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Friday, October 7, 2016

Mensa Philippines holds its Annual Gathering "tAGisan ng talino"



Mensa Philippines, the Philippine chapter of the high-IQ society Mensa International, will be holding its Annual Gathering on November 6, 2016 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This year, we take members to Hungry Meeples Board Games Cafe for a quiz night. "tAGisan ng talino" celebrates the society's love for trivia and learning. 

The entrance fee for attending the Annual Gathering is Php800.00 for current Mensa members and parents of Mensa kid members, and Php1,000.00 for guests.

The Annual Gathering is the organization’s most important meeting for the year, and some 150 Mensa members as well as their guests are expected to attend.

To purchase tickets, you can purchase online through our online SHOP in our Facebook fan page.

Or make a deposit to:
Bank: BDO
Account Name: Pilipinas Mensa Society, Inc
Savings Account # 00-4900-100857

OR

Bank: BPI
Account Name: Pilipinas Mensa Society, Inc.
Savings Account # 1861-0096-09

How to pay:
1. Deposit the amount due to any of the above-listed accounts/ banks
2. Inform Treasurer by emailing to treasurer@mensa.ph the following details:
- Your full name
- The amount you paid
- What you are paying for
- What bank did you deposit your payment in
- a scanned image of your deposit slip

Hungry Meeples Board Games Café is located in Unit 302, Blk 3 Lot 8 Congressional Ave Ext, Quezon City, Metro Manila.


For more details and updates, those interested may go to Mensa Philippines' website at www.mensaphilippines.org, and find Mensa Philippines on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MensaPhilippines) and Twitter (@MensaPH).

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Satirical Complaint Letter to the Organisers of the Mensa Whisky Workshop


As told to Andrea Levinge

 


Dear Sir/Madam,

When I heard that Mensa Philippines was going to "taste spirits", I arrived at the event at the Grand Midori Hotel armed with a Ouija board, the sacred beard hairs of my late great-grandmother Wilhelmina and an antique silver spoon. However, instead of the gourmandisation of ghosts that I so fervently anticipated, I sourly discovered that this gathering of minds was focused, instead, on matriculating a beverage called whisky. 

The evening started with Aids Tecson, our expert lecturer, announcing we were not going to dilute the taste of single malt whisky with that awful substance called 'solid food', but were instead going to sip it purely for full impact. On dangerously empty stomachs, and armed with a few more brain cells than absolutely necessary, the night began with 11 members and non-members of Mensa in attendance. 

What followed was an in-depth presentation dissecting the differences between the single malt and blended whiskies, and why the Glenlivet Distillery of Speyside, Scotland was chosen for our vertical tasting. Before a taste of whisky could cross our lips, we had to determine the precise colour of our scotch from a urologist's pee chart with more flowery names, that started at 'gin clear' and ended at ‘treacle'. Swirling the whisky in its glass allowed us to admire its 'legs' which are not, I am alarmed to note, bipedal appendages, but a poor jack's idea of describing dynamic viscosity. 

We first sampled the Glenlivet 12, which tasted of sweet creamy vanilla and preserved fruit, like raisins or plums, that lingered in the air but did not hold.  This whisky is best compared to my attractiveness to the opposite sex; like my aunts say, ‘you’re just like plain vanilla dear, no wonder you can’t get a date!’.

We moved onto the Glenlivet 15 French Oak reserve, which sang of Christmas cake spices and Madeira. As instructed, I rubbed a drop of whisky in between my palms to dissolve the alcohol and inhale the fragrance of the casks from whence the whisky came. Being astute at digging up coffins in my various quests to raise the undead, I immediately named it to be oak. Which did not impress anyone, as it was written on the bottle. 

Finally we ended our age-specific tasting with the crowd favourite Glenlivet 18. The 18 is full-flavoured, has notes of honey, walnut and fennel and has been described by drunken online reviewers as tasting like "an angel peeing on your tongue".  I haven't sampled urine but I shudder to think how those reviewers sourced their inspirations. Finally we imbibed of the last whisky - the Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve - which is a pleasant blend of single malts of various years, that was indubitably smooth on my plate. That's not a typo. I was about to say palate, but I spilled some. 

