Laguna Med Mission on 18 April 2010
The PSHS Classes of 1996 and 1997 will be conducting a medical mission in San Pablo City on April 18, 2010. This is the fourth in a series of medical missions being conducted by the PSHS Class of 1996 since 2006 as a way of giving back to the Filipino communities.

Once again, we would like to ask for your support to ensure the success of the project. We invite you to join us as volunteers to provide assistance to the medical team. We also welcome donations in kind and in cash. Currently, we are still in need of the following medicine:

Mefenamic acid
Isosorbide Dinitrate
Isosorbide Mononitrate

You may leave a message here or contact us by e-mail ( or mobile phone (0920 4469728) if you would like to volunteer or make a donation.

We look forward to your generous support.

Maraming maraming salamat.

Philippine Science High School scholars received premier education in the sciences to help in the nation’s development. Since its 10th jubilee anniversary in 2006, the Philippine Science High School Class of 1996 (Pisay 96) has been conducting socio-civic projects in communities across the country, as a sign of gratitude and return to the nation. For more information on these projects and activities, please visit

International Coastal Clean-up Day 2009


Visit to volunteer or to organize your own cleanup. :)


Maraming salamat at Maligayang Pasko

In behalf of all the children who participated in the recently conducted Streetkids' Christmas Party in UP Diliman, we would like to thank you for your support, participation, donation, and other contributions to the project. We hope that you enjoyed the activity as much as we all did. Some of the children who showed up have been attending the activity since 2006 and we know that the annual tradition is something they look forward to during the holiday season. We also know that it means a lot to them that there are people out there like you who go out of their way to share what they have and let them enjoy themselves even if only for a day. 

So again, maraming salamat. 

Maligayang Pasko. We wish you and your loved ones all the best for the coming years. 

Sincerely, Pisay 96


Rock the Riles 2008
Since 2005, Rock Ed Philippines has been ending its work-year with a mammoth celebration of Human Rights.  We hold eight (8) simultaneous events in eight  (8) train stations of the MRT line along historic EDSA.  ROCK THE RILES is held every Sunday closest to International Human Rights Day.  (Intl HR Day is celebrated every Dec 10)  

Despite having no commercial funding this year, we all decided to push through with it anyway.  Everyone involved in 'Rock the Riles 2008' pitched in to make it possible.  Shelled out cash, lent some equipment, lent expertise, talent and time. This is funded by the generosity of many many people. 

So we can squarely say: This one's ours. 

This gathering is our rally of sorts, that one time we decide to physically come together and say the same thing at the same time. That one time we decide to pool our voices and say "No more excuses, Philippines."  

Next Sunday, take the train. 
Choose a station. 
Watch a gig. 
Take a stand. 
Rock and roll. 

Save the date:  7th of Dec, 2008. 2-7pm at any MRT station nearest you. 

Confirmed artists: Radioactive Sago Project, Sugarfree, Up Dharma Down, Gasulina, Giniling Festival, Paramita, Ang Bandang Shirley, Sleepwalk Circus, Swissy, Juan Pablo Dream, Musical O, Outerhope, Urbandub, Intolerant, Taken by Cars, Typecast, Switch, Out of Body Special, Hilera, Nyctinasty, Salamin, Severo, Faspitch, Subscapular, Peryodiko, Cambio, Enemies of Saturn, Blue Jean Junkies, Analog, Agnes Ingarra, Analog, Pin-up Girls, Bagetsafonik, Roots of Nature, Chillitees, Mozzie, Lahi, Chicosci, Lowtechs, Playphonics, Nyco Maca, College Coed, Join the Club, The Youth,Jeepney Joyride, Sopiz, Zelle, Menaya, Ciudad, Head, Chardonnay, Miko Aguilar, Nityalila, Matilda, PhilTag, Nokia-Rock Ed ACTS Music Scholars from Childhope Asia and Virlanie Foundation, Tribu rap artists, Beware of Death Threat, Miscellaneous, Monique, Ill-J, Mike Swift, Pamilya Dimagiba, People's Future and more. 

Details to follow.  

For now, kindly help us spread the word that Rock the Riles 2008 is on.  



