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YEARBOOK & PHOTO ALBUM

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Our VISION is to be the leading center of physics education and
research in the Philippines which, through the generation of new
knowledge in pure and applied physics, would exert scientific
influence in the Asia-Pacific region.

MISSION STATEMENTS
As the leading center of physics education and research in the Philippines
• Produce a significant number of excellent PhD graduates in pure and applied physics
• Attract and retain the best scientific talents
• Develop and disseminate evidence-based programs and materials in physics education
• Develop and maintain enabling and nurturing environment for researchers,
faculty, students, and staff by offering a competitive compensation package and by
promoting intellectual honesty, integrity, collegiality and academic freedom

As a center that generates new knowledge in pure and applied physics
• Increase the production of high-impact research by developing patentable
technologies and by acquiring and maintaining state-of-the-art facilities in the
level of international standards
• Achieve fiscal sustainability in funding research endeavors
• Encourage activities that support entrepreneurial and industrial application and
development

As a center that exerts scientific influence in the Asia-Pacific region
• Inspire the general public into appreciating the societal value of physics by
increasing public visibility and solidifying the center’s reputation as the premier
physics institution
• Work with stakeholders in the public and private sector by actively engaging with
policy and decision makers
• Foster international cooperation and academic exchange by adopting leadership
positions in the multi- and interdisciplinary research efforts in solving national
and regional concerns

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City 1101 Metro-Manila

NIP Class of 2017
Yearbook & Recognition Day Photo Album
Table of Contents
Message of the Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Message of the Dean. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
The NIP Class of 2017 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Members of the NIP Class of 2017. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Portraits, Thesis Titles and Advisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Reflections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Program of Activities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Photo Narrative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Number of Graduates since 2001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

NIP Management Team
Roland V. Sarmago, Ph.D. Director
Wilson O. Garcia, Ph.D. Deputy Director for Research and Extension
May T. Lim, Ph.D. Deputy Director for Academic Affairs
Percival F. Almoro, Ph.D. Deputy Director for Facilities and Resources

Medallion, Yearbook & Acknowledgements
The 2017 National Institute of Physics (NIP) Recognition Day is a celebration
of the success of the graduating students, their parents, professors and thesis
advisers. The event was organized by the NIP Socials Committee headed by Mr.
Joseph De Mesa.
As an innovation this year, NIP Medallion is conferred to Ph.D. Physics gradu-
ates. The gold Medallion (see image) represents the lifelong permanence and value
of the degree. Engraved on the Medallion, the green wreath symbolizes growth as
the new PhD graduate embarks on contributing to the advancement of the field and
national development.
This online souvenir magazine includes both the Recognition Day’s photo album and, as
another first time this year, a Yearbook for the Graduating Class (i.e., graduates as of Midyear
2016, 1st sem and 2nd sem 2016-2017) showing their portraits, thesis titles and advisers. Photo
credits: Angelo Marco Ramoso, Ralph Maestre and Miguel Bacaoco for the event photos; and,
pfa91 for the portrait shots and images of local sights: Time and Space, Sunflowers 1, Sunflowers
2, Budyong at Tambuli, NIP Star Trail and Oblation Star Trail.
The National Institute of Physics gratefully acknowledges the invaluable support from the UP
Administration - Office of the President, Office of the Chancellor, and the Dean’s Office of the
College of Science.
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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City 1101
Tel. No. (632) 920-9749 Fax. No. (632) 928-0296

Message of the Director
Dear NIP Class of 2017,

Congratulations! You have successfully completed the
most challenging part of your training. You are on your
way to becoming the Physicist you have dreamed of.

Five years, (less for some while more for others), of
hard work finally now proclaimed the achieving of the
dream. To look back on those days of labor and perse-
vering, you find confirmation of your resolve and affir-
mation of your capacities. You were told it can be done
and you have done it. Go ahead, sing and shout.
Celebrate.

It is also humbling that when looking forward now, it would seem that you have
not yet gotten to the end of your road. There is still so much ahead. The dis-
tance beckons and invites to be explored. Do not lose heart. Instead, be of
strong courage. For many great men and women have trodden similar paths,
forged trails for others, broken through barriers, uncovered thrills and joys,
opened new mysteries, and made it to the farthest ends. Many have looked
down that same road ahead and made it.

Push on NIP Graduates. Take it to the limit, one more time.

ROLAND V. SARMAGO
Director

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COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City 1101
Philippines

U.P. Trunkline 981-8500 loc. 3801/3802 Fax No. (632) 924-7674
Tel. No. (632) 924-7392
OFFICE OF THE DEAN E-mail: dean@science.upd.edu.ph

Message of the Dean
Heartfelt greetings to the Graduating Class of 2017 of the
National Institute of Physics!

