Manila, Philippines – On 27 February 2020, Thursday, Tondo High School held its 4th annual Manila Young Inventors Forum, Expo and Trade Fair entitled “INVENTONDO 2020” with the theme, “Nurturing Intellectual Capital Towards Driving the Etrepreneurial Spirit of the Community.”
Elementary and high school students from public schools in Manila participated. The event, Tondo High School in the collaboration of the Manila Young Inventors Association (MYIA) and the Department of Science and Technology, National Capital Region (DOST-NCR), aims to promote innovation and creativity to the youth sector of Manila.
Mr. Sonny D. Valenzuela, principal of Tondo High School and president of MYIA opened the event which was followed by DOST-NCR Regional Director Jose “Jojo” B. Patalinjug III’s keynote address. He delivered an inspirational message to the students which encompassed the importance of scientific inventions.
On his speech, Dir. Patalinjug expressed his honor to Principal Valenzuela for the institution’s being one of a few high schools that was able to produce such a unique event as this. He also mentioned that he decided to attend Inventondo 2020 despite having a lot of prior commitments because Tondo was also his home town.
Moreover, the director acknowledged that even though Inventondo is already on its 4th year in the scene, it was only the second time that the DOST has been involved in this exposition. Hence, he asserted that the latter and Tondo High School should collaborate more in the future “and perhaps introduce more innovations on how we will be conducting this event,” he said.
As part of the event, parallel seminars were conducted by Engr. Rogelio B. Prospero of DOST-NCR who discussed tips on how to effectively write research proposals during the Science Investigatory Proposal seminar for teachers while Ms. Ma. Nerissa M. Nicolas of DOST-SEI educated the students on the Undergraduate Scholarship Program of DOST. Other resource speakers were Ms. Janina M. Guarte who spoke about the Young Innovators Program and other Human Resource Development Programs of PCIEERD for student researchers and academic institutions as well as Mr. Jason C. Alcarez who discussed Introductory Robotics to the students.
Inventondo is relevant to today’s generation because it enables them to participate in activities that support inventions and creations and helps them form a strong foundation for the development of science and technology.