Month: September 2015

SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 – SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

NAME COURSE REQUEST REMARKS
9/10/2015 1 BOILES, MARIE SHIELA BSAT TOR/COG OK
CBET 2 BUNAL, DANICA MKTG TOR/COG OK
3 COLLARGA, ROSELYN OM TOR/COG OK
4 DE JESUS, CARLA PATRICIA OM TOR/COG OK
5 DIONALDO, EDTHER JOY MKTG TOR/COG NO F137
6 ESLOYO, MA. LIZA MKTG TOR/COG OK
7 ROMERO, RANDY OM TOR/COG OK
8 SUMILA, JEZALYN BSAT TOR/COG OK
CED 1 ABDULMUNAP, MARY JOY BSN TOR FOR BOARD EXAMINATION
CON 2 BASALO, DIOS MARK BSN TOR FOR BOARD EXAMINATION/ FOR EMPLOYMENT
IPE 3 BULO, RAIZA MAE BSN TOR FOR BOARD EXAMINATION/ FOR EMPLOYMENT
GS 4 DULAY, SHEKINAH JESSA BSN TOR FOR BOARD EXAMINATION
CAS 5 GARCIA, NIDA BSN TOR FOR BOARD EXAMINATION
6 ISIP, JOSELIN JOY BSE HD/TCG FOR TRANSFER/ NO F137
7 JOSE, ROBERYL CZERBIE BSN TOR FOR BOARD EXAMINATION
8 LIBRE, DARLENE BSE HD/TCG FOR TRANSFER/ NO F137
9 LIBUIT, RACHEL ANNE MARIA BSN TOR FOR BOARD EXAMINATION
10 MARTINEZ, JEROME BSE HD/TCG FOR TRANSFER/ NO F137
11 ORTIZ, LUIZ CHARRY BSN TOR FOR BOARD EXAMINATION
12 REDOÑA, KIMBERLY BSN TOR FOR BOARD EXAMINATION/ FOR EMPLOYMENT
13 RIVERA, MARIEL ANNE BSN TOR FOR BOARD EXAMINATION
14 VALLE, LOULLE ROSE BSN TOR FOR BOARD EXAMINATION
15 VILLANUEVA, RHODA MAY BSN HD/TCG FOR TRANSFER/ NO F137
9/11/2015
CBET 1 ABANIO, MICHAEL JOHN MKTG TOR/COG OK
2 ABDULA, NERISSA OM VERIFICATION HUMAN CAPITAL
3 AGUSTIN, MARY JANE MKTG VERIFICATION PNB
4 CALDOZO, NIGEL MGMT TOR/COG/DIP OK
5 CARANZA, JULIE ANNE OM TOR NO F137
6 CRISTOBEL JR., ROMEO MKTG TOR/COG OK
7 CUNANAN, MARLON MKTG TOR OK
8 DE RAMA, DARIL MGMT TOR/COG OK
9 DEBLOIS, LEA MKTG TOR/COG OK
10 DEL ROSARIO, WILMA MGMT TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL/ FOR MAIL
11 DIAZ, BEBELYN MKTG TOR/C OK
12 DOMASIAN, ALYSSA MARY MKTG HD/TCG FOR TRANSFER/ NO F137
13 GODOY, JOMARIE MGMT VERIFICATION VANGUARD
14 JEVE, JOSEPH MKTG TOR/COG OK
15 JORGE, LIZA MAE HRM TCG FOR SCHOLARSHIP/ NO F137
16 MOZO, MELANIE OM TOR/COG OK
17 PARREÑO, ALEXIS MKTG MGMT COE FOR SCHOLARSHIP
18 RAGAS, MA. ALEXYS ENTRE TOR/COG COPY FOR SCHOOL/ FOR MAIL
19 ROCAS, DONITA BSAT HD/TCG FOR TRANSFER/ NO F137
20 SALVADOR, ROWEL MKTG TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL/ FOR MAIL
21 SIERRA, AIZELLE WYNNE OM TOR/COG OK
22 TABIO, JUVITH BSAT TOR/COG OK
23 TAGUINOD, JEMALYN MKTG TOR/COG OK
24 TINDAN, CYBLE FAITH MKTG HD/TCG FOR TRANSFER/ NO F137
25 VENTURA, EARL MGMT TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL/ FOR MAIL
9/16/2015
CBET 1 ALVAREZ, KIM PAMELA HRDM CERT. OF ENROLLMENT FOR SCHOLARSHIP/ NO F137
