4 stages of Manila Observatory’s history

Before picturing the personality and labors of who may be considered the true founder of the Manila Observatory--the private Institution now maintaining its more than centenary existence, with the same ideals giving it life--we will present a rapid historical scheme as a setting...

Archival equipment at the Ionosphere Research Building

Below is a list of archival equipment at the Ionosphere Research Building of Manila Observatory with their one paragraph descriptions.  Most of the pictures can be found in the references. Notice that the equipment span more than 40 years, starting from 1952, which is...

Manila Observatory joins the APEC EPWG meeting in Boracay

Upon the invitation of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Program Secretariat, the Manila Observatory (MO) joined the APEC Emergency Working Group (EPWG) meeting held in Boracay Island on 13-14 May 2015. The leaderships of APEC EPWG recognized MO’s innovations in bringing science...

Lumen de Lumine: Fr. Horacio de la Costa, SJ’s closing remarks at MO’s 100th anniversary in 1965

(From Centenary Program of Manila Observatory, 20 September 1965) I would like to call your attention to a curious fact.  The first Jesuit Observatory to be founded anywhere in the world was founded in Asia.  It was founded in, of all places, Peking,...

Interview of Director Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga by National Geographic: Climate Change, disaster risk, and human development

Director Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga of Manila Observatory Last 5 February 2014, Imelda V. Abano published in National Geographic’s Energy Blog the interview of Director Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga of Manila Observatory before she presented her speech in Shell’s Powering Progress Together. In the interview, Director Loyzaga talked about how Manila...

Research Partnership with the International Rice Research Institute

From 2013, the Regional Climate Systems program worked with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) on two projects. In one project “Determining five climate change impacts hotspots agricultural areas in Southeast Asia: Site Selection” under the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)...

Pan-Asia Risk Reduction (PARR) Fellowship Program

The Manila Observatory (MO), represented by Ms. Ma. Antonia Loyzaga, Executive Director, Dr. Gemma Narisma, Associate Director for Research and Head of the Regional Climate Systems program, and Ms. Jessica Dator-Bercilla, participated in the culminating activity of the Pan-Asia Risk Reduction (PARR) Fellowship...

Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)

Ms. Ma. Antonia Loyzaga, Executive Director of the Manila Observatory (MO), and Dr. Celine Vicente, Head of the Geomatics for Environment and Development program, participated in the recently conducted Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan, from 14...

Understanding Palawan as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

The Manila Observatory participated in a study which examined the impact of mining activities on the UNESCO Palawan Biosphere Reserve. Maps using remote sensing and geographic information systems (RS-GIS) have been generated, which includes Environmentally Critical Areas Network (ECAN), biodiversity, mining, other related...

Analyzing The Vulnerability of the Philippine Rice Terraces Towards Resilience and Better Adaptive capacity to the Potential Impacts of Climate Change

The Ifugao Rice Terraces have long been a source of national pride and identity for every Filipino. For over two thousand years it has withstood both the effects of time and weather. But recent decades have brought urbanization closer to once isolated areas...