The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) is gearing up for its second public lecture, recounting the Northern Philippines Cordilleran ethnography and Cagayan Valley discovery of new human species, Homo luzonensis.

Set on July 15, the second of a series NRCP Quincentennial Public Lectures and Events (QPLE) with the theme, Breakthroughs for Solidarity, will feature “The Pre-Colonial Period in Cordilleran Historiography” by Maria Nela B. Florendo, University of the Philippines (UP) Baguio and “Homo luzonensis: New Species of Ancient Human” by Armand Salvador B. Mijares, UP Diliman.


Professor Florendo will share the history dialogues with Cordillera ethnography where it focuses on history as an academic field of inquiry and how it had handled issues on pre-colonial Cordillera society.

Florendo is presently the co-President of the Philippine National Historical Society and a former Head of the National Committee for Historical Research of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.  Her research interests are Cordillera social history, comparative history of indigenous peoples of Southeast Asia, historiography of indigenous peoples.  

Another milestone that set a world record is the discovery of a new human species in Callao Cave, Penablanca, Cagayan after more than a decade of digging and investigating led by Armand Salvador B. Mijares, Professor of Archaeology at the Archaeological Studies Program at the University of the Philippines Diliman.


Professor Armand Salvador B. Mijares takes a selfie while his team digs in Callao Cave, Penablanca, Cagayan, where they found a new human species, Homo luzonensis.
Photo Source: Professor Armand Salvador B. Mijares

With this discovery, Mijares gained an international recognition as the main author of a Journal of Human Evolution report about a 67,000-year-old foot bone discovered in Callao Cave and as a corresponding author on the discovery of the Homo luzonensis published in Nature.

Catch Mijares as he will share the journey of their team, the Callao Archaeological team, in their quest for human past. The lecture will also present the main characteristics of Homo luzonensis and the implications of the finding.

Mijares’ specializations comprise early human migration in Southeast Asia, ceramic petrology, soil micromorphology, and lithic analysis.

Mijares is a regular member of the NRCP Division of Social Sciences.

During the webinar, a Painting Competition will be launched which is open to all high school and college students. NRCP QPLE is part of the nationwide celebration of the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines. The public lecture is open to all interested to join, register at As of July 7, 2021, a total of 356 registered to the event, where majority is from the academe.

For those who missed the first public lecture last June 14, watch the lecture at