Each attendee seemed hell bent on consuming at least one dram of whisky per 30 points of their measured IQ. People were - heaven forbid - sloshing all the different single malts together in one glass, gleefully consuming roasted vegetables, cured meats and cheese, mixing flavours be damned, and egging each other on to drink more and more in a manner only seasoned debaters can achieve. Because we were provisioned for 9 more than were present, as overachievers, it seemed only prudent that we drink for the absent also. 

I write this letter as a formal complaint, as I am now thoroughly cursed with a lifetime of pernickety arguing about distilling regions & terroir, not to mention backhand-slapping complete strangers who try to mix a fine sipping single malt with a dirty Coca Cola. In addition the dish "scotch eggs" have also betrayed me by being so disappointingly named. 

I expect your attention to this matter immediately. 

Yours truly,

Bertha

Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Next Mensa Qualifying Exam in Manila is on October 8, 2016!





The next Mensa Philippines qualifying exam will be on October 8, 2016, at the Marsk Training Rooms, Marsk Building, Aurora Boulevard corner Balete Drive, Quezon City.
Test sessions will be held every hour from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The test typically takes 40 minutes to complete. 

Walk-ins are welcome, but Mensa recommends those interested to pre-register for the test at the links found here. 

The test fee is Php800, and all test-takers are required to bring a valid ID with photo. Undergraduate students may avail of the discounted price of Php500 if they show a current school ID.
Membership to Mensa Philippines is open to anyone who scores in the top 2 percent of this qualifying exam. The minimum age to take the Mensa test is 14 years old.

Mensa has over 110,000 members around the world, with over 200 active members in the Philippines. Mensa members meet, collaborate, and share knowledge about anything and everything. Famous international Mensa members include Academy Award-winner and Olympic archer Geena Davis, bad boy director Quentin Tarantino, comedian Steve Martin, wordsmith Richard Lederer, the late science fiction master Isaac Asimov, and Dilbert creator Scott Adams. 

Some of our local Mensa members include Mica Papa, senior correspondent of GMA Network, Inc. and winner of One World Award for “Gintong Krudo” documentary; Custer Deocaris, one of the recipients of the The Outstanding Young Men award for Science Communications; Lyndon Gregorio, creator of Beerkada comics; and Christopher Tan, one of the top ten entrepreneurs of 2005 and reality TV personality.



Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Perks of Being a Mensa Member




By Zoe Arugay & Art Ilano


“What do you get from being a Mensa member?”

It’s an often-asked question that, admittedly, can often be quite a challenge to answer. But that’s because the benefits that you get from Mensa membership are quite nuanced. You do not just get one single big thing out of it. Rather, you get a lot of little things that, taken together, add up to a whole lot of value. Not just for your professional life, but for your personal life as well!

So how does being a Mensa member benefit you? 


You get a genius-level professional network.
Members come from diverse backgrounds and professions, but being able to think on the same frequency allows members to work together. They may even point you towards new, out-of-the-box directions that you need for work. Mensa members include everyone from students to military men & women, lawyers, BPO agents, IT specialists, doctors, writers, entrepreneurs, educators, media practitioners, and even a pastor (or two).  

Mensans do have a reputation for being critical thinkers, which is a skill that is sought after by high-value-creating firms. For instance, one Mensan who is the owner of a successful online security service confides that their firm prioritizes applicants who are also Mensa members as Mensans have a reputation for doing quality technical work.

So if you’re seeking a network that gives you access to technical and professional excellence, then Mensa is a smart starting point for you. And since Mensa is an international society, your potential network can really span far and wide!


You get that extra boost of confidence.
Zabeda Abdul Hamid of Malaysian Mensa thought she wasn’t as clever as the rest of her family. “After I took the Mensa test and passed, I realized that maybe I did have something to offer to the community. I became more confident, more sociable, and I took the opportunity to learn more things. It was basically a change in the mindset -psychologically and emotionally.”

“At the same time, the interesting information and knowledge that I gained from other Mensans as well as experiences when I attend the Mensa gatherings have also equipped me with better teaching methods and information for my students. So indirectly, yes, I do think that Mensa has helped me in my profession.”


You get a family wherever you go.
Tinka Herrera, a long-time member of Mensa Philippines, moved to Kuala Lumpur for a short-term work assignment and some of the first friends she made there were through the local Mensa chapter. “It helped a lot because I didn't really know anyone in KL. The first couple of weeks were pretty lonely. Knowing like-minded locals who were so nice and fun to talk to really helped me settle in. They took me to a lot of good local (and sometimes out of the way or hidden food places) that I would never have found on my own! I've met lots of new people to have adventures with through Mensa, and I now consider them some of the best friends I’ve made!”

