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!

Mario A. Tan, PhD: 2021 PFCS Achievement Awardee for Chemical Research

Mario A. Tan, PhD
Professor, Department of Chemistry,
University of Santo Tomas

2021 PFCS Achievement Awardee for Chemical Research

Dr. Mario A. Tan obtained his B.Sc. (2000) and M.Sc. (2004) in Chemistry at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Chiba University (Japan) in 2010. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Chemistry, College of Science, UST.

Dr. Tan is a natural product chemist, engaging in the isolation, identification, and total synthesis of medicinal plant metabolites of biological importance. He is a productive researcher, having published more than 40 scientific papers in high impact indexed journals.

Foremost in his accomplishments are the significant studies on endemic Pandanus plants demonstrating the rich potential of this plant family as new source of therapeutics. He reported structures of novel alkaloids, some of which were isolated for the first time from some Pandan species. Furthermore, he is also exploring the identification of biologically-active plant metabolites from the endemic Philippine species of the family Rubiaceae. These chemical studies paved the way for the pharmacological understanding of the importance of these new Philippine endemic species which are just awaiting to be explored.

His works on asymmetric total synthesis allowed him to unambiguously determine the absolute stereochemistry of some of novel Pandanus alkaloids. This merited an invitation to write a book chapter from The Alkaloids: Chemistry and Biology (Elsevier), on the progress in the chemistry of Pandanus alkaloids (Tan and Takayama, 2019).

Dr. Tan has shown effective mentoring skills in motivating and guiding his undergraduate and graduate students to do good science in their research work. His students co-authored some of his publications in peer-reviewed indexed journals, both local and international. He has inspired several of his mentees to pursue higher studies and follow his footsteps as a natural product and synthetic chemist.

Dr. Tan further strengthen his research endeavors when he was awarded the Visiting Research Fellowship by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) in 2013, the 2017 Novartis Next Generation Scientist (Basel, Switzerland), and a fellowship grant at the Bionano Research Institute in Gachon University (Republic of Korea). He was also awarded the 2018 Outstanding Young Scientist in Pharmaceutical Sciences and the 2012 Talent Search for Young Scientists (First Prize) by the National Academy of Science and Technology. Currently, Dr. Tan focuses on the identification of compounds with neuroprotective effects on the aggregation and fibrillization of amyloid-beta as potential inhibitors against Alzheimer’s disease.

Geraldine A. Estacio: 2021 PFCS Achievement Awardee for Chemical Industry

Geraldine A. Estacio
President and CEO, DJM Grandeur Corporation

2021 PFCS Achievement Awardee for Chemical Industry

Geraldine “Dina” A. Estacio is a board-certified chemist who graduated from the University of Santo Tomas. She took up Applied Management in Business Administration (AMBA) from the Executive Development Academy. She is the current President of the Chamber of Cosmetics Industry of the Philippines (CCIP) and also served as one of the past presidents of the Philippine Society for Cosmetic Science (PSCS). During her term, she spearheaded the first Cosmetic Scientific Convention in the Philippines back-to-back with the exhibit of the Personal Care Ingredients Asia (PCIA). At present, she is one of the Board of Trustees as Treasurer in the ASEAN Cosmetics Association (ACA). She actively participates as industry observer in the ASEAN Cosmetic Committee (ACC) & ASEAN Cosmetic Scientific Body (ACSB) meetings to keep herself abreast with the latest on the ASEAN regulations. She was also featured as one of the beneficiaries of the DOST SET-UP program by the Philippine News Agency (PNA). Recently, she was awarded the National SETUP PRAISE award by the DOST as her company, DJM Grandeur Corporation, continued to excel in terms of Productivity, Resilience, Agility, Innovation, Sustainability and Excellence despite the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Her four decades of experience in the cosmetic industry has expanded her expertise in product formulation of cosmetics and drug-home remedies. Dina currently manages their family-owned company, DJM Grandeur Corporation, which provides toll manufacturing services or OEM/ODM services. They also offer assistance on Regulatory Compliance especially on Licensing and Product Notification/Registration to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), GMP Training, Preparation of Product Information File (PIF), Safety Assessment and Halal Certification.

