Chemists Win in 2013 NAST Talent Search for Young Scientists

By Armando M. Guidote Jr. and Carlos P. Garcia

Drs. Aaron Joseph L. Villaraza, Manuel Joseph C. Loquias and Allan Patrick G. Macabeo are the recipients of the 2013 National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Talent Search for Young Scientists. These National Award winners were honored last 11 July 2013, during the Awarding and Closing Ceremonies of the NAST 35th Annual Scientific Meeting held at the Manila Hotel.

Dr. Aaron Joseph L. Villaraza receiving First Prize in the 2013 NAST Talent Search for Young Scientists.

Dr. Aaron Joseph L. Villaraza receiving First Prize in the 2013 NAST Talent Search for Young Scientists.

Dr. Villaraza was awarded for outstanding scientific and technological contribution entitled “Macro-molecules, dendrimers, and nanomaterials in magnetic resonance imaging: The interplay between size, function, and pharmacokinetics”. He is currently an Associate Professor of the Institute of Chemistry of the University of the Philippines Diliman. He completed his PhD in Chemistry in 2008 at the School of Chemistry of Manchester University, working on the synthesis of heteropolymetallic lanthanide complexes for in vivo biological imaging. He was awarded a Cancer Research Training Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. In 2010 he received his current faculty appointment at the University of the Philippines Diliman and teaches courses in Introductory and Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. Since 2010, in addition to teaching, he has also spent several months abroad in the Departments of Biology and Pharmacy of the University of Utah working on fluorescent marine snail toxins, and more recently, as a Visiting Academic at Oxford University’s Chemistry Research Laboratory, working on the synthesis of neuroactive bacterial secondary metabolites and their lanthanide conjugates. Dr. Villaraza helps out with the management of the new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility of UP Diliman, and serves as coordinator for a General Chemistry course. He also co-manages the PMS-ICBG research program, a drug discovery program from marine sources funded by the US NIH-FIRCA.

Dr. Allan Macabeo receiving Third Prize in the 2013 NAST Talent Search for Young Scientists.

Dr. Allan Macabeo receiving Third Prize in the 2013 NAST Talent Search for Young Scientists.

Dr. Macabeo was awarded Third prize for his work “Stereoselective routes to aryl substituted -butyrolactones and their application towards the synthesis of highly oxidized furanocembranoids”. He initiated his research career back at the University of San Tomas after receiving a doctorate degree from the Institut für Organische Chemie, Universität Regensburg in 2011 under Prof. Dr. Oliver Reiser’s tutelage. His doctoral research focussed on the total synthesis of furanolactone cembranoids. An alumnus of Santo Tomas (BS Chemistry 1999; MS Chemistry 2003), he was awarded various fellowships including the DFG Research Fellowship (March-May 2011), Universität Regensburg and recently, the National Research Foundation (NRF)-Funded Visiting Research Fellowship (Prof. Zhao Yu Research Group), National University of Singapore, last April-June 2012. Those who know Allan describe him as a researcher, foremost, whose interest in naturally derived biologically active compounds brings the discipline of chemistry to answer problems traditionally dealt with by synthetic chemists.

Dr. Manuel Joseph C. Loquias (Mathematics) of the Institute of Mathematics, University of the Philippines-Diliman cited for his work entitled “Coincidence isometries of a shifted square lattice” bagged the Second prize, to round up this year’s winners. The NAST Talent Search for Young Scientists principal aim is to encourage young people to pursue a career in science. This year’s winners were selected from a total of nine competitors from across different academic institutions.

KIMIKA Holds Successful Writing Workshop

By Armando M. Guidote Jr.

KIMIKA, the Journal of the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies, held a three-day writing workshop last 10-12 April as part of the 2013 Philippine Chemistry Congress at the Silliman University Library’s American Studies Resource Center.

2013 KIMIKA Writing Workshop

The writing workshop was made agreeable that even the most reluctant of writers met the expectations for writing workshop. To date, there have been six completed manuscripts submitted. The Workshop was facilitated by Dr. Drexel Camacho – KIMIKA Editor-in-Chief. It began with a talk on the qualities of manuscripts accepted by Kimika given by Dr. Nina Rojas and Mr. Elliard Roswell Yanza. The participants were then assigned to different mentors for individual guidance.

2013 KIMIKA Writing Workshop Participants, and KIMIKA Editorial Board Members and other mentors

The mentors were led by the Kimika Editorial Board members: Dr. Drexel Camacho and the Field Editors: Dr. Nina Rojas (Biochemistry), Dr. Alicia Aguinaldo (Natural Products), Dr. Susan Arco (Organic Chemistry), and Dr. Josephine Castañares (Analytical Chemistry). The other mentors were Dr. Lourdes Guidote, Dr. Nestor Valera and Dr. Rene Macahig.

