Maraming maraming salamat po.

In behalf of the Dumagat community of Norzagaray, Bulacan, we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the recently-conducted medical mission in Sierra Madre. Last weekend, our team provided medical service to approximately 200 IPs from Sitio Anuling. They were also provided with medicine and food which were made available through your generous donations. In addition, a group of volunteers conducted basic art classes for the children of the community. Again, none of these would have been possible without your help.

Our special thanks goes to the people who gave their time and expertise to ensure the accomplishment of our goals. We thank the doctors and nurses who carried out the medical consultations despite the weather conditions. We also thank the doctors who, regrettably, were not able to participate in the medical mission but nevertheless, provided time and knowledge when necessary during pre-event consultations. Again we thank everyone who gave donations in cash and in kind. Your generous gifts went a long way and were very much appreciated. Lastly, we wish to thank our corporate sponsors B Takeda, Bayer, and Unilab for their kind gifts of medicine that were very crucial to the success of the project.

The Dumagats are one of our many communities and there are more out there who are in need of aid and assistance. Hence, despite the many hurdles that are inevitably part of organizing community activities, we will continue sharing what we have, doing what we can, and contributing towards nation-building. And as we go along the way, we hope that we will still be able to count on your support and generosity and that you will continue to be one with us in trying to achieve our vision of a better Philippines and a better way of living for our Filipino brothers and sisters.

Maraming salamat po.

UP Outdoor Recreation Group
Philippine Science High School Class of 1996


Medical Mission for the Dumagats of Sierra Madre

The UP Outdoor Recreation Group (UP ORG), in cooperation with the Philippine Science High School Class of 1996 (Pisay 96), will be conducting a series of medical missions for this year in two indigenous communities: namely, the Dumagat tribes in Sierra Madre and the Aeta Tribes in San Jose, Tarlac.
The Dumagats and the Aetas depend greatly on nature to survive but only on meager supply. The Dumagats have to take a 2-hour banca ride (if there is banca available to them) to get to Norazagaray, Bulacan to trade yantok for rice, salt, and medicines. On the other hand, the Aetas have to wait for the truck that comes to their place once a week. This is where they get the chance to trade their charcoal with some supplies that the truck had brought like instant noodles, junk foods, canned goods, and medicines, if there’s any. Without the truck, the Aetas will travel by foot, carrying loads of charcoal and will arrive a day after at the marketplace. This trading system emanated greatly from need of food and medicines, although, their medical and health needs were being set aside because they can only barter for rice and salt as main necessity.

The first of the med missions will be held on August 16-17 to benefit the Dumagats of Sierra Madre particularly in the area of Norzagaray, Bulacan.


Please contact Michelle (YM: micamaldita, Mobile: 09204469728, Email: [email protected]) to donate, volunteer, or for any questions or concerns.


96 meeting for Ibang Klase

The 2nd meeting for the Ibang Klase project will be on May 10, Saturday, 4 PM in Makati (venue TBA).  For those who wish to attend, please leave a message or send an SMS or YM to Mic or Markku.

About the project:
“Ibang Klase” aims to provide children (from the area in front of Pisay) with an alternative classroom experience that highlights nationalism, environmentalism, and volunteerism. These issues will be discussed through non-traditional methods such as story-telling, arts and crafts, and poetry. This project is reminiscent of the Saturday tutorials that as high school students, we used to give to our public school counterparts. We are hoping to reach out to approximately 50 grade school-level children and 15-20 teenagers.
Date: May 24, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Venue: Pisay Diliman



Pisay 96 meeting

There will be a meeting at 8:00 PM tonight, 11 April 2008, at Treehouse along Matalino Street, Quezon City. We will be discussing our upcoming events, including the Ibang Klase (Alternative Classroom Learning Program, initially for children in the community in front of Pisay, and in cooperation with RockEd Philippines) and the proposed Earth Day project (clean-up climb or mangrove planting, c/o Peng).

Your support and cooperation are essential to the success of our projects. So for those of you who haven’t made any plans for tonight, we hope you can join us in planning for our upcoming events.

Maraming salamat at kitakits!


PABL Recap: Game 1

[via Hoops and Stuff]

The 2007 Pisay Alumni Basketball League started last July 1 at the PSHS Gym, with 6 games played. Recap of the batch’s first game (vs Batch 98) is as follows:

In easily the biggest game of the opening playdate, two-time champions Batch 96 edged 3-time runners-up Batch 98, 57-55 in OT. Batch 96, featuring the dynamic duo of Jon “The Answer” Aguirre and Peng “Frisbee” Manlapaz, had a chance to ice the game in regulation, but missed FTs allowed 98 to tie and send the game to an extra period. 96 proved steadier in OT however, as they contained Karlo “The Triggerman” Hombrebueno and big man Andrew Pinlac scoreless in the last 5 minutes. Manlapaz led 96with 23 points, supported by Aguirre’s 13. Hans “Macho Man” Acain and Hombrebueno led 98 with 16 points apiece.

Standings as of July 1 are:

Bracket A
91 1-0
92 1-0
01 1-0
94 0-1
04 0-1
07 0-1

Bracket B
95 1-0
96 1-0
05 1-0
90/93 0-1
98 0-1
08 0-1

Updates on the second game, which was held last Sunday, July 8, will be posted as soon as they become available.

The next game will be on July 15, 3:20 PM, v Batch 08.


Dingdong Onstage

We’ve seen the movie but we haven’t seen it on stage. And now we have this one time opportunity to do so.

This Friday, May 25, 8:00 PM, Wedding Singer the Musical will be playing at OnStage, Greenbelt 1 in Makati. And who should be in it but our very own Dingdong Novenario. Watch him be a part of this romantic comedy about heartbreaks, weddings, and finding someone to grow old with.

Tickets are available for P150. For reservations and other inquiries, kindly send Dingdong a text message.



Congrats, Joy!

Congratulations and best wishes to Drs. Joy Burgos and Rey Dago-oc who got married at the Barasoain Church in Bulacan last May 12.

We all remember Joy as a smart and quiet young lady who’s always hurrying along the hallways of our beloved Alma Mater. Now she’s blossomed into a pretty doctor who in a few weeks, will be leaving for Pennsylvania with her husband to continue to practice medicine and maybe start a family of their own.

From everyone in the batch, Joy, all the best.