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American University of Cairo Visit

Posted on October 30, 2015 at 7:25 PM

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by Victoria Evarretta



Did you know that 17 guests from the American University of Cairo, Egypt visited the Philippines for 11 days last April 3 to 11? Yep, they closely coordinated with the Philippine Astronomical Society for their coming.


They were particularly interested in the Taal Volcano, the underground cave and El Nido of Palawan. Being members of their local AUC Astronomy Club, they also specifically requested to visit a planetarium, museum, observatory, and a university; thus, PAS took them to the National Museum Planetarium, PAGASA Astronomical Observatory, Mind Museum, and a campus tour of the University of the Philippines.


As soon as they arrived at 4 PM on April 9 from their 3-day tour of Palawan, they motored straight to UP Diliman for their campus tour and photoshoots at UP Admin Bldg; and then, escorted by Engr. Camilo Dacanay and Hernan Dizon, they proceeded to the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory at UP for their two-hour stargazing of the Philippine sky using the Observatory's 14-inch Goto telescope. They were welcomed and assisted by PAGASA's Weather Specialists Mario Raymundo and Rene de Leon.


April 10 got everyone worried. We heard one member was hospitalized. They were supposed to go on their one-day tour of Taal Volcano but they ended up not pushing through with the plan. It turned out that the body rashes one student got were allergies to the sun! Oh well, they spent the whole day shopping at SM MOA instead with Ronald Tanco as their guide.


The whole day of April 11 was loaded with activities. They had the free planetarium show at 8 AM (courtesy of Planetarium's Curator Bel Pabunan), then the lecture by Engr. Dacanay as they requested. Due to lack of time, the group no longer visited the scheduled National Museum.


Instead, PAS treated the Egyptian students and their professor to a farewell lunch at a seaside restaurant along Manila Bay. Did they love the food? So much! Oh, how they loved the seafood. Ronald was just smiling ear-to-ear when he gave me feedback on how they enjoyed the Filipino-Chinese-Spanish all-you-can-eat dishes. For PAS hosts who feared their possible do and don't eat, their expressed love for the foods served was fulfilling enough for PAS.


They visited the Mind Museum after lunch, but they opted to cut the viewing time by one hour because they wanted to shop some more before their departure.


The American University of Cairo students led by Sandy Moghazi and their professor left for Cairo, Egypt at 11:55 PM on April 11.


A future joint mutual cooperation project between the American University of Cairo Astronomy Club and the Philippine Astronomical Society has been agreed on.

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