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Pinoy Film Makers Bag Awards in Asian Hotshots Filmfest

Francis Xavier Pasion and Mark Reyes, Filipino film makers, won top awards at the Asian Hotshots Berlin Film Fest 2009 that took place January 13-18.

Other countries participants were from: Japan, China, Indonesia, Singapore, South Korea, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and India.

With the 96-minute movie, Jay, Xavier Pasion won first prize. The movie talks about a story about the murder of a gay school teacher that was told a grim, incisive satire and textbook of the corruptive and manipulative mechanisms of mass media.

Filipino Innovations in Indonesia

Alexis Belonio, 49 year old, invented a stove powered by rice husk, whose leftover used as a fertilizer or a raw material for fibber cement boards.

Belonio received the associate laureate citation of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise in 2008. He is the first Filipino to get the citation from the luxurious wristwatch brand which annually honors outstanding projects for the poor around the world.

Giant Mosaic for the Legandary Mom of Tarlac

As of mother's day celebration and as a tribute to the legendary mom of Tarlac, a 22-by-40-foot mosaic portrait of Cory Aquino, printed on a tarpaulin, was unveiled at the atrium of SM City Tarlac.

Pinoy Scientists Acquire Pointers in Taiwan

Under the country's Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT), Filipino scientists have touched base with technology firms in Taiwan in a bid to strike cooperation agreements and discuss new technologies.

The ERDT team was led by Science and Technology Undersecretary Fortunato Dela Pena and Up College of Engineering dean Rowena Guevarra.

Rescue Boat Inventor

Filipino inventors of rescue boat barely showed interest in acquiring their work for several reasons.

Mariano Griño, now 62 and one of rescue boat inventors, said that he cannot produce without orders due to lack of enough capital.

Griño is the retired as division chief at the National Economic and Development Authority in Western Visayas. He is a reservist of the Regional Community Defense Center.

Because of his experience he has in producing rubber boats, he built a prototype boat in the backyard of his house in Jaro District in Iloilo City, utilizing imported and locally made materials.

DoST sponsored a training for mango growers of Siquijor

Last May 17-19, the Region 7 office of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) through its provincial office sponsored three-day training on mango processing and packaging the Mango Processing House here. The goal of the training is to help and assist mango growers of Siquijor.

Electric Car Inventor

Ismael Aviso a.k.a. "Ka Maeng", a 54 year old Filipino electric car inventor. He used to spend his Christmas wiggling his thumbs inside his home in Navotas City. A month ago he had completed his invention to produce crude that will run his vehicle. Seven years had passed. Aviso has the ability to create a car engine that runs through electricity and not petroleum. But it seems that there is no support coming from the government. Aviso already sent an email to the DoE (Department of Energy).

Whiz Kids Baby Steps for RP's First Nobel Prize

After winning of the six students from Philippine Science High School (PSHS), in the Science Olympiad in South Korea last month, it is said that this may be the first step of the country for Philippine’s first Nobel Prize.

The six students won six medals at a prestigious Science Tournament in South Korea, proving that Filipinos can go toe-to-toe with the best in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

The senior and juniors from the state-run PSHS brought home three silver and three bronze medals from the 5th International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) in Changwon City on December 6-15.

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