Manila Science High School

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Manila Science High School
Manila Science High School Logo
Facade along Taft Avenue
Science, Truth and Country
(Agham, Katotohanan at Bayan)
Manila Science High School is located in Metro Manila
Manila Science High School
Manila Science High School
Location within Metro Manila
Taft Ave. cor. Padre Faura St. Ermita
Manila, Philippines
Coordinates 14°34′50″N 120°59′10″E / 14.580579°N 120.986174°E / 14.580579; 120.986174Coordinates: 14°34′50″N 120°59′10″E / 14.580579°N 120.986174°E / 14.580579; 120.986174
Type Public, Special Science
Established 1963
Founder Augusto Alzona
School district District 5
Principal Ma. Pura S. Talattad
Medium of language English, Filipino, French, Spanish, Nihongo and Mandarin
Campus Manila
Campus size 1 hectare
Student Union/Association SSG
School colour(s) Royal Blue and White            
Slogan Sustaining theTradition of Excellence
Song Awit ng MPPM
Fight song Masci High Cheer
Teams Masci Team

Philippine Science High School

Quezon City Science High School (RSHS-NCR)

The Manila Science High School seeks vigorously:

  • To equip all learners with knowledge, habits, skills and values necessary for active participation in a humane and fast changing society.
  • To meet the needs of adolescents possessing high mental capabilities and specific interests in Science and Mathematics.
  • To develop well-rounded individuals cultured in the Humanities as well as in Science/Mathematics willing to accept fully their responsibilities as individuals and as citizens.
  • To help these young gifted minds attain the objective of a total Science/Mathematics programs.
  • To enhance the range and quality of the individual and group participation in the basic functions of society.
Bar pass rate 100%
Newspaper 'The Nucleus' (English)
'Ang Ubod' (Tagalog)
Feeder schools Manila Public Elementary Schools and others
Feeder to UP, Lasalle, ADMU, UST, ADU

Mania Science High School (Filipino: Mataas na Paaralang Pang Agham ng Maynila ) is the Pilot Science High School in the Philippines. It is located on Taft Avenue at the corner of Padre Faura Street in Ermita, Manila, and was established on October 1, 1963.


Former President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay was the first to envision a Science High School in the Philippines in his 1956 State of the Nation Address where he underscored "the great need of stepping up the development of fundamental and applied research in science and technology which has long been neglected."

Taking action, the Philippine Congress passed Republic Act 1606[1] creating the National Science Development Board to work with the Science Foundation of the Philippines in advancing scientific and technological research. This was closely followed by Republic Act 2067,[2] known as the Science Act of 1958 which proposed to integrate, coordinate, and intensify scientific and technological research and development to foster invention.

In conjunction, the Department of Education implemented RA 1606 by issuing Department Orders 1 and 5, series of 1958, for the launching of Science Talent Research.

November 25, 1959 marked the evolution of the pilot science high school in the Philippines. With 36 students screened through a competitive examination, this nucleus of a science high school had its beginnings in a single-storey building in Intramuros. On its second year, this nucleus was called the Special Science Class. March 28, 1963, witnessed each of the 32 graduates of the Special Science Class receive a gold medal. It is the first time in the history of Philippine education wherein each member of the graduating class is a gold medalist.

On October 1, 1963, the Manila Science High School was born by virtue of Municipal Resolution 426 signed by Mayor Antonio J. Villegas. Credit for the school's early success goes to then Manila High School Principal Augusto Alzona – the "Father of Manila Science High School". Modeled after the Bronx High School of Science, the special science curriculum is designed to meet the needs of scholars gifted in science and mathematics. However, opportunities, training, and experiences in varied fields are also available.

After five years in Intramuros, the Manila Science High School moved to its present site in 1966(?) with its first principal, Mr. Honesto Valdez (1963–1977). By 1977, Phase I of the Main Building was completed while the construction of Phase II was ongoing.

In September 1977, Mrs. Evelina P. Barotilla (1977–1988), the second principal, saw the completion of the Manila Science High School Complex and the renovation of the H.A. Bordner Building. The Home Economics Building was built in 1980. The whole construction project was financed by the Special Education Fund under the chairmanship of Dr. Josefina Navarro, Superintendent of City Schools, Manila.

