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  • 05 Jul 2013 11:06 PM | Mary Rose dela Cruz (Administrator)

    PSHS students once again won the one week competition in Science for gifted students in the ASEAN plus Three nations that ended last June 30, held in Busan, South Korea. Executive Director Josette Biyo says it best in her report to the PSHS Board of Trustees:

    The competition was participated by 25 teams from ASEAN plus Taiwan, China (Beijing), Korea, Sweden, and Nigeria. The competition focused on laboratory skills and analyses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. The Philippines in represented by two teams composed of 3 students from PSHS Main, and 3 students from PSHS WVC. The competition took place at the Korea Science Academy in Busan (KSA) with the KSA professors serving as judges for the individual events, and international evaluators for the paper presentation.

    I am very happy to inform you that the Philippines (PSHS Students) again got the CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY! The scores are as follows:

    Biology: PSHS Main- Gold, PSHS WVC-Silver (20%)
    Chemistry: PSHS Main- Gold, PSHS WVC - Silver (20%)
    Physics- PSHS Main - no award, PSHS WVC- Bronze (20%)
    Paper Presentation- PSHS WVC Best paper (40)

    Average of two teams was the highest score out of the 25 teams making the Philippines the Grand Champion for the second time. Last year in Brunei, we were also the champion.

    As for the Physics category, PSHS Main students could have gotten gold except for the fact that they didn't put their names in the graph submitted and they were disqualified. I saw their data during the presentation and it was perfect! It was a lesson learned for the students.

    For the PSHS WVC, their graph was not perfect because the data generated in the field was not perfect due to environmental disturbances. They also know what the perfect values would look like, but still stood on the values they generated (intellectual honesty), but the judges scored them based on accuracy. They were however able to explain this during the presentation, getting the nod of the judges.

    Despite these, the average score of the two PSHS Teams was the highest out of the 13 participating countries. Korea came 2nd, and Singapore 3rd. Korea felt sad and I think all participating countries are wondering how we are teaching our students. They said that all our students are very confident. We have our teachers to thank for this.

    We are going back to the Philippines tonight. But the best thing I heard from our students was: "Win or lose, we will all go back to the Philippines as different persons-much better persons. And we are now ready to compete in any international competition."

    Thank you for all your support to the PSHS System.

    Josette

  • 11 May 2013 10:32 AM | Mary Rose dela Cruz (Administrator)

    By Gina Santiago Eubanas, MD

    My husband had been warning me about how storms have been raging in Davao much like here in Manila. So I pulled a red sweater and a pair of black pants for my flight from Manila that morning. Almost two hours later, I was welcomed by the scorching heat and the intense glare of the midday sun. Uh-oh! Well, at least I was spared of the burning radiation of the sun's rays, I said to myself.

    Waiting right outside the doors was the amiable Ms. Suzette Palicte, a biology instructor and alumna of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) Southern Mindanao campus in Tugbok District, northeast of Davao City met me at the airport. We travelled for 45 minutes while exchanging pleasantries before entering a rotunda surrounded by a well-manicured lawn dotted with flowery hedges. Proceeding to a neat cantina where everyone was already having lunch, I soon had my fill of the freshest tilapia that was fried to perfection, sinigang na dinagyang and the freshest and perhaps the most delicious pineapples that I almost consumed the entire platter. Right after lunch ( which to me was a feast), no less than the tireless director herself, Mrs. Delia Legaspino, gave me a warm welcome and ushered me to the school’s conference room where I was to meet with some alumni.


    The PSHS National Alumni Association (NAA), which I represent, was extremely grateful for the extraordinary efforts of Mrs Legaspino for arranging an entire afternoon devoted to the presentation of the NAA to both the alumni and the graduating class.

    Nine alumni currently reside as faculty members in SMC, which in itself stands as a tremendous example of the amazing experiences these alumni must have had during their 4 years here. These alumni from different batches are dedicated enough to pay forward by coming back to teach, and that made me think about how nice a learning environment this campus must have always been.

