National Astronomy Week - NAW
About the NAW
National Astronomy Week or NAW was
conceptualized by Edwin Aguirre and Imelda Joson,
honorary members of the Astronomical League of the
Philippines and the 2006 Father Badillo Astronomy
Service Awardees conferred by the Society, and
then initiated by Francisco Lao, Jr., member of the
Society and 2008 Father Badillo Astronomy Service
Awardee, into an annual
celebration by virtue of
Presidential Decree No. 130
signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos. The ALP has
joined in the celebration of National Astronomy Week
(NAW) since 2004.
The National Museum - Manila Planetarium has often
been co-celebrator of National Astronomy Week, and the
ALP has collaborated with Manila Planetarium during the
weeklong celebration to do public stargazing at the
Boardwalk in the Luneta area, or setting up public
displays and exhibits for people to appreciate the
beauty and science of astronomy during the day, when
they are not in front of a telescope.
The ALP has gone into more unconventional places to
share the appreciation of astronomy with the public.
Aside from the Manila Planetarium and the Boardwalk, the
ALP has also brought science and hobby of astronomy to
the Malls, where a lot of people congregate. One such
NAW celebration was done in cooperation with the SM
Discovery Center and brought astronomy appreciation to
people at the SM-Mall of Asia.
Lately, Rizal Technological
University (RTU) also become an active partner of
ALP in promulgating astronomy awareness in the country .