VSP-ADMU topical conference announcement: “Boosting up the Philippine Technology through National Laboratory System”

by Christian Lorenz S. Mahinay

The Vacuum Society of the Philippines (VSP) in collaboration with the Department of Physics, School of Science and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University, will be hosting the short topical conference which is free of attendance to all interested persons. The topical conference will center on discussions regarding a multidisciplinary approach in utilizing scientific resources in vacuum sciences and allied fields to raise the economic potential of high-tech industries and developing national research laboratories within the Philippines. Students and guests from Doshisha University, Japan, under the Global Resource Management program, will discuss on the possibility of strengthening the Philippines technological competitiveness through forming an inter-university research network with Japanese universities. Representatives from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Sunpower Philippines Manufacturing Ltd. will also give a talk regarding this topic from the view point of government and private industrial sectors.

Members and associates of VSP, and students can submit abstracts for the conference in both academic fields: business and technology. Selected papers will be invited to give a short oral presentation regarding their work on a special session on the second day of the conference. The scientific committee welcomes wide variety in academic fields.

There will be a guided tour through selected laboratories within Ateneo and UP and a historical tour to the National Museum in Intramuros, Manila on the second day.

  • Venue:  Faura Hall Audio Visual Room (AVR)
  • Schedule: March 4 and 5, 2019

Tentative Schedule:

March 4, 2019 (Monday)

  • 8:30 – 8:45 AM: Registration
  • 8:45 – 9:00 AM: Opening Ceremonies
  • 9:00 – 9:30 AM: First talk by Prof. Motoi Wada
  • 9:30 – 10:00 AM: 2nd talk by Dr. Henry J. Ramos
  • 10:00 – 10:30 AM: 3rd talk by Ateneo representative
  • 10:30 – 10:45 AM: Coffee Break
  • 10:45 – 11:15 AM: 4th talk by Dr. Alexander Mendenilla
  • 11:15 – 11:45 AM: 5th talk by DOST representative
  • 11:45 – 12:15 PM: 6th talk (TBA)
  • 12:15 – 1:30 PM: Lunch
  • 1:30 – 5:00 PM: Selected Laboratory tours within Ateneo, UP and PNRI

March 5, 2019 (Tuesday)

  • 9:00 – 9:15 AM: Registration
  • 9:15 – 10:30 AM: 1st round of Selected talks by students
  • 10:30 – 10:45 AM: Coffee Break
  • 10:45 – 12:00 NN: 2nd round of Selected talks by students
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch
  • 1:00 – 5:00 PM: National Museum tour

Opening Remarks of Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero during the Physics General Assembly 2018

Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero, Chair, Department of Physics, School of Science and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University

Welcome to our General Assembly for the First Semester of School Year 2018-2019. I am so happy to see all of you here, different batches of students, our faculty. We will have some fun and games later, but as part of the welcome remarks I would like to give an overview of where the Department is at as of this School Year.

A. Introduction of Students, Faculty, and Staff

First, I would like to introduce the faculty members who are here with us this evening. We have Dr. James Simpas, Dr. Obie Cambaliza, Dr. Pope Sugon, Dr. Mon de los Santos. Joining us this semester we have Mr. Jaren Rex and re-joining us this semester is Dr. Minella Alarcon. And Dr. Gemma Narisma who is also the executive director of the Manila Observatory. Another new faculty member we have Ms. Cathy de la Cruz. Another Faculty member we have Johanna Indias. The department will never work without our indefatigable staff members. We have Ms. Anna Asis, our Department Secretary. From our labs we have Mr. Ruel Agas. And our laboratory supervisor we have Mr. Numer Melaya.

Let us get a feel for the room. We have first year students. A freshman over there. Still very hopeful about the future. Our sophomores, we have the second year students. We have an exponential decay in numbers after one year. Our third year students. I think they have a class. They will be joining us later. Our seniors, the fourth year students. Thank you. Our superseniors, our fifth year MSE students. Some of them are here. Some of them are having their thesis updates with the MSE program. Joining us also are our graduate students. We have a healthy number. Hopefully, there will be less of them next year program after they finish their programs.