Gang Badoy
Rock Ed Philippines 



Pisay '96 Christmas Party for Streetkids, Year 3

Dear Friends,

In the spirit of the holiday season, Pisay '96 will be conducting the 3rd Pisay '96 Christmas Party for Streetchildren on December 13, 2008 in UP Diliman, Quezon City. The activity is an annual Christmas tradition for children in the UP Diliman and adjacent areas who are not privileged enough to have the means to celebrate the holidays. 

We would like to solicit your support to the project by supplementing the snacks for the participants and volunteers of the activity or by donating toys, books, or any other materials that may be given as gits or giveaways for the children.  You may also want to donate your time and volunteer to be part of the program or be one of the facilitators of the event.

We are expecting 100 children to participate in the activity and we will welcome any form of support that you will be able to extend.  You may contact us via email or through mobile # 63920 4469728.

We are looking forward to a positive response. In behalf of the children whom you will be providing with a truly memorable experience, thank you very much and Merry Christmas!


Michelle E. 


Maraming salamat to all those who've given donations for the streetchildren's party. 

For those who would like to make a pledge, below is a list of items that are still needed. Pledges have been made for those items with a strikethrough. The list will be posted in and updated regularly. You may donate any quantity or amount. You may also donate items that are not in the list. For cash donations please contact us through the contact details provide below. 


100 pcs             fried chicken
100 pcs             juice packs
4 bilao               spaghetti / pansit     
100 pcs             hotdog on stick
100 pcs             sandwiches   
                        sorbetes (we will be renting a sorbetes cart)


100 boxes          crayons
100 pcs             pencils
100 pcs             children's storybooks / coloring books (preferably books by Adarna / Lampara                         / Anvil's Lola Basyang / or those depicting Filipino values and culture – these                           are sold in all major bookstores for less than P100 each)

                        children's toys


We will also be accepting any other items that may be added to the kids' loot bags or given as gifts or prizes for the games.

To make a pledge or to volunteer for the event, please contact us through 
email (, YM (micamaldita), or SMS (0920 4469728).

Muli, maraming salamat! J


Micamaldita supports the Reproductive Health Bill

Click here for a copy of House Bill No. 4110 or the Reproductive Health Bill.

More than 10 Filipino women die every day due to pregnancy and childbirth-related complications. The big majority of those who die are poor women at the prime of their lives.

29 out of 1,000 infants die due to various sickness and illnesses that are preventable and curable.

4.9 million Filipino youth, aged 15-27 are sexually active but programs that would ensure their safety and help them become more responsible in dealing with their sexuality and relationships are severely lacking. 

1 out of 5 female teenagers get pregnant before they reach their 20th birthday.

These are just a few of the problems in the midst of the ongoing economic crisis, escalating poverty, and the ever-increasing prices of basic commodities and services.

Moreover, the Philippine population grows unabated with almost 2 million individuals added every year. Researches consistently show that poverty is more prevalent among big families compared to smaller ones.The acute lack of services and information regarding reproductive health:  
  • results in the untimely death of women and children;  
  • is the reason why our youth are largely unprepared to deal with matters pertaining to their sexuality and relationships; and   
  • exacerbates the effects of economic crisis and poverty on millions of ordinary Filipinos, especially those with big families.
Filipinos, particularly the poor, urgently need access to information and services that will address their reproductive health needs.A rights-based, comprehensive, and responsive reproductive health law will help empower Filipinos to achieve a better quality of life.The passage of the Reproductive Health Bill into law will help actualize people’s, especially women’s rights to make informed decisions.

To sign the online petition declaring support for the immediate passage of the Reproductive Health Bill into law, click on this link.

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: to donate, volunteer, or for any questions or concerns.


Kaya naman pala
[link from the Department of Health]

National Mental Retardation Week
14-18 February 2008

Ay susginoo! Kaya naman pala naglalabasan lahat ng aking psychoses at personality disorders! Nakiki-celebrate!


Pasko na naman!

Please contact Mic or Markku to make a donation or to volunteer.Maraming salamat!


written by Conrado de Quiros
published on the Philippine Daily Inquirer, April 22, 2004

I’M glad Ibarra Gutierrez wrote what he did. I have at least someone to point to (other than myself) to show the alternative is by no means hypothetical; it is real. The choice of coming back to the country, or indeed staying put, may now take on the aspect of the road not taken, or the one littered with sharp stones, but as Gutierrez shows, that is the illusion and not the reality. It is the paradise espied in the distance that is the illusion and not the reality. Or it is the mirage and not the oasis.