The construction of the Php 7.5 million Technology Creativity Laboratory began in 1998 during the administration of Mrs. Daisy H. Banta, (1988–2000), third principal. The project was made possible by the Special Education Fund through the joint efforts of Mayors Gemiliano Lopez and Alfredo Lim, together with DECS-Manila Superintendent, Dr. Erlinda G. Lolarga.

The new millennium ushered in the arrival of Mrs. Susan A. Yano, fourth principal, the completion of the Antonio Maceda Building and the revival of the Manila Science High School Alumni Association. Mrs. Susan A. Yano opted for an early retirement. Ms. Edna P. Parcon, Math Department Head III, was then assigned Officer-in-Charge from July 18, 2002 to January 13, 2003, together with Ms. Betty de la Cruz, Science Supervisor, assigned Supervisor-in-Charge from October 13, 2002 to January 13, 2003.[3] Mrs. Rosita C. Herson became the principal in 2003 until 2006. After that, the Manila Science High School was under the leadership of Mrs. Salud S. Sabado from 2006 until November 15, 2008.[4]

Manila Science has been under the leadership of Mrs. Flora A. Valdez for less than a year until her retirement on January 21, 2010. Before the retirement, a government project has started: the construction of the Amadome by Manila 5th District Congressman Amado Bagatsing, which is now completed in time for the new school year and has been formally inaugurated and turned over by Cong. Bagatsing on September 8, 2010.

Due to implementing laws for the May 2010 polls,[5] Manila Science will not have a principal yet until such time that the elected Mayor of Manila appoints new school administrators. The school, at the last half of SY 2009-2010 and on the first quarter of SY 2010-2011, was under the leadership of Ms. Edna P. Parcon, the school's Mathematics Department Head until August 26, 2010 which welcomed the arrival of the seventh and second male principal, Mr. Fernando B. Orines.

This 2015 Manila Science High School welcomed its eighth principal Mrs. Ma. Pura S. Talattad. She promised to sustain the tradition of excellence.


SUBJECT Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10
SCIENCE EnrichedScience 7 Enriched Science 8 Enriched Science 9 Enriched Science 10
OTHER SCIENCE SUBJECT Environmental Science Biotechnology Consumer Chemistry Electronics
Research I Research II Research III Research IV
MATHEMATICS Enriched Mathematics 7 Enriched Mathematics 8 Enriched Mathematics 9 Enriched Mathematics 10
OTHER MATH SUBJECTS Basic Statistics Geometry Trigonometry Finite Mathematics
ENGLISH Grammar & Philippine Literature Grammar & Afro-Asian Literature Grammar & American Literature Grammar & World Literature
FILIPINO Panitikang Filipino (Kayumanggi/Modyul at "Ibong Adarna") Panitikang Filipino (Kayumanggi/Modyul at "Florante at Laura") Panitikang Filipino (Kayumanggi/Modyul at "Noli Mi Tangere") Panitikang Asyano (Kayumanggi/Modyul at "El Filibustirismo")
Araling Panlipunan AP 7 AP 8 AP 9 AP 10
MAPEH Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health 7 Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health 8 Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health 9 Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health & Citizenship Advancement Training
ELECTIVES Drafting Technology OR Accounting and Business Management OR Journalism OR Technical Writing OR Robotics Drafting Technology OR Accounting and Business Management OR Journalism OR Technical Writing OR Robotics
Information Communication Technology/COMPSCI History of Computer and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) Computer Hardware Servicing, Adobe Photoshop and HTML Basic C++ C++ & Java
Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao 7 Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao 8 Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao 9
FOREIGN LANGUAGES French 1, Spanish 1, Nihongo 1, Mandarin 1 French 2, Spanish 2, Nihongo 2, Mandarin 2



  • Mrs. Pura S. Talattad (2014–present)

