What is the PAPJA Convention?
The PAPJA Convention is an annual gathering of undergraduate students majoring in psychology in the Philippines. The convention serves as an important venue for students to explore further the discipline and practice of psychology in the country. It offers opportunities in enhancing classroom learning through plenary talks and inter-school competitions, seminar-workshops on psychology-related topics of interest, and camaraderie and fellowship with students from different parts of the archipelago.
The PAPJA is typically held in Metro Manila for a day and half, usually on the month of January. The first day is typically held in a large convention center that can hold all the participants in a single hall. The highlights of this day include a plenary session pertaining to the year’s theme, the announcement of most outstanding undergraduate research, the Inter-School Psychology Quiz Bee, the finalist round of the Transcendance Dance Competition, and the announcement of winners of the Pinoy Psyclips Video-Making and Apperception T-shirt design competitions. The second day is usually held in another venue, usually provided by a host university. Delegates have the opportunity to attend a half-day seminar-workshop on topics of interest within the field of psychology that may not be the focus of the courses often offered in undergraduate programs.