Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Inc.Memorandum of Agreement with Pampanga State Agricultural College

Pampanga State Agricultural College, Magalang , Pampanga province -Philippines

Pampanga  State Agricultural College (PAC) occupies nearly 700 hectares of government agricultural lands in the town of Magalang, province of Pampanga. The campus is about 3.5 km east of the town proper of Magalang, and about 15 km due southwest is Angeles City and Clark Field Special Economic Zone. Farther southeast about 25 km lies the City of San Fernando, the capital of Pampanga.

PNPCSI  announcement of the 2nd International Symposium which appeared on March 24, 2013 ( Florum ) -official newsletter of the organization

 The college is strategically located in Central Luzon and with its proximity to Mount Arayat ( a key biodiversity area for endemic Philippine flora and fauna )  The Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Incorporated board and members decided to choose  this well-known institution to be the next venue of the 2nd International Symposium to be held from November 16 to 17, 2013 .

Dr. Antonio Manila -president of PNPCSI and Dr. Honorio M. Soriano, Jr of Pampanga Agricultural College signed the Memorandum of Agreement

This will enable students and faculties of the state university to actively participate in the symposium. Aside from the students and faculties  ,  Organizers are expecting between 250 to 300 participants coming from various colleges and universities from across the country not to mention foreign delegates from ASEAN member countries and the rest of the world.

L-Ms. Jo Quimpo -Vice President of PNPCSI signed the MOA agreement

History:

Established more than a century ago (1885), this state agricultural institution stands among the other public and private academic institutions in the province and in Central Luzon. The College, with its focus on Instruction, R&D, Extension-Training and Production, envisions itself to be a center of excellence for development in agriculture, science and industrial technology, and comprehensive education and training for global competitiveness.

ceremonial handshake between the two organizations

The College is a state institution of higher learning, fully chartered in 1974, by virtue of Republic Act No. 4576,”An Act Converting the Pampanga National Agricultural School in Magalang, Pampanga into Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC)”, and complemented by Republic Act No. 8292 also known as the “Higher Education Modernization Act of 1997″.

As the “agricultural” word attached in its name, it is mandated to offer agriculture and agriculture related curricular programs, not withstanding the offering of allied fields. PAC operates a single campus, which lies at the western slope of majestic Mount Arayat in the Municipality of Magalang, Pampanga some 15 kilometers east of Angeles City.

It started as an agricultural experiment station known as “Estacion Pecuaria” in 1885 and was later renamed “La Granja Modelo de Magalang“. Then it became Magalang Farm School, but was closed in 1898 due to revolution.

It resumed operations in 1918 with Hon. Frank T. Ebbsen as the first American principal through the efforts of Governor Honorio Ventura and Assemblyman Andres Luciano, together with American teacher Kilmer Moe. In 1921, the school began to offer curricula in both the intermediate and high school levels.

Likewise, PAC continuously undertakes agricultural research, production and extension-training activities aimed at enhancing the quality of higher education and countryside development. Equally vital is the promotion of excellence in education and its products for improved agricultural and rural development in Pampanga as well as for the entire region.

Principally established as an agricultural school, PAC became a state college in September 1974, and 30 years later, the College offers a total of 13 undergraduate courses (both allied and non-allied courses), 2-year computer courses, a two-year course in agricultural technology, maintains a laboratory high school, an agricultural science high school, and operates a graduate school for three masteral and three doctoral degrees.

PAMPANGA AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE
Magalang, Pampanga, Philippines
Tel No# (63)45-8660800

Website: http://www.pac.edu.ph/

Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Incorporated email : pnpcsiflorum@yahoo.com.ph

ICT Innovation Converge 2013 in Calamba, Laguna

2nd Floor Jollibee , Calamba Crossing, Calamba City – Laguna province, Philippines

I left our home somewhere in northern Metro Manila early dawn and took the first MRT trip at around 5:05 am bound for Buendia ( Senator Gil Puyat) station.  Then took a provincial bus going to Santa Cruz , traffic is not heavy  since it was early in the morning .  I finally arrived in SM -Calamba branch past 7:00 am and then walked for a few minutes towards the venue site.

Secretariat

I was warmly greeted by the event organizer , Mr. Mark Anthony Wagan and the rest of the secretariat .  They offered a breakfast meal and we talk for a couple of minutes . Slowly the participants appeared .   I was  worried that with such a wonderful list of topics and speakers,  the tendency of some registrants is to be late or did not physically attend the summit  !

