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BPInoy Awardees

Once more, Bank of the Philippine Islands recognized remarkable Filipinos who have made us proud to be Pinoys.

This year's awardees are Charice Pempengco and neurosurgeon Dr. Manny Cacdac who both exemplify world excellence in their chosen fields.

Charice, being recognized today as an international singer, truly give the country a tremendous recognition as she also named as the first Asian to land in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart.

 
ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra

ABS-CBN and First Philippine Holdings Inc. had recently formed an addition to Kapamilya Network, Philharmonic Orchestra. One of the objectives of this network is to promote an advocacy for Filipinos to connect and experience real and good music and to provide music of the highest caliber to the general audience. It consists of 40-piece musical ensemble. Composer Ryan Cayabyab commended the formation of this group which will be introduced to the public  in a concert entitled Icons at the Arena at the SM Mall of Asia.

 
Inventors from the Northern Part of the Philippines won DOST's event

During the 2011 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits held in Pangasinan organized by the Department of Science and Technology, Ilocano inventors won in a prestigious regional invention contest. Engr Jose Zafaralia of Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City got the ‘Engineered Kawayan Technology: Machines and Products-Bamboo splitting machine.’ Also, Engr. Reynold Caoili and Dr. Reynaldo Castro of the Philippine Rice Research Institute-Batac City won the 1st prize in their creative research category for ‘Using water to pump water: the hydro-powered water pump.'

 
Topacio Receives Nat'l Scientist Award

In pursuant of the Proclamation No. 1762 signed in April 30 this year, the National Scientist Award was given to 84-year-old, Dr. Teodulo M. Topacio Jr. for his outstanding achievement in veterinary medicine and agriculture.

Topacio's studies on leptospirosis, particularly the transmission of the disease from pigs to humans and his research on other animal diseases like bacterial abortion in cattle, parasitic liver disease and virus disease of dogs and tumors in cats are among Topacio's achievements He also led the drafting and lobbying of the proposed Anti-Rabies Bill which was signed by President Arroyo as Anti-Rabies Act 2007.

 
2 Pinoy Scientists in 5th Novartis International BioCamp

Ms. Karen Rosal, who completed her Master of Science in Molecular Biology at Okayama University in Japan and Mr. Carlo Castillo, who is currently taking up Master of Science in Molecular Medicine at St. Luke's College of Medicine. They are the 2 young Filipino scientists who represented the country in the prestigious Novartis Biotechnology Leadership Camp (BioCamp).

 
Robot Fest 2010 in RP

In 2010, Philippines will be hosting the World Robot Olympiad that will try to outsmart and outclass the 30 countries with its different robots of all shapes and sizes.

According to Mylene Abiva, president and chief executive officer of the Philippine Robotics Olympiad (PRO), after three tries, finally the country finally won the right to host the international competition.

More than 1,200 foreign students and coaches are expected to participate in the Manila edition of the WRO, according to Abiva, who also heads Felta Multi-Media, Inc., which runs the local robotics contest.

 
Filipino Scientist Research and Development Capabilities

Dr. Alvin Culaba was the recent elected President of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP). In a meeting with members of the Congressional Commission on Science Technology and Engineering (COMSTE), he proposed that COMSTE and the NRCP must work in partnership to create projects that will be commercially feasible with the assistance of Research and Development (R&D) and our best scientists. The NRCP thru the Department of Science and Technology has the directive to give assistance to the expansion of the research capabilities of our Filipino scientists.

 
RP Scientists to Develop Virus Resistant Kamote

To have a genetically modified (GM) kamote (sweet potato) in the next five years, Filipino scientists from Visayas State University (VSU) and the University of the Philippines Los Banos , Institute of plant Breeding (UPLB-IPB) are now working on the development virus resistant sweet potato (VRSP) through agro bacterium-mediated transformation.

Sweet potato is popular cash crop abundantly in more than 12, 500 hectares in the Philippines. Of 15 known sweet-potato viruses worldwide, eight of these can be found in the country.

 
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