Mensa members always have something in common despite the differences in culture, religion, or even political affiliation. This rings true for Cedric Mabilotte, a social entrepreneur and a member from France. He has met Mensa members outside his chapter through his travels, including the Philippines. “There are so many important aspects to consider when we self-reflect, like understanding that it is normal to be different, or that we all process things differently. Thanks to Mensa, I met other crazy people around the planet who can relate to these same thoughts.”



You’ll always find a Mensan who can help you around.


Using an international Mensa service called SIGHT - the Service of Information, Guidance and Hospitality to Travelers- members will be able to quickly link up with people who can help navigate unfamiliar territory. SIGHT enables Mensa members to link up with fellow Mensans in over 40 countries. This can be in the form of showing tourists around, or guiding them on where to stay or dine. And the great thing about it all is that Mensans are duty-bound to help fellow Mensans, wherever they may come from!



You get scholarships aplenty.
Ryan Gerard Menchate is 8 years old, and has been a Mensa Philippines member for three years. He says that he enjoys getting to hang out with “really cool people” - his intellectual peers - with whom he can be himself. But through the assistance of  American Mensa’s Gifted Youth Coordinator, Ryan was able to enroll in the Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) of Stanford University. In addition, he was taken in as part of the Bright Kids class of American Mensa.

Many international Mensa Scholarships are open to Mensa Philippines members. The Mensa Foundation’s scholarships, for instance, are specifically for international members attending colleges outside of the US. Dependents of international Mensa members attending college in the United States may also be given opportunities to qualify for scholarships through the foundation. 


You have special interests? 
One of Mensa’s stated purposes is to promote stimulating intellectual and social opportunities for its members. And since members love to learn more about what piques their interest, Mensa encourages them to join or create Special Interest Groups, or SIGs. 

SIGs exist online or locally, and you can join as many as you like wherever it may be. There are SIGs for cosplay, chess, gardening, photography, ramen, running, and probably whatever quirky interest you may have. Some of the SIGs we have in the Philippine chapter include SIG for Adventure (or SIGA), a group of TED enthusiasts called SIGhTED, a stock investment SIG (SISIG), a puzzle group called the Breakfast Club, a movie group called Sine Gang, gun enthusiasts in SIG-Guns, and a supposedly mature group of drinkers called AA (that stands for alcohol appreciation)!

And if you want to learn about even more different things, Mensa Philippines has regular Brown Bag sessions. Pitched as casual introductory courses about anything and everything, Brown Bags may just jump start or fuel your next new passion. Members have learned self defense with arnis, got to try their hands at boxing and fencing; received workshops on first aid and basic life support, learned contract bridge, got to savor beer pairing and learned how to make comics. They have gone on outdoor adventures such as bird watching at the University of the Philippines, and got to try sailing on their own at Taal Lake. They’ve familiarized themselves with online rights and the different personality types, and even took a shot at being voice actors for a day!


You get to join national and international gatherings
Initially intended as a meet and greet, Annual Gatherings have expanded to become a venue to reconnect with members and be updated on what’s new in the national chapter. International gatherings have grown to become a heterogeneous collection of programs, forums, games and entertainment, and is the perfect excuse to travel with other Mensa members. Such is the anticipation for these gatherings that when the Asian Mensa Gathering in Korea in 2015 was cancelled due to a viral outbreak, Mensans from Asia, Europe and the US still went to Seoul that week to get together. And have fun they still did. (Just to be clear, nobody went home with an exotic new virus).

“I enjoy the member gatherings and the different programs Mensa offers,” says Lemna Parvini Sani of Singapore as she attended an American Mensa Gathering. “It’s an amazing opportunity to meet over 2,400 members and have several interesting debates and discussions on all matters of the world.”


So what do you get from joining Mensa? You get access to a global network of brilliant thinkers from all walks of life who are sworn to assist you as you navigate the world that you live in. Whether it’s for business, socials, travel, learning or simply having fun, being in touch with a Mensa community wherever you may be can be a valuable and possibly even life-changing resource!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Next Mensa Qualifying Exam Will Be in Cebu!




