Month: September 2017

Philippine Historical Astronomy, Mercury Transit, May 7, 2003

Posted on September 30, 2017

When I showed my students some of my sketches I have done during the long years I have been observing the sky, we found this old sketch of the Mercury Transit on May 7, 2003 which I drew from the Quadrangle with my Celestron 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope at 63x with the 32-mm Plossl eyepiece. I could not finish the transit because of the tremendous heat. I started sketching at 12:42 pm and stopped at 3:42 because I “cannot bear the heat” according to my notes on the sketch.

Categories: President's Corner

The New Quad, A Rare Open Space, but this may not last for long…

Posted on September 30, 2017

Nowadays, you will often see children playing in the streets, risking their lives on being hit by vehicles. They play the games which children like to play such as sipa, tumbang preso, and Chinese garter. They chase the putt across the street and stop just in time when a vehicle passes by. People put up basketball courts in the streets, competing with illegally-parked vehicles. We have put up structures everywhere. We have put up tall buildings, houses, warehouses, malls, condos, business establishments everywhere. Whatever remaining space we have are quickly occupied by vehicles.

Our Quadrangle is one of the rare open spaces in the urban jungle. It is where the children can still play.

The Quadrangle was like this before. (photo courtesy of Veronica Posas)

The Quadrangle, circa September, 2017. (photos by Jorge Fernandez)

Categories: President's Corner

Board Passers, Electrical Engineering and Master Electrician

Posted on September 18, 2017


On September 9 I met the group of Electrical Engineering students who have passed the Electrical Engineering and the Registered Master Electrician Li censure Examinations.
Their performance in Electrical Engineering exceeded the National Passing Percentage and just a bit lower in the Registered Master Electrician.

If they do things right, and with luck and hard work, a bright future now awaits them.
Congratulations. You make us proud.

Categories: President's Corner

Some Old Pictures: Carpe Diem, Seize the Day, Make Your Lives Extraordinary

Posted on September 9, 2017

As I was pulling out the drawers of a 19th century cabinet we have at home, I chanced upon hundreds of old pictures. I haven’t seen all the pictures yet but I plan to sort them out in a system, such as Medyo Lumang Pictures, Lumang Pictures, and Lumang Luma na Pictures. The oldest picture so far is the one showing my grandfather with his fellow teachers in the Rizal High School in School Year 1929-1930.

These people are all probably gone now. They’ve had their own slice of life. Life is too short to dwell on the negatives. Life is too short for envy and hate.

In one of the greatest films of all time, Dead Poet’s Society, Robin William’s words through his character in the film echo to all of us:

John Keating: They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? – – Carpe – – hear it? – – Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.

Categories: President's Corner

What the Singaporeans Learn from Us, and What We Learn from Them

Posted on September 5, 2017

Yesterday, September 4, 2017, the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) through its president Dr. Ricardo Rotoras, and the Temasek Foundation International of Singapore through its Chief Executive Mr. Benedict Cheong, entered into a partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding. The Chairperson of the CHED, Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, was guest on the occasion. It was held on the 10th floor of the Gonzales Academic Hall.

Before and after the program I had the opportunity to have a chat with the Singaporeans. Having read several books written by the Singaporean great man, Lee Kuan Yew, and after having visited the country several times, I have some knowledge of the culture of Singapore. These are some of the things we discussed this afternoon during lunch with Chairperson Licuanan and Dr. Rotoras:

They give so much value to water. Water is mostly imported in Singapore from Malaysia. They told me that the contract for the supply of water from Malaysia will end in 2061. They therefore engage in desalinization of sea water. Water is so valuable that they could not afford to waste even a single drop of it. Our own water supply for the fast-growing population of Metro Manila and surrounding areas is becoming critically over-stretched. We must learn to save water ourselves.

The Singaporeans lack artistic works. They rue this fact and point out to the achievements of the Filipinos and the Indonesians in this field. Perhaps they are too busy with economic concerns that they neglect the arts.

Singapore is a very bright city; their stars are extinct. We must solve the problem of light pollution. I gave them a copy of my book on Campus Astronomy (and also a copy of the President’s Corner, Volume 1), which may not be very useful in Singapore because it is very bright, causing the extinction of even the brightest stars in the country’s night sky. I know this through personal observation. When I was in the Nanyang Polytechnic in February, 2010 I jogged every morning in the school’s track oval. Even on the clearest morning sky of this season I could not recognize any constellations, even the bright stars of Scorpius and Sagittarius which I knew should be visible in the mornings of February.

The Singaporeans are now way ahead of us in ASEAN sports. We used to dominate the SEA Games but after having won only 24 gold medals as compared with the 47 of Singapore, we are very clearly left far behind. Singapore, which has a population of 5 million as compared to the Philippines’ 103 million, can develop such tremendous athletic talents. The Singaporeans on the table revealed that the objective of their sports development is really to serve as a social bond to the people, to which I agree. Sports in the RizalTech, for example, give pride to the students.

I observed that Singapore has become a noisy place even before I saw a feature of this on Channel News Asia, a Singaporean channel. They got used to the noise, they said. Like us perhaps.

It was a short but fruitful exchange.

Categories: President's Corner

September 2017



(September 4,2017)

List of Vacant Positions in Compliance with RA 7041

Vacant Positions  Item Numbers  Qualification
(1) Administrative Aide VI (SG-6) RTCB-ADA6-25-2004 Completion of two years studies in College w/1 year l of relevant experience and four (4) hours relevant training w/ Career Service (Sub-Professional) / First Level Eligibility
*nothing follows


Categories: Careers