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The "Three-Day Cluster Live-In Leadership and Environmental Training for Supreme Student Government (SSG), Youth for Environment in School Organization (YES-O), and Teacher-Advisers" was successfully held at Rizal National High School, Sta.Elena, Camarines Norte on August 23-25, 2013 with the following famous Resource Speakers:

CLEMENTE G. BAUTISTA, JR. - National Coordinator of KALIKASAN People's Network for the Environment

KALIKASAN PNE was established to enable greater coordination and complementation in addressing the environmental issues which continue to worsen the lives of already marginalized people. So-called “development schemes,” in particular, have caused great environmental harm with correspondingly great human costs. "Kalikasan" is the Filipino term for nature. National Convenors Group—composed of sectoral representatives from organizations of peasants, fisherfolk, workers, women, indigenous peoples. urban poor, and concerned individuals—launched KALIKASAN-People's Network for the Environment on November 25, 1997.

Atty. TERRY L. RIDON - Representative of KABATAAN Party List

Terry graduated from the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law, where he also served as the Student Representative in the UP System Board of Regents. He is the National President and General Counsel of Kabataan Partylist, the first and only youth representation in the Philippine Congress.

ABEL C. ICATLO - Curator of Camarines Norte Provincial Museum

Mr. Abel C. Icatlo obtained his bachelor's degree in Philippine Studies Major in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman with an honor of Cum Laude and Master's Degree in Public Administration in Ateneo de Naga University.

(Proponents: Denver Bacolod, Periander Esplana, Loyda Gamazan, and Teddy Villamartin)


Periander A. Esplana

"This is a marvel of genius, that genius which is a product of the long and tedious journey of the human spirit which has reached this subtlety of insight, the fullness of rationality, if there is any such thing."

Romualdo E. Abulad and Alfredo P. Co, Two Filipino Thomasian Philosophers ON POSTMODERNISM, Manila: UST Publishing House, 2004, p. 85

Introduction. Nash Equilibrium is a term used to mathematically express the balanced competition in the paradigm of a game theory. It has been named after John F. Nash, Jr. who is a genius beyond question. He is an American mathematician who was awarded with a Nobel Prize in Economics[1]. Watch a movie about him with the title “A Beautiful Mind” and you will see the relationship of the term Nash Equilibrium with the term Pinoy Genius. Let me give you a hint: the keyword is “game.”

Objectivity is an endangered species in the world today. Subjectivity is the rule of the day. Thus, many readers will think at the outset that I am biased in writing this article. That this is to be expected from someone who must defend his country and his fellow citizens, hence there's nothing new to be seen at all.

As usual, nationalism, pinoy pride and patriotism. Honestly speaking, they are wrong. I was not raised to admire my fellow Filipinos. Twenty-five years ago, the term “Pinoy Genius” means nothing to me but an oxymoron.

Filipinos like anyone else have our own good and bad attitude. We are known for our industriousness, family solidarity, kindness, and hospitality but we are also known for our crab mentality – a type of egotistic thinking to pull down those who are exerting effort for success that go beyond the mediocrity.

The roots of crab mentality are insecurity and envy inculcated in the minds and indoctrinated in the hearts of our ancestors by colonialist's indio concept[2]. Its fruits are gossip, backbiting and low self-esteem: a quasi-inferiority complex.

My father taught me at an early age of five to read and comprehend a mammoth book on world history in English language.

My family was not accustomed to listen to original pilipino music (OPM) because we have a large collection of foreign classical music. There it goes... Mancini, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Mantovani, Stravinsky, Previn, Bernstein, Ormandy, etc., etc. We listen to them almost everyday. We also preferred to watch English movies because of the quality of the movie and of the story.

Of course, there are currently many Filipino movies which can compete with Hollywood movies such as films made by Brillante Mendoza, Bong Revilla and George Estregan, Jr.

As of now, some of my favorite foreign movies are Pi (1998), Matrix Trilogy and 3 Idiots.

In one way or another like almost everybody, unknowingly and unintentionally, I was raised to “hate” the status quo and achievements of my fellow Filipinos.

