Monday, March 27, 2017

21ST Century Classroom for Manila Science High School

Posted By: The Mail Man - Monday, March 27, 2017

The Manila Science High School just inaugurated its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) laboratory together with a a classroom/working space that catapults the school into the 21st Century.

The laboratory and working space is a result of a collaboration between Globe Telecom and Habitat for Humanity.

Globe Telecom with its Global Filipino School (GFS) Program made Manila Science High School (MSHS) as a beneficiary of its long term educational initiative in transforming public schools into centers of excellence with regards to ICT and also advance innovative teaching methods.  

The Creative Space was formed from underused classrooms and is modularly designed to enable the quick and easy configuration of study and work spaces according the needs of an individual or study groups/teams.

Globe Telecom has also equipped the room with free internet connectivity, a mobile cart with netbooks. There are also tablets, projectors nd WiFi dongles.

“Teachers in any subject may now engage with their students via electronic delivery mode of instruction in the GFS Creative Space. Technology-wise, this project will allow Manila Science High School to continue to sustain the high standard of excellence that it is known for,” Ms. Eva Nacion, the MSHS Principal disclosed.

“We truly appreciate Batch ‘91s support for the GFS program. If everyone in the community will join hands to bring the benefits of ICT to the schools, we can expect better performance from our teachers and students. We need our schools to take advantage of the best educational information and services that they can get given today’s fast-paced advancements in technology and ever changing educational landscape.” said Martha Sazon, Globe Senior Vice President for Broadband Business.

The GFS Program has 80 schools that benefits 5,788 teachers and 151,526 students around the country. For 2017 there will be an additional 60 schools will launch their own GFS Programs. This will be part of the total target of 221 by 2020. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

No Toxic Spill!: Manila Science High School

Posted By: The Mail Man - Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Manila Science High School (MSHS), the premier Science High School of the city of Manila has dispelled the unfounded alarms about the supposed mercury spill that supposedly affected students and members of the faculty last March 18, 2017.

Unlike what was erroneously reported, there were no chemical leakages in the laboratory at the 2nd floor of the school building. Instead, a Charles’ Law apparatus inadvertently spilled several non-toxic chemicals I the laboratory. This was according to the MSHS principal Ms. Eva Nacion. The school’s science teachers immediately cleaned the spill since these teachers were trained and are proficient in handling chemicals.

Thorough inspection were made the teachers concerned and was duly reported to Ms. Nacion the following day. The teachers were then asked about their condition. The area was then isolated on March 20, 2017. 

A third party firm, Globecare that specializes in hazard materials handling and cleaning were then brought in to conduct cleanup services at the MSHS.

The students and faculty who were exposed to the chemicals showed negative signs of difficulty in breathing and dizziness. A teacher was admitted to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) but was not confined contrary to earlier reports.

In an effort to ensure the safety of students and faculty of the MSHS, the Department of Education (DepEd)  announced this morning March 25, 2017 that the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) a government tertiary hospital and the Manila Health Office will conduct screening tests for MSHS students and faculty members.

Reprts are still being awaited from Globecare, the Department of Health and the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office that earlier managed the response and management of such incidents that is in accordance with its mandate..  

Monday, March 20, 2017

Vanquish: The 1st Mindanao Wide Sumo Robot Tournament

Posted By: The Mail Man - Monday, March 20, 2017

SUMO ROBOTICS- Fabrication Laboratory, better known as FAB LAB Mindanao, presents a science program intended for introduction, cyber training and robotics fabrication; known as VANQUISH. The event is scheduled to set in Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Technology this coming May 2017. This is an interschool event open to all schools in Mindanao from high school to masteral levels. This project aims to successfully create and battle the robot models in a tournament finale.

The event is composed of a three day workshop, inclusive of Interface, Controls Coding, Fabrication and Designs Training. The FAB LAB also provides their equipment for the Sumo Bot fabrication period. Participants can fabricate in any way possible; and choose their own materials. The champion will be awarded with Php15,000.00 prize money. Only 16 slots for participating teams were made available for this event.

