Enjoy Great Deals on Black Friday & Cyber Monday Using GCash American Express

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the most anticipated shopping sales in the United States. Black Friday follows Thanksgiving in the United States and huge discounts are offered by retail stores and online shops during this day since this marks the start of the Christmas Season in the United States.

How I wish there’s Amazon Phillipines so that I can avail of the great deals during Black Friday and Cyber Monday especially the Fire tablet for kids. Unfortunately Amazon has not opened it’s branch in the Philippimes yet so the next best thing is to buy at Amazon and have the items delivered to your relatives in the United States and have them send it to you together with their balikbayan boxes. Or if you don’t want to wait, have the items delivered to you by Amazon but then the shipping charges  would be a little expenses. There are also items that could not be shipped to the Philippines due to difficulty in aftersales service such as some electronic items.

But here’s the good news, Globe GCash American Express® Virtual Pay in partnership with My Shopping Box is waiving the annual fee of USD 25 for My Shopping Box and an additional 3% rebate in their international shipments. GCash American Express® Virtual Pay’s subscription fee for this year was also waived.

GCash American Express® Virtual Pay does not use any physical card but is a prepaid virtual card linked to one’s GCash mobile wallet that allows customers to shop conveniently and securely online. With the service, buyers can transfer funds to their GCash wallets by cashing in from their bank account or through any of over 10,000 GCash outlets nationwide.

Likewise, GCash American Express® Virtual Pay provides a personalized U.S. address where the item can be delivered to, granting Filipinos direct access to exclusive U.S. goods. From this address, the item will then be shipped to the buyer’s preferred delivery address in the Philippines.

How to Register to GCash American Express® Virtual Pay

1. Download the GCash App

Download the free GCash mobile app from the iTunes Store, the Google Play Store, the Windows Phone Store, or BlackBerry World. Input the necessary data to register your Globe number with GCash Express® Virtual Pay. You will then receive a text message confirming your registration.

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3. Register with My Shopping Box

Register to My Shopping Box through your GCash app dashboard so that you will be given a US address where your purchases from Amazon or other e-commerce sites will be delivered to your US address before you ship it to your address in the Philippines.

2. Fund your GCash

You can fund your GCash American Express through any GCash payment center, bank deposit, or by linking your BPI account to your GCash. You will likewise be required to register to BPI mobile banking.

If you want to increase your GCash transaction limit from Php5Kto PhP100K, you have to get KYC’ed. KYC stands for Know Your Customer and it is a process required by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to validate the identity of a customer availing of financial transactions. You can do that by presenting a Valid ID to an authorized GCash outlet. Since I linked my BPI account with my GCash, I got validated within the day without having to present a Valid ID to a GCash outlet.

globe gcash amex You can now start using you GCash American Express® Virtual Pay  at any online website that accepts American Express as a mode of payment.  This includes Amazon, PayPal, eBay U.S., Zappos, Sephora, Drugstore, GAP, Old Navy, Agoda, the U.S. iTunes Store, Google Play Store, the U.S. PlayStation Store, and Steam Store.

To learn more about GCash American Express® Virtual Pay, visit www.globe.com.ph/gcash-virtualpay.


Let’s Celebrate #PinayGeeks

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Every second Tuesday of October is Ada Lovelace Day, an international day celebrating the accomplishments of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). As a blogger and engineer myself, I feel a little stupid for not having heard of this initiative which started through a pledge in 2009 as an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology in order to encourage women to take up careers in STEM.

Who is Ada Lovelace?

While Marie Curie is our hero in the field of chemistry, Ada Lovelace would be her counterpart in the field of computing. Ada is widely held to have been the first computer programmer. She was a close friend of the inventor Charles Babbage and was intrigued by his Analytical Engine.

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In 1842, she translated a description of the machine by Italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea for publication in England. Babbage asked her to expand the article which she did, and added her own notes which include what is considered to be the first algorithm to be carried out by the machine as well as possible uses of the machine. Although the machine was never created, Ada’s work became one of the critical documents to inspire Alan Turing’s work on the first modern computers in the 1940s.

