Lawrence Mangindin

Despite the numerous advances in technology in the last 38 years, we still need to personally communicate with each other.

This point was stressed by Engineer Lawrence Mangindin, new president of the Philippine Technological Society of Michigan (PTSM), when he delivered his inaugural speech during the group’s 38th induction banquet held on Nov. 21, 2015 at the Sterling Inn in Sterling Heights.

Mangindin recalled the state of technology in 1978 when PTSM was formed. He said he was in Grade 6 in San Marcelino, Zambales. “We didn’t have a telephone, not even the one which is spun around to dial the right number. People were able to communicate by walking to each other’s homes, write an actual letter and mailed it.”

In 1979, Lawrence’s family immigrated to the US and lived “with my grandparents in a tiny apartment in Union City, California.” He recalled, “There was one telephone and two phone books… We had one grainy color TV with no remote control. We did have a cool combo stereo system. It had a turntable that played LPs, am/fm and an 8 track player. As a 12 years old, I thought this was the life.

“I used my Vivitar 110 with a detachable flash bulb to take pictures. I had to wait until I used up all 24 shots before we got it developed and then waited another week to get the pictures.”

Mangindin later shifted his talk to the state of technology today. Holding aloft a smartphone, he said, “This little gadget has made most things obsolete. Nobody carries a 35- mm camera, not even the Polaroid. We can now instant gratification with a selfie. Most of us don’t even use a map anymore. The smartphone will get you to your destination. Think of any task you want to do, and there is an app for that.”

He noted, however, that “even though we have all the technology to make out lives easier, there is one common denominator between the situation 38 years ago and the situation: That is the need to personally communicate with others…As an organization, we need to communicate with our members. We need the interaction to accomplish a common task. Technology may change but the need for communication and interaction stays the same.”

He said, “PTSM is vital to our community because it is a vehicle for professionals in Metro Detroit to connect with one another, to exchange ideas and learn from each other.”

He also said, “My vision is to build a solid foundation locally by connecting with our fellow professionals through presentations and social gatherings.”

In closing, he wondered what gadgets people will have 38 years from now. He said, “Will they look back at 2015 the way we think of 1978? Perhaps the will but one common thread they will have with us is the need to communicate and interact with other professionals.’

PTSM will be there to facilitate the communication even 38 years from now, he added.

Aside from Mangindin, the other elected PTSM officers are Gerry Tablada, vice president; Rhodes Porcalla, secretary; Philip Fernandez, assistant secretary; Ross Barranco, treasurer; Andy Tolenada, assistant treasurer; Jun Garcia, auditor; Natchie Evangelista, PRO; and Gerry Levina, assistant PRO.

The members of the board of directors are Nino Cugtas, Bert Reginaldo, Boy Cabanilla, Art Bada and Nestor Herrera.

The officers and the directors have a term of two years. They were sworn in by Mike Mancuso, financial officer of Power Plus Engineering, Inc.

Mancuso was also the keynote speaker. He was introduced by Art Bada.

Mangindin performed the US National Anthem with his trumpet. Bing Reginaldo delivered the invocation. Gil Manly was the master of ceremonies.