Workshop Participants:

  1. Lavilla, Charlie (MSU-IIT)
  2. Lagua, Faith Marie G. (De La Salle University)
  3. Labastilla, Evelyn M. (Tarlac State University)
  4. Cabugos-Flores, Annabelle (De La Salle University and DOST)
  5. Reyes, Ronald L. (Ateneo de Manila University)
  6. Ramal, Allan A. (University of San Carlos)
  7. Junio, Melanie O. (University of the Assumption)
  8. Tabunag, Jenny Syl D. (MSU-IIT)
  9. Yanza, Elliard Roswell (Ateneo de Manila University)
  10. dela Rosa, Francis M. (PTRI-DOST)
  11. Castillo, Leah (FNRI-DOST)
  12. Abrea, Anthony (PSHS-CVISC)
  13. Medrano, Irma G. (Ateneo de Naga University)
  14. Villegas, Lora Mae G. (University of San Carlos)
  15. Yachob-Saddalani, Sheeva(Western Mindanao State University)
  16. Sy, Jennifer (Pamantasan ng Lungsod na Maynila)

The workshop was made possible by support from the Commission on Higher Education and the Silliman University. Efficient assistance was given by Mr. Francis Biyok of the Silliman University Department of Chemistry.

Plans are currently being made for the 2014 Kimika Writing Workshop as part of the Philippine Chemistry Congress in Naga City, Camarines Sur.

An Overview of Philippine Chemical Laws, Regulations and Agencies

The Integrated Chemists of the Philippines
is pleased to invite you to attend the 2-day
Continuing Professional Education Training-Workshop on:

An Overview of Philippine Chemical Laws, Regulations and Agencies

15-16 August 2013 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame, EDSA, Quezon City

Chemicals are central to our society, economy, and modern lifestyle. However, many people who deal with chemicals are unaware of the various laws that regulate access to, use, handling, and disposal of chemicals, and which government agencies have jurisdiction over them. Whether you are in industry, government or the academe, these chemical regulations affect you. 

This ICP seminar shall discuss the different laws and regulations related to chemicals. The ICP is inviting regulatory experts and government agency representatives to provide an overview of the laws and regulations that you need to know. Industry practitioners will also provide examples of best practices in regulatory compliance. The list of topics is as follows: 

Regulation Agency
IRR for Title II: The Management of Chemicals and Toxic Substances (DENR AO 29 and RA 6969) DENR-EMB
The Rules and Regulations for Implementing RA. 9711 for Household/Urban Hazardous Substances (FDA Act of 2009) FDA
Rules and Regulations for the Control and Supervision of the Importation, Sale and Possession of Chemicals Used as Ingredients in the Manufacture of Explosives and for other purposes (RA 8294, EO No. 552) PNP
Rules and Regulations in the Implementation of the Occupational Health and Safety Standards when Handling Chemicals in the Workplace (PD 442) OSHC
Implementing Rules and Regulations for the Registration and Management of Dangerous Drugs and Controlled Precursors and Essential Chemicals (RA 9165) PDEA
Importation Regulations BOC

Workshop Fee (covers handouts, lunch and snacks):


Early Registration (before April 2, 2013)

Regular Registration (after April 2 or onsite)

ICP Members

PHP 800.00

PHP 1,000.00

Non-ICP Members

PHP 1,000.00

PHP 1,200.00

Registration may be made on-line through email:
Or through our website:

Please remit payment through the Bank of the Philippine Islands, Loyola Katipunan Branch.
Name of Account: Integrated Chemists of the Philippines
Current Account Number: 3081-0830-95
Please email copy of payment slip to ICP office to guarantee reservation.

Chemistry and Industry and the 2013 PACT General Assembly and Election of Board Members

The Philippine Association of Chemistry Teachers, Inc. (PACT) and Miriam College invite you to a seminar on:

Chemistry and Industry

and to the

2013 PACT General Assembly and Election of Board Members

27 July 2013
Lecture Room, SMT Building, Miriam College
Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City


8:00 Registration

Welcome Remarks

Opening Remarks
Dr. Myrna S. Rodriquez
Associate Professor in Chemistry, UPLB
PACT President (2012-2013)


Introduction of the Guest Speaker

Talk: “Chemistry and the Industry”
Speaker: Mr. Roberto Batungbacal
President, Samahan sa Pilipinas ng Mga Industriyang Kimika (SPIK) and Country Manager – Philippines, Dow Chemical Pacific Limited
Open Forum


Business Meeting
President’s Report
Treasurer’s Report

Announcement of Election Results

Other Matters

Venue is limited to 100 seats. Non-life members will be charged a fee of PHP 150 at the registration area.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Grace F. Azares
College of Education
University of Santo Tomas

