Saturday, September 21, 2013

Mr. and Ms. Astro 2013

Mr. and Ms. Astro

The Rizal Technological University Astronomy Society held its annual search for Mr. and Ms. Astronomy last September 14, 2013 where Mr. Jason Kalaw and Ms. Jochelle Micaela Heruela were deemed as the winners.

Ms. and Mr. Astro 2013
The pageant was started with a prayer led by Mr. Aldrin Gabuya, followed by the National Anthem. After that, the judges for the event were introduced. They are Ms. Maria Angela Lourdes Lequiron, Mr. Ryan Manuel Guido—instructors at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences—and Mr. Frank Kelvin Martinez, a former instructor and alumni of the Rizal Technological University.

After the judges were introduced, the contest proper immediately started with the casual wear portion followed by an intermission number. Then, the contest proceeded to the talent portion where the contestants their exceptional talents. This was followed by a special performance number by the Ms. Astronomy 2012, Princes Catherine Ilagan. After that, the pageant continued in the formal wear competition which was followed by the question and answer portion. The contest proper was then concluded by the “final walk” of the Ms. Astronomy 2012 and the announcement of the winners.

Special Awards were also given and the awards are as follows: for the girls, the awards for Best in Casual Wear and in Formal Wear were awarded to Nicole Hortelano, sophomore representative, and the Best in Talent award was given to Jochelle Micaela Heruela, freshman representative. As for the boys, the awards for Best in Talent and Best in Casual Wear were taken home by Jason Kalaw, sophomore representative. Lastly, Patrick Christoffer Obsuna was awarded as Best in Formal Wear.

Writer: Ren Flores
Photos by: Fey Albayda, Justine Garcia and Jianro Fadul

Saturday, August 3, 2013

A student from RTU presented his research to DOST 35th Annual Scientific Meeting

The meeting's theme is “HARNESSING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY REVERSING THE DECLINE OF THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN THE PHILIPPINES”. Scientist from different Universities presented a lecture that is related to the theme, there were also technical sessions during the 2nd day of the meeting. Scientist, Educators, students and media from all over the Philippines attended this meeting.

          Scientist, Educators, Students and Media from all over the Philippines attended this meeting

                                   Miguel Artificio and research adviser Dr. Custer Derocaris 
Miguel Artificio with Engr. Raul Sabularase (Deputy Executive Director PCIEERD DOST)

This meeting was held at The Manila Hotel on the date of July 10 and 11 2013. With the help of Dr. Mylene Cayetano from Clean Air Asia and Dr. Custer Deocaris from RTU, who both are also part of DOST Balik Scientits program helped me in making a research entitled “Using data retrievals from CALIPSO and AERONET: Case study of aerosol optical thickness over the Philippines and the East Asian region” that was presented on the Poster Paper competition during the NAST 35th annual scientific meeting. Being there was a great honor for me and for my school Rizal Technological University, though I did not win, I still felt that this was a big accomplishment for me, the lectures itself were very interesting and relevant in the field of improving the Manufacturing sector of the Philippines, and being able to participate in a very big scientific event such as this inspires me to   Strive harder in helping develop Astronomy in the Philippines.

The Scientific Poster that was presented during the meeting.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My stay in RTU...

My stay in RTU was definitely one of those experiences I’d always treasure and go back to. Although I have been here for only one and a half months, I have learned so many things that opened my eyes to a broader view and understanding of Astronomy.  To be honest, when I first contacted RTU about the internship, I didn’t know what to expect. Yes, I’ll be spending my time in an office, gathering and interpreting data, but those were the only things I was sure of. But being in an internship is more than that—it’s about the work, the people, your contribution, and of course, the things you’ll take with you after the immersion. RTU might have been a completely different environment for me but the people here superbly made me feel at home.
Compared to the research I’ve been doing in University of Michigan, the research we’re doing here is more observational. Specifically, we catalog the sun’s activities by taking note of its sunspot groups and their types. I have never seen a more religious group of people when it comes to doing a task: In the morning or at noon, we’d bring down the telescope and take probably six or more pictures of the sun. Every chance that we get, we do this routine even if we get all sweaty and tired (especially for the people carrying the telescope down to the field and up again to the telescope room). My mentor even taught me how to set-up a telescope and he really gave me a lot of opportunities to take a more hands-on approach to Astronomy by doing observations.

They give this much support to me but it doesn’t compare to how supportive they are of their students and their activities to promote Astronomy. The teachers and students go to other schools and do stargazing to spread Astronomy awareness. In fact, we recently went to Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges to do stargazing for the school’s anniversary. I was happily a part of this and I must say, nothing could make me happier than seeing people who have no or little background in Astronomy get so interested and ask so many questions. My teachers even let me conduct a lecture on Solar Observation and even if it was my first time (I did extremely badly at it), they still gave me a pat on the back. They were very generous that they let me partake in their Solar Observation Program even if I was just new. Such is their belief in the people who say that they want Astronomy to progress in the Philippines. The faculty lets the students themselves to operate the telescopes and organize activities—everything for people to know the importance of Astronomy in our lives.

By the end of my internship, I realized a lot of things that no other school could have taught me. Rizal Technological University is the only school in the Philippines that offers Bachelor’s Degree on Astronomy and that gives me a lot of hope. The Philippines may be a long way from being front liners in this field but someone or something had to start the race or our dreams to someday contribute a lot to Astronomy would never happen. The department may be new but its people had been moving fast, contacting other organizations, going to seminars even out of the country, to give its students a better picture of Astronomy today. I really admire how The Department of Earth and Space Sciences stands tall amidst all the challenges it faces and amidst its being the first and only department to offer undergraduate studies in Astronomy. And with all these realizations and wonderful memories, I’ll definitely be leaving the country on a happy note, maybe even wanting to go back and do this amazing one and a half months all over again. Thank you so much, my RTU-DESS family! 

- Andreia Jessica Carrillo

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Congratulations! Variable Star Observer

Congratulations to Sir Angelito Sing (MS-Astro, RTU) for over 1,000 logged visual observations of variable stars for the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) International Database.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Solar Observation at Sacrepante St., Mandaluyong City

The 5th year BS-Astronomy Technology students under the subject Astronomy Education being advised by Ms. Ruby Dela Cruz, are required to conduct public observations and lectures to increase the knowledge and awareness of the people regarding astronomy. In this observation we were accompanied by Mr. Frank Kelvin Martinez.
We did a free public solar observation at Sacrepante st. Mandaluyong City on the date of February 19, 2013 from 1:00-2:00pm for the people who were just passing by that street. We only had 25 people who participated in the observation. Most of the participants were RTU students but we still had a variety of people who joined the observation. Some people were not interested and just kept on moving, probably because they were just too busy or didn’t care too much about astronomy. We brought with us the Newtonian 8” reflecting telescope and glass filter. This observation was done in part celebration of National Astronomy Week. We tried to be as approachable as possible to further make the astronomy awareness more popular with the public.
Fig. 1 Lola viewing the Sun for the first time

Fig. 2 Prof. Frank Kelvin Martinez helping us entertain the participants

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Lightning and Clouds

lightning and thunderstorm are very active now a days here in the Philippines, we keep updating ourselves to be aware of the thunderstorm warning from PAGASA (PAGASA twitter account). we use this chance to photograph lightning in our places. Lightning shows are awesome to watch but also scary. Patience and Timing is the most important while taking images of the lightning.

Images of Ms. Ruby Dela Cruz

Images of Margareth Custodio