By: Tonyboy G. Gilana, PIO
(Note: Dr. Remigio G. Tee was the Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker during the 6th Bulan Teachers’ Day on December 11, 2009)
I hope I shall be able to present this introduction as exciting as possible so that we shall be able to give justice to the presence of our Guest of Honor. When I was personally researching and writing on the 50 most eminent citizens of Bulan in the last 200 years of our local history, this man is one of them, I think.
Tonight, as we celebrate the 6th Bulan Teachers’ Day, we invited Dr. Remigio Gonzalgo Tee as our Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker.
We have chosen Dr. Remigio Tee for so many reasons: He is a true-bloodied Bulaneno, “karnal na taga-Bulan talaga”, so to speak; second, he is also a teacher; third, he is a product of our local schools; fourth, he is a source of honor and pride to us in Bulan; and fifth, he is a real patriot, who have chosen to share his education and knowledge to Filipinos instead of working in the lucrative university positions in the United States.
Dr. Tee finished valedictorian in Grade School at the Bulan Elementary School. He graduated valedictorian, Class 1965 at the Colegio dela Inmaculada Concepcion, now SLMS. He studied and graduated in B.S. Physics, magna cum laude, at the Mindanao State University, in Marawi City, Class of 1969. He was already an Instructor in MSU even before formal graduation in 1969.
In 1969, when Mr. Tee applied for a Fulbright-Hays scholarship to complete his doctoral degree in the United States, there was an letter-endorsement by a certain Irving Bolkeheide and a certain Dr. Thomas Holyoke, of the Department of Mathematics of Antioch College of Yellowspring , Ohio, which reads like this: “ Mr. Tee’s… intellectual prowess is about the most exciting I’ve seen in the Philippines. There is no question about his eventual achieving the Ph.D. in Physics. Tom Holyoke shares my enthusiasm for his academic worth… He is dedicated to physics education, and to the Philippines; I would not anticipate his being a ‘brain-drain’.”
In the U.S., from 1969 through 1978, he was teaching assistant at the University of Colorado, and he was also an Astronomy Lecturer at the Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado. In 1978, in the University of Colorado, he completed his Ph.D. in Physics, and his doctoral dissertation was “Time Delay in Quantum Scattering”.
In 1979, the Philippine Government, then under President Marcos invited all the best Filipino scientists abroad to come back to the Philippines and work here instead. Dr. Tee never hesitated to return under the Balik-Scientist Program of the National Science and Development Board (NSDB).
Here in the Philippines, he has held several positions in order to promote the science programs of the country. He was also a full professor of physics at the University of the Philippines from 1984 to 1988, and at the same time Assistant Director of the National Institute of Physics. He was Editor of Diwang Pisika (Physics Education Journal). He became a DOST Lecturer in Summer Physics Training Program for Teachers.
At present, he is now a Full Professor for Physics at the Mindanao State University-Institute of Technology in Iligan City.
Ladies and Gentlemen, truly, it is an honor to present one of the most brilliant Bulaneno minds of our time… Dr. Remigio Gonzalgo Tee!