Manila Science High School
Overview
Manila Science High School
(colloquially MaSci) is the Pilot Science High School in the Philippines
Philippines
The Philippines , officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam...

. It is located on Taft Avenue at the corner of Padre Faura Street in Ermita
Ermita, Manila
Ermita is a district of Manila, Philippines located halfway between Intramuros and Malate.-History:Ermita was founded in the late 16th century...

, Manila
Manila
Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities forming Metro Manila.Manila is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay and is bordered by Navotas and Caloocan to the north, Quezon City to the northeast, San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east, Makati on the southeast,...

, and was established on October 1, 1963.
Former President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
Ramon Magsaysay
Ramón del Fierro Magsaysay was the third President of the Republic of the Philippines from December 30, 1953 until his death in a plane crash in 1957. He was elected President under the banner of the Nacionalista Party.-Early life:Ramon F...

 was the first to envision a Science High School in the Philippines in his 1956 State of the Nation Address where he underscored “the great need of stepping up the development of fundamental and applied research in science and technology which has long been neglected.”

Taking action, the Philippine Congress passed Republic Act 1606 creating the National Science Development Board to work with the Science Foundation of the Philippines in advancing scientific and technological research.
Encyclopedia
Manila Science High School
(colloquially MaSci) is the Pilot Science High School in the Philippines
Philippines
The Philippines , officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam...

. It is located on Taft Avenue at the corner of Padre Faura Street in Ermita
Ermita, Manila
Ermita is a district of Manila, Philippines located halfway between Intramuros and Malate.-History:Ermita was founded in the late 16th century...

, Manila
Manila
Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities forming Metro Manila.Manila is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay and is bordered by Navotas and Caloocan to the north, Quezon City to the northeast, San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east, Makati on the southeast,...

, and was established on October 1, 1963.

History

Former President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
Ramon Magsaysay
Ramón del Fierro Magsaysay was the third President of the Republic of the Philippines from December 30, 1953 until his death in a plane crash in 1957. He was elected President under the banner of the Nacionalista Party.-Early life:Ramon F...

 was the first to envision a Science High School in the Philippines in his 1956 State of the Nation Address where he underscored “the great need of stepping up the development of fundamental and applied research in science and technology which has long been neglected.”

Taking action, the Philippine Congress passed Republic Act 1606 creating the National Science Development Board to work with the Science Foundation of the Philippines in advancing scientific and technological research. This was closely followed by Republic Act 2067, known as the Science Act of 1958 which proposed to integrate, coordinate, and intensify scientific and technological research and development to foster invention.

In conjunction, the Department of Education implemented RA 1606 by issuing Department Orders 1 and 5, series of 1958, for the launching of Science Talent Research.

November 25, 1959 marked the evolution of the first pilot science high school in Manila. Comprising 32 students screened through a competitive examination, this nucleus of a science high school had its beginnings in a single-storey building in Intramuros.

On October 1, 1963, the Manila Science High School was born by virtue of Municipal Resolution 426 signed by Mayor Antonio J. Villegas. Credit for the school's early success goes to the Manila Science High School Principal Augusto Alzona – the "Father of Manila Science High School". Modeled after the Bronx High School of Science
Bronx High School of Science
The Bronx High School of Science is a specialized New York City public high school often considered the premier science magnet school in the United States. Founded in 1938, it is now located in the Bedford Park section of the Bronx...

, the special science curriculum is designed to meet the needs of scholars gifted in science and mathematics. However, opportunities, training, and experiences in varied fields are also available.

After five years in Intramuros, the Manila Science High School moved to its present site in 1966 with its second principal, Mr. Honesto Valdez (1963–1977). By 1977, Phase I of the Main Building was completed while the construction of Phase II was ongoing.

In September 1977, Mrs. Evelina P. Barotilla (1977–1988), the third principal, saw the completion of the Manila Science High School Complex and the renovation of the H.A. Bordner Building. The Home Economics Building was built in 1980. The whole construction project was financed by the Special Education Fund under the chairmanship of Dr. Josefina Navarro, Superintendent of City Schools, Manila.

