LHS Water Rocket Team Wins, Headed for Tokyo
In a milestone achievement, The Palawan State University Laboratory High School has achieved the distinction of becoming the first school from Palawan to represent the Philippines in the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) Water Rocket Competition to be held in Japan on November 29-30, 2014.
The winning team, who defeated several other competitors from Palawan, Pampanga, Cebu and Iloilo, is composed of LHS students Alan Pavlo B. Barte and Reniel V. Rosacena.
“We didn’t expect that we’ll be going to Tokyo to represent the country,” said the boys who have also been awarded P10,000 for their amazing feat. In yet another record-breaking development, they secured their victory as their rocket made a bull’s eye hit on the target, which is a first in the whole history of the competition, as attested by SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo. In celebration of World Exploration Week, which was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999, the Department of Science and Technology Science Education Institute through its Philippine Space Science Education Program chose to hold the event in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
“Palawan offers one of the clearest skies for astronomical observation,” said well-known astrophysicist and PSSEP representative Rogel Mari Sese. He also explained that Palawan being relatively free from meteorological and geological hazards makes it a very ideal place for astronomical observation in the Philippines.
The whole of PSU-LHS and the rest of the PSU community have expressed their excitement over the achievement of the two boys and they bring a renewed confidence with them as they take on a greater challenge in Japan very soon. They will also be joined in Tokyo by their trainer and coach, Mr. Phabe Tabucalde.