Mindanao will have its first planetarium by August this year. The project is set to rise in El Salvador City in Misamis Oriental.
“As projected, in the second or third week of August, the planetarium will finish its construction provided no hindrance will be encountered along the way of the construction such as calamity or work stoppage as ordered by the national government,” said Provincial Legal Officer, Atty. Neil Pacana.
The project spearheaded by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) features a large dome-shaped projection screen that shows constellations, planets, and other celestial objects in 3D perspectives.
With the planetarium, students will learn more about astronomy, which can urge them to pursue science-related degrees in the future. (Read: An Exclusive Look Inside the Vatican Observatory)
Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Emano said the planetarium would help boost the province’s tourism, as it is expected to attract local tourists who are interested to witness the wonderful display of celestial bodies.
PAGASA Administrator Vicente Malano said that a similar facility is expected to rise in Davao City. (Read: How Fossil Discoveries Are Proving the Need to Invest in the Sciences)
Currently, PAGASA is operating the PAGASA Planetarium at its Science Garden compound in UP Diliman in Quezon City. They also have a mobile planeterium, an inflatable replica of the Science Garden Planetarium.
Aside from witnessing celestial bodies in the dome-shaped structure, PAGASA also offers telescoping and stargazing sessions at its regional offices in the cities of Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, and Legazpi City. (Read: PH Gets ‘Safe Travels’ Stamp From International Tourism Council)