Gawad Lagablab Awardees Announced

09 Nov 2011 11:39 PM | Mary Rose dela Cruz (Administrator)
Twelve outstanding alumni of the Philippine Science High School  (PSHS) will receive the 7th Gawad Lagablab awards during recognition rites on November 19, 2011 at the Manila Hotel.  This was announced by Irene Reyes-Santos, M.D., chair of the awards committee of the PSHS National Alumni Association.

The awardees are Florecita Fernandez (Batch ’69), for food research and technology; Danilo Silvestre (’74) for architecture and urban planning; Anna Bayle (’74), for international fashion;  Benita Padilla (’75), for medicine-nephrology; Rod Franco (76), for business and industry-  infrastructure development; Miriam Coronel Ferrer (’77), for peace advocacy; Elpidio Cesar Nadala (’78), for international research – microbiology, virology; Cymbeline Tancongco Culiat (’78), genetics and genomics; Cristi Marie Nozawa (’80), biodiversity conservation; Jose Maria Ochave (’81), business and industry – medical health; Leo Anthony Celi (’83), for critical care medicine and biomedical informatics; and Francis de los Reyes III (’86), for environmental engineering and biotechnology.

Padilla is a member of the National Kidney Institute’s Kidney Transplant Task Force. Silvestre was former dean of the University of the Philippines College of Architecture. Coronel-Ferrer, a UP political science professor, is currently a member of the government negotiating panel for talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Nozawa is vice-chair of the World Commission on Protected Areas and director of BirdLife Asia.  Those in the corporate sector are Fernandez, who is vice-president of Unilever/RFM Conglomerate, and Ochave, senior vice-president of United Laboratories, Inc.. Franco is CEO of the Manila North Tollways Corporation.

De los Reyes, an engineering professor at the North Carolina State University, is a 2008 Balik-Scientist awardee. Tancongco-Culiat is a lead researcher of NellOne Therapeutics Inc., a regenerative medicine company. Celi, an infectious diseases specialist, pioneered in setting up a cellphone-based information system to improve quality of care in resource-poor settings at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Nadala co-founded an award winning biotech company in Silicon Valley, while Bayle is a New York-based international fashion model.

The Gawad Lagablab is given every 3 years to recognize PSHS alumni’s excellence in their chosen fields of expertise and contribution to national development.  


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