Marcos names Artlets prof as national historical commission member

Photo taken from the UST website.

PRESIDENT FERDINAND Marcos, Jr. has appointed Artlets history associate professor Maria Eloisa de Castro as one of the new regular members of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

The designation of de Castro alongside retired UST archivist Regalado Jose and two other appointees was announced on the Presidential Communication Office Facebook page on Monday, May 6.

They will represent the private sector in the NHCP, an agency attached to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) that aims to preserve Philippine heritage through academic and conservational works.

De Castro has been teaching history courses at UST for nearly four decades. In 2019, she was honored by the NCCA for her research on secondary education in the Spanish colonial period in the Philippines.

De Castro is an Artlets alumna who obtained her bachelor’s degree in Asian studies in 1979. She finished her master’s degree in Oriental Religions and Cultures in 2000 and doctorate in Philosophy, major in history in 2015, both at UST.

Jose, an expert on Philippine historical art, was also among the new members of the commission.

He served as the University’s archivist from 2010 to 2021 and taught at the UST Graduate School. The archivist served as the commissioner for Cultural Heritage of the NCCA from 2011 to 2013.

In 2010, he won the National Research Council of the Philippines Achievement Award for Research in Philippine Art History.

The other appointed regular members of the commission are history professors Francis Navarro from Ateneo de Manila University and Cecila Tangian from Mindanao State University, both representing the private sector. F

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