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A New Filipino National Scientist

The highest national recognition bestowed to Filipino scientists is the National Scientist Award which started since 1976. The President is the one who gives this type of award yearly. The prestigious award gives the awardee the reserved status like heroes. The awardee will receive benefits like financial gratuity, medical, hospitalization benefits, a place of honor at all state functions, and state funeral.

Philippine Tropical Fabrics Day

President Benigno S. Aquino III had declared January 24, 2011 as Philippine Tropical Fabric Day under Proclamation No. 86 signed last December 21, 2010. The said declaration is the result of the implementation of Republic Act 9242 or the Philippine Tropical Fabrics Law of 2004.

Country's Premier Institution Cites Teodoro Topacio, Jr

As Dr. Teodoro Topacio, Jr. conferred to have the National Scientist Award by President Arroyo, the country’s premier institution in the field of animal healthcare and nutrition, Univet Nutrition & Animal Health-care Co. (UNAHCO), cited him for the said award.

Dr. Topacio was the first dean of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Veterinary Medicine, who was conferred as a National Scientist Award by President Arroyo.

The said award is in acknowledgment of Topacio's exceptional accomplishment in veterinary medicine for more than 50 years.

Biotech Crops to Lessen Hunger in RP

Senior program officer of the International Service for the Acquisition of AgriBiotech Applications (ISAAA), Dr. Rhodora Aldemita said that biotechnology is a most feasible alternative system to boost yields of crops that have been genetically enhanced to provide consumers with adequate nutrients.

Aldemita said that agricultural biotechnology has succeeded in increasing yields while reducing dependence on chemical-based fertilizers, pesticides, nematicides and herbicides.

Papaya ring spot virus (PRSV)-resistant papaya and Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) corn are just two of the successful genetically modified crops.

The Invention of Ben Cruz

Benjamin Cruz is a well-known inventor from Bulacan. Last January 29, he sent a letter which indicates proposals regarding his inventions to the Presidential Action Center. One of his recent inventions is a kind of pill called Golden Heart. The pill will help a person reduce his cholesterol level and to prevent vascular obstruction, a disease that kills many people worldwide. It is also tested to prevent blocks in the arteries of the heart, gall stones, kidney stones, cerebral stroke, by-pass surgery, dialysis, erectile dysfunction and acne.

NCRP cited Pinoy Scientists

During the 79th General Membership Assembly, the National Research Council of the Philippines (NCRP) recognized 9 Filipino scientists with their national and international science contributions in the country. The following Pinoy scientists were cited in the event:

National Invention Contest

In the 2009 National Invention Contest awarding ceremonies, Polangui Campus University of Bicol got the Most Outstanding invention (Tuklas Award) and the WIPO Gold Medal and Certificate Award for their multi- purpose processing machine.

The research team, which is composed of  received Engr. Arnulfo Malinis, Engr. Eleanor Balute, Engr. Estrella Calpe and Engr. Herminigildo Lizano, the plaque, medal and certificate, the team took home P150, 000 as cash prize.

The team explained that their project could deal with the need for appropriate postharvest processing facilities for agricultural products in the countryside to enable farmers to add value to their produce so they can sell these products at higher prices.

Death Anniversary of Francisco Baltazar

Last February 20, 2012, our country celebrated the 150th death anniversary of the Father of Modern Tagalog Poetry, Francisco "Balagtas" Baltazar. He was born on April 2, 1788 in Balagtas, Bulacan. The place was first called Panginay, Bigaa and was changed to Balagtas. He was the youngest son of Juan Balagtas and Juana de la Cruz.

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