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Sunday, July 7, 2024

SLICES OF TIME: Reflecting social realities through the lenses of Efren Ricalde


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SLICES OF TIME: Reflecting social realities through the lenses of Efren Ricalde gives us snapshots of the struggle of the Filipino people. The exhibit juxtaposes norms with more than 80 photographs taken in different timelines in and out of the country. Previously, the exhibit was conceptualized by individuals like Raymund Villanueva taking note of the importance of documentation of the busy city life of the urban poor and working class to the detached cycle of the remote barrios. 

One of the organizations that helped design the exhibition was Concerned Artists of the Philippines emphasizing on the visual chronicles of Philippine society. The series of photographs shows everything from the calmness the sunset brings, innocence of a kid’s smile, to the tiring day of the working class. 

Curated by multi-awarded photojournalist Mel Cortez, SLICES OF TIME features beautiful sceneries from several provinces of the Philippines and neighboring Asian countries. One of the most compelling shots in the collection is that of the central business district of Mandaluyong – the tall buildings, and almost occupied residential areas of the city. Mount Hibok-Hibok also known as Catarman Volcano in Camiguin Island is also featured as a picturesque view along with the hot spring. 

The exhibition also displays the call of the toiling masses for equal opportunity for living minimum wage, the cry of families against injustice and human right violations, and environmentalists’ distress on development aggression through time. A recognizable portrait that Ricalde framed is that of former Chairperson of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance) Carol Araullo, where she shows frustration as police refused to silence their loudspeakers during a 2015 anti-APEC protest mobilization at Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila. 

There are also mobilization photos in this collection from different milestones of the democratic movement in the Philippines – from the late dictator Marcos, Aquino administration, 2010 up to present. 

Organized by EMC2 Fraternity as part of the UP Arts and Culture Festival 2024, Slices of Time is co-presented by UP Diliman Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts and will run from July 2 to 11, 2024 at the Ignacio B. Gimenez Gallery at UP Diliman. This exhibition is in honor of fellow activists and College of Engineering alumni Mon Ramirez and Chad Booc.

BEHIND SLICES OF TIME

Efren Ricalde, the artist behind Slices of Time, is a seasoned photographer by passion and a technical director/ IT expert by profession. He has taken advanced courses to hone his skills in photography for the people. His works are published in alternative online news media.

Ricalde has been taking photos of the common people from the different walks of life, by the people and for the people for decades now. His shots usually reflect the plight of the Filipino masses – workers, farmers, youth, professionals and the intricacies of their everyday life and survival. He believes that his talent is developed to render service to the country, in fact one of his remarkable shots is a grand tableau in the play "Maghimagsik! Andres Bonifacio: Rebolusyonaryo, Anakpawis.

Ka Efren, as he is fondly called by his close friends in the people’s movement, believes that it is his appreciation both for the artistic and technical aspect of the craft that lets him still do voluntary photography for the “common tao.” He can be usually seen patiently waiting for the right elements – composition, lighting, and subject to be framed perfectly. This keeps him grounded, seeing the day-to-day hustle of people making ends meet, appreciating the beauty of nature, and capturing the decisive moments for his portrait and landscape shots.

Ricalde is very enthusiastic of making images with narrative combined with technical elements of photography making his shots well loved through the years. He is also into compiling the most iconic portrait of the mass leaders of the movement. Some of the personalities that he has photographed are: Carol Araullo, Sarah Elago, Sister Pat, and among others.

When he is not shooting photos, he is busy playing lawn tennis, or making a new malunggay recipe.

‘Death Is Not a Failure’: Enhancing Dolphin Disease Knowledge Through Hands-on Training




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The photo is veterinarians measuring the length of a dolphin, a striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba),  (Photo credit: Eunice Jean Patron)

Albeit disheartening, scientists said the death of a stranded dolphin is not entirely a setback during the “Cetacean Pathology Training and Workshop: Pathogenesis of Common Diseases in Stranded Dolphins,” held on June 24, 2024, at the University of the Philippines – Diliman College of Science’s Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (UPD-CS IESM), Marine Mammal Research and Conservation Laboratory (MMRCL).

The workshop aimed to equip veterinarians with the proper practices and skills for documenting and collecting information about dolphin diseases, ensuring that a dolphin’s death contributes to deepening knowledge about these diseases. It was organized by the MMRCL of IESM, the Microbial Ecology of Terrestrial and Aquatic Systems Laboratory (METAS Lab) of the UPD-CS Institute of Biology (IB), the Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network (PMMSN), the Veterinary Practitioners Association of the Philippines (VPAP), and the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA).

“We conduct these sorts of training to build the capacity of local government units (LGUs) and concerned agencies in their marine mammal rehabilitation and post-mortem response,” said IESM professor and MMRCL head, Dr. Lemnuel Aragones, who is also the president of PMMSN.

Data presented in the workshop show that human activities, particularly underwater noise pollution such as blasts, significantly impact dolphins. Dr. Leo Jonathan Suarez, PMMSN treasurer and Head of Veterinary Services at Ocean Adventure, mentioned that apart from body tissue injury, blasts can also cause acoustic trauma. “The ear has the most sensitive tissues for pressure-induced damage,” he pointed out. “An adult may not experience or sustain injury from the blast itself. But, of course, the sound travels really far. So, they may actually suffer the consequences of the explosion through that sound.”

As Dr. Suarez showed several examples of suspected acoustic trauma cases, he reiterated that deaf dolphins can survive, yet they will slowly suffer due to hearing loss. “If they cannot echolocate, they cannot find and catch food. They cannot avoid predators. They cannot navigate. They cannot communicate. So basically, all of their skills and abilities to live in the wild are removed,” he added.

Focusing on studies of marine mammal diseases, PMMSN advisory member Dr. Christopher Torno, who mentioned that dolphin deaths are not truly failures, highlighted the importance of dolphin disease knowledge. “Sometimes when people talk about these things, take it with a grain of salt. Tignan niyo rin. As much as possible, I try to superimpose what I've learned. And you should too. ‘Yung mga templates natin sa pathology na you might think are useless, they are very useful,” he expounded.

