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55th Death Anniversary of President Ramon Magsaysay

The 55th Death Anniversary of former President Ramon F. Magsaysay was commemorated last March 17. It happened in a plane crash at Mt. Manunggal, Cebu City in 1957. Magsaysay was called "The Guy" during his time. He is a simple and humble leader of the country who is well-loved by his countrymen. He was born on August 31, 1907 at Iba, Zambales, the son of Exequiel Magsaysay, a blacksmith, and Perfecta del Fierro, a school teacher.

 
Unusual Deer Found on RP Island

According to a British-Filipino scientific expedition, one of the rarest deer has been found in a territory of the Philippine forest. The statement was given as a result of the group's three week sortie into Mount Mandalagan in the north of Negros Island last month.

Cervus alfredi are found only in the central Philippines and before the herds dwindled through heavy hunting and rapid habitat loss, they were represent on the islands of Cebu, Guimaras, Leyte, Masbate, Negros, Panay and Samar.

 
Dangerous Frog Fungus Spreading Rapidly in Asia

Experts announced that a fatal fungus that has killed hundreds of different kinds of frogs in the US is now harming five different frog species in Asia, specifically in the Philippines.

US and Filipino scientists found out that Philippines is the third country in Asia to be affected by the chytrid fungus, which targets the skin of frogs and distresses the arrangement of tadpoles' body parts.

 
Pinoy Scientist Undertakes Anti-Cancer Research

Lauren Colis, a US-based Filipino scientist and  a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences of the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She had given honor and pride to Filipinos based in Milan when she participated in the 3rd Genomic Instability Workshop. She is a good role model and inspiration to many children of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

 
Pinoy Software Developer Wins the First-Ever Google Map Maker

In first-ever Google Map Maker Global Competition, Pinoy software developer wins the $50,000 worth of donation funds over hundreds of contestants.

Wayne Dell Manuel, winner of the first-ever Google Map Maker Global Competition, is a 24-year-old developer at the National Telehealth Center of the University of the Philippines.

 
6 Magsaysay Awardees Receive Credits

In ceremonies at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City, 2009 Ramon Magsaysay awardees are to get recognition and receive the title Asia’s Heroes: Science in the Service of Humanity.

Along with the awardees is Filipino Antonio Oposa Jr. He will be joined by five others: Krisana Kraisintu of Thailand, Deep Joshi of India, Yu Xiaogang of China, Ma Jun also of China and Ka Hsaw Wa of Myanmar.

 
NASA Scientist Talks on Climate Change

With an objective to help his kababayans, Josefino Comiso, a Filipino-American scientist at the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration and a native of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, shared some expertise about climate change last June 17 at the Albay Astrodome.

 
More Filipino Research Scientists and Engineers for RP's Disaster and Poverty Alleviation

Dr. Emerlinda Roman, president of the University of the Philippines System, an institution under the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST), said that the country is in need of more more research scientists and engineers (RSEs) with advanced degrees to make science and technology work for disaster mitigation and poverty alleviation, ensure a sustainable environment and reasonable energy for the future, and turn out indigenous technologies to enhanced Filipinos' lives.

 
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