Category Archives: San Pablo City

First to offer Digital Photo Printing Services in San Pablo – MSC Imaging Solutions

With the advent of digital cameras, phonecams, webcams, and even pencams, it is very common to see photo printing shops everywhere.  But did you know that MSC was the first to offer this service to San Pableños?

The MSC Imaging Solutions was set up in 2003, just when digital photography was starting to get popular.  Back then, most pictures taken using digital cameras were viewed onscreen and rarely printed simply because there were no shops that could print them or having them printed was way too expensive.

MSC Imaging Solutions provided printing services at reasonable prices.   It even provided this service to events, much like the photo booths which are not uncommon these days.

Give Your Child The MSC Advantage – Math, Science and Computing

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Give your child the MSC Advantage in Math, Science, and Computing!
Enrollment for Saturday Classes is ongoing! Limited slots only!
Open to students from other schools

  • MATH-Inic.  Math made fun, fast and easy!  (4-17 years old)
    The MATH-Inic is training the next generation of math wizards
  • Introduction to Visual Graphics (9-12 years old)
  • Introduction to Web Design (9-12 years old)
  • Introduction to Robotics and Programming (10-12 years old)
Lego Mindstorm

Robotics Programming is a lot of Fun!

  • Introduction to Programming (12-16 years old)

SEPTEMBER 27 to DECEMBER 6, 2014 (10 Saturdays, 2 hours/sessions)

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Visit us at MSC Institute of Technology, Inc., Sitio IX, Brgy. San Gabriel, San Pablo City

Or contact us via

  • 049 562 6006

Call/Text cellnumber:

  • 0922 854 3244 (Sun)
  • 0939 939 9702 (Smart)
  • 0917 853 5069.(Globe)

The first Internet Service Provider (ISP) in San Pablo – MSC Net

When the Internet first became popular in the mid 90’s, the common way of accessing the Internet was through a dial-up connection.  The PC was connected to the MODEM, then to the telephone line.  The user needed to dial an ISP or Internet Service Provider number and the ISP connected him to the Internet.  Connection was slow by today’s standard ( 9.6kbps was super fast then, and it took at least 14 minutes to download a 1MB file).  What was worse was that one’s telephone was busy the whole time they were connected to the net and they pay the ISP and the telephone company separately ( sometimes with long distance charges )

The telecom giants were not offering Internet connection to homes/offices at the time.  There were no DSL connections yet, but people subscribed to this dial up system just to do emails and browse the Internet.

In San Pablo City, MSC provided the first Internet service by establishing MSC Communications Technologies, Inc. (MSC Net).  Not only did MSC Net provide Internet to the public, it also made Internet accessible to all of its students.  They were given unlimited access to the net and individual email addresses, making MSC the first school to provide Internet to ALL its students.

mct logo and ppcard

MSC Net and Laguna Internet were the first ISPs in Laguna, providing Internet to households 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Among the subscribers of MSC Net were doctors & other prominent professionals, government officials and institutions.  To name a few, these were: the office of the Mayor (Mayor Boy Aquino), CARD bank, San Pablo Doctors Hospital, Honda Cars, NSO Laguna, office of the Vice Governor, DLSP, SPCWD, Franklin Baker Co., Atson, BSP, Hidden Spring, Manels Total Dept. Store, SPCNSAT, NFA, Colette’s, Villa Escudero, and Siesta Residencia de Arago. Many San Pablo organizations got their first email addresses ( and domains ) through MSC Communications Technologies.

The MSC web site ( ) is perhaps the first and now the oldest web site in San Pablo City, and is so authoritative, its contents are referenced even by Internet giants like Wikipedia.

When telecom companies started offering Internet to the public, both ISPs naturally could not compete, and eventually lost customers.

But MSC takes pride in its pioneering efforts to bring the Internet to Laguna and San Pablo. It continues to bring computer education to the City of Seven Lakes, and provide email to its students.


San Pablo City’s first Cocofestival 1996 – a GRANDSLAM for MSC

The very first coconut festival in San Pablo City was held in 1996 and the main event of the weeklong festivities during that time, and even today is the “mardi gras” or the street dancing competition.

