Nona Marlene B. Ferido: 2022 Dr. Juanita A. Manalo Memorial Award

Dr. Nona Marlene B. Ferido is presently the Deputy Director of the Assessment, Curriculum and Technology Research Centre, a partnership between the University of the Philippines and the University of Melbourne. Some of her involvements in the Centre are the following: research on the progress of students through the science curriculum with focus on chemistry (Grades 7-10), curriculum review of the Philippine K to12 curriculum, feasibility study on micro-certification for the alternative learning system (ALS) in the Philippines, development and conduct of the professional development (PD) program for science, mathematics and reading teachers on assessment and emerging literacies, and technical support in the review of the Department of Education’s reports on international large-scale assessments such as PISA 2018 and TIMSS 2019.

Dr. Ferido holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from U.P. Diliman and an M.S. Agricultural Chemistry degree from U.P. Los Baños. She completed her Ph.D Science Education (with specialization in Chemistry) from U.P. Diliman. Before her stint at the University of the Philippines National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (UP NISMED), she was a chemistry instructor at the Department of Chemistry, U.P. Los Baños and subsequently an assistant professor at the Institute of Chemistry, U.P. Diliman.

Dr. Ferido is a retired Science Education Specialist V and former Chair of the Chemistry Group of UP NISMED. She served as its Deputy Director for Research and Extension and subsequently as Deputy Director for Administration. She was a researcher, project leader, and coordinator in various science education projects of UP NISMED with UNESCO Bangkok, the Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education (Japan), Canada-Pakistan Basic Education Project (CPBEP), Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

Dr Ferido has invaluably contributed to the advancement of chemistry education particularly in her (1) key role in the conceptualization and implementation of the K to 12 Science Curriculum of DepEd, specifically the chemistry (Matter) domain, including the STEM strand; (2) intensive research work on aligning teaching methods with the K to 12 science curriculum, (3) designing appropriate curriculum materials, which resulted in the production of teacher resource materials and sourcebooks for teacher trainers and teachers in high school chemistry, and (4) active involvement in training programs for science teachers at the national, regional, and division levels. She was among those who developed the teaching guides and learner materials in Grades 7 and 8 Science based on the K to 12 curriculum that emphasized the key features of inquiry and spiral progression as well as the development of students’ scientific attitudes and values and their understanding and application of scientific knowledge. She was a Project Writer and Trainer for CHED STEM Education Program (2016-2017) tasked to develop a STEM Teacher Training Design and Toolkit for faculty of higher education institutions teaching senior high school.

Dr. Ferido was the recipient of the 2014 UP Diliman Gawad Chancellor Award for Outstanding Research, Extension & Professional Staff and the 2013 Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies Award for Chemistry Education.

Nona Marlene B. Ferido
Deputy Director, Assessment, Curriculum and Technology Research Centre
The 2022 Dr. Juanita A. Manalo Memorial Award is co-presented by DKSH Market Expansion Services Philippines, Inc.

Vivian A. Topor: 2022 PFCS-Shimadzu Achievement Awardee for Chemistry Education (Tertiary Level)

Vivian Azucena-Topor began her teaching career as a Secondary School Teacher at the Iloilo National High School. In 1996, she joined the Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas where she is currently an Associate Professor. She has served as the Director of the Graduate Program Office (GPO) and as Chairperson of the Division of Professional Education of the University of the Philippines Visayas.

Her passion for teaching chemistry led her to develop innovations to make the learning of chemistry fun and interesting. She developed the chemistry games (ChemTrump, ChemSquabble, and ChemFactory) that introduce the students to the language of chemistry and stimulate their interests in the properties of the elements and compounds. She also authored a workbook titled ChemSearch & ChemPuzzle (Ionic Compounds Series) which aims to enhance students’ skills in writing chemical formula and naming ionic compounds.