The more I read about her life, the more I conclude that she was ahead of her time in so many ways. And the fact that most of us do not know her speaks a lot about the lack of recognition for her work. Because she was a woman in an era when women do not have freedom to pursue careers in STEM, if they were allowed to have education at all. And by the way, Ada is the only legitimate child of poet Lord Byron and Annabella Milbanke. If you also haven’t heard of this interesting person, go ahead and Google her. She has paved the way to make it easier for us to do that.

How it is to be #WomenInTech

Earlier this year, engineer Isis Anchalee posted on Medium.com about her experience working in the tech industry especially the stereotyping she experienced. She encouraged others to use the hashtag #iLookLikeAnEngineer to redefine how an engineer looked like. A lot of women responded on Twitter, including me, and what most of us already know, there really is no typical look for women engineers. Women engineers are as diverse in looks and in background as any profession.

Does the same sexism exists in the Philippines tech industry? As Reinabelle Reyes, Filipina astrophysicist noted, gender isn’t really an issue in science and technology in the country.  Her observation can be supported by a study on science and technology workers in the Philippines from 1990 to 2010 conducted by the Science Education Institute (SEI) of the Department of Science and Technology.

The “Human Resources in Science and Technology in the Philippines” (HRST) study revealed that there were only slightly more male than female ranging from 50.6 percent to 54 percent in all three survey periods. This number is way better than that of the United States whose women represent a mere 24 percent of the STEM workforce according to a 2011 study Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation. However, the same study revealed that engineering, architecture and related professions remain male-dominated while medical professions like midwifery and nursing, remain female-dominated.

Being an engineer myself, I did not feel any discrimination in the university, although the engineering department is still male-dominated consistent with the result of the DOST-SEI study. I observed that Filipinos oftentimes have a natural reaction of admiration for women in fields that have always been male dominated. This may be why people used to put “Lady” on the signage of every female professional posted at their homes back in the old days. Remember Lady Dentist, Lady Doctor, Lady Civil Engineer, Lady Lawyer, etc.? By no means do they have any royal blood but due to their rarity, they were given some royal treatment. There is a certain pride in being a woman in these male-dominated professions in the Philippines.

Today, there is no need for that because the Philippines is one of the top countries in the world where men and women are given equal rights and opportunities. The country ranked 9th in the Global Gender Gap Index 2014 of the World Economic Forum.

Where are the STEM workforce in Philippines

The DOST-SEI study also revealed that the number of science and technology workers doubled in the span of 20 years from 362 thousand in 1990 to 593 thousand in 2000, and rose to 721 thousand in 2010. This represent 40 percent of the 1.8 million Filipinos categorized as “professionals” among the 31 million working population in 2010. However, not all STEM fields increased. There were significant decrease in key professions in the fields of mathematics, statistics, life science, physics, and chemistry while the most numbered occupations were nursing and midwifery, and engineering.

The increase in workers in STEM has a positive effect on our competitiveness and innovation. Our ranking in the 2015 Global Competitiveness Index rose from rank 52 in 2013 to rank 47 in 2015 out of 141 countries (see report here). The Philippines also improved its ranking by 17 spots and now ranked 83rd among 141 countries in the 2015 Global Innovation Index (see report here). However, the decrease in enrollment in fields needed for research and development has a big impact on our level of innovation. The Philippines lag behind in education (132) and human capital and research (121), but performed well in knowledge diffusion (31) and trade and competition (47).

The minority in the Philippines are not women in STEM but the number of those pursuing a career in STEM especially in the countryside. The DOST-SEI study revealed that 211 thousand (29.2 percent) of the country’s science professionals are concentrated in the national capital region, followed by Region IV-A and Region III with 127 thousand (17.7 percent) and 89 thousand (12.4 percent), respectively. The Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao has the least number of S&T workers with only around five thousand.

The numbers are so glaring my eyes hurt. As in everything else in the Philippines, the farther you are from Metro Manila, the lesser opportunities for you.  We do not suffer so much from gender inequality but in economic disparities between different regions in the country.  So much so that most of our STEM workforce look for opportunities abroad. Based on the same study, the number of our STEM overseas Filipino workers also increased from 40 thousand in 1990 to 113 thousand in 2010.