The construction of the Php 7.5 million Technology Creativity Laboratory began in 1998 during the administration of Mrs. Daisy H. Banta, (1988–2000), fourth principal. The project was made possible by the Special Education Fund through the joint efforts of Mayors Gemiliano Lopez and Alfredo Lim, together with DECS-Manila Superintendent, Dr. Erlinda G. Lolarga.

The new millennium ushered in the arrival of Mrs. Susan A. Yano, fifth principal, the completion of the Antonio Maceda Building and the revival of the Manila Science High School Alumni Association. Mrs. Susan A. Yano opted for an early retirement. Ms. Edna P. Parcon, Math Department Head III, was then assigned Officer-in-Charge from July 18, 2002 to January 13, 2003, together with Ms. Betty de la Cruz, Science Supervisor, assigned Supervisor-in-Charge from October 13, 2002 to January 13, 2003.
Mrs. Rosita C. Herson became the principal in 2003 until 2006.
After that, the Manila Science High School was under the leadership of Mrs. Salud S. Sabado from 2006 until November 15, 2008.

Manila Science has been under the leadership of Mrs. Flora A. Valdez for less than a year until her retirement on January 21, 2010.
Before the retirement, a government project has started: the construction of the Amadome by Manila 5th District Congressman Amado Bagatsing, which is now completed in time for the new school year and has been formally inaugurated and turned over by Cong. Bagatsing on September 8, 2010.

Due to implementing laws for the May 2010 polls, Manila Science will not have a principal yet until such time that the elected Mayor of Manila appoints new school administrators. The school, at the last half of SY 2009-2010 and on the first quarter of SY 2010-2011, was under the leadership of Ms. Edna P. Parcon, the school's Mathematics Department Head until August 26, 2010 which welcomed the arrival of the eighth and second male principal, Mr. Fernando B. Orines.

Curriculum

SUBJECT YEAR I YEAR II YEAR III YEAR IV
SCIENCE General Science Biology Inorganic Chemistry Introductory College Physics
MATHEMATICS Elementary Algebra Geometry Advanced Algebra Analytical Geometry and Introduction to Calculus
ENGLISH Grammar & Philippine Literature Grammar & Asian Literature Grammar & American Literature Grammar & World Literature
FILIPINO Grammar, Mechanics & Ibong Adarna Grammar, Mechanics & Florante at Laura Philippine Literature & Noli Me Tangere
Noli Me Tangere (novel)
Noli Me Tangere is a novel by Filipino polymath José Rizal and first published in 1887 in Berlin, Germany. Early English translations used titles like An Eagle Flight and The Social Cancer, but more recent translations have been published using the original Latin title.Though originally written in...

Asian Literature & El Filibusterismo
El filibusterismo
El filibusterismo , also known by its English alternate title The Reign of Greed, is the second novel written by Philippine national hero José Rizal. It is the sequel to Noli Me Tangere and like the first book, was written in Spanish. It was first published in 1891 in Ghent, Belgium...

SOCIAL STUDIES Philippine History and Government Asian History World History Economics
MAPEH Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health I Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health II Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health III Music, Physical Education and Health & Citizenship Advancement Training
TECHNOLOGY AND HOME ECONOMICS/LIVELIHOOD EDUCATION Drafting and Livelihood Education OR Merchandising Drafting and Livelihood Education OR Retailing Culinary Arts OR Accounting and Business Management OR Journalism Culinary Arts OR Drafting and House Planning OR Journalism
COMPUTER SCIENCE Computer Basics and Windows HTML & Frontpage Basic C++ C++ & Java
VALUES EDUCATION Values Education I Values Education II
SCIENCE ELECTIVES Earth Science Theoretic Research Biotechnology and Research Organic Chemistry and Research
Introductory Physics
ENGLISH ELECTIVES Speech and Theater Arts Technical Writing Humanities
MATHEMATICS ELECTIVES Statistics Intermediate Algebra Trigonometry Finite Mathematics
FOREIGN LANGUAGES Nihongo French OR Mandarin OR Spanish OR Nihongo Spanish II OR French II

Notable alumni

  • Jose A. Magpantay (Class 1968), internationally-published professor from the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Physics
    National Institute of Physics
    The National Institute of Physics is one of seven research and academic institutes of the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Science....