Science Department

  • Mrs. Mercedita Insigne (Department Head)
  • Mrs. Leticia B. Pinar (Integrated Science 7)
  • Ms. Ginarose Habal (Integrated Science 7 and Chemistry)
  • Mrs. Patty Canyong (Environmental Science)
  • Mr. Jeffrey Abetria (Integrated Science 8 and Research II)
  • Mrs. Preciosa Bautista (Integrated Science 8)
  • Mrs. Lourdes Montenegro (Biotechnology)
  • Mrs. Grace Villanueva (Research I)
  • Ms. Sarah Ocampo (Integrated Science 9, Physics and Robotics)
  • Ms. Rovie M. Pacaldo (Advanced Chemistry and Research I)
  • Ms. Charmane Rochel Fabian (Biotechnology and Research II)
  • Mrs. Editha de Paula (Integrated Science 9 and Consumer Chemistry)
  • Mrs. Mary Anne C. Certeza (Consumer Chemistry)
  • Mrs. Sheryl J. Contreras (Integrated Science 9)
  • Ms. Kemberly Francisco (Physics, Robotics and Research II)
  • Mr. Ferdie Bautista (Advanced Physics)

Math Department

  • Mrs. Pascual (Department Head)
  • Ms. Rica G. del Rosario (Finite Math)
  • Mrs. Rowena C. Reyes (Mathematics 7)
  • Mrs. Chiradee Q. Tagle (Mathematics 7)
  • Mrs. Jarabese (Mathematics 7 and 8)
  • Mrs. Maria Dulce R. Villafuerte (Mathematics 8)
  • Ms. Diana Aniban (Mathematics 8 and 9)
  • Mr. Reynaldo P. Rafols Jr. (Mathematics 9)
  • Mrs. Mirla Esparrago (Trigonometry)
  • Mrs. Anacita Pollo (Trigonometry)
  • Mrs. Regielyn Fama (Mathematics)
  • Mrs. Diaz (Analytic Geometry)
  • Ms. Julie Ramirez (Analytic Geometry)
  • Mr. Noli G. Casbadillo (ICT 8, 9 and Programming)
  • Mrs. Frelie T. Faylogna (ICT 9 and Programming)
  • Mr. Romer Abella (ICT IV and Programming)

English Department

  • Mr. Cruz (Department Head)
  • Mrs. Lualhati Alcayde (English 7)
  • Mr. Jay Apejas (English 7 and Spanish)
  • Ms. Leversia Rivera (English 8)
  • Mrs. Angelou Hermosa (English 8 and Mandarin Chinese)
  • Mrs. Corazon Bacani (English 9 and Mandarin Chinese)
  • Mrs. Carmelita Reyes (English 9 and Technical Writing)
  • Ms. Roma Estrada (English 9 and Nihongo)
  • Mrs. Lucena (English 9 and French)
  • Mrs. Cecille Correa (English IV and Technical Writing)
  • Mr. Isaac Ali Tapar (Humanities)

Filipino Department

  • Mrs. Nelita Fuentes (Department Head)
  • Ms. Susan Arroyo (Filipino 7)
  • Ms. Kristine Macaranas (Filipino 8)
  • Mr. Ferdie Carpio (Filipino 8 and 9)
  • Mr. Dino Francisco (Filipino 9)
  • Ms. Virginia Bigaw (Filipino 8 and Filipino IV)
  • Mrs. Mary Anne Natino (Filipino 8, IV and Spanish)

MAPEH Department

  • Mr. Augusto D. Baldoz (Department Head)
  • Mrs. Agie Amar (APEH 7 and 9)
  • Mrs. Virginia Lava (APEH 7 and 9)
  • Mrs. Cecille Palisoc (APEH 8)
  • Mr. Raymond Apostol (APEH 8 and 9)
  • Mrs. Jocelyn Carlos (APEH IV and CAT)
  • Ms. Marissa San Jose (APEH IV and CAT)
  • Mrs. Maila Charina Ello Avellaneda (Music 7 and 8/ Drum and Lyre Director)
  • Mr. Alfie Abella (Music 9 and 10/ Choir Trainer and Conductor)