2 BARBIN, EMMANUL MARK MGMT VERIFICATION MAQ
3 JAMING, AL LAURENCE OPM CERT. OF ENROLLMENT FOR SCHOLARSHIP/ NO F137
4 JUANSON, EMMANUEL ACCTG VERIFICATION D&B
5 MALANA, RICARDO MGMT VERIFICATION MAQ
6 NAVORA, VINCENT JOHN MGMT CERT. OF ENROLLMENT FOR SCHOLARSHIP/ NO F137
7 PANDAPATAN, JIMALIAH MGMT TOR OK
8 PANTON, KENETH OM VERIFICATION VANGUARD
9 REYES, HACYN OM TOR/COG/DIP OK
10 SALEM, ANDREA NICOLE ENTRE CERT. OF ENROLLMENT FOR SCHOLARSHIP/ NO F137
11 TEVES, RISA MGMT TOR FOR EMPLOYMENT/ NO F137
9/17/2015
CBET 1 ARAIZA, AARON POE HRM TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL/ ENTRUST TO THE BEARER
2 ARGUTA, ROSEMARIE OM TOR FOR USE ABROAD/ NO F137
3 ARNAR, MERRYL MGMT VERIFICATION PROFILE
4 BEGINO, RUTH MGMT COG OK
5 BINOS, HAIDE MKTG TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL/ ENTRUST TO THE BEARER
6 CARIÑO, AIREENE MGMT TOR OK
7 CERVANTES, ZAMEER ENTREL HD/TCG FOR TRANSFER
8 DAOPLO, JESSEBEL MKTG. MGMT. TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL/ FOR MAIL
9 DE TORRES, RUBY ROSE BSAT HD/TCG FOR TRANSFER
10 DE TORRES, RUBY ROSE BSAT TOR OK
11 GESTA, CHARISH JOY MKTG TOR OK
12 JADULCO, MAVERICK HRM TOR/COG NO F137
13 LUCEÑA, CHRISTINE JOY OM TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL/ FOR MAIL
14 MAGBANUA, RAYMART MGMT VERIFICATION PROFILE
15 MIRANDA, PRINCESS OM VERIFICATION FOR RBV
16 MORENO, SHARMAINE HRM TOR OK
17 NAPILI, FERDINAND BSA HD/TCG FOR TRANSFER
18 PEREZ, DWIGHT THADEOU BSA BSA TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL/ FOR MAIL
19 PITAJEN, LYNA JOYCE BSA TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL/ ENTRUST TO THE BEARER
20 QUITALIG, IVY JOYCE OM TOR OK
21 RAAGAS, EDMAK MGMT VERIFICATION PROFILE
22 SALANDAAN, JENNIFER SECRETARIAL TOR/COG FOR USE ABROAD
23 SAÑOZA, RAVEN MAE BSA TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL/ FOR MAIL
CED 1 ARALAR, ANGELICA BSE TOR/COG/DIP NO OTR COPY FOR RTU
CON 2 BADUA, ROWENA GS TOR/COG/DIP OK
IPE 3 BUID, KAREN BSB TOR/COG/DIP OK
GS 4 CARAIG, MARIA CHRISTMAS GS TOR/COG/DIP OK
  5 CASTRO, JOANNE CAS HD/TOR/CERT. COPY FOR SCHOOL
  6 COLOQUIO, AUREA FRANCE CAMILLE BSB TOR/COG/DIP OK
  7 COSTA, BENELIA EDREI BSB TOR/COG/DIP OK
  8 GANTE, EIFEL ANGELA BSE TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL
  9 LEAL, ROZELYN BSE TOR COPY FOR RTU-GS
  10 MACABURAS, CHIRADEE BSE TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL/ FOR MAIL
  11 MONTILLA, MARIANNE BSE TOR FOR EMPLOYMENT
  12 RIVERA, DANIEL GERSHON BSB TOR/COG/DIP OK
  13 SANTOS, RAMONA GS TOR/COG/DIP OK
           