The Path to a Road Less Traveled

In the recent National Science and Technology Week, the DOST agencies namely Science Education Institute (SEI), PSHS System and the National Academy of Science & Technology spearheaded the exhibit “She for We: Highlighting the Role, Life and Achievement of Filipina Scientists in the Local and International Scientific Community.”

The exhibit highlighted the role of DOST Filipina scholars and scientists in different fields. The exhibit will also go around the country through the Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao S&T cluster exhibits in order to encourage more girls in the regions to pursue a career in STEM.

DOST's She for We Exhibit at the 2015 NSTW

DOST’s She for We Exhibit at the 2015 NSTW

It is not only once that I’ve heard parents tell their daughter that she couldn’t be an engineer because it’s a man’s job. If there are parents reading this and if you see in your child an interest in STEM, I hope you will give them your full support. The Philippine Science High School has 13 campuses scattered all over the Philippines and provide scholarships to qualified students.

The national government also increased the allocation for DOST in the 2016 budget by 3.3% from P18-billion to P18.6-billion. Every year, DOST provides scholarships to undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in different priority fields. You don’t have to leave your province because you can enroll in various educational institutions both private and public, which are considered center of excellence.

Pinay scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technology experts (#PinayGeeks) have already proven that gender is not a hindrance to reach your dreams. The government is also giving equal opportunities to men and women to pursue a career in STEM. With this privilege comes a responsibility to serve the country and I hope our STEM graduates will have the heart to serve the country especially in the countryside where they are needed the most.

A Planet that Shines

Ada Lovelace Day is about sharing stories of women in STEM in order to create new role models for girls to encourage them to pursue a career in STEM.

Let me share with you the profile of Dr. Josette Talamera-Biyo. She is a multi-awarded teacher and currently the Director of the Science Education Institute of DOST.

Dr. Biyo was born in Janiuay, Iloilo and has a Bachelors Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Philippines in Visayas, and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Biology from De La Salle University.

Dr. Biyo planned on pursuing medical studies but instead took up a career in teaching. She started as Biology teacher in her hometown’s St. Elizabeth Academy (now St. Julian). In 1995 she accepted a science teaching position in the Philippine Science High School – Western Visayas campus in Jaro, Iloilo City.

Given the limited resources and realities in the province, she developed innovative methods in teaching science research to her students. She took her students on field trips to coastal areas and mountains of Panay Island to study local plants and animals. She established networks with research and educational institutions where students can take their summer internships to further enhance their knowledge. She also established a science library and conducts scientific forums for the students. In short, she made science more fun for the students and fostered a “culture of science” which encouraged her students to do their own researches.

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Her hard work didn’t go unnoticed. She was hailed by Metrobank Foundation as one of the Outstanding Teachers of the Philippines in 1997. The following year, she was awarded one of the Ten Outstanding Young Filipinos by the Philippine Jaycees and Gerry Roxas Foundation.

But her most noteworthy recognition was when she bested 4,000 teachers from around the world to win the 2002 Intel Excellence In Teaching Award during the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the first Asian to receive the prestigious award.

A judge from the panel asked her why she chose to teach in the rural area when she could have gotten a teaching position in a prestigious university abroad or in the Philippines. Dr. Biyo replied, “And who will teach these kids? I did not get my PhD to check papers. I got it to teach children.”

On the same year, the Lincoln Laboratory Aerospace Division of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology renamed a minor planet previously known as “Planet 13241” to “Planet Biyo”. It is a fitting tribute to such an outstanding educator who equipped and inspired her students to do their own science research.

Dr. Biyo became the Campus Director of PSHS-WV, Executive Director of the whole PSHS System before she became the Director of DOST-SEI in 2014. I haven’t had the opportunity to meet Dr. Biyo personally but her equally passionate sister, Mrs. Janiba Escanlar was my high school teacher in Values Education. (That’s just me trying to make my six-degree connection.)

I hope a lot of students will be inspired by Dr. Biyo who came from the province yet succeeded in the field of science education. To quote her, “We are molding the minds and most especially the hearts of our students”.