2014 Philippine National Chemistry Olympiad

Organized by the: Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas (KKP)

08 April 2014
Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City, Camarines Sur

For more information, please contact:

Nestor S. Valera, Ph.D.
President, KKP

Young Researcher from Ateneo de Manila University Meets 35 Nobel Laureates

  • 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting from 30 June to 5 July 2013 
  • 35 laureates and more than 600 young researchers from nearly 80 countries 
  • Green Chemistry is a central topic

The first week of July will see 35 Nobel Laureates congregate at Lake Constance in Germany to meet the next generation of leading scientists and researchers at the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. More than 600 young researchers from nearly 80 countries will be part of this special convention – among them Rene Angelo Macahig, a 32-year-old Assistant Professor from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, who is looking forward to the scientific exchange in Lindau: “As a young scientist and a Filipino, it will be an immensely galvanizing experience to be able to participate in the Lindau Meeting, interact with some of the brightest minds in the world and be inspired by a generation of Nobel laureates who have pushed the frontiers of science and expanded our understanding of the universe.”

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KKP–DAS Holds Training on Measurement Uncertainty

On 21 May 2013, the Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas – Division of Analytical Sciences (KKP-DAS) held a two-day training course on “Measurement Uncertainty in Analytical Chemistry: A Hands-on Approach” at the Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corporation (PASAR) in Isabel, Leyte. This significant training course revisits the fundamental principles, evaluation strategies and the general prominence of measurement uncer-tainty in chemical analysis amid the changing landscape and demands of Analytical science.

Dr. Sevilla (back row, 2nd from right) and Dr. Coo (front row, 7th from right) with the seminar participants from PASAR.

The decision whether a given result indicates compliance or non-compliance with a specification, it is necessary to take into account the measurement uncertainty associated with the result. The training included hands-on experiences on the identification of sources and spread-sheet calculation of uncertainty in chemistry measurements. The training team was led by Dr. Fortunato Sevilla III of the University of Santo Tomas and Dr. Lilibeth Coo of the University of the Philippines. The seminar includes a discussion and general recommendations, followed by more detailed instructions on establishing rules for interpretation and by several examples.

Participants came from various segments within PASAR to include its laboratory managers, supervisors, analysts and technicians. Participant worked on exercises on the quantification of measurement uncertainty, using in-house chemical analysis data. Measurement uncertainty has become an important parameter for the global quality and acceptability of the results of chemical measurements.  It is used as the basis for decision on the fitness for purpose of the results of chemical analysis.  It is a requirement in the documentation of measurement data in ISO/IEC 17025-accredited laboratories. This training course was a sequel to the previous workshop that KKP-DAS conducted for PASAR on “Quality Measurements in the Analytical Laboratory” held last December 2012.

Participants from PASAR doing exercises on measurement uncertainty.

2013 PFCS Lifetime Achievement Award

Elma C. Llaguno, Ph.D. (1947-2012)

Dr. Elma Llaguno is best known among her students as the quintessential physical chemistry professor who demanded accuracy and elegance in computations and experiments. To her peers and to the Philippine chemistry community,  Elma is the gentle yet effective leader who bridged the interests of the older and younger generations of Philippine chemists.

Elma’s contributions to the Philippine chemistry community started immediately after her arrival from her graduate studies at the University of Illinois in 1974  as part of the “dynamic duo”  with another physical chemist, Dr. Claro T. Lllaguno. They started their careers at De La Salle University,  and later moved on to the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Elma and Claro Llaguno had fruitful teaching, research and administrative careers in both institutions.

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2013 PFCS Award for Service to the Chemistry Profession

Alumanda M. Dela Rosa, Ph.D.

Dr. Alumanda M. Dela Rosa joined the Philippine Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), presently the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) in September 1968 after graduation from the College of the Holy Spirit with a B.S. in Chemistry. She rose from the ranks, starting as a Nuclear Research Assistant, a Nuclear Research Specialist, Division Chief, Career Scientist IV, and Director IV of the PNRI. Her PhD dissertation at the University of Hawaii which started her scientific career dealt with the effects of high energy radiation on the transport systems of biological membranes, one of the few studies then on the radiation effects in biomembranes.

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2013 PFCS Award for Chemistry Research

Gisela P. Concepcion, Ph.D.

As a National Science Development Board scholar from 1971-1975, Dr. Gisela P. Concepsion finished B.S.Chemistry (Cum laude) in 1975 from the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) and became a licensed chemist in 1976 (second place). She obtained her M. S. Biochemistry at the University of the Philippines –Manila in 1982 and, Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of the Philippines – Diliman in 1995 receiving the Dean’s medallion as the most outstanding PhD graduate.  

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