B. Mission and Vision

I would like to start by showing you our brand new mission and vision statements. One of the observations from the previous academic year is that our students are not aware of what the department is about. And that is true for many departments, not just in SOSE, but also in the other schools of the Loyola Schools. So this is who we are, our Department Vision. We are a center of excellence and we are seeking international recognition. What do we want to be known for? We want to be known for physics education and relevant research. We will also strive to serve society. No pressure there. Our priority areas are aligned with the priority areas of the School of Science and Engineering. And this will include earth systems physics–a very broad topic, but we are looking into disasters, undertstanding disasters, mitigating disasters, physics for sustainable development. We can have progress while still taking care of mother nature. And of course, teaching others to become better students of physics, allowing help to state of the country.. So this is who we are.

Now what do we do to get here to achieve this dream? We have our mission. So we will engage in scientific endeavors. We will do research. We will train you to figure out how the universe works. We will hopefully inspire you to make the world better. And we have all of these areas of expertise. This is now in alphabetical order. We have experts in atmospheric science, geophysics,, materials science, photonics, theoretical physics, vacuum and plasma technology, and of course all of of us are physics educations. Some of the best physics educators in the coutry are right here in your department. And through our faculty who will work together, who will always have the energy to teach you and to learn from you. We will help you become empowered. We will help you become productive members of the society through good sciece. Wow. That’s the dream. So our department is a center of excellence and all of us here are now part of that tradition of excellence. So make no mistake. You are in a center of excellence.

C. Research Laboratories

So here we have some of the research areas available. I will be asking some of the faculty members in charge of each research topic to talk to you a bit of what they are doing. For atmospheric physics, we have Dr. Cambaliza, Dr. Simpas, and Dr. Narisma. And they will introduce you to what they are doing and hopefully in a few years for our freshmen you will be working with them in trying to understand the thermodynamic engine that is the atmosphere.

The coordinator of geophysics will be joining us later. We will ask Dr. Maquiling for a few words. For materials science, Dr. Chan has a class. We will also have Dr. Chan have his few minutes with you. For Photonics, we work with light and its interaction with matter. We blast off with lasers. This is my favorite lab. No bias. Just see me if you are interested later in doing work with holography and flexible optics. For the other labs, we have Dr. Sugon who is working on things that are both real and not real. For vacuum and plasma, we have one representative Ms. Cathy de la Cruz, who have just joined the lab officially. She will be talking about their current experiment. We are also involved in our efforts in physics education and social involvement. Mr. Culaba is our social involvement coordinator for the School of Science and Engineering. But maybe Ms. Indias can talk to us on our NSTP activities. Ms. Indias and her team are going to Israel for that conference. Joining us also is Dr. Christian Mahinay. He is the coordinator of the Vacuum Coating and Plasma Laboratory.

D. Academic Programs

Some updates regarding our academic programs. With our Freshmen effective Schooly Year 2018-2019, we now have two new versions of our two undergraduate projgrams. You are either in the BS Physics program or in the BS Applied Physics with Materials Science and Engineering program. For BS Physics, it is now a 4 year program. We modify the BS Physics program. We used the intersession terms–those are the June-July terms. And we are to squeeze everything with Ateneo core and CHED requirements–all in four years, theoretically. For BS Applied Physics  with Materials Science and Engineering, it took some work. We were able to reconfigure it, so that after four years, you will graduate with your BS Physics batchmates. You will graduate with the degree in BS Applied Physics at the end of four years. Then for one extra semester, you get your second degree, which means you get to march up on stage twice. You do it once for your first degree in Applied Physics and then your second degree in MSE. Youhave an extra semester. And we are you can use that extra semester for a minor or you could start looking for jobs. Whatever happens, after one more semester after your fourth year after you get your APS degree, you will have your second degree in Materials Science and Engineering. You will be working closely with the Department of chemistry, particularly with your reseach projects or thesis.

