The Cutting Edge

Are PSHS students really as good as the hype suggests? Are they better than the rest? How well do they compare vis-a-vis the private schools? One way of measuring is to compare the performance of its graduates in local and international events.

Until a few years ago, the Department of Education conducted the annual  National Secondary Achiivement Test ( NSAT) to measure the level of mastery of desired learning competencies in five subject areas namely English, Filipino, Science, Mathematics, and Araling Panlipunan.

As expected, the PSHS Main Campus in Diliman had consistently ranked no. 1 in the country ahead of private schools such as Ateneo, La Salle, Poveda, and other city science high schools such as Manila Science and Quezon City Science.

The Philippine Science High School


The need to uplift the quality of science and technology education in the country and support the country's demand for scientists, technical researchers, technologists, engineers, and policy leaders paved the way for the creation of the Philippine Science High School. Then President Diosdado Macapagal signed into law Republic Act 3661, also known as the PSHS Charter on June 22, 1963. When the PSHS started out, it rented a building owned by the Philippine Government Employees' Association on a one -hectare site along the Elliptical Road in Quezon City. On August 1, 1970, the school moved to its present campus – using prefabricated buildings – on a 7 .5 hectare site in the North Triangle in Diliman, Quezon City. On July 1 , 1972, the school occupied its permanent buildings. The facilities then consisted of a main edifice called the Sciences & Humanities Building (SHB) and two dormitories.

On March 1989, additional facilities were set up at the rooftop of the SHB. A new IPS laboratory, a computer -integrated electronics laboratory, and a new auditorium were built. The fourth floor facilities also had a view deck. In 1982, Dr. Cleofe M. Bacufrgan started to envision a technology laboratory. The plans grew to larger proportions as it became apparent that the additional subjects in the PSHS curriculum needed science and technology laboratory facilities. A groundbreaking ceremony for a new building was held on September 1995. On September 9, 1996, the Advanced Science and Technology Building (ASTB) was inaugurated and blessed.

Science and Technology-Driven Global Economy

Ask the average Filipino student what his favorite subject is and chances are it won't be math, For a typical Japanese on Taiwanese student, the reverse wold be true math would be an all-time favorite subject in school and even in the choice of career. Typically , the culprits are the parents themselves – they probably had a difficult time with math and they convey their own fears and insecurities to their children. Is it any wonder then that the children believe they'll do poorly?

Trivia about Philippine Birds V

The 14 birds featured are:

  1. Mindanao Bleeding Heart Pigeon (Gallicolumba criniger)
  2. Nicobar Pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica)
  3. Black-chinned Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus leclancheri)
  4. Metallic Pigeon (Columba vitiensis)
  5. Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans)
  6. Amethyst Brown Dove (Phapitreron amethystina)
  7. Grey Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pickeringii)
  8. Red Turtle Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)
  9. Pied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula bicolor)
  10. Spotted-Imperial Pigeon (Ducula carola)
  11. Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi)
  12. Philippine Cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia)
  13. Java Sparrow (Padda oryzivora)
  14. Blue-capped Wood-Kingfisher (Actenoides hombroni)

Trivia about the Baguio City

In 1900, when the Americans first came  to baguio, it was the only "rancheria," whose dominant feature was a large, low-lying area Kafagway. There were only a few houses and no roads. During the dry season it was a pasture for cattle and horses, but much of the year, it was marshland with a shallow lake where residents hunted for ducks and snipes. Kafagway roughly covered the same area as the present city of Baguio.


Stamps featuring the La Union Botanical Garden

The Philippine Postal Corporation will issue a setenant pair of stamps to publicize the La Union Botanical Garden, located at San Fernando, La Union.

Kind of Issue: Special
Denomination & Quantity:

P5.00 – 100,000 (2 composite designs)