February 3, 2013 ALP Monthly Meeting Report
by James Kevin Ty & Christopher Louie Lu

Last February 3, members of the Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP) held their monthly  meeting at Manila Planetarium.  Members who attended were ALP President James Kevin Ty , wife Charito and son Kendrick Cole KC Ty ,  Secretary  Christopher Louie Lu , wife Karren and daughter Frances Lu ; directors Edgar Ang, Alfonso Uy , Christopher Lee and wife Sandra Lee ; Ma. Belen Pabunan , Liza Quitlong , Mike Enage, Ronald Sison, Norman Marigza , Per Edman , Gary & Steinar Andreassen,  Mark Vornhusen, Mark Ian Singson and Ma. Cristina Decena; Jan Karlo Hernandez and Sheldon Espartero.

Meeting proper started at around 3pm with ALP Secretary and NAW 2013 chairman Christopher Louie Lu discussing final  updates for our NAW activities.  The following were planned:

February 17, 2012:  NAW – PAC 2013 Opening Ceremony

Venue: National Museum Planetarium

            12:00 pm:  Registration

            1:00 pm (1:30 pm): Philippine National Anthem


            Opening remarks by: Astronomical League of the Philippines President James Kevin Ty

                                               National Museum Planetarium curator Bel Pabunan*

            2:00 pm Introduction to Comets & Asteroids: Film Showing: Asteroids, Meteors & Impact                   

            First Lecture on PANSTARRS & ISON by:

                                        Norman Marigza – The Physics of Comets

                                        Dr. Jett Aguilar – Observation & Photography of Comets

            15 (20) minute break

            3:20 pm or 3:30 pm Second Lecture on Astrobiology by Dr. Armando Lee

            4:15 pm Product presentation of Celestron Prodigy Telescopes by:

            4:30 pm Awarding of the Fr. Victor Badillo Astronomy Service Award to Dr.  Dante Ambrosio

            4:45 pm or 4:50 pm Awarding of Certificates and Honorarium

            6:00 – 6:30 to 10 pm Free Public Viewing.

                                                Venue: Rajah Sulayman Park


February 20, 2013: NAW – PAC 2013 Mid week Free Public Viewing

Venue: (3:00 pm – 9:00 pm) AstroCamp Observatory Services in SM Mall of Asia, San Miguel By the Bay, Pasay City


February 23, 2013: NAW – PAC 2013 Closing Ceremony

Venue: Rizal Technological University

            12:00 pm:  Registration

            1:00 pm (1:30pm): Philippine National Anthem


            Opening remarks by: Christopher Lu ALP

                                             : RTU President Dr. Jesus R. Torres*

            2:00 pm First Seminar / lecture: Philippine Space Agency Bill  HB6725 / by: Dr. Custer Deocaris

            2:45 pm Second Seminar/lecture: Search for Exoplanets by: Bamm Gabriana

            15 (20) minute break

            3:45 pm Third Seminar / lecture: Surviving the Messier Marathon by: Peter Tubalinal

            4:30 pm Product presentation of Celestron Prodigy Telescopes by: 

            5:00 Open forum & Awarding of Honorarium

            Closing Remarks by: ALP President James Kevin Ty


*Subject to change

ALPers listen to Dr. Custer Deocaris as he gave  a short preview of his NAW 2013 lecture on  the Philippine Space Agency Bill  HB6725.

ALP Secretary Christopher Louie Lu detailed out the opening and closing activites for NAW  2013.

ALPers listen to the final preparations of the NAW 2013 activities so that they  will know how they can help in their own capacity.


ALP President James Kevin Ty updates members on the logistics of next week's Caliraya stargazing session.

Lastly, ALP President James Kevin Ty  discussed the logistics for the February 9, 2013 Caliraya Stargazing Session.

Meeting ended at around 6:00pm.



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