9/18/2015        
CBET 1 AQUINO, CRISTIN ORUVAIL BSAT TOR OK
2 GULAPA, KRISTINE YSA MGMT TOR/COG OK
  3 JOSE, MA. JOSEMIN BSAT TOR OK
  4 MANGUIT, KRISTINE MGMT TOR/COG OK
  5 MICUTUAN, HAZELINE HRM TOR/COG OK
  6 REYNOSO, JERALINE MKTG TOR/COG OK
  7 RODRIGO, JETHRO MGMT TOR/COG OK
  8 SALVADIXO, KRISTINE MGMT TOR/COG OK
  9 TLAGTAG, LIZA MGMT TOR/COG OK
  10 TOMIMBANG, JIM MKTG TOR/COG OK
  11 TUANGCO, JOHNPAULO MKTG TOR/COG OK
           
9/23/2015        
CBET 1 ALEGRE, APRIL MKTG COG SUMMER GRAD
  2 BAGALAWIS, ROSEMARIE MGMT TOR OK
  3 DE TABLAN, PRICE ROBERT HRM TOR OK
  4 SIBAYAN., JEFFREY HRM TOR/COG OK
  5 UBACAN, MERY JOY MKTG. MGMT CERTIFICATE FOR SCHOLARSHIP
  6 VALENZUELA, JULIE ANN MGMT TOR OK
           
9/24/2015        
CBET 1 BILAN, DANILYN MKTG CERTIFICATION FOR SCHOLARSHIP
  2 GONZALES, GRACE OM CERTIFICATION FOR SCHOLARSHIP
  3 MONTOJO, JERMAINE CHELLYN ON CERTIFICATION FOR SCHOLARSHIP
  4 ROBLES, MIDGE MKTG COG NO OTR
 
 
CED 1 AGUIRRE, NOUVIE CAS HD/TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL
CON 2 ALVARES, RICHELLE ANNE CAS HD/TCG FOR TRANSFER
IPE 3 BALINGIT, JUDY ANN CAS TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL
GS 4 BANDOLA, MARIA CHRISTINA BSE-ENG TOR/HD FOR TRANSFER
CED 5 BELARMINO, JONATHAN GS TOR FOR PROMOTION
CON 6 CAPISTRANO, CARMELA BSE-FIL TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL/ FOR MAIL
7 CAPOQUIAN, BELEN GS TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL/ FOR MAIL
8 CHUA, KRISTINE JOY BSE-ENG TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL
9 CURAMENG, JESSA MAE CAS TOR/COG/DIP OK
10 DE JESUS, VERJAND BSPE TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL
11 GALAROSA, IVAN CAS TCG FOR SCHOLARSHIP
12 ICO, ANTONET GS TCG FOR EVALUATION
13 MAGNO, RAMIL BSPE TOR/COG/DIP OK
14 MALIGOS, MELODY BSPE HD/TCG FOR FURTHER STUDY
15 PAMES, MA. JUSTINE BSN TOR/COG/DIP OK
16 PORTENTO, CHRISTINE MAE CAS TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL/ FOR MAIL
17 RAPATON, MYRNA GS TOR FOR PROMOTION
18 RUIZ, IRIS LOIS ANNE BSB TOR COPY FOR SCHOOL
19 SINGSON, JOSHUA CHRISTIAN BSB TOR FOR USE ABROAD/ NO F137
20 VILI, KATHERINE CAS HD/TCG FOR FURTHER STUDY

Electric Fans

Posted on September 28, 2015

Perhaps we have the most number of electric fans among all State Universities and Colleges in the country. Since 2011 we have bought and installed 995 electric fans for the classrooms, corridors, lobbies, in the Student Center, in the dorm, and in many other places.