Even today, in this Information Age, many Filipinos repeatedly echoed this opprobrious attitude both offline and online. Just look at the various reaction garnered by Dan Brown's Inferno when one of its characters ironically called Manila as the gates of hell[3].

Now, you may ask me: "What in the world you're doing when you made a website with an elated title and obstreperous content which is tantamount to lucid dream of quantum deconstruction?"

Change, transformation, repentance, maturity, development, progress, regeneration, discovery, realization, etc. are just some of the terms that can explain why many Filipinos today are awakened to newness of life with all power and vitality.

Personalization and customization.  First of all, I simply loved genius per se. Since I was a child, I learned the story of inventions and their inventors. I was also exposed to mind-expanding books.

My eldest brother Dan, a classical guitarist from University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music, has a library with books ranging from existential philosophy to pure mathematics.

I still remember that when I was eleven years old my father died, it was a very starry night as I look at the heaven above and began to ask about ultimate questions. I realized that there is no pure darkness in the universe. I have tried during that time to understand the books of Jean-Paul Sartre and Jiddu Krishnamurti on the meaning of life.

Secondly, most of my friends called me with endearment by various names such as boy genius, Newton, Einstein, etc. I cannot escaped it. I even deny it.  It is an undesigned coincidence that my name “Periander” was taken from one of the Seven Sages (Wise Men) of Ancient Greece. Thales, considered as the father of philosophy, is also one of the Seven Sages[4].

You know, my favorite philosophers are Kant, Hegel and Kierkegaard. On the other hand, since I was a child, my favorite scientist is Blaise Pascal. Like Mozart, he was also a child prodigy.

At this point, you know already that Albert Einstein hit the nail on its head when he aptly observed that: "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

Don't make any hesitation, repeat it to yourself: "If everybody is a genius so am I." If you really believed it, act upon it.  That is pinoy genius in action.

Thirdly, when I made my Twitter account, it simply popped up at the back of my head to use “pinoygenius” as my username. My name has been indexed as such by different search engines ever since on the web.

Fourthly, many Filipinos have also used “pinoygenius” in their blogs and as username in different online accounts. In fact, one of the famous games in the Philippines, dubbed as “Ang Pambansang Laro ng Bayan” (“the National Game of the Country”) like the “Pilipinas, Game KNB?”, is entitled “Pinoy Henyo” or in English “Pinoy Genius[5].”

The last but not the least, this is the most important reason for the existence of this website, I discovered that Filipinos are indeed genius in the real sense of the word and I will now cogently prove it with brevity beyond any reasonable shadow of a doubt.

From Ordinary to Extraordinary.  We all know that one of the highest achievements that had been attained by man in the field of science and technology was moon landing. Do you know that a Filipino is one of the genius designers of the vehicle which was used to explore the moon? His name is Eduardo San Juan[6].

As I surfed the web, I found out that there are those who tagged his connection to Lunar Roving Vehicle or Moon Buggy as urband legend. I was challenged to research the original technical design submitted by Eduardo San Juan to the NASA. You can download it for free. It is 100 pages in pdf format. Here's the E.C. San Juan's NASA contractor report which I have downloaded from the NASA [7]

Chess is obviously a mind game. Do you know that the first chess international grandmaster in Asia is a Filipino? He even twice defeated (1976 and 1984) the then world chess champion Anatoly Karpov. His name is Eugenio Torre[8].

Dama is also a counterpart game of chess in many countries. In the Philippines, it has been turned into systematic educational games nationwide by Jesus Huenda: DaMath and SciDama[9].

True leadership is a gift. It cannot be earned nor acquired. Do you know that the first Asian president of United Nations General Assembly is also a Filipino? His name is Carlos P. Romulo[10].

This is also true to another pinoy genius. He is known as the sublime paralytic and the brain of revolution. If there is Stephen Hawking in Britain and there is Professor X in movie, there is also Apolinario Mabini in the Philippines[11].

(To be continued...) 