She pioneered the conduct of the Chemistry Camp for high school students and teachers in Region VI which aims to enhance the teachers’ knowledge and skills in chemistry concepts and experiments, and for the students to experience and appreciate chemistry through simple experiments using ordinary household materials and solutions. Her leadership in spearheading these activities led several students to pursue a degree in Chemistry because they were inspired by the chemistry games, chemistry quiz bee, and laboratory hands-on trainings.

She is a role model and an inspiration to her colleagues in the University. Aside from being excellent in teaching performance, she is also active in research, specifically in cassava cyanogenesis, where she developed the cassava cyanide test kit which finds useful application in food safety. She translated to the community what she teaches inside the classroom when she collaborated with the Department of Agriculture and the Local Government Units of Aklan, Antique, Guimaras, Negros Occidental and Iloilo in conducting trainings and seminars about cassava cyanide, cyanide intoxication and the use of the Cassava Cyanide Color Wheel Test Kit. The impact of her contribution to the community was recognized by the Bato Balani Foundation Inc. and Diwa Learning Systems, Inc. where she was awarded the 2016 The Many Faces of a Teacher as the “Community Biochemist.”

She has been granted several certificates of copyright registration and deposit by the National Library of the Philippines for her original works and four Utility Model Registration by the Intellectual Property Office (IPOPHL). Her use of indigenous plant pigments as acid-base indicators in laboratory classes has continuously spark her interest on new plant materials, and the collection of the plants screened is showcased in her recent book titled “Beyond the Beautiful Blossoms: the colors, the pH, and the wildflowers’ untapped potentials.” She and her Team produced books and booklets for use by technicians of the Department of Agriculture, cassava farmers and cassava processors.

Currently, Dr. Topor is the President of the Philippine Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology– Western Visayas Chapter; Executive Vice President of the Philippine Association of Chemistry Teachers – Region 6; Board of Director of the Integrated Chemist of the Philippines – Panay Chapter, Inc.; and Auditor, Western Visayas Association of Filipino Inventors Inc.

Vivian A. Topor
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of the Philippines Visayas
The 2022 PFCS-Shimadzu Achievement Award for Chemical Education (Tertiary Level) is co-presented by Shimadzu Philippines Corporation.

Erika Eunice P. Salvador: 2022 PFCS-Chemisphere Achievement Awardee for Chemistry Education (Secondary Level)

Ms. Erika Eunice Panisales Salvador finished her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, magna cum laude, and Master of Chemistry at the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV). She passed the Chemist Licensure Examination and started teaching at the Philippine Science High School Western Visayas Campus (PSHSWVC), her high school alma mater. Since then, she has taught Integrated Science, General Chemistry, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Applied Chemistry and Research to the high school scholars of PSHS under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
In her twelve (12) years of service, she has been the Science, Math, and Technology Department Head and the Chemistry and Integrated Science Unit Head, spearheading various school innovations for teaching chemistry as well as student- and teacher-training programs in online and face-to-face platforms for the larger community. She helped write and develop the PSHS K-12 curriculum for Chemistry and the Chemistry Learning Guides for remote and blended learning. She was also the campus coordinator for the Science Immersion Program (SIP), the PSHS internship program for high school, forging partnerships with international, national, and local STEM research agencies through evolving modalities in the pre-, mid-, and post-pandemic years.

Her other endeavors include appearing as guest teacher in Knowledge Channel’s KHub, a high school science television program. During the pandemic, she has produced chemistry lecture videos for public and exclusive viewing on Youtube (Erika’s Class). She was a member of the Board of Directors and chair of the secretariat committee of the Philippine Association of Chemistry Teachers Region VI Chapter, Inc. (PACT-R6). She continues to write science textbooks for high school students in the post-pandemic set-up.

She received the Outstanding Award for Presentation in Congress as Teacher Advisor during the 10th Regional Congress: Search for SEAMEO Young Scientists in Penang, Malaysia. In 2021, she was awarded the Cleofe M. Bacungan Natatanging Guro Award for the Natural Sciences Cluster by the PSHS Foundation, Inc. Ms. Salvador continues to improve her knowledge and skills through post-graduate studies and ensuring the sustainability of her existing innovations.