Dr. Torno also reminded the workshop participants to double-check the dolphin’s organs when investigating the cause of its death, even if suspicions already exist. He shared how he has made mistakes during necropsies, illustrating that veterinarians can learn a lot about dolphin diseases through these examinations. 'The information you're bringing us will benefit not just you, but this entire network. We're learning from this, and I'm so happy I can share it with you,' he said.

Dr. Marie Christine Obusan, an IB professor and one of the heads of the METAS Lab, emphasized the need for more research on dolphin rehabilitation response. “Our country represents one-third of the world's cetacean diversity,” she explained. “And there is an increasing trend of stranding events over the years.”

As a scientist mainly focused on assessing samples from marine mammal stranding events, Dr. Obusan shared her experiences working with veterinarians in the field. “I’m very appreciative of the inputs I’m getting from different experts and being mentored by different veterinarians,” she said, underscoring how collaborations with people from various fields and expertise, as well as citizens themselves, can be helpful in better understanding marine mammals such as dolphins.



Workshop organizers and participants gathered in front of the IESM building for a photo after the morning session lectures. (Photo credit: Eunice Jean Patron)

Veterinarians from different LGUs across the Philippines, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), state universities and colleges (SUCs), and private veterinary clinics participated in the workshop. After the morning session lectures by the speakers, the participating veterinarians conducted a dolphin necropsy in the MMRCL room during the afternoon session.

The workshop organizers have also collaborated on other medical management training programs for marine mammals. “The need never ends, as we know that the frequency of strandings continues to increase through the years,” Dr. Aragones mentioned. “We focus on topics we believe are lacking or needed to enhance local capacities.”

Dr. Aragones and his team will soon release a scientific paper detailing marine mammal strandings in the Philippines from 2005 to 2022.


‘Death Is Not a Failure’: Enhancing Dolphin Disease Knowledge Through Hands-on Training

By: Eunice Jean C. Patron

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Digital Writing in Microsoft: Revolutionizing How We Create and Communicate


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Introduction

Digital writing has revolutionized the way we create, communicate, and collaborate. With the advent of Microsoft’s suite of tools and technologies, digital writing has become more accessible, efficient, and versatile. From students and educators to professionals and creatives, 

Microsoft’s digital writing solutions cater to a broad spectrum of users, enhancing their productivity and unleashing their creativity. This article delves into the realm of digital writing in Microsoft, exploring its tools, benefits, applications, and future trends.


The Evolution of Digital Writing

Digital writing has evolved significantly over the past few decades. What started with simple word processors has now expanded into a sophisticated ecosystem of tools that support handwriting, drawing, note-taking, and document creation. Microsoft has been at the forefront of this evolution, continually innovating to provide users with powerful and intuitive digital writing solutions.


Key Microsoft Tools for Digital Writing

1. Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote is a digital notebook that allows users to capture and organize their notes in various formats, including text, images, audio, and handwriting. OneNote’s flexibility makes it a favorite among students, educators, and professionals. Key features include:  Handwriting Recognition: Convert handwritten notes into searchable text.  Ink to Math: Write equations by hand and convert them into typed text.  Collaboration: Share notebooks and collaborate in real-time with others.  Integration: Seamlessly integrates with other Microsoft Office apps and services.

2. Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word remains a cornerstone of digital writing, offering robust tools for document creation, editing, and formatting. While traditionally focused on typed text, Word has evolved to support digital writing with features like:  Ink Editor: Use a digital pen to edit documents by striking through words to delete them, circling text to select, and more.  Draw Tab: Access various pen and ink styles to annotate and highlight text.  Handwriting to Text: Convert handwritten notes and annotations into typed text.

3. Microsoft Whiteboard

Microsoft Whiteboard is a freeform digital canvas that enables users to brainstorm, plan, and collaborate visually. It is particularly useful for team meetings, project planning, and educational settings. Features include:  Real-Time Collaboration: Work with others in real-time, regardless of location.  Infinite Canvas: An endless canvas that allows for expansive brainstorming and ideation. 

Ink to Shape and Table: Automatically convert hand-drawn shapes and tables into clean, formatted objects.

4. Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint is widely used for creating presentations, and its digital writing capabilities enhance the way users create and deliver content. Key features include:  Ink Annotations: Draw and highlight directly on slides during presentations.  Ink Replay: Rewind and replay ink strokes to illustrate points step-by-step.  Slide Design Ideas: Get design suggestions and layout improvements using AI.


Benefits of Digital Writing with Microsoft

1. Enhanced Creativity and Expression

Digital writing tools in Microsoft products provide users with a variety of pens, colors, and effects, allowing for creative and expressive writing and drawing. This is particularly beneficial for artists, designers, and educators who need to convey complex ideas visually. 

2. Improved Organization and Accessibility

Digital notes and documents are easier to organize, search, and retrieve compared to traditional paper-based methods. Features like tagging, notebooks, and search functions in OneNote, for example, make it simple to keep track of information and access it quickly. 3. Seamless Collaboration Microsoft’s digital writing tools support real-time collaboration, enabling users to work together on documents, notes, and whiteboards from anywhere. This fosters teamwork and ensures that everyone is on the same page, improving productivity and communication.

4. Integration with Microsoft Ecosystem

Microsoft’s digital writing tools are integrated with its broader ecosystem, including Office 365, Teams, and OneDrive. This integration allows for a seamless workflow, where users can easily share and access their work across different platforms and devices.


Applications of Digital Writing in Microsoft

1. Education

Digital writing tools have transformed the educational landscape, offering new ways for students and teachers to interact and learn. In classrooms, OneNote and Whiteboard enable interactive lessons, collaborative projects, and digital assignments. Teachers can provide real-time feedback, and students can organize their notes and resources efficiently. 

2. Business and Productivity

In the business world, digital writing tools enhance productivity by streamlining workflows and facilitating collaboration. Professionals can use OneNote to keep meeting notes, PowerPoint to create engaging presentations with ink annotations, and Whiteboard for brainstorming sessions.

The ability to share and collaborate in real-time improves decision-making and project management.

3. Creative Industries

For artists, designers, and content creators, Microsoft’s digital writing tools provide a platform to unleash their creativity. The ability to draw, sketch, and annotate with precision and flexibility makes these tools invaluable for conceptualizing ideas, creating digital art, and developing design projects.