We also have to update our catalog numbers, so now it would be confusing. We have combinations of the old catalog numbers and the new catalog numbers.The old catalog number—or everyone here except the freshmen–you have PS subjects. Right now, you are enrolled in PS 197, that is Introduction to Quantum Mechnaics 1. We converted that to PHYS 141. The numbers now make sense. There is a pattern.  There is almost a pattern. PHYS 141 will be the new name of PS 197, but the content will be the same. For the freshmen, you will have the PHYS version of the subjects. Our graduate clases will also be updated, so that they are parallel with the undergraduate offerings. Now, we have PS 208 not even close to PS 197 in terms of the number. We are calling PS 208 as PHYS 241. It is the first graduate Quantum Mechanics course. Now there is more symmetry. You have 141 for undergrad and 241 for the graduate classes. For AS or Atmospheric Science, we have ATMOS. And we have different numbers. Some of the numbers will be parallel to the physics version, but some are independent. And for Physics Education–that’s PS ED—is now PHYS E, which will be confusing for Physics Education, but at least, for our catalog, that would be Physics Education, PHYS E. And there are new numbers as well.

E. Research and Publications

I checked SCOPUS recently. Scopus is a database which houses more than 36,000 journals and these are the journals which are held to the highest standards, at least in the academic commmunity. If you publish in a journal that is SCOPUS-indexed, you are doing good work. You are doing world-class research. As of today, the department has these articles indexed on SCOPUS.

We have  a journal article from the Geophysics Laboratory. The authors this year are  Adones and Dr. Maquiling. You have a journal article. And one of them will be graduating because of this article. We have one paper on Geophysics. Next, we have a paper from Dr. Mahinay and his team from Vacuum Coating and Plasma. They published a paper on modification of styrene. Using their plasma jets, they jmodify the properties of a certiain material. This is again at a level that is world class.

Another paper from the Dr.Narisma and her student in the Journal of Natural Hazards. They were analyzing storm surges. This is another priority area of the department. We have analysis of natural disasters. Hopefully, we can understand them better, so we can proevent the damange or reduce the effects on the populace. Another paper from Dr. del los Santos and his collaboration with Optics and Materials Science group in UP. He published a paper in the Journal on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz waves. These are long wavelength types of radiation. This is still related to his doctorarate dissertation. Another paper again from Dr. de los santos. This time it is more on Material Science, but still involving long wavelength radiatoin. This was published in Thin Solid Films.

You notice that the journal articles can be very specififc, that is why you can have a journal about anything. And in the Japanese Journal of Applied Physics from Dr. Mahinay’s team. They expose organics to plasma and examine what would happen. The rice became better in terms of certain properties. And in the Meterological Society of Japan, we also have a journal. We have Dr. Narisma and she is testing different parameters in a climate model. This was just this year. We had seven SCOPUS indexed articles just for this year. And it is just September.

Looking at SCOPUS, this is for the department. If you go on the SCOPUS website and search the Ateneo de Manila University, you will come up with 1,100 hits. In the SCOPUS database, the Ateneo as a university has generated more than 1,000 papers. If you fine tune the search and look for Physics entries, this is what you will see. From 1988 to year 2000, the physics output in terms of articles in SCOPUS was just 3 papers. In 1988, there was a paper from Fr. Su. He had paper of his work in Manila Observatory. That was in 1988. From 2001 to 2010, over off-the-moon of 27 papers. Right now, in this current period, from 2011 to 2018. We have 37 papers in the database. The department now has the capability to perform world-class research. Our faculty have publication experience. The world believes in our expertise. This is an exciting time for us and especially for you. Because now we have the capabitity. We have the option to do world clas research that will help you add to this body of knowledge, which is called Science. And can help you do that. We have the ability to help you do that.