I’m sure she molded a lot of hearts through her example because compared to the mind, the heart is harder to influence. As the Director of SEI which is mandated to undertake science and technology manpower development, I believe with her background and experience, she can really do a lot of innovations in science education especially for the young minds in the Philippine countryside.

If you or somebody you know wants to pursue a career in STEM, visit the Science Education Institute website for scholarship programs or you may inquire through your nearest DOST Provincial Office.

If you are already one of us #PinayGeeks, who among the women in STEM influenced you or you look up to? I would really appreciate if you share your thoughts.

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Review: GT Papaya Lotion

I was recently in Cebu and was given a GT Cosmetics gift box which contains different GT soaps and GT Papaya lotion. I really don’t bother so much with skincare but I think I should start giving more attention to my looks now since people are starting to give me beauty products. Ok folks I got the hint. Kidding aside, GT Papaya Lotion looks promising and it’s actually made in Cebu.

GT Papaya Lotion

GT Papaya Lotion comes in an attractive  75ml packaging that’s  small enough to carry around in your bag. The GT Papaya Lotion has a 3-in-1 formulation – it’s a whitening, moisturizing, and SPF40 sunblock. It has pure papaya enzyme to help whiten the skin and collagen that helps reduce signs of aging. I really don’t plan to have really white skin but when you start to mature, your skin tend to get dry and uneven so we need that extra care.

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GT Papaya Lotion comes in a handy packaging that you can carry around in your bag.

The lotion is creamy in consistency and just one pea-size is enough to cover my arm. Just don’t apply too much because it can feel a little greasy. It has a mild, sweet scent that’s not overpowering. Look at the image below of my arm before and after I apply GT Papaya Lotion. I did not do any photo-editing except to crop and if you look closely you can see some uneven spots which are no longer noticeable after application. GT Papaya Lotion instantly whitens the skin like it is concealing the age spots. I can’t still say if it will totally remove the age spots in prolonged use.

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Before and after application of GT Papaya Lotion (no photo-editing was made)

I’ve been using the GT Papaya Lotion for almost a week now and so far, my skin has no negative reaction. Although I haven’t noticed a dramatic whitening effect, the GT Papaya Lotion moisturizes well. I just need to apply once on my arms and legs. It’s just my hands that I need to reapply every time I wash them.

About GT Cosmetics

I did some background check on the company, through Google of course and I was inspired by the humble beginning of the company. Engr. Leonora Salvane, a Chemical Engineer, started the company in Liloan, Cebu in 1994 producing only 50 bars of soap per day. Today the company has two modern production plants, one in Liloan, Cebu, another in Marilao, Bulacan and another one in Liloan is under construction.

From a purely family business, GT Cosmetics now employs a total of 350 employees to handle soap production and produces more than 700,000 items across all product lines monthly. Their products are available nationwide at Watsons, SM Supermalls, Robinsons Malls, Gaisano Malls, and Prince Hypermart chains, among many others. It is also exported to the United States and Canada. Filipinos who want to try their product can even buy through Amazon.com.

My Verdict on GT Papaya Lotion

After I finish the whole tube, I will update this post but so far here’s what I observed:

What I Like

  • Handy packaging
  • Mild, sweet scent
  • 3-in-1 Formulation
  • Immediate whitening effect
  • Locally-produced. I usually prefer local products.

What I Don’t Like

  • Can feel a little greasy when you apply too much

If you’ve tried GT Papaya Lotion please let me know of your experience.


Globe Business furthers its commitment to uplift state of PHL environment

TAKING ON a significant role in promoting sustainability and conservation, Globe Business has been at the helm of collective efforts to champion the cause of the environment. inspiring large companies and organizations to make their businesses better and greener.

For the past years, the enterprise ICT arm of Globe Telecom has actively implemented a “green blueprint,” working closely with corporate clientele which share its advocacy on various fronts. These include creating greater scale and impact for the telco’s programs on solid waste management via its large-scale initiative “Project 1 Phone,” energy conservation with its commitment to the Earth Hour and Earth Day celebrations, carbon offsetting through the successful stagings of the Cordillera (Cordi) Challenge, as well as biodiversity and habitat protection by partnering with organizations such as the Philippine Eagle Foundation.