Erika Eunice P. Salvador
Special Science Teacher III,
Philippine Science High School (Western Visayas Campus)
The 2022 PFCS-Chemisphere Achievement Award for Chemical Education (Secondary Level) is co-presented by Chemisphere Lab Sciences, Inc.

Nelson R. Villarante: 2022 PFCS-Chemisphere Achievement Awardee for Chemical Research

Dr. Nelson Ramirez Villarante is currently a full-time professor in the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics at the College of Arts and Sciences. He began his research training during his undergraduate degree in chemistry, extracting natural products from various plants and assessing their antimicrobial properties. After completing his undergraduate program at Silliman University, he decided to stay in the academe and share his knowledge and skills with students through teaching and research. As a result of his outstanding research on the phytochemical components of plant extracts, he was chosen as one of the five finalists in the ASEAN Talent Search for Young Scientists in 1988. His research skills and training have expanded further after he decided to pursue a doctoral degree in chemistry at the University of the Philippines in Diliman and had the opportunity—as an exchange student—to accomplish his dissertation on the biodegradation of chlorinated compounds at Rutgers University and New Jersey Institute of Technology in the United States of America. Furthermore, his passion for research and his excellent academic record and research training landed him a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan where he specialized both in the synthesis of organic chemical compounds and in photochemistry. His 30 years in the University of the Philippines Manila has transformed him into not only an excellent adviser and professor, but also into a dedicated and top-notch researcher. Despite the limited resources, equipment, and infrastructure for doing research, Dr. Villarante persisted, persevered, and pressed on with his passion and life-long goal of performing relevant and transformative chemical research. His dedication to research and his determination to help humanity are reflected in his body of research work, which includes the synthesis of drugs, synthesis of green solvents such as Ionic Liquids and Deep Eutectic Solvents, alternative energy from biowaste materials, and waste management. Because of his dedication to research, he was inducted as a regular member of the National Research Council of the Philippines, our country’s foremost and most prestigious scientific organization. He also was hired as a technical consultant to SBS Philippines Corporation, one of the largest chemical distribution companies in the country. He is a regular member of the DOST-PCIEERD proposal technical review panel; reviewing high-budgeted proposals which range from 5-30 million pesos. Occasionally, he is invited as a reviewer of NIH proposals as well. Due to his expertise in environmental research and organic synthesis, he was invited as an editorial board member in an ISI journal and as a reviewer in various scientific publications, such as the Oriental Journal of Chemistry, Philippine Journal of Science, Manila Science Journal, Philippine Journal of Health Research and Development, and Material Science India.

Dr. Villarante earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Notably, he has been a consistent academic scholar for two years during his doctoral program. Dr. Villarante, who came from a humble beginning, was a recipient of numerous scholarships and awards — the Department of Science and Technology-Engineering and Science Education Program Scholarship (DOST-ESEP), Benedicto Professorial Chair Award, Centennial Faculty Grant Award for Research, One UP Professorial Chair Award, and International Publication Awards.
Despite the financially rewarding job opportunities in the industry and in the business sectors, Dr. Villarante has decided to stay in the academe and has been actively doing several research collaborations. His interest in the removal of heavy metals, dyes, and chlorinated compounds from laboratory and hospital wastewater samples using activated carbon from biowaste materials, utilization of green solvents in the synthesis of drugs, and synthesis of biofuel from feedstocks resulted in publications in ISI/Scopus journals. His research work also has been accepted for presentation in local and international conferences. Because of his dedication to research, Dr. Villarante is recognized as University Scientist of the University of the Philippines.

That Dr. Villarante’s undergraduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral studies have equipped him with a formidable background in fundamental and applied research and that—as evidenced by his great body of scientific work—he employed his knowledge and skills as a researcher to the fullest extent possible are beyond question.