F. PhD in Physics Program

Our department has a rich history. We are better than ever. And for our grduate students, there is hope for you. The PhD Physics program was first approved in the early 2000. The first product of the PhD Physics program is here with us. We have Dr. Pope Sugon. It takes a lot of work to come with a PhD graduate. One of the requirement is that the PhD student must have a dissertation based on a published article. That is one of the greatest challenges for a PhD student. But fortunately, the deparment is now at the level that we are now consistent in generating publications. So it is up to the student to contribute to Physics to our knowledge of nature. For the first few years, it took a while: one graduate each from 2011 to 2016. Then something clicked in 2017. Now, we have a total whopping 6 graduates of the PhD in Physics program. What is nice about this, not just the numbers, is that our students go back to their schools in Mindanao. Some of them are in Marawi. Some of them are in CARAGA. Those are in Mindanao. They are helping elevate the state of Physics in the region. One of our graduates is one of the most active researchers in the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute.

Dr. James Simpas mentioned before that for a Center of Excellence to be really excellent, you have to help other centers, other institutions become excellent as well. With the PhD Physics program, I think that is what we are doing. We are helping other schools, other institutions become better.

This is where you are. That is what you are a part of. Again, thank you for being here this evening. And welcome to our General Assembly.  

[Credits: transcribed and edited by Quirino Sugon Jr]

Dr. Raphael A Guerrero with the faculty, students, and staff of the Department of Physics of the School of Science and Engineering of Ateneo de Manila University at the Physics General Assembly last 18 September 2018, 17:30 PM, at CTC 413-414.

Physics dissertation defense of Adones Dengal: Dynamics of a rotating sphere on free surface of vibrated granular materials


by Quirino Sugon Jr

The Department of Physics of the School of Science and Engineering of Ateneo de Manila University cordially invites you to a Physics Dissertation Defense by Adones B. Dengal this Monday, 12 November 2018, 3-5 PM, at Faura Building, Room 106. Mr. Dengal’s dissertation adviser is Dr. Joel T. Maquiling, while his panelists are Dr. Ramon M. Delos Santos, Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero,  Dr. Gil Nonato Santos, and Dr. Quirino Sugon Jr.


This study investigates the rotational dynamics of a low-density sphere on the free surface of vertically vibrated granular matter (VGM). The dynamical behavior of the sphere is influenced by the external energy input from an electromagnetic shaker which is proportional to ε, where ε is equal to the ratio between the square of the dimensionless acceleration Γ and the square of the vibration frequency f of the container. Empirical results reveal that as the VGM transits from local to global convection, an increase in ε generally corresponds to an increase in the magnitudes of the rotational ωRS and translational vCM velocities of the sphere, an increase in the observed tilting angle θbed of the VGM bed, and a decrease in the time twall it takes the sphere to roll down the tilted VGM bed and hit the container wall. During unstable convection, an increase in ε results in a sharp decrease in the sphere’s peak and mean ωRS and a slight increase in twall. For the range of ε values covered in this study, the sphere may execute persistent rotation, wobbling, or jamming depending on the vibration parameters and the resulting convective flow in the system.

Physics faculty honored at University Scholarly Work Awards 2018


From left to right: University President Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ, Physics Department Chair Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero, Dr. James Bernard B. Simpas, Dr. Ma. Obiminda L. Cambaliza, Dr. Christian Lorenz S. Mahinay, Dr. Michael R. Mananghaya, SOSE OIC Dean Dr. Nina Rosario L. Rojas, and Loyola Schools Vice-President Dr. Maria Luz C. Vilches.

by Quirino Sugon Jr

Last 08 May 2018, 3:00 pm, 8 Physics faculty members received the Scholarly Work Publications Awards in categories A1 (PHP 50,000) and A2 (PHP 35,000) during the University Scholarly Work Awards 2018 at Room 413 Convergence Technology Center (CTC 413) of Ateneo de Manila University. The awardees are Dr. Joseph Raphael R. Bunao (1 + 0), Dr. Ma. Obiminda O. Cambaliza (8 + 0), Mr. Ivan C. Culaba (0 + 1),  Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero (3 + 1), Dr. Christian Lorenz S. Mahinay (0 + 1), Dr. Michael R. Mananghaya (3 + 0), Dr. Gemma Teresa T. Narisma (2 + 0), and Dr. James Bernard B. Simpas (1 + 0) (Table 1).  Their research papers may be grouped according to 5 different fields: Theoretical Physics (1 + 0), Atmospherics (10 + 0), Photonics (3 + 1), Vacuum Coating and Plasma (0 + 1), and Materials Science (3 + 0) (Table 2).

