UPDATE: 2 May 2016. I have just come from this year’s alumni homecoming of our school. Our special guest was Dr. Reynaldo C. Bautista, who told of the beginnings of the Sci Hi. The original concept was for a Star Science Section, a cream-of-the-crop class of elementary graduates from different Baguio schools (preferably public schools.) Dr. Bautista wanted the class to excel in Science and Maths, so he took the brightest college instructors to teach the Star Section. He also eventually took in Emmett, who was then a seminarian who taught at the Ateneo Grade School, to teach Latin and Logic. I found it necessary to update this post, to give due honor to the one who envisioned this school and turned it into a reality – Dr. Rey Bautista Sr. Thank you, sir!
Every time I tell my children stories of my Science High school days – how fun it was, while, at the same time, unusual – they can’t help asking if they could study in that school too.
It was fun because we had so many activities – camping, cultural plays, Christmas Cantatas, the grandest and most unique (at least in the old days) cheering competition in Baguio.
It was an unusual school too. We had no permanent building – in all my four years there, the school moved four times. The students stood out wherever we went because of how we addressed each other – the customary Ilocano way of showing respect: manong, manang and ading. Of course, young kids wearing neckties will always stick out, anyway.
All students were scholars, paying only a minimal miscellaneous fee. I remember at one time, my yearly fee was only about Php575.00.
Oh yeah, we were taught Latin and that “English is the official language.” Anyone caught not speaking in English would be punished by writing the phrase until the blackboard was full. (Though I don’t think anyone was unfortunate enough to be punished so during my time.)
This unusual school – a prototype for all science high schools to come in the Philippines – calls one man its father: Emmett Brown Asuncion.
“Am I speaking sense?”
That is the question he often asked after a long discourse.
Of course, he always spoke sense. After all, Emmett is probably the best teacher I’ve ever had.
It was Emmett who taught me little things that I now find myself passing on to my kids – Continue reading Tribute to Emmett Brown Asuncion, UB Science High Director