    The group was headed by Ms. Daryl Alegarbes who also happened to be the president of the PSHS SMC Alumni Association. As I presented and introduced the NAA, I couldn't help but notice how distinctive the culture of Pisay was. Despite the regional differences, the personalities of these breed of scholars have a commonality that eventually peeked and, without fail, always showed itself. I was glad to be among peers. The objectives, directives, current and future projects of the NAA were discussed including the upcoming First National Alumni Convention of PsHS (ANAC ng Pisay) where representatives of all batches in all campuses are expected to attend. Coincidentally, and without skipping a beat, two of the alumni were scheduled to be in Manila at the time and can attend the conference.

    I met with the senior batch at the gymnasium. Out of the 84 graduates, I learned that more than 60 of them were bound for Manila this coming June. I soon realized that what genuinely caught their interest was the list of personalities who who they found out to be fellow Pisayans. I secretly hoped these inspiring figures will give them the added drive to achieve more in life. I left the talk thrilled by the thought.

    The morning of the graduation started with a solemn inter-religious baccalaureate service concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Daniel J. MacNamara, Pastor William A. Lotero and Imam Abdul Basit A. Baraguir. The music, sung by members of the faculty headed by Engr. Cyrene Palparan, was very inspiring.

    During the break, the students and their classes converged at the lawn surrounding the academic building and their official class pictures were taken. Despite the increasing temperature of the mid-morning sun, no one seemed to mind as the atmosphere remained one of excitement and anticipation.

    The ceremonies began at precisely 10 o'clock. The opening remarks was delivered by Regiel Christian Q. Mag-usara, recipient of this year's Highest Honors and DOST Model Science scholar. He reminsiced on the four years of growing together and expressed his gratitude to his peers, parents, guardians, teachers and faculty from whom he and his fellow graduates learned their lessons and values that they now carry with them. Today is the culmination. Today is Primus Eventus.

    The speaker was well-chosen. Being a mathematics full professor in Ateneo de Manila University and a mother of two Pisay scholars, Dr. Catherine Vistro-Yu certainly has the right to address this year’s graduating batch. She noted that the batch will have the privilege of celebrating its Jubillee year at the same time when the school celebrates its golden anniversary in 2038. She certainly did her homework too, interviewing Pisay college students on their experiences. “The first semesters will be a breeze to you” , she says, “ and there lies the trap. The trap of leniency and self-indulgence.” And before they know it, their grades and their aspirations start slipping away as more distractions take over. She advised well. Not a few has fallen into this trap.

    Mr. Lorenzo M. De Vera, recipient of the Gerry Roxas Leadership Award and with High Honors, delivered the message of thanks. Invoking on the spirit of humility by quoting Sir Isaac Newton, he thanked the giants on whose shoulders they have perched upon to reach their goals. From the taxpayers who provided the funds to the lowly janitors to the teachers, staff and parents who selfishly kept their shoulders straight, never letting them fall. Finally, all praises and thanksgiving to the giant who carried all giants, the Almighty God.

    And so, in this land of durian, pomelo, mangosteen and other delicious fruits one can have, with its endless sunny skies, buffet dinners and pearl farms, I got my first taste of the Southern Philippines and need I say it was awesome? It may sound cheesy for most travelers but I must admit this was quite an experience. And yes, take it from someone who's been there, batch 2013, this IS your beginning, this is where you take off. And the roots that bind you shall make you strong and indeed, make you reach for the stars, if you will hang on to it. In search for the untarnished truth.

  • 23 Apr 2013 10:51 PM | Mary Rose dela Cruz (Administrator)
    The first National Alumni Convention of Philippine Science High School or ANAC ng Pisay (A National Alumni Convention of PSHS) is scheduled to be held on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the PSHS main campus 4th floor auditorium from 8 am to 5 pm.

    It will be a whole day meeting of PSHS alumni representatives that seeks to strengthen the preparation for the school's 50th anniversary in 2014 by getting feedback and insights from all batches. Over three hundred attendees are expected to attend composed of two representatives from every alumni batch from all campuses nationwide.

    Following is the invitation letter of  the ANAC ng Pisay project head and PSHS NAA Executive Secretary Iggy Agbayani.