  • Category A1 (50,000 PHP). Peer-reviewed research article, or literary/creative work (short story, creative non-fiction or essay, play, or poetry, including translations of these) published in a journal and indexed in the Thomson Reuters (ISI) and in the Scopus database. Peer-reviewed books, including literary/creative single-author novel or anthology (of short stories, creative non-fiction or essays, plays, or poetry, including translations of these), published by a reputable international publisher and indexed in the Thomson Reuters (lSI).
  • Category A2 (35,000 PHP). Peer-reviewed books, literary/creative single-author novel or anthology (of short stories, creative non-fiction or essays, plays, or poetry, including translations of these), published by a reputable national publisher. In cases where the book is subsequently included in the lSI and Scopus Indices, an additional cash award of P15,OOO will be given to the author/authors following guideline C.1.d on eligibility. • Per article included in peer-reviewed conference proceedings (for oral presentations only).

Overall, for Publication Category A1, the Physics Department published 17 papers from 8 faculty members out of 89 distinct authors, which gives a faculty per paper ratio of 0.47 and an author per paper ratio of 5.24. On the other hand, for Publication Category A2, the department published 2 papers from 3 faculty members out of 5 distinct authors, which gives a faculty per paper ratio of 1.50 and an authors per paper ratio of 2.50. (Table 3)


Faculty Category A1 Category A2
Bunao 1 0
Cambaliza 8 0
Culaba 0 1
Guerrero 3 1
Mahinay 0 1
Mananghaya 3 0
Narisma 2 0
Simpas 1 0

Table 1. Number of papers published per publication category for each Physics faculty

Research Area Category A1 Category A2
Theoretical Physics 1 0
Atmospheric Science 10 0
Photonics 3 1
Vacuum Coating & Plasma 0 1
Materials Science 3 0

Table 2. Number of papers published per publication category for each Physics research area

Category Papers Faculty Authors Faculty per Paper Authors per Paper
A1 17 8 89 0.47 5.24
A2 2 3 15 1.50 2.50

Table 3. Number of papers published, number of all publishing faculty, number of authors for all papers, number of faculty members per paper, and number of authors per paper for each publication category


1. Dr. Joseph Raphael R. Bunao

  • Bunao, J.R. (2017). Spacetime quanta?: the discrete spectrum of a quantum spacetime four-volume operator in unimodular loop quantum cosmology. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 34, 035003. [Category: A1]

