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 .












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