Notes and References:






    De La Salle University (DLSU):


  7. Here's the direct link from NASA archive:

    The link has now been removed due to unknown reason but you can still confirm that this is the original file location of Eduardo C. San Juan's NASA Contractor Report:






Alwayn P. Paloma
RNHS, Sta.Elena, Camarines Norte

The people of Camarines Norte make a singular pride in the fact that the very first Rizal Monument was erected in Daet in 1898. Rightfully so, not only it is a monument to honor our national hero it is also a testament to the nationalist and patriotic sentiments of our forefathers who lived during those turbulent years of the Philippine Revolution.

There are actually many other first in the history of Camarines Norte. They show that the province was not a mere bystander to the great events that shaped the Filipino nation, but an active participants and contributor to them.

The following historical facts are reasons for the people of Camarines Norte to take greater pride in their province and in them:

  1. The FIRST RESISTANCE TO THE SPANISH CONQUEST OF BICOL PENINSULA was the native inhabitant of Paracale and Mambulao (now Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte). They refused to submit to the first expedition led by Conquistador Juan de Salcedo in 1571, and fought against the subsequent expedition sent by Governor General Francisco de Sande in 1576.

  2. The FIRST BICOLANO PRIEST was DON GREGORIO CABALGUINTO from Paracale. He was ordained in 1706.

  3. One of the FIRST ORGANIZER AND MEMBER OF LA SOLIDARIDAD was the great JOSE MARIA PANGANIBAN who was born in Mambulao, Camarines Norte in February 1863. He was not only genius as a writer, but also a very eloquent orator and much admired by his peers in the Propaganda Movement.

  4. The FIRST MASON LODGE in Bicol was co-founded in 1894 by JUAN MIGUEL, a native of Daet, who became its first Worshipful Master. Mason played a major role in the growth of nationalism among the Bicolanos. In 1897, JUAN MIGUEL and 6 other prominent man of Camarines Norte, namely: ADRIANO PAJARILLO,PABLO DEL VILLAR, RAMON CABEZUDO, GREGORIO LUYON, DIEGO LIÑAN and FRANCISCO PEÑALOSA, were arrested and imprisoned by the Spaniards for their nationalist activities.

  5. The FIRST KATIPUNAN organized in Bicol was in Camarines Norte. It had its beginning as early as 1894 and was formally organized in November led by Ildefonso Moreno, a prominent resident of Daet.

  6. The FIRST ARMED UPRISING against Spaniards in the Bicol region occurred in Daet. The Daet Revolt organized by the local Katipuneros from April 13 to 18, although it was short –lived, the uprising signaled the beginning of the end of the Spanish colonial rule in the Bicol region.

  7. The FIRST REVOLUTIONARY GENERAL in charge of the military operations against the Spaniards in Southern Tagalog, Bicol and the Visayas was GEN. VICENTE LUKBAN who was born in Labo,Camarines Norte, in February 1860. During the Filipino-American War, he was the responsible for the Balangiga Massacre in Samar where a company of American occupational forces was almost wiped out by Filipino fighters.

  8. The FIRST ELECTED MAYOR OF MANILA was DR. JUSTO LUKBAN, another native of Labo, Camarines Norte. Earlier in 1898, he was appointed by Emilio Aguinaldo as a member of Malolos Assembly to represent Camarines Norte. His son JOSE LUKBAN became the FIRST DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (NBI).

  9. The FIRST FILIPINO GOVERNOR OF AMBOS CAMARINES (now Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur)during the American Regime was DR. JOSE PIMENTEL of Daet, Camarines Norte

  10. The FIRST TRAMWAY (TRANVIA) in Bicol, if not in the entire Philippines, was built in Camarines Norte in 1903. It ran from Poblacion of Daet to the Port of Barra(now Mercedes).

  11. The FIRST BUS COMPANY OPERATING IN BICOL was A.M. ALLEN TRANSPORTATION COMPANY started and based in Daet, Camarines Norte

  12. The FIRST PROVINCE WITH REGULAR PLANE SERVICE was CAMARINES NORTE. In 1930, the Phil. Aerial Taxi Company or PATCO started its regular flight from Manila to Paracale. The first PAL flight was also from Manila to Bagasbas in Daet.

