ALP 2008 Christmas Party/Election Report
by James Kevin Ty
members of the Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP)
Christmas party / election at the Manila Planetarium at around 3:30pm. Members who were present were
James Kevin Ty , wife Charito and son Kendrick Cole (KC) Ty, Dr. Jett
Aguilar, Dr. Armando
Lee , wife Mia and son Jason Lee, Alfonso Uy, Rich Pijuan, Elena Moya,
Jomar Lacson, Alexander Loinaz, Dante Noche and wife Rosie, Alfonso Sy,
Peter Benedict Tubalinal, Brian Davis, Angie Tan, Melisa Bata, Henry So, Vincent Lao, Andrew Ian Chan, Bel Pabunan,
Tommy Tan and friend Jeremy James Tan, Hernando Bautista, Edgar Ang, Aran Lester Rueda
and friend Alexander Mariano , Lea Visaya ,
Sheri Mae Domingo and boyfriend Daniel Coquinco, and newest member Valorie Camarao.
ALP director Brian Davis also brought along
his 127mm ED refractor on Atlas EQ-6 mount to share the night sky later with
members while directors Melisa Bata and Angie Tan help out in the
registration, membership renewals while Treasurer Henry So and Melisa Bata
handle the election proceedings. For the year 2009, 5 of the current
13 directors are up for reelection and they were ALP president James Kevin
Ty, ALP membership chairperson Angie Tan, ALP PRO Rich Pijuan, ALP Secretary
Alice Villa-Real and director Jomar Lacson. ALPer Edgar Ang is the
lone new nominee to run against the mentioned directors.
Prior to start of main program, ALPers renew their
annual dues as well as cast their votes for their favorite 5 directors. ALP 5th
year anniversary souvenir program book were also released to members who
haven't gotten their copies yet. Then, ALP Ways and Means Chair Melisa Bata
leads the opening prayer and ALP Membership Chair Angie Tan whom acted as
the emcee as well as game host, announced the night's activities.
ALP Membership Chair Angie Tan was the emcee and game host for the night
ALP Ways and Means Chair Melisa Bata leads the opening prayer.
As ALPers listen to the program proper, ALPer Andrew Chan (one in the
middle with white shirt) seems like talking to his stomach to have a
little patience as chowtime is a few minutes away :) LOL
Tommy Tan (left) : Whooo! Let the Games Begin!!!!
For this year, the annual exchange gift
routine was replaced by 3 fund raising projects for our society's own LCD
projector. They were:
1) Cash for Trash
- ALPers bring along their old (working or non-working)
electronic equipment such as CPU, printers, office chairs & tables,
scanners, laptops, etc to trade in for small amount of cash which HMR
represented by ALPer Elena Moya will pay members corresponding trade-in
equivalent. Members can opt to give the entire amount or in part to
the society for its LCD projector fund raising Program.
2) Fund Raising
through voluntary donations/pledges - a pledge box will be passed
around that evening for members to give voluntary donations of any amount to
help raise the fund.
3) Sale Your Wares
- members can bring items such as books, eyepieces, etc to sell to members
and they can either donate the entire amount or in part to the fund.
Some of the games played that evening were:
THE LONGEST YARD (song “ GREAT
BALLS OF FIRE”)
Search around the ground with scattered yarns, group
mates PICK as much yarns, tie them each in a knot… the group who makes the
longest line wins the game #1. Score 20 points, participation of all member
ALPers helped each other out in trying to tie as much yarn as possible
for them to get the longest yard :) That's what you call
Hey! Who got the longest yard????
YAYA GOES TO MARKET (song ‘WALKING ON SUNSHINE..)
It’s time for yaya to go to the market. Dress up, put on
your bandana, bring along your spectacle este binocular, your OPEN
umbrella, and carry your Bayong.
ALP's Yaya ready for action !
Doc Lee: "Hey, you sure this binocular's lenses are
made of ED glass??? Im seeing a lot of chromatic aberration and
it's making me dizzy !!!" :) LOL
Walk along the CROOKED PATH to reach the “talipapa”,
looking at it through the binocular TURNED UPSIDE DOWN. Once you reached
the “talipapa” each player will shop for just 1 thing on the list and put
it in the GREEN BAG. Pick any one Item on “KUYA’s Sampung Utos.” Hurry
back to your team members with your umbrella open cause it’s already
raining. Remove your market attire for the next yaya to do the same.
Team mates can help the player dress up. Bawal po ang
tsansing. Team member wave the bandana when all Yaya’s done with shopping!
Mas higit pa sa…SAMPUNG UTOS NI
URSA MAJOR, LEO, ORBIT, The Hunter, MOONROCk, MERCURY,
HORSEHEAD NEBULAE, CRUX, CANIS MINOR, Milky way, I- Piece,
First team to finish - 20 points
Completed task and correct items: “Listahan ni kuya” – 20
Participation of all team mates +10 points
3) AstroQuiz with a Twist!
should fall in line according to Height! Smallest to tallest….or according
to width, whichever u prefer.
team will send in 1 team representative at a time. The first one to ring
should answer the question in 15 secs. When done, Player #1 moves
to the end of the line. And player #2 gets to be the next contestant. If
the team representative cannot answer the question he/she can get assistance
from the HELPLINE. Each HELPLINE CAN ONLY BE USED ONCE BY EACH TEAM
You may let the opposing team answer the question. If opposing team
answered correctly, they get to score. If they answered incorrectly, your
team gets the score.