Mr. Mark Anthony Wagan

After the brief introduction , the first speaker was formally introduced to the crowd.

Mr. Eusebio Barrun Jr.

Mr. Eusebio Barrun Jr. is the Mozilla -Philippines country manager from Calamba , Laguna . A Mozilla representative and a ReMo mentor.  He is a graduate of AB Communications from Aquinas University of Legazpi and is currently taking -up Masters in Information Technology Management. He is also a faculty in Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Calamba .

To summarized Mozilla ,The mission which is a non-profit Global organization , Public benefit while its Mission is Choice, Innovation and Participation. In fact there are at least 12 Mozilla country representative .

Mr. Joben Rara

Mr. Joben Rara is currently a technical evangelist at Microsoft promoting the development of modern applications on Window 8. He loves all kinds of technology. He is passionate about the open and standard based web , HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript . When he is not programming code, He is busy programming 3 kids and debugging his pizza and cookie making skills.

Mr. Jobe Rara with the participants 

He also told the crowd that the increasing number of Microsoft users from all parts of the world with 690 million users and still growing !

Mr. Arnie Locsin

Mr. Arnie Locsin introduce to the people the importance of CLOUD Computing – What is  the Cloud ? – An approach to computing that’s about internet scale  and connecting to a variety of devices and end points.

Mr. Randy B. Cabrero

Mr. Randy Cabrero is AVP Optimax Solution System Incorporated which manage groups of IT consultants on infrastructure, data base and Business productivity  .  He also talked on SMART homes and buildings. Energy saving techniques for companies and wide application.

Ms. Patricia Celis

Ms. Patricia B. Celis is the Business Development Manager of IPsystems, and has been in the internet security industry for 7 years. She discussed the Bitdefender anti-virus solution  and Deep Freeze reboot to restore software.

She also cited some Philippine schools and companies that have been partners with Bitdefender like Department of Health , Department of Justice, Technological Institute of the Philippines , Overseases Workers Welfare Administration , West Visayas State University , Asian Terminals Incorporated among others.

Bit Defender : http://www.bitdefender.com/

Mr. Paul Tan

Mr. Paul Tan is  system engineer, handling enterprise and commercial accounts with over 20 years in the ICT industry . He discussed the topic: Internet of Everything

Mr. Nikko Almazan

Mr. Nikko Almazan is a Academic Solution Specialist , He graduated from San Beda College -Alabang . He worked for Microsoft for about a year handling Education . He presented the CSR projects of Microsoft and GREEN technologies , Dreamspark Tools, Student Imagine Cup , Students Microsoft partnership program .

Mr. Paul Pajo

Mr. Paul Pajo is a Developer Evangelist of SMART Communication

Apptivism project

Apptivism-This isn’t traditional activism where you can see people carrying banners, posters and congregating in streets .   This isn’t online Hacktivism, of the sort demonstrated by Anonymous. This is something else, passive online activism. Activism on the Internet, through your phone, or TV, or tablet, accessed by a Facebook application or You Tube  .  This is making a social change , such as netizens being active in helping other people in need .

In the era of social media, politics is a different form. Our information is now coming to us unfiltered and uncensored by any agenda, from dozens of sources, and we are actively encouraged to interact, to like or dislike, to shape the news and what comes next.

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6425064541/efblike

Seminar on Natural Farming in Candelaria, Quezon

There will be a 3- day seminar on natural farming methods from May 20 to 22, 2013 at the Quezon Premier Hotel , Maharlika Highway, Barangay Masin Sur, Candelaria , Quezon province.

Contact  Person : Ms. Edelissa Ramos

Mobile Number : (0915-1142887) (0920-7145397)

email : edelissa_ramos@yahoo.com

 

 

ICT Innovation Converge 2013

ICT Innovation Converge 2013 is the collaboration of top-rated IT companies like Microsoft,Cisco,Smart Devnet,Mannasoft,Mozilla,Soft Micro Enterprises and IP Systems Inc. for the first time in Calamba City ,  Laguna  province to provide,educate and enhance IT enthusiasts and Business Owners their knowledge and skills about the newest trends and innovation created by these top icons of the industry.

Here is the link to register: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6425064541/efblike

The event will be held tomorrow  at 2nd floor Jollibee crossing , Calamba in Laguna province  where industry practitioners, experts , social media groups will convene .

The sponsors of the event includes cisco, mannasoft, ipsystem incorporated.

