Month: October 2017

A Board Topnotcher for the RizalTech

Posted on October 30, 2017

JOHN PHILIP C. MARAMAG, an ECE graduate (Batch 2017) of the RizalTech, has placed Number 1 in the ECT (Electronics and Communications Technician) Board Exam and passed the ECE Board (Electronics and Communications Engineering). I am informed by Dean Dong Matias that a student from UP got second place in the ECT Board next to John Philip.

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Free Wi-fi for the Pasig Campus, not yet but there is hope

Posted on October 21, 2017

On August 19, I sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) Honorable Rodolfo A. Salalima for the installation of a free wi-fi service to the Pasig Campus, similar to the free wi-fi in the Quadrangle of the Mandaluyong Campus.

On October 3, I received a letter from Mr. Eliseo M. Rio, Jr., Undersecretary of DICT saying that they “cannot accommodate my request at this point in time” but it “shall be integrated in future phases of Project implementation beginning 2018 onwards.” Usec Rio assures me that “we will get back to you as soon as new developments arise.”

Me pagasa na magka wi-fi din tayo sa Pasig. Basta positive thinking lang tayo.

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Philippine Historical Astronomy: Day Moon October 11, 2017

Posted on October 21, 2017

For posterity, here is the day moon on October 11, 2017 just before the program celebrating the 48th Founding Anniversary of the RizalTech started. The weather was fine during this opening program but it rained later in the day. There were University Week openings when rain poured even during the program, but we were lucky this time. The girls of the Pep Squad flew high on this day.

I took this picture at 7:41:33 A.M. while the emcee was announcing my arrival but I paused for a while to take the picture with my Vivo phone.

                This picture was taken a little bit earlier at 7:40:50 A.M also with the Vivo phone.

The Pep Squad

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The RizalTech Receives Certificate of Recognition

Posted on October 13, 2017

On October 11, 2017 at the Development Academy of the Philippines in Tagaytay City, I received for the Rizal Technological University a Certificate of Recognition from the Government Quality Management Committee (GQMC). The citation of the Certificate reads:

for successfully establishing a Quality Management System Certified to ISO 9001 Standards in compliance with Executive Order No. 605, s 2007”


The Certificate is signed by Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno of the DBM and Chair of the GQMC , Secretary Ramon M. Lopez of the DTI and Co-Chair of the GQMC, Catalino S. Cuy, Officer-In-Charge of the DILG, Alberto A. Bernardo, Deputy Executive Secretary and OIC of the Internal Audit Service of the Office of the President, Member, and Elba S. Cruz, Presdient and Chief Executive Officer of the Development Academy of the Philippines, Member.


I would like to thank Dr. Salvacion Pachejo, Malou Austria, and all the hard-working men and women of the University for this honor.

The University is always a work in progress. We are not perfect but we will always keep on trying hard to be better, always better.

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The Long Road to the Philippine Arena

Posted on October 9, 2017

I played in the International Unity Games of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in 2015 at the Philippine Arena as a member of the Buklod Basketball Team.

The eliminations started in 2011with teams from the different ecclesiastical districts of Metro Manila participating. I was a member of the Metro Manila East team. I was a new University President then and had fresh legs like I was still a young man. But then I found out that I was even then the oldest basketball player. I was 53 years old then, but I was part of the most important team rotation of our coach, Coach Arlene Rodriguez.

The eliminations went on for another year in 2012 where we faced selections from different ecclesiastical districts. We played in different venues such as the San Andres Gym, Marikina Sports Center, and New Era University Gym. Basketball is the most loved sport of the Filipinos, and I must say that the competition was quite at a high level.

And then our selection was formed. This time I became a member of the Southern Luzon selection. This team was formidable, with several active and former PBA players in the roster, and a lot of former varsity players. In our team were Ken Bono, currently an active PBA player for the Meralco Volts, Irvin Sotto formerly of Talk N’Text and the father of the future of Phillippine basketball, Kai Sotto, Mel David, and Junel Mendiola, a former PBA player himself and member of the national team. With us was one of stalwarts of the champion team of Shell in the PBA during the stint of Coach Arlene and a teammate of Benjie Paras and Ronnie Magsanoc, Jojo Martin.

We started practicing in 2013 every Sunday because we thought the Unity Games would be held in 2014 in time for the 100th year anniversary of the Iglesia Ni Cristo but the Games were reset to the culmination activities of the anniversary in 2015.

We kept on practicing. I kept on taking practice shots from the 3-point area.

It was hard work. I started asking myself what am I doing this for?

I think this quote from Michael Jordan speaks for me.

The final leg of the games was held on July 25 to July 26, 2017 in different venues. We held our elimination games in the Malolos Sports Complex, going against Team Mindanao in the morning. These guys were tough and played hard but we simply had better talent and height but I was the shortest player in the team. We won, and after one hour played again against the more formidable Northern Luzon team comprised mostly of former New Era University varsity players. We won and with it the right to play in the Philippine Arena.

We faced a very good Team USA who won their elimination games against Team Europe, Team Canada, and Team Australia. I could not remember the final score anymore, but all the hard work I did paid off: I scored the first three points for our team via a 3-point shot.

We were the champions. I was 57 years old at the time. I was the oldest in the team.

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This Was A Church, The Church of Sta. Clara De Montefalco

Posted on October 3,2017

Once there was church in Barangay Caniogan, Pasig City. It was a small church, a chapel, it might be said. The people in the barangay called it “kapilya”. It was one of the important centers of activities of the people in the community, with masses held during Sundays, and of course, the “simbang gabi” during the Christmas season.
My parents were active participants in the activiries in the kapilya. When I was sorting out the old pictures in an old Spanish-era cabinet in our house, I saw these pictures.

The ladies of Barangay Caniogan posing in front of the church altar. Note the 1950s’ design of the flooring. This picture was taken in the 1980s. There were few changes in the altar pieces. The statue of the saint on the right of the picture is probably different from the statue in the 1960s picture.

The church altar. This picture is sure to have been taken in the 1960s.

This picture was probably taken in the 1970s during a simbang gabi. Note the car on the foreground which is probably a 1970s Toyota Corona.

The chapel today. I took this picture on October 1, 2017

The old flooring of the chapel is still recognizable. A tarpaulin can be seen lying at the bottom. It says that the church would probably be rehabilitated and would be dedicated to Saints Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod.

The altar has been stripped bare. Even the wood paneling of the altar is gone. The cross on the top of the church is also gone. The bells in the belfry are also gone. Perhaps with some more research I will find out where these things have gone.

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