The next Mensa Philippines qualifying exam will be on August 27, 2016, Saturday, at the Castle Peak Hotel, Cebu City.


Sign up for the Mensa Cebu test here!

Test sessions will be held every hour from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The Mensa qualifying test typically takes 40 minutes to complete.

Walk-ins are welcome, but Mensa recommends those interested to pre-register for the test at the links found at their website, www.mensaphilippines.org.

The test fee is Php800, and all test-takers are required to bring a valid ID with photo. Undergraduate students may avail of the discounted price of Php500 if they show a current school ID.

Membership to Mensa Philippines is open to anyone who scores in the top 2 percent of this qualifying exam. The minimum age to take the Mensa test is 14 years old.

Mensa Philippines kicked off in 1992 with inaugural test sessions held at the Manila Peninsula Hotel and administered by the Director of Mensa International. This led to the birth of the first batch of members of the organization. Since then, Mensa strives to conduct test sessions regularly every year, in order to make good on its mission of identifying and fostering human intelligence.


Mensa has over 110,000 members around the world, with over 200 active members in the Philippines. Mensa members meet, collaborate, and share knowledge about anything and everything. Famous international Mensan members include Academy Award-winner and Olympic archer Geena Davis, bad boy director Quentin Tarantino, comedian Steve Martin, wordsmith Richard Lederer, the late science fiction master Isaac Asimov, and Dilbert creator Scott Adams.

Some of our local Mensa members include Mica Papa, senior correspondent of GMA Network, Inc. and winner of One World Award for “Gintong Krudo” documentary; Custer Deocaris, one of the recipients of the The Outstanding Young Men award for Science Communications; Lyndon Gregorio, creator of Beerkada comics; and Christopher Tan, one of the top ten entrepreneurs of 2005 and reality TV personality.


There will only be one more Mensa qualifying exam this year after August. This is scheduled in November at Metro Manila.

Ready to take the Cebu challenge? Sign up here!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Your FAQ's on the Mensa Qualifying Exam, Part II - UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 2016



Taking the Mensa Qualifying Exam and you still have questions? We have compiled a second list of Frequently Asked Questions. See if yours is here.

"What are the requirements?"
The minimum requirement is age: you should be 14 years old and above. That's it! 
After that, you only need to register (sign up here and then pay), and to bring a valid ID on your exam day.

"I'm not a Filipino, but would like to take the exam. Is that ok?"
Yes. And if you qualify, we will send you an invitation to join, too.

"I am an unregistered student this semester, but also unemployed. Will I receive a discount?"
Unfortunately, the discount is granted only to enrolled undergraduate students. However, we give group discounts. Groups of five can avail of a discounted rate of just Php 500 instead of Php 800!

"Can a group of undergraduate students also avail of a group discount?"
Definitely! A group of all undergraduate students currently enrolled can avail of a discount, too! Groups of five can just pay Php 300 instead of Php 500! Just present your current school ID.

"I'm not sure if I can make it on exam day, that's why I have not registered yet. Can I just walk in on test day?"
Sure! If you come in on a fully booked time slot, we'll assign you the next available time slot (or test date). Paying in advance though secures you a seat in your preferred time.

"What do I need to bring on exam day?"
Bring a valid ID. In addition, when you have already registered and paid, you will receive a confirmation slip which you have to bring, too. We'll provide the pencils.

"Do we find out our IQ score, percentile, or just news that we passed or failed?"
You get to find out all of the above.

"How long after taking the exam will we find out our results?"
It will take about 3 weeks. Results will be sent via email, so please make sure you have the correct contact details, especially your email address.


Don't see your questions here? It might be on our first set of FAQ's over here.

The upcoming Mensa Exam in on October 8, 2016, Marsk Training Rooms, Marsk Building, Aurora Boulevard corner Balete Drive, Quezon City.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Introducing: The Isolated M!




For decades now, the Isolated M newsletter served as the main channel for news about Mensa around the world... if you were literally an isolated Mensan. You know, like if you were the sole Mensa member in the island of Tuvalu, for instance.

But the content is just so charming to leave to just the isolated Mensans. And so, here it is, Comic Sans font and all!

Click on the link below to read your copy of the April 2016 edition of Isolated M.

Isolated M (April 2016)


Enjoy!