4. Personal Use

On a personal level, digital writing tools help individuals stay organized and express themselves creatively. Whether it’s journaling in OneNote, annotating documents in Word, or creating visual plans in Whiteboard, these tools cater to a wide range of personal productivity and creative needs.


Future Trends in Digital Writing

1. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

The integration of AI and machine learning into digital writing tools will continue to advance.

This includes features like predictive text, handwriting recognition, and smart annotations that adapt to the user’s style and preferences. AI can also assist in generating content, offering suggestions, and automating repetitive tasks.

2. Extended Reality (XR)

Extended reality, encompassing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), is poised to enhance digital writing experiences. Imagine writing and drawing in a 3D space, collaborating with others in virtual environments, or overlaying digital notes onto the real world through AR.

These technologies will provide immersive and interactive writing experiences.

3. Enhanced Collaboration Features

As remote work and virtual collaboration become more prevalent, digital writing tools will continue to evolve to support these trends. Enhanced collaboration features, such as more intuitive sharing options, real-time co-authoring, and integrated communication tools, will make teamwork even more efficient.

4. Cross-Platform Compatibility

Future developments will likely focus on improving cross-platform compatibility, ensuring that digital writing tools work seamlessly across different devices and operating systems. This will enable users to switch between their desktop, tablet, and mobile devices without losing functionality or data.


Conclusion

Digital writing in Microsoft has transformed the way we create, communicate, and collaborate. 

With tools like OneNote, Word, Whiteboard, and PowerPoint, users can leverage the power of digital writing to enhance their productivity, creativity, and organization. Microsoft Ink is a powerful tool that has transformed the way we create, share, and interact with digital content. Its natural and intuitive interface, combined with a wide range of applications and features, makes it an invaluable asset for education, art, business, and personal productivity. As technology continues to evolve, Microsoft Ink is poised to play an even more significant role in shaping the future of digital content creation. By embracing the possibilities offered by this innovative tool, users can unlock new levels of creativity, collaboration, and productivity in the digital age.Whether it's through storytelling, visual content, or personalized experiences, the power of digital content lies in its ability to connect, inform, and inspire audiences around the world.

As technology continues to evolve, the future of digital writing promises even more innovative features and applications, making it an essential aspect of our digital lives. Whether in education, business, creative industries, or personal use, Microsoft’s digital writing tools provide the flexibility and functionality needed to succeed in the digital age.

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Uncover diverse culinary legacy and travel gateway at IFBEX and TLEX 2024


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The Iloilo Food and Beverage Expo (IFBEX) 2024 is serving its spectacular showcase of culinary innovation, local delicacies and cuisines aiming to highlight the rich culinary heritage of Iloilo while the Travel and Leisure (TLEX) 2024 is set to embark on a journey of discovery and adventure in Iloilo City. With Worldbex Services International as organizer, IFBEX and TLEX 2024 will feature a diverse lineup of exhibitors and engaging activities that will surely fulfill your memories with unforgettable culinary experience and entrancing moments that only these two world-class events can offer.

This year’s event promises an exciting series of activities and highlights featuring different zones that will certainly catch your interest and attention as IFBEX and TLEX establishments will be filled with hundreds of exhibitors and booths from local and international experts in the industry.

A glimpse of what you can look forward to at this premier food and beverage and Travel and Leisure exhibition includes;

● Cake Decoration competition, showcasing the creative techniques of student bakers turning a simple cake into an artistic masterpiece.

● The Table Set up which presents exquisite and exceptional skills on table arrangements that set new standards in dining aesthetics.

● The Carving competition will feature the passion of participants showing their artistry, talent and craft in transforming ordinary fruits and vegetables into outstanding works of art.

● IFBEX Flair Open is definitely an eye-catcher as it presents dynamic and entertaining flair bartending performances.

● IFBEX Talks will give valuable knowledge and inspiration from the insightful presentations and discussions led by industry experts.

● Likha showcases Filipino creativity by featuring traditional weaving, pottery, and textiles, fostering relationships with the community, and preserving cultural heritage.

● TLEX Summit gathers experts to share insights on exploring the latest trends, destinations, and innovations in the travel and leisure industry.

Each activity and highlights is just a start up that will undoubtedly make you crave for more from this event. As the largest gathering of the country, IFBEX will bring the ultimate gastronomic journey presenting the finest food and beverage products from iloilo and beyond in celebration of the rich culinary heritage of the region, simultaneously, TLEX will ensure an inspiring and informative event for all seeking to enrich their travel endeavors.

Seize the chance to explore and discover an extraordinary celebration of travel and culinary delights at the Travel and Leisure Expo (TLEX) and Iloilo Foods and Beverages Expo (IFBEX) 2024 as we continuously strive for excellence to expand your horizons and make lasting memories happening on July 11 to 14, 2024 at the Iloilo Convention Center (ICON).

IFBEX and TLEX 2024 is organized by Worldbex Services International. For inquiriesand concerns, you may reach us at (02)8656-96-39, or email us at enquire@worldbexevents.com.


Wednesday, July 3, 2024

DOST Showcases National Commitment in WorldInvent Singapore


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The Department of Science and Technology - Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) is set to continue into the 3rd installment of its internationalization campaign by deploying six (6) DOST-developed inventions and technologies for international recognition once again at the WorldInvent Singapore International Invention Show on July 9-11, 2024.

Official Event Poster of WorldInvent Singapore 2024 (Retrieved from https://worldinvent.com/

The DOST-TAPI announces the participation of six (6) DOST-developed inventions and technologies at the Singapore Expo - WorldInvent Singapore International Invention Show. This event provides a global platform facilitating

 “Meet the WoSG 2024 Delegates (Team Philippines)” posted on DOST-TAPI’s Official Facebook page (Retrieved from 

https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=890528799779837&set=a.223961976436526)

The agency gears up to exhibit a collection of inventions and innovative applications spanning various fields in agriculture, consumer electronics, AI and resource regulation, medicine, and seismic monitoring. This exhibition of technical expertise aims to open opportunities for local technologies to grow beyond the Philippine market.