“Sharing the larger vision of Globe Telecom as an environmentally-responsible telecommunications company, we are committed to promote conservation and sustainability. We accomplish this by reducing the impact of our business operations to the environment and help our employees, business partners and clients achieve this promise. With robust systems in place, we are able to manage our environmental impact and integrate them into our Corporate Social Responsibility management,” said Globe Sr. Vice President for Enterprise Group Nikko Acosta.

For the past years, Globe Business has likewise been working closely with the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to save the Philippine Eagle and its habitats, one of which is in the Arakan Valley in North Cotabato in east central Mindanao. The collaboration has benefited agroforestry projects of the Forest Corridor Development Program, community-based initiatives program and empowering communities through solar energy, among others, in that particular area.

On June 12, Globe Business will lead efforts to release Philippine Eagle “Pamana” inside the Mt. Hamiguitan World Heritage site, which is the natural home to the same species of endangered birds.  Pamana was rehabilitated by the PEF for three years after suffering from gunshot wounds, and its reintroduction to the area will contribute to increase and improve its population once it finds a mate and breeds. The ceremony on the other hand is a concrete manifestation of Globe Business’ support to the PEF in reviving and ensuring the protection of the biodiversity in the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao.

Using innovative means to power Pamana’s flight to freedom, Globe Business is employing Globe Rewards facilities as well as mobile money channel GCash as a platform for donations, which will support the Philippine eagle’s acclimatization, mobilization of monitoring teams and tracking using a satellite GPS system, as well as the education and awareness campaigns around the Mt. Hamiguitan. To donate in denominations of 40, 20, 10 and 5 Globe Rewards points, Globe customers may text DONATE<space>PAMANA<amount>and send to 4438, while GCash account holders may follow the steps after dialing *143# and choosing “GCash” in the menu.

One of the biggest campaigns mounted in the country which heeds the call for environmental sustainability, Project 1 Phone of Globe Telecom continues to expand its reach by leading the promotion of proper disposal and recycling of electronic wastes (e-wastes). Acosta confirmed that by engaging Globe Business customers as well as Globe customers as a whole, e-waste collection increased by 111%. As of May 14, 2015, total e-waste collected from the program has reached 958.4 kilograms, or about 1 ton, from 3,850 mobile phones collected and recycled. This is equivalent to .4 cubic meters of space saved as landfill, translating into 7,563.23 carbon dioxide emission or CO2e reduction.

Entire proceeds from the collected e-wastes were donated to Habitat for Humanity to build classrooms in Aklan which were affected by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Funds raised through the program were channeled to build 46 classrooms in Aklan, seven of which were adopted and recently inaugurated by the Platinum segment of Globe.

Globe Business was also instrumental in involving enterprise clients and other organizations to join the rest of the world in celebrating this year’s Earth Hour last March and help heighten awareness on the widespread effects of climate change. It also renewed its support to the cause by working hand-in-hand with the entire Globe organization in switching off at least 90% of LED-powered office lights during the Earth Hour around the country. The enterprise ICT segment of Globe encouraged the telco’s employees and customers to shut off lights in their respective residences as well as pledge the number of watts they will save.

Kicking-off the environmental and livelihood sustainability thrusts of Globe Business for 2015 was the sixth edition of the Cordi Challenge, considered as the premier conservation initiative for the Cordilleras and its surrounding locales. It helped establish nurseries for the Roots and Shoots program of the Cordillera Conservation Trust (CCT). At least 200,000 seedlings in elementary schools within beneficiary municipalities covered by the project will replenish bald mountainsides, support the enhancement of community watersheds, and prevent landslides in critical areas toward reforestation of approximately 214 hectares of land in the area.

Acosta reported that as of May 27, the Cordi 6 has raised more than P1 million, which will benefit the CCT’s Roots and Shoots Program. Overall in the past six years, Globe Business has enabled the rebuilding of the forests of the Cordilleras and empowered the communities who act as stewards of the forests for the 107 seedling nurseries established in 11 municipalities


If You Think Coke Life is Healthier, Think Again

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Just because it is called Coca-Cola Life and comes in a bright green packaging, doesn’t make it healthier than it’s Coke regular cousin. I’m not sure if Coke Life has reached Philippine shores yet but I saw several friends posting in Facebook. I can understand the excitement considering this is only the fourth Coca-Cola branded product launched in its 128-year history. What concerns me is when people think Coke Life is healthier when it’s not.

