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DOST PAGASA to launch Mindanao’s first planetarium

The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST-PAGASA) will launch the first Planetarium in Mindanao on May 17, 2024 at Mindanao PAGASA Regional Services Division (MPRSD) Office in Molugan, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental.

Dignitaries from the province Misamis Oriental Second District Representative, Congressman Yvegeny “Bambi” Emano, who supported this project when he was the governor of Misamis Oriental, Misamis Oriental Governor Peter “Sr Pedro” Unabia, El Salvador Mayor Edgar Lignes will grace the event.

DOST Secretary, Dr. Renato U. Solidum Jr. Undersecretary for Regional Operations, Dr. Sancho A. Mabborang, Undersecretary for Special Concerns, Dr. Teodoro A. Gachalian, PAGASA Administrator, Dr. Nathaniel Sirvando will also be present during the inauguration ceremony.

The inauguration will officially start the opening of the planetarium to viewers. The Planetarium aims to bring a world-class astronomical experience to the Mindanao region, ideally for students, tourists, and space enthusiasts.

The planetarium contains the astronomical observatory, a large dome-shaped projection theater that shows constellations, planets, and various astronomical phenomena, a gallery hall, and a conference room.

The planetarium’s theater hall is built primarily for educational and entertainment shows about astronomy and the night sky.

“The planetarium is very beneficial, particularly for our elementary and high school students, as it helps them appreciate the science of astronomy. The theater-like dome will help students to have an opportunity to have an experience-based learning about our solar system, the universe, and the night sky”, said Virgilio M. Fuertes, DOST 10 Assistant Regional Director for the Technical Services

During a site visit of the DOST 10 team conducted last April 17, 2024, Mr. Prince Wilson P. Au, the Planetarium Curator and Lecturer, toured the team throughout the whole facility and showed the team a sample short video from the various educational videos that they will be screening inside the dome theater.

The facility also features a gallery where visitors can enjoy looking at and reading informative posters about astronomy.

For your information, the Planetarium will accept reservations and bookings from the public beginning on May 20, 2024. It will be on a first come, first serve basis. Simply provide the necessary information along with the preferred date and time of visit. Corresponding fees will apply.

You may send your request to [email protected] and address your request to

Mr. Anthony Joseph R. Lucero, M.Sci.
Weather Services Chief
Mindanao PAGASA Regional Services Division

(Joshua Robin/DOST 10)


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