Try to imagine if those electric fans were not bought or installed.

And often we take for granted many of the things which make life bearable for us. We often take for granted that our parents are there nurturing us, struggling every day to earn a living for our brothers and sisters. We slam the door of the refrigerator without thinking that our lives would be miserable without it. We do not make our beds in the morning as we wake up. And we don’t put out those unused lights and electric fans. We take for granted that all of our classrooms have electric fans.

Surely we must appreciate the small blessings that come our way every day.

Cat Stevens in his song Morning has Broken tells us to give praise for all those blessings, no matter how simple or ordinary they are:

Morning has broken like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing,
Praise for the morning,
Praise for them springing fresh from the world.

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven,
Like the first dewfall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight,
Mine is the morning,
Born of the one light Eden saw play.
Praise with elation, praise ev’ry morning,
God’s recreation of the new day.

Categories: President's Corner

Dr. Neptali M. Gonzales II

Posted on September 28, 2015

What would the RizalTech be today if by some historical accident there was no Senator Neptali A. Gonzales and Congressman Dr. Neptali “Boyet”M. Gonzales II?

Maybe it would not be the Rizal Technological University today. The father-and-son tandem sponsored the bill which became Republic Act 8365, the law that converted the Rizal Technological Colleges into a State University.

Maybe there would be no 5-storey Neptali A. Gonzales Main Academic Building or MAB. The building was built through the initiative of Dr. Neptali M. Gonzales. It was originally planned to be an 8-storey building but funds would suffice for its present size. But this building has been a great effort on the part of Dr. Boyet Gonzales.

Maybe we would have no Neptali A. Gonzales Gymnasium that gives our students and employees as well as those of other schools so much joy when they see their teams win and sorrow when they lose. The Gym has new maple flooring that meets FIBA standards and a Spalding backboard system similar to the ones being used in the Philippine Arena and Mall of Asia. The Gym was constructed through the initiative of Dr. Boyet Gonzales.

Maybe there would be no Neptali A. Gonzalez Dormitory which presently houses our female athletes, and no garden in front of it. The Dorm was constructed through the initiative of the good Senator.  Lately, Dr. Boyet Gonzales gave PhP 10 million for its repair and renovation. I have asked Bernie Labarda and our other electricians to always keep the electric fans in the dorm in good working condition.

Maybe we would have as many computers we now have in the Boni Campus. Dr. Boyet Gonzales has given us hundreds of computers which we have distributed to the libraries and computer laboratories. In addition to our regular purchases the RizalTech already has a good number of computers, hundreds of them.

Perhaps we would still be hard-put trying to finish the Research and Development Building which started to deteriorate even before it is finished. Dr. Boyet Gonzales provided funds for its completion.

Maybe there would be much less scholarships for our students. Dr. Boyet Gonzales has already given our students thousands of scholarships. A real Christian at heart, I admire his concern for the poor and for the students. Bother Bienvenido Santiago of the Iglesia Ni Cristo once told me that Dr. Boyet Gonzales is “para na nating kapatid,” a statement which speaks volumes about the goodness of the man. Mr. Al Abainza, who often calls me on the phone always on scholarships of Dr. Boyet Gonzales, confided to me that there would be additional thousands of scholarships more coming from the good Congressman.

An educator at heart, Dr. Boyet Gonzales may have been imbued with the philosophy of his father, who himself left a legacy of school buildings all over the country, including one in the Rizal High School, the Senator’s Alma Mater.

Because of what he has done for the RizalTech and to the Filipino people, Congressman Gonzales has been awarded by the RizalTech a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration degree, Honoris Causa, in 2002. And that is the reason why he should be called DR. Boyet Gonzales. It is a title he richly deserves.