With much pride and happiness, the faculty and staff
of the College of Science congratulate all of you for the
well-deserved achievement. It was a pleasure serving
you and being part of your journey. We hope that the CS,
through your beloved Institute, has provided a nurturing
environment that brought out the best in you. We thank
your parents and guardians for their sacrifices and for
putting their trust in us. We hope that we have reciprocat-
ed through our efforts to give you a good education and
a warm and friendly second home.

Your graduation comes at the time of crisis in Mindanao. Many decades of fight-
ing and loss of lives have done little to solve this complex problem. I hope that
your UP education helps you understand the various facets of this conflict, and
realize that its solution cannot be obtained simply by a display of military power.

You have made a wise choice to be educated and trained in the CS. I hope that
you will use your scientific training and mindset to contribute to national develop-
ment and to the solution of the larger problems such as social justice and poverty
alleviation. As we wish you success in your future endeavors, we also hope that
you pursue them with integrity, fairness and respect for others.

I wish you all the best and hope that you will forever cherish your CS and NIP
experience. Writing this message is special, being one of the last official acts I
will be making as Dean. Thank you for the privilege and the memories.

Congratulations, dear graduates. I hope that our paths will meet again.

JOSE MARIA P. BALMACEDA
Dean, College of Science
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The NIP Class of 2017
By Micholo Medrana

The undergraduate years in the Uni- and the intensive exams such as those
of Dr. Sarmago and Dr. Magpantay,
versity of the Philippines (UP) could
be considered a bridge, one that took Batch 2012 always made it a point
the National Institute of Physics (NIP) to come together and celebrate, cry,
Batch 2012 from rambunc- strive, laugh and succeed.
tious high school stu-
dents still wet be- Their personal
hind the ears achievements
to rising pi- in this course
oneers and were hardly
budding re- won alone,
searchers but rather,
of the Grad- with the sup-
uating Class of port of each
2017. member of the
Batch behind him or
Numbering about 70 in the begin- her. Through their collective
ning, they each adjusted and stepped struggles, and even with their reduc-
into the new environment of the UP tion in number, Batch 2012 remained a
student life first through their own very tight-knit group.
Facebook group, and beyond the first
day in the company of their respective
blockmates.

The major physics courses became
their shared struggle through which
everyone persevered, and their efforts
slowly paying off as they advanced in
the program.

From Batch dinners to working on
problem
sets

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Class 2017 gratefully acknowledges
their professors and thesis advisers for
the knowledge and guidance they have
provided through the years. Class 2017
hopes to collaborate with their mentors
again in the future.

Some Now at a crossroad, where a good per-
members truly in- centage of the Class will be pursuing
teracted with the Batch only at around further studies while some will be join-
the third year, yet, it’s clear that the net- ing the industry or following other inter-
work of support and solidarity was well ests, it’s clear that they will each look
in place early on; more so for those who
fell behind academically and in other
aspects but were able to bounce back,
who were able to fully experience the
adage - “walang iwanan”.

This spirit of unity and cooperation was
extended to those who joined their
group from other batches. The same
spirit resonated among the Masteral
and PhD students who hurdled high-
er physics back fondly at the joys and pains of
physics that they all endured together
and overcome.

Congratulations NIP Graduating Class
of 2017, may you all strive for greater
aspirations towards serving our nation
– UTAK and PUSO!
courses
and more advanced research prob-
lems. The graduate students developed
big brother/ big sister relationships with
the younger students forming ties that
bind all the graduating students togeth-
er. These emphasize that it really was
not just in the student number to be
considered a true member of the NIP
Graduating Class of 2017.

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Members of the NIP Class of 2017
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MASTER OF SCIENCE (PHYSICS)
APPLIED PHYSICS

BS Applied Physics (Instrumentation Physics) Alfred P. Abella
Michelle T. Cirunay Janus B. Advincula
Harold L. Co (Magna Cum Laude) Ritz Ann P. Aguilar
Gerald John H. Doblado (Cum Laude) Meryl Regine L. Algodon
Christopher Patrick P. Elegado (Cum Laude) Reginald Christian S. Bernardo
Robertson C. Esperanza (Cum Laude) Janforth Daniel G. Cantor
Zed Harold E. Fernandez Jezreel C. Castillo
Micholo Lanz B. Medrana Gerald Angelo R. Catindig
Angelo P. Rillera (Magna Cum Laude) April D. Cortez
Roland Albert A. Romero (Magna Cum Laude) Damian N. Dailisan
Louie John M. Rubio (Cum Laude) Einstom L. Engay
Joshua Jesli D. Santiago Bimbo Alexis B. Galit
Erick John Carlo DG. Solibet (Magna Cum Laude) Anton B. Hilado
Ryan Carlos M. Tabernilla Horace Andrew F. Husay
Apolinario Miguel I. Tan (Magna Cum Laude) Ma. Christina M. Jamerlan
Elexis Mae A. Torres Amancio S. Manceras II
Niña Angelica F. Zambale (Cum Laude) Bernadette E. Masil
Jade Farrah Dianne T. Mendoza
BS Applied Physics (Materials Physics) Pamela Anne D. Pasion
Camille Victoria M. Cantor Karl Simon A. Revelar
Camille Louise P. Carinan Hernanie T. Salazar, Jr.
John Levine B. Duanan Jan Philippe B. Sambo
Neil Martin G. Manaoat John Adrian N. Villanueva
Jenny Lou B. Sagisi Jan Fronimarc D. Viloria