The first mardi gras was held on January 12, 1996 and it was a grandslam for MSC.

MSC was OVERALL CHAMPION in the tertiary (College) level.  MSC also won Best Costume and Best Choreography in the same level.

As if getting most of the major awards in the mardi gras was not enough, MSC also won in the Floats Competition!

Unlike the street dancing competition, where contestants are limited to schools in the city, the floats competition is open to all institutions and groups.  MSC bested all groups with its “bunot” (coconut husk) covered float designed and constructed with the help of each staff and student.

Here’s a short trivia about the first cocofestival of San Pablo…

The San Pablo City cocofestival, mardi gras-style was conceived by Robert M. Non of San Miguel Group of Companies based in Laguna.  He shared his idea to then Secretary to the Mayor Adolfo “Rudy” J. Vergara, and Project Development Officer Ruben E. Taningco.

Mayor Vicente Amante and the Sangguniang Panglunsod, then headed by Vice Mayor Danton Q. Bueser approved the proposal and an ad hoc committee was formed.  The committee was chaired by City Administrator Hizon A. Arago, assisted by former councilor Vergel Cosico and businessman Arthur T. Reyes.   Among those involved were Rolando A. Inciong and wife SylviaPablito J. Merin, Celso “Seseng” Oblena, and Willy Tan and wife Racquel.  Physical Education teachers Luz Ges. Aguilar and Meng Lajara also assisted in coordinating some of the activitiesand Ms. Melinda P. Bondad) headed the committee’s secretariat that prepared the reports submitted to the Office of the President, the Department of Tourism, and the National Historical Institute (NHI).

Incidentally, the First Coconut Festival, Mardi Gras Style, held on January 12, 1996, was on time with the commemoration of the 400th Anniversary or Fourth Centennial of the founding of the Parish of Saint Paul, The First Hermit, which was organized by the Augustinian Fathers in 1596.




MSC History Part IV – Start of 2 year courses at A. Flores St.

In 1991, MSC got the necessary permit to offer two-year courses in Office Management (OMC) and Computer Technology (CTC).  In June of that year, classes for the two courses started with fifty (50) OMC and twenty-six (26) CTC students.

MSC at that time was occupying the second floor of the Jesusa building (on the first floor was Monte de Piedad Savings Bank) along A. Flores St.  Its two classrooms had a capacity of  50 students only.  MSC had to set morning and afternoon sessions to accommodate the new two-year course students totaling more than 70.  Schedule for the short term course students were also set strategically so that there will be a classroom for each class.   Saturday and evening classes were conducted.

The short-term courses FCO (Fundamentals of Computer Operation) and FCP (Fundamentals of Computer Programming) became important subjects for the two-year courses.  Students studied DOS, Wordstar, Lotus and Dbase – software which a teen today may never have heard of, much more know how to use.  Computer screens were black and white and if you are not so lucky, “green”.

A requirement for these subjects was a set of diskettes – those thin, square plastic sheets containing a circular disk inside.  The 3.5-inch diskettes were rare then, the 5.25-inch floppies were the “in” thing.    Computers in the lab had no hard disk drives (only the office PC had disk drives) and the diskettes contain the software and the data.  PC users today will laugh at the thought that those floppy disks can contain a maximum of only 340kb!

Windows was unheard of and the Internet had not yet arrived in this part of the globe, but yes there were computer games, among them – Pacman, Block out, Space Invaders, Sokoban, etc.

Computing Commissions

by Ike Prudente

Before we started MATH-Inic, I planned to organize mental Math classes for parents so that they can teach their children at home. To promote my courses I thought of inviting them to free seminars, where I showed them examples of mental calculations.

A good friend, Past President Rosanna Panque of the Kiwanis Club of Siete Lagos who is a Unit Manager at Insular Life asked me to give an ice breaker at one of meetings of her associates. After discussing some short cuts, I asked my audience what they usually compute. As expected, they told me that they often want to know their commissions as soon as their clients bought a policy.

I asked them for an example which we can compute. They told me about a popular policy where the agent gets 45% of the first premium:

VYP: Ok, give me an amount of first premium.

