Miss Universe Pageant Philippines

Last April 5, 2017, I passed by the Philippine Postal Corporation in Manila and bought a few items for my “Philippine stamps about Philippine stamps” collection.

To celebrate the holding of the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant in the Philippines, three stamps (with denominations of 12, 17, and 55 pesos) and one souvenir sheet (with a denomination of 100 pesos) were issued on January 24, 2017. 103,500 of the stamps and 6,000 of the souvenir sheet were made.

I was able to buy a miniature sheet (with the designs in a se-tenant strip of three) (for 252 pesos), a souvenir sheet (for 100 pesos) and the first day covers (for 99 pesos and 115 pesos).

There were no ready-made first day covers for the three stamps, so the employee at the store sold me the stamps and the first day cover separately and told me to go upstairs to have them postmarked. From the stamps available for sale, I chose three with a bottom selvage. (I’m hoping mine is the only first day cover with selvage.)

70th Anniversary of the First Stamps of the Republic of the Philippines

Last April 5, 2017, I passed by the Philippine Postal Corporation in Manila and bought a few items for my “Philippine stamps about Philippine stamps” collection.

To celebrate the 2016 National Stamp Collecting Month, three stamps (each with a denomination of 12 pesos, with the designs in a se-tenant strip of three) and one souvenir sheet (with a denomination of 55 pesos) were issued on October 21, 2016. 81,000 of the stamps and 5,000 of the souvenir sheet were made.

I wasn’t able to buy any of the three stamps, but I was able to buy the souvenir sheet (for 55 pesos) and the first day covers (for 44.96 pesos and 63.96 pesos).

Second-generation training

(This post is an English translation of this one.)

I am a trainer in the “Second-Generation GE Faculty Training” described in Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order (CMO) number 8 series of 2017 titled “Implementing Guidelines for the Faculty Training for the New General Education Core Courses: Second-Generation Training.”

Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU) is a Delivering Higher Education Institution for this training. (See this letter from the CHED Office of Programs and Standards Development and this Memorandum from the Chairperson for Region V.) I am a trainer for the course “Matematika sa Makabagong Daigdig” (Mathematics in the Modern World). The training will be held in ADNU from April 24, 2017 to May 13, 2017.

It’s your watch

I had been planning to buy a digital watch for some time, something metal like the A158WA-1 or the A159WGEA-1EF. I really wanted to get an A159WGEA-4AEF but all I kept seeing in the stores were A159WGEA-9AEF.

But when I saw this Casio F-91W Gold, I bought it immediately. The black resin strap is quite thin, and with regular use, I expect it to last only a few years. From the back you can see that the body is made of metallic beige plastic and it seems that the front has a thin piece of gold-colored metal covering it. It seems that this model is also available with the metal colored silver.

Some time ago, Seiko had an advertising campaign that stated “You can tell more about a person by the watch they wear than anything else” and “It’s your watch that tells most about who you are.” This F-91W gold is simple and special, just like me.

Altocumulus clouds?


This afternoon, I saw what seemed to be altocumulus clouds near my residence.


For some of the pictures, I intentionally included elements such as house roofs and street lights to provide some idea of scale and location.


All these pictures were taken from around the same location and at around the same time, but with the camera aimed at different regions of the sky.





Shopping spree

Whenever I pass by Toy Kingdom Express at SM City Naga, I usually buy 0, 1, or 2 Hot Wheels because I seldom see something I like and don’t already have. When I passed by yesterday, I saw the same old models. But a salesperson saw me and said that he had a new box of Hot Wheels that he would like to show me. When he came back with it, I had to get a shopping basket to hold all the models that interested me. In the end, my wife and I ended up picking the models shown below. I’ll blog about some of them in the future.


Understanding Physiological Complexities using a Mathematical Microscope

When the Bicol Science, Technology & Engineering Conference 2017 was cancelled, one of the plenary speakers, Aurelio Asug De Los Reyes V, agreed to still give his talk but to a smaller audience: the faculty, staff, and students of Ateneo de Naga University. The talk on mathematical modeling of physiological processes is being organized by ADNU’s Department of Mathematics, Department of Natural Sciences, and Graduate School on January 25, 2017 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the CCMF Amphitheater. Admission is free.