Category Archives: San Pablo City

Training for the MSC Inter-school Contests Ongoing

The free training for participating schools in the MSC Web Design Contest and MSC Speed Math Contest  is currently ongoing every Saturday, morning for web design and afternoon for speed math.

Ever since MSC started these contests, the free trainings were also offered since not many pupils are knowledgeable about web design and very few knows and uses math techniques which make computing easier and faster.

For this year, the trainor for web design is MSC graphic artist Diana Lynne G. Luna, MS High School class 2005 , MSC Computer echnology Course graduate 2007.  The speed math contest participants are trained by no less than Mr. Virgilio Y. Prudente or more popularly known as “Sir Ike”.  He is the founder of MSC, creator of MATH-Inic, and the author of 25 Math Short Cuts.

The trainings are conducted several weeks before the anniversary of MSC.  The contests revolve around the thrust of MSC – Math, Science and Computing.  Only the web design and speed math contests have trainings, the other contests that do not involve training are the Scavenger Hunt and the Math-Sci Quiz Show.


MSC High Schoolers win in DSPC

Allen Ashley B. Alcos and Rica Mae S. Comia, seniors at MSC High School won in the San Pablo City Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC).  Allen Ashley won in photojournalism (English) and Rica Mae won in Feature Writing (English).  Both of them got the 5th place in each event.

The contest was held at Dolores Elementary School at Dolores, San Pablo City from November 14 to 15, 2014.  Here is a complete list of the MSC delegation:

Rica Mae Comia – Feature Writing (English)
Lovynel Cortrez – Feature Writing (Filipino)
Allen Ashley Alcos – Photojournalism
Hazel Garinn Villanueva – Newswriting (English)
Lady Chaniyel Millares – Editorial Writing
Alliah Joisel Patulot – Copy Reading
Mikkel Franz Angeles – Newswriting (Filipino)
Liane Jane Sarmiento – Sportswriting
Decerie Tulipan – Editorial Cartooning (English)

The students were guided by teachers Jinky C. Artillero and Krizzalyn C. Barrios.

Congratulations to the winners!  To the other contestants, use this experience to better prepare for next year’s competition.

MSC Origins part XII: Annex Stories 2

The MSC Annex was the “home” of MSC for 16 years and it has been the site for a lot of activities participated in by the students, faculty, and staff.  Many people, even those not involved in the school, visited the place for the various events.

Quick Count Headquarters

During MSC’s stay at MSC Annex, the site was used as Quick Count Headquarters in several elections.  MSC would join quick counts with other civic groups.  Partial results were brought to the headquarters where encoders tally the votes using a program developed by MSC.  There was even a time when a big screen was put outside, showing partial unofficial results for the public to view.

San Pablo City Fiesta Stage

For one week during the San Pablo City fiesta celebrations, Rizal Avenue is transformed into a party zone with stalls selling food and drinks.  In major intersections, stages are set up for the performance of different bands and entertainers.

Being near the plaza, the MSC annex was also used as venue for the festivities.  A makeshift stage would be put up in front of the building for performances by MSC students.

Summer Classes Venue for Music Lessons, Computer Courses, and Entrance Test Reviews

Every summer, MSC Annex turned into a center for students from different schools who enrolled in Music lessons and review classes.

The late Val Tomas and his assistants taught young children the basics of their favorite instruments.  These students would be grouped and Sir Val would supervise their practice with students playing individual instruments together with a band.  A recital at the end of the summer sessions always drew  huge crowds of proud parents.  Sir Val would have been very satisfied knowing many of his protégés are doing well in the entertainment scene.

Being a computer school, computer lessons would always be a part of the classes offered by MSC whatever time of the year it may be.  Courses range from computers for kids, computer operation, programming, and web design.  Special classes were also offered like computer operations for teachers.

For incoming freshmen and for those wanting to improve their academic performance in the coming schoolyear, MSC annex was venue for review classes.  Even in the early years of MSC, Sir Ike personally tutored many students, especially children of friends.  With the review classes at MSC Annex, more students had easy access to this facility.