    Click to view letter here: ANAC Invitation Letter
  • 03 Sep 2012 9:28 PM | Mary Rose dela Cruz (Administrator)
    The PSHS NAA NOMELEC announced the results of  the 2013 PSHS NAA Board of Directors Elections during the festivities on homecoming night. In the order of the most votes garnered:

    1. ONGCHANGCO-DIAZ, Theresa Anne O. “Yeyet” 
    2. FLAVIER, Jonathan David A. “Jondi” 
    3. BARANDA, Edmund Jason G. “EJ” 
    4. SANTIAGO-EUBANAS, Gina Antonina E. “Gina” 
    5. ESPINO, Jan-Michael B. “Jan” 
    6. STA. MARIA, Victor David T. “David” 
    7. BUCAYAN, Julianito Jr. G. “Jubucs”

    There were 433 votes that were cast, 206 of which were online.  Congratulations to all!
  • 16 Aug 2012 11:09 PM | Mary Rose dela Cruz (Administrator)

    Notice is hereby given that the term of office of seven (7) members of the PSHSNAA Board of Directors will expire on 31 Dec 2012.

    In accordance with Article IX, in relation to Article VI of the By-Laws of the PSHSNAA, the Board is calling for nominations for the position of members of the Board of Directors, to serve two (2) years terms from 01 January 2013 to 31 December 2014.

    Nominations, together with the nominee’s bio-data/curriculum vitae, may be sent to (1) pshsnaa.membership@gmail.com , (2) the PSHSNAA office, Administration Building PSHS Main Campus, Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City, or (3) the PSHS Foundation Inc. office at the 2nd floor of the Sciences and Humanities Building.

    Each nominee’s bio-data/curriculum vitae will be posted online in the PSHS Alumni Hub, the Official Site of the PSHS National Alumni Association. Any comments on the nominee may also be submitted to 1) pshsnaa.membership@gmail.com , (2) the PSHSNAA office, Administration Building PSHS Main Campus, Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City, or (3) the PSHS Foundation Inc. office at the 2nd floor of the Sciences and Humanities Building.

    The deadline for nomination is on 18 August 2012.

  • 23 May 2012 7:28 PM | Mary Rose dela Cruz (Administrator)

    The undergraduates of the Philippine Science High School - Diliman Campus, from the Theatre Arts senior class of 2012, the Bravura musician's club, and select members of classes 2013, 2014, and 2015, will be performing the Broadway musical, "Les Miserables".

    The play will be conducted on the 25th of May, Friday, at 6:00pm, at the 3rd floor auditorium of the Science and Humanities Building in our Main Campus.

    Tickets cost 100php, and can be bought on-site.  Proceeds will go to the rehabilitation of the 3rd floor auditorium.

  • 23 May 2012 7:18 PM | Mary Rose dela Cruz (Administrator)
    On April 12, 2012, the new Director of Philippine Science High School (PSHS) – Main Campus, Ms. Virginia P. Andres took her oath of office in a ceremony officiated by the Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Hon. Mario G. Montejo. Said Oath Taking was held at the Office of the Secretary in DOST Compound in Bicutan, Taguig. Witnesses were DOST Undersecretary, Hon. Fortunato T. Dela Peña and PSHS System Executive Director, Dr. Josette T. Biyo. [Source: http://www.pshs.edu.ph]
    Gene, as she is fondly known to batchmates, is a Batch '84 alumna. For many years previously, Gene worked as the head of the Curriculum and Instructional Services Division of the main campus. She takes over from Dr. Helen Caintic who retired this year.
  • 02 May 2012 9:42 PM | Mary Rose dela Cruz (Administrator)
    Notice is hereby given that Jose “Jotek” Tecson III has tendered, and the Board has accepted, his resignation as a member of the Board of Directors of the PSHS National Alumni Association. In Accordance with the By-Laws of the Corporation and the Corporation Code, the Board shall fill the vacancy at the next regular meeting of the Board scheduled on 26 May 2012.

    In this connection, the Board is accepting nominations for the vacancy in the position of member of the Board of Directors, to serve the unexpired term of office of Mr. Tecson.  Nominations, together with the nominee’s bio-data/curriculum vitae, may be sent to (1) pshs.membership@gmail.com , (2) the PSHSNAA office, Administration Building PSHS Main Campus, Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City, or (3) the PSHS Foundation Inc. office at the 2nd floor of the Sciences and Humanities Building.
    Each nominee’s bio-data/curriculum vitae will be posted online in the PSHS Alumni Hub, the Official Site of the PSHS National Alumni Association.  Any comments on the nominee may also be submitted to 1) pshsnaa.membership@gmail.com , (2) the PSHSNAA office, Administration Building PSHS Main Campus, Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City, or (3) the PSHS Foundation Inc. office at the 2nd floor of the Sciences and Humanities Building.