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PHYSICS)

Ely Victor Julius G. Ganzon Ramon M. Delos Santos
Geronimo Allan Jerome G. Acosta (Cum Laude) Marvin M. Flores
Junelle Rey C. Bacong (Cum Laude) Cyril P. Sadia
Cephas Olivier V. Cabatit
Ezron John D. Cabrera
Nicholas Christopher A. Colina (Cum Laude)
Philip Christopher Cruz (Summa Cum Laude)
Philip Caesar M. Flores
Sean Julian C. Fortuna
Joseph Isaiah P. Miralles (Cum Laude)
Kimver Louie S. Nuñez (Magna Cum Laude)
Jervic Lexter N. Perlas
Bernard G. Ramos
Christian D. Tica

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Portraits, Thesis Titles and Advisers
BS Applied Physics (Instrumentation Physics)

Michelle T. Cirunay
Undergraduate Thesis:
Spatial Metrics for Characterizing
Road Network Signatures of Urban
Complexity

Adviser:
Rene C. Batac, Ph.D.

Harold L. Co
(Magna Cum Laude)
Undergraduate Thesis:
Comparison of the Reflectance
Spectra of GaAs – AlGaAs
Coupled, Weakly Coupled, and
Uncoupled Asymmetric Double
Quantum Wells

Adviser:
Arnel A. Salvador, Ph.D.

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BS Applied Physics (Instrumentation Physics)

Gerald John H. Doblado
(Cum Laude)
Undergraduate Thesis:
Two-Dimensional Fourier
Transform Profilometry for the 3D
Reconstruction of Lithic Tools

Adviser:
Nathaniel P. Hermosa II, Ph.D.

Christopher Patrick P.
Elegado (Cum Laude)

Undergraduate Thesis:
Implementing a Penna Model that
Avoids Artificial Deaths

Adviser:
Ronald S. Banzon, Ph.D.

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BS Applied Physics (Instrumentation Physics)

Robertson C. Esperanza
(Cum Laude)
Undergraduate Thesis:
Ground State Correlations and
Entanglement in an Extended
Hubbard Model with Ising-Like
Interaction

Adviser:
Francis Norman C. Paraan, Ph.D.

Zed Harold E. Fernandez

Undergraduate Thesis:
Molecular Dynamics Simulation of
Glass Formation in a Copper-Silver
System

Adviser:
Francis Norman C. Paraan, Ph.D.

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BS Applied Physics (Instrumentation Physics)

Micholo Lanz B. Medrana
Undergraduate Thesis:
Classifier Tuning and Selection
for the Detection of Hard Bottom
Cover in Underwater Belt Transect
Thumbnails

Adviser:
Maricor N. Soriano, Ph.D.

Angelo P. Rillera
(Magna Cum Laude)

Undergraduate Thesis:
Synthesis of YBCO Films from a
Y-358 Stoichiometry using
Sedimentation Deposition

Adviser:
Roland V. Sarmago, Ph.D.

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BS Applied Physics (Instrumentation Physics)

Roland Albert A. Romero
(Magna Cum Laude)
Undergraduate Thesis:
Accurate Reconstruction of Noisy
Images by Compressive Sampling
in the Fourier Domain

Advisers:
Giovanni A. Tapang, Ph.D.
Caesar A. Saloma, Ph.D.

Joshua Jesli D. Santiago

Undergraduate Thesis:
Fast Parallel Computation of the
Fast Fourier Transforms and Other
Optical Methods using a Graphics
Processing Unit

Advisers:
Giovanni A. Tapang, Ph.D.
Caesar A. Saloma, Ph.D.

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BS Applied Physics (Instrumentation Physics)
Erick John Carlo DG. Solibet
(Magna Cum Laude)

Undergraduate Thesis:
Investigation on the Interface Electric
Field of Aluminum-Doped Zinc
Oxide/Gallium Arsenide (AZO/
GaAs) Heterojunctions for Terahertz
Emission Applications

2017 Most Outstanding BS
Graduate (BS Applied Physics)

Adviser:
Armando S. Somintac, Ph.D.

Apolinario Miguel I. Tan
(Magna Cum Laude)
Undergraduate Thesis:
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Study of Gas Particle Movement
inside Various Chemical Vapor
Deposition Chamber Geometries

Adviser:
Francis Norman C. Paraan, Ph.D.

