• 14 Sep 2010 9:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    As part of its 30th anniversary celebration program, Batch’80 conducted a Medical Mission in Barangay Pansol, Diliman, last August 29, 2010. Doctors from the batch, led by Dr. Ruperto Navarro, along with other volunteer doctors from UP-College of Medicine, participated to be of service to our less fortunate brothers. Drs. Grace Pamintuan-Serrano, Judith Navarro, Edgardo Ongjoco and Peter Aganon were also present in the half-day “giving-back” mission.

    In close coordination with the office of the Barangay, Batch 80 volunteers were able to organize efficient delivery of medical services to over 400 patients coming from about 250 underprivileged families. Aside from free medical consultation, free medicines and supplements were also dispensed.

    Batch’80 would like to thank the following for their support: 
    United Laboratories
    Office of Rep. Joseph Abaya, PSHS B’83
    Office of Rep. Jorge Banal, QC Dist 3
    Office of Speaker Belmonte, QC Dist 4
    Office of Rep. William Tieng, Buhay Party List
    Office of Bgy Capt. Dominic Flores, Bgy. Pansol

  • 14 Sep 2010 9:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The country's premier high school is gearing up for a big splash on its 50th anniversary in 2014. Last Sept 6, 2010, the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) system announced a bold fundraising drive in preparation for its golden anniversary four years from now. 
    Dubbed "50@50", the plan is to raise fifty million pesos from donations to augment the official budget of the country's oldest and widest science high school system. 

    PSHS System Executive Director Filma Brawner roundly welcomed the early start of the golden anniversary fundraiser. “This can only boost our pursuit of giving leading-edge science education, that is best seen and achieved by making available enablers, science learning opportunities, and a challenging environment, especially for our students.”

    The PSHS was set up 46 years ago as a one-campus school for young science scholars through Republic Act 3661 signed into law in 1963 by then President Diosdado Macapagal. Since 1998, it has been transformed via Republic Act 8496 into the PSHS System that now encompasses eleven campuses and more than 3500 students nationwide. Since 1969, when the first batch of PSHS graduates made it, the school has been known for its alumni excelling not only in the fields of math and sciences, but in all fields of social endeavor. Among its more than 13,500 alumni are former NEDA secretary general and columnist Cielito Habito, former health undersecretary Mario Taguiwalo, former AFP Chief-of Staff General Hermogenes Esperon, Congressman Jun Abaya (1st district, Cavite), Mapua president Rey Vea, renowned surgeons Ernesto Baello and Rafael Consunji, acclaimed environmentalists Rodel Lasco and Luis Tupas, former UP Diliman College of Engineering deans Edgardo Atanacio and Rowena Guevara, IT stalwart Delfin Jay Sabido, columnists and multi-awarded writers Butch Dalisay and Jessica Zafra, Ibon Foundation executive director Antonio Tujan, indie filmmaker Aureaus Solito, Ayala corporate CEO Gil Genio, Accenture CEO Jaime del Rosario, San Miguel Brewing International chairman Carlos Berba, and former Cultural Center of the Philippines president Nes Jardin.

    Despite a glowing roster of alumni, Pisay--as it has been fondly called of late by its students, a moniker that broke into the public vocabulary with an internationally-recognized Filipino film bearing this name made by alumnus Solito--has long borne a quite limited budget. Funds for basic school equipment, specially for laboratories and related supplies as well as the now-customary computers, have long been lacking. Programs to raise the skills of the teachers tasked to teach the country's "creme de la creme" are wanting. The newest campuses of the PSHS system--those in Baguio and San Fernando, Pampanga--are currently renting spaces that are clearly inadequate.

    At the press briefing announcing the drive, Mrs. Montejo, representing DOST Secretary Mario Montejo gave an inspirational message. This was responded to by Director Filma Brawner, Mr. Frix Africa, president of the PSHS Foundation and Jocelyn Sanchez Mendoza, president of the PSHS National Alumni Association (PSHSNAA). The PSHSNAA and the PSHS Foundation, in partnership with the school, are the major organizations behind the 50@50 campaign.

    During the launch, an AVP presentation dramatized the needs of the school. The official logo for the campaign—the winner of a previous logo making contest—was also unveiled. PSHS Main campus batch ’70 kicked off the alumni response to the 50@50 campaign with their donation of Php100,000 during the event, A website to serve as the fundraiser’s hub is afoot, and events under the drive will soon roll out and will be announced in time.