On the afternoon of March 15, 2017 the grand launch of Vanquish officially started; with their partners: Department of Information and Communications Technology and Maker Mindanao. Guests and visitors attended the opening that included the children of Timothy Christian Academy, enthusiasts and college students. The event included prototypes of Sumo Bot and an exhibition game of these models. Event related accessories were also provided, such as the Sumo Bot ring sample and official Rules and Guidelines for the tournament. A total of 8 registered as reserved participants in the event.

Vanquish welcomes participants, enthusiasts, families and friends of those interested. 

Feel free to visit us in the red lab FAB LAB Mindanao in Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Technology. 

For inquiries and clarification contact us as or

By : Czarina Grace B. Del Valle

Thursday, March 16, 2017

NICP Welcomes New DICT Undersecretary for Management and Operations

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, March 16, 2017
New DICT Usec. Monchito Ibrahim (third from right) with NICP Co-Founder Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue (2nd from left) 

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has a new Undersecretary for Management and Operations. 

Industry veteran Monchito Ibrahim has assumed the post last March 13, 2017. He replaces Jorge Sarmiento in the pivotal position in the DICT.

This was welcomed positively by the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), a convergence of more than 70 information and communications technology (ICT) councils, applauds the appointment of Monchito Ibrahim as one of the mew undersecretaries of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). 

ICT councils from various provinces and cities in the country consist of local stakeholders from government, academe and industry, developing strategies to generate ICT-enabled jobs and opportunities and drive innovation in the countryside. Ibrahim has been instrumental in encouraging ICT councils to flourish from just ten in 2008 to now almost 70 councils in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Along with the NICP’s warm reception for the appointment, NICP co-founder, former president and current trustee Jocelle Batapa-Sigue thanks Ibrahim for his persistence and dedication in helping NICP since its inception in 2008. 

Currently, NICP is chaired by young IT entrepreneur Stephanie Rosalinde Caragos of the Cagayan De Oro ICT Business Council. Previous heads were Batapa-Sigue of the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT), George Sorio of Metro Clark ICT Council, Lizabel Holganza of ICT Davao, Inc., Rosemarie Quinto-Rey of Legazpi City ICT Council and Wifredo Sa-a of the the Cebu Educational Development Foundation for Information Technology (CEDFIT).

These councils helped establish and develop the country’s current Next Wave Cities, or alternative destinations for IT-BPO other than the established IT hubs of Metro Manila, Cebu and Clark.

Monchito Ibrahim garnered awards such as  ICT Contributor of the Year, Mr. Ibrahim was cited for his work in Government, primarily in the implementation of the Philippine Cyber Corridor Initiative, which aims to make the Philippines the Global Leader for IT-BPO services. He was also instrumental in sustaining the development of the Philippine cyberservices industry, helping the country reach its current status of being second in global market share next to India. He also led marketing initiatives in promoting the Philippine IT-BPO brand worldwide, resulting in the country being awarded “Outstanding Destination of the Year” in 2007 and 2009.

The new position puts internal management along with administrative, financial and legal management under the purview of Ibrahim and also that of procurement.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Science Festival at the Philippine Science High School

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Youth Math, Science and Technology Week (YMSAT) 2017 at the Philippine Science High School (YMSAT) kicked off last March 13, 2017 at the Philippine Science High School Main Campus (PSHS–MC) in Diliman, Quezon City.

The theme for this year is “Juan Science, One Nation”. The objectives of YMSAT 2017 are two-fold:

1. To expose the PSHS students to different ways that Science and Technology can be used in pursuit of nation-building.

2. To allow PSHS students and faculty to share their knowledge, skills, and talents with the community at large. 

The first 2 days of the Science Festival had activities that included the PSHS Gym having a paper planes-crafting and flying competition to an Ikebana creation talk and activity, perfume-making, a Microbiology talk, a chemistry career talk, a Philippine National Police Crime Scene Investigation  Talk and Math Intersection lectures. 

The Tuesday activities had a Math Treasure Hunt, Chemistry Intersection, a Physics Boat Race, Preparation for a Physics Musical Concert, Physics Water Rocket Activity, and even a Beauty, Fitness and Science Activity.  

