The first-ever planetarium in Mindanao will hopefully be completed by August of this year. It will be located in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental, close to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration weather observatory facility. The P50 million facility sits on public land and is a project of Pagasa.
Provincial legal officer Cirilo Neil Pacana said the facility is expected to boost the learning of students when it comes to the astronomy field. Pagasa also hopes it will spark interest amongst the youth to pursue degrees related to science. The planetarium will have a big projection screen shaped like a home, which will show planets,, constellations, and celestial objects in 3D.
Aside from these, Misamis Oriental governor Yevgeny Emano said the planetarium would be a great draw for local tourists. Pagasa administrator Vicente Malano said there’s an expectation for the building of a similar facility in Davao city. It is the most progressive city in Mindanao and hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The Pagasa Planetarium is currently being operated by the state weather bureau at its Science Garden compound inside the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman, Quezon City.
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