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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.

Converting Fahrenheit to Celsius

To convert Fahrenheit to Celsius, we use the following formula,

                C = 5/9 (F – 32) = 10/18 (F – 32)


The trick here is to recognize that 5/9 is the same as 10/18.  Hence after deducting 32, we add a zero (multiply by 10) to the result and successively dividing by 2 and 9 (MSC 11 – Dividing by 9) to effectively divide by 18.

  • Step 1.  Subtract 32
  • Step 2.  Multiply by 10
  • Step 3. Divide by 2
  • Step 4. Divide by 9

Let us solve look at some examples.

Example 1:          100 oF = 37.8 oC

  • Step 1.  Subtract 32:         100 – 32 = 68
  • Step 2.  Multiply by 10:    68 x 10 = 680
  • Step 3.  Divide by 2:         680 ÷ 2 = 340
  • Step 4.  Divide by 9:         340 ÷ 9 = 37 r. 7  =  37.7…  =  37.8

Example 2:           145oF = 62.8oC

  • Step 1.  Subtract 32:          145 – 32 = 113
  • Step 2.  Multiply by 10:      113 x 10 = 1130
  • Step 3.  Divide by 2:           1130 ÷ 2 = 565
  • Step 4.  Divide by 9:           565 ÷ 9 = 62 r. 7  =  62.7…  =  62.8

Easy and simple!


New Computer Programming Courses @ MSC

Why is Computer Programming important?

“The programmers of tomorrow are the wizards of the future.”
Gabe Newell, Founder of Valve Software: the creator of Dota & Counter-Strike

“One million of the best jobs will go unfilled because only 1 out of 10 schools teach students how to code”

“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think.” 

Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc. & Pixar Animation Studios

Enroll in our new courses:

Introduction to Programming & Robotics (for ages 12 to 17)
Saturdays, 10 am to 12 noon

Introduction to Python Programming (for ages 12 to 17)
Saturdays, 1 to 3 pm

SCHEDULE: September 27 to December 6, 2014

Lego Mindstorm

Robotics Programming is a lot of Fun!


MSC 9 – Dividing by 5, 50, 0.5, etc.

Five (5) is  ten divided by two ( 10 / 2 ), so to divide a number by 10/2, we

  • multiply it by 2, then
  • divide by 10.

Since dividing by 10 only involves moving the decimal point one place to the left, we can easily divide by 5 by just using doubling or multiplication by 2.

To divide a number by 5 we can either

Method A:

  • double the number first then
  • move the decimal point one place to the left.

Method B

  • move the decimal point first then
  • double the number.

We recommend the method B.

Let us try method A first.

Example 9.1: Find 164 ÷ 5

  • Double 16 is 32 and double is 8. So 164 x 2 is 328.
  • Move the decimal point one place to the left to make it 32.8.

Now let us use the method B.

Example 9.2: Find 832 ÷ 5

  • Shifting the decimal point of the multiplicand one place to the left will make it 83.2. This also fixed the decimal point for the answer.
  • Doubling it gives 166.4.

Example 9.3: Find 1348 ÷ 50

  • Since 50 is half of 100 or 102, we move the decimal point in 1348 two places to the left making it 13.48.
  • We then double it to make it 26.96.

Example 9.4:  Find 24.5 ÷ 0.5

  • 0.5 is half of 1 or 10so we do not have to adjust the decimal point. Just double the number to produce 49.0.
  • The answer becomes obvious if we double both the dividend and the divisor: 24.5 ÷ 0.5 = 49.0 ÷ 1 = 49

 Example 9.5: How many mint candies costing 50 centavos each can I buy with P 24.50?

 The figures here are the same as in Example 9.4 and the solution here clarifies the technique we used earlier: We can buy 2 candies for one peso; so for 24.50 pesos we can buy 24.5 x 2 or 49 candies.

Example 9.6: Find 376 ÷ 0.05

  • 0.05 is half of 0.1 or 10-1so we have to move the decimal point one place to the right, meaning we have to add a zero making it 3,760.
  • Doubling it would result to 7,520.

Exercise 9: Compute the following:

  1. )     370 ÷ 5 =
  2. )     535 ÷ 5 =
  3. )     2,367 ÷ 5 =
  4. )     9,898 ÷ 5 =
  5. )     4,656 ÷ 50 =
  6. )     24,579 ÷ 50 =
  7. )     5,836 ÷ 500 =
  8. )     34,785 ÷ 500 =
  9. )     4,524 ÷ 0.5 =
  10. )    3,645 ÷ 0.05 =

Answers to all exercises are found in the answer key.