Categories: President's Corner

The Eusebio Buildings in the Pasig Campus

Posted September 24, 2015

Yesterday a staff of Mayor Maribel Eusebio called me up to ask about the K to 12 “absorptive capacity” of the RizalTech or how many Grade 11 students could we absorb in the Pasig Campus.  I told her that considering that we have about 3,200 freshmen now in the said campus we could absorb just about the same number for Grade 11.

Mayor Eusebio asked about it, her staff told me because of a new a building being constructed in the campus.  This building has twice the capacity of the first building the City Government of Pasig built.

The new building to be built will add 32 more classrooms to the Pasig Campus.

For the information of the younger generations, the Eusebio Engineering, Science and Technology Building is the very first structure the Local Government of Pasig has built for the RizalTech since the Pasig Campus transferred to its present location in 1994.

In the same year 1994, Dr. Jose Macaballug, former President, and I, attended a Colombo Plan training-seminar held in the Central Luzon State University whose president was Dr. Fortunato Battad.  Dr. Battad in his speech emphasized that if the University would make itself useful and relevant to the community, funds will surely follow.  This advice was stamped indelibly in my mind.  Thus when I became President I worked hard to make the RizalTech relevant and useful to the communities she serves.  That the RizalTech Pasig Campus has become very relevant and useful to the communities she serves is proven by the fact that one important building has risen in the Campus and two more are being built simultaneously.

At this juncture I would like to thank Mayor Maribel Eusebio and former Mayor Bobby Eusebio for their continuing support to the RizalTech Pasig Campus.  In return for all your help we will continue to make ourselves relevant and useful to the community.

Categories: President's Corner

Congratulations to Our Astronomy Students!

Posted on September 23, 2015

A group of Astronomy students from the Department of Earth and Space Sciences have won 5th Place in the Ode To Hubble competition.  They are Khrisna Santos, Adrian Paul Fernandez, Christian Eduard demegillo, and Patrick Sotto.  Their adviser is Ms. Pauline Pearl Divinagracia.

The contest started on February 2, 2015 and ended on March 12, 2015.  The contestants should upload their videos on Youtube.

In winning the 5th Prize for the contest, our students and their adviser have been rewarded with a trophy with a solar array of the Hubble Space Telescope when it orbited the Earth for three years.  The array was replaced in 1993.  What fascinated me was the book they won together with the solar array.  No other Filipino group reached the top five in the contest.

This is really heartwarming news.  Astronomy in the RizalTech has gone a long way since the time when I started writing my observation reports in early 2000, to the time when Dr. Bernardo M. Soriano Jr, Dr. Cynthia Celebre and I were mulling the offering of formal degree programs in Astronomy in the RizalTech.  It really has gone a long way since the time when the Philippine Astronomical Society held its monthly scientific meetings in my office when I was still Vice President, despite the objections of some sectors of the RizalTech community who thought I was using the resources of the University for private concerns…  But I am digressing too much already.

Anyway, Congratulations once again.  We are very proud of you!

Ode to Hubble Competition

And the winners are…

The ESA/Hubble Ode to Hubble competition was an opportunity for those inspired by Hubble to get creative and produce short videos in celebration of Hubble’s 25th anniversary on 24 April 2015.

The competition has now closed and we would like to thank all those who submitted a video. The quality and creativity of the entries, and the passion for Hubble they displayed, were remarkable to see. Thank you. A Hubblecast about the competition and its winners is now available.

The winners and runners up for the two competition categories are displayed below.

Videos

The Under 25s — born in Hubble’s lifetime

Winner

Hubble’s Universe
Halley Davies and Martin Hellmich, Canada

2nd Place

[Ode to Hubble] Be Inspired – Explore – Inspire
Hui Tung Liu, Canada

3rd Place

Ode to Hubble – in celebration of Hubble’s 25th year in orbit 
Simon Vandevelde, Belgium

Ode to Hubble Competition | Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
Jacinto Manuel Escaray, Argentina

Ode to Hubble
Krishna Santos, Philippines

  1. S. T. (Take On Me Parody)
    Alexandra Greenbaum, United States

Voting

The competition and voting are now closed.