2. Dr. Maria Obiminda R. Cambaliza

  • Richardson, S.J., Miles, N.L., Davis, K.J., Lauvaux, T., Martins, D.K., Turnbull, J.C., McKain, K., Sweeney, C., Cambaliza, M.O.L. (2017/10). Tower measurement network of in-situ CO2, CH4, and CO in support of the Indianapolis FLUX (INFLUX) Experiment. Elementa Science of the Anthropocene, 5: 59. [Category: A1]
  • Salmon, O.E., Shepson, P.B., Ren, X., Marquardt Collow, A.B., Miller, M.A., Carlton, A.G., Cambaliza, M.O.L., Heimburger, A., Morgan, K.L., Fuentes, J.D., Stirm, B.H., Grundman, R., II, Dickerson, R.R. (2017/09). Urban emissions of water vapor in winter. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 122(17), 9467-9484. [Category: A1]
  • Lavoie, T.N., Shepson, P.B., Cambaliza, M.O.L., Stirm, B.H., Conley, S., Mehrotra, S., Faloona, I.C., Lyon, D. (2017/07). Spatiotemporal Variability of Methane Emissions at Oil and Natural Gas Operations in the Eagle Ford Basin. Environmental Science and Technology, 51(14), 8001-8009. [Category: A1]
  • Cambaliza, MOL, Bogner, JE, Green, RB, Shepson, PB, Harvey, TA, Spokas, KA, Stirm, BH, Corcocan, M. (2017/07). Field measurements and modeling to resolve m2 to km2 CH4 emissions for a complex urban source: An Indiana landfill study. Elementa Science of the Anthropocene, 5: 36. [Category: A1]
  • Miles, N.L., Richardson, S.J., Lauvaux, T., Davis, K.J., Balashov, N.V., Deng, A., Turnbull, J.C., Sweeney, C., Gurney, K.R., Patarasuk, R., Razlivanov, I., Cambaliza, M.O.L., Shepson, P.B. (2017). Quantification of urban atmospheric boundary layer greenhouse gas dry mole fraction enhancements in the dormant season: Results from the Indianapolis Flux Experiment (INFLUX). Elementa, 5, Article number 27. [Category: A1]
  • Heimburger, A.M.F., Harvey, R.M., Shepson, P.B., Stirm, B.H., Gore, C., Turnbull, J.C., Cambaliza, M.O.L., Salmon, O.E., Kerlo, A.-E.M., Lavoie, T.N., Davis, K.J., Lauvaux, T., Karion, A., Sweeney, C., Brewer, W.A., Hardesty, R.M., Gurney, K.R. (2017/06). Assessing the optimized precision of the aircraft mass balance method for measurement of urban greenhouse gas emission rates through averaging. Elementa, 5, Article number 26. [Category: A1]
  • Davis, K.J., Deng, A., Lauvaux, T., Miles, N.L., Richardson, S.J.,Sarmiento, D.P., Gurney, K.R., Hardesty, R.M., Bonin, T.A., Brewer, W.A., Lamb, B.K., Shepson, P.B., Harvey, R.M., Cambaliza, M.O., Sweeney, C., Turnbull, J.C., Whetstone, J., Karion, A. (2017/05). The Indianapolis Flux Experiment (INFLUX): A test-bed for developing urban greenhouse gas emission measurements. Elementa, 5, Article number 21. [Category: A1]
  • Kecorius, S., Madueño, L., Vallar, E., Alas, H., Betito, G., Birmili, W., Cambaliza, M.O., Catipay, G., Gonzaga-Cayetano, M., Galvez, M.C., Lorenzo, G., Müller, T., Simpas, J.B., Tamayo, E.G., Wiedensohler, A. (2017). Aerosol particle mixing state, refractory particle number size distributions and emission factors in a polluted urban environment: Case study of Metro Manila, Philippines. Atmospheric Environment. 170, 169-183. [Category: A1]

3. Ivan B. Culaba

  • Penado, K.N.M., Mahinay, C.L.S., Culaba, I.B. (2018/01). Effect of atmospheric plasma treatment on seed germination of rice (Oryza sativa L.). Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, 57(1), Article number 01AG08. [Category: A2]

4. Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero

  • Asuncion, A.J., Guerrero, R. A., (2017/05). Generating superimposed Bessel beams with a volume holographic axicon. Applied Optics, 56(14), 4206-4212. Pada, C.T., Guerrero, R.A., (2017/05). Fluid-enhanced tunable diffraction with an elastomeric grating. Optical Engineering, 56(5), Article number 054101. [Category: A1]
  • Patacsil, C., Calupitan, J.P., Enriquez, E., Guerrero, R.A., (2017). Electrowetting Actuation of Polydisperse Nanofluid Droplets. Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, Volume 2017, Article number 2532173. [Category: A1]
  • Guerrero, R.A., Pada, C.T. (2017). Transmission mode of a deformable diffraction grating with a refracting fluid layer. Optics InfoBase Conference Papers Volume Part F50-Freeform 2017, 2p. [Category: A2]

