Double victory at the 12th Intel Philippine Science Fair

Angeli Joyce Yap Dy holding her trophy (center) with the Chief, Dr. RV Pakingking Jr, parents (left), and research adviser Mr. Ronilo Aponte (right) Two first place winners of the recent 12th Intel Philippine Science Fair (IPSF) conducted their research with the assistance of AQD experts and using AQD facilities.

Angeli Joyce Yap Dy of Capiz National High School (CNHS) won 1st place in the Cluster 2 Life Science Individual Category with her study “In vitro cytotoxicity MTT assay against human lung carcinoma (A549) and human colon carcinoma (HCT116), free radical DPPH scavenging assay and antibacterial assay of milkfish (Chanos chanos Forsskal) bile: a physicochemical defense system.”

In AQD, she conducted her cytotoxicity and antimicrobial assays under the supervision of Dr. RV Pakingking Jr and BCA protein assay with the assistance of F Legario. She also went to UP Diliman for the other components of her study.

Angeli, bested 16 other regional winners in her category and will be going to Reno, Nevada in the United States to represent the Philippines in the Intel International Science Fair (ISEF) 2009 on May 10 to 16.

Another winning entry by Toribio Ramon Hechanova III, Jonathan Quiogue, and Janvin Jessel Cariscal from the Philippine Science High School Western Visayas (PSHSWV) was entitled ”Urea enrichment in marine waters lowers the egg viability and inhibits early embryonic development of the sea urchin Tripneustes gratilla L.”

Their study, which won 1st place in the Cluster 2 Physical Science Group Category and a special award from the Congressional Commission on Science & Technology and Engineering, aims to provide evidence to support the continuation of the ban on Sulu Sea urea dumping.

These three senior high school students conducted their research under the supervision of Dr. MJH Lebata-Ramos who helped them with their paper and in using facilities at the stock-enhancement laboratory.

The same students garnered the top prize in their category during the PSHSWV Science Research Congress last February 16 where AQD’s NB Bautista, D Catedral, and RD Dianala were among the invited judges.

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