The judging panel judged the entries based on the following criteria: the accuracy of the science, how well the entry engages the viewers, how innovative the approach is, the artistic quality of the content, the quality of presentation/delivery (if applicable), how unique the view or perspective of the entry is and the technical quality of the video.

Prizes

The two winners will receive the once-in-a-lifetime prize of a section of Hubble’s solar array mounted in perspex. These little pieces of Hubble are part of the huge solar arrays that spent 3 years orbiting the Earth, giving Hubble its power, until they were replaced in 1993. The winners will also receive a metal-backed copy of the 25th anniversary image signed by astronomers and astronauts who have worked on Hubble. The two winning videos will be featured in our special “Ode to Hubble” Hubblecast.

The producers of the five shortlisted videos for each category will receive the wonderful book The Universe through the Eyes of Hubble and their videos will be hosted on the spacetelescope.org website. https://www.spacetelescope.org/projects/Hubble25/odetohubble

Here are the pictures of the solar array and the book they have won, taken from my phone.

Categories: President's Corner

What the RizalTech Looked Like before the 80s

Posted September 23, 2015

How would the RizalTech look like without the Neptali A. Gonzales Main Academic Building or MAB, without the Gym, and with no vehicles parked on its parking lot except one dilapidated school bus?  This is how it looked like:

The mural is still there as you can see.  The old sign “RIZAL TECHNOLOGICAL COLLEGES” is the one you can see in the picture.  The old bus is now gone.  There was a beautiful garden beside the Old Building, and a lot of tall and old Acacia Trees in the place where the Gym now stands.  Those trees (I think there were more than ten of them) were cut down when the Gym was constructed.  The Old Building looks much the same.

I think this picture was taken in 1979.  In the subsequent years, when the ITB construction began in 1981, we put two backboards on the vacant paved area on the foreground which was the parking lot.  We could play basketball there even if it was supposed to be a parking lot.

In this picture you would enter the Campus through the Lobby of the Old Building.  Looking at the right of the Lobby you would see the Roman Catholic Chapel right away, about the size of a classroom.  Behind the Chapel was an office, the Office of the President!  Adjacent to this were classrooms!  The Promenade and Kiosk were not yet there.  On the left were the welding facilities which the RizalTech maintained in cooperation with a private firm.  It was called the WRTC or the Welding Research and Training Center.  This Center started the tradition of our excellence in Welding Technology, still maintained by the Mechanical Engineering Department.

When you walk through the Lobby you would not see the beautiful quadrangle we now have.  There was still no ITB and ITC.  A big empty unpaved space would greet you, muddy in the rainy season and dusty during the dry, but in the place where the Garden in front of the Neptali A. Gonzales Dormitory you would find a basketball court.

There were tunnels in the adobe walls marking the boundaries of the Campus.  These tunnels were dug by the Japanese during World War II and were rumored to have extended to Guadalupe, crossing the Pasig River underground!  There was a time when I, together with some employees, entered one of those tunnels but we could not get more than a few meters because we were afraid of snakes and it was too dark.

I recall there was an elementary school occupying the west side of the Old Building but it did not take long for it to be transferred to another location.

Sometimes I miss these times when we were still young and the RizalTech was a quaint provincial school.  Pretty soon enrolment would increase, buildings would rise, and development would engulf the slow pace of the life in that RizalTech of long ago.

Categories: President's Corner

Congratulations to Our Electrical Engineering and Registered Master Electrician Topnotchers!

Posted on September 22, 2015

Congratulations to Engr. Gerald M. Mirano, 8th placer in the recent Electrical Engineering Licensure Examination and to 25 other RizalTech examinees to qualify as Registered Electrical Engineers, and to Alen Jumuad, 10th placer and to 12 other RizalTech bets in the Registered Master Electrician Licensure Examination!

