P22.4M Science Park unveiled; 56 interactive exhibits on display PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 10:59

Mayor Celso Lobregat on Monday took pride in unveiling the P22-million “Parque de Ciencia de Zamboanga” or Zamboanga City Science Park, which is another legacy of his administration’s commitment to improving the quality of education, at Jardin Maria Lobregat in Pasonanca, this city.

Billed as the only science park outside Metro Manila with the most number of interactive exhibits, the city’s Science Park boasts of 56 science exhibits for students and science enthusiasts to discover and enjoy.

These include the magic faucet, anti-gravity mirror, Bernoulli blower, musical tunnel, van de Graff generator, impossible triangle, Archimedes screw, plasma sphere, laser harp, gravity well, pedal generator, whisper disk, ring bubbles, wonder house,  3D tic tac toe, frozen shadow, coin reflector, fake money detector and many more which where patterned after the Philippine Science Centrum exhibits.

It is located on a hill right in front of the Museo de Zamboanga, which was only inaugurated this month, adding life and color to the pristine Jardin Maria Clara, a park within the renowned Pasonanca Park.

In his message, Lobregat recalled that he broached the idea of putting up the city’s science park about 17 months ago or sometime in February 2012, when he graced the opening of the travelling science centrum at the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School gym.

“It was then that I realized the importance of science in the learning and education of our students, hence this science park, Lobregat said, adding that the Parque de Ciencia de Zamboanga will officially open its doors to the public on July 2.

The inauguration rites started with the blessing of the facility and exhibits by Rev. Fr. Reynaldo Francisco followed by the program proper with Councilor VP Elago giving the welcome remarks. Schools Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad (represented by Asst. Schools Supt. Julieto Fernandez), Science Club Advisers of the Philippines ZC Chapter President Ruben Angeles, Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology Board Secretary Atty. Ernesto Albano and Melvin Wee of DOST-9 also gave their respective messages.

Also present were Councilors Nonong Guingona and Eddie Saavedra together with councilor-elect Charlie Mariano, PNP-9 deputy regional director Sr. Supt. Ramon Ochotorena, 530th Air Base Wing commander Col. Arnulfo Junio, Zamboanga City Water District officials headed by General Manager Chito Vasquez, Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) President Dr. Milabel E. Ho, barangay officials, students and teachers. — Vic Larato