5. Dr. Christian Lorenz S. Mahinay

  • Penado, Mahinay, and Culaba 2018. (See Ivan B. Culaba) [Category: A2]

6. Dr. Michael R. Mananghaya

  • Mananghaya, M.R. Santos, G.N., Yu, D.N., Stampfl, C. (2017/12). Hydrogen Adsorption on Nearly Zigzag-Edged Nanoribbons: A Density Functional Theory Study. Scientific Reports, 7(1), Article number 15727. [Category: A1]
  • Mananghaya, M.R. Santos, G.N., Yu, D.N., (2017/09). Solubility of amide functionalized single wall carbon nanotubes: A quantum mechanical study. Journal of Molecular Liquids, 242, 1208-1214. [Category: A1]
  • Mananghaya, M.R. Santos, G.N., Yu, D.N., (2017/08). Nitrogen substitution and vacancy mediated scandium metal adsorption on carbon nanotubes. Adsorption Journal of International Adsorption Society, 23(6), 789-797.

7. Dr. Gemma Teresa T. Narisma

  • Cruz, F.T., Narisma, G.T., Dado, J.B., Singhruck, P., Tangang, F., Linarka, U.A., Wati, T., Juneng, L., Phan-Van, T., Ngo-Duc, T., Santisirisomboon, J., Gunawan, D., Aldrian, E. (2017/12). Sensitivity of temperature to physical parameterization schemes of RegCM4 over the CORDEX-Southeast Asia region. International Journal of Climatology, 37(15), 5139-5153.
  • Ngo-Duc, T., Tangang, F.T., Santisirisomboon, J., Cruz, F., Trinh-Tuan, L., Nguyen-Xuan, T., Phan-Van, T., Juneng, L., Narisma, G., Singhruck, P., Gunawan, D., Aldrian, E. (2017/03). Performance evaluation of RegCM4 in simulating extreme rainfall and temperature indices over the CORDEX-Southeast Asia region. International Journal of Climatology, 37(3), 1634-1647.

8. Dr. James Bernard B. Simpas

  • Kecorius et al 2017. (See Dr. Maria Obiminda O. Cambaliza)

Distinguished Physics students recognized in SOSE Awards 2018


From left to right: 1. Dr. Marilou Vilches, Vice President for the Loyola Schools, 2. Dr. Raphael Guerrero, Chair of the Department of Physics, 3. Aliena Mari P. Miranda, BS Physics with Materials Science and Engineering, Honorable Mention, Departmental Awardee, 4. Dr. Evangeline P. Bautista, Dean of the School of Science and Engineering

by Quirino Sugon Jr

The School of Science and Engineering (SOSE) of Ateneo de Manila University held a Recognition Program for Distinguished Students last 22 May 2018, 4:00 PM, at the Convergent Technologies Center (CTC 413-414). The opening prayer was led by MS Atmospheric Science student Angela Monina T. Magnaye followed by the Opening Remarks by Loyola Schools Vice President Dr. Maria Luz C. Vilches.  The recognition ceremony proper has four categories, with one student chosen per category to give a response: (1) Renzo Ramirez (BSM AMF) for Student Athletes and Performers, (2) John Michael H. Bernil (BS Biology) for Competition Winners, (3) Neicy Marie F. Pilarca (BS MIS) for Student Leaders, and (4) Vanessa T. Siy Van (BS Health Science), Class Valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude, for Honor Students. Dr. Evangeline P. Bautista, Dean of the School of Science and Engineering, gave the Closing Remarks. Mr. Ronald Allan C. Cruz, Assistant Professor of the Department of Biology, served as emcee.

