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  • 19 Jun 2014 9:35 AM | Jan-Michael Espino (Administrator)
  • 19 Jun 2014 9:30 AM | Jan-Michael Espino (Administrator)

    Proceeds will help fund Alumni projects and initiatives!

    If interested, please contact Carlo Subido B82 or Jan Espino B92.
  • 26 May 2014 2:45 PM | Jan-Michael Espino (Administrator)
    Dear fellow alumni,

    During the summer of 2013, "A National Alumni Convention", now more popularly known as ANAC, was launched successfully. This time around, your National Alumni Association will be calling for a constitutional convention, following the resolutions and recommendations culled from last year.

    Together as an alumni body, we endeavour to review the current Constitution and By-laws in order to arrive at meaningful and appropriate proposals for the revision of the existing PSHS NAA Constitution and By-laws. We will be guided by lawyers among our alumni in crafting the proposed revisions in the breakout sessions. The event's output will be brought forward to the General Assembly for ratification during the Alumni Homecoming in September. The over-arching objective is to come up with an instrument more responsive to the growing Pisay community, encompassing all alumni based both locally and internationally.

    This year's A National Alumni Convention: A Constitutional Convention, or ANAC 2, for short, will be held on 5 July 2014, Saturday, at the PSHS Main Campus in Diliman. This is to invite two (2) representatives per batch, from each campus, to please attend. All participants to the convention must be alumni of good standing, with updated membership dues either as Lifetime Members or with annual dues paid up on or before the event.

    Each batch may choose their representatives or assign a liaison officer in the meantime that they have not identified their participants. The programme and copy of the current Constitution and By-laws shall be sent to the batch representatives once confirmed. For those coming from the regions who may need it, we are looking to arrange for lodging in the campus dormitories in order to promote a real System-wide participation. Kindly finalise the names of your respective participants by way of reply to this letter, including their email addresses and contact numbers. The deadline for submission of the names of representatives will be on June 15, 2014.

    A post-convention fellowship will be held immediately after the event, venue to be announced in due course. Don't miss it!

    For any questions/clarifications, you can contact any of the ANAC2 registration committee, their email details provided below.


    (sgd)
    JUN ABAYA
    Head, ANAC 2
    Chairman, PSHS NAA

    ANAC2 Registration Committee:

    Kristine Tolod Wen Del Rosario Raymundo Roy Canseco
    tintolod@gmail.com runnymeadow@yahoo.com roy.canseco@gmail.com

    Aida delos Reyes Mikey Eubanas Sherman Ternorio
    acsdelosreyes@gmail.com mikey.eubanas@gmail.com bong.tenorio@gmail.com

    Jocelyn Sanchez-Mendoza Susan Warren-Mercado
    jocelyn@sanchez.ph susanwm78@yahoo.com


  • 26 May 2014 2:05 PM | Jan-Michael Espino (Administrator)
    As part of the Pisay@50 Golden Celebration, the PSHS National Alumni Association recently held the Pisay Cup 2014 at the Philippine Navy Golf Club on May 7, 2014. The tournament raised over PHP 300,000 which will be used to fund the NAA's various projects, such as the Natatanging Guro Awards, Gawad Lagablag, and other worthwhile projects and initiatives.

    PSHS NAA Chairman and DOTC Secretary Joseph Abaya (B'83) was the tournament's guest of honor. Members of the organizing committee include NAA BoD members Jun Bucayan (B'80), Gina Eubanas (B'83) and Jan Espino (B'92), Mikey Villanueva (B'86), and tournament director Carlo Subido (B'82). Dan del Rosario (B'85) and Irwin Cafugauan (B'88) designed the event's posters and other marketing materials. 


  • 26 May 2014 2:03 PM | Jan-Michael Espino (Administrator)

    PSHS @ 50!

    Over the years, the PSHS continues to shine bright through the countless awards of its students and the exemplary achievements of its alumni. And now, the country’s premier institution for secondary science education is now aiming to be Southeast Asia's best!

    To meet this objective, the PSHS community is rallying support to raise additional funds to train teachers, acquire latest educational materials and equipment, and upgrade various school facilities.

    As the golden anniversary of PSHS approaches, let’s all give our share to keep the passion for excellence ablaze. With your help, PSHS will continue to burn brightly at fifty and beyond!

    PSHS...on fire at 50!


  • 21 Apr 2014 11:54 AM | Jan-Michael Espino (Administrator)



    With deep sadness, the PSHS NAA Board of Directors wish to inform everyone in the PSHS community that our beloved former Director, Dr. Cleofe M. Bacungan, passed away in her sleep yesterday, 20 April.

    Dr. Bacungan's wake is at the Bacungan Hall, ASTB, PSHS Main Campus starting at 1PM Monday, 21 April until 6 AM Friday, 25 April. Funeral will be on 25 April, after the 8am mass at the Church of the Risen Lord (UP Diliman Campus), at the Loyola Memorial Park, Marikina City. 