  • Marissa Toledo-Peterson (Class 1978 Valedictorian), former Executive Vice President, Sun Microsystems
    Sun Microsystems
    Sun Microsystems, Inc. was a company that sold :computers, computer components, :computer software, and :information technology services. Sun was founded on February 24, 1982...

     and Board Member at companies such as Humana
    Humana
    Humana Inc. , founded in 1961 in Louisville, Kentucky, is a Fortune 100 company that markets and administers health insurance. With a customer base of over 11.5 million in the United States, the company is the largest Fortune 100 company headquartered in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and has a...

    , Ansell Limited, and Kettering University
    Kettering University
    Kettering University is a university in Flint, Michigan, offering degrees in engineering, math, science, and business. The campus is located along the Flint River on property that used to be the main manufacturing location for General Motors...

    .
  • Lt. Col. Rene Glenn Paje (Class 1979), Chief of Staff, First Scout Ranger Regiment, Philippine Army
    Philippine Army
    The Philippine Army is the ground arm of the Armed Forces of the Philippines . Its official name in Tagalog is Hukbong Katihan ng Pilipinas. On July 23, 2010, President Benigno Aquino III appointed Maj. Gen...

  • Cristeta Pasia Comerford
    Cristeta Comerford
    Cristeta Pasia Comerford is a Filipino American has been the White House Executive Chef since 2005. She is the first woman to be selected for the post, and also the first of Filipino descent.-Early life:...

     (Class 1979), culinary artist and chief cook for the White House
    White House
    The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the president of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., the house was designed by Irish-born James Hoban, and built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia sandstone in the Neoclassical...

    . The first woman appointed in the position and the first of Filipino descent.
  • Antonio A. Morales (Class 1981?), Chief of Mission Class II, Executive Director, Office of the Undersecretary for Special and Ocean Concerns, Department of Foreign Affairs
    Department of Foreign Affairs (Philippines)
    The Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs is the executive department of the Philippine government tasked to contribute to the enhancement of national security and the protection of the territorial integrity and national sovereignty, to participate in the national endeavor of sustaining...

    , former Consul General (Rome and Milan, Italy)
  • Eugene Reyes (Class 1981?), Former Commercial Attaché (Singapore and New York, USA), Foreign Trade Service Corps, Department of Trade and Industry
    Department of Trade and Industry (Philippines)
    The Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry , abbreviated as DTI is the executive department of the Philippine Government tasked to expand Philippine trade, industries and investments as the means to generate jobs and raise incomes for Filipinos...

  • Randy Sacdalan (Class 1982), sports commentator and dean of student affairs of Lyceum of the Philippines
    Lyceum of the Philippines University
    The Lyceum of the Philippines University is an institute of higher education located in Intramuros in the City of Manila. It was founded in 1952 by Dr. José P. Laurel, who became the third and one of the most acclaimed presidents of the Philippines...

    .
  • John Paul B. Iñigo (Class 1982), Commercial Attaché in Rome, Italy, former Commercial Attaché (Hamburg, Germany and Brussels, Belgium), Foreign Trade Service Officer, Foreign Trade Service Corps, Department of Trade and Industry
  • Rigoberto C. Advincula, PhD (Class 1983), physical chemist and 2003 Arthur K. Doolittle Awardee.
  • Von Glenn Hernandez
    Von Hernandez
    Von Hernandez is a former literature professor and environmental activist from the Philippines. He has spoken up against the processing of imported garbage, when waste incinerators pump out clouds of dioxin and other harmful chemicals...

     (Class 1983), environmental activist and 2003 Goldman Environmental Prize
    Goldman Environmental Prize
    The Goldman Environmental Prize is a prize awarded annually to grassroots environmental activists, one from each of the world's six geographic regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands and Island Nations, North America, and South and Central America. The prize includes a no-strings-attached award of...

     winner
  • Alvin Patrimonio
    Alvin Patrimonio
    Alvin Vergara Patrimonio , nicknamed "The Captain" and "Captain Lionheart" is a retired Filipino professional basketball player from the Philippine Basketball Association and is the current team manager of his former team, the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants.Patrimonio holds several PBA records...

