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MSC Origins Part XI: Stories at the Annex

When MSC initially rented the old Agrix supermarket building, also known as MSC Annex, it had two classrooms and an office on the second floor; a computer lab, and two classrooms, and a small office on the first floor.  The building was actually the front part of the Bunquin family compound.  By June 1996, this building was used by the first three classes (1st to 3rd year) of the MSC High School.

After about a year, MSC also rented the back part of the property which was previously used by DOST as garage for their vehicles and quarters for its employees.  Even after  occupying the 4th floor of the La Suerte building, the growing number of students in both the high school and tech-voc departments necessitated the acquisition of more space.

During that time the MSC Annex was the most spacious site.  The back area allowed for two more classrooms, a canteen, a small hall, music room, an office and a garage.

Stories from the Alumni: Sammy Suco

Pagpasensyahan nyo na po…. Galing po ako sa mahirap na pamilya, kaya noon, wala na ako pag-asa makapag-college… Salamat na lang may MSC, nakapag-aral ako at sa tulong ng naging amo ko sa Tiaong.

Sammy Suco

Sammy Suco

MSC was my Guardian

In 1993, I went to Tiaong, Quezon and I worked for the former chief of Police in Tiaong, Quezon.

His name is Martin Magnayon. They were a supplier of hogs in the local market.

They used me as the caretaker of hogs from birth to fattener. I was taking care of 13 mother pigs and it usually delivered more than 10 piglets 3 times a year.

Our agreement, aside from monthly salary, they would give me a commission of one piglet if the mother pig delivered more than 10 piglets.

In 1994, I decided to go to college since I was already a high school graduate from General Santos City before I came to Tiaong.

First semester in SY 1994-1995, I enrolled at LC and I felt happy because I can pursue my college education and ready to be a professional someday.

But no! The tuition fees almost stopped me. It was  high for me, so I could not afford to continue my studies.  Before the second semester started in the same school year, I tried to search for other good schools in San Pablo City.

I found the same course in AMA and STI. But the tuition fees were almost the same.

Finally I found one of the small advertisements of MSC,   located at M. Paulino St., San Pablo City. I went there and I inquired. They offered me the scholarship examination for the same course.

I was one of the lucky students because I got a 10% discount.  I continued studying in MSC, San Pablo City while working in Tiaong as helper.

Still I had money  problem during this semester.  I didn’t have enough money to support my ambition. I just finished the second semester and then stopped.  So I went  back to continue my career, “hahaha! as hog raiser of my boss’ backyard piggery farm.

I stopped for a year and thought my ambition was no longer possible.

By school year 1996-1997, I had a little money, so I enrolled again.  MSC was located already in La Suerte building along Rizal Avenue, San Pablo City.  I has a lot of experiences and fond memories as a college student.  We formed good friendships.

I met a lot more friends than usual, since I was an irregular student. My classmates were from the afternoon shift and evening shift and sometimes from morning shift, especially in the PE subject.

School year 1997-1998 was the final year of my Computer Technology course. 

In the first semester of that school year, I applied as Student Assistant to Sir Ike.  Being a student assistant helped me a lot,  since as such, my tuition fee was discounted 100%!

In this semester, Mr. Adonis Duma selected me as one of the instructors in the tie-up school. I was assigned to teach computer subjects in DEBES elementary school.

So on top of my tuition, MSC provided by my allowance.

In the second semester, I worked as a technician in MSCNet, the first Internet Provider in San Pablo City.

I graduated the Computer Technology course in March 1998.

After this course, I enrolled in a 2-year Computer Technician course, and again took advantage of the 100% discount. I learned a lot in MSC, while studying, including a lot of actual and real work.

In the late 1999, MSC brought me to Pasig City to work in the prestigious company, Software Ventures International as Computer Technician (Hardware Maintenance Group). I worked under the supervision of VYP, Jr. (Sir Toto).

Currently I am working as IT Support Engineer in Al Arrab Contracting Company, a general contractor in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

I am proud to say I am a product of MSC!

