December 13, 2009 ALP Annual
Meeting & X'mas Party Report
by James Kevin Ty & Jett Aguilar
Last December 13, 2009, members
of the Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP) held
their annual meeting as well as Christmas party at the
Manila Planetarium at 3:00pm. Members who attended
were ALP President James Kevin Ty & wife Charito Ty,
Kendrick Cole (KC) Ty & in law Dolores Caballero ; VP
Dr. Jett Aguilar, Treasurer Henry So, Membership Chair
Angie Tan and Frank Carlsen ; Auditor Brian Davis;
Secretary Rich Pijuan ; Directors Alfonso Uy, Edwards
Eli Tan, Edgar Ang & Jomar Lacson; NAW 2009
Chair Dr Armando Lee & wife Mia Lee & son Jason
Lee ; Vincent Lao, Tommy Tan, Aldrin Palacio, Dennis
Buenviaje, Rommel Candaza and brother Arjay Candaza, Lea
Visaya, Ma. Belen Pabunan ; Desiree del Rosario, Alberto
Lao and friend Kenneth Morales , Andrew Ian Chan,
Berenice Viola Chan, Johanna Erika Valdueza and Mark
Anthony Rivera, Rosalyn Penol, Mark Anthony Honrade,
Roldan de Guia, Ellaine Pena and friend Raymond Gloria,
Miguel Cano, Rommel Palacpac and Margie Arboleda ,
Christopher Lee and Sandra Torita.
The event got delayed because
they didn't expect that the road going to the
Planetarium was closed as there was a bicycle race
ongoing that morning till the late afternoon. So
most of the members who brought cars had no choice but
to park at Manila Hotel vicinity in Luneta Park :(
Nevertheless, registration, casting of ballots for new
set of directors as well as membership renewals
proceeded as scheduled . Foods and drinks as well
as some light beers were available for the members while
awaiting for the other members to arrive.
The registration booth were
handled by Membership Chairperson Angie Tan (right)
, Desiree del Rosario (middle) and Bel Pabunan
ALPers relaxed while awaiting
for the members to arrive.
ALP director Brian Davis pays
for his membership renewal as well as Bingo game.
ALPer Christopher Lee casts
his ballot to vote for the new set of directors for
ALP director Alfonso Uy also
pay his renewal fee as well as his son's membership
(L-R) ALPers Alfonso Uy ,
Armando Lee, Charito Ty and Mia Lee.
At around 4:45pm, ALP president
James Kevin Ty started the meeting with a short overview
of the activities made by the ALP for the year 2009.
This was followed by the explanation of the Bingo rules
and guidelines that will be followed by the members.
James also thank the members who attended the party
meeting and stated that this was the biggest gathering
that the ALP had garnered during an annual meeting since
its inception in 2003 and encouraging the members to
attend the organization's activities next year and
eclipse this year's good member's attendance at the
annual meeting. The main activities for the 2010
are the January 1 New Year Partial Lunar Eclipse as well
as the January 15th Partial Solar Eclipse.
ALP President James Kevin Ty
welcome the members of the society and thanked them
for their support of the organization's activities.
James also discussed the
January 1, 2010 Partial Lunar Eclipse that will mark
the first major astro events of the year 2010.
A short break for members to
have dinner followed after the discussion. A group
picture was taken before the dinner to ensure that all
members present will be included in the group pic! :)
While having their dinner, James describe the Bingo
rules and guideline to the members. 4 Bingo games
were planned for the day which includes 3 warm up games
en route to the grand prize game! The 3 warm up
games were played in a way that the members will play
for the A, L, P pattern for the warm up games and a
blackout game for the main prize. For the A pattern, the
prize was a 50mW green laser pointer; L prize was a 8x42
zoom binoculars, P prize was a 10x50 zoom binoculars and
last but no the least the blackout prize, a very
beautiful Celestron Sky Scout!!!
James explain to the members
the rules and guidelines of the Bingo games as well
as its prizes.
ALPers had dinner first before
the start of the game. Chowtime!
The dinner food were delicious
ALPers take their time to dine
and chat with fellow ALPers.