    Messages and tributes can be posted here, which will be then forwarded to her family and loved ones.
  • 26 Dec 2013 1:29 PM | Jan-Michael Espino (Administrator)

    During this season of giving, I pray that you will be blest with the privilege of being able to share your time, talents, and treasures to the PSHS System and our less-fortunate alumni. For the victims of the terrible typhoon that affected our Palo, Leyte campus and the earthquake that damaged our Argao, Cebu campus, relief assistance - food and basic necessities, are still needed. However, with the evacuees on campus and the damage to the buildings, we should begin to address the need for our students to continue their education. In the Cebu campus we supported the construction of temporary classrooms; in addition temporary housing for the students was also prepared. For the Leyte campus, however, the task is more challenging: the use of our campus as an evacuation center makes it very difficult to resume regular classes. As we wait for most of the evacuees to have their homes rebuilt or alternative relocation sites for them be put up, the PSHS System Board of Trustees has approved the plan to distribute the affected students to the other campuses around the country. 

    At this time, our PSHS NAA has decided to focus more of our limited funds to assist alumni – the graduates of the EVC who are now in the universities but are having difficulty with financing from families affected by the disasters.

    Please set aside some of your time to help us facilitate the process of identifying EVC graduates who need support for their studies, help us ease the difficulties of our schoolmates with your talents and expertise, and share part of your treasures to reduce the cost of this challenge faced by our alumni.  We pray that they too will have a Blessed Christmas and may we all have a meaningful New Year!

  • 06 Dec 2013 12:20 PM | Mary Rose dela Cruz (Administrator)
    By Cynthia Verzosa, MD

    Typhoon Haiyan, more popularly known as Yolanda, struck the Philippines on 8 November 2013. As the immense magnitude of the devastation came to light, I felt a growing sense of duty -- to give of myself, personally. I am anophthalmologist. And though I knew that internal medicine specialists, pediatricians, and surgeons would be the ones in great demand, I kept telling myself that I am still a physician capable of practising General Medicine.

    So on 11 November, after hearing through the grapevine that our hospital, the Jose R Reyes Memorial Medical Center, would be sending a medical team to the typhoon-hit areas, I spoke to the Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, Dr Evelyn Morabe, and expressed my eagerness to volunteer as part of the team.

    To my surprise only a mere couple of days later, I received instructions and a list of items to pack immediately as I was being deployed the following day, together with an entire medical team. Though excited, I felt some trepidation at what I had just bound myself to, only then having really come to terms with the fact that we would be going to some of the hardest-hit disaster zones. “This is it," I said as I composed myself as quickly as I can, "no turning back now."

    On 14 November, the JRRMMC contingent, along with medical teams from the San Lazaro Hospital, Rizal Medical Center, Paulino Garcia J Garcia Hospital, and the Veterans Regional Hospital, set out to go to Samar riding buses bearing our respective mobile clinics. After almost two days of inland travel along Luzon and a 2-hour ferry ride from Bicol to Samar, we arrived at the 8th Infantry Division Camp in Catbalogan City. There, we only had time for refuelling and a brief rest before we headed out, with military escorts this time, to Basey and Marabut, then onwards to Tacloban City, Leyte.

    The patients we saw suffered generally from upper respiratory tract infections, acute gastroenteritis, and lacerated and puncture wounds. We tended to patients across a broad age-range -- from young children to elderly people. We sent them off with medicines to complete the treatment course.

    Each patient had a unique story to tell about their experience during the storm, how they held on to each other and prayed to God for relief. Some patients cried at the mere sight of our mobile clinics, praising God for answering their prayers. We were hardly familiar with the dialect spoken, but somehow managed to communicate with the locals. We were overwhelmed by their spirit and will to survive. Mostly, they were simply smiling gratefully as we examined them.

    The living condition in these places we visited was dismal. Yet, the typhoon victims managed to get up each day to rebuild their homes and their lives. This made us acutely appreciative of the comforts we have taken for granted: a safe environment, free flowing potable water, electricity, warm food and square meals, and comfortable beds.

    Around us, the devastation was horrifying. Fully-mature trees and concrete electric posts were snapped in two. Barangays were obliterated. Once concrete structures were reduced to rubble. Vehicles scattered about seem to have been tossed in the air before falling to the ground. Some ships even ended up on land. Tall piles of debris were strewn by the roadsides. Pig carcasses were afloat in the streams. Though the bodies of fatalities have by then been removed, the stench of death still clung to the air.

    Later, I learned that the Eastern Visayas Campus of the Philippine Science High School in Palo, Leyte had been converted into an evacuation center. I realized immediately that it was not in the list of places our team was going to make calls to. However, it came as a huge relief when I found out soon after that another medical team had been assigned to look after the evacuees in the PSHS campus in Palo.

