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The Yellow Lep

By the BusyBee

It was drizzling so I had to head back to the office. On my way to the office, I saw a brightly colored creature fly. “I’ve never seen that bird before. Now, where did it go?” I scanned the branches of the trees and looked for movement but found no such bird. Something yellow caught my eye. Flutterby, I meant, butterfly! There’s a bright yellow butterfly sipping nectar from the white flowers, I thought. Because of my height and the relative position of the lepidopteran, I can only see parts of it. The body is like that of a bumblebee, yellow with black bands. The lepidopteran is dominantly yellow. The basal part of the forewings and the hind wings are yellow with black markings. The top/ upper half of the forewings are mainly black with white  markings.

Looking closely on a photo I took, I realized that it’s not a butterfly. Check out their antennae, definitely a moth.

I was having a hard time trying to take a picture of the lep when I realized that there’s at least 3 of them. Oh, joy! Pure joy! Like most lepidopterans, they’re hyperactive, fluttering their wings forever (not!).

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I find it hard to sleep whenever I discover a new organism here in MSC San Gabriel. I just have to know their name. As I have not found the time to upload the picture, it was hard to ask for help in identifying the moth.  Google it! Keywords: yellow leopard moth. Bingo!

Why did I include leopard as part of the keywords? Well, I was browsing lepidopteran photos and I saw Phalanta phalanta which has a similar print but a bit orangeyThe common name of Phalanta phalanta is Common Leopard.

The moth looks similar to Dysphania subrepleta.

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Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush!

by the Busybee

Here we go round the mulberry bush
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush
Here we go round the mulberry bush
So early in the morning

Mulberries! Just when everyone thought mulberry season is over, there is now an abundance of mulberries. The children here in the MSC Green Campus in San Gabriel, the MSC students, teachers, staff and guests, the MATH-Inic children, they all love mulberries. It’s a happy sight, a happy food, a super food. 🙂

We felt bad for the trees after Typhoon Glenda hit the city. The branches were broken and the leaves were crushed (much like what happens when you use your mortar and pestle to get juice out of your leaves). Surprise! After about 2 weeks, the mulberry trees have recovered. They now have brand new leaves and mulberries in different degrees of ripeness.

How many of you have tried/ tasted mulberries? They’re highly perishable so you probably won’t see them in groceries.

Anyway, if you have access to mulberries, you can try eating straight from the tree. That’s the best way to get your dose of mulberry, in my opinion at least. You can also make jam, jelly, and syrup out of mulberries. You can juice them, too. 🙂 So far, we’ve only tried eating them fresh and juicing them.

So, yes, my no. 1 source of antioxidants these days are mulberries.

Happy Mulberry Season! 🙂

Note: Mulberries are not berries, botanically speaking. I believe they are multiple fruits. It means that a mulberry fruit developed from an inflorescence, from many ovaries of many flowers. 😀

MSC Nananatiling Eco-Friendly

ni: Gelanie T. Albalate

Taong 2008 ng unang gumawa ng hakbang ang VYP-MSC Institute of Technology para sa paninibago ng ating Inang Kalikasan, at ito ang pagpasinaya sa kauna-unahang “Green Campus” sa Lunsod ng San Pablo. Layon na mahikayat ang kanyang mga mag-aaral na muling buhayin ang ating nasirang kalikasan.

MSC Nananatiling Eco-Friendly

Eco-Friendly Campus

Nang unang mga taon ng nasabing paaralan ang mga aktibidad nito na umiikot sa pagpapanatili at pagpapaganda ng mga natural na resources na matatagpuan sa palibot ng paaralan ang siyang pinagtuunang pansin. Kagaya ng pagtitipid ng tubig, ng kuryente at ang pagsesegregate ng basura. Isa pa sa mga naging tampok ng kanyang mga unang taon ay ang pagkakaroon nito ng “vegetable garden” kung saan mismong ang mga mag-aaral ang nagtatnim at umaani sa mga produktong gulay.

