12th EdukCircle International Convention on Psychology and Media Communication




Ms. Sandra Aguinaldo is a graduate of Journalism from the University of Santo Tomas and a fellow of U.S. International Visitors Program. She is a news producer and host in GMA News and Public Affairs.


A veteran journalist, Aguinaldo has covered the 2005 US Presidential Elections, the 1998, 2004 and 2010 Philippine Presidential Elections, Visit of US President George W. Bush to the Philippines, APEC summits in the Philippines and in Malaysia, ASEAN summits in the Philippines and in Cambodia, Terrorist threat and hostage crises in southern Philippines, Military uprisings and Leyte landslide among many others.


Among her many awards are:


World Gold Medal from New York Festivals for her documentary Squid Catchers, Her documentary Iskul Ko No.1 received a Catholic Mass Media Award for Best Adult Educational/Cultural Program, Silver Medal from New York Festival, Winner, Best Documentary on Social Issues -US International Film and Video Festival and Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Outstanding Televised Feature on Youth and Education. Her documentary Nanay na si Nene won the best documentary award at Population Development Awards. She is PMPC Star Awards Best Documentary Program Host in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and Investigative Journalist of the Year by Rotary Club of Manila. She also received the EdukCircle World Achiever in Documentary Award during the 8th EdukCircle Convention on Media Communication.


Hon. Elisa Sarmiento Flores is a young and respected jurist. Her Honor is a judge at the Pasig City Regional Trial Court. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree major in Political Science from the Lyceum of the Philippines University, Cum Laude, and her Bachelor of Laws degree from San Sebastian College Recoletos Manila-Institute of Law. She was a former public prosecutor specially trained to handle cases involving women and children.


For her consummate service as a prosecutor, our speaker was awarded Outstanding Prosecutor in 2009 after a nationwide thorough screening conducted by the Department of Justice. She is also a recipient of various recognitions from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the City of Muntinlupa, and a multi awarded debater of the Lyceum Debate Society.


Judge Flores is also a lecturer on laws concerning women and children for the Department of Justice, National Bureau of Investigation, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine National Police and for various non-governmental organizations. She was appointed Professorial Lecturer by the Philippine Judicial Academy under the Supreme Court.


She was:

-a delegate to the International Law Enforcement Academy in Bangkok, Thailand upon the invitation of the United States Embassy

-Philippine representative in Judicial System Construction for Developing Countries in Beijing, China

-Philippine representative in the International Visitor’s Leadership Program on Women and Juvenile Justice having been selected by the U.S. State Department

-Philippine representative in the UNICEF sponsored Regional Workshop on Responding to Violence against Children in Contact with the Justice System in Bangkok, Thailand

-a delegate to the Asian-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice Meeting sponsored by the International Juvenile Justice Observatory, Asia-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice and Thailand’s Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection in Phuket, Thailand.


Recently, she was invited to deliver a lecture on the Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act of 2004 in the Regional Conference of the Asia Pacific Region of the International Association of Women Judges.


Dr. Claire Laura Thompson has a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree from the University of Queensland, a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Bond University, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the University of New South Wales. She is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the APS Teaching, Learning & Psychology Interest Group, the APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group, an Academic Member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists and a Member of the Singapore Psychological Society.


Dr. Thompson has over 20 years of professional experience in clinical, counseling and research psychology, including provision of mental health services to children and to older adults. She has also worked in private practice, mental health service management and professional supervision of psychologists.


Her research interests, publications and conference presentations are in the area of clinical and counseling psychology, particularly mental health and cognition in older age. She has published her research regularly in peer reviewed journals, co-authored a book chapter and presented her work at numerous conferences and public education seminars. She is a reviewer for a number of highly ranked academic journals.


Dr. Felicitas A. Soriano was a former president of the Philippine Psychiatric Association. She also headed the Department of Psychiatry of the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center where she’s currently a professor at the College of Medicine. She also heads the Department of Psychiatry of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center. She was the chairman of the Scientific Committee of the 2nd Asia Pacific Conference on Psychosocial Rehabilitation.


Our speaker was a member of the American Psychiatric Association and Vice President of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation.


She has presented her papers and researches on psychiatry and psychology in various conferences all over the world.


She was awarded Best Teacher of the UERM School of Medicine. Our Speaker is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology at Velez College in 1977, Doctor of Medicine at Cebu Institute of Medicine in 1981, and Master in Public Administration in Organizational Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

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