To solidify its commitment to build upon its earlier success in internationalization, DOST reinforces its position in the global tech arena through the participation of homegrown technologies from DOST - Research and Development Institutes, and the National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) at the exhibit while continuing strides to vie for gold in various international conventions.

After careful innovation and marketing analysis, DOST is primed to present alongside major industry players at the WorldInvent Singapore 2024, highlighting once again the remarkable technical prowess of the leading Filipino inventors.

Take a look at the excellent home-grown technologies representing the Philippines:

1. Ethnobotanical Dewormer for Native Chicken

Inventor(s): Bede P. Ozaraga, Ma. Sylvia I. Ozaraga, Maryneth B. Barrios

The ethnobotanical dewormer for native chickens is an organic solution that reduces worm infestations in poultry. Its main active ingredients are powdered betel nut and ipil-ipil seeds. With the uprise of health consciousness, people tend to turn towards organic health practices.

Capitalizing on the market potential of organic food, this product innovates agritechnology in organic poultry farming while targeting other nations participating in this practice as potential partners. This product also offers better health sustainability for the chickens, which ensures excellent chicken meat yield and quality.

Ethnobotanical Dewormer is envisioned to be a player in Singapore's agricultural market, (estimated at $152 million in 2022). The product aligns with Singapore’s strides towards 30% self-sufficiency in food production through efforts including enhancing agricultural productivity with redesigned spaces and agrotechnology subsidies.

2. CharM - Charging in Minutes

Inventor(s): Engr. Leo Allen S. Tayo

Charging in Minutes or “CharM” features fast-charging technology using Direct Current (DC) Charging Mode 4, which allocates fast charging for the first 80% of the battery, then transitions to slow charging for the last 20%. This feature reduces the conventional charging time from 4-6 hours to approximately 30 minutes, without compromising the safety and reliability of charging electric vehicles (EVs).

CharM's promotion of fast charging for EVs contributes to the enhancement of economic activity, supporting Singapore's emissions reduction goals. Its renewable energy integration and high efficiency attract both energy and EV sectors, fostering sustainability in transportation. With Singapore’s EV market expected to reach $230.3million with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.93% from 2024 to 2028, CharM’s goal is to offer comprehensive charging solutions for various EV types, ranging from personal mobility scooters to public transportation buses and successfully penetrate the country’s EV market.

3. Hiraya Intelligent Modular Optimization (HIMO)

Inventor(s): Stephen Larcia, Jan Russell Diolata, Jam Benneth Wong 

HIMO mainly uses artificial intelligence (AI) and smart technology to help water facilities reduce water losses in non-revenue water (NRW), reduce power consumption, and improve service levels by gathering real-time data to control operations in water facilities simultaneously.

HIMO promotes AI technology for efficiency in data analytics for water conservation and utility optimization, enabling real-time operation of water systems without manual oversight and aiding Singapore's Green Plan 2030 goal to reduce household water consumption from 154L to 130L per person per day.

Datasets are crucial assets in water resource management as a support for streamlining decision-making and action. According to the International Water Association, Singapore is recognized internationally as a model city for water management, with them leading in business opportunities in water technologies. With Singapore’s avid investment in A.I. technologies and excellence in hydro-powered technologies, HIMO is primed and ready to aid the country in strengthening its conservation objectives.

4. HOCLOMAC

Inventor(s): Francis Aldrine A. Uy, Febus Reidj G. Cruz, Carissa Jane R. Santos,

Mark Rommel Collado, Angel Flynn Egam

The HOCLOMAC device generates a powerful disinfectant (hypochlorous acid or HOCI) from three basic and accessible ingredients: distilled water, salt, and vinegar. HOCl is safe and effective for disinfecting surfaces, wounds, and medical instruments.

In Singapore, the disinfectant market, led by hand sanitizers with a projected CAGR of 5.30% from 2024-2029 and revenue of $18.63 million in 2024, reflects growing consumer awareness of hygiene and health practices. With its certification from a local hospital in the Philippines and a scheduled market launch in June 2024,

HOCLOMAC aims to expand its presence in households and workplaces beyond hospital settings.

HOCLOMAC has already been certified by local hospitals in the Philippines for the effectiveness of its product as a disinfectant. The technology is scheduled to launch this June 2024 to not only penetrate the medical sectors overseas but also expand their significance in household and workplace applications.

5. QBX - SMA (Strong Motion Accelerograph)

Inventor(s): Emmanuel G. Ramos, Mark Linus C. Ramos, Rodolfo Alfonso R. Sabio (Technology Manager, Tekton, GeoMetrix Inc)

The QBX-SMA, or strong motion accelerograph, helps ensure building safety. With ease in installation and operation through its Android touch interface, it measures strong earthquake shaking, allowing for informed decisions before, during, and after seismic events. This cost-effective, eco-friendly seismic monitoring device for buildings, made from 70% recyclable materials, uses locally-sourced components for easy replication and promotes earthquake preparedness by providing accessible, data-driven solutions for reliable early warnings, informed decision-making, and adherence to building codes.

Despite being outside earthquake zones, Singapore feels tremors from nearby Sumatra, Indonesia, which experienced 8,264 earthquakes in 2020. Recognizing this risk, the LTA recommended tremor monitoring systems in 2016, making QBX-SMA, a multifunctional technology for seismic activity monitoring and structural health assessment, a viable option for the Singaporean market, supported by its successful installations and validation from the GeoVision Seismic Laboratory Test Facility in Los Angeles.

6. WiltCure Biopesticide

Inventor(s): Eufrocinio C. Marfori (Scientist I, University of the Philippines Los BaƱos)

WiltCure Biopesticide is a composition of potato (Solanum tuberosum) callus 

and microbe co-culture. It is an organic and effective alternative to synthetic pesticides to control disease such as Fusarium oxysporum that affects solanaceous crops such as potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, capsicum, and chillies.

WiltCure biopesticide degrades quickly and safely in the environment, effectively controls Fusarium wilt in crops like tomatoes and potatoes, thereby increasing crop yield and income, and promoting sustainability through its natural, biodegradable, and self-replicating composition.

