s ‘Oblivion of Being”; and Prof. Peter Mara on “Methods of Philosophical Research.”
Fr. Rey Navidad, Rector of Seminario de Jesus Nazareno and a professor at NLCS, delivered Dr. Angeles’ paper since the latter was unable to attend.
Prof. Mara guided the seminarians on how to formulate their thesis problems through a workshop in the afternoon. “Through the conference, I was able to know some techniques on thesis-writing. I hope to use this knowledge as I write my research paper soon,” Sem. Patrick Conge of NLCS said.
Guided by the theme: “Philosophy and Literature,” the conference aims to gather seminarians who are undergoing their philosophical-formation years. Now on its second offering, it hopes to promote philosophy among students as part of their preparation for the priestly ministry. Convened by Fr. Romel Arce, the First Philosophical Conference was held in 2012 with a theme on “God, Philosophy and Environment.”
During the dinner-socials, Fr. Antonio Alconaba, Rector of NLCS, thanked everyone who attended the affair, especially Fr. Lito Maraya and Fr. Johnrey Sibi, rectors of SHS and PPVIMS respectively for responding positively to the invitation.
“I learned a lot in this conference. I hope to attend the succeeding ones. Aside from the learnings, I was able to make new friends and meet new brothers,” Sem. John Simon Vertulfo of SHS said in an interview.
After the conference, friendship games and a social night were held to foster greater camaraderie and fellowship among the seminarians.
The event concluded with a holy mass presided by Fr. Erlito Maraya, Rector of the SHS. (Roel Joe Abonal)