Ngayon sa kanyang ika-apat na taon, kakikitaan pa rin ang “Green Campus” ng malaking interbensyon sa pangangalaga sa likas na yaman dahil sa mga proyekto nito kagaya ng “tree planting” na maaaring maging malaking tulong upang maagapan ang tuluyang pagkaubos ng kagubatan. Isa pa, ang “Vegetable Garden in a Pot” kung saan ay gagamit ng mga paso upang makapagsimula tayo ng isang hardin, isang alternatibong paraan upang makapaghalaman din ang mga lugar na labis ng urbanisado, at ang pinakahuli ay ang “Clean and Green Campaign” na inorganisa mismo ng mga mag-aaral nito.

Isang adbokasiyang mag-aangat sa pakikisangkot ng mga mag-aaral sa isyung pangkalikasan.

Masasabing ang MSC ay nananatili pa ring Eco-Friendly at masasabing simpleng bagay lamang ang mga layuning ito, Ngunit magiging malaking simula at tulong sa pagpapanibago ng ating Inang Kalikasan, at ang mga mag-aaral ang magiging daan sa layuning ito. Dahil naniniwala pa rin ang MSC Institute of Technology sa winika ng ating pambansang bayani na “Ang Kabataan ang Pag-asa ng Bayan.”

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  • Out-of-the-box learning experiences. We believe that learning is not confined to the four walls of a classroom. From our MSC Green School Campus to outbound education trips, we provide alternative learning experiences for our students.
  • Non-traditional learning and creative thinking. Creativity breeds success, both in the classroom and out in the real world. We encourage our students to approach problems from different perspectives and come up with new and better solutions.
  • Technological competency. Our curriculum integrates computer skills into all subjects and includes advanced topics such as robotics. Every student has Internet access and use of his own computer at the lab. We are also the only school in San Pablo that has consistently won in the Philippine Schools Cyberfair and International Schools Cyberfair contests.
  • Greater sense of community. We envision our students as citizens of the world, concerned and comfortable not only with themselves, but with other people from all walks of life. We expose them to various opportunities to expand their horizons through outreach programs, contests and excursions around and out of San Pablo City.

The MSC Green School Campus

MSC computer laboratories have 1:1 computer-student ratio

VYP-MSC Institute of Technology strengthens its vision to be an advocate of environmentally-sound practices and entrepreneurship, and its commitment to provide its students a well-rounded education that will turn them into lifelong learners.

With the opening of the Green Campus in San Gabriel, San Pablo City, MSC answers the call for more proactive measures to alleviate global warming. The Green Campus also serves as a non-traditional learning venue for MSC students

Set amidst 1.2 hectares of land, the main school building houses a computer laboratory, a science laboratory and spacious classrooms. The MSC curriculum, laboratory tools and computer equipment, together with all the natural sunlight and fresh air, create an environment that is conducive to out-of-the-box learning. Students conduct researches and projects, learn to effectively express their opinions on different issues, and respond to the call of the global world through interaction with other people throughout the world. Lectures and hands-on experiments also enhance the learning process.

Natural sunlight and fresh air, create an environment conducive to non-traditional learning and creative thinking.
Natural sunlight and fresh air, create an environment conducive to non-traditional learning and creative thinking.

The free space available also supports freedom of movement and encourages creativity, making the Green Campus ideal for collaborations and group activities.  The grounds are also used for various recreational activities, games and sports.

The land surrounding the building is teeming with fruit trees and ornamental plants. Students can cultivate and grow their own vegetables in a reserved portion of the land. This is MSC’s way of promoting livelihood education and the entrepreneurial spirits in its students.

At the MSC Green Campus, the students not only learn the theories set in the curriculum, but also the build the foundations of being upstanding citizens, caring individuals, God-fearing people, environmentally conscious and active participants in saving the earth.  This is, after all what MSC strives for—to be of service to the community, the people and the world.