Science Discovery Center excites Dabawenyo kids, teachers

Another first in Davao City is this Science Discovery Center.  The interactive galleries are interesting to explore just like what I experienced abroad.  Surely, both the mature and the young ones are interested to have a personal experience at the SDC. I personally am happy that SM chose Davao over other cities to put up their second Science Discovery Center here.  Based on my interview with an officer of SM, a theme park is also being worked out and I am equally excited to have that here too. Meantime, here’s my story of the newly opened Science Discovery Center …

DAVAO CITY, Oct. 2 (PNA) — Students and teachers of the Davao City schools here were excited with the opening on Tuesday of the Science Discovery Center (SDC) at SM Lanang Premier.


Head of the high school department Luz Josol of the Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School (PNJKIS) here, said “the SDC is very relevant because it does not only provide entertainment but better understanding of the things around us. It will really be of great help for our students to better understand their lessons especially on their Science subjects.”

She said the trip to the Science Discovery Center will now be part of their school’s yearly activity and this early we already incorporated this to our school calendar of activities for 2014.

The opening ceremony was graced by Department of Tourism (DOT) regional director Art Boncato, Davao City Tourism Officer Lisette Marques, Museum Dabawenyo director Orly Escarilla, Department of Education, education program supervisor for Science, Marilyn Madrazo, SM”s Family Entertainment Center, Inc. senior vice president Manuel Atacador, SM’s vice president for Mindanao operation Debby A. Go, representatives from Universities and Colleges of Davao City, other officers from government and private offices and the public.

Josol together with some PNJKIS students and teachers were among those who witnessed the opening of the Science Discovery Center here.

“As we do exposure trip for our students this facility is very accessible and timely with ultra modern and latest state of the art technology,” she said.

SM”s Family Entertainment Center, Inc. senior operations manager Arturo C. Carballo said the center that occupies 2,000 square meter also houses the eighty-seater full dome Digital Planetarium that is powered by the world’s most sophisticated and advanced planetarium projector system, the Digistar 5.

He said Davao’s Planetarium has the highest set of projector ever even as he said that the Planetarium alone costs about 700,000 dollars.

The center features 10 interactive galleries which allow guests to learn about Geology, Biology, the Climate, the Body, Energy, Transportation, Technology, and Engineering, and the Future in the most enjoyable and entertaining way.

He said the country’s first interactive science center has always been at the forefront of edu-tainment (education plus entertainment).

He said the owners of SM are firm believers that meaningful experiences and learning occurs when one provides children with an enjoyable atmosphere in an encouraging and interactive environment.

Neizzy Mainit, Grade 7 of PNJKIS and her classmates said they were happy with the opening of SDC in Davao City saying their experience with the interactive galleries are entertaining, exciting, enjoyable and they said they will ask their parents to bring them back to the SDC together with their siblings aside from the scheduled trip that their school will arrange for them.

The Science Discovery Center in Davao is the second that SM built in the country after the first was established at the Mall of Asia in 2007 said Carballero.

He said hey will build their 3rd Science Discovery Center in Jinjiang, China although he said they will also be building a smaller science center in Cebu City.

“Operating a science discovery center is also a form of their corporate social responsibility in line with SM’s dedication to spread world-class “edutainment” for families not only in Davao but the whole of Mindanao,” he said. (PNA)


Charise Pempengco

Being a member of the Country Program for Children IV of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) I became a child advocate advancing among others the protection on the rights of children and violence against women.

My long exposure to this “labor of love” voluntary work allowed me to see and feel the pain that kids and women got from abusive opposite sex.  I hated them (oppressor) and if only i could embrace those kids everyday, all of them just to lessen the pain.

I learned through the Oprah Winfrey feature of this amazing Filipina girl, Charise, the sad experience she had early in life.

And I salute her mother and Charise for the courage, their determination that led to where they are now.

I admire Charise from the bottom of my heart the confidence she has – very brave, strong, and very natural interacting with famous celebrities.

Watching competitions on TV, especially of kids sporting all their self confidence, kept me wondering where they get all these.

Most of them come from very humble families and others deprive of the chance to have what they want but cannot because resources do not warrant.

With Charise already in the international limelight I believe she can do it till the end.

And with the prodding of her mother to just do the best, the best really came out of her by using to the fullest the talent God gave her.

As a kababayan, me being a Filipina, I salute you young girl Charise – God really is good He allowed you to be in touch with people that will help you bring out your extraordinary talent.  I appreciate your song and in between my day to day work I search for what is new with you – the girl who has a voice that is so powerful yet humble enough to be just the child of God.  (Photo courtesy of Flickr – thank you !)