Issue 17 – 25th MSC Founding Anniversary Updates & Base Multiplication

Nov 28, 2014         Issue 17

25th MSC Founding Anniversary Celebration Updates

We are inviting everyone to join our 25th Founding Anniversary activities

  • MSC Christmas Music Video Contest
  • MSC Alumni Homecoming 2014
  • MSC Alumni Basketball League
MSC Alumni Homecoming 2014

MSC Alumni Homecoming 2014

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Erwin Ciar Makes it to PinaSikat Grand Finals

An MSC graduate is now making waves on primetime national TV! Erwin Ciar, a graduate of MSC’s Computer Technology Course in 2002 won in PinaSikat, a segment in the popular noontime TV show Showtime.

Erwin Ciar as D' Kings

Erwin Ciar as D’ Kings Doble-Cara

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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.

annex hallway

MSC Annex Hallway

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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

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

For example: 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.

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Previous Issues

In the Next Issue

  • Training for the MSC Inter-school Contest Ongoing
  • MSC High Schoolers win in DSPC
  • MSC Origins part XII: Annex Stories 2
  • Stories from the Alumni: Joan Miranda
  • MSCs first – First Registered Caregiving School in San Pablo City
  • Conversion: Meters to Feet and Inches
  • MSC 18 – Base Multiplication: Numbers below the base

Every week, for 25 weeks up to December 4, 2014 when we celebrate our 25th Foundation day, this newsletter will feature one math short cut. We will progress from the simplest to the simple. Believe you can do it! Just proceed one step ( short cut ) at a time, and be pleasantly surprised to discover none of the math short cuts are difficult! Forward this newsletter to your friends, relatives, and young kids.

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Trivia: MSC, Official Tabulator ng Bayan

We can not quite remember when MSC first became the tabulator of a contest, but as far as we can remember, numerous organizers and groups have always tapped MSC resources for tabulation purposes.  By resources, we mean computers, printers and manpower.

Being a computer company and running a computer school means that computers are readily available, but having people willing to volunteer and owners who are willing to lend these people and equipment is something else.

MSC is the official tabulator for San Pablo City’s Cocofestival contests, from the Street Dancing, to Floats Competition, to the Mutya and Lakan search.  When San Pablo City started these contests, Barangays soon adapted the same contests during their “fiestas”, and these barangays also sought the services of MSC.   Most recent of these was the San Lucas Barangay fiesta last July.   The municipality of Calauan is also a frequent patron during their fiesta (May 15).

This October 30, 2014, MSC was official tabulator for the 1st Ms. Eco-tourism pageant held at Auravel Grande Hotel and Resort, sponsored by the Seven Lakes Tourism Association.

Kudos to MSC, the official tabulator ng bayan ng San Pablo!

MATH-Inic conducts FREE Mental Math Training for Teachers

MATH-Inic Philippines started the series of Mental Math Training seminars for teachers on November 16, 2014.

A total of 23 teachers, mostly from the San Francisco District attended the training at the green school campus of VYP-MSC Institute of Technology at Sitio IX, San Gabriel, San Pablo City.

MATH-Inic President, Virgilio “Sir Ike” Prudente personally conducted the training on mental math techniques and methods to make teaching math easier and fun.

Here are some comments from the trainees:

“Thank you so much. We learned a lot from you. The knowledge you shared with us is of big help if we can share this one also to our students.”

“Thank you very much Mr. Prudente for sharing us some of the techniques in solving math equations. This will be of great help not only for us teachers but especially for our learners.

May God continue to bless you so that you can continue blessing others too.”

“Thank you po sa lahat ng techniques, malaking tulong poi to hindi lang sa akin higit sa lahat para sa aming mga bata.”

“Thank you po sa lahat ng nai-share n’yo. Natutuwa po ako sa mga techniques na kahit po ako ay malaki ang natutunan.

The next training session is scheduled on November 23, 2014 and starts at 8:00 am and ends at 12:00 noon.  This is free and certificates of attendance are given to all participants.

To register, visit or contact us at:

VYP – MSC Institute of Technology
Sitio IX, San Gabriel, San Pablo City
Telephone number: 562-6006
Cellphone numbers:
0917 853 5069
0922 854 3244
0939 939 9702

Trivia – MSC: NAMFREL volunteer, SPERM member

MSC has always instilled in its students, faculty, and staff to always be aware of what is going on in the community/country and to take active part in activities that will affect the future of the society we live in.