    The deadline for nomination which was initially set to midnight of 21 April 2012 is EXTENDED TO  MIDNIGHT OF  19 May 2012.

  • 03 Apr 2012 8:41 PM | Mary Rose dela Cruz (Administrator)
    Notice is hereby given that Jose “Jotek” Tecson III has tendered, and the Board has accepted, his resignation as a member of the Board of Directors of the PSHS National Alumni Association. In Accordance with the By-Laws of the Corporation and the Corporation Code, the Board shall fill the vacancy at the next regular meeting of the Board scheduled on 28 April 2012.

    In this connection, the Board is accepting nominations for the vacancy in the position of member of the Board of Directors, to serve the unexpired term of office of Mr. Tecson.  Nominations, together with the nominee’s bio-data/curriculum vitae, may be sent to (1) pshs.membership@gmail.com , (2) the PSHSNAA office, Administration Building PSHS Main Campus, Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City, or (3) the PSHS Foundation Inc. office at the 2nd floor of the Sciences and Humanities Building.

    Each nominee’s bio-data/curriculum vitae will be posted online in the PSHS Alumni Hub, the Official Site of the PSHS National Alumni Association.  Any comments on the nominee may also be submitted to 1) pshs.membership@gmail.com , (2) the PSHSNAA office, Administration Building PSHS Main Campus, Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City, or (3) the PSHS Foundation Inc. office at the 2nd floor of the Sciences and Humanities Building.
    The deadline for nomination is on the midnight of 21 April 2012.
  • 09 Nov 2011 11:39 PM | Mary Rose dela Cruz (Administrator)
    Twelve outstanding alumni of the Philippine Science High School  (PSHS) will receive the 7th Gawad Lagablab awards during recognition rites on November 19, 2011 at the Manila Hotel.  This was announced by Irene Reyes-Santos, M.D., chair of the awards committee of the PSHS National Alumni Association.

    The awardees are Florecita Fernandez (Batch ’69), for food research and technology; Danilo Silvestre (’74) for architecture and urban planning; Anna Bayle (’74), for international fashion;  Benita Padilla (’75), for medicine-nephrology; Rod Franco (76), for business and industry-  infrastructure development; Miriam Coronel Ferrer (’77), for peace advocacy; Elpidio Cesar Nadala (’78), for international research – microbiology, virology; Cymbeline Tancongco Culiat (’78), genetics and genomics; Cristi Marie Nozawa (’80), biodiversity conservation; Jose Maria Ochave (’81), business and industry – medical health; Leo Anthony Celi (’83), for critical care medicine and biomedical informatics; and Francis de los Reyes III (’86), for environmental engineering and biotechnology.

    Padilla is a member of the National Kidney Institute’s Kidney Transplant Task Force. Silvestre was former dean of the University of the Philippines College of Architecture. Coronel-Ferrer, a UP political science professor, is currently a member of the government negotiating panel for talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

    Nozawa is vice-chair of the World Commission on Protected Areas and director of BirdLife Asia.  Those in the corporate sector are Fernandez, who is vice-president of Unilever/RFM Conglomerate, and Ochave, senior vice-president of United Laboratories, Inc.. Franco is CEO of the Manila North Tollways Corporation.

    De los Reyes, an engineering professor at the North Carolina State University, is a 2008 Balik-Scientist awardee. Tancongco-Culiat is a lead researcher of NellOne Therapeutics Inc., a regenerative medicine company. Celi, an infectious diseases specialist, pioneered in setting up a cellphone-based information system to improve quality of care in resource-poor settings at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Nadala co-founded an award winning biotech company in Silicon Valley, while Bayle is a New York-based international fashion model.

    The Gawad Lagablab is given every 3 years to recognize PSHS alumni’s excellence in their chosen fields of expertise and contribution to national development.  

               

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