Coke Life was first launched in Argentina and Chile in 2013 where the product was created through research done in the two countries.  This is the first version of Coke to contain the sweetener  steviol glycosides which is extracted from the leaves of the plant Stevia rebaudiana. This is really nothing new in using stevia as sweetener. In fact, a local company in Bacolod, Herbanext Laboratories Inc. is using stevia as sweetener for their products and produces their own brand of stevia-based sweetener. But of course they don’t have the marketing muscle of Coca Cola so we don’t hear much about them.

So what’s the hullabaloo with Coke Life with stevia? Well, basically because stevia extract is 200 times sweeter than sugar (sucrose) without the calories. And because there are claims that aspartame which is the sweetener for Coke Lite and Coke Zero is cancer-causing, a plant-based alternative is considered healthier. I guess that’s where we get the impression that Coke Life is healthier because it has sweetener from stevia. So is it really healthier? Let’s take a look at the label.


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Photo credit to Ige Ramos

The US Food and Drug Administration mandates that ingredient in food labels should be listed in decreasing order. So whatever is listed first, that is the ingredient with the biggest amount. This is also the same in the Philippines. If we read the list of ingredients in the label of Coke Life, Sugar is clearly listed next to Carbonated Water and Sweetener from Stevia last. Take a closer look at the Nutritional Information portion of the label, Sugar amounts to 17g. So if you drink a 500ml Coke Life, you will be getting 34g of sugar which is equivalent to 136 Calories!

So why would you care? If you care about your health, then you should count those calories. I started to read labels seriously when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. After I gave birth and my sugar level became normal, I remained conscious of the calories because I’m already at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

I think it’s about time that we should read and understand food labels because if we don’t, we won’t know what we are ingesting. Food ingredients can be harmful to our bodies if we are ingesting more than the allowable amount. If you already have diabetes, please consult your doctor first before getting too excited with Coke Life.


2015 DOST Scholarship Qualifiers

Qualifiers to the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Scholarship Program reached an all-time high as 5,303 high school students clinch a slot in the country’s premier science scholarship program.

Te 2015 DOST scholarship qualifiers breached the 3,982 mark of last year’s passers, up by 33 percent, a record for the scholarship program established in 1958.

Out of the total number of passers, 4,475 qualified as scholars under the RA 7687 Scholarship Program, scholarships for gifted students who belong to economically disadvantaged families; while 828 passed under the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program.

Municipalities and congressional districts covered by the DOST-SEI Scholarship Program has also increased from 1,443 last year to 1,568 this year with the inclusion of 125 municipalities having DOST scholars for the first time.

Moreover, incoming DOST-SEI scholars, as well as those who are ongoing, are set to receive bigger stipends and other allowances starting school year 2015-2016. All DOST-SEI scholars will receive P6,000 monthly stipend (from P5,000) under the Physics/Applied Physics, Geology, Mining Engineering, Agriculture, and Fisheries courses, while under the other DOST-SEI priority courses will receive P5,000 monthly stipend (from P4,000); book allowance of P10,000 per academic year (from P5,000); tuition fee subsidy of P10,000 (from P8,000); and MS/PE clothing allowance of P1,000 (from P500).

2015 Dost Scholarship Qualifiers by Glady Reyes


Top 10 Reasons to Grow Your Own Food


It’s so much easier to just go to the groceries and buy your food so why go through the hassle of growing some of it? Here are my personal reasons why I choose to grow some of the food we consume organically in my small urban garden.

