Holy Name University is the proud host institution of the 380 delegates from all over the country and foreign guests and speakers from South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, India, and Italy for a three-day convention of the 9th SPVM (Samahang Pisika ng Visayas at Mindanao) National Physics Conference and Workshop and 1st Asian Regional High Energy Physics Meeting on October 25-27, 2007.
The three-day affair commenced with the opening ceremony in the morning of October 25, 2007 with special guests like Mayor Dan Neri Lim who was tasked to welcome the participants in behalf of the City Government. Fr. Ernesto M. Lagura, SVD, President of Holy Name University, gave another welcome address which he delivered in behalf of the HNU Administration and employees, and Dr. Rosario Reserva on behalf of SPVM organizers. The Keynote Speaker at the opening ceremony was no other than the Ambassador of Italy, Ambassador Rubens Anna Fedele. The opening ceremony was also highlighted with the impressive performance of the HNU parade of colors and the Diwanag pre-anthem dance performance.
The topics presented were "Asian Hi-Energy Physics from Korea and Hi-Tech Industry," "Functional Physics Curriculum in High School," "Radiation and Life," "Theoretical and Computational Physics," "Material Science and Photonics," and "Physics Concepts and Demonstrations." The topics were all delivered at the New Alumni AVR of the New Scanlon (CAS) building at Janssen Heights and at the second level classrooms of the same building.
In the evening of the same day, a conference banquet was held at the Bohol Tropics Sandugo Grand Ballroom. The visitors enjoyed their dinner courtesy of the Honorable Erico Aumentado who was represented by his Administrator, Atty. Tomas Abapo Jr. The HNU Diwanag Cultural Troupe entertained the guests with the Boholano cultural and traditional dances and an intellectual exercise because the MSU-IIT Physics major students facilitated the Physics Olympics game.
Early on the third day, October 27, the closing ceremony highlighted with the distribution of certificates of participation and appreciation and awards for the Physics Posters contest. After the closing ceremony all the guests and participants went off for a tour. They were in seven buses to see for themselves a live Tarsier at Loboc and enjoy the renowned Loboc River Cruise, the Chocolate Hills, the Sandugo Blood Compact Site, and the Baclayon Church.
Impressions from the speakers, organizers, and participants were expressed during the awarding. These impressions were summed up in the words "very good" ranging from the organized schedules, the venue, the food, and generally, the Boholano people. The warmth and hospitability shown to the guests were impressive. To the HNU administration who gave their full support, our deepest gratitude.
This year's 2006-2007 SPVM Officers are: Prof. Rosario L. Reserva, President; Dr. Jinky B. Bornales, President-elect; Prof. Editha P. Jacosalem, Vice-President; Christine Joy Graceeno, Secretary; Leo Cristobal C. Ambolode II, Treasurer; Prof. Jingle B. Magallanes, Auditor; Prof. Lolita D.Ungui, Consultant for National Affairs; and Dr. Hitoshi Mijata, Consultant for International Affairs.
Engr. Juliet M. Espiritu was the Director of the whole convention while Dr. Estrellita Sajulan acted as the Chairperson of the Steering Committee for the Bohol Group and Prof. Rosario L. Reserva for the MSU-IIT group.
Next year, the National SPVM will have its venue in Baguio with the St. Louis University of Baguio City as the host institution. All the Physicists in attendance are excited to go to Baguio next year.