During the commemoration of special events, MSC is never “absent” in ceremonies and wreath/flower offerings.  Be it an activity by the government or the church, MSC has always lent support and participated enthusiastically.

Whenever election comes, all members of the MSC staff, some faculty members and students become volunteers of  National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL).  There were times when MSC became headquarter for quick counts.  Volunteers from civic and other groups would deliver results which were tallied by MSC programmers and encoders.  Partial results will then be displayed on a big screen outside for people to see.  The quick counts usually lasted for more than 24 hours.

MSC was also a member of SPERM (San Pablo Electoral Reform Movement), a group of San Pablo City citizens who were advocates of educating voters.  They were campaigning, not for individual candidates or parties, but for voters to know their rights, know the candidates, and their platform.

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Halalan sa Laguna 2007 website hosted by MSC

Halalan sa Laguna 2007 website hosted by MSC

MSC Green Campus: A Stop-over for Climate Walk

VYP-MSC Institute of Technology played host to an environmental group currently conducting the Manila to Tacloban Climate Walk – a peoples walk for climate justice.

With the objective of promoting awareness on the effects of climate change, the group started at Rizal Park or kilometer 0 on October 2, and expects to reach Tacloban or ground 0 by November 8, in time for the first anniversary of Super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

The group was composed of 11 “core walkers” but volunteers would be joining them in some parts of the walk.  Supporting the group are members of Greenpeace, Aksyon Klima Pilipinas, Fast for the Climate and Climate Reality Project.

The group has been spending nights in municipal gymnasiums and churches, and charges cell phone batteries and GPS trackers with their solar panels.  In San Pablo City, the group spent Sunday evening at the green school campus of VYP-MSC IT and left early Monday, October 2.

Headed by Nityalila Saulo, they held short programs and talks in communities along the way to raise awareness on the effects of climate change.  Also in the group was Naderev “Yeb” Saño, the climate change commissioner, environmentalist, philosopher, nature lover, and peace activitist who painted dolphins on the gate of the green campus of MSC.

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"climate walkers"

“Climate Walkers” on a stop-over at MSC green school campus

Featured group: MSC Alumni Working in CARD

CARD or the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development was founded in 1986 as a social development organization has now grown into the country’s microfinance leader. It offers microloans to support the livelihood activities of poor women and it also initiates programs in education, health, and agriculture.  Today CARD has expanded to many institutions,  including a microfinance organization, a bank for small and medium enterprises, an insurance agency, a leasing company, a pharmacy, and many others.  Collectively these companies are known as CARD MRI ( CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions ) .

MSC Institute of Technology has been a reliable provider of IT knowledge workers to CARD MRI, especially to the company tasked to support the information and communication technology requirements of the group,  the CARD MRI Information Technology Inc. (CMIT).  The current CMIT President and Vice President  are  MSC alumni.

Here’s a partial list of MSC alumni working at CARD:

CARD MRI Information Technology, Inc.

  • Edgar V. Cauyan – President       MSC class ’94, Computer Technology Course
  • Roderick G. Mercado – Vice President. MSC class ’97, Computer Technology Course
  • Alexzander B. Sanciangco – Application Manager. MSC class ’08, Programming
  • Wemelyn C. Madrigal – Finance Officer   MSC class ’97, OMC
  • Maricar C. Lansang – Service Desk Analyst  MSC class ’07, PC Op./OMC
  • Lesther P. Larracas – System Admin.   MSC class ’04, Computer Technician Course
  • Jerrom Ibardeloza – Information Security  MSC class ’03, Computer Technology Course
  • Louie B. Endozo – IT Operations Analyst MSC class ’99, Computer Technology Course
  • Lemuel T. Dimaano – IT Operator   MSC class ’08, Computer Hardware Servicing II

CARD MRI Insurance Agency

  • Rose Ann Chavez – Marketing and Acct. Officer  MSC class ’10, PC Operation with Office Management.