I would like to thank the MSC Teachers and Staff during my stay in my Alma mater. Thank you, Mr. Adonis Duma, my adviser. Special thanks also to Mr. VYP, my mentor who stood as my adopted father during my MSC days.

Samson Suco, Computer Technology Course class 1998
Computer Technician Course class 1999
Current work: IT Support, Al Arrab Contracting Compny (ACC), Riyadh, KSA

MSC Firsts: First School to have Computerized Student Council Elections (1992)

In 1991, MSC’s first batch of two-year course students totaled more than 70.  Even with a group this small, the students organized clubs as well as a student council.  Of course there had to be elections for the student council officers and being in a computer school, the students themselves created a program to count the votes!

It must have been the very first time that a student council election in any school in San Pablo was “computerized”.  To think that the country had only started adopting computerized elections in 2010, the MSC students were really ahead of their time, with computerized electrions 19 years earlier, in 1991!

Up to now, the student council election at MSC still uses a computerized system, and through the years modification have been made to improve it even more.

MSCs first student council oficers

MSCs first student council oficers

Conversion: Feet to Meters

To convert feet to meters, we could approximate by multiplying the measurement in feet by 0.3 to convert it into meters. This is the exact reverse of the method we used to convert meters to feet.

  • 10 feet = 10 x 0.3 = 3 meters
  • 20 feet = 20 x 0.3 = 6 meters
  • 35 feet = 35 x 0.3 = 10.5 meters
  • 67.5 feet = 67.5 x 0.3 = 20.25 meters
I foot is exactly 0.3048 meters. If we use the conversion factor 1 foot = 0.3 meters, we would be 98.4% accurate as in the previous section.

 

MSC 17 – Base Multiplication: Multiplying “Teen” Numbers and Others

Most of us have learned by heart the multiplication table up to 10 x 10. A simple technique will enable us to extend our multiplication power up to 20 x 20.

Example 17.1:     Compute 14 x 12

  • Cover one of the ten’s digit and add what remains to the other number: 14 + 2 or 4 + 12 will both give 16. This will be the first or left hand part of the product.
  • Cover both ten’s digit and multiply what remains: 2 x 4 = 8. This will be the second or right hand part of the answer.
  • Thus 14 x 12 = 16 | 8 or 168
 What we actually did in the first step is to add the excess over the base (10) of a number to the other.In the second step we multiplied the excesses. The algebraic proof of this method, known as base multiplication, is shown below:
(x + a) * (x + b)
= x2 + (a + b) * x + a * b
= (x + a + b) * x + a * b
= [ (x + a) + b] * x + a * b

In our example above, x = 10, a = 4 and b = 2. So we have
14 x 12
= [  (10 + 4) + 2 ] * 10 + 4 * 2

= 160 + 8
= 168   

In this case both multiplicands are above the base.

Example 17.2:     Compute 16 x 13

(10 + 6) x (10 + 3)

  • Add 3 (excess of 13 over 10) to 16 to get 19
    = ( 10 + 6) + 3 |
    = 19 |
  • Multiply the excesses 6 x 3 = 18.
    = 19 | 6 x 3
    = 19 | 18
  • Since there is only one zero in the base, only one place is allotted for the right hand part. Therefore the 1 of 18 must be carried or added to 19 to get a final answer of 208
    = 20 | 8 = 208

Example 17.3:     Find 107 x 104

  • The left part is 107 + 4 = 111, and the right part is 7 * 4 = 28
    (100 + 7) * (100 + 4)
    = 107 + 4 | 7 x 4

    = 111 | 28

= 11,128Note that in this example we did not write the two zeroes after 111 but two places are reserved for the 28.

