Ilocos 2013 : 2nd M.O.V.E. Symposium and the Marcos Museum

Last October, Amie, Kat and I headed up to Ilocos Norte to attend the 2nd M.O.V.E. Symposium that was organized by our MS adviser, Dr. Chelo Pascua.  We attended the 1st M.O.V.E. Symposium back in 2012, and we enjoyed it a lot so we were happy to be invited again this year.

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As usual we took the evening bus from Cubao and arrived just in time for the event the next day

After a few opening remarks, we were taken on a quick tour of CIMEA. We got to see all their new equipment and facilities.
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Hello old friend.  This is the centrifuge I used when I did my thesis back in 2010-2011.

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The MMSU seal embossed on a ceramic pellet

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The CIMEA seal on the other side

Then after this we went on these electric jeepneys for a quick tour of MMSU
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We got to share our jeepney with these sweet students from UST

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Our lovely guide

We had some free time after our tour, so we decided to explore Batac with our new friends

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We went to see the Marcos Museum and Mausoleum

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This was where my 41st self portrait last year was taken

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Old newspaper articles from Marcos’s timeDSC09624

Back then, the Philippine Peso looked a lot like how US Dollars look today

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DSC09656There was a prison cell in there since Marcos was arrested at one point


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I think this area was supposed to represent part of the old jail cell.  Kat thought it would be funny to pose with something so modern (her iPad) in such an old looking setting

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Of course I had to copy her XD


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Kat pretending to be a teacher giving instructions to her student

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Amie as a teacher seems more scary though

Outside we found an actual school table
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Reminiscing their old school days

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Amie being a disciplinarian again

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There was a section in the museum that focused on the love story behind Ferdinand Marcos and Imelda.

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After exploring the place, we decided to have lunch at this cafe just outside the museum
DSC09674Amie pointed out that “Johnny Moon” was supposed to be the English version of Juan Luna, lol.  Pretty clever.

Since we were still quite tired from our overnight travel, and there were no talks to attend that afternoon, we decided to go back to our hotel and just nap.  We stopped by Robinsons to buy some food for dinner first, so we wouldn’t have to go out again that evening.

The next day we headed back to MMSU for the symposium, where we listened to several interesting talks by the guest speakers.  I did take photos, but unless you want to see pictures of the presenters’s slides, I’ll just keep them for myself 🙂

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