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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).

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.

Biologist Baldomero Olivera Back to Philippines

With the opening of the 2009 National Science and Technology Week at the Manila Hotel, Balik- Scientist awardee Dr. Baldomero Olivera serves as the key note speaker of the said event.

Olivera, a distinguished professor of biology at the University of Utah, first gained fame for his discovery of painkilling properties in the highly toxic, ocean-going cone snails that are abundant in Philippine waters.

Olivera's discovery led to the development of a commercial painkiller called Ziconotide (Prialt), which is administered to patients suffering from extreme pain. Unlike traditional painkiller morphine, Ziconotide is not known to cause painkiller addiction and lasts much longer in the system.

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.

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).

2009 National Invention Contest and Exhibits

Through the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) conducted its 2009 National Invention Contest and Exhibits (2009 NICE) at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City last November 16-20, 2009.

The event aims to give recognition to ingenious Filipinos and encourage the value of inventiveness among the young in pursuant to Article II of Republic Act No. 7459, the Philippine Inventors Act.

The 2009 NICE is highlighted by the conferment of awards, including Outstanding Inventions (Tuklas Award), Outstanding Utility Models, Outstanding Industrial Designs, Outstanding Creative Researches (Likha Award), and Outstanding Student Creative Research (Sibol Award) for high school and college students.

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