The representative can ONLY ask from teammate NEXT to him or her for the
answer. Wrong answer, no score.
Player may pick multiple choice answers. Wrong Answer no score.
You may steal any one of the opponents team member to join your team to
answer the question, however the opposing teams cannot steal back their
trade-in your question for new question. The opponent will draw a new
question, if they got the answer correctly they get to score. They too get
the chance to seek helpline during this round. If they still do not get the
right answer, your team gets the score
REMEMBER: HELPLINE CAN ONLY BE USED ONCE BY EACH TEAM, Once used up, you
will rely on brain power to score for the team. SO USE THEM WISELY.
As the games were being
played and prepared, ALPers also had a bountiful dinner as prepared by ALPers Angie Tan, Rich Pijuan and Bel Pabunan. ALP president James
Kevin Ty also brought along a Magic Sing Karaoke Sing-Along unit for the
members to show their singing talent to fellow members. Among the
surprises were from ALP director Alfonso Uy who show the younger members how
good his singing skills was! Among the great songs
he sang that evening were "Danny Boy" and "Edelweiss." ALP president
James also sang his personal favorite "My Way" by Frank Sinatra. Lots
of ALPers also sang that evening as members use that opportunity to get
together to celebrate their good friendships.
ALP director Alfonso Uy was the surprise of the night with his charming
rendition of Danny Boy and Edelweiss !!!
ALPers use an 80mm binoculars to look for planet Venus and Jupiter early
in the afternoon.
Bountiful and delicious food were prepared by Angie, Rich and Bel.
It's chow time!!!
ALPers chat with each other on what's new in astronomy while they had
dinner. Nice combination, right?
ALPers huddle at the registration table to renew
their memberships as well as donate to the LCD fund project.
ALP Treasurer Henry So discussed his plans for the fund raising
project for an LCD projector.
ALP President James Kevin Ty gave a powerpoint presentation on the
highlights of ALP for the year 2008 as well as discuss a short
rundown on what activities ALP will be undertaking next year.
ALP President James Kevin
Ty also presented the "Highlight of ALP for te year 2008" and also thanked
the members as well as all the sponsors for their great support specially on
the ALP 5th Year Anniversary Souvenir Yearbook Project. Without their
full support, the project would not a success!!! Of course, there were
3 ALPers who show exceptional effort and time contribution to help out
in the project and they were ALP directors Melisa Bata who garnered the most
ad support for the yearbook project ; Angie Tan who also help a lot in ad
procurement for the project but also help make follow-ups on the members on
their support for the yearbook. Both were presented Certificates of
Appreciation by the ALP president for their invaluable contribution of time
and effort to the successful launching of the ALP 5th Year Anniversary
ALP Director/Membership Chairperson Angie Tan accepting her Certificate
of Appreciation from ALP President James Kevin Ty
ALP Director/Ways & Means Chairperson Melisa Bata accepting her
Certificate of Appreciation from ALP President James Kevin Ty
Last but not the least,
ALPha editor in chief Francisco Lao, Jr. was presented the 2008 Father
Victor Badillo Astronomy Service Award for his invaluable contribution to
the successful launching of the ALP 5th Year Anniversary Yearbook as well as
being the editor in chief of ALPha, the official newsletter of the society
since its inception. Since he was not around to accept his award, ALP Vice
President Dr. Jett Aguilar received the award on his behalf.
ALP Vice-President Dr. Jett Aguilar accepting the Father Victor Badillo Astronomy Service Award on behalf of ALPha editor in chief
Francisco Lao, Jr. from ALP President James Kevin Ty.
2008 Father Victor Badillo Astronomy Service Award
With the telescope set up
at the Planetarium grounds, ALPers went out to observe objects such as the
Moon as well as M42 Orion Nebula . Some members aso use that tie to try to
observe the Geminids meteor shower. Although there was Moon glare, some
members were able to catch a few bright Geminids that evening.
After the votes were
tallied, the following new directors were elected:
1) James Kevin Ty
2) Angie Tan
3) Rich Pijuan
4) Alice Villa-Real
5) Edgar Ang
With the presence of 7
directors which constitute a quorum, the following officers and committee
chairs were elected:
President - James Kevin Ty
Vice President - Dr. Jett
Secretary - Rich Pijuan
Treasurer - Henry So
Auditor - Brian Davis
PRO - Alice Vila-Real
2009 were as follows:
Observation - Peter
2009 Total Solar Eclipse
Expedition Team - James Kevin Ty
Instrumentation - Jomar
Education - Dr. Armando Lee
National Astronomy Week -
Dr. Armando Lee
Membership - Angie Tan
Ways and Means - Melisa
Special Events - Angie Tan
- Francisco Lao Jr.
Publications (Phil Journal
of Astronomy) - Raymund John Ang
Webmaster - Jonathan Ty
Web Content Editor - James
The party ended at around
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