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MSC Origins Part V: Transfer to M. Paulino

In a short span of less than two years, the Jesusa Building along A. Flores St. which housed MSC on the second floor (and Monte de Piedad Savings Bank on the first floor) in 1989 became too small for the growing number of MSC students.  In October 1991, MSC transferred to a bigger site along M. Paulino St.


MSC at M. Paulino St.

MSC at M. Paulino St.

The site was a residential compound complete with a garage and a small yard at the back.  In the compound was a two-storey edifice known as the Don Juan Alvero building. The three rooms on the second floor were all converted into classrooms and on the first floor were: a computer laboratory, a typing room, the registrar’s office, and a small office for the software department.  There was also a small room for the staff and a canteen at the back of the building.

The transfer to the Alvero building was timed so that classes for the second semester of school year 1991-1992 will be conducted in the new site.

The building was really designed as a home and the students really found a “home” while MSC was there – a “second home”.  All school activities were held there (except for the graduation and sportsfest).  The garage was utilized for several purposes – practice session venue for student activities, “tambayan”, venue for presentations where a stage can be put up, and lastly as parking space.  The “sala” or living room was used as lobby and reception area but it was also utilized for group presentations and even parties!

“MSC – 4 on 4”, MSC’s catch phrase for its 4th year anniversary (December 4, 1993) was celebrated at the Jose Alvero building.  Many activities were held including an evening of cultural presentations, contests, a party and read this – a school fair!  Yes, a school fair in the Alvero compound complete with a jail booth, marriage booth and other gimmicks by the students.

Alumni update: EDGAR V. CAUYAN – 3-year CTC class 1995

Edgar V. Cauyan was one of the pioneer staff of the software development division of MSC.  To further enrich his knowledge he enrolled in short-term courses while he was an employee at MSC.  In 1992, he registered in the two-year computer technology course, finished it in 1994, then continued the third year which he finished in 1995.

As an MSC student, he was president of the Computer Operators and Programmers Society.  On his graduation, he was awarded Best in Computer Programming and given the loyalty medal.


Competent, highly-motivated and purpose-driven, Edgar “Egay” Velasco Cauyan gained knowledge and experience through several years of continuous academic study and work. His perseverance and enthusiasm molded his potentials into proficiency and expertise in the field of information technology. He graduated from the Computer Technology Course of VYP-MSC Computer Training Center in 1995 and underwent several trainings and programs. In July 2010, he acquired his Master of Science in International Community Economic Development degree in Southern New Hampshire University, USA.

Having taken several programs and seminars including Program Logic Formulation, Visual Basic V6.0 at Informatics in March 2002, Computer Literacy Program (CLP) and Cobol Programming Proficiency (CPP) at Systems Technology Institute in 1989, he began his career and confidently entered the computer programming industry as he was hired as a senior programmer in MSC Software Division from December 1989 to October 1993. From November 1993 to September 1998, he was appointed as Operations Manager in MSC Data Exchange Co. and became the Technical Consultant of the same company from October 1998 to March 1999. While he performed excellently in his work, his aspirations to share his knowledge led him to also grab the opportunity of being a computer instructor in MSC Computer Training Center from June 1994 to March 1999. During those years, he also managed to provide services as a computer programmer in well-known companies like Candelaria Super Shell Station from May to December 1990 and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) San Pablo Branch from February 1995 to February 1996.

In April 1999, he joined the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) as MIS Manager.  After a year, he was given a greater role as Information Technology Director in July 2000. After three remarkable years in service, he was entrusted with the same position in CARD Bank, Inc.

He was promoted as the AVP for Information Technology of CARD Bank, Inc. after seven years. In July 2009, he was appointed Vice President for Information Technology of CARD Bank, Inc., responsible for the overall design, development, maintenance and improvement of the data processing systems of the bank.

His pioneering work helped establish CARD MRI Information Technology (CMIT), Inc. overseeing the entire IT operations of the CARD MRI group.  Today, Edgar Cauyan serves as the CMIT President.

Edgar never stopped acquiring knowledge and continually took various in-house and international training, workshops and programs from various institutions.  He took Virus Prevention and Protection at MSC Computer Training Center in August 1994,  PC Troubleshooting and Repair at MSC Service Center in October 1994, Smart Cellphone Sales Training at Smart Telecenter, San Pablo Branch in December 1996, Compaq Sales and Maintenance Training, Microsoft OEM System Builder Program, PC Technical Training, Relational Analysis and Design sponsored by Professional Systems Synergy, Inc., MS SQL Server 7.0 and MS SQL Server 2000 organized by Ng Khai Development Corporation, Grameen Management Workshop on Reporting organized by Grameen Trust, Exposure Training on Data Security organized by Germans Savings Foundation, Sparkasse Essen, Learning Faciltation Course organized by CARD MRI Development Institute and Freedom from Hunger, and CARD-Grameen Foundation Microfinance Workshop sponsored by CARD MRI Development Institute and Grameen Foundation USA in 2006.


