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Psychological Association of the
Psychological Association of the Philippines
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What is PAP?

The Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), founded in 1962, is committed to promoting excellence in psychology`s teaching, research, and practice and its recognition as a scientifically oriented discipline for human and social development.

The PAP is the Accredited Integrated Professional Organization (AIPO) for registered psychometricians and psychologists of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). It is the oldest and largest professional organization of psychologists in the country.

The organization certifies specialists in seven (7) areas of expertise within the broad discipline of psychology. Concurrently, it also has seven major divisions representing each of these specialty areas, which are as follows: Assessment Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and Social Psychology. Apart from these divisions, members also take part in the ten (10) special interest groups (SIGs), namely, Teaching Psychology SIG, Mental Health and Psychosocial Services (MHPSS) SIG, Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Psychology SIG, Sport and Exercise Psychology SIG, Substance Use, Prevention, and Recovery SIG, Psychology Practitioners in Public Service SIG, Environmental Psychology SIG, Positive Psychology SIG, Research in Psychology, and Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Psychology SIG. To date, PAP also has expanded itself to serve its members better by organizing six (6) regional chapters: Bicol, Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Calabarzon-Mimaropa, Davao, and United Arab Emirates.

What is PAPJA?

The Psychological Association of the Philippines- Junior Affiliates (PAPJA) Convention which began in 1987 is an annual national event that brings together undergraduate Psychology students from different colleges and universities in the Philippines. This gathering of future Psychometricians and Psychologists from all over the Philippines 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.

On November 11, 1962, a small group of psychologists gathered at Selecta Restaurant along C.M. Recto Avenue for what would later be considered one of the most defining moments in Philippine Psychology. They came from different institutions, drawn to that single place by a common purpose. From the University of the Philippines (UP) came the Chairperson of the country's first Department of Psychology, Dr. Agustin Alonzo, Fr. Jaime Bulatao, S.J. founder of the Department of Psychology and the Central Guidance Bureau of the Ateneo de Manila University, was also present. With them were Dr. Sinforoso Padilla, who established the Psychological Clinic at UP, and Dr. Jesus Perpinan, who founded the Psychological Clinic at Far Eastern University. Dr. Mariano Obias was also present at that historic meeting presided over by Dr. Alfredo Lagmay of UP, which saw the birth of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP).

Two months later, the PAP ushered in the new year by electing its first set of officers. It was on January 1, 1963 when Dr. Sinforoso Padilla became the Association's first President, Dr. Alfredo Lagmay the first President-elect, Fr. Jaime Bulatao, S.J. the first Executive Secretary, and Dr. Estefania Aldaba-Lim the first Treasurer. Atty. Narciso Albarracin, who helped the group with their incorporation papers, was sworn in as the Legal Counsel of the Association.

The first plenary meeting was held on March 30, 1963 at the Ateneo de Manila University in Padre Faura. Dr. Sinforoso Padilla delivered the presidential address. After that, the group held monthly meetings and picnics where scientific researches were presented.

In January, 1964, the first annual national convention was held at the NSDB Science Pavilion on the corner of Taft Avenue and Herran (now Pedro Gil), Manila. The high point of the convention was a Symposium on the Filipino Personality which was later published as a book and remains one of the classics in Philippine psychology.