Congratulations too to all the EE faculty members.  May your efforts bear more fruit in the next licensure exams.  Now is the best time to better sustain your tradition of excellence.  Keep working hard. With your newly-acquired sophisticated equipment you can push the limits of what you can achieve. Do it now.  There is no better time than this. I am very proud of you.

Categories: President's Corner

Congressman Roman T. Romulo visits the RizalTech Pasig Campus

Posted on September 22, 2015

On September 4, 2015 Congressman Roman T. Romulo of the Lone district of Pasig and Chairman of the Committee on Higher and Technical Education of the House of Representatives visited the Pasig Campus for the ground-breaking of a new building which he initiated through the Department of Public Works And Highways.

Congressman Romulo has authored two landmark laws that will have great impact to Philippine Education, namely the Open Distance Learning Law and the Iskolar ng Bayan Law.

On the ODL Law, he explains that

“We’ve established ODL precisely to help every Filipino, especially OFWs, working students, and persons with disabilities, realize their hopes and dreams of acquiring higher education. What is great about ODL is that you can obtain a bachelor’s degree from any Philippine university, regardless of your location – while you are employed as a service crew of McDonald’s in Kuwait, a domestic helper in Riyadh, or a hotel bellhop in Abu Dhabi.” www.romanromulo.com

On the Iskolar ng Bayan Law, he explains it this way:

“The scholars do not have to take the competitive entrance tests of state universities, including the University of the Philippines College Admission Test, or the UPCAT,” Romulo said in a statement.

“All that they have to do is apply for admission, and they will be allowed in, as long as they choose the campus in their home region, and provided that the school’s quota for the Iskolar ng Bayan is still not full,” he added. – See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/525982/news/nation/new-law-exempts-public-schools-top-10-students-from-taking-upcat.” http://www.gmanetwork.com

I showed the pictures of the program below to my wife who could not recognize the place until I zoomed in the students on the upper floors of the building.  When she recognized the uniforms she was surprised it was the RTU Pasig Campus!  She thought it was some classy private school!

Two additional buildings are being constructed there now. One of them is the extension of the present building built by Mayor Bobby Eusebio and was inaugurated during the term of Mayor Maribel Eusebio.  This building is twice the length and number of classrooms as the original building.

The other building is the one being constructed through the initiative of Congressman Romulo.  We are planning to house the Engineering equipment we are going to buy for the Pasig Campus in that building.

The Pasig Campus is now home to 7,895 students.

Mons Romulo, the sister of the Congressman, praised the cleanliness of the Campus.

I would like to thank its Executive Director, Dr. Luis Castaneda, for a superb effort in the improvement of the Campus.  Most importantly, it would be unfair if we forget to give credit to his wife Mrs. Anabelle Castaneda, Kagawad of Barangay Caniogan in Pasig City who is really doing most of the legwork in having the funding for the buildings approved.  Dr. Castaneda and I salute you!

Categories: President's Corner

Meade LX 850 14” Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, Share the Dream

Posted September 19, 2015

“Our University has one of the biggest telescopes in the country, the Meade LX 850 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain.

In 2004, the RTU and PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration entered into a Memorandum of Agreement for joint researches in Astronomy and for collaboration in the offering of formal degree programs in Astronomy. The result is the Master of Science in Astronomy program in 2004 and the Bachelor of Astronomy Technology program in 2006. The curricula of both programs were jointly designed by RizalTech engineers and PAGASA experts. Consequently, two of the original Individual Members of the International Astronomical Union from the Philippines, Dr. Bernardo M. Soriano Jr. and Dr. Cynthia Celebre, the former and present Chiefs of the Atmospheric, Geophysical and Space Sciences Bureau (AGSSB) of PAGASA became faculty members of the newly-established Department of Astronomy. I was its first Department Head. In 2012, the name of the Department was changed by the Board of Regents to Earth and Space Sciences.