  • Filomena Bagsic – Executive Assistant   MSC class ’07, Internet Technology Course
  • Maribeth Dinglasan – Unit Manager   MSC class ’08, PC Operation with Office Mgt.
  • Alvin Alon – Unit Manager   MSC class ’08, PC Operation with Office Mgt.

CARD MRI Insurance Agency, Inc.

  • Angelo Dayaon – IT Assistant   MSC class 2007, Computer Technology Course

CARD NGO Cagayan Autonomous Region (CAR)

  • Dondon Mercado – Regional Director   MSC class ’98, Computer Technician Course


Welove MSC!

MSC alumni working in CARD.

Like many companies in San Pablo, CARD is a regular partner of MSC when it needs personnel to fill up vacant posts whether in IT and other positions.

MSC High School: consistent Cyberfair winner

Ever since the Philippine Schools Cyberfair competition was launched in 2001, MSC High School has been a consistent winner.  In the International Cyberfair competiton, MSC has also been consistently winning in the largest inter-school web design contest.

Cyberfair trophies

Some of the Philippine Schools Cyberfair trophies awarded to MSC through the years.

The International schools CyberFair, which started in 1996 is an award-winning, authentic learning program used by schools and youth organizations around the world. Students conduct research about their local communities and use digital media to publish their findings online. Recognition is given to the best projects in each of eight categories: local leaders, businesses, community organizations, historical landmarks, environment, music, art, and local specialties.

This White House endorsed program encourages youth to become ambassadors for their own local communities by working collaboratively with community members and using technology tools to publish a website or create a video that displays what they have learned. The annual contest has involved more than 5 million students from 45,500 schools across 115 countries—and is considered the longest running international online event of its kind.

Competition judging also takes place online. Students evaluate each others projects using a web-based evaluation tool (rubric) designed by Global SchoolNet. The top forty entries are reviewed by international judges to determine the best educational projects. Winners of International CyberFair are announced each Spring at a event that is global in itself, with hundreds of schools participating via Internet.

The awards received by MSC High School from the International School Cyberfair are the following:

  • 2002 – Honorable Mention – Historical Landmarks – San Pablo City (City of Seven Lakes) ..Streets and Historical Landmarks”
  • 2004 – Silver – Environmental Awareness – Sampalok Lake… Paradise Lost…Paradise Reborn
  • 2005 – Honorable Mention – Local Music and Art – Festivals of Laguna
  • 2007 – Honorable Mention – Historical Landmarks – Structures of San Pablo delos Montes
  • 2008 – Honorable Mention – Environmental Awareness – Interrelatedness
  • 2010 – Silver Awardee – Local Attractions (Natural and Man-made) – Museo ng San Pablo
  • 2012 – Honorable Mention – Local Attractions (Natural and Man-made) – Sampalok Lake: Paradise on the Rise… A Dream in Progress

In the Philippine School Cyberfair, here are MSC’s entries:

  • 2002 – “San Pablo City (City of Seven Lakes) ..Streets and Historical Landmarks”
  • 2003 – “Pasalubong from the city of San Pablo”
  • 2004 – “Sampalok Lake… Paradise Lost…Paradise Reborn”
  • 2005 – “Festivals of Laguna”
  • 2006 –  “Tree of Life”
  • –          The Red Trucks and the Firefighters
  • –          Local Leaders
  • 2007 – Structures of San Pablo delos Montes
  • –          A Virtual Tour of San Pablo City Commercial District
  • –          Phillipine Sports
  • –          Local Artists of San Pablo City
  • 2008– Interrelatedness
  • –          Explore the Magic of Coconuts
  • –          San Pablo City – Seven Lakes
  • –          Famous San Pableños
  • 2010 – Silver Awardee – Local Attractions (Natural and Man-made) – Museo ng San Pablo
  • 2012 – Honorable Mention – Local Attractions (Natural and Man-made) – Sampalok Lake: Paradise on the Rise… A Dream in Progress

MSC is also conducting its own “Cyberfair” thru an annual web design contest for schools in San Pablo City.

Student representatives from different schools are given a seminar on web design and they make a website about their school or community.  Prizes are given to students who make the best websites.

All these efforts surely help put San Pablo City on the Cybermap.