1963 - 1964            Sinforoso Padilla 

1964 - 1965            Alfredo V. Lagmay 

1965 - 1966            Jaime C. Bulatao, SJ 

1966 - 1967            Estefania Aldaba-Lim 

1967 - 1969            Jaime C. Bulatao, SJ 

1969 - 1970            Abraham I. Felipe 

1970 - 1971            Pura M. Reyes 

1971 - 1973            Alfredo V. Lagmay 

1973 - 1975            Patricia B. Licuanan 

1976 - 1977            Natividad J. Munarriz 

1978 - 1979            Virgilio G. Enriquez 

1979 - 1981            Jaime C. Bulatao, SJ 

1981 - 1983            Ma. Lourdes A. Carandang 

1983 - 1986            Patricia B. Licuanan 

1986 - 1988            Allen L. Tan 

1988 - 1990            Noemi S. Catalan 

1990 - 1992            Amaryllis T. Torres 

1993 - 1994            Allen L. Tan 

1994 - 1996            Noemi S. Catalan 

1995 - 1996            Rosemarie S. Clemena 

1996 - 1997            Natividad A. Dayan 

1998 - 1999            Elena L. Samonte 

1999 - 2000            Imelda V. G. Villar 

2000 - 2001            Floranie P. Jacob 

2001 - 2002            Marylou U. Onglatco 

2002 - 2003            Conchita V. Umali 

2003 - 2004            Anna Miren Gonzalez-Intal 

2004 - 2005            Lucila O. Bance 

2005 - 2008            Allan B. I. Bernardo 

2008 - 2010            J. Enrique G. Saplala 

2010 - 2012            Maria Caridad H. Tarroja

2012 - 2014            Ma. Regina M. Hechanova

2014 - 2016            Angela V. Regala 

2016 - 2018            Margaret Helen U. Alvarez

2018 - 2020            Ron R. Resurreccion

2020 - 2022            Marc Eric S. Reyes

Allan B.I. Bernardo (2009)

Ma. Lourdes A. Carandang (1988)

Annandaisy J. Carlota (2002)

Noemi de Vera Sanchez-Catalan (2002)

Betty Cernol-McCann (2002)

Rose Marie S. Cleme���a (2002)

Virgilio G. Enriquez

Abraham  I. Felipe (1984)

Patricia B. Licuanan

Cristina J. Montiel (2016)

Allen L. Tan (2000)

Maria Caridad H. Tarroja (2016)

Amaryllis Tiglao-Torres (2000)

Elizabeth R. Ventura (2002)

Imelda V.G. Villar (2002)

New Vision

The Psychological Association of the Philippines is an internationally recognized leader in advancing the science, learning and practice of Psychology.

New Mission Statement

PAP promotes the excellent, socially relevant, evidence-based, and ethical practice of psychology for its continued growth and development on the national and international levels in service of its members and the public.

Executive Commitee
Ver E. Reyes, PhD
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina
John Manuel R. Kliatchko, PhD
Vice President
University of Santo Tomas
Joanne Trina Moreno-Javier. Rpsy
Executive Secretary
Ann Maribel M. Hapin, RPsy
Cavite Center for Mental Health
Faridah Kristi C. Wetherick, PhD
Saint Louis University - Baguio
Ron Julius D Espada, RPsy
Internal Relations Officer
Espada Psychological Consultancy
Emerald Jay D. Ilac, PhD
External Relations Officer
Ateneo de Manila Loyola Schools
Maria Luisa Guinto, PhD
International Relations Officer (InRO)
University of the Philippines, Diliman
Niño Jose Mateo, PhD
De La Salle University - Manila
Board Members
Alyssa Kae S. Alegre, RPsy
Lifeline Rehabilitation Center
Carlos N. Buan, PhD
Mother Teresa of Calcutta Medical Center
Emmanuel V. Hernani, PhD
Cebu Normal University
Glenn G. Glarino, PhD
University of San Carlos
Henmar C. Cardiño, RPm
University of Santo Tomas
Jason O. Manaois, PhD
Independent Board
Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan
John Mark S. Distor, PhD, DBA, RPm
Independent Board
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Lolina N. Bajin, PhD
Armed Forces of the Philippines
Ma.Teresa M. Chiu, PhD, RPsy, RPm, RGC
Executive Director
Olivia Therezah Pajente-Pelagio, RPsy, RPm, RGC
Department of Justice
Parole and Probation Administration
Pricila B. Marzan, PhD
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Salvacion L. Villafuerte, Rpsy
Bicol University
Sherryl Muli-Abellanosa, PhD
University of San Carlos - Cebu
Yayetta C. De La Peña, PhD
Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan
Erlinda G. Sevilla
Administrative Officer for Operations
Mercedita G. Mondejar
Administrative Assistant for Finance
Jeanette N. Cardeño
Accounting Officer (Bookekeeper)
Von Addison G. Valenzuela
Administrative Assistant for Membership II
Marita May G. Reverente
Administrative Assistant for Membership II
Pen B. Cruz
Multimedia Specialist and Data Privacy Officer
Romeo C. Sevilla
Liaison Officer and Property Custodian