The National Astronomy Organization
of the Philippines
The Astronomical League of the Philippines was
established by a group of Filipino astronomers whose
main goal was to develop astronomy in the Philippines,
especially in the fields of observational astronomy and
imaging. Today, it is the leading scientific community
for astronomy and related sciences, with focus not only
on observation and imaging, but extending to formal
education and research studies in astronomy.
There are generally two types
of membership in the society - Regular and Honorary
membership. Professional and nonprofessional
astronomers, astrophysicists, students in astronomy and
related fields, and astronomy enthusiasts who have
serious interest in the field can apply for Regular
membership. Those who have contributed to the
development of astronomy in the country are awarded
During the early years of the Astronomical League of
the Philippines, the main focus of the society was
enhancing the observational skills and imaging
techniques of members. New members are guided on how to
choose the right equipment which suits them, according
to the area they are most interested in and the passion
they have in the field.
The year 2009, International Year of Astronomy, marks
a turning point and a milestone, not only for the
organization, but for Philippine Astronomy as a whole.
On the 15th of February, 2009, the society organized the
1st Philippine Astronomy Convention which was held at
the Plenary Hall of the Rizal Technological University.
This convention is the major astronomy convention in
the country and a formal forum for astronomers for the
exchange of ideas and research findings. In the same
year, an even stronger partnership was formed between
ALP and RTU in the efforts of advancing formal astronomy
education in the country.
In the years and decades to come, the Astronomical
League of the Philippines will continue to take a lead
role in advancing the field of astronomy in the Philippines.