The Asia-Pacific and Japan region ranked third in the Biological Control Agent (BCA) market for agriculture in 2019, with a market value of approximately $388.5 million, presenting an opportunity for WiltCure Biopesticide to enter the Asian market as a novel product. As of June 2024, WiltCure Biopesticide is seeking outside funding to register with the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) after successful pilot field tests in two Philippine provinces showed significantly higher fruit yields in treated crops.

DOST plans to pursue the momentum from the success of previous internationalization campaigns and provide greater opportunities for home-grown technologies to be recognized internationally. As a result, the agency continues to foster boundless collaborations with international partners through enhanced support and strengthened international relations.

** This article is part of the "SPICE: Science and Technology Promotion for International Contest and Exhibits" campaign for the participants of the WorldInvent Singapore 2024. For more information and event updates, visit the DOST-TAPI website at www.tapi.dost.gov.ph.


By Elijah Espiritu

Sheraton Manila Bay Hosts A Spectacular Tour De France Du Vin 2024


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Sheraton Manila Bay successfully hosted an exquisite evening filled with 17 French wines and 17 French regional gourmet dishes. The event took place on June 27 and showcased a carefully curated selection of wines from various renowned regions of France, perfectly paired with a delectable dinner menu crafted by our talented culinary team.

General Manager Richard Masselin welcomed the guests and set the tone for a night of indulgence and celebration. This was followed by an opening message from Jorinda Flour of Le Cellier Wine Selection, who provided insightful background on the evening’s wine selections.








One of the highlights of the night was the captivating wine stories shared by Bernard Flour, the owner of Le Cellier Selection. His anecdotes and expertise provided a deeper appreciation of the wines savored, giving an overall enriching experience for the guests.

Adding a touch of excitement, a social media contest was held, where 5 lucky winners won a bottle of wine by posting their evening highlights.

As the evening drew to a close, Mr. Marvin Macalintal of the French Embassy expressed his support and highlighted the cultural significance of such gatherings and the embassy's commitment to fostering appreciation for French culinary arts.

“Manila Bay Kitchen is where stories and flavors gather and tonight we did that by bringing 17 flavors of wine and 17 regional dishes paired with enriching stories” - Kathy Salenga, Director of Sales and Marketing said to close the evening.

As we bid Au Revoir! We say hello to new events coming your way at Sheraton Manila Bay. The hotel’s next wine dinner is scheduled for October 2024.

Sheraton Manila Bay is a renowned hotel located at M. Adriatico corner Gen. Malvar Streets, Malate, Manila. The hotel offers luxurious accommodations, exceptional dining experiences, and state-of-the art facilities. With its commitment to providing exceptional service and creating unforgettable moments, Sheraton Manila Bay is the perfect destination for both leisure and business travelers. To reserve or book your room accommodations go to www.sheratonmanilabay.com. Sheraton Manila Bay is conveniently located at M. Adriatico corner Gen. Malvar Streets, Malate, Manila. Like us on Facebook and Instagram @sheratonmanilabay and follow us on Twitter at @sheratonmnlbay.













UPMV K9, Vanguard Makati push better health for people and pets


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Hundreds of pet owners were able to avail of free medical checkups for themselves and free anti-rabies vaccinations for their pets at the recently-concluded Luntian at Pula held at the UP Diliman DMST Complex last June 29.

While the event was highlighted by the spectacle of hundreds of dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes lined up for vaccination, the organizers were keen to help event goers stay mindful of their health as well. Apart from the UPMV K9 Corps' anti-rabies drive, Luntian at Pula also hosted a full complement of services for the public, including free food, health checkups, reading glasses, circumcisions, and even a free legal clinic for legal consultations. For those in a giving mood, there was also a blood donation drive and a garage sale for charity.







“Through events like this, we hope to remind pet owners that their own health is just as important as their pets’, and that taking care of ourselves is one of the best things we can do for our loved ones,” said UPMV K9 Corps president Elah Tendero. “The UPMV K9 Corps is deeply indebted to the UP Vanguard community for the opportunity to join forces in this advocacy.”

Luntian at Pula was made possible by the UP Cadet Alumni Organization, UP Corps of Sponsors, UPMV K9 Corps, Serving Hearts, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, UERM Beta Sigma, UP Vanguard Gun Club, RiteMed, and JoeMag's. The highly successful vaccination drive was made possible through UPMV K9's veterinary partners, the Philippine Coast Guard Veterinary Service; Dra. May Rulibeth Legayo-Javier; the 105th Squadron 4th Division CGAD NCR; the Veterinary Student Achievers Society; and the Veterinary Education and Training Society.

Established in 2017, the UP-MMDA-Vanguard K9 Corps (UPMV K9 Corps) is a non-profit partnership between the University of the Philippines, the Metro Manila Development Authority, and the UP Vanguard Inc. To date, there are already close to a hundred volunteers and K9s in the program, with Batch 11 already in training.

To learn more about free dog training and/or to explore potential partnerships with the UPMV K9 Corps, follow and message https://fb.com/upmmdavanguardk9 or email upmmdavanguardk9@gmail.com.

Could we do the same outreach activities at our community? How can we organise a similar activity at our place?

Schneider Electric named the world’s most sustainable company by Time magazine and Statista


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Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has topped the "World's Most Sustainable Companies for 2024" list by Time magazine and Statista. This recognition reflects Schneider Electric's ambitious goals to reduce its own emissions, but also the company’s commitment to helping its customers to become more energy efficient and reduce their emissions.

Both Time and Statista highlighted Schneider Electric's technological expertise and the Schneider Sustainability Impact (SSI) program. This transformative program drives and measures the company’s progress toward global sustainability 2021–2025 targets contributing to six long-term commitments that cover all environmental, social, and governance (ESG) dimensions. Among this progress, the company helped customers reduce their carbon emissions, with 553 million tonnes of CO2 saved and avoided since 2018. The company has also made significant progress in transforming its own supply chain. Carbon emissions from Schneider Electric's top 1,000 suppliers fell by 27% since the beginning of the program — and 21% of the company's most strategic supply chain partners have met Schneider Electric's decent work standards.

"We are incredibly honored to be recognized as the world's most sustainable company," said 

Peter Herweck, CEO of Schneider Electric. “This achievement is a testament to our unwavering commitment to sustainability, which is embedded in everything we do. We consider the environment, society, and good governance in our decisions and daily operations. That's why we're pushing hard to make even more progress on our sustainability goals and ensure everyone contributes to creating a positive and enduring impact”.