    Press coverage of the launch:

  • 14 Sep 2010 8:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The 2nd CMB Natatanging Guro Awardees: Ms. Janeth Morata Fuentes (Eastern Visayas Campus) - Natural Science Cluster, and Dr. Cristina B. Cristobal (Main Campus) – Humanities and Social Science Cluster were recognized during the 46th PSHS Foundation Anniversary Recognition and Convocation held last September 3, 2009.  The Awardees were give Plaques of Recognition and Php30,000 each.

    The CMB NG Awards is a project of the CMB NG Endowment Fund Committee composed of representatives of the PSHS System, the PSHS National Alumni Association and the PSHS Foundation.  The first NG Awards was held last year for the Main campus.  This year onwards, this prestigious award included all qualified teachers in all PSHS campuses and will be held every 3 years.

    The awardees were nominated by their peers and selected by the NG Selection Committee:  Dr. Victoria Ortega-Espa8don ’78 Main (Chairman, academe), Mr. Rex Aurelius C. Robielos ’90 Main (alumni),  Ms. Mary Jane Turingan (PSHS), Ms. Ciedelle Yu-hico (retired faculty), and Ms. Nicole Marelle Tan ’11 (student).

    The criteria for the awards are teaching effectiveness (60%) – performance rating, student evaluation and teaching innovations; research and/or creative work done (20%); academic background and professional development (15%) and other accomplishments and achievements including extension work (5%).  

    The winners have demonstrated that balance can be achieved amongst excellence in teaching, high academic productivity (in terms of research and publications), continuous professional development and high spirit of community service. 

  • 10 Aug 2010 9:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ribbon cuttingTurn-over ceremonies were held on August 5, 2010 by PSHS Main Campus Batch of 1985, the celebrating Jubilarian Batch for the year 2010, for the first-ever in the Philippines, non-utility Solar Energy Augmented Lighting System.  The project is composed of two phases:  Phase I is the Light-Emitting Diode Lighting Retrofit and Solar Photovoltaic Grid-Tied System Project for the AdSolar lights in actionministration Building, and Phase II is the Stand-Alone, Off-Grid Solar Powered LED Roadway Lighting System.  

    This project was made possible under the auspices of the Wilfred and Bonnie Uytengsu Foundation. Spearheaded for implementation by Dr. Giselle Gervacio and Engr. Rodney Armena of Batch 1985, Brightbox Inc., represented by two other Batch 1985 alumni, Mr. Ramil Sevilla and Mr. Jason Hernandez, was the implementing agency.

    This project was in the wish list of the current PSHS Main Campus Director, Dr. Helen Caintic, whose vision for the school is to be an environment-friendly institution showcasing renewable energy.  Indeed, this project reduces the carbon footprint of the institute by 7.5tons-CO2 per year.

    Wilfred Uytengsu   Alumni audience   Toast to PSHS Batch 85  Batch 85 Organizers

    The full press release can be found in 

  • 10 Aug 2010 6:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, a professor at the Electrical & Electronics Engineering Institute, University of the Philippines-Diliman, recently won the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teachers Awards 2010 under the higher education category.

    She joins nine other educators who were honored in this year’s nationwide search.  Janeth Morata-Fuentes, a teacher at the PSHS-Eastern Visayas Campus (Palo, Leyte) was also named one of the winners.

    Dr. Guevara is a member of PSHS-Main Class 1980.  She was also conferred the Gawad Lagablab for Applied Engineering Sciences in 2005, a recognition given to outstanding PSHS alumni.

    Dr. Guevara obtained her BS in Electrical Engineering  (1985, NSDB Scholar) and MS in Electrical Engineering (1990) at UP Diliman with postgraduate studies at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1997, NSDB-ESEP Scholar). She also pursued her post-doctoral studies at Tokyo  Institute of Technology (1998) and University of California, Berkeley (2001).

    She served as Dean of UP College of Engineering from July 2004 to July 2010, the youngest and first woman to be appointed to this position.

    The PSHS National Alumni Association would like to congratulate Dr. Guevara for this outstanding achievement! The PSHS community is truly proud of you.

  • 10 Aug 2010 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The PSHS NAA Board of Directors and Alumni led by Jocelyn Sanchez Mendoza, Gina Eubanas-Santiago, Cynthia Versoza-Canta and Jessamyn Yazon turned over the remaining items from the 2009 Homecoming Auction to the PSHS Main Campus officials last August 5, 2010.  Campus Director Helen Caintic received the various items (air-conditioning units and projector screens).  Once again, we would like to thank Batch’84 for spearheading this project during the homecoming and Batches 69, 77, 78 and 89 who donated the funds for these items. 

