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First of all, I’m really sorry for not being able to write a post about the insight of Mr. Oblepias yesterday, or even this morning, due to some internet problems. I’m just going to include my own reaction to Mr. Oblepias’ insight in this post.

And I would also like to say sorry to Mr. Oscar Mendoza, your video interview file got corrupted because of my memory card. 😦

I spent some time today reading all of the comments, which made me think really hard. If you try to read them comprehensively, you’re going to end up actually seeing some friendly debate between me and my insighters.

I really believed that the PSHS scholar should be restricted to the Science & Technology sphere because I think in a way like this:

Sayang naman kasi kung masyadong nagpakahirap sa napakaraming Science, Technology at Math subjects, hindi naman gaano magagamit yung knowledge. Parang nagsayang na rin ng investment ng gobyerno.

But I just realized that the way I was thinking is completely insane.

I realized that at this time, the S&T Sphere is not what is helping out in our economics today. Maybe in the future, but it is not just by this time, maybe not even by 2020.

I realized that there are also a lot of applications of our lessons in other fields, like cinematography (light… PHYSICS), food service (CHEMISTRY) and animal rights advocacy (BIOLOGY).

Those examples which are named above are not actually the perfect examples, there are many more around us, and they are too plenty to name.

I realized that there is actually a need for the S&T sphere to be represented in Congress. Perhaps a group or party of PSHS scholars can do that.

And I realized that PSHS scholars are indeed the front liners. People expect us to be critical thinkers who can think of simple everyday innovations.

Two statements summarize everything that I learned from this project. The first is from Ma’am Dacanay, my Biology teacher, and the second is from Sir Martin, my SocSci teacher.

IT’S NOT WHAT YOU END UP DOING. IT’S HOW YOU DO IT – WITH CONVICTION, WITH PASSION, WITH SINCERITY.

IT DOESN’T MATTER TO ME WHAT’S UP HERE (points to head) BUT WHAT’S IN HERE (puts hand on chest)

Anyway, today is the seventh day of this project, and many of you will think that today is the last day. I promise, it will not be.

Starting tomorrow, though it may only be once a week, you will be seeing posts brought from day-to-day experiences which are related to the scientific and social sphere. These experiences can range from having a check-up to even buying some fish in the market.

I would like to thank everyone who supported Come Tomorrow in the past week. Please continue checking back for more posts, though they would no longer be as plenty as this. Thank you!

pisay scholars have been trained to use reason and analyze problems and create solutions to solve them. society needs critical thinkers like us. it doesn’t matter what field we enter; pisay scholars will always be at the forefront of innovation to help increase the quality of life of the filipino people.

First, let me write about Mr. Uncle’s comment.

We think the same about a student entering the PSHS. We both believe that students who accept scholarships to study in the PSHS already have a mindset of going to the S&T zone when they grow up. We also get some incentives for accepting the scholarship, like, actually being paid monthly stipends (except on April and May), and being lent world-class books. And, of course, we should pay it back.

I know that there are many, if not all (please correct me here, my friends, if I am wrong 🙂 ) PSHS scholars who will say that their parents technically forced them to study in the PSHS for 4 years. And here’s a fact: I am not one of them.

And on Mr. Uncle’s point that it is just equitable that we use the education and skills to enhance the S&T development of the Philippines, I really have to agree. Since it’s the Philippine Science High School, the skills we acquire should be used to serve the Philippines, at the very least.

Somehow I do not actually see the difference between studying in a Regional Science High School, except for the agreements (which are not that strict compared to the agreements in the PSHS enrollment contract) , and the benefits (obviously, there are more student benefits for PSHS scholars).

I would really like to thank Mr. Uncle for giving his comments.

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To Tito Julian:

Thank you very much for taking time to comment in my blog! 😀

I really believe in the revised quotation (from Spiderman 🙂 ). Maybe we can compare ourselves to the people lucky (or should I say, rich) enough to study during the Spanish times. Only a few people were allowed to study and the government at that time strictly monitors the activities of these ilustrados so that the knowledge entrusted to them will not be used “in evil” – according to their definition.