Social Studies (AP/ESP) Department

  • Mr. Virgilio Bea (Department Head)
  • Mr. Peterpaul Rodriguez (AP 7)
  • Mrs. Gina Amarillo (AP 8)
  • Ms. Ruth R. Dayrit (AP 7, 8 and Nihongo)
  • Ms. Nelda Lazaro (AP 9)
  • Mr. Edgar V. Sarmiento (Economics)
  • Mr. Aaron A. Tolentino (Economics and Journalism)
  • Mrs. Cynthia Cauzon (ESP 7)
  • Mrs Alina S. Otaza (ESP 8 and 9)
  • Mrs. Hazel B. Forastero (ESP 8 and 9)

Home Economics and Technology and Livelihood Education (HE/TLE) Department

  • Mrs. Teresita Fernandez (HE Department Head)
  • Mr. Germanito Baluyot (TLE Department Head)
  • Mr. Augusto Bulaclac (ICT 7)
  • Mrs. Chatty B. Tantoy (ICT 7 and Business Management)
  • Ms. Annabelle Baysic (ICT 8 and Business Management)
  • Mrs. Edna Lee (Drafting Technology)
  • Mr. Jobel Bonifacio (Drafting Technology)
  • Guards, Janitors and Maintenance Company also included Food, Nutrition and Health Servants

Administrative Staffs

  • Mr. Alvin Gacos (Guidance Counselor)
  • Mr. Danilo B. Tebelin (Mang Danny) (Utility Worker since 1972/Retired 2015)
  • Mrs. Luz Almeda (Librarian)
  • Mr. Arsenio Pagulayan (Property Custodian)

Notable alumni[edit]

Manila Science High School facade
  • Jose A. Magpantay (Class 1968), internationally published professor from the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Physics[6]
  • Maurino P. Bautista, Ph.D. (Class 1971 Valedictorian), 1978 Fulbright Fellow, author and Professor of Mathematics, Rochester Institute of Technology.
  • MGen. Gamaliel S.. Cruz AFP (Class 1976), Commander, Army Support Command, Philippine Army
  • Marissa Toledo-Peterson (Class 1978 Valedictorian), former Executive Vice President, Sun Microsystems and Board Member at companies such as Humana, Ansell Limited, and Kettering University.[7]
  • Arnold Guloy (Class 1978), Professor of Chemistry and Associate Department Chair, University of Houston
  • Col. Rene Glenn Paje (Class 1979), Student Officer, US Army War College
  • Lt. Col. William Penafiel Jr. (Class 1987), Battalion Commander, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army
  • Cristeta Pasia Comerford (Class 1979), culinary artist and chief cook for the White House. The first woman appointed in the position and the first of Filipino descent.
  • Antonio A. Morales (Class 1980), Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Philippines, Beijing, Peoples Republic of China, Chief of Mission Class II, Department of Foreign Affairs, former Consul General (Rome and Milan, Italy), Lawyer.
  • Michael D. Purugganan (Class 1980), Dean for Science and Professor of Biology of New York University, and Alfred P. Sloan Young Investigator Awardee, a Guggenheim Fellow and Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow.
  • Eugene Reyes (Class 1980), Former Commercial Attaché (Singapore and New York, USA), Foreign Trade Service Corps, Department of Trade and Industry and International Trade Faculty/Trainer for Continuing and Professional Studies at Baruch College, City University of New York.
  • Randy Sacdalan (Class 1982), sports commentator and dean of student affairs of Lyceum of the Philippines.[8]
  • John Paul B. Iñigo (Class 1982), former Commercial Attaché (Hamburg, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; Rome, Italy), Foreign Trade Service Officer, Foreign Trade Service Corps, Department of Trade and Industry
  • Rigoberto C. Advincula, PhD (Class 1983), physical chemist and 2003 Arthur K. Doolittle Awardee.[9]
  • Myrza Sison (Class 1982), B.S. Statistics '86 at UP Diliman, computer programmer at SGV & Co., international fashion model and writer, now editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan Philippines (previously editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, and Palanca awardee for short fiction, 2006.
  • Von Glenn Hernandez (Class 1983), environmental activist and 2003 Goldman Environmental Prize winner[10][11]
  • Alvin Patrimonio (Class 1983), basketball player, four-time Most Valuable Player of the Philippine Basketball Association.
  • Beethoven dV. Bunagan (Class 1986), a.k.a. Michael V., Philippine actor, composer, singer, and parodist.[12]
  • Monina Hernandez Gesmundo (Class 1987), nurse, midwife, educator, author, national reviewer for the Philippine Nurse Licensure Examination, board exam topnotcher [13][14][15]
  • Nathaniel Jordan Calvo (Class 1988), the first Filipino pilot to receive a license to fly the Airbus A380.[16][17][18][19][20]
  • Analisa Balares (Class 1992), Founder and CEO of Womensphere, and Global Marketing Manager for Microsoft's blogging/social networking service.[21][22]
  • Reev Robledo (Class 1993), is a music composer, songwriter, teacher and author. He has written various TV themes for networks ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5, JackTV and the Velvet Channel.
  • Atty. Deborah Acosta-Cajustin (Class 1996), 2006 Bar Topnotcher (Number 2)
  • Tuesday Vargas (Class 1997), born as Marizel Sarangelo, Philippine singer, comedian, and Talentadong Pinoy talent scout.[23]
  • Neil Tristan Yabut (Class 1999), 1998 Sibol Awardee for Outstanding Student Creative Research[24] and 3-time nationally televised quiz (1999 and 2000 Battle of the Brains, 2001 National Super Quiz Bee) champion[25]
  • Andrew John Lena (Class 2002), 2001 Digital LG Quiz champion
  • Louie Mar Gangcuangco (Class 2003), author of the best-selling Filipino novel Orosa-Nakpil, Malate; and homosexuality, HIV-AIDS, and gay literature activist