Secretary Jesus “Jesse ” Robredo stamp issue

Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio – Ermita, Manila-Philippines

The Philippine Postal Corporation will issue a special stamp  ( mourning stamp ) to coincide with the 55th birth anniversary of  the secretary on May 27, 2013 .

Secretary Jesus ” Jesse” M. Robredo stamp

Biography : He was born (May 27, 1958 – August 18, 2012) was a Filipino with Chinese decent who served as secretary  of Department of the Interior and Local Government ( DILG )in the administration of President Benigno Aquino III from 2010 to until his death in 2012. Robredo was a member of the Liberal Party.

Awards:
Serving in 1988, Robredo served six terms as Mayor of Naga City in Camarines Sur. In recognition of his achievements as Naga City mayor, Robredo was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service in 2000, the first Filipino mayor so honored. He was appointed to the cabinet of President Aquino in July 2010.

Quezon Service Cross (Filipino: Krus ng Serbisyo ni Quezon) is the highest national recognition of the Republic of the Philippines. It has been awarded to only five Filipinos since its creation in 1946. The award was given to him on November 26, 2012 (posthumously ) .

Death :

On August 18, 2012, the Piper PA-34-200 Seneca I aircraft carrying Secretary Robredo crashed off the shore of Masbate Island. He was scheduled to go home and watch his daughter’s swimming competition in Naga City. The Philippine Department of Interior and Local Government said that the pilot sent a distress call to the Masbate airport requesting an emergency landing. The airplane never made it to the airport and crashed in the sea. Robredo’s body was retrieved three days later, August 21, 800 meters from the shore and 180 feet below sea level.

Technical Description

Kind of Issue: Special
Denominations and Quantity: Php10.00 / 400,000 pieces
Date of Issue: May 27, 2013
Last date of Sale: May 26, 2014 (as stocks allow)
Sheet Composition: 40
Size: 30 mm x 40 mm
Perforation: 14
Design : Photo of Secretary Jesse Robredo with Quezon Service Cross Medal
Printer : Amstar Company

Note: For the first time in almost a decade, The technical description  for a  stamp issue was released early.  Due to the mounting clamor of both local and international  philatelists for more updated information about a stamp issuance.  However, This is just half of the battle –  Most of ASEAN member countries ( They have a stamp program for the entire year which are posted in their websites ) Proper distribution of these stamps to all major post offices nationwide must be assured.  The venue of the launching of the stamp is still not reported . As a philatelist,  I hope that the release of the technical description is not for the Jesse Robredo stamp but to all stamps to be issued by the Philpost.

A tour of La Mesa Dam Environmental Museum & Art Gallery

La Mesa Dam Environmental Museum and Art Gallery, Fairview- Quezon City-Philippines

This is not my first time to visit La Mesa Dam, I have been to the area almost every year due to several environmental projects from tree planting , clean-up , team building , orchid re-introduction  , plant exchanges , swap meet, eyeball ,  plant identification, bird watching  among other  projects.  But this will be my first time to blog about the place.  It was May 1, 2013 when Philippine Hoya Conservation Group decided to hold its swap meet, lecture, eyeball in this park, As posted in my previous entries . Most of the members are from Fairview and Quezon City area, so the eco-park was chosen .

entrance to the La Mesa Environmental Museum

To sustain the Save La Mesa Watershed Project, Bantay Kalikasan, in partnership with the MWSS and the Q.C. Government, rehabilitated and renovated a 33 hectare public park located right outside the natural boundaries of the watershed and 40 meters below the reservoir. In September 2004, it was renamed La Mesa Eco-park and reopened to the public. All income generated by the park  is utilized for the continuous preservation and protection of  the watershed.

paintings and tree replicas

Museum and Gallery

a topographical map of La Mesa Watershed

I took a short side trip to the environmental museum and gladly saw an ongoing art exhibition within the museum.

stages of water filtration system

water may be treated differently in different communities depending on the quality of the water which enters the plant. Groundwater is water located under ground and typically requires less treatment than water from lakes, rivers, and streams.

art painting from different artists

Art Display

There is an ongoing art display at the museum which the public can buy art pieces from oil paintings,  charcoal sketches, pastel paintings among others with various theme ranging from plants, environmental , abstract to surreal .