Basically, the same goes for PSHS scholars. We are given more sophisticated education, in the hopes that we will use it for the further benefit of our country, and also the world. But of course, the motherland always expects top priority for us, hence the issue of those studying abroad.

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By the way, thanks to Mr. Wayne for the piece of information 🙂 . Maybe graduates of the 70s (perhaps even the 80s) who study abroad were forced to pay their fees, but I sure am glad that policy (if there actually was such policy) is no longer implemented upon us. What batch are you from, sir?

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Again, thank you very much to my dear readers for dropping by and leaving some of your thoughts 🙂

I am extremely overwhelmed by the comments I’m receiving.

I’d like to thank my father for helping me advertise. His e-mail in a Yahoo! Group really helped out in getting other people into my blog.

I’m sorry if I can’t post my response to Mr. Uncle tonight for I have to study my Biology. Please expect the next post within 20 hours 🙂

I believe in what Ms. Dacanay, my Biology I teacher, wrote in her insight. However, I am bedazzled by one thing.

I really think that the PSHS scholar should contribute to the Science and Technology field in the way specified by the contracts we sign ever year, during enrollment day.

But it is not actually that restricted, you know. As Mr. Bert David specified in his comment, Science and Technology is a broad concept.

You can find even the smallest tidbit of S&T in filmmaking. Lighting, sounds, cinematography. Those concepts actually involve Physics.

But let us talk about more scientific contributions. Teaching, for example.

Ms. Dacanay is a graduate of PSHS Batch 98. She graduated with a BS in Molecular Biology from UP-Diliman, and she has been teaching Biology in the PSHS since 2004.

Her job may not actually look like it’s entirely related to the Science and Technology Sphere, but, it actually is one of the best jobs available. It is one of those jobs which actually have a direct and obvious contribution to the S&T sphere in the Philippines, because the contribution of her job is in a large scale.

Somehow, Ms. Dacanay is right. The type of job you end up with does not actually matter. As long as you apply the SKILLS you get from PSHS, and you have the conviction, passion and the sincerity, you are already doing a very good job as a PSHS graduate, for you have already returned the favor to the Filipino people.

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Mr. Bert David (Thank you, sir! How could I contact you, please?) said in his comment (see the entirety of the comment HERE)…

Take note that our PSHS scholars are also not even allowed much less encouraged to study in the more advanced countries to learn things that can obviously be beneficial to our country – for the stupid paranoia that these scholars will not use this knowledge for the country. Hence the stupid penalty for even individual scholars (even privately funded ones – who are asked to refund their tuition fees if they go out of the country) to seek further studies and knowledge abroad.

I am already wondering about this issue of studying abroad. I do not know if we really have to pay our tuition fees (according to a classmate, it’s at Php70000 per year) if we are going to study abroad, even just for college.

All I know is that if the school finds out that a graduate did not take an S&T course in college, the graduate will have to pay his 4 year tuition fee. So, if one year is around Php 70000, one has to pay about Php 280000.

I am going to the Guidance Center later this afternoon and I will try my best to know the other conditions on when a PSHS scholar/graduate has to pay the school.

But, for me, I strongly believe that there should also be a political representation of the Science and Technology sphere in a legislative form. We already have the Department of Science Technology, you may say, but the problem is, the DOST is under the Executive branch of the government. I think that some key figures of the S&T sphere should actually go and run for congress in behalf of the S&T sphere. Perhaps they can do that as a party list, because if he gets elected as a district representative, he must prioritize his constituents.

Look now, we do not have congressmen who represent the S&T community. Therefore, we are not getting enough aid whenever we need some for our projects. Moreover, the government concern for us is not that obvious because they think we do not need much. Reason behind that… no one is actually speaking out for us. If there is, by any chance, someone who is talking for us, his voice cannot be heard, not even by a young PSHS sophomore-turning-junior.

I believe that the Science and Technology Sphere of the country still has a long way to go. As many say, There is always room for improvement. What improvement? It is our job to decipher.