ALP 2008 Anniversary/Mooncake Dice Game
by James Kevin Ty
Images by James Kevin Ty and Alice Villa-Real
Last September 21,
members of the Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP) held their 5th
anniversary party as well as their annual Moon Cake Dice Game at the
residence of ALP directress Alice Villa-Real. Members who were present that
day were James Kevin Ty and his wife Charito and son Kendrick Cole (KC) Ty;
Jonathan Alcartado and his wife Ellen ; Hernando Bautista, Brian Davis ,
Jomar Lacson , Vincent Lao , Dr. Armando Lee and his wife Mia and son Jason
Lee ; Joel Limcangco , Ma. Belen Pabunan , Rich Pijuan , Aran Lester Rueda
and his cousin Rayyan Adams Cipriano ; Henry So, Alfonso Sy , Angie Tan,
Tommy Tan , Omar Turqueza , and host Alice Villa-Real.
The potluck lunch started at around 12:00pm with
members bringing some foods to share with fellow ALPers. At around 1:00pm,
members started to have their lunch while chatting with members. At around
2:30pm, ALP Treasurer Henry So who was the yearly guru on the annual Moon
Cake Dice Game started to prepare the prizes that are going to be
included in the game. This year's grand prize was a portable DVD
player with 7" TFT screen as well as 2 units of Bushnell 50mm zoom
binoculars as second prize and so forth. There are 6 levels of prizes
that can be won by participants depending on how much luck they got in
rolling the dice :)
ALPers had a great time chatting with each other on what's the latest in
astro gadgets and news.
Delicious food brought by members to lunch! Yummy!
It's Chow Time !!!
Dr. Armando Lee (center) had a great time discussing with Hernando
Bautista (left) on his new Celestron Nexstar 8 while Brian Davis (right)
looks at its optics.
year's Moon Cake Dice Game's Prizes
So : " Man, I should win this zoom binocular as it looks great!!!"
Handsome Boys and the Fairest Ladies :) LOL
So , our Moon Cake Dice Game Guru explain to the participants on the
rules of the games as wel as what are the correspondent prizes that are
Numbers are drawn by ALP members so as to determine who will dice first
and so forth. Let the game begins !!!
ALPers strike a pose before the start of the annual Moon Cake Dice Game!
The handsome young ALPers strike a pose. May kakasa ba?
Tan prays hard that she can get the top prize portable DVD player with
7" TFT screen or maski yun second prize binoculars will do na :) LOL
Alcartado (Jon's wife) got one of the 2 zoom binoculars at stake!!!
Armando Lee's son Jason tries his luck on the dice game for the first
time! "Papa, did I win the top prize?" :) LOL
Vincent Lao bags the top prize!!!
president James Kevin Ty and Dr. Armando Lee discussed what had
transpired during the last NOC-IYA meeting on September 17. They
also discussed with fellow ALPers on what activities the ALP will do for
next year's celebration of International Year of Astronomy (IYA).
ALPers posed for posterity after celebrating the 5th
anniversary of ALP. Long Live ALP !!!
Henry then explain the rules of the game to the
participants so that everyone will know the basics or mechanics of the game.
As the game progresses , the 2 units of binoculars were won by Jon Alcartado
wife Ellen and Aran Lester Rueda's cousin Rayyan Adams Cipriano. The
grand prize was won by Vincent Lao with a combination of 4 4s and 2 1s.
Although that combination is the lowest, no one was lucky enough to beat
that combination in the entire event! So congratulations to Vincent
for winning this year's "Chiong Guan" or Grand Prize ! They then had a group
picture taken for posterity!
Afterwards, members then took a break for
some snacks and refreshments before they start with a short meeting in which
ALP president James Kevin Ty along with Dr Armando Lee explained to the
board and members the minutes of their meeting with National Organizing
Committee - International Year of Astronomy (NOC-IYA) last September 17 as
well as ALP preparations for the upcoming IYA soft opening on January 19,
2009 ; its participation on the 100 hours of Astronomy which will be held on
April 5, 2009 as well as ALP's plans for their solar eclipse expedition team
to the July 22, 2009 Total Solar Eclipse in Wuhan, China.
The whole affair ended at around 7:00pm.
More activity images can also be viewed at
Alice's Starbird webpage .
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