Example 17.4:     Find 1,025 x 1,012

  • The left part is (1025 + 12 ) = 1037 and the right part is 25 * 12 = 300
    1,025 x 1,012
    = (1000 + 25) * (1000 + 12)
    = 1025 + 12 | 25 * 12

     = 1037 | 300
     = 1,037,300

Example 17.5:     Find 115 x 111

  • The left part is (115 + 11) and the right part 165
    115 x 111
    = (100 + 15) (100 + 11)
    = 115 + 11 | 15 * 11
    = 126 | 165
  • Since we have only two zeroes in our base, we can allot only two spaces for the right hand part of the answer, so we must “carry” the 1 of 165 into the left side.
    = 12,765

Example 17.6:     Find 102 x 104

  • This is pretty straightforward with the left 102 + 4 = 106 and the right is 2 * 4 = 8
    102 * 104
    = (100 + 2) (100 + 4)
    = 102 + 4 | 2(4)
    = 106 | 08
  • In this case, the product of the excesses is 8 but since the base is 100, two spaces are allotted to it. We write it as 08.
    = 10,608

Example 17.7:     103 x 119

  • The left side is 103 + 19 = 3 + 119 = 122 and the right side is 3 * 19 = 57
    (100 + 3) * (100 + 19)
    = 119 + 3 | 3 * 19
    = 12,257
  • Note that in this example we chose to add the smaller excess to the other number. This always leads to a simpler calculation.

Exercise 17: Find the following products using base multiplication

  1. 12 x 13 =
  2. 14 x 17 =
  3. 15 x 18 =
  4. 108 x 101=
  5. 116 x 102 =
  6. 108 x 112 =
  7. 112 x 114=
  8. 123 x 106 =
  9. 1021 x 1006 =
  10. 1432 x 1002 =

Answers to all exercises are found in the answer key.

Discover the 25 Math Short Cuts ( 25 MSC )!

 

 

Conversion: Feet and inches to Meters

Filipinos (and most Americans) are more accustomed to using Feet and Inches in measuring their heights.But the Philippines is officially on the metric system, so we are often required to give our heights in meters or centimeters. It is not difficult to approximate if we remember the following:

  • 100 centimeters = 1 meter
  • I foot = 30 centimeters (cm)
  • 1 inch = 2.5 cm
  • 4 inches = 10 cm

So how do we compute 4’ 8”? How about 5′ 6″?  6′ 11?

Hence, we compute 4′ 8″ as four feet ( 4 x 30cm ) and eight inches ( or 2 x 4 inches, or 2 x 10cm )

  • 4′ 8″
    = 4’ + (2 x 4)” = (4 x 30) + (2 x 10)
    = 120 + 20 = 140 cm = 1.4 m
  • 5’ 6”
    = 5’ + 4” + 2” = (5 x 30) + (1 x 10) + (2 x 2.5)
    = 150 + 10 + 5 = 165 cm = 1.65 m
  • 6’11”
    =  6’ + (2×4”) + (3 x1”) = (6 x 30) + (2 x 10) + (3 x 2.5)
    = 180 +20 + 7.5 = 207.5m

Note that under this conversion 6’ 8” is 2.0 m

We used 2,5 cm = 1 inch instead of the exact 2.54 cm = 1 inch. To make our conversion more accurate we can add 0.5 cm for every  foot

So more accurately, we estimate as follows:

  • 4’ 8”
    = 4’ + (2 x 4)” (4 x 30) + 4 x 0.5+ (2 x 10)
    = 120 + 2 + 20 = 142 cm = 1.42 m
  • 5’ 6”
    = 5’ + 4” + 2” = (5 x 30) + (5 x 0.5)+ (1 x 10) + (2 x 2.5)
    = 150 + 2.5 + 10 + 5 = 167.5 cm = 1.675 m
  • 6’ 11”
    =  6’ + (2×4”) + (3 x1”) = (6 x 30) + (6 x 0.5)+(2 x 10) + (3 x 2.5)
    = 180 + 3+20 + 7.5 = 210.5cm

A easier and more accurate way to compute the last example is to treat 6′ 11″ as 7 feet less 1 inch

  • 7′  minus 1″
    = (7’ x 30) + (7 x 0.5) – 2.5
    = 210 + 3.5 – 2.5 = 211 cm = 2.11m

Feet and inches to meters made easy!