Due to the increasing number of students in the Department, and the increasingly complex and sophisticated researches the Department has been producing, the need for newer equipment became apparent. The interest of the Department’s faculty and students in solar observation prompted us to acquire white light solar filters (so they can put to rest my own 8-inch solar filter) and a 60-mm Lunt H-Alpha solar telescope which can show the observer many features of our Sun which cannot be detected in just using white light solar filters, such as prominences, flares, faculae and granulation on the surface of the Sun. They are no longer using my own 40-mm Coronado H-Alpha solar telescope.

Astrophotography is another important activity of the Department. Thus, a need to have a new telescope that would answer this need has arisen. The result is the Meade LX 850 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope featured in this article. This one is heavy. The tripod and mount alone could not be lifted by men who are not weight lifters.

This is one of the most sophisticated telescopes in the Philippines today. It is awaiting the completion of the astronomical observatories that would be put in the Pasig Campus.

Its features are far advanced. Soon, the Rizal Tech will be visited by students from other schools who would want to see the wonders of the Universe themselves through our telescopes.

Astronomy as a science is wonderful. Knowledge comes through the telescope. Show a student, or any young person for that matter Saturn, Jupiter, or even just the brightest and colorful stars, and he will become interested in Astronomy or in any science for the rest of his life.

Through these telescopes, we are sharing what we can share. Most importantly, we dare not only to dream, but we share the dream.”

FASTER, SHARPER OPTICAL SYSTEM
The LX850 employs a fast f/8 ACF™ optical system with high-contrast baffling that assures crisp, pinpoint imaging to the very edge of the field. The all-new OTA features an internal Crayford-style, zero image-shift focusing system with a two-speed, 7:1 control.

PRECISION MACHINED, SOLID GERMAN EQUATORIAL MOUNT
Constructed of machined stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum, the LX850 mount presents a rock-solid platform with precision roller bearings on both axes and a 1.75″ stainless steel R.A. shaft. Its .68″ diameter brass worms and 5.8″ diameter, 225-tooth aluminum gears deliver smooth, precise movement with up to a 90 pound instrument load. A fully-computerized GoTo mount with GPS, the LX850 comes with a database of over 144,000 objects. All this set atop a new super-stable tripod.

STARLOCK — FULL-TIME AUTOMATIC GUIDING
StarLock is the revolutionary new technology that makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic. StarLock uses an 80mm f/5 optic and a super wide-angle lens in a two camera system that automatically finds your target in high-precision, immediately captures a field star as dim as 11th magnitude and then guides to an accuracy of one arcsecond. There’s no need for a separate guide or computer and the StarLock requires no user focusing or guide star selection. StarLock automatically programs periodic error correction and then corrects for any other errors down to virtually zero.
With the combination of the finest optics, a robust German equatorial mount and the revolutionary StarLock system, the LX850 is the smartest and most complete astro-imaging solution available. (http://www.meade.com/products/telescopes/lx850.html)

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Physics Equipment, Part V, EX-9944A Archimedes’ Principle

Posted September 17, 2015

Archimedes of Syracuse himself stated in his work On Floating Bodies “Any object, wholly or partially immersed in a fluid, is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object.”

The Wikipedia encyclopedia explains that the Archimedes’ Principle
“allows the buoyancy of an object partially or wholly immersed in a liquid to be calculated. The downward force on the object is simply its weight. The upward, or buoyant, force on the object is that stated by Archimedes’ principle, above. Thus the net upward force on the object is the difference between the buoyant force and its weight. If this net force is positive, the object rises; if negative, the object sinks; and if zero, the object is neutrally buoyant – that is, it remains in place without either rising or sinking. In simple words, Archimedes’ principle states that when a body is partially or completely immersed in a fluid, it experiences an apparent loss in weight which is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the immersed part of the body.”

This equipment is useful in many fields of science particularly in Engineering. Students will better understand the principles embodied in Archimedes’ discovery through this instrument. In the RTU we like our students to learn their lessons well and that is one reason we are buying these instruments.

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