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BS Applied Physics (Instrumentation Physics)

Elexis Mae A. Torres

Undergraduate Thesis:
Modelling the Frequency Response
of Human Cochlea to Induced
Defect

Adviser:
Maricor N. Soriano, Ph.D.

Niña Angelica F. Zambale
(Cum Laude)
Undergraduate Thesis:
Orbital Angular Momentum
Beams from Incomplete Computer
Generated Holograms

2017 Best Undergraduate Thesis
(BS Applied Physics)

Adviser:
Nathaniel P. Hermosa II, Ph.D.

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BS Applied Physics (Materials Physics)

Camille Victoria M. Cantor

Undergraduate Thesis:
Colloidal Processing of Bi2Sr-
2CaCu2O8+δ Films Prepared
by KC1-Assisted Sedimentation
Deposition Technique

Adviser:
Roland V. Sarmago, Ph.D.

Camille Louise P. Carinan
Undergraduate Thesis:
Investigation of the Structural and
Optical Properties of
Fluorine-Doped Tin Oxide (FTO)
Thin Films Deposited via
Nebulized Spray Pyrolysis

Adviser:
Armando S. Somintac, Ph.D.

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BS Applied Physics (Materials Physics)

John Levine B. Duanan
Undergraduate Thesis:
Dynamics of Bose-Einstein
Condensates in Quartic and
Sinusoidal Potentials

Adviser:
Roland Cristopher F. Caballar, Ph.D.

Neil Martin G. Manaoat
Undergraduate Thesis:
Diurnal Temperature Variation
in an Idealized Room for
Different Wall Materials using a
Thermal Load Model

Adviser:
Johnrob Y. Bantang, Ph.D.

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BS Applied Physics (Materials Physics)

Jenny Lou B. Sagisi
Undergraduate Thesis:
Electron Temperature and Density
Measurements of Helium DC Glow
Discharge by Optical Emission
Spectroscopy

Adviser:
Wilson O. Garcia, Ph.D.

BS Physics

Geronimo Allan Jerome G.
Acosta (Cum Laude)
Undergraduate Thesis:
Derivation of Heat Transport
Equations for a Chain of
Interacting Spins Individually
Coupled to Different Heat Baths

Adviser:
Cristine D. Villagonzalo, Ph.D.

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BS Physics

Junelle Rey C. Bacong
(Cum Laude)
Undergraduate Thesis Dynamics of
Charged Particles under the
Influence of Gravity and
Electrostatic Fields due to Line and
Ring Charge Distributions

Adviser:
Jose Perico H. Esguerra, Ph.D.

Cephas Olivier V. Cabatit
Undergraduate Thesis:
Structure-Dependent Steady-State
Population Distribution in a
Network of Settlements Sites

Adviser:
Johnrob Y. Bantang, Ph.D.

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BS Physics

Ezron John D. Cabrera
Undergraduate Thesis:
An information measure for
systems with diverging
Boltzmann-Gibbs partition
function

Adviser:
Eric A. Galapon, Ph.D.

Nicholas Christopher A.
Colina (Cum Laude)
Undergraduate Thesis:
Eigenspectra Preservation and
Orthogonal Weight Matrix
Initialization in Deep Neural
Network Models

Adviser:
Francis Norman C. Paraan, Ph.D.

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BS Physics

Philip Christopher Cruz
(Summa Cum Laude)
Undergraduate Thesis:
Thermodynamics of
One-Dimensional Coulomb
Systems: Equally Charged Ions
on a Counterion Medium

2017 Most Outstanding
BS Graduate (BS Physics)

Adviser:
Jose Perico H. Esguerra, Ph.D.

Philip Caesar M. Flores
Undergraduate Thesis:
Synchronization of Quantum
and Classical Clocks, and Energy
Translation using Resolvent
Functional Calculus for the
Confined Time of Arrival
Operators

2017 Best Undergraduate Thesis
(BS Physics)

Adviser:
Eric A. Galapon, Ph.D.
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BS Physics

Sean Julian C. Fortuna
Undergraduate Thesis:
An Arbitrary Precision and
Arbitrary Order Partial
Difference Scheme on
Multivariate Functions, and its
Application to Various Physics
PDE and ODE Problems

Adviser:
Jose Perico H. Esguerra, Ph.D.

Joseph Isaiah P. Miralles
(Cum Laude)
Undergraduate Thesis:
Trajectories and Safe Regions of
Projectile Motion in Isothermal
and Adiabatic Atmospheres

Adviser:
Jose Perico H. Esguerra, Ph.D.

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BS Physics

Kimver Louie S. Nuñez
(Magna Cum Laude)
Undergraduate Thesis:
Analytic Approximations to
Bound State Energy Eigenvalues
in Quantum Systems Satisfying
the Minimal Length Generalized
Uncertainty Principle and
Consequences on Quantum
Revivals

Adviser:
Jose Perico H. Esguerra, Ph.D.