Schneider Electric was also recently included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the 13th consecutive year, ranked #1 in its industry and secured its place in the Europe index. This achievement reflects its strong environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance, with sustainability at the core of its strategy.

Time and Statista used a transparent, multi-stage methodology to identify the world's most sustainable companies for 2024. The process began with a pool of over 5,000 of the world's largest and most influential companies. Following a four-stage assessment, the final ranking considered factors like external sustainability ratings and commitments, corporate reporting practices, and environmental and social performance indicators. This comprehensive approach produced a ranking of 500 companies from over 30 countries.

Schneider’s purpose is to create Impact by empowering all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability. At Schneider, we call this Life Is On. Our mission is to be the trusted partner in Sustainability and Efficiency. We are a global industrial technology leader bringing world-leading expertise in electrification, automation and digitization to smart industries, resilient infrastructure, future-proof data centers, intelligent buildings, and intuitive homes. Anchored by our deep domain expertise, we provide integrated end-to-end lifecycle AI enabled Industrial IoT solutions with connected products, automation, software and services, delivering digital twins to enable profitable growth for our customers. We are a people company with an ecosystem of 150,000 colleagues and more than a million partners operating in over 100 countries to ensure proximity to our customers and stakeholders. We embrace diversity and inclusion in everything we do, guided by our meaningful purpose of a sustainable future for all.

BAN Toxics urges public to opt for plastic-free reusable bags


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In celebration of International Plastic Bag Free Day, environmental NGO BAN Toxics calls on the public to minimize the use of so-called reusable eco-bags made from plastic materials such as polypropylene, polyester, and nylon. The group also emphasizes the need to further promote a culture of reuse.

International Plastic Bag Free Day began as a grassroots initiative to address the growing problem of plastic pollution. First launched by Zero Waste Europe and other environmental organizations, it designates July 3rd of each year to raise awareness about the environmental impact of single-use plastic bags, encouraging the adoption of reusable bags.

"While reusable bags have become commonplace in grocery and shopping markets to reduce single-use plastics, another emerging issue is how frequently these bags are actually being reused. If many of these reusable bags are made from synthetic polymers and treated as single-use, are we really addressing the plastic pollution problem?" BAN Toxics Policy Research and Development Officer Jam Lorenzo said.

A study published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recommends that for reusable bags to have a lower impact than single-use plastic bags, they should be used a sufficient number of times:

Cotton Bags: 50-150 times
Paper Bags: 4-8 times
Reusable Low-Density Polyethylene Bags: 5-10 times
Durable, Non-Woven Polypropylene Bags: 10-20 times

BAN Toxics notes that currently, there is limited data on the extent to which plastic-based reusable bags are reused versus wasted. Nonetheless, the group encourages the public to consider choosing traditional and biodegradable alternatives such as ‘bayongs’ made from dried ‘buri’ or pandan leaves, bags made out of water lily, abaca, and rattan, or canvas bags.

“A critical change in behavior among consumers, retailers, and producers is needed to further instill the reuse culture. Reusable bags may be considered a stop-gap measure to address plastic pollution, but if we don’t actually reuse these items, we're just replacing single-use plastics with another type of waste,” Lorenzo said.

Plastic pollution has surged alongside the growth of plastic production, with single-use plastics now comprising 50% of total production. Studies indicate that global production has risen sharply from 1.7 million metric tonnes in 1950 to approximately 400 million metric tonnes (by polymer) in 2022, and projections suggest it could double once more in the next two decades.

According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), the Philippines generates 61,000 metric tons of solid waste daily, of which 12 to 24 percent, or about 7,320 to 14,640 metric tons, is plastic waste.

Meanwhile, a recent statement by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) projects that the country’s daily waste could increase to 194,138 metric tons by 2055. This projection is based on the average waste generation of higher-income and developed countries, using the latest population projections by the Philippine Statistics Authority.

Plastic waste management in the country is governed by the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (Republic Act No. 9003), which is supplemented by the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023–2028 and the Extended Producer Responsibility Act of 2022 (Republic Act No. 11898). To date, at least 489 out of the country’s 1,634 local government units have passed a local ordinance banning single-use plastics.

BAN Toxics notes that despite these mechanisms, greater steps are needed in terms of effective implementation and stakeholder engagement. The group also believes that new laws promoting the reduction of plastic production and consumption, as well as the adoption of more sustainable alternatives, are still necessary.

“Plastic pollution remains one of the biggest threats to human health and the environment, and we can only address this by reducing the production and consumption of plastics, especially single-use ones,” the group concluded.

Last April, Lorenzo participated in the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-4) to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment. BAN Toxics is advocating for a plastics treaty that adopts a full-life cycle approach to addressing plastic pollution and prioritizes substantial reductions in global plastic production. The fifth INC session is scheduled for November 25 to December 1, 2024, in Busan, Republic of Korea.

Vermosa Green Run 2024 takes running to a whole new level


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Thousands run for a greener, leaner, brighter future.

More than 2,500 humans and over 300 dogs of different breeds joined the third edition of The Green Run, the annual multi-category run inside Vermosa, AyalaLand’s 700-hectare modern suburban estate in Imus, Cavite, on Sunday, June 30.

The unprecedented surge of participants in this running event with various distances to suit fitness levels and running purpose reflected the still growing enthusiasm for running and the desire to get involved in meaningful advocacies for a greener, brighter future.

Fun runners, fitness enthusiasts and aspiring marathoners joined elite athletes on the tracks, lacing up for 21K, 10K, 5K, and 3K distances, while fur parents bonded on the trail with their ShihTzus, Poodles, Jack Russels, Huskies, Retrievers, and Aspins in the crowd favorite, the 1.4K Dog Run.









“We are extremely happy and grateful for the overwhelming support and response of runners in this year’s Green Run. More than just bringing fun and promoting healthy living, we are delighted to also give the running community a worthy cause to support. 

The Green Run’s main mission is to give back to the community by concretizing our commitment to protect the environment, championing young athletes and promoting animal care,” said Chrissy Roa, AyalaLand Inc. marketing and communications group head.