    Of all the government agencies, it was the MMDA that made the greatest impact on me. They managed to clear the roads quickly and efficiently. With our bus as our sleeping quarters parked alongside their makeshift tents, we saw them wake up and leave very early every morning, and return late each afternoon. I have some newfound respect for the MMDA after witnessing this.

    I am grateful to all those who sustained us physically and in spirit during our entire mission. There were residents who brought us food, which were much-welcome breaks from our usual fare of tinned sardines and corned beef. The officers and staff of a telecom outfit allowed us the use of their bathrooms, access to their internet, and the use of their outlets from which to charge our electronic devices. The military personnel of the 8th Infantry Division ensured our safety during the trips to Samar, and provided the environment to inspire our team to be medical Stormtroopers. The humor and camaraderie of my co-members in the medical team were priceless; their dedication and perseverance, especially in the face of difficulties, kept me at my best under the circumstances. Most especially, there were our friends and loved ones who supported us through prayers, who have monitored our progress while we were on the road, who have quietly cheered us on, who believed in our mission, and who eagerly welcomed us back home.

    Despite the hardships our team endured, this experience remains most unique and meaningful to me. I know I have helped a bit, but I have grown a lot from it as well!

  • 05 Dec 2013 10:56 PM | Mary Rose dela Cruz (Administrator)
    An emergency trip was voluntarily made by two members of the Pisay alumni to the earthquake-ravaged Central Visayas Campus (CVisC) soon after the fateful day of 15 October 2013 when a 7.2 magnitude quake hit Bohol and Cebu. Dante del Rosario is a registered licensed architect from Batch’85, and Irwin Cafugauan of Batch’88 came as a representative of the PSHS Foundation Inc’s online donation portal, the Aghamroad.ph. The visit was intended to assist the school in its recovery, particularly from the damage sustained by the school buildings.

    Arriving at the campus shortly after lunch on Tuesday, 22 October, CVisC Director Dr Warren Cordeta gave the two alumni volunteers a campus tour and briefed them about his plans concerning the status of the buildings vis-á-vis the post-earthquake situation in the local community. On top of his mind was to have the classrooms ready in time for the resumption of classes by 4 November.

    An emergency trip was voluntarily made by two members of the Pisay alumni to the earthquake-ravaged Central Visayas Campus (CVisC) soon after the fateful day of 15 October 2013 when a 7.2 magnitude quake hit Bohol and Cebu. Dante del Rosario is a registered licensed architect from Batch’85, and Irwin Cafugauan of Batch’88 came as a representative of the PSHS Foundation Inc’s online donation portal, the Aghamroad.ph. The visit was intended to assist the school in its recovery, particularly from the damage sustained by the school buildings.

    Arriving at the campus shortly after lunch on Tuesday, 22 October, CVisC Director Dr Warren Cordeta gave the two alumni volunteers a campus tour and briefed them about his plans concerning the status of the buildings vis-á-vis the post-earthquake situation in the local community. On top of his mind was to have the classrooms ready in time for the resumption of classes by 4 November.

    After a thorough ocular inspection, the state of the school buildings made it immediately apparent to the two visiting alumni that their role would be to come up with the most appropriate design for temporary classrooms and to help arrive at a strategy to finance this project -- these to ensure that the PSHS CVisC may be ready on the aforementioned date of re-opening of classes.

    The school’s resident engineer and ADTECH instructor collaborated with Dan to come up with the design for eight temporary classrooms that needed to be built on the campus grounds. Of highest consideration were the cost and durability of these classrooms, given the likelihood that it would take at least a year to get the academic buildings and girls' dormitory viable again.

    Irwin, on his part as Aghamroad.ph emissary, found time to talk to Director Warren as to what assistance may be expected from the alumni in light of its ongoing fundraising initiatives. Over dinner, the Aghamroad.ph thrust of obtaining funders for educational projects under the PSHS System was introduced to the PSHS CVisC teaching staff, deeming that the endeavour to rebuild the campus under the prevailing circumstances is a right fit for its objectives.

    Upon adjourning for the day, Dan took with him the preliminary basis for the temporary classrooms for further work.

    With the design and engineering team of the campus, an improved and more cost-efficient design was produced the following day. The location of these structures in the campus grounds was scoped and comprehensively planned out, and by end of play of Day Two, the final working plan for these classrooms were completed.


    Irwin Cafugauan, PSHS MC 1988
    Dante CH del Rosario, PSHS MC 1985


    Please see the site pictures, design of the makeshift classrooms and initial damage assessment in the accompanying report. PSHS-CVisC-DDR.pdf
  • 19 Nov 2013 9:37 AM | Mary Rose dela Cruz (Administrator)
    Dr Josette Biyo has called for a meeting for the parents and guardians of EVC scholars this coming Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 4 different localities, depending on their current locations. Please read advisory here.

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