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Monday, June 23, 2014

Love photography? Then Join the Mensa World Photo Cup 2014!

Photos by Mensa PH members (UL) Jeff Sorreda; (UR & LL) Mel Balilo Jr; (LR) Raymond Pasiliao

If you are a photography enthusiast, then you'd love to join this!

Mensa International is running a worldwide photo contest, the Mensa World Cup 2014, that's open to current Mensa members around the world! It's a straightforward photo contest. Winners get to have their photos exhibited in international Annual Gatherings and publicized in Mensa events around the world. Oh, there are prizes too (though we don't quite know what they would be just yet!).

To get there, your photo will have to be among the top three in the Mensa Philippines World Cup!

The theme for this year? Beauty. Feel free to interpret that in any way that you can. You get to submit up to three entries. Yes, there's a chance that more than one of your entries get to win.

Photo entries have to be in JPG format and be not more than 1MB in file size. Simply make sure that you're a current member of Mensa Philippines, and submit your entries (one email per photo) to On the body of the email, include your Name, Membership Number, and the Title of your photo.

Deadline for submissions to the Mensa Philippines World Cup is August 8, 2014. Our panel of judges will then evaluate and select the top three entries, which we shall then forward to the international Mensa World Cup finals, which shall close on August 31.

So brush up your lenses, take photos (using whatever camera you have) and have fun!

Rules follow below.

The Search for the International Mensa Photographer of the Year 2014


1.       This competition is organized locally by Mensa Philippines, as part of the International Project Convergence initiative of Mensa International.
2.       The theme for 2014 is: Beauty.
3.       There is no fee for entry into the Competition. The entrant must be a member in good standing of Mensa Philippines for the duration of the competition.
4.       Photos should be in JPG format not exceeding 1 MB.  Entries in the national competition must be received by August 8, 2014.
5.       Name, membership number and title of photograph should be included in the photo information/label or in the text of the email.
6.       The photos should be e-mailed to the following national mailing address:
7.       Each entrant may submit up to three color images only.
8.       All entries must be the sole work of the entrant.
9.       The three best entries in the national competition will be selected by a locally organized judging panel. Entries will be judged on the effectiveness of how they convey the theme as well as composition, technical and other considerations. The decision of the Judging Panel is final. The national winner will win the title of Mensa Philippines Photographer of the Year 2014.
10.    The three best entries in each national Mensa competition will be included in the Mensa World Photo Cup competition run under the supervision of Mensa International. The closing date for the (International) Mensa World Photo Cup is August 31st, 2014. The International winner (MIL Photographer of the Year) will be selected by a professional judging panel which will include the Mensa International Chairman ex-officio.
11.    Winning photographs will become part of the 'Mensa IPC Collection' and will be exhibited at the Annual Gatherings and otherwise publicized, inside and outside Mensa.
12.    Entrants will retain copyright of their photos but will grant Mensa non-exclusive rights for publication in Mensa journals, on Mensa websites, on Photo SIG posters, for display in exhibitions, or other appropriate places as part of the Mensa IPC Collection without any financial reward to the contestant.
13.    Contestants agree that their name and country may be published nationally and internationally.
14.    By submitting entries for the competition, the entrant accepts all the conditions listed above.

Photo by Mensa PH member Marla Endriga

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mensa Philippines' qualifying test on July 19, 2014 at Ateneo Rockwell

Mensans generally love solving puzzles.  If you can't get enough of them too, you may be Mensa material.

The next Mensa qualifying exam will be on July 19, 2014 (Saturday) at the
Rm 308 of Ateneo Professional Schools Bldg. No. 20 Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City.

Test sessions will be held every hour on 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm. The Mensa test typically takes 40 minutes to complete.

Interested test-takers are free to walk-in anytime, but some waiting may apply depending on the time of the next test, and availability of venue seats.

We recommend pre-registering at...
and adding your preferred time at the "OTHER QUERIES" portion of the registration form.

Scoring in the top two percentile of the Mensa test is the only prerequisite to becoming a Mensa member.

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

The minimum age to take the Mensa test is 14 years old.

There is also a Facebook events page for the Mensa test at

Friday, June 13, 2014

Mensa Philippines goes to Boards and Beers in Makati this June 14 to have some #2ndSaturday fun!

So come on over and let's bond over boards games and brews!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Membership Based on Prior Evidence

While the regular test of Mensa Philippines is administered to individuals 14 years old and above (one reason is that the test is calibrated for adults), children younger than 14 may be able to join Mensa through membership based on prior evidence.

Membership based on prior evidence may also be applied when an individual of any age, for some reason, cannot take the regular Mensa test -- for instance, he or she lives in a regional area that is far from the venue where we will hold the Mensa test, which is usually in Metro Manila.

When the IQ of an individual has been officially determined by a qualified professional psychologist to be within the levels that are accepted in Mensa, the individual may use this documented result to qualify to Mensa Philippines in lieu of taking the Mensa test.

Note that fees may be charged by your psychologist for this professional assessment service.

To apply for membership based on prior evidence, the following information MUST be provided in a written formal certificate:

- Name of qualified psychologist and contact info to the psychologist
- Full name and birth info of the candidate
- Date of testing
- Name of test
- Test result expressed in percentile (minimum 98) or transformed into another scale, like IQ 
- Certified by a qualified psychologist

The certificate can be in PDF but not in a Word-format. If written in another language than English – a formal translation is needed.

The above are to be sent president@mensa,ph for assessment.  Please include complete name and contact details.

If these requirements are not met, we cannot accept the application. Mensa does NOT accept membership based on verbal communication with the psychologist.