Thus, for his expertise in the field of pollution control, energy sustainability, and drug synthesis; for his awareness of both his social and environmental responsibilities as a researcher; for his productive scientific outputs and sterling research experiences; and most of all, for his honesty, integrity, and steadfast and unrelenting dedication and passion for quality research, it is with great pride and honor to present Dr. Nelson R. Villarante as the recipient of this year’s PFCS Outstanding Achievement Award in Chemical Research.

Nelson R. Villarante
Professor, Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics,
University of the Philippines Manila
The 2022 PFCS-Chemisphere Achievement Award for Chemical Research is co-presented by Chemisphere Lab Sciences, Inc.

Richard A. Cruz: 2022 PFCS-Shimadzu Achievement Awardee for Chemical Industry

Richard Cruz is a registered chemist who graduated from the Central Luzon State University in Munoz, Nueva Ecija. He is also a graduate of the Management Development Program (MDP) from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). He is the current Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment and Security (SHES) of Aboitiz Power, one of the Philippine’s largest power producers and the country’s leading provider of renewable energy. In his current role, he is mainly responsible for maintaining and transforming SHES systems for the safety and welbeing of more than 3,000 employees, around 4,700 contractors, the environment and communities where the company operates in, while developing programs that contribute to the company’s thrust for sustainability.

Prior to being in the power industry, Richard served 13 years in the country’s leading cement manufacturer, Holcim Philippines where he started out as a laboratory engineer, establishing a laboratory testing regime for alternative fuels and raw materials that are substituted for traditional coal fuel which greatly reduces green house gas emissions. He later took on roles in health and safety where he eventually became the Vice President for Health, Safety, Environment and Security. During his term, the company attained 3 years without a single on-site work related fatality, around 32 million kilometers of zero road-related fatalities and unprecendented achievements in the field of health and safety. He also served as the chairman of the Cement Manufacturing Association of the Philippine’s (CEMAP) Sub-Committee on Health and Safety and Holcim Philippine’s Country Resilience Lead, helping the company navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic while protecting the health of about 6,000 employees and contractors. He also has extensive experience in the testing and assurance space, having previously worked as a laboratory supervisor for SGS, Subic Bay Inc., where he gained valuable know-how of the chemical properties of petroleum products.

Over the course of his career, Richard has attained international and local certifications such as the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), International General Certificate in Health and Safety, International Safety Rating System (ISRS) auditing and Certified Security Professional.

Richard A. Cruz
Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment and Security (SHES), Aboitiz Power
The 2022 PFCS-Shimadzu Achievement Award for Chemical Industry is co-presented by Shimadzu Philippines Corporation.

Team Philippines Bags Four (4) Medals in the 54th International Chemistry Olympiad

The organizers of the PNCO-IChO 2022 congratulate our contestants to the 54th International Chemistry Olympiad for their fine performance: Ron Angelo Gelacio (Philippine Science High School -Main Campus, Bronze Medalist), Aames Juriel Morales (De La Salle University Integrated School – Senior High School Manila Campus, Bronze Medalist), Lemuel Acosta (Philippine Science High School – Central Luzon Campus, Honorable Mention), and Anne Maricar Maralit ( Philippine Science High School – Main Campus, Honorable Mention). Thank you for your hard work, sacrifice, and for honoring our country on the world stage. We are grateful for your dedication, and for inspiring other aspiring young scientists. Keep the fire burning!

We also wish to thank our coaches and coordinators:

  1. Dr. Nestor Valera (ADMU, Inorganic Chemistry)
  2. Dr. Rob Nuguid (Linde Engineering – Germany, Inorganic Chemistry
  3. Dr. Ian Ken Dimzon (ADMU, Analytical Chemistry)
  4. Dr. Raymond Malabed (DLSU, Analytical Chemistry)
  5. Dr. Gil Claudio (UP-Diliman, Physical Chemistry)
  6. Dr. Christopher Robidillo (UP-Manila, Physical Chemistry Coach and Head
  7. Dr. Irene Villasenor (UP-Diliman, Organic Chemistry)
  8. Dr. Eric Punzalan (DLSU, Organic Chemistry)
  9. Dr. Virgilio Ebajo (DLSU, Organic Chemistry)
  10. Ms. Valerie Miclat-Mariano, MSc, R.Ch. (ADMU, Organic Chemistry)
  11. Dr. Hilbert Magpantay (DLSU- Biochemistry)
  12. Dr. Maria Karmella Apaya (West Visayas State University)
  13. Dr. Jose Andaya (PSHS-Calabarzon Campus, National Representative to the
  14. Prof. Jennifer Sy (PLM, PNCO National Secretariat)

We are very grateful to Dr. Glenn V. Alea, President of the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies and its Board for supporting the ICHO Teams throughout the years.

We are also deeply indebted to the UNILAB Foundation especially to Executive Director Lilibeth Aristorenas and Mr. Larry Souribio for their generous support.

We also wish to thank Dr. Lawrence Madriaga, the Campus Director of the Philippine Science High School – Main Campus, and his team for housing and providing the much-needed facilities and infrastructure for team PHL to join IChO remotely. To our dear Invigilators Ms. Diannmar Briones and Mr. Jez Ambrocio, thank you for facilitating and
supervising the remote ICHO examination.

Congratulations and thank you once again to everyone who supported Team PHL.

Call for Nominees to the 2022 PFCS Awards

The Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies recognizes outstanding contributions to Chemistry through the PFCS Outstanding Achievement Awards. The awards aim to:

  1. Inspire the youth to take up chemistry
  2. Recognize outstanding contribution of chemists to development of discipline
  3. Recognize outstanding and exemplary contributions to society through chemistry

The PFCS Outstanding Achievement Awards is given under four categories:

  1. Chemistry Education
  2. Chemical Research
  3. Chemical Industry
  4. Service to the Chemistry Profession

Click here for more information about the categories.

Guidelines for Nomination

The following are excluded from the nominations: members of the PFCS board, members of the PFCS Awards Committee and the members of the National Organizing Committee and the Steering Committee for the 36th Philippine Chemistry Congress (PCC).

The nomination will be evaluated by the PFCS Awards Committee which may consult experts as needed.

Prepare the following documents for nomination:

  • Letter of Nomination
  • Nominee’s Recent Passport-sized Photo
  • Nominee’s Comprehensive Resume
  • Nominee’s Acceptance/Written Consent to be Nominated
  • List of Nominee’s Publications (Include DOIs/URLs)
  • List of Nominee’s Awards (Include Dates of Awards and Award-Giving body)
  • Supporting Documents (Refer to the award categories for details)

To facilitate the review of the documents, please rename the documents as follows:

«Award Category»_«Lastname»«Intials»_«Document Filename».«Filetype»

e.gEDUCATION_AleaGV_Nomination.PDFChemistry Education
RESEARCH_AleaGV_Photo.JPGChemical Research
INDUSTRY_AleaGV_Publications.PDFChemical Industry
SERVICE_AleaGV_Awards.PDFService to the Chemistry Profession
DocumentDocument FilenameAllowed Filetype(s)
Letter of NominationNominationPDF
Recent Passport-sized PhotoPhotoJPG, TIF, PNG
Comprehensive ResumeResumePDF
Written ConsentConsentPDF
List of PublicationsPublicationsPDF
List of AwardsAwardsPDF
Supporting DocumentsSupp_«Description».«Filetype»
Description: Use a short description/keywords to describe the document
Filetype: Use commonly used filetypes for documents, spreadsheets, presentations, pictures/images, music or videos

Package the documents in a ZIP archive and name it as «Award Category»_«Lastname»«Intials».ZIP. For example, EDUCATION_AleaGV.ZIP

Please address all correspondences to:
Dr Glenn V. Alea
President, Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies Inc. (PFCS)
Unit 233 Cityland Pioneer Condominium
128 Pioneer St., Barangay Highway Hills
Mandaluyong City 1550

For more information, please contact Dr Glenn V. Alea at glenn.alea[at]

The deadline for nomination is 15 Jun 2022.

