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Friday, January 11, 2008

PACERS Annual Convention for 2008

After a month in America, I would like to announce that the Philippine Association for Counselor Education, Research & Supervision (PACERS) will hold its Annual Convention on February 20-22, 2008. Herein is the invitation letter of our Chair Dr. Julian Montano:

November 28, 2007

Dear Colleague,

With the advent of our licensure, the utmost quality of counseling service is demanded of us! Gone are the days when all—adequately prepared or not—can do counseling, free from any liability. As licensed professionals, we are accountable to our clients and answerable to the law. Whenever necessary, we have to be able to defend the how and the why of the services we render. Indeed, this is an enormous challenge!
In response to this challenge, the Philippine Association for Counselor Education, Research and Supervision (PACERS) endeavors into one of the major pillars of a certified professional practice: the discipline of Research.
The 2008 PACERS Annual Convention theme entitled “Nurturing a Research Culture in the Counseling Practice” gathers leading academicians and practitioners of counseling psychology and other disciplines to share with us their professional experiences and expertise in adhering to the most recommended standard of practice: the Scientist/Practitioner Model. The rationale, significance, methodology, ethical concerns, and techniques of research will be discussed. The objectives of the convention are not only to understand the importance of research-based practice but also to learn how to do research and possibly publish your work.

The Annual Convention will be held on February 20 - 22, 2008 at the Bayview Park Hotel located in front of the U.S. Embassy at 1118 Roxas Blvd. corner United Nations Avenue, Manila.

Let us not recognize the discipline of research by lip service because it is essential for the excellence of our practice. Please join us and take an active role in ensuring that the counseling profession in the Philippines prospers into one of the most effective and client-centered profession in our country. Our journey has only started and big challenges are ahead of us, but if we work together, we are assured of success.

Please refer to the attachments for the registration and program details.
Sincerely yours,

(Sgd.)Julian Ramos Montano, Ph.D.Chairman

Here is a Tentative Program of the Event for your consultation needs:


Day One – February 20 Wednesday
AM 11:00 – 01:00 Registration
PM 01:00 – 03:00 Opening Program and Keynote Address
03:00 – 03:30 Snack
03:30 – 05:00 Panel Discussion 1: Application of the Scientist-Practitioner Model

Day Two – February 21 Thursday
AM 08:00 – 10:00 Panel Discussion 2: Ethics in Counseling Research
10:00 – 10:30 Snack
10:30 – 12:30 Panel Discussion 3: Research Trends
PM 12:30 – 01:30 Lunch
01:30 – 02:00 Presentation of Candidates for Elections Elections
*AM11:40 – 02:30 Interactive Poster Presentations
PM 02:30 – 03:00 Snack
03:00 – 05:00 Concurrent Paper Presentations

Day Three – February 22 Friday
Workshops are scheduled from 08:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Lunch and snacks will be served in workshop rooms

Workshop Themes:
Workshop A : Action Research
Workshop B : Qualitative Research
Workshop C : Research Conceptualization


Participants who wish to stay at the Bayview Park Hotel may contact the hotel directly at tel. (02) 526-1555 loc. 1728 or Fax (02) 521-1285 and 522-3040.

There are other places to stay like the Asilo De San Vicente De Paul of the DC nuns which is located along the route from Nagtahan and quite affordable. You may contact the place as soon as you need to using this number: 02-523-3829.

If there is anything we can be of help, and for more inquires, please don't hesitate to call the specified numbers above or my cellphones 0919-623-6605 or 0927-384-2739, or email me at, or

You may press the Links portion at the right side of this blog - to get to our PACERS website, or click this site:

See you then. Take care and God bless

Monday, January 07, 2008


For those who have no idea about the letter that was made by the scammer in my gmail account, I am printing here so that they can see how it looks really like the ones so sadly spreading in the internet. Note how an adaptation was made from those we have read before (money asked for in the email using my gmail account was $3,150); my name was really used [see the signature below, which made other people think it was mine.]Here it is:

----- Original Message ----From: Bernie Gu <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 11:01:35 PM

How are you doing today? I am sorry i didn't informyou about my traveling to Africa for a program called"Empowering Youth to Fight Racism, HIV/AIDS, Povertyand Lack of Education,and also child abuse the program is taking place in three major countries in Africawhich is Ghana , South Africa and Nigeria . It hasbeen a very sad and bad moment for me, the presentcondition that i found myself is very hard for me toexplain.

I am really stranded in Nigeria because I leftt mylittle bag in the Taxi where my money, passport,documents and other valuable things were kept on myway to the Hotel i am staying, I am facing a hard time here because i have no money on me. I am now owning ahotel bill of $ 1550 and they wanted me to pay thebill soon else they will have to seize my bag and handme over to the Hotel Management., I need this help from you urgently to help me back home, I need you tohelp me with the hotel bill and i will also need $1600to feed and help myself back home so please can youhelp me with a sum of $3150 to sort out my problems here? I need this help so much and on time because iam in a terrible and tight situation here, I don'teven have money to feed myself for a day which means ihad been starving so please understand how urgent i needed your help.

I am sending you this e-mail from the city Library andI only have 30 min, I will appreciate what so ever youcan afford to send me for now and I promise to payback your money as soon as i return home so please let me know on time so that i can forward you the detailsyou need to transfer the money through Money Gram orWestern Union. Thanks

-- Fr. Bernard, SVD

Huuh! Talaga naman!