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4 PSHS East Visayas students win in world science tilt

Tacloban City (May 21) -- Four students from the Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas located at Government Center, Palo, Leyte, are the latest batch of Filipinos who have reaped international awards for the Philippines. These four young Filipino scientists were successful in this year's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in San Jose, California, USA on May 9 to 14, taking home the fourth grand awards in their respective categories.

Three of the students are Jean Reni Briones de Guzman, Marc Abegonia Mapalo, and Maria Clara Isabel Sia of the Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas campus who won in the Team Awards category in the area of Life Sciences for their group study: Use of Natural Flocculants in Mitigating Harmful Algal Blooms (Red Tides), creating a natural treatment for "Red Tide" using indigenous materials.

The team came up with the study that will lessen the occurrence of harmful algal blooms. Their study will "help the fishing industry upon which many of our countrymen depend for livelihood."

The three young scientists all passed the UP College Admission Test. Maria Clara Isabel Sia is an Oblation Scholarship awardee and is set to take up BS Computer Science at UP Diliman.

Marc Mapalo, who finished his elementary education at Santo Nino SPED Center, is set to take up BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at UP Diliman.

Meanwhile, Jean Reni Briones De Guzman who finished his elementary education at Calbayog Pilot Central School, is set to enroll at UP Los Banos to take up BS Biology.

The fourth Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas campus student, MarcArthur Jordan Irlandez Limpiado, was successful in the Microbiology category for his individual research- Microbial Inhibitory Activities of Extracts from Seven Philippine Seaweeds which dwelt on the on the antimicrobial properties of Philippine seaweeds.

Seaweeds as source of medicine were the focus of the study of the individual researcher Marc Arthur Limpiado who in one interview said that his project will help popularize his country's seaweeds industry.

"If this happens, our country will have enough sources of raw materials for pharmaceutical products," the 16-years old young scientist who has passed the UPCollege Achievement test and is set to take up a 5-year course in BS Chemical Engineering, said. He finished his elementary education at the Sto. Nino SPED Center in Tacloban City.

The Philippine Science Eastern Visayas Campus student achievers each received $500 as cash prizes.

This year's Philippine delegation was made up of six students from secondary schools across the country who produced the top entries at the 13th Intel Philippine Science Fair, held at the University of the Philippines Diliman last February. Rounding out the Philippine delegation were Hanna Escobido and Brayl Ymbol, both of Caraga State University who competed in the Physical Sciences category. (PIA 8) [top]

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