Luciana V. Ilao: 2021 PFCS-Shimadzu Achievement Awardee for Chemistry Education (Tertiary Level)

Luciana “Luchie” Villafranca Ilao, a distinguished alumnus of Adamson University, began teaching at her alma mater in 1977. By 1995, she became an affiliate faculty of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU). She later joined the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics at the College of Arts and Sciences in UP Manila. She taught various Chemistry subjects from General Chemistry and Natural Sciences to Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and Biochemistry. She also mentored more than 40 undergraduate Chemistry and Biochemistry students involved in research studies on biosensors, natural products, and environmental chemistry.

Her passion for teaching inspired her to co-author two General Chemistry textbooks published by Rex Publishing. She was also part of a team of educators who developed a Chemistry textbook written in Filipino. This book, published by the Sentro ng Wikang Filipino, was used by students who took Agham Pangkalikasan as a general education course in UP. She was also instrumental in developing the curriculum for the BS Biochemistry program of UP Manila. She wrote several syllabi, learning modules, and laboratory manuals for General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry. She also assisted and evaluated learning materials produced by the Department of Education.

Her “leading by example” leadership style has earned her much respect from various academic institutions and professional organizations. She served as Head of the Chemistry Unit for six years and was appointed Associate Dean for Planning and Development in UP Manila for two terms. In professional organizations, she became the President of the Philippine Association of Chemistry Teachers, Inc. (PACT) and served for seven years. She was also a Board Member and Secretary of the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies, and Director of the Philippine Alliance of Laboratory Equipment Users, Inc. (PALEU). She also led several successful national conferences, conventions, seminars, and teacher training workshops in various regions of the country.

Her laudable accomplishments in the field of Chemical Education earned her recognition from the Adamson University Alumni Association, Inc., where she was awarded the Outstanding Alumna in Education. She was also a recipient of the R. S. Benedicto Professorial Chair conferred by UP Manila.

Luciana V. Ilao
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics,
University of the Philippines Manila
The 2021 PFCS-Shimadzu Achievement Award for Chemical Education (Tertiary Level) is co-presented by Shimadzu Philippines Corporation.

Jonathan P. Derez: 2021 PFCS-Shimadzu Achievement Awardee for Chemical Education (Secondary Level)

Jonathan P. Derez’s journey in the field of chemical education started when he studied at Far Eastern University and earned his Bachelor of Secondary Education, major in Chemistry in 1994. He began teaching at the Manila Science High School from 1995 to 2010, following the footsteps of his mother who taught at the same school. During this period, he became a DepEd NEAP Tan Yan Kee Scholar and pursued his Master of Science degree in Chemical Education at De La Salle University-Manila. He then moved to Antonio J. Villegas Vocational High School where he served as the Science Department Head from 2011 to 2015. Currently, he serves as the Public Schools District Supervisor under the Department of Education (DepEd) in Manila.

While teaching in high school, Mr. Derez inspired students to be more active and engaged in learning Chemistry. He mentored them to developing quality research and investigatory projects. He also encouraged them to join national and international science fairs. Their success in these prestigious events earned him awards such as the Outstanding Research Adviser Award given by INTEL-ISEF in 2002, 2004 and 2005.

His desire to impart knowledge continued when he became a district supervisor. He conducted several seminars and training for public school teachers on the special science curriculum, and research curriculum developed by DepEd. He also conducted workshops on the use of the Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) method to address challenges in learning Chemistry and other Science subjects.

Other than teaching and training, Mr. Derez serves as a National Writer with the Teaching and Learning Bureau of the Department of Education where he contributes to developing and updating the special science curriculum, and the research curriculum for public schools. He has also served as a Project Leader in DOST-SEI and DepEd-funded research projects which focused on the effects of the Spiral Progression learning model implemented in grade schools, and on the efficacy of POGIL in improving the performance of grade school learners in science.

Jonathan P. Derez
Public Schools District Supervisor, Department of Education, Manila
The 2021 PFCS-Shimadzu Achievement Award for Chemical Education (Secondary Level) is co-presented by Shimadzu Philippines Corporation.