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3 Pinoy students bag gold in science poster-making contest

September 9, 2008

from The Philippine Star

Three Filipino students bagged first prize of the poster-making competition in the recently concluded Asian Science Summit held in Bali, Indonesia, the Science Education Institute (SEI) reported yesterday.

The winners were Joey Mangadlao, a senior BS Chemistry student at the University of the Philippines-Diliman; Raymund Lorenzo Abejuela IV, a BS Physics student at the University of the Philippines-Los Banos; and Elvis Chua, a BS Chemistry student at the Ateneo de Manila University.
The group bested 50 other participating teams.

The winning Philippine entry entitled “DNAzymes: Gene-Carriers of the Past, Catalysts of the Future” was inspired by the lecture of Rizal Fajar Hariadi of the California Institute of Technology on molecular machines made of and fueled by DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), the SEI said.

The team received certificates and three million rupiah as prize money, it added.

“This is another shining moment for the Philippines. Our students are not only good in science and math but are also able to express it in the arts,” said SEI director Ester Ogena.

SEI is an agency under the Department of Science and Technology mandated to develop a critical mass of competitive S&T workers and professionals.

– Helen Flores

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