Agent 1: P18,000

VYP: Can you compute  45% of P18,000 ?

Audience: (Silent)

VYP: What is P18,000 times 0.45?

Audience: (Silent)

VYP:  OK. Let us first divide P18,000 by 2. What do we get?

Audience: P9,000

VYP: Then we double 0.45. What do we get?

Audience: 0.90

VYP: So now we changed the problem to .90 x 9,000. Now, can you mentally compute that?

Audience: (Silent)

VYP: If we multiply 0.90 by 10 we get 9 and when we divide 9,000 by 10 we get 900. So our problem now becomes 9 x 900. Now can you compute that?

Agent 1: Yes! 9 x 9 is 81, so that is P8,100.

VYP: Correct! So you see, you can use doubling and halving to make calculations easier. Let us have another example. Give me another amount.

Agent 2: P 25,000!

I quickly realized that halving P25,000 would give P12,500 which has more non zero digits than the original number. So a different solution is needed.

VYP: Can you compute 45% of P25,000 ?

Audience: (Silent)

VYP: Let us try another solution. What is 10% of P25,000?

Audience: P2,500.

VYP: Deduct P2,500 from P25,000. What do we get?

Audience: P22,500.

VYP: Correct! Now since we deducted 10%, what remains is 90%. Now half 90% is 45%. What is half of P22,500?

Audience: P 11,250!

VYP: Do you have any other questions?

Agents: When will your Math-Inic classes start?

How much is the tuition fee?

Are you offering Math-Inic in Tiaong?

VYP’s Thoughts: Yes!Ayos! Panalo!


Note: Shortly after that, I realized that there are other shortcuts to computing 45% of P25,000.

1)      Halving and doubling together(MSC 7)

45% of P25,000 =  25% of P45,000

= .25 x 45,000

= .50 x 22,500

= 1 x 11,250

2)      Multiplying numbers ending in 5

45% of P25,000 = .45 x 25,000

= 45 x 250

Momentarily disregarding the ending zero in 250, we have

45 x 25 = (4×2)+(4+2)/2| 5 x 5

= 8+3|25

= 1125

We then attach the zero to give a final answer of 11,250. Further examples of this type of calculations will be given in MSC 23.

MSC High School on Independence Day

By Lady Chaniyel T. Millares

The Junior High School students of MSC, together with their teachers joined the San Pablo community in celebrating the country’s 118th Independence Day at the city plaza. The event started with the flag raising led by San Pablo City officials.

 Independence Day floral offering

Listening to the notable speakers during the event was another learning experience for the MSC students. Congresswoman Sol Aragones, Supt. Susan Oribiana, and Councilor Arnel Ticzon on behalf of Mayor Amben Amante talked about the role of our heroes in gaining the Philippine independence, and on the role of Filipinos especially the youth of today in preserving our freedom.

The event’s closing program was the floral offering at the foot of the   Rizal monument.

After the city plaza Independence Day celebration, the MSC Junior High School students    proceeded to SM City San Pablo to attend another    program. The key speaker, Vice-Gov. Karen Agapay gave an inspiring message of what it is to be a Filipino. The program was highlighted by pledges to SM’s Project Smile.


MSC – The First to Teach Computer Courses in San Pablo Schools

This is the continuation of our series on “MSC’s firsts”, or how MSC helped put technology closer to San Pableños.

In 1990, less than a year after the opening of MSC Computer Training Center, MSC started teaching computer lessons in other San Pablo City schools.  First to partner with MSC was St. Joseph School of San Pablo City.  MSC provided 5 personal computers for the use of the elementary pupils who enrolled in probably the first formal computer classes in the city.  Their first teachers were Gemma Pangilinan-Dimaano and Nancy Quizon-Vidal.

San Antonio de Padua of Pila, Laguna was the next school to avail of the services of MSC in terms of the computer education of their staff and faculty, then their students.  Gemma Dimaano  was also the teacher with Noel del Valle as her assistant.

In 1991, CC Technical Institute also became an MSC partner school.  Leles Aquino-Duma and Jun Dimaano were the assigned teachers.