  1. You know where your food is coming from. The freshest food are those which are sourced close to you and the closest are those grown in your backyard. Ever wonder how those apples Apples naturally can only last up to a month inside the refrigerator. So what do they put on the apples that it can travel from temperate climate countries and reach Philippine soil still looking fresh? Your guess is as good as mine.
  2. Easy access to the food you love. When you learn to grow your own food, you get to plant those you love to eat so you get to enjoy them in season anytime you want without going to the supermarkets.
  3. Organic food is more healthy and tastier. Food grown without synthetic chemicals are good for the health. More and more chefs are now preferring to cook with organic produce because they taste better.
  4. Save on food expenses. I’m sometimes surprised when I go to the groceries and see how much a bunch of kangkong or sweet potato tops cost. These vegetables are so easy to grow even in a small area. Clearly, growing some of your food can save you money.
  5. Good for the health. Organic food is not only healthier but growing them can also lead to better health. Gardening can relieve stress and it’s a good exercise. It beats going to the gym.
  6. Good for the environment. Organic gardening is nourishing the soil so that the soil will nourish the plants. Without using chemicals and with crop rotation, the soil will eventually regain its natural nutrients.
  7. Make use of idle resources. Organic gardening is a good way to make use of your extra time and land. Gardening will also make you recycle containers which
  8. A worthwhile activity with your family. Gardening can be a good bonding activity with the family. If everybody has a stake in the garden, everybody will enjoy and value the fruits of their labor. Going organic is a lifestyle which should be embraced by every member of the family.
  9. A skill that can be taught to your children. Gardening is a good skill to teach your children and to instill in them the love of plants. By teaching your children organic gardening, you are raising them to become health conscious and environmentalists.
  10. Encourage others by being an example. If you want to influence others to grow their own food, the best way is to show them that it is possible.

2014 Scholarship Application Form Now Available

The 2014 DOST Scholarship Application Forms are now available at the different DOST regional and provincial offices as well as for download. The DOST-SEI undergraduate scholarship exam is given every year for graduating high school students who meets the criteria set by DOST-SEI. Last year there were 3,597 DOST Scholarship qualifiers who are now enrolled in different science and technology priority courses. If you or somebody you know might be qualified to take the exam, here are answers to some information about DOST Scholarship.

What are the types of DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship

  • RA 7687 Scholarship is for poor but deserving student who belongs to a family whose socio-economic status does not exceed the set values of certain criteria. For 2014, the annual gross family income for 7687 Scholarship applicants should not be more than 156,600.00 pesos. They should also be residents of their city/municipality for at least 4 years as attested by the barangay chairman.
  •  Merit Scholarship is for applicants whose  socio-economic status exceeds the criteria for the RA 7687 and has to pay a non-refundable testing fee of P200.

Who Are Qualified to Take the DOST Scholarship Exam

Below are the general qualifications for DOST-Scholarship

  • Natural-born Filipino citizen
  • Those who are currently fourth year high school students who belong to a special science class identified by DOST-SEI or recognized by DepEd
  • Those belonging to the upper 5% of the graduating regular class are qualified to take the DOST Scholarship Exam.
  • Of good moral character and in good health

Who Are Not Qualified to Apply for DOST Scholarship

  • Those who have earned units in any post-secondary/undergraduate course;
  • Those who have taken any previous DOST-SEI Scholarship Examination; and
  • Those who have applied for immigrant status in the USA or any other country.

What are the DOST Scholarship Privileges

Those who will be awarded the DOST Scholarship can enroll in priority science and technology courses in State Colleges and Universities and in CHED Center Of Excellence Colleges and Universities. Scholarship privileges are the following.


RA 7687


Tuition and Other School Fees



Book Allowance



MS/PE Uniforms (1st Semester of First Year Only)



Transportation Allowance (For those studying outside their home province)

1 economy-class roundtrip fee

1 economy-class roundtrip fee

  • For BS Physics/Applied Physics/Physics Teaching/Geology/MiningE


Full: P5,000/mo

Partial: P3,150/mo

Special: P2,825/mo

  • Other DOST Priority Courses


Full: P4,000/mo

Partial: P2,400/mo

Special: P2,200/mo

Summer Allowance (if required per curriculum)
  • Tuition and other school fees



  • Book Allowance

P500 (to submit O.R.)

P500 (to submit O.R.)