    Projector screens      Aircon     Aircon

  • 26 Jul 2010 10:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The PSHS National Alumni Association is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for the 2011-2012 Board of Directors.  There are 7 members of the Board of Directors whose terms will end by December 2010.  There is 1 member of the Board of Directors whose term ends December 2011 but has regrettably resigned due to his work demands. Seven of the newly-elected members of the Board of Directors will have a 2-year term of office (2011-2012), while the 8th will serve the 1-year remaining term (2011) of the resigned member of the Board of Directors.

    Please find below the nomination form.  The deadline for nominations is August 31, 2010.

    Sincerely yours,

    Joel Garduce, B81
    Chair, Nomination and Election Committee (Nomelec)
    PSHS Board of Directors 2010

    Board Nomination Form

    Each nominee's profile/CV will be posted online in the PSHS Alumni Hub, the Official Site of the PSHS National Alumni Association. The same information will also be posted (2 pages per nominee) on the bulletin board during the Homecoming night.   A one-page Curriculum Vitae is mandatory and another page which is optional for the nominee to use to express himself/herself to the voters.

    A.      Curriculum Vitae  (maximum 1- page)
    1.      Educational Background
    2.      Work Background
    3.      Relevant Organizations/ Activities

    B.  Nominee's Space   (Optional,  maximum 1-page).   This is to provide the nominee a space to present himself to the PSHS alumni population in a non-CV format.  This is a free format and the nominee can write anything on this page.  However, NOMELEC has these recommended topics below:
    1.      What motivated you to run for the PSHS NAA  Board Elections?
    2.      What are your visions for the PSHS NAA?
    3.      What are the areas of improvement that you will focus on?
    4.      Any other topic that you (the nominee) feel is relevant or is helpful in getting you elected.

  • 25 Jun 2010 8:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Outgoing Department of Science and Technology Secretary Dr Estrella Alabastro was honored by the PSHS System on June 24, 2010 in a convocation held at the Exhibit Hall of the Advanced Science and Technology Building, PSHS Main Campus.  The DOST Secretary chairs the Board of Trustees of the PSHS System.NAA president Jocelyn Sachez Mendoza hails Sec Alabastro as Dr Brawner looks on

    In attendance were the PSHS Executive Director Dr Filma Brawner and the directors of the various PSHS campuses in the country.  Also present were representatives of the PSHS Foundation, PSHS National Alumni Association, PSHS Execom and Board of Trustees.  Students of the main campus also participated in the convocation via a message of appreciation from the student council president and a musical number by Himig Agham.

  • 24 Jun 2010 7:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Taking advantage of his visit to the country, Gary Rozal, B80, accepted PSHS NAA's invitation to give an inspirational career talk to students last June 23, 2010. Gary took up BS Statistics at UP ('84, magna cum laude) and finished his post-grad studies at Yale University.  Gary focused on web development and internet usage/habits in his talk. Gary Rozal talks to PSHS students It was a very informal and highly interactive forum.  The session did not end with the talk as a number of fourth-year students cornered Gary at the end of the forum, seeking his expert advice on their computer science projects.

    The PSHS NAA would like to thank Gary for taking time out of his busy schedule.  Thank you too to Monica Xavier, B85 (PSHS Comp Sci Instructor) for making the arrangements despite the very short notice.

  • 22 Jun 2010 10:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The U.P. College of Engineering recently honored its top 100 alumni in an awards ceremony held at the U.P. Film Center last May 28, 2010. The awarding of Top 100 U.P. Alumni Engineers (UPAE) was part of the year-long celebration of the college’s Centennial Year in 2010.
    PSHS NAA proudly congratulates its members who made it to this prestigious award:

    Reynaldo Vea, BS Mechanical Engineering, UPCE B’77 (Main’69)
    Jaime Del Rosario, BS Industrial Engineering, UPCE B’77 (Main‘71A)
    Adolfo Jesus R Gopez, BS Metallurgical Engineering, UPCE’78 (Main ’73)
    Cesar Basilio, MS Metallurgical Engineering, UPCE’81 (Main ’76)
    Ramon Castillo, BS Electrical Engineering, UPCE B’82 (Main ’77)
    Rowena Cristina Guevara, BS Electrical Engineering, UPCE B’85 (Main ’80)

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