Commencing on March 15 will be the YMSAT Open 2017 that will include participants from secondary schools for both students and educators. The Interscholastic Science Congress (ISC), the Interschool Integrated Science Olympiad (IISO), the Computron Interschool IT Challenge, Catalyst 2017 and the Tagisan Mathinik will be held at the PSHS Main Campus.

Sessions of parallel workshops for all participating students and educators will also be conducted.

PSHS is the prime Science High School in the Asia-Pacific and is administered by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). 

Each year level of PSHS-MC has 240 scholars for each Grade Level. PSHS offers education from Grade 7 to 12. 

PSHS–MC has an Advanced Science and Technology Building where the Samsung Smart Classroom is located together with the FabLab (Infinity Room) where the results of experiments and theories not only of students but also those who are into applied science and technology can fabricate and/or manufacture their prototypes of products and processes. 

 Join the YMSAT 2017 Interscholastic Congress!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Positive GDP Environment: Should I Start my Startup?

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, March 09, 2017

The month of February 2017, there were at least four Hackathons and Startup events and these were well participated in by students and young professionals. It has also been the replicated in other regions of the country. Although the startup ecosystem in the country remains relatively young as compared to other countries, what is evident is that the intellectual raw material is present and continues to grow. It is only a matter of time and government intervention with regards to providing an environment for these startups to flourish and become an important component of the Philippine economy.

Startups can address the problem of urban and rural unemployment since the use of technology can be implemented both in the commercial/industrial setting as well as in the agricultural sector. 

Such creativity and ingenuity of the Filipino youth can be harnessed to the fullest given the right environment.

In the Macro-scale of the economy, a window of opportunity is open with regards o the playing field and fertile soil for startups. 

The continued and accelerated rise of the Philippines’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a positive indicator for the startup environment. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the country’s GDP performed better than the 2015 GDP which was at 5.8% and 2016 had a 6.8% growth. This upward trend has been evident for almost half a decade. It could be a note that the usual boom and bust cycle of the Philippine economy that has characterized it for more than 30 years may have already been broken.

It is in correlation and in parallel the continued economic growth that founding of new businesses have also increased in pace according to the PSA. Data shows that the number of business establishments increased by 11,188 between 2010 and 2014. The recorded pace of growth is remarkable in comparison with the rate of increase of new businesses at 3,242 between 2003 and 2010, considered a period wherein economic growth was hampered by political uncertainties and the still ongoing groundwork for more stable economic fundamentals.

2,797 establishments were founded indicating increased activity by “founders” and represented a net annual change in the number of businesses between 2010 and 2014. In sharp contrast, the net change per year from 2003 to 2010 was only 463, suggesting a much slower pace of business activity.

This is a good opportunity for startups to be founded, startups to expand and scale up and will further stimulate the startup ecosystem not only I the NCR but I other regions in the country where ideas have passed from being just simmering but coming to a boil. This will be an incentive to government to fast track the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure, come up with update and relevant laws and policies and also include financing for viable startups.  

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Filipino Future Calling

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The Philippines is currently at the cusp of another leap into the future. This publication, Techblade, has since in its inception advocated and supported Science, Technology, Education and Startups. Having featured Filipina Astrophysicist Reina Reyes, countless students triumphant in international math and science competitions, the Diwata-1 Microsatellite development and launch and new products and processes conceptualized, developed and implemented by the Filipino youth, it is evident that momentum is gaining wherein science and technology will be gaining more traction in development.

Leading the charge towards the future as mentioned above is the Filipino youth. Never before has technology been more democratized as before wherein knowledge and information can be acquired even outside of the classroom. Together with this is the motivation brought about by the availability of information to the youth that empowers them to shape the future based on their abilities.

Startups have been around for almost a decade in the country. Even though those who founded the startups did not even know that they were “startups”. All they had were ideas brought about by perceiving a need for a product or a service that were still absent or they were the ones who refused to believe that they could not be done. The next step was to make it viable and acceptable to the market.