  13. The FIRST WATER SYSTEM IN BICOL was constructed in Camarines Norte long before the outbreak of World War II.

  14. The FIRST GUERILLA UNIT to be organized in World War II was the VINZONS GUERILLA. It was headed by GOVERNOR WENCESLAO Q. VINZONS whose second-in-command was the rugged and fearless fighter FRANCISCO “TURKO” BOAYES.

  15. The FIRST ENCOUNTER between Japanese forces and a resistance group during World War II took place in SITIO LANITON,BASUD, CAMARINES NORTE, where the men of Gov. Vinzons ambushed the advance troops of the Japanese occupational forces in Bicol

  16. The VINZONS GUERILLA UNIT accomplished the FIRST MAJOR SUCCESS of resistance movement during World War II. In April-May 1942, without any external assistance, they retook Daet and other 6 towns of Camarines Norte from Japanese forces. No other guerilla unit accomplished a similar feat, particularly at the early stages of Japanese occupation in the Philippines.

  17. The FIRST NATIONAL ARTIST OF THE PHILIPPINES , the great painter FERNANDO AMORSOLO. He was born in 1892 and grew up in Daet,Camarines Norte, whose rustic beauty and sceneries inspired him in his early paintings.

  18. The FIRST FILIPINO FILM PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR TO GAIN INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION was MANUEL (URBANO) CONDE of Daet, Camarines Norte. His film “GENGHIS KHAN” won an award in the Cannes Festival in 1950’s.



    Congressman of Camarines Norte

    Governor of Camarines Norte
    1919-1922 Gabriel T. Hernandez
    1919-1922 Miguel Lukban
    1922-1925 Jose Delfin Zenarosa
    1922-1925 Gabriel Hernandez
    1925-1928 Rafael Carranceja
    1925-1928 Miguel Lukban
    1928-1931 Agustin Lukban
    1928-1931 Carlos Balce
    1931-1934 Miguel Lukban
    1931-1934 Gabriel Hernandez
    1934-1935 Gabriel T. Hernandez
    1934-1940 Miguel Lukban
    1935-1936 Cayetano Lukban
    1940-1941 Wenceslao Q. Vinzons Sr.
    1936-1941 Froilan Pimentel
    1941-1944 Basilio B. Bautista
    1942- Wenceslao Q. Vinzons Sr.
    1945-1946 Simeon Deauna
    1941-1944 Japanese Occupation
    1946-1948 Regino Guinto
    1946-1953 Esmeraldo T. Eco(2 terms)
    1948-1955 Wilfredo Panotes
    1954-1957 Fernando V. Pajarillo
    1956-1959 Esmeraldo T. Eco
    1958-1961 Pedro A. Venida
    1960-1963 Dominador S. Asis
    1962-1965 Marcial R. Pimentel
    1964-1967 Wenceslao G. Vinzons,Jr.
    1966-1972 Fernando V. Pajarillo
    1968-1971 Nicolas V. Pardo
    1972-1978 Martial Law
    1972-1978 Marcial R. Pimentel
    1978-1984 Marcial R. Pimentel
    1978-1986 Fernando V. Pajarillo
    1984-1986 Roy B. Padilla Sr.
    1986-1988 Roy B. Padilla,Sr.
    1986-1987 EDSA(Aquino Gov't)
    1988-1996 Roy A. Padilla, Jr.
    1987-1992 Renato Unico Sr.
    1996-2000 Jess Pimentel
    1992-1996 Jess B. Pimentel
    2000-2009 Atoy Typoco
    1996-2000 Roy Padilla Jr.
    2009-2016 Edgardo Tallado
    2000-2004 Renato Unico Jr.

    2004-2009 Liwayway V. Chato

    2009-2013 Renato Unico Jr.(Tagalog Speaking)

    Elmer Panotes(Bicol Speaking)

    2013-2016 Catherine B. Reyes (1st District)

    Elmer Panotes (2nd District)

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