From the Department of Physics, 11 students received awards, consisting of 8 undergraduates and 2 graduate students. The Departmental Awardee is Ms. Aliena Mari P. Miranda (BS Applied Physics MSE), Honorable Mention of Class 2018 and Finalist of BPI-DOST Science Awards 2018. She served in the Council of Organizations of Ateneo (COA) as Cluster Head for Analysis and Discourse and as Vice President for Organizational Strategies and Research (2017-2018). She also served the Ateneo League of Physicists (LeaPs) as its Vice President for Internal Affairs (2016-2017) and President (2015-2016).

Below are the Message of the Dean, the Program of Activities, and the List of Awardees.


We congratulate all the students in this list as we recognize how each of you truly personifies the spirit of magis. The school of Science and Engineering is proud of how you have excelled in academics, research, leadership, competition and sports. It is thus with confidence and excitement that we let you, a relatively small group of scientists, mathematicians and engineers, loose in a country which is only beginning to truly appreciate the value of science and engineering. We trust that you will grow to be successful scientists and engineers and at the same time stay true to being what Ateneo molded you to be—men and women for others.

Evangeline P. Bautista, PhD
Dean, School of Science and Engineering


  • National Anthem
  • Opening Prayer: Angela Monina T. Magnaye, MS Atmospheric Science
  • Opening Remarks: Maria Luz C. Vilches, PhD, Vice-President for the Loyola Schools
  • Recognition of Student Athletes and Performers. Response: Renzo Ramirez, BS/M Applied Mathematics with Specialization in Mathematical Finance; Captain, Blue Babble Battallion
  • Recognition of Competition Winners. Response: John Michael H. Bernil, BS Biology, Young Entrepreneurs Society Philippines, 3rd Startup Summit, Finalist, 2018
  • Recognition of Student Leaders. Response: Neicy Marie F. Pilarca, BS Management Information Systems; SOSE Representative, Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aara ng mga Paaralang Loyola ng Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila
  • Recognition of Honor Students. Response: Vanessa T. Siy Van, BS Health Science, Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude
  • Closing Remarks: Evangeline P. Bautista, PhD, Dean, School of Science and Engineering
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Emcee: Ronald Allan L. Cruz, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology


A. Student Athletes

B. Competition Winners

C. Student Leaders

Council of Organizations of Ateneo (COA)

  • Hakeem Jimenez (BS Physics): Science and Technology Cluster, Ex Team Project Head (2016-2017),
  • Aliena Mari P. Miranda (BS Applied Physics with Materials Science and Engineering): Analysis and Discourse Cluster, Cluster Head Vice President for Organization Strategies and Research (2017-2018)

Youth for Christ-Ateneo (YFC-A)

  • Kerwin G. Caballas (BS Physics): Associate Vice President for Evangelization (2015-2016), Vice President for Creatives (2016-2017)
  • Ralph Locsin (BS Physics): Associate Vice President for Special Projects (2016-2017)

Ateneo Blue Repertory (blueREP)

  • Keith Nealson M. Penado (BS Physics): Actor

Ateneo League of Physicists (Ateneo LeaPs)

  • Tarjata Angelika R. Conde (BS Physics): President (2016-2017)
  • Aliena Mari P. Miranda (BS Applied Physics with Materials Science and Engineering): Vice President for Internal Affairs (2016-2017), President (2015-2016)
  • Kim Nicole V. Pena (BS Physics): Vice President for Communications and Media (2017-2018)
  • Keith Nealson M. Penado (BS Physics): Vice President for Marketing (2016-2017)
  • Nymark Kho (BS Physics): Vice President for Marketing (2014-2015)

Ateneo Toushin

  • Ramon Rafael D. Tonato (BS Physics): Vice President for Creatives

D. Honor Students

Honorable Mention

  • Aliena Mari P. Miranda (BS Applied Physics with Materials Science and Engineering)

E. Scholars

Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program

  • Darwin D. Perez (MS Atmospheric Science)

F. Departmental Recognition

Department of Physics

  • Aliena Mari P. Miranda (BS Applied Physics with Materials Science and Engineering)


Student awardees and faculty members of the Department of Physics of the School of Science and Engineering during the SOSE Awards 2018. Check out our other photos in our Facebook page.