28th PSHS-WVC foundation day tarpaulin.

PSHS-WVC Celebrates 28th Foundation Day

Philippine Science High School – Western Visayas Campus (PSHS-WVC) once stood in a vast meadow brimming with rice plants. Now, it is seated in an expansive urban subdivision.

A photo of the PSHS-WVC’s New Auditorium.
Image credit: Dr. Shena Faith M. Ganela

In order to commemorate the rich history the campus has marched, the PSHS-WVC conducted their 28th Foundation Day Celebration, held at the New Auditorium Building, last February 28.

The 28th anniversary of the campus, coupled with the powerful theme, “Science for the Nation, Service for the People”, nudges the students of the PSHS System’s mission to prepare them for vocations and careers in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering, and contributing to nation-building by helping the country attain a critical mass of professionals and leaders in various fields.

28th PSHS-WVC foundation day tarpaulin.
Image credit: Dr. Shena Faith M. Ganela

The celebration began with a time of reflection and contemplation. A holy mass for Catholics, led by Rev. Gordon Tabera, and worship service for non-Catholics was held; after which was an inauguration program dedicated to the awe-inspiring New Auditorium and other Parents and Teachers’ Association (PTA) Projects, such as the rubberized running field.

Furthermore, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place, and was participated by the Management Committee; Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas; Regional Director Rowen Gelonga of DOST Region VI, PSHS-WVC Executive Affairs President Virna Jane Navarro, Attorney Ian Thomas, a benefactor and lot donor; and PTA Officers.

Awards were given throughout the course of the program, to honor the extensive efforts, noteworthy achievements and remarkable contributions of partners, staff members, and students to Pisay’s greater glory.

The Posthumous Award was given to the late Filipinas Besana, a lot donor to the campus, who offered a piece of land from Lawaan H. Lopez. She was suitably represented by her son, Atty. Thomas.

As for the Employee Awardees, Ma. Romy Alexis Consulta earned the Outstanding Teacher title, while Ronald Cruz garnered the Outstanding PSHS Employee Level 2 award. Jade Lezel Zaragoza acquired the Outstanding PSHS Employee Level 1 award and Era Joy Delos Reyes secured the Outstanding Class/Homeroom Adviser title.

Both Josephine Cordero and Leilani Estilo won the Outstanding Attendance & Punctuality award and Edgar Almero was honored as the Best SCALE Adviser. Elvin John Villanueva too was awarded as the Best Alternative Learning Activities (ALA) Adviser.

Moreover, 13 devoted employees were given the Loyalty and Service awards, for serving the campus for more than a decade. DOST VI, PTA, and PSHS Mimaropa were also awarded for being valuable partners and benefactors. 50 scholars were additionally recognized for emerging triumphant in international competitions.

“This celebration recognizes the journey PSHS-WVC has gone through the years, as well as the people who have built the way for the said journey,” Shena Faith Ganela, the campus director, remarked.

PSHS-WVC officially commenced its operations on July 1, 1993 with the primary objective of amplifying the opportunities of students gifted in science, mathematics and technology in the Visayas region. The 47 pioneer scholars held classes at the University of the Philippines in the Visayas since the school was still under construction.

It was in the academic year 1994-1995 that school operations transferred to its present location in Bito-on, Jaro, Iloilo City. Dr. Diana S. Aure was the campus director then. The PSHS-WVC was inaugurated on June 13, 1997 by President Fidel V. Ramos.

Until today, the campus stands lofty with its vision embroidered in its banner: a leading science high school in the Asia Pacific Region preparing scholars to become globally competitive Filipino scientists equipped with 21st century skills and imbued with the core values of truth, excellence, and service to the nation.

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