     (Class 1983), basketball player, four-time Most Valuable Player of the Philippine Basketball Association
    Philippine Basketball Association
    The Philippine Basketball Association , is a men's professional basketball league in the Philippines composed of 10 company-branded franchised teams. It is the first and oldest professional basketball league in Asia and the second oldest in the world after the NBA...

    .
  • Nathaniel Jordan Calvo (Class 1988), the first Filipino pilot to receive a license to fly the Airbus A380
    Airbus A380
    The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by the European corporation Airbus, a subsidiary of EADS. It is the largest passenger airliner in the world. Due to its size, many airports had to modify and improve facilities to accommodate it...

    .
  • Beethoven dV. Bunagan
    Michael V.
    Michael V. , also known as "Bitoy" or "Toybits", is a Filipino comedian, actor, director, composer, singer, rapper, voice artist and parodist, who appears in the GMA Network show Bubble Gang, and in his own TV show Bitoy's Funniest Videos...

     (Class 1991), a.k.a. Michael V., Philippine actor, composer, singer, and parodist.
  • Analisa Balares (Class 1992), Founder and CEO of Womensphere, and Global Marketing Manager for Microsoft's blogging/social networking service.
  • Tuesday Vargas
    Tuesday Vargas
    Tuesday Vargas is a Filipina singer, actress, comedian and a residence judge in T.V 5 show Talentadong Pinoy. She is a notable alumni of Manila Science High School aside from Michael V...

     (Class 1998), born as Marizel Sarangelo, Philippine singer, comedian, and Talentadong Pinoy
    Talentadong Pinoy
    Talentadong Pinoy is a reality talent show. Hosted by Ryan Agoncillo, the show displays a variety of performances from singers, dancers, actors, musicians and comedians, to contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, ventriloquists and magicians. It was based from the Got Talent series in UK, USA,...

     talent scout.
  • Neil Tristan Yabut (Class 1999), 1998 Sibol Awardee for Outstanding Student Creative Research and 3-time nationally televised quiz (1999 and 2000 Battle of the Brains
    Battle of the Brains
    Battle of the Brains is a quizbowl show in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas of Virginia. It currently airs on WTVR in the Richmond area, and WAVY in Hampton Roads. The current show began in Richmond in 1975, and it originally aired on a local PBS member station until it was canceled by the...

    , 2001 National Super Quiz Bee) champion
  • Jeric V. Macalintal, Richard Kristoffer S. Manapat and Allan N. Estrella (Class 2002), first Filipinos to win a First Grand Award (Team Category, Physics, 2002) at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
    Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
    The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the largest pre-college scientific research event in the world, and is owned and administered by the Society for Science & the Public a 501 non-profit organization based in Washington, DC...

     (ISEF)
  • Andrew John Lena (Class 2002), 2001 Digital LG Quiz
    Digital LG Quiz
    The Digital LG Quiz was a Philippine quiz show that aired on GMA Network from 1999 to 2004. The hosts were Paolo Bediones and Regine Tolentino, who was replaced by Bernadette Allison and Pia Guanio. On 2003, the program was reformated and retitled as Digital LG Challenge, with Bediones and Bianca...

     champion
  • Louie Mar Gangcuangco
    Louie Mar Gangcuangco
    Louie Mar Gangcuangco is the author of a Filipino novel Orosa-Nakpil, Malate. In 2008, Louie Mar Gangcuangco published his second book, Gee, My Grades Are Terrific: A Student’s Guide to Academic Excellence, a self-help book for students....

     (Class 2003), author of the best-selling Filipino novel Orosa-Nakpil, Malate
    Orosa-Nakpil, Malate
    Orosa-Nakpil, Malate is a self-published novel by a student named Louie Mar Gangcuangco in 2006. The story revolves around Dave, a young medical student who frequently goes to Malate...

    ; and homosexuality, HIV-AIDS, and gay literature activist

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