Mr. Mark Hernandez

I was met by Mr. Mark Hernandez ( art curator of the exhibit)  – He is a graduate from University of the East , Manila and had no background in painting.  But the passion of drawing and painting may have come from his immediate family members who are artists . Mr. Hernandez works vary from  modern contemporary , dadaism, surrealism and automatism . He also had a collaboration with  Filvas Gallery which is located in 86 Congressional Avenue, Bahay Toro, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines View Map 

       Filvas Art Gallery

     Phone: +63(2)3850683

Mr. Mark Hernandez

Mobile (0939-7698279)

La Mesa Dam Watershed

GENERAL OPERATING HOURS: 8am to 5pm daily
Open daily including holidays.
Closed on the 25th December and the 31st December.
Park may be closed without prior notice due to severe inclement weather.

Park Admission Rates
Persons above 3-feet P50
3-feet & below Free
QC Residents (w/ valid proof of residence) P40
QC Students (w/ valid ID) P20
QC Senior Citizens (w/ valid ID) FREE
Non-QC Senior Citizens P40

For Inquiries and reservations, contact
(02) 430-4051
(02) 430-5207 (telefax)
Lamesaecopark@abs-cbn.com

ABS-CBN foundation : http://www.abs-cbnfoundation.com/bk/lamesa-ecopark.html

Bantay Kalikasan: http://www.bantaykalikasan.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/abscbnfoundationkapamilya

Feliix Lights : Chic,Fashionable and Environmental Friendly

Alabang Town Center, UG Activity Center (beside Zapote entrance) , Muntinlupa City-Philippines

Alabang Town Center

Feliix Incorporated  brings in a new and fresh concept of lighting fixtures in the Philippines through promoting QisDesign.  The LED lights designs are chic, fashionable and environmentally friendly products.  Aside from the usual lightning effects, they can easily be a conversational pieces , focal point or accent pieces in any modern homes , offices or even restaurant centerpieces !

store display

QisDesign Debuting in 2009, QisDesign is part of Qisda, a leading Taiwanese tech firm whose revenues in 2010 reached US$3.03 billion.

Coral Led Suspension

It’s staffed with talented and experienced experts in all critical areas of design: industrial design, graphic design, market research, user interface, mechanical design, computer-aided design and prototype production.

flamenca lights

Inspired by the breathtaking movement of Flamenco dancer’s ruffled skirt twirling around in the air, the Flamenca, is an ambient light which captures the playfulness of this true essence.

The Crystal Light- a reddot award winning design

 The LED  lighting fixture, amazes consumers with its fascinating color-changing feature. It’s composed of various “crystals”–shimmering with silver, sparkling like diamonds, glittering with illuminating reflection. Customers  can assemble these “crystals”, each of which is connected by a magnet, into any form they desire.  The crystal light can also be used as an accent in any table center pieces.

L-R Mr. Direk Gang Alonto- emcee  , Ms. Marianne Rodillo – managing director ( 2Xsist Events Production) , Ms. Kristel Sycaoyao (marketing maanger -Feliix Lights) and Mr. Jerry Cabantan ( senior account manager Summit Media)

The program started at around past 6:00pm , with their latest products and designs.  They have chosen Alabang Town Center as the initial hub in the country, since they had a lot of customers which reside in the area, aside from the growing business center like the ones in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas . They are planning to expand their business in North Metro Manila area such as Quezon City .

a flamenco light  piece won by Mr. Rain Ferdinand De Ocampo with
Ms. Kristel Sycaoyao (marketing maanger -Feliix Lights)

after the product presentation an attendance raffle was won by fellow blogger Mr. Rain Ferdinand De Ocampo .

Award Winning Designs:

piano light

This award winning design , got its inspiration from the piano keyboard , an LED lighting fixture, allows users to play the light as if they were playing the piano. Utilizing LED’s low-temperature characteristic, which makes it possible to touch the product’s surface without being burned, the Piano Light allows consumers to interact with the light.

QisDesign’s excellent design capabilities have won it accolades of many international awards. Albeit young, QisDesign has won a total of 87 international design awards, including Germany’s iF awards and Red Dot awards and Japan’s G-Mark awards.  Currently, they already have sales outlets in Europe, USA, Dubai, Japan, Hong Kong ,Singapore and now here in Alabang Town Center -Muntinlupa City , Philippines!!

Contact Information:

Ms. Krisel Sycaoyao – Marketing Manager ( 0917-833-3299)

 Showroom: Alabang Town Center , UG Activity Center , ( Beside Zapote entrance ) Muntinlupa City 1780, Philippines

Telephone : (+63 2) 966-0442

Website:

Feliix Lights: http://feliix.com/