Jervic Lexter N. Perlas
Undergraduate Thesis:
Reduced Superoperator
Method of Solving the von
Neumann Equation

Adviser:
Eric A. Galapon, Ph.D.

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BS Physics

Christian D. Tica

Undergraduate Thesis:
Finite-Part Integration of the
Generalized Stieltjes Transform
and its Dominant Asymptotic
Behavior for Small Values of the
Parameter

Adviser:
Eric A. Galapon, Ph.D.

MS Physics

Alfred P. Abella

BS Applied Physics, University of
the Philippines, Diliman, 2015

Master’s Thesis:
Finite-size Effects in Experiments
on Gravity-Capillary Surface
Waves

Adviser:
Maricor N. Soriano, Ph.D.

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MS Physics

Janus B. Advincula
B.S Psychology, University of the
Philippines, Diliman, 2010

Master’s Thesis:
Almost Non State-Altering POVM
Quantum Measurement

Adviser:
Eric A. Galapon, Ph.D.

Ritz Ann P. Aguilar

BS Applied Physics, University of
the Philippines, Diliman, 2015

Master’s Thesis:
Estimation of Lateral and Depth
Resolution of a Phase-Shifting
Profilometer via Modulation
Transfer Function Analysis

Adviser:
Maricor N. Soriano, Ph.D.

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MS Physics

Meryl Regine L. Algodon

BS Applied Physics, University of
the Philippines, Diliman, 2014

Master’s Thesis:
Camera Rotation Estimation
from Video

Adviser:
Maricor N. Soriano, Ph.D.

Reginald Christian S.
Bernardo
BS Physics, University of the
Philippines, Diliman, 2015
Master’s Thesis:
Some Consequences of the
Generalized Uncertainty
Principle: Energy Levels,
Thin-Layer Quantization, and
Quantum Dynamics
2017 Most Outstanding
MS Physics Graduate
Adviser:
Jose Perico H. Esguerra, Ph.D.
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MS Physics

Jezreel C. Castillo
BS Chemistry, University of the
Philippines, Diliman, 2014

Master’s Thesis:
Self-Force on a Scalar Charge in
Circular Orbits About a
Reissner-Nordström Black Hole

Adviser:
Michael Francis Ian G. Vega II, Ph.D.

April D. Cortez
BS Applied Physics, University of
the Philippines, Diliman, 2008

Master’s Thesis:
Modeling of Spin Injection to
Semiconductors in Three-Termi-
nal Ferromagnet-Insulator-Semi-
conductor Junctions

Adviser:
Cristine DLR. Villagonzalo, Ph.D.

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MS Physics

Damian N. Dailisan
BS Physics, University of the
Philippines, Diliman, 2015

Master’s Thesis:
Modeling Lane Changing and
Random Slowdown in Vehicular
Traffic Using a Cellular
Automata Model

Adviser:
May T. Lim, Ph.D.

Einstom L. Engay
BS Applied Physics, University of
the Philippines, Diliman, 2015

Master’s Thesis:
Accelerated Reconstruction in
Multiple-Plane Phase Retrieval
Using a Transit Plane

Adviser:
Percival F. Almoro, Ph.D.

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MS Physics

Bimbo Alexis B. Galit
BS Physics, University of the
Philippines, Diliman, 2015

Master’s Thesis Occupation
Probability, First Passage
Characteristics, and Exploration
Properties of the Elephant
Random Walk

Adviser:
Jose Perico H. Esguerra, Ph.D.

Horace Andrew F. Husay
BS Applied Physics, University of
the Philippines, Diliman, 2013

Master’s Thesis:
Enhanced Terahertz Emission
from CuxO/Si P-n
Heterojunction Fabricated by
Thermal Oxidation

Adviser
Armando S. Somintac, Ph.D.

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MS Physics

Ma. Christina M. Jamerlan
BS Applied Physics, University of
the Philippines, Diliman, 2015

Master’s Thesis:
Symbolic Co-Occurrence
Networks in Bird Calls, Human
Music, and Language

Adviser:
Giovanni A. Tapang, Ph.D.

Amancio S. Manceras II
BS Physics, Mindanao State
University-Iligan Institute of
Technology, 2013

Master’s Thesis:
Advantage of Genetic Diversity
in a Penna model

Adviser:
Ronald S. Banzon, Ph.D.

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MS Physics

Jade Farrah Dianne T.
Mendoza
BS Physics, University of the
Philippines, Baguio, 2008

Master’s Thesis:
Entanglement and fluctuations in
the Majumdar-Ghosh
model ground using matrix
product states representation

Adviser:
Francis Norman C. Paraan, Ph.D.

Pamela Anne D. Pasion
BS Applied Physics, University of
the Philippines, Diliman, 2015

Master’s Thesis:
Development of Co-Authorship
Networks Within the Philippine
Congress

Adviser:
Giovanni A. Tapang, Ph.D.

