For twenty-five years, the University of the Philippines Astronomical Society (UP AstroSoc) has been bringing together individuals interested in Astronomy and promoting Astronomy to the general public, especially the students. Together with fellow student organizations, it founded a network of astronomy-related student organizations called the Philippine Union of Student Organizations for Astronomy (PUSO for Astro) which is dedicated to contribute to the development of astronomy in the Philippines and is aimed towards the promotion of astronomy among the general public. PUSO for Astro serves as an exemplar of national cooperation among organizations across the country. Member organizations are as follows:
Ateneo League of Physicists
Bataan Peninsula State University Astronomical Society
De La Salle University Optical Society
Mindanao State University-Marawi Astronomical Society
Philippine Normal University Astronomical Society
Rizal Technological University Astronomy Society
University of Sto. Tomas Applied Physics Society
University of the Philippines Astronomical Society
University of the Philippines Baguio Astronomy Society
University of the Philippines Los Banos Astronomical Society
To kick-off the celebration of National Astronomy Week 2017, the PUSO for Astro had its official launching ceremony last February 12, 2017 at the Manila Planetarium where affiliated astronomical organizations across different parts of the country officially registered its membership to PUSO for Astro. Present in the launching ceremony are Ms. Kristine Jane Atienza and Mr. Kale Ashley Carurucan, two of the organization’s founders, as well as Mr. James Kevin Ty of the Astronomical League of the Philippines and Mr. Camilo Dacanay of the Philippine Astronomical Society.
This would not be possible if not for the organization’s founders and the undying support of its adviser Mr. Reuel Norman Marigza, Jr. and the National Museum Planetarium’s curator Ms. Ma. Belen Pabunan. Astronomy lectures and mobile planetarium shows were conducted in the afternoon by Mr. Gary Andreassen and Mr. Anthony Urbano of the Manila Street Astronomers, and Mr. Rizchel Masong of the DLSU Optics Society. This historic day in the astronomy community has been concluded with a free telescope viewing held in Rizal Park. With birth of PUSO for Astro comes not just an avenue to bring the cosmos closer to students and the general public but also a stronger unity. We are all under one sky; one astronomy community.