 

MSC’s 25th FOUNDATION CELEBRATION ACTIVITIES

We’re just about there!

We will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of VYP-MSC Institute of Technology with a week long series of activities, culminating with the MSC Alumni Homecoming and Awarding Ceremonies for the MSC Outstanding Alumni.

 

Date Time Event
November 8
November 15
November 29
 7:00 am MSC Alumni Basketball League games (at Teomora covered court)
December 1 Campus Clean up drive (MSC students and staff)
December 3 Ingress of Exhibits
December  3 Book Launch “25 Math Shortcuts”
December 4 – 6 Open House and Exhibits
December 4  8:00 am Mass, Motorcade, Opening of Exhibits
December 4  1:00 pm Scavenger Hunt (for elementary schools/for MSC Students)
December 4  3:00 pm Free Entrance/Scholarship Exam (for graduating elem. school pupils)
December 4  3:00 pm MSC High School Got Talent, Mr. and Ms. MSC
December 5  9:00 am 13th Inter-elementary School Math-Sci Quiz Show
December 5  1:00 pm 5th MATH Made So Cool Speed Math Contest
December 5  3:00 pm 9th Inter- School Web Design Contest
December 6  7:00 am MSC Alumni Basketball League Championship (at Teomora covered court)
December 6  8:00 am Family Day
December 6  3:00 pm Sayawit
December 6  4:00 pm MSC Alumni Homecoming and Awarding of MSC’s Most Outstanding Alumni

*All activities shall be held at the green school campus of MSC at San Gabriel, San Pablo City, except for the basketball games.

MSC Sportsfest 2014

This year’s MSC Sportsfest was held last October 27 to 29 and started with a parade of the teams in the San Gabriel-San Miguel area.  After the parade, a short opening program was held at the green school campus followed by the first event, the Cheerdance Competition.  Grade VIII won first place, followed by the Seniors, placing second and third place went to the Freshmen.

After the Cheerdance competition, Laro ng Lahi was also held on the first day.  Board and ball games were held in the following days.

The Best Players were:

Dan Jomil Isiderio – Basketball
Jomer Pullo – Volleyball (boys)
Shania De Luna – Volleyball (girls)
Alfred Bacera – Table Tennis (boys)
Decerie Tulipan – Table Tennis (girls)
Jhon Marc Manalo – Chess
Rica Mae Comia – Scrabble

In the Team Category, the winners were:

Grade 8 – Cheerdance Champion
Grade 7 – Best Team
Grade 8 – Overall Champion
4th year – 1st Runner up
Grade 9 – 2nd Runner up
Grade 7 – 3rd Runner up

Congratulations to all the winners!  Better luck next year for the others.

Stories from the Alumni: Joanna Erlano

KWENTONG MSC

Sa MSC ko natutunan na bawat isa ay may angking talento. Sa tulong ng masisigasig na mga guro, principal na si Ma’am Lerma at ni Sir Ike, naranasan naming linangin ito.

Sa MSC ko rin naranasan ang mga outbound education nasiksik, liglig at umaapaw sa adventure. Hindi lang sa kadahilanang magaganda at historical ang pinupuntahan, kundi sinisigurado nilang safe kaming lahat at uuwing maraming napulot na aral.

Sa MSC ko naranasan na ma-expose sa kung anu anong mga activities para sa sarili naming karunungan.

Sa MSC ako natutong magbigay sa kapwa sa pamamagitan ng mga projects nila na nakaktulong sa mga nais makapag-aral ngunit di sapat ang pera. Dahil sa silid booklatan, maraming mga kabataan ang naiwas sa masamang bisyo at natutong magbasa.

Dahil dyan…proud ako na may dugo akong MSC!

 

Joanna Erlano

Joanna Erlano

Joanna Erlano MSC High School class 2007
BS IT, LSPU San Pablo Campus
Current work Admin. staff(President’s office), LSPU San Pablo Campus
Currently a Masteral student at TUP-Manila