Meet Russ Earl Micah B. Malangen

The “New Filipino” adept at technology and at the same time business savvy, Russ is currently a student at the De La Salle University with a course in Manufacturing Engineering and Management with specializations in Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering. But that is just skimming the surface. Russ has core competencies in the following; Technology Innovation and Integration wherein it comes as natural as swimming is to fishes.  He is also proficient  in Project Management, Research and Development, Entrepreneurship and to round it all up is a spellbinder in Public Speaking. 

Proof of these are the following:        

1. Founder and CEO of LX Innovative Solutions
2. Head Technology Intelligence Specialist of Verano Intelligence Group
3. Keynote Speaker – DevCon Summit Philippines 2016
4.  Integration Solutions Specialist – Virtual Reality Philippines
5. Grand Champion of the SME Innovation Award 2015

The above-mentioned are some of the achievements of Russ Malangen and these are just for starters. 

Russ acknowledges that he still has a lot to learn and intends to further his studies abroad and will eventually return to the Philippines armed with the requisite knowledge so as to help in the development of the country.

Russ Earl B. Malangen is representative of many other like him. The wave of the Filipino Future.

Follow Techblade for more of Russ’ innovations and advocacies. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Anne Aaron, Filipina, included in the 43 Most Powerful Female Engineers in the US

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, March 02, 2017
Anne Aaron

Enjoyed Stranger Things and Narcos in Netflix? Then give thanks to Anne Aaron who was listed in the 43 Most Powerful Engineers in the US during National Engineering Week (Feb. 19 – 25, 2017). 

Anne Aaron happens to be the director of Video Algorithms at Netflix. Business Insider listed her at No. 32 in the list of most powerful female engineers. 

“She leads a team of software engineers and research scientists. They make the software that enables more than 86 million Netflix members worldwide to watch streaming with the best possible quality.” according to Business Insider.

Anne Aaron started in Netflix in 2011 as a senior engineer and proceeded from there to her current position. Prior to that, she was Senior Software Engineer for Video Codecs at Cisco Systems, the world renowned technology titan.  

A product of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) batch 1994, she has displayed both propensity and proficiency in technology and science. 

Anne Aaron had her undergraduate degrees on Bachelor of Science in Physics and Bacheklor of Science in Computer Engineering graduating as Valedictorian and Magna Cum Laude respectively from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Her Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering was acquired from Stanford University.

Proving that women can excel in male-dominated professions and industry, Anne Aaron is included in that group of women who are at the cutting edge of technology and even include tech oriented startups.

It is common knowledge that women are the minority in the engineering and technology industries and that it is harder for them to get ahead in such. 

But Anne Aaron and her team gets the nod in the list by providing 86 million subscribers of Netflix with video streaming of the best quality.

Truly, Anne Aaron is proof that women and Filipinas can be world class engineers and scientists.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Medix, Kalibrr and Spiralytics at Ateneo 2017 Career Fair

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, March 01, 2017

A record 143 industry partners participated in the Ateneo 2017 Career Fair that started last February 27, 2017 at the Red Brick Road at Ateneo de Manila University’s Loyola Heights campus. The week-long fair aims to facilitate internships and employment opportuninites to AdMU’s students.

The sectors represented in the career fair include government, business, NGOs and the academe.  

This will enable companies and institutions to have a database of potential interns, applicants and new hires via a paper-less system. With this system, students will find more time to inter-act and find out more about the industry participants.

Among the industry participants are three from Kickstart, the Venture Capital and Startup Incubator pioneer of the country.

Medix, a clinic management system that uses a cloud-based electronic medical records (EMR) system. This enables medical professionals to manage their clinics, patient records, appointments scheduling and even records of images of procedures done for their patients. This system is currently in use by hundreds of clients.

Kalibrr is another cloud-based platform that matches jobseekers with the right jobs that is pertinent to their skill sets. At the other end, Kalibrr helps companies with their employee/candidate searches by the use of its database for free and that includes job postings in its database.

Spiralytics implements marketing campaigns with the use of analytics, SEO and performance metrics that can help companies with their B2B marketing campaigns.    

The Ateneo 2017 Career Fair is organized by Loyola Schools Office of Placement and Career Services in cooperation with SMART & PLDT.

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