Category: Science & Technology

Trivia about the Philippine Rice Research Institute

The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), the country’s lead agency in rice science and development, will celebrate its 25 years today, Nov. 5, focusing on Rice Science for Development (S4D).

With S4D as its rallying call for five to ten years, PhilRice’s medium and long-term corporate plans centered on helping to attain and sustain rice self-sufficiency, reducing poverty and malnutrition, and achieving competitiveness in agricultural science and technology.

Based at Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, PhilRice has been responding to the rice farmers’ needs and the country’s endeavors to attain rice self-sufficiency since the Institute’s creation in Nov. 5, 1985.

Other than helping the country achieve rice self-sufficiency, an external review on PhilRice’s impact revealed that for each peso invested on the Institute, a net return or benefit of P4.45 for the Philippine economy was gained.

Trivia about DOST and PNRI

It was in 1958 when the Philippine Congress passed a law for the creation of the National Science Development Board (NSDB). Essentially, the National Science Development Board laid down the foundation stones of an organized national scientific development effort.




Trivia about the Philippine Medical Association

2003 is a historic year for the Philippine Medical Association (PMA), as it observes its 1OOth Anniversary. The PMA, the umbrella organization of the medical profession of the country, is a non-profit organization under the Philippine laws. It has been formed mainly to bring together the entire medical profession under one roof, and to serve as an authoritative source of information on health, disease, and medical practice. It is also the national organization committed to national healthcare delivery for the promotion of health and the prolongation of life of the people.


Trivia about St. Luke’s Medical Center

Founded in 1903 by American Episcopal missionary Charles Brent, St. Luke’s Hospital started as a nine-bed ward and dispensary named Mosher Hall. In 1907, it became the University Hospital. Over the next three decades, bed capacity at St. Luke's Hospital increased to 140 beds. During the Japanese Occupation, the hospital’s name was changed to Nippon Byoin.

Trivia about Philippine Marine Biodiversity

1. Sea grapes (Caulerpa racemosa) – This green alga is relatively common in the shallow waters of coral reefs. This species is eaten fresh by many coastal dwellers, being known as "or-orusap" in lIocano. This and a congener, C. lentillifera, which is cultured in Cebu, are also called "Iato." (Photo by G. C. Trone, Jr.)

2. Sea urchin (Heterocentrotus mammillatus) – A nocturnal echinoderm, this animal is d ifticu It to find during the day as it hides in crevices, emerging at night to forage on the reef. The stout spines are collected as pendants or ornaments. (Photo by M. Jones)