Call for Nominations: 2022 IUPAC-Richter Prize in Medicinal Chemistry

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and Gedeon Richter, Plc. announce the 2022 IUPAC-Richter Prize in Medicinal Chemistry

Nominate a Colleague or Mentor for an Award!

The 2022 IUPAC-Richter Prize is to be awarded to an internationally recognized scientist, preferably a medicinal chemist, whose activities or published accounts have made an outstanding contribution to the practice of medicinal chemistry or to an outstanding example of new drug discovery. The prize is $10,000.

The award will be presented during the 37th ACS National Medicinal Chemistry Symposium (June 26-29, 2022) in New York, and at the XXVII EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (September 4-8, 2022) in Nice (France), where the recipient will also give a plenary lecture on the subject of his/her research.

The nomination should be uploaded by December 15, 2021 with the following form of the IUPAC Secretariat :

Edna Callejas-Mijares: 2021 PFCS Achievement Awardee for Service to the Chemistry Profession

Edna Callejas-Mijares
President and CEO, Jefcor Laboratories Inc.

2021 PFCS Achievement Awardee for Service to the Chemistry Profession

It is rare to find someone who has contributed to the advancement of chemistry in the Philippines to all of the sectors and through intangible dimensions. The PFCS wishes to honor such a rare person and now has the privilege to confer the Award of Service to the Profession to Ms. Edna Callejas-Mijares, RCh.

Edna has contributed significantly to the industry, government, and academe sectors. As president and chief operating officer of Jefcor Laboratories Inc., she has nurtured and developed one of the leading chemical analytical laboratories in the country, assisting the agricultural sector to meet the stringent requirements of pesticide residue analysis. For her work in this area, two key societies in this area recognized her achievements: the Philippine Association of Entomologists recognized her twice with the Most Outstanding Entomologist in Entrepreneurship Award in 2002 and the F.B. Calora Award for Outstanding Entomologist in 2015, while the Pest Management Council of the Philippines gave her the Achievement Award in Pest Management in 2004. Edna has been a sought-after consultant for many major agribusiness enterprises in the country. Clearly, Edna knows how to handle pests!

With her considerable experience in business and chemical analysis, Edna has been a key member in the numerous government regulatory, standards and law enforcement agencies, such as the Philippine Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority, the Department of Health, Bureau of Product Standards, Environmental Management Bureau, and the Philippine National Police, among others. She has also generously contributed her time, knowledge, and financial resources to help students at all levels, from elementary school to undergraduate and graduate levels, including review sessions for the Chemistry licensure examinations and OJT opportunities at Jefcor.

Edna stands out through many intangibles that have truly strengthened the profession. This is exemplified by the award that her beloved alma mater, Silliman University, conferred upon her in 2011: the Outstanding Silliman Alumni Awardee in Entrepreneurship in Chemistry. 

And, of course, we cannot fail to mention Edna’s 20 years of dedicated and transformative service to the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP). Edna gave her invaluable support for the passage of the Chemistry Profession Law (now Republic Act 10657) in 2015 after a 15-year effort. As ICP’s Vice-President for External Affairs, Edna worked tirelessly for the implementation of RA 10657, assisting the Board of Chemistry, and helped the various ICP chapters become stronger.

Last, but certainly not the least, this is an award that recognizes Edna’s generosity. One of her awards which may seem less prestigious but is very meaningful is the Bagonhon Gawad Award in Philanthropy which was given during the Bago City 50th Charter Anniversary in February 2016. The Callejas-Mijares Scholarship Foundation Inc., which she and her equally generous husband Jeff established, has been providing scholarships for poor but deserving students from their hometown.

For these and many more contributions that have not been mentioned, the PFCS is proud to confer the 2021 Service to the Profession Award to Ms. Edna Callejas-Mijares!