“This year, we welcomed Takbo Kabitenyo to the growing family of Vermosa. We opened the Ayala Vermosa Sport Hub to youth runners from Cavite who have a strong potential to become national athletes. We are committed to providing them with training support and the use of our state-of-the-art facilities. We look forward to producing athletes who will bring pride to our country in the future while providing them with opportunities to have a better quality of life,” Ms. Roa added.

Aside from Takbo Kabitenyo, the Green Run continued to support the Haribon Foundation this year and added Pawssion Project as a beneficiary to also advocate for animal welfare. 

The Green Run 2024 was made possible by its partner brands: Avida Sentria Storeys, Ayala Malls Vermosa, Kremil-S, Diatabs, Merrell, Pocari Sweat, Park Access, Chris Sports, Fitbar, Naturals, Healthway Medical Network, Fuwa Fuwa, Nutrition Depot, Mogu Mogu, Sante Barley and Oishi.

World Record Holder of Pope Stamp Collections by a Filipino on display at Lipa City Cathedral


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To commemorate the liturgical feast day that honors two martyrs of the Christian faith, St. Peter and St. Paul, the Philippine Postal Corporation (The Post Office) has launched its “Travelling Pope Stamps Exhibit” in Lipa City Cathedral in the province of Batangas featuring certified Guinness Book of World Records “Pope Stamp collections” of Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) Secretary General Kim Robert De Leon.

The public is invited to see the exhibit from June 30 to July 07, 2024 at the La Pieta Chapel Basilica in Lipa City.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest collection of stamps featuring Popes is 2,398, achieved by Kim Robert De Leon, a Filipino from Navotas, NCR, and Philippines on 22 February 2022.



Administrative and Finance Manager of Postal Area 4 Arvin Macandili in his speech in behalf of the new Chairman and Postmaster General Mike Planas, thank the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Sebastian, commonly known as Lipa Cathedral headed by its Most Reverend Archbishop Gilbert Armea Garcera for allowing the Post Office to hold this exhibit which is a celebration of the life and legacy of different Pope and their apostolic visit to the Philippines.

The Post Office wishes to make the memory of our popes with the Filipinos close and alive through this Pope Stamps Exhibition.

During the program, SecGen Kim said, “it is an honor for me to be given this opportunity to recognize my work and for my fellow Filipinos to appreciate it which I hope would inspire others especially the youth to collect postage stamps”.

Apart from our traditional postal service, the Post Office is seriously gearing towards how it can innovate in a digital-forward approach, improve its production and promote non-traditional uses of the collectibles (stamps) using the technology and the diverse social media.



This traveling Pope Stamps exhibit has previously been held in Manila and Malabon and is set to visit other venues in the country for the public to cherish and appreciate the value of stamp collecting in today’s generation.

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UP Mathematician Develops Model For Heat Propagation Through Rough Surfaces


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Suppose you have a pair of pants you need to wear tomorrow. The problem is, you just washed them, and they’re still damp. So you resort to a handy tool: the flat iron.

Using the iron, you can easily dry the flat parts of the pants, but you will notice that it is more difficult to dry some areas where the surface is uneven – near the zipper, the side and back pockets, the seams, and the waistband.

That’s because the heat from the iron does not reach the uneven areas as quickly as it does the flatter areas. In other words, the heat propagation, or the heat transfer from the iron to the pants, is not uniform on rough surfaces.

Understanding how heat propagates from one material to another is important in designing efficient cooling devices, such as air conditioners, or constructing infrastructures that minimize heat from the sun. In some cases, heat propagation is simple to model when the boundary at which the two materials touch is flat, such as ironing the flat areas of the pants. In other cases, however, the heat propagation model is more complex when the boundary is rough, such as when ironing the uneven areas of the pants.


By: Harvey Sapigao


Model for two materials with a rough interface (Photo Credit: Avila et. al. 2024)

Millora-Brown to bolster up Maroons frontcourt in season 87


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Gilas prospect big man Quentin Millora-Brown will suit up for the UP Fighting Maroons in UAAP Season 87.

The 6’10 Fil-Am center last played for The Citadel in US NCAA Division 1 where he averaged 11.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1.5 blocks.

UP Office for Athletics and Sports Development director Bo Perasol is ecstatic to share the development as it is years in the making.

"We have been talking with Quentin for a time now. We've visited him a couple of times since 2019. We are beyond happy and really excited to finally have him in the team for next season."

Millora-Brown’s decision to play his final year in college with the Fighting Maroons was made easier by the fact that he comes from a family of UP alumni.

“My grandfather studied in UP. It’s his dream to see me don the Fighting Maroons jersey and play for his alma mater. Right now, I’m just really excited to meet everyone as we've been in touch even before the pandemic. Looking forward to spending time with my new teammates ahead of the UAAP season,” shared Millora-Brown who is expected to arrive in Diliman this month.

"Of course, aside from playing for UP in the UAAP, I also want to represent the Philippines with Gilas," he added.

The one-and-done Millora-Brown will look to provide veteran leadership to the young Maroons frontcourt of Sean Alter, Gani Stevens, Seven Gagate, and Dikachi Ududo and help UP bring the title back to Diliman after two consecutive runner-up finishes.

Kuh Ledesma Sings ABC at Winford Resort and Casino Manila


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The legendary Filipino singer Kuh Ledesma is set to dazzle audiences with her "Sings ABC" concert on August 3 at the Winford Manila Resort and Casino. This highly anticipated event will feature Kuh Ledesma performing her most iconic songs, promising an unforgettable evening of music and entertainment.


Event Details:


Title: Kuh Ledesma Sings ABC

Date: August 3, 2024

Time: 7 pm

Venue: Winford Manila Resort and Casino, Manila, Philippines

Special Guests: David Young and Nathan Randall

Opening Act: ROTA Musika Pilipinas

Production and Direction: Produced and presented by VCSD Entertainment Production, directed by Vergel Calindas Sto Domingo


Kuh Ledesma, a name synonymous with excellence in the Philippine music industry, will take the stage to perform a repertoire of her greatest hits. With a career spanning over four decades, Kuh has captivated audiences both locally and internationally with her powerful voice and dynamic performances.


