About Us

Founded in 1962, the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) is an organization committed to the promotion of excellence in the teaching, research, and practice of Psychology, 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) of the Republic of the Philippines. It is the oldest and largest professional organization of psychologists in the country.

To date, 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 four (4) special interest groups (SIGs), namely, Teaching Psychology SIG, Mental Health and Psychosocial Services (MHPSS) SIG, Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Psychology SIG, and Sports and Exercise Psychology SIG. (for more information, visit www.pap.org.ph)

PAP Board

Margaret Helen Udarbe-Alvarez, PhD
Silliman University
Ron R. Resurreccion, PhD
Vice President
De La Salle University-Manila
John Manuel R. Kliatchko, PhD
Executive Secretary
Don Bosco Technical College
Marc Eric S. Reyes, PhD
University of Santo Tomas
Fr. Geraldo Costa, CICM
External Relations Officer
SLU-Sunflower Children Center
Claudette Alvarez-Agnes, PhD
Internal Relations Officer
University of Santo Tomas
Angela V. Regala, PhD
Assumption College

Board Members

Arsenio Sze Alianan, Jr., PhD
Ateneo de Manila University
Violeta V. Bautista, PhD
University of the Philippines-Diliman
Liane P. Alampay, PhD
Ateneo de Manila University
Glenn G. Glarino, PhD
University of San Carlos, Cebu
Jerry J. Jurisprudencia, PhD
Miriam College
Clarissa F. Delariarte, PhD
FEU, UST & Holy Angels University Graduate Schools
Hector M. Perez, PhD
Perez Psychological Clinic
Carmencita H. Salonga, PhD
Centro Escolar University-Mendiola
Cely D. Magpantay, PhD
St. Luke's Medical Center


Maria Aurora B. Marquez
Linda G. Sevilla
Mercy G. Mondejar
Romeo C. Sevilla

The Psychological Association of the Philippines- Junior Affiliates (PAPJA) is the national federation of undergraduate Psychology students from different colleges and universities in the Philippines. We serve as the student arm of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP).

PAPJA Vision-Mission

We, the Psychological Association of the Philippines - Junior Affiliates (PAPJA), are undergraduate Psychology students from different academic institutions nationwide.

As a federation, we seek to provide an avenue for the exchange of ideas to promote further understanding in the field of Psychology.

We provide opportunities for our members to collaborate, both internally and externally, on the cultivation of efforts that support the goals of the federation.

We empower members to be premier leaders by organizing activities that utilize their knowledge on the principles and practices of Psychology, thus enhancing their competence directed towards long-term holistic development.

We are the student-arm of PAP. Aligned with the PAP's mission and vision, we aid in the growth and development of our members.

Lastly, we aim to bridge the gap between Psychology and the Filipino youth through various forms of engagement.

History of PAPJA

During the PAPJA convention in January 2015, PAP board member Violeta V. Bautista, PhD facilitated a workshop for the leaders of the different psychology organizations who attended the annual gathering of students majoring in psychology. The student leaders were inspired and wanted to organize themselves further. Dr. Bautista then spearheaded a leadership seminar for these representatives.

In May 2015, student leaders of psychology organizations from different colleges and universities all over the country gathered together in Ateneo de Manila University to attend the leadership training with the theme: On a Higher Ground: A Workshop on Enhancing Competencies of Youth Leaders. Facilitated by PAP board members, the 3-day event led to the formation of the first Psychological Association of the Philippines-Junior Affiliates (PAPJA) Board.

From its inception, the PAPJA Board consists of student leaders who have a special interest in promoting the discipline and practice of psychology. Its primary task is to assist the leadership of the PAP in organizing the annual PAPJA Convention.

The 29th PAPJA Convention held in SMX Convention Center and Far Eastern University in January 2016 was a notable event. After the PAP's leadership, it was the first time that the newly constituted PAPJA Board took on a major role in organizing the 2-day event attended by more than five thousand psychology majors from all corners of the country.

The PAPJA Governing Board is composed of university students majoring in psychology from different universities and colleges in the Philippines. Together with the Executive Board, they initiate the planning and execution of events for fellow students fo psychology around the Philippines.

Governing Board

Paula Pamela DC. Tuaño
President University of the Philippines – Diliman
Vanessa Claire S. Cabiling
Executive Vice President De La Salle University – Manila
Christine Joy T. Suarez
Executive Secretary University of St. La Salle – Bacolod
Cesarie Ann M. Santos
Vice President for Activities Centro Escolar University - Manila
Danyl Jon M. Ferrer
Vice President for Finance Ateneo de Manila University
Mark Nicholas C. Barcelona
Vice President for Marketing Philippine Normal University – Manila
Benz Brenan N. Limsenkeng
Ex-Officio Ateneo de Manila University

Board Members

Patrick Victor P. Balingit
Makati Medical Center College
Anne Kerstine C. Bastinen
University of San Carlos – Cebu
Megan Marie D.L. Guiab
De La Salle University – Manila
Sharland Wilmar D. Malazarte
University of San Carlos – Cebu
Astrid Gail V. Morancil
University of St. La Salle – Bacolod
Rhommae B. Valdez
New Era University


John Manuel R. Kliatchko, PhD
Don Bosco Technical College
Ron R. Resurreccion, PhD
De La Salle University – Manila
Aira Louise P. Agbayani
Ateneo de Manila University
Andrea Luz A. Almira
Miriam College
Mabel Joyce V. Baguio
Adamson University
Stephanie Ursula B. Busch
Ateneo de Naga University
Genquen Philip Carado
University of the Philippines - Diliman
Cazandra D. Castaneda
Assumption College, San Lorenzo
Mericel Ella R. Castillo
Pasig Catholic College
Claudia Cecilienne B. Catoto
Central Philippine University
Patricia Kimberly D. Chua
University of the Philippines - Diliman
Raphah G. Cortel
Central Philippine University
Matthew Kyle N. Cortez
University of the Philippines - Diliman
Alex Florentine T. David
Ateneo de Manila University
Jon Alec S. Eclipse
University of the Philippines - Diliman
William Dionysius O. Falgui
De La Salle University Manila
Miguel Carlos C. Garcia
University of Santo Tomas
Maria Sheena M. Haig
Ateneo de Naga University
Andy Nathaniel M. Legwis Jr.
Ateneo de Manila University
Julius Alfred M. Maguigad
Far Eastern University
Essie Sisley M. Manalili
Miriam College
Danesius Ralph M. Necio
Ateneo de Naga University
Maria Cristina D. Ocampo
University of Santo Tomas
Shaira Mae D. Perez
Saint Louis College - City of San Fernando, La Union
Dianne Del F. Pradas
Far Eastern University
Alfred Francis B. Regalado
La Salle College Antipolo
Ariane Melisa D. Rojales
University of Santo Tomas
Dana Mariela G. Sabarillo
Assumption College, San Lorenzo
Alyssa Maica P. Sira
Ateneo de Davao University
Rose Angelica F. Taruc
New Era University
Bianca Angela G. Villanueva
University of St. La Salle - Bacolod
Dayne Erielle V. Visperas
Far Eastern University