Fast forward to school year 1997-1998… MSC had 24 school tie-ups (schools availing of computer lessons from MSC).  These schools were:

  • Grace Christian Community School (Calauan)
  • San Marcos Elementary School
  • San Juan Elementary School
  • Sta. Filomena Elementary School
  • San Crispin Elementary School
  • San Nicolas Elementary School
  • Del Remedio Elementary School
  • SPC National. School of Arts and Trades
  • San Pablo Central School
  • Bagong Pook Elementary School
  • San Pablo National. High School (main)
  • San Lucas 1 Elementary School
  • San Buenaventura Elementary School
  • Sto. Anghel Elementary School
  • San Diego Elementary School
  • Antonia Manuel Elementary School
  • Guerilla Elementary School
  • Concepcion Elementary School
  • Dapdapan Elementary School
  • Magcaseville Elementary School
  • DEB Elementary School
  • PEMS
  • San Cristobal Elementary School, and
  • Sta. Cruz Elementary School

With this partnership, far flung public school pupils were given the chance to use computers, which were not commonly offered even in private schools at the time.

More than 3,000 students enrolled in its partner schools and MSC deployed selected graduating students to teach in these schools.  They attended trainings and were given allowances for their services.  They surely got the better end of the deal by learning more with their experience in teaching.

In school year 1998-1999, MSC partner schools totaled 30, with new partners SPCNHS annex V, Santissimo, and Dolores annexes.  The total number of students ballooned to almost 5,000.

In the next year, Sto. Anghel National High School, St. John Parochial School of Tiaong, Our Lady of Sorrows Academy of Dolores, and DLSP became MSC partner schools.

In the years that followed, more private schools acquired their own computers and offered their own computer lessons.  Many public schools received donations and government funding to buy computers of their own.

MSC is proud to have sparked the “computer revolution” in San Pablo City schools!

The First One-Stop Computer Shop in San Pablo – MSC Data Exchange

On its  4th anniversary on December 4, 1993, MSC established the MSC Data Exchange Co.  a one-stop-computer-shop.  It was probably the first company in San Pablo City to offer customized computer software.  There were very few programmers in the city during those days but MSC had some of the best.

During those days, too, there was also a growing demand for personal computers.  But there were no stores that sell them, there was no SM San Pablo yet, the nearest SM was in Makati.  If anyone in San Pablo or nearby towns wanted a personal computer, they had to go to Metro Manila to buy one.

MSC Data Exchange Co. was one of the first companies to sell computers (desktop PCs, laptops were rare those days!) in San Pablo.  It sold what were called “Apple compatibles” which were cloned copies of the popular Apple II personal computer.  The compatibles had clever names like “Star Apple.”

The computer sales department of MSC partnered with the computer repair and service center to cater to the growing number of PC users.  People who bought Apple compatibles in Manila had to go there to avail of the warranty.  Buying computers at MSC meant one did not have to leave San Pablo for their units to be repaired or replaced.  MSC technicians were available on call! Computer tutorials, printing, desktop publishing and other services were available under one roof – the MSC Data Exchange Co. Today your fingers (and toes) will not be enough to count the computer shops in San Pablo, but during those days, MSC Data Exchange was the place to go.


MSC Data Exchange Co. on its opening Day   data invite data4 data1 data3 data2


A Glimpse at San Pablo City’s History

Blast from the past!

  • 1571 – Arrival of Spanish troops under Captain Juan de Salcedo in the village of Sampalok (San Pablo City).
  • 1586 – Sampalok was converted into a parish.
  • 1647 – Sampalok was converted to a municipality and renamed San Pablo de los Montes.
  • 1756 – Sampalok was placed under jurisdiction of Batangas Province.
  • 1883 – Sampalok was returned to Laguna Province.
  • 1902 – Don Marcos Paulino was elected first Municipal President under the Americans.
  • 1940 – Approval of Commonwealth (Act) 520 or Charter of the City of San Pablo with Dr. Potenciano Malvar as first appointive City Mayor.
  • 1955 – Cipriano B. Colago was installed first elected City Mayor.
  • 1989 – MSC Computer Training Center started operations
  • 1998
  • 2014 – MSC will celebrate its 25th Foundation Day

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