Student Life[edit]

The students are not only enhanced academically, but they are also exposed to different extracurricular activities, student clubs and organizations, seminars, conferences, and immersion programs with various schools around the world. It is the aim of the school not only to improve the mental capacity of each student but also to enhance other facets of his or her multiple intelligences.

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

MaScians look forward to activities in school such as the annual Carol Fest, annual Scientist in Motion, biennial Math Camp and Science Camp, intramural sports games, and the Boys and Girls Week where students experience being a teacher for an entire week. Other extracurricular activities include the numerous line up of inside-school contests that students look forward to, such as speech choir, grammar contests, spelling bees, oratorical competitions, extemporaneous speech battles, story-telling contests, debate contests, clash of the science wizards, robotics training, general information competitions, Local Mathematics Olympiad, Homeroom Christmas Design Contest, Cookfest, and others.

Student Organizations[edit]

Among the student organizations that any student can join are the following:

  • Knights of Science — The umbrella organization for all Science clubs, which are:
* Astronomy Club
* Yes-O Club (Biology)
* Atomos Club (Chemistry)
* Physics Infusion Overload Network
* Robotics Club
* Science Research Society (SRS)
  • UNESCO Club
  • Gabay ng Wika (Filipino)
  • English Club
  • Le Club Français (French)
  • Nihongo Club (Japanese)
  • Hànyŭ Club (Mandarin)
  • Young Artists' Guild (YAG) (Arts)
  • Mathematics Club
  • LINK (Lusog-Isip ng Kabataan) Club
  • Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) and Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)
  • MAPEH Club
  • Computer Society (COMSOC) (Computer Technology)
  • Manila Science High School Chorale
  • LifeBox-MaSci (Preparing Students for L.I.F.E... Leadership, Integrity, Faith and Excellence)


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  2. ^ "Republic Act 2067". 1958-06-13. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  3. ^ MSHS yearbook, SY 2005-2006
  4. ^ The Nucleus, year XLIII, Volume 1, January 2007
  5. ^ COMELEC Resolution No. 8737 (December 29, 2009)
  6. ^ "Phys. Rev. D 34 (1986): Jose A. Magpantay and Danilo M. Yanga - Stochastic quantization and the Tunneling Problem". Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
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  10. ^ New UP-BOR Faculty Regent appointed
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Michael V. - Bio, Albums, Songs and Lyrics - OPM Filipino Music". 1969-12-17. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
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  20. ^ "Omleiding". Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  21. ^ CEO, Founder & Executive Producer, Womensphere
  22. ^ United World Colleges[dead link]
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  24. ^ "WIPO Gold Medal Award Scheme - Winners 1998". 2009-04-06. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  25. ^ "What is the best High School in the Philippines? - Page 4". Retrieved 2012-08-12. 

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