Adding to the evening's allure, special guests David Young and Nathan Randall will bring their unique musical talents to the stage, ensuring a diverse and engaging concert experience. The night will kick off with an electrifying opening act by ROTA Musika Pilipinas, setting the tone for an extraordinary event.


This concert is produced and presented by VCSD Entertainment Production, under the expert direction of Vergel Calindas Sto Domingo. The team is dedicated to delivering a world-class production that highlights the timeless appeal of Kuh Ledesma's music.


About Kuh Ledesma:

Kuh Ledesma is a celebrated Filipino singer known for her versatile musical style, ranging from pop and jazz to classical and gospel. With numerous awards and accolades to her name, she has cemented her status as one of the Philippines' most iconic musical talents.


Tickets and Availability:

Tickets for "Kuh Ledesma Sings All Hits" are available now and can be purchased through [Ticketing Information]. Early booking is advised to secure the best seats for this must-see event.


Contact Information:

For media inquiries, please contact:

Direk Vergel Santo Domingo

vcsdproduction@gmail.com

0927-2978027



Don’t miss this chance to witness Kuh Ledesma's legendary performance live on stage. Join us for a night of timeless music and unforgettable memories.

Revitalised First United Building Wins Malasakit Gran Prix Award at 2024 Good Design Award PH




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QC’s Right to Care Card and Philippine Textile Table Swatchbook win Gold Awards  

On 29 June, the Department of Trade and Industry-Design Center of the Philippines (DTI-Design Center) awarded outstanding designs during the 2024 Good Design Award Philippines, held at The Globe Tower, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

The Malasakit Gran Prix Award winner was the First United Building in Escolta, Manila. This project embodies the power of restoration and "adaptive reuse" in driving urban regeneration. Originally the Perez-Samanillo Building, this Art Deco landmark, designed by Andres P. Luna, son of the renowned painter Juan Luna, was Manila's tallest building upon its 1928 completion.

The project's vision transformed the historic structure into a vibrant hub for creative communities. By breathing new life into the building, it serves as a model for sustainable preservation, highlighting how historical significance can thrive alongside contemporary use. The First United Building Community Museum, a component of the larger revitalization efforts for the historic Art Deco landmark, further enriches the experience, offering a glimpse into Escolta's golden era as Manila's premier business district.

"The historic building's transformation shows the power of placemaking, where it's not just the walls and posts that make a place but the communities that flourish in it. The restored First United Building in Escolta revitalized the district, attracting creative tenants and drawing a new demographic of visitors and regular audiences that come to Escolta to escape the cookie cutter spaces that proliferate in many urban areas. Despite challenges, the building's revival showcases the power of design and preservation, not only in restoring its past but also in fostering Escolta's economic resurgence that caters to the next generation of the creative class," said Good Design Award Philippines 2024 Jury Chair Mylene Abiva and the Co-Chair of Design Center’s Design Advisory Council 2024-2027.


Golds for Philippine Design

The Right to Care Card, a healthcare proxy document from Quezon City, won the Gold Award. This innovative initiative allows same-sex couples to make medical decisions for each other during emergencies, demonstrating how design can enhance inclusivity and government services.

The Philippine Textile Table Swatchbook of ANTHILL Fabric Factory also received the Gold Award by showing indigenous Philippine fabrics through “storytelling narratives and interactive features.”

"This year's awardees are indeed a reflection of the transformative journey of Philippine design as a strategic problem-solving process that drives innovation, builds business success, and leads to a better quality of life through innovative products, systems, services, and experiences,” declared Rhea Matute, Executive Director of the Design Center of the Philippines. "Our designers are storytellers, changemakers, and agents of malasakit (compassion) who exhibit the resilience and creativity of the Filipino spirit.”

“The Good Design Award Philippines connects this year’s winners to the world. We are excited to see and support our country’s designers in introducing Philippine design to the global market,” said Crisela Magpayo Cervantes, Vice President of Marketing Communications for Globe Telecom.

The success of the Good Design Award Philippines rests on a foundation of collaboration. This remarkable achievement would not have been possible without the strong partnership and collaboration among the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) and the ASEAN-Japan Center (AJC).

Furthermore, other key partners played crucial roles in the program's success:

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) aligned entries with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), ensuring design innovations addressed critical global challenges.

The Department of Science and Technology's Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) served as technical consultants for the Material Innovation and Object Making categories, providing guidance and expertise on new technologies and product innovations.

Globe Telecom spearheaded the digitization of the award system process and provided the venue for the evaluations.

The Good Design Award Philippines, a biennial program, recognizes outstanding design across various categories. This year saw a significant increase in entries, with 204 submissions and 84 shortlisted finalists. Awardees received a commemorative trophy, a miniature replica of an Arturo Luz sculpture, the Good Design Award Philippines seal, and the opportunity to compete for Japan's prestigious G Mark. This international recognition opens doors for Philippine design to reach the global market, fostering trade ties with Japan.

The 2024 Good Design Award Philippines echoes the spirit of World Industrial Design Day (WIDD), a global event organized by the World Design Organization every 29th of June. By holding its ceremony on 29 June, the Good Design Award Philippines joins the global celebration of World Industrial Design Day. Both events emphasize the power of design to go beyond aesthetics and functionality and highlight the importance of emotions and “design with malasakit”. The Good Design Award Philippines' message, "It starts with malasakit (compassion)," aligns with WIDD's global theme, "Let's Get Emotional," underscoring the role of design in addressing social, economic, and environmental challenges as reflected in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

By putting compassion (malasakit) at the forefront, the Good Design Award Philippines aligns with the call to evoke positive change and inspire a brighter future through design.




About the Design Center of the Philippines


The Design Center of the Philippines is an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) mandated to promote design as a problem-solving tool and catalyst for positive change.

In 2013, the Design Center of the Philippines further enhanced its role in the development of the design industry and the creative economy through the Philippine Design Competitiveness Act of 2013 (also known as Republic Act 10557), expanding the agency’s mandate in promoting design to improve the creative branding.


Photo caption: Malasakit Gran Prix awardee First United Building with Good Design Award Philippines jurors, Design Center of the Philippines, Design Advisory Council, and United Nations Development Programme

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