  • Monthly Allowance

2 months

2 months

Post Graduation Clothing Allowance


P1,000 (full scholars only)

DOST Scholarship Application Form and Requirements

  • Duly filled out DOST Scholarship Form which you can download the 2014 DOSTScholarship Form here
  • Two (2) recent 1×1 pictures
  • Photocopy of birth certificate
  • 2012 Income Tax Return/W2/Employment Contract /BIR Cert. of Tax Exemption/Municipal/Brgy. Cert. of Non-employment. (for RA 7687 applicants only)
  • Electric Bill for 3 consecutive months in 2013 (for RA 7687 applicants only)
  • A non-refundable testing fee of P200 shall be paid by Merit applicants upon filing of their application

Deadline of Filing of Application and Schedule of DOST Scholarship Examination

The deadline for the submission of the DOST Scholarship Application Forms will be on 23 August 2013 (Friday) and the  scholarship exam will be conducted in 22 September 2013 (Sunday) and

The advantage of this is that the applicants can expect the result of the DOST Scholarship Exam be released earlier compared to the previous years where the results were usually released in March – April. Applicants should remember that they should pass the entrance exam in the college/university they wish to enroll in.

For more info on the DOST Undergraduate Scholarship Exam, download the brochure here.

Download the 2014 DOST Scholarship Form here.


2013 DOST Scholarship Exam Result

The Department of Science and Technology through the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), announces the 2013 DOST Scholarship Examination result where 3,597 high school students qualify as DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholars starting School Year 2013-2014. This is 7.1% higher than the 3,359 number of qualifiers last year. Moreover, the number of municipalities with qualifiers also increased to 1,107 this year compared to 975 in 2012.

From the total number of the 2013 DOST scholarship passers, 3,089 belong to economically disadvantaged families who qualified under the RA 7687 Scholarship grants, while 508 students who topped the examination qualified under the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program.
Qualifiers who avail of any of the S&T undergraduate scholarships may pursue a four- or five-year college degree in priority science and technology fields. As benefits, RA 7687 scholars will receive tuition subsidy, monthly stipend, book allowance and many more. Scholars under the Merit scholarship program will likewise receive the same benefits except for the pro-rated monthly stipend based on the family’s socio-economic status.
Click the link below for the list of 2013 DOST Scholarship Exam Passers

What every first time parents should know about their newborn

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Motherhood is very demanding but I wouldn’t exchange it for the world. However, every new parents will pass a stage when you feel tired, frustrated and you thought you’re doing everything wrong. I’m glad I came across this post at the BabyCenter for it is exactly what I needed to lift up my spirit.

Dear Mommy and Daddy,

Please keep this letter from me in a place where you can read it and re-read it when things are rough and you are feeling down.

1. Please don’t expect too much from me as a newborn baby, or too much from yourselves as parents. Give us both six weeks as a birthday present, six weeks for me to grow, develop, mature, and become more stable and predictable – six weeks for you to rest and relax and allow your body to get back to normal.

2. Please feed me when I am hungry, I never knew hunger in your womb and clocks and time mean little to me.

3. Please hold, cuddle, kiss, touch, stroke, and croon to me. I was always held closely in your womb and have never been alone before.

4. Please forgive me if I cry a lot. I am not a tyrant who was sent to make your life miserable, the only way I can tell you I am not happy is with my cry, bear with me and in a short time, as I mature, I will spend less time crying and more time socializing

5. Please take the time to find out who I am, how I differ from you and how much I can bring you. Watch me carefully and I’ll tell things which sooth, console and please me.

6. Please remember that I am resilient and can withstand the many natural mistakes you’ll make with me. As long as you make them with love, I cannot be harmed.

7. Please don’t be disappointed when I am not the perfect baby you expected nor be disappointed with yourselves when you are not the perfect parents.

8. Please take care yourself; eat a balanced diet, rest, and exercise so that when we are together you have the patience and energy to take care of me. The cure for a fussy baby is more rest for Mom.

9. Please take care of your relationship with each other. What good is family bonding if there is no family left for me to bond with.

10. Keep the “big picture” in mind. I’ll be like this for a very short time, though is seems like forever to you now. Although I may have turned your life upside down, please remind yourselves that things will be back to normal before long.

Enjoy me – I’ll never be this little again!


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