Dr. Pilar Romero speaks to PACRE religion teachers

PACRE will hold its 3rd Annual Conference and General Assembly on May 5, 2018 (Saturday) at the President’s Hall, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, Bacolod City. The theme of the conference is “The Challenges Facing Catholic Education in the Philippines Today.” The said activity is a venue for all members of the association to keep abreast with the current trends, issues, and challenges in Catholic education. Likewise, it will be an opportune time to strengthen our sense of communion as a professional association of religion teachers. Also, the general assembly will be electing the new members of the PACRE Executive Board (FY 2018-2021) in the afternoon.

Dr. Pilar Romero, Principal of the Senior High School of the University of Santo Tomas, Manila will speak as the keynote speaker. She is a seasoned religious educator, textbook writer and a well-sought resource person on religious/values education curriculum.

PILAR ISIDORO-ROMERO is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and currently the Senior High School Principal of Sociology of University of Santo Tomas, Manila.

As a true-blooded Tomasian, she earned her Bachelor in Secondary Education major in Guidance and Character Education, Magna Cum Laude; Master of Arts in Higher Religious Studies, Magna Cum Laude; PhD in Theology, Cum Laude at the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas.

Prior to her appointment as SHS Principal in 2014, she served her institution as Assistant Dean of the College of Education (1992-1994), Assistant to the Rector for Administration (1994-98, 2009-2012), Planning and Development (2007-2009); Chair, Manpower Committee, Chair, Search Committee for Deans, Executive Secretary, Quadricentennial Commission (2009-2012); Supervising Teacher for Religious Education, Chair, Textbook and Learning Materials Committee (2012-2014)

Among her recent involvements outside University include

  • Member, Technical Working Group for the Philippine Catholic Schools Standard for the HEIs Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (July 2017- Present)
  • President and Pioneer Member of the Society for the Advancement of Catholic Religious Education in the Philippines (SACRED Ph) (August, 2016-Present)
  • Member, Committee that Formulated the Manual for Christian Formation in Catholic Schools Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (July 2014- July 2015)
  • Member, Committee tasked to Draft and Implement the Evaluation Instrument for the Certification of Catechetical Centers in the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education (August 2014-Present)
  • Chair, Committee that formulated the K-12 Religious Education Program for Catholic schools all over the Philippines Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (June 2013-June 2014)

As a prolific textbook writer, she worked as:

  • Editor, That Christ, be Formed Series for MAPSA Schools Writer and Consultant on Values and Virtues Magazine (Editor, 2010- Present)
  • Joyful Journey Textbook Series for Religious of the Virgin Mary Schools (Editor, 2010- Present)
  • Aflame with God’s Love Textbook Series for Siena Schools (Editor, 2009-Present)
  • Author and Editor, We Celebrate God’s Love Textbook Series for Grade School and High School (2002-Present)

She also engaged in consultancy works with:

  • Manila Archdiocesan Parochial Schools Association (MAPSA), 2010-Present
  • OP Siena Schools, 2012-present
  • USJR Basic Education Christian Living Program, 2015-present

Her recent research engagements include Action Research on Effective Techniques in CLE, University of Santo Tomas Education High School (2014-2015) and Restorative Approaches in School Discipline, Hawaii University International Conference (2016-2017).

She attended international conferences in Asia, Australia, the United States and Europe.

In recognition of her service and contribution to her institution and CEAP, she was awarded:

  • Outstanding Alumnus, University of Santo Tomas Education High School (2011)
  • Outstanding Faculty Member, University of Santo Tomas College of Education (2015)
  • Award of Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to the Programs and Projects of the CEAP NCR (2016)