I had a similar experience when I was in the United States three years ago. The salesman in the department store where I bought a memory stick for a camcorder was a Filipino, and he was absolutely delighted when he discovered I was a “kababayan” [fellow countryman]. He said he thought at first I was Japanese. I wanted the 128 MB, but they had only the 64 MB. But not to worry, he said, he would order the 128 and it would be there the following week. I thanked him but said I wouldn’t be around the following week. He gave me a card, saying he’d keep me abreast of sales the department store would have in future, and asked me where I was going. He was absolutely discombobulated when I said back to Manila. I swear his jaw fell. He could not grasp the idea.

He asked me what I wanted to do a damn fool thing like that for, or that was the subtext of his more polite question. I said I had a job in Manila. He countered that there were jobs in the United States and they paid better. He himself had been a high school teacher in the southern province of Iloilo, he said, and he could barely support his wife and two kids with his pay. He had gotten to the United States only after much effort. He was denied a visa several times, but he persevered and managed to get one in the end. I did not ask him what kind. He took one odd job after another until he became a clerk in the department store. By dint of hard work, he eventually got promoted to the camera section. He would never dream of going back to Iloilo, he said.

Like Gutierrez, I have heard friends in the United States explain me away almost apologetically (to themselves most of all) as being a “nationalist.” That presumably is the reason I am not joining them in the land of the free and brave, free enough to work your ass off for the cottage with the picket fence and brave enough to endure cold, exile and meaninglessness to do it: I am a “nationalist.”

Well, if “nationalist” means to continue to believe in this country, notwithstanding resolute proof of its predilection for suicide, and armed only with the vision or hope it can be better, then I guess I am a nationalist. If “nationalist” means to read our history or know the past, something most Filipinos refuse to do, and having it for guide to glimpse the way to the future, then I guess I am a nationalist. If “nationalist” means to relate to other people as a Filipino, as someone who has a home, an identity and pride in his national patrimony, who has “malasakit,” or can feel deeply for his country, then I guess I am a nationalist.

It is no big deal, it is what the people of other countries have. And it is a testament to our impoverishment that what is routine and natural and obvious to them take on the aspect of epic heroism for us.

But it isn’t just this that drives me to stay here and try to make things better, however seemingly hopeless that has become, no small thanks to a procession of vicious leaders who seem determined to send this country hurtling to the precipice. Not least this last one, who is now depleting the national coffers to remain in power. Gutierrez hits the nail on the head when he asks, what are you really giving up when you choose to stay here? Unless you are an overseas Filipino worker who is compelled to leave from the stark choice of living or dying, toiling in the desert or starving in a lush land, what sacrifices are you making?

You are not going to starve on a teacher’s pay, however small that is. You are not going to starve on a journalist’s pay, however iniquitous it is. And you are not going to starve on whatever material rewards come from working in an NGO, exercising a profession (engineering, law, architecture, medicine, priesthood), or painting, playing music and writing, however meager they are. Arguably, you will earn more elsewhere, notwithstanding that you are reduced to being a maid in Kowloon, a caretaker in Toronto, or a salesclerk in a camera shop in Los Angeles. But that brings us to the heart of the matter:

All you really lose is a “pursuit of happiness,” a right enshrined in the Constitution, that has to do with acquiring more and more — or at least more than the next fellow. That is the largely unquestioned premise of this monumental Diaspora, the rod by which we measure success. You are a doctor in this country, you compare yourself to what Filipino caregivers abroad get and you will be envious. But you compare yourself to the bedraggled mass huddling in a tiny corner of this wretched metropolis, and you will consider yourself lucky. You are a public school teacher, you will be hard put to buy your two kids chicken dinners from a Jollibee fast-food restaurant every week. But you will be able to buy them shoes and books and send them to school where the barefooted and tubercular farmer fighting off pests in the fields won’t.

Frankly, I too cannot understand that attitude of many Filipinos in the United States who say that if this country can only provide them jobs and investment opportunities that will allow them to enjoy the amenities they have there, they would not think twice about repairing here. Gutierrez is right: thankfully, he doesn’t have to demand those conditions to want to live here. I don’t either.

I figure I’m not the one who’s making sacrifices. They are.


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