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.

Featured batch: MSC Computer Training Center class 1994 – second batch of tech-voc students

The second batch of students who enrolled at MSC Computer Training Center was initially composed of 85 students, 46 Computer Technology course and 39 Office Management course students.

They spent their MSC days at the Alvero building along M. Paulino St. (in front of Ultimart).  This batch was one of the liveliest batches of MSC.  Various organizations were formed despite the small number of students compared to big schools, and these orgs actively participated in school activities and even sponsored some events.

The Computer Operators and Programmers Society, headed by Edgar Cauyan, the Speech and Drama Club, headed by Eva Cauyan, and the student council with President Keno Moreno were among the active groups aside from the different classes.

Students from this batch experienced the celebration of “MSC – 4 on 4”, the 4th anniversary of MSC and the founding of MSC Data Exchange Co., MSC’s one stop shop for computer-related services.  They were also the ones who had the student council election computerized, a first for MSC and for San Pablo City schools.

Many students from this batch had extensive training in their chosen fields:

OMC students Jedi Seville and Lina Anenias were Student Assistants at the Registrar’s office to hone their secretarial skills.

Ronaldo Romanes, Julie Maranan, and Ariel De Jesus further practiced their computer proficiency as Computer Laboratory Assistants.

Bien Batolome, Joselita Paña, Leony Reyes, Bong Estropia, Glenn Ello, Edgar and Eva Cauyan were Students at the MSC Data Exchange Co.

During their graduation, various awards were given:

Julie Maranan – Best in Computer Operations

  • Eva Cauyan – Academic Excellence Award
  • Marino Moreno – Leadership Award
  • Aia Jada Occeño – Outstanding student
  • Ronaldo Romanes – Service Award
  • Edgar Cauyan – Loyalty Award, Best in Computer Programming

Here is a complete list of the class:
Office Management Course:

  • Lenievetch Abril
  • Lorelee Andal
  • May Aninias
  • Viena Azas
  • Josie Belen
  • Maryrose Buera
  • Cristine Castillo
  • Leticia Changco
  • Evelyn De Castro
  • Annaliza Diangkinay
  • Mariden Eseo
  • Rosalina Jader
  • Jocelyn Maranan
  • Julie Maranan
  • Hasmin Mercado
  • Aileen Metica
  • Shirly Punzalan
  • Corazon Sarmiento
  • Jedidiah Seville
  • Aileen Tanodra
  • Jinglle Tanqueco
  • Ma. Lourdes Claire Ticzon
  • Mary Rose Uri

Computer Technology Course:

  • Eva Alfonso
  • Fevmon Almare
  • Bienvenido Bartolome
  • Arnel Bondad
  • Raquel Castillo
  • Eva Cauyan
  • Remo Custodio
  • Ariel De Jesus
  • Robert Dungca
  • Glenn Ello
  • Allan Espina
  • Junepher Estropia
  • Manilyn Fesalvo
  • Marino Moreno
  • Elmer Naguit
  • Aia Jada Occeño
  • Joselita Paña
  • Leony Reyes
  • Delson Rivera
  • Majorie Roces
  • Ronaldo Romanes
  • Ma. Cherry Santos
  • Aila Surara
  • Edgar Cauyan

MSC Origins Part V: Keeping Students Safe During Calamities

MSC occupied the second floor of the Jesusa building along A. Flores St. for less than two years.  In that short span of time, we experienced two of the most devastating natural calamities recorded in Philippine history – the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo and the Luzon earthquake.

It was Monday, the 16th of July 1990, almost 4:30 in the afternoon when the deadly earthquake struck.  It was felt in almost the whole of Luzon and caused more than a thousand deaths and massive destruction particularly in Central and northern Luzon.

Though the earthquake caused minimal damage and no deaths here in San Pablo City, it was a frightening experience.  It was a working day at MSC and everyone was tinkering with the PCs when the earthquake occurred.  Remember that MSC was on the second floor and the shock felt stronger when one was above ground. Everyone in the building felt it and immediately turned their computers off and made way for the exit.

Almost exactly a year later, in June 15, 1991 Mt. Pinatubo erupted in what was the second largest volcanic eruption in the 20th century.  The eruption was felt worldwide as vast quantities of magma, ash and volcanic debris were emitted.  Global temperatures dropped by about 0.5 °C (0.9 °F) in the years 1991-93, and ozone depletion temporarily increased substantially.

At MSC, June 15, 1991 was the schedule of the first acquaintance party of the two-year course students.  Days before, Mt. Pinatubo has been showing signs of an impending eruption. However, since the volcano was more than 200 kilometers away, the party pushed through.  Little did the students and staff of MSC know that on that exact evening, the volcano will erupt.  And erupt it did on their party night!  Before midnight, ash reached San Pablo and as the party ended and people went out of the restaurant where the party was held, it was raining ash!

To keep the students safe they were ferried a car-full at a time to the MSC building where they all stayed till morning.

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.