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Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, & Astronomical Services Administration

PAGASA is a Philippine government agency under the Department of Science & Technology (DOST).
To most people in the Philippines, PAGASA is more popularly known as the "weather bureau" which, understandably, gets to the daily headlines during the tropical Typhoon Season in the country.
As a young College student of Engineering at the University of Sto. Tomas in Manila back in 1973, I would once-in-a-while hangout at the Observatory where I got to be acquainted with then Chief Astronomer, SIMEON V. INCIONG, (now retired), and one of his colleagues, ENGR. MAXIMO SACRO, JR.
It was Engr. Max who actually invited me to become a member of the Philippine Astronomical Society, Inc. in April of that year, but Max soon left PAGASA to join the newly-established National Museum Planetarium at the Luneta.
The Observatory structure itself was constructed in 1954- (the same year I was born) and had a 6-inch refractor as the main instrument.
Now, what sort of business that got this Agency into rumors and reports that has to do with alleged "UFO" sighting incidents in this country? 
What kind of UFO-related "files" do they have to show to the public?

The Manila Times, on its issue dated September 14, 2000 revealed that PAGASA- the Philippine government's "weather bureau", has opened its files on "UFO Reports" to the public.  Consequently, the published report made its way to the various internet sites, one of which is shown below.


"A team from the Philippines Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has admitted actively participating in the investigation of what is known as Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

"UFOs or unidentified flying objects, in particular, Elmer Escosia, team leader, said they opened files to reveal what they discovered so far instead of keeping the information to themselves." "'Our files and records are open to the public and anyone can read or research,' Escosia told the Manila Times.

"The team, he said, is composed of eight members under PAGASA's Astronomy Division, which was assigned to investigate UFO sightings in the country," i.e. the Philippine Islands.

"According to Escosia, they were able to explain most of the UFO sightings from all over the country, which were reported to PAGASA."  "But, he admitted, they were stumped and found no logical explanation for three such sightings."

"The first was in 1984, or 16 years ago, when children reported that they saw 'bulbous-non-human beings' alight from a large, disk-shaped 'spacecraft' which landed in Ormoc City in western Leyte."

(Editor's Note: Ormoc is a port city on the west coast of Leyte Island, located about 640 kilometers or 400 miles southeast of Manila, the national capital. Ormoc was the site of a ferocious battle between the Imperial Japanese Army and the U.S. Army's 77th Division in September 1944 during World War II.)

'It was impossible not to believe the children's testimonies since they gave the same descriptions,' Escosia said."

"He added they sent the description of the 'aliens' to other investigators in the USA who appeared to be similarly stumped."

"The two other unexplainable sightings were in Las Pitas and Muntiniupa City in 1997 and on May 10 of this year (2000)."

"In 1997, Escosia reported, at least 400 people reported that they saw 13 odd-shaped flying objects that were clearly visible in the following subdivisions: Uranium Street, Pilar village, Las Pitas" (and) "Dona Josefa, also in Las Pitas, and Heroes Hill in Muntiniupa."

"The eyewitnesses described the UFOs as transparent and hollow at the middle, closely resembling a school of jellyfish minus the tentacles."

(See the Manila Times for September 14, 2000, "Three sightings of UFOs aliens stump PAGASA astronomical experts," by Jeannette Andrade. Many thanks to Rev. Billy Dee for forwarding the newspaper article.)

View original Report by Jeannette Andrade at:

"There were NEVER any mention of "bulbous non-human beings" in any of the original investigated reports, including my own personal investigation and interviews of the witnesses involved in the alleged "landing" incident in Brgy. Valencia, Ormoc City, in 1987."
- Edwin V. Gatia, (M.Sc.)  
Independent Researcher  

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