The first warm up games started
with everyone concentrating on the cards as as not to
miss marking a certain number :) LOL The first
game was long as more than 50 bingo balls are
called already. Then suddenly the number G59 was
called by James and imagine 5 ALPers got the bingo
combination! Luckily, the ensure a tie breaker for
such scenario, James had earlier announce how a tie
breaker can be made as there will only be one winner in
each game. The rules indicated that in a tie breaker
match, the winning candidates will draw a bingo ball and
the one with the highest number will be declared the
winner. The lucky 5 ALPers were Berenice Viola
Chan, Armando Lee, Sandra Torita, Johanna Erika Valdueza
and Frank Carlsen. After each of them draws a
ball, Frank Carlsen got the highest number and was
declared the winner of the 50mW green laser pointer!
The second warm up game
immediately followed to play for the L pattern and this
time around, the pattern was easily made by the winning
bingo card of ALPer Elaine Pena and she won the Bushnell
8x42 zoom binoculars!!!
Frank Carlsen got the 50mW
green laser pointer for winning the first Bingo warm
ALPer Rosalyn Penol received
the Bushnell 8x42 zoom binoculars on behalf of ALPer
Elaine Pena for winning the 2nd Bingo warm up game !
The third warm up games also
followed afterwards to play for the P pattern and this
time around, another long and tense waiting game
followed with a lot of members shooting and screaming as
their bingo cards almost made the P pattern with 1-2
numbers left to win. Noticeable nervous and tense
was ALPer Rich Pijuan who is praying very hard that she
will win the 10x50 zoom binoculars and when the winning
ball was called by James, Rich shouted Bingo and was
jumping with joy but her excitement came to a pause when
another ALPer Charito Ty also got the Bingo as well!
So the tie breaker rule applied and Charito was the luck
one to win the 10x50 zoom binoculars :)
Another short break followed
before the start of the main and most awaited game for
the chance to win a Celestron Sky Scout! Some went
tt he rest room to wash their hands or take a pee to
remove all bad luck so that they can win the main prize
while others opted to just had a great time to have
another round of delicious dinner and drinks! :) LOL
ALPer Charito Ty received her
Bushnell10x50zoom binoculars for winning the 3rd
Bingo warm up game !
Sandra Torita jumped for joy
after the getting the Bingo Blackout game!!!
ALP Treasurer Henry So hold
Sandra's winning Bingo card to declare her the
Sandra Torita received from
ALP President James Kevin Ty the Celestron SKy
Scout for winning the Bingo Blackout Game !!!
The main game started with
everyone oh so quiet and James had to remind them that
this is just a game and need to relax to have fun :) LOL
With a blackout pattern for the main and final game, the
bingo balls had to be almost drawn till there were less
than 5 balls before a lone winner was declared and the
lucky one was ALPer Christopher Lee's fiancee Sandra
Torita and she was jumping with joy as well as raising
her arms high in the air. And after final card
checking by Treasurer Henry So and James, she was
declared the winner of the brand new Celestron Sky
Scout!!! Congratulations to all winners of the day
and hoping next year we will have even better prizes for
our members as James expect there will be even more
members to join :)
Afterwards, the election tally
was made by ALP membership chair Angie Tan and treasurer
Henry So and the following vote results were tallied and
finalized. 33 members casts their votes with 1
ballot declared void because he or she selected
more than 4 maximum so the final number of valid ballots
are 32. The final tally of the election were as
Jett Aguilar - 30 votes *
Armando Lee - 27 votes *
Alfonso Uy - 17 votes *
Edward Eli Tan - 15 votes *
Jomar Lacson - 12 votes
Andrew Ian Chan - 7 votes
Congratulations to the 4 new
and re-elected directors Jett Aguilar, Armando Lee,
Alfonso Uy and Edward Eli Tan and they will serve for 3
years. They will join James Kevin Ty, Henry So, Rich
Pijuan, Angie Tan, Edgar Ang, Brian Davis, Peter
Benedict Tubalinal, Alice Villa-Real and Melisa Bata as
ALP Board of Directors of the year 2010.
Merry Christmas and a happy ALP
Year to all !!!
ALPers posed for posterity during
the ALP Annual Meeting and Xmas Party.