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MS Physics

Karl Simon A. Revelar
BS Applied Physics, University of
the Philippines, Los Baños, 2010

Master’s Thesis:
Overcharging Higher-Dimen-
sional Black Holes with Point
Particles

Adviser:
Michael Francis Ian G. Vega II, Ph.D.

Hernanie T. Salazar, Jr.
BS Physics, Polytechnic Universi-
ty of the Philippines, 2012

Master’s Thesis:
Cu-doping in ZnO nanorods

Adviser:
Roland V. Sarmago, Ph.D.

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MS Physics

Jan Philippe B. Sambo
BS Physics, Mindanao State
University-Iligan Institute of
Technology, 2014

Master’s Thesis:
Dynamical Quantum Phase
Transitions in the Ground-State
Quenched XY Model

Adviser:
Francis Norman C. Paraan, Ph.D.

John Adrian N. Villanueva
BS Physics, University of the
Philippines, Diliman, 2015

Master’s Thesis:
Perturbations in Spherically
Symmetric Black Holes

Adviser:
Michael Francis Ian G. Vega II, Ph.D.

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MS Physics

Jan Fronimarc D. Viloria
BS Physics, University of the
Philippines, Baguio, 2009

Master’s Thesis:
Determination of the Mechanical
Properties of Copper-Silver Alloy
Using Molecular Dynamics
Simulations

Adviser:
Francis Norman C. Paraan, Ph.D.

PhD Physics

Ramon M. Delos Santos
BS Physics, University of the
Philippines, Baguio, 2001
MS Physics, University of the
Philippines, Diliman, 2009

Dissertation’s Thesis: Electro-
optic Detection of Terahertz
Radiation via Gallium Arsenide
and Lithium Niobate Crystals

Adviser:
Elmer S. Estacio, Ph.D.

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PhD Physics
Marvin M. Flores
BS Physics, Silliman University,
2009
MS Physics, University of the
Philippines, Diliman, 2012

Dissertation Thesis: Purity-Based
Entanglement Characterization

Adviser: Eric A. Galapon, Ph.D.

2017 Most Outstanding Ph.D.
Physics Graduate

Recipient of the 2017 Dr. Edgardo
D. Gomez Award

Cyril P. Sadia
BS Physics, University of the
Philippines, Baguio, 2005
MS Physics, University of the
Philippines, Diliman, 2008

Dissertation Thesis: Molecular
Beam Epitaxy of Gallium
Arsenide Films on Gallium
Antimonide(001) for Novel
Terahertz Emitters

Adviser:
Arnel A. Salvador, Ph.D.
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Reflections
“Thrill of discovery”
by Reginald Bernardo
The path of a researcher is not a straight The GUP is a generalization of the Heisen-
line but one which takes twists and turns berg uncertainty principle which carries a
and goes from one point to another in a residue of quantum gravity that is related
maze that has not been completely mapped to the intriguing issue of the discreteness of
out. Getting lost in this maze is crucial and space. The huge volume of the iceberg that
the thrill of discovery is what makes every I have not seen at the beginning represents
moment exciting. the thousands of articles directly related to
the GUP and encompasses phenom-
My journey started in third ena ranging from the nuclear to the
year undergrad when I have cosmological. What is more exciting
become an apprentice of the than witnessing the development of
Theoretical Physics Group this subject? Being a part of it! The
(TPG). But let me first take GUP is where majority of my com-
a step back by a few years. pleted and ongoing research is fo-
Many of my professors cused including my undergraduate
during my first two years as and graduate theses.
a physics student have spent
some time in class to tell the students the The twists and turns and getting lost in the
story of some of the research of the Nation- maze are all a part of the journey to becom-
al Institute of Physics (NIP). This is when I ing a researcher. Who would have figured
have come to realize the value of research out that from projectile motion I would
and the ingrained culture of NIP to trans- come across a fascinating subject that is not
form its students to researchers who seek to mentioned in the textbooks but which is
advance the understanding of nature. This under the investigation of hundreds of re-
is the prelude of my journey. Fast-forward searchers around the world? While I cannot
to the time of my apprenticeship, it is in the speak for the experience of every research-
TPG that I have first experienced the excite- er, I can at the very least take a bet that it is
ment of doing research and the exhilarating the thrill of discovery, of finding the cen-
feeling of stumbling across more and more ter of the maze, that drives a researcher to
problems and discovery in the process. work.

