Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tribute to Dr. Romulo Bautista

Dr. Romulo Bautista touched our lives in so many ways. But there is one outstanding attribute that has served as the very essence of his commitment to philosophy. He was a very kind person. He gave his all to his students – nurturing them with his insights, challenging their positions, arguing passionately not only for reason’s sake, but for the sake of our humanity. Even if his health was failing him, he still possessed the unwavering desire to share his ideas. Ideas about what it means to be human are aplenty in this world, but the man who epitomizes the ideal of being human is hard to find.

Indeed, Dr. Bautista is a true person. We are a witness to this unfolding. The Social Ethics Society is one of his legacies. In life, we are taken to task in order to assume roles that are bigger than us. Dr. Bautista has contributed in a very huge way in promoting democracy, writing not only about its systemic or theoretical milieu, but more importantly, on its practical or pragmatic value. He was a man who wanted his fellow human beings to live well. His death has diminished a huge part of us, but what he has done for his students, his readers, and the general public will forever be etched eternally in the hearts of men.

- The Social Ethics Society

NDMU to host the 2013 SES Conference

The Social Ethics Society will hold its 3rd Annual Conference this coming October 4-5, 2013 at the Notre Dame of Marbel University. According to Mr. Al Quillope, Conference Chair, the theme of the conference is "Philosophical Reflections on Peace and Development." The theme basically touches on the core problem in Mindanao. The papers intend to look into the various aspects of the conflict, including its political, social, environmental, cultural and its human development dimension. So far, more than 100 people have confirmed their participation, including some 30 philosophy teachers from different institutions as far as Negros Oriental and Cebu City.

Fr. Eduardo Santoyo of the Notre Dame University in Cotabato City will give the Plenary Lecture. Other speakers include Atty. Jamil Matalam of ADDU, Mr. Redentor dela Rosa of CMU (Bukidnon), Dr. Sherlito Sable of USEP, Mr. Ruben Balatol of ACT Cebu, Mr. Albert Albina of Negros Oriental State University, Mr. Joefer Maninang of UM, Mr. Aldrin Quintero of St. Alexius College (Marbel), and Mr. Mike Gatchalian of St. Mary's College (Tagum). The online journal, Social Ethics Society Online Journal of Philosophy, will also be launched during the Program. Mr. Ryan Maboloc, President of the SES, will deliver the message for this launching.