Discover the 25 Math Short Cuts ( 25 MSC )!


Free Financial Planning Seminar

Financial Planning Seminar at MSC

The FREE Financial Planning Seminar goes to San Pablo!  The seminar is open to the public and will be held at the MSC Green Campus in San Gabriel, hence it is especially convenient for MSC teachers, staff, alumni and friends.

What:  This two part event will have a “Practical Tips on Money Management” seminar/presentation then the attendees break up into smaller groups for financial coaching to create personal financial blueprints.

When: Sept 17, 2014, 4pm, Sept 24, 2014, 4pm

Where: MSC Institute of Technology Green Campus

To register for the event, you can simply text

SPSEMINAR <full name> <occupation> <optional email address>
to the following numbers
Sun: 0922 854 3244
Smart: 0939 939 9702
Globe: 0917 853 5069

Or you can send an email to aprudente@msc.edu.ph with SPSEMINAR in the subject line. Include in the email body your
— Name
— Occupation
— Cellphone Number

For inquiries simply call or email
Landline: 049 562 6006
Sun: 0922 854 3244
Smart: 0939 939 9702
Globe: 0917 853 5069
Email: aprudente@msc.edu.ph

Featured Batch: MSC 3-year Office Management Course Class 1994-95 (first batch)

When MSC started offering computer classes, the first courses were short-term courses on computer operation and programming.  In the first semester of school year 1991-1992, two-year courses on Computer Technology and Office Management were offered to the growing number of MSC students.  Then in school year 1994-95, MSC offered the three-year courses on Computer Technology and Office Management.

Six fresh graduates of the two-year Office Management course enrolled in the new 3-year course.  These were:  Claire Ticzon, Aileen Metica, Aileen Tanodra, Jocelyn Maranan, Lina Jader, Raquel Dioyo, and Letty Changco.

class 95

Aside from the regular academic classes, these ladies underwent extensive training in the different offices of MSC.  Eventually, most were absorbed by the different departments and a few worked in the different MSC companies.

Claire and Aileen Metica became computer teachers in MSC partner schools, and later they were hired as MSC instructors.

Lina and Letty worked at MSC Data Exchange – MSC’s one-stop computer shop

Raquel Dioyo worked as Cashier at MSC.

Aileen Tanodra worked at Escuela de Valle Verde as teacher.

Jocelyn worked at the Hall of Justice of San Pablo City.

Where are they today?

  • Claire teaches at Canossa College, San Pablo and is married to an MSC alumnus, Owen Ignacio
  • Aileen Metica works and lives in Canada.
  • Letty, after working for MSC Data Exchange Co. as Graphic Artist for several years, now lives in Abu Dhabi and works as Finance and Administration Officer at Silec Cable
  • Aileen Tanodra lives and works in Singapore.
  • Jocelyn lives in San Pablo City and still works at the Hall of Justice
  • Lina, after many years with MSC Data Exchange Co., has her own business now.
  • Raquel is now a full-time wife and mother.

Glennifer Perido, MSC High School alumna crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism

Glennifer Perido, a member of MSC High School class of 2005-2006 was recently crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International 2014, held on August 8, at Solaire Casino and Resort in Pasay City.


Out of 30 candidates from different provinces in the country and communities abroad, Glennifer also won Best in Evening Gown, Mutya Rain or Shine, Miss Zen Institute and Miss Ivana Fragrance.  She will represent the country in the Miss Tourism International 2014 to be held on December 31st in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Glennifer is from Kalinga, the province she represented during the pageant, but she went to San Pablo City and finished her high school at MSC.   She is a BS Nursing graduate and is now a Registered Nurse.  With her 5’8” height and whistle-bait figure, she participated and won in the following pageants:

  • Mutya ng San Pablo 2009
  • Binibining Laguna 2009
  • Flores de Laguna 2009
  • Miss STAWD 2009
  • Binibining Pilipinas 2011 Official Candidate
  • Miss Casino Filipino 2011 – 1st Runner Up
  • Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2011 – Philippines
  • Miss Philippines Air 2012

Congratulations Glennifer! Your MSC family is proud of you. We wish you the best of luck in the Miss Tourism International 2014 in December and in all your future endeavors.