After scoring a publication in projectile In my short experience, the journey has
motion, I have searched the literature for a been difficult more often than not. The
possible application of quantum mechanics good thing is that there are always people
to the projectile. This led me to a series of willing to put me back on my feet. Then I
articles - which is only the tip of the iceberg remember the thrill and I am back in the
- applying the generalized uncertainty prin- game. This is what the TPG, the NIP, has
ciple (GUP) to the quantum bouncing ball. instilled in me and what I wish to share.
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Reflections
“Luck”
by Ramon M. Delos Santos
Few years ago, I came across an arti- Our research on electro-optic detection
cle entitled “What makes a good PhD of THz radiation serves as a groundwork
student?” written by Georgia Chene- effort at NIP and is expected to eventu-
vix-Trench of the Queensland ally allow the Philippines
Institute of Medical Research in to push further studies on
Australia. According to her, a suc- THz photonics. Commer-
cessful student must be at least four cially-available detectors
of the following: 1) smart, 2) cre- involve tedious prepara-
ative, 3) motivated, 4) hard-work- tion procedures. Our de-
ing, 5) skillful, and 6) lucky. She tection scheme does not
emphasized that the student can- require micro-fabrication
not depend on luck. I was resolved and operates simply by ex-
though to primarily focus and ploiting the second-order
work on the last four items on the list. I nonlinear optical effect in a bulk crystal.
was optimistic that in the course of this The current initiative of the NIP to part-
undertaking, I can be smart and creative ner with premier research institutions
enough to become what I dreamt of – a abroad is exemplary because it encourag-
physicist. I persuaded myself that luck es students to excel and produce global-
was just there to complete the list. ly-competitive research outputs.

For me, “luck”, not in its literal sense, Having supportive colleagues, friends,
comes in the form of blessings from and loved ones is an invaluable blessing.
above. I am blessed to have worked with I felt lucky to be surrounded by individ-
a prolific researcher and physicist Prof. uals who made my life bearable and still
Elmer Estacio as my dissertation adviser enjoyable during the most challenging
and mentor. Because of his good reputa- years of my career (so far). Their constant
tion and active network with the Univer- encouragement, guidance and prayers in-
sity of Fukui in Japan, I was given a rare spired me to do my best every step of the
opportunity to collaborate with Prof. way. Without them, my journey would
Masahiko Tani, one of the leading scien- not have been meaningful.
tists in the field of terahertz (THz) sci-
ence. Working with them instilled in me At the start, luck was just there to com-
the importance of tenacity, hard-work, plete the list. I never thought it would
dexterity, and self-discipline to accom- have a very significant role in fulfilling
plish research projects. my dream.

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Reflections
“Finding the solution”
by Marvin M. Flores
My PhD dissertation is on entanglement the recipient of the BPI-DOST award and al-
characterization. Among the fundamental most took their offer of a managerial position,
problems in entanglement theory is finding thinking that this could easily alleviate our fi-
whether a given system is entangled or not. In nancial needs. However, my dream has always
this work, we constructed a necessary (but not been to become a physicist and so I pursued
sufficient) condition for entanglement based my MS through DOST scholarship. I later re-
on purity. alized that we had a relatively weak
undergraduate training I had to
Before I talk about the challeng- take 11 back subjects (probably the
es I faced during my PhD, I think worst case NIP ever had). I did not
it is worthwhile to talk about my back down however and aced these
experiences leading to it. I come subjects nonetheless.
from a poor family. My mother is a
housewife while my father works as After finishing my MS, I immedi-
a contractual carpenter. There was ately applied as an instructor in
a time (Grade 4) when I had to sell NIP while pursuing my PhD. My
mangoes in our park during week- colleagues could attest that it is not
ends in order to support myself. Also during easy being a student while teaching at the same
elementary, we did not have any electricity time. You have to be able to balance learning
and we had to rely on gas lamps. There was as a student, prepare lessons and review the
even a time when I had to do my homework materials as an instructor and at the same
under a street lamp. We also did not have our time not to take your research for granted. It
own CR and had to use my aunt’s. Our CR was is akin to juggling three balls at once, only that
installed when I won a contest in Grade 5 and the stakes are higher should you drop a single
electricity was finally installed in our house ball.
after I graduated from Grade 6. We got this
right after I championed a National History At first glance, the road needed to overcome
contest and our mayor in Dumaguete pledged before obtaining a PhD seems insurmount-
to shoulder the expenses for the electricity in- able. Looking back however, after having tra-
stallation. versed the same road myself, I can personally
attest that it can be done! Don’t be discour-
Regardless of these circumstances, I graduat- aged if the problem sets are too tough or if
ed valedictorian both in Elementary and High you seem to be stuck in your research topic.
School mainly due to my fascination for sci- The obstacles and problems you face are not
ence and mathematics. It was in 3rd Year High something to avoid. In fact, your research
School that I got hooked in Physics. I took the problem is just your first big problem and you
Ateneo and UP entrance exams but when I are expected to solve a lot more down the line
learned that Silliman University also offered a after you graduate! It is how you tackle these
physics program, I decided to stay closer. Back problems from every angle, your endurance to
then, I knew that it would be cheaper that way. never back down, and your constant urge to
I graduated summa cum laude and was also find the solution that makes you a physicist!
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Reflections
“Lessons Learned”
by Cyril P. Sadia
My doctoral dissertation is about the material structure was a judicious choice
molecular beam epitaxial growth of GaAs- of layers, its realization via epitaxy was the
/n-GaSb and p-InAs/n-GaSb heterostruc- greatest challenge. Lesson two, a growth
tures with intense terahertz emission interruption is helpful to get my bearings
under 800-nm wavelength femto- back. While I searched for
second laser excitation. The fol- solutions to improve my ex-
lowing growth-related issues were periment, I stepped out and
observed to occur: poor sticking ef- gain new friends from the
ficiency of GaAs and InAs on GaSb, computer science depart-
and decomposition of GaSb during ment. These friends have
oxide removal under an arsenic flux. a contagious zeal for sci-
To remedy these problems, a growth ence and their work. I also
interruption technique was applied re-read the papers and re-
during growth initiation, and GaAs viewed again the works of
buffer layer and superlattices were depos- other researchers for a fresh perspective.
ited. This research was under the auspices Aside from these, I experienced having to
of Dr. Arnel Salvador. face the consequence of every decision,
every action taken. A week of delay in ex-
My Ph.D. student experience would be in- periment, for instance, can lead to an op-
complete without lessons learned. Paral- portunity lost. However, the good thing
lels can be drawn between these lessons to focus on is I eventually approached the
and the growth technique. One, just as problem with a solution and the inspira-
the growth initiation is crucial to achieve tion to finish what I started and to con-
high-quality samples, planning is im- tribute to the body of knowledge.
portant. A student must do the math and
count the cost of pursuing a degree. In my Three, there are necessary corrective ac-
case, this implies to find means to support tion points along the journey to the finish
myself (e.g. as a research assistant, as an line. In the experiment, the buffer layers
NIP instructor), to juggle academics and were used with the intention of smoothing
work, and to finish studies while I have the ensuing film. Similarly, to ensure that
NIP support or employment. I finish the study, I applied for the avail-
able CHED-NIP scholarship and worked
Now, what does one do when a plan does full-time in the laboratory, among other
not pan out? For example, one of my ex- sacrifices made. Lastly, the research would
perimental designs turned instead into be unsuccessful without the illuminating
a rhyme: I think that I shall never see/ a guidance of my advisor and the support of
sample as ugly as number 603. While the colleagues and collaborators.
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The sunflowers symbolize the cycle of thesis/
dissertation and extension work of the National
Institute of Physics and the University ...

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The National Institute of Physics
Administration, Faculty, Staff and Student Body

invite everyone to the

NIP RECOGNITION DAY 2017
24th of June 2017, 8:30 AM
NIP Auditorium (Intel Center for Science Innovation)
UP Diliman, Quezon City

Program of Activities
Assembly and Procession of the Graduation Candidates
Lupang Hinirang
Welcome Remarks Dr. Wilson O. Garcia
Dep. Director for Research and Extension
Introduction of Guest of Honor Dr. Roland V. Sarmago
Director
Message from the Guest of Honor Cong. Jose Ma. Clemente “Joey” S. Salceda
2nd District of the Province of Albay
Philippine House of Representatives
Presentation of Plaque of Appreciation to the Guest of Honor

Conferring of Certificates to the Graduation Candidates
Led by NIP Director, Guest of Honor, and
Dr. May T. Lim (Dep. Director for Academic Affairs)
Awarding of Most Outstanding Students (BS Applied Physics, BS, MS, and PhD Physics)
Awarding of Best Undergraduate Theses
Message from the Graduation Candidates
Tribute to the Graduation Candidates (Audio-Visual Presentations)
Closing Remarks Dr. May T. Lim
Dep. Director for Academic Affairs
UP Naming Mahal
Group Picture-Taking
Emcees: Mario Juvenal S. Onglao and Adam Jesson P. Cometa

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Photo Narrative

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2017 UP NIP Recognition Day GUEST OF HONOR

Cong. Jose Ma. Clemente “Joey” S. Salceda

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NIP CLASS of 2017

MARAMING SALAMAT PO...
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Number of Graduates since 2001
Number of BS Applied Physics (blue) and BS Physics
(red) graduates for NIP Classes 2001 up to 2017

Number
of BS
Graduates

NIP Class

Number of MS Physics (green) and PhD Physics
(yellow) graduates for NIP Classes 2001 up to 2017*

Number
of MS/PhD
Graduates

NIP Class
*Classes with graduates in Diploma in Physics: 2010 (1); and, graduates
in MA Physics: 2009 (1), 2013 (1), 2015 (1), 2016 (1).

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UP Naming Mahal
UP naming mahal, pamantasang hirang
Ang tinig namin, sana’y inyong dinggin
Malayong lupain, amin mang marating
Di rin magbabago ang damdamin
Di rin magbabago ang damdamin

Luntian at pula, sagisag mag pakailanman
Ating pagdiwang, bulwagan ng dangal
Humayo’t itanghal, giting at tapang
Mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan
Mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan

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