Monthly Archives: November 2013

Carlo P. Magno Ph.D. (Educational Psychology)

Dr. Carlo Magno is currently a full-time associate professor at the De La Salle University – Counselling and Educational Psychology Department (College of Education). He specializes in the fields of Psychometrics, methods of research, statistics, measurement & evaluation, quantitative analysis, educational psychology, and language acquisition. He took his undergraduate in De La Salle University with a degree Bachelor of Arts major in Psychology. After that, he took his Masters degree in Education major in Basic Education Teaching at the Ateneo De Manila University. He acquired his PhD in Educational Psychology major in Measurement and Evaluation at De La Salle University, Manila with high distinctions. After this, He was trained in Structural Equations Modeling at Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany.


He also received a lot of distinction during the prime of his career. Some of these are:

2005 – Most Outstanding Junior Faculty in Psychology by the Samahan ng Mag-aaral sa Sikolohiya

2008 – Most Outstanding Published Scientific Paper in the Social Science (National Academy of Science and Technology)

2009 – Honorary Regional Adviser of the Asian EFL Journal (Time Taylor International)

2010 – Recipient of the Natividad Fajardo Distinguished Chair in Research Methods.

2011 – Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) in the Philippines

(DOST-National Academy of Science and Technology)

2012 – Most Outstanding Teacher (The Lasallian Excellence Award)

– 2nd Filipino recipient of the Global Young Scientist Award (Global Young Academy awarded in South Africa)

Dr. Carlo P. Magno contributed a lot of scientific works; he developed surveys that help assess and improve the country’s educational system, a key to every Filipino’s development for their needs and aspirations. Some of the scientific works that he has developed are:

Tools for Learning and Performance

Academic Self-Regulation Questionnaire (SRQ-A)

The questionnaire targets young students and aims to discover the reasons why children work to accomplish their school work.  Two versions were created in order to take into account children with learning disabilities.  The questionnaire contains 4 choices, namely, “Very true,” “Not very true,” “Sort of true,” and “Not at all true,” each having a score of 4, 3, 2, and 1 respectively.

Volunteerism scale

Volunteerism Questionnaire aims to know the experiences of volunteers within an organization. Specifically, it aims to know the reasons for volunteering and what outcomes of volunteering are being experienced by each volunteer.


            Assessment for Engineering Potential (AEP)

The AEP is a comprehensive assessment designed to identify students with the potential to succeed in the upper level of the engineering program.


These contributions of Magno, along with a few more of his tests, theories, and standardisation he has devised, have joined a pool of greatly studied pieces that have helped apply psychology in the field of education. The Philippine society, ever since, has been bent on enhancing the standard of education for the youth, believing that this is the answer to the issue of being third world. Applying his works to society further improve students’ learning, teachers’ ways of teaching, and the general system of education in the country.



Work By: Carino, Chuatoco, Cobrador, Javier, Laygo, Parma, Punsalan


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Ronald U. Mendoza: AIM-ing for Excellence

By: Cruz K, Quitangon, Sale, Mendoza, Gascon, Orosa

After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics Honors at the Ateneo de Manila University in 1995, Professor Ronald U. Mendoza earned his Masters in Public Administration and International Development in John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 2001 and got his PhD in International Economics in Fordham University in 2008. As an economist, he worked 7 years for the United Nations Development Programme from 2001 to 2008, after which he worked 2 years for UNICEF until 2010. On January 2011 until today, his current job title is the Executive Director of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM)’s policy center and an Associate Professor in Economics (LinkedIn).

In his time, Professor Mendoza served as a co-editor and contributing author to three books – Providing Global Public Goods: Managing Globalization, Children in Crisis: Seeking Child-Sensitive Policy Responses (Rethinking International Development), and The New Public Finance: Responding to Global Challenges. These research publications which explore the relationship between business and development also proposes possible adjustments for national growth. As the executive director of AIM, Mendoza has initiated an institutional movement to inform and address people about the pressing issues regarding poverty and the imperative of inclusive growth in the country. He promotes academic research that is relevant to national and regional development.

In Providing Global Public Goods, he addresses the issues of how public goods should be adjusted for the socio-economical and political context that predominate the country in order to accommodate for the general population. He examines the managerial and political challenges regarding the conception and implementation of strategies in order to be properly implemented to our country’s current situation. He notes how different sectors – government, business and civil – must collaborate in order to achieve the so called “global public goods” with the reformation of public policies through feasible and systematic methods.

In his research, Ronald Mendoza has also discovered several linkages between political dynasties and poverty in the Philippines, which led to different implications that he pushed for in the development system. Mendoza’s findings on the links between socio-economic outcomes and dynasties has painted a clearer picture for society to analyze the evidence on the pressing concern. Such evidence are:

  • 70 percent of the 15th Philippine Congress is dynastic, and dynasties dominate all of the major political parties.

  • On average, there are more dynasties in regions with higher poverty and lower human development.

  • 80 percent of the youngest congressmen (age 26-40) are from dynastic clans.

  • Dynasties tend to be richer when one outlier is removed among present non-dynasties. (That outlier, by the way, appears to be busy creating a dynasty as well.) (Editor, 2013)

    Mendoza’s planned research on Philippine political dynasties, as a follow up to his previous journal, differentiates them between “Fat” and “Thin dynasties within the local government level. His current research bequeaths that key institutions, such as the media, may possibly be able to diminish the more well known “fat” dynasties.

These attempts to research and alleviate political dynasties are seen as crucial in promoting inclusive growth which will strengthen the Philippine governance structure as a whole. Although dynasties may be beneficial as a means of long-term implementations of programs by certain political families, a developing monopoly of political and economic power may be seen as harmful in harnessing the potential of others in office.

With all his achievements, Professor Mendoza was recognized as one of the Philippines’ Most Outstanding Scientists in 2012. From his publications and research work, he has established a model for economic and political growth that has truly aided the country in its development.



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14 Things We Know About Kirby

Kirby Burnea is currently in Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology taking up his post graduate studies in Chemistry. He was a poster presenter during the 26th Philippine Chemistry Congress-Poster, the 27th Philippine Chemistry Congress, and the 15th Asian Chemical Congress. Let’s turn the spotlight to this gifted young Filipino scientist!

1. He is working on Computational Chemistry.

–>Computational Chemistry is a branch of chemistry that uses computers in addressing chemical problems. Kirby tried calculating a certain property of a chemical system. This property is usually measured using an instrument following standard protocols (the experimentalist way).

2. He is a man for the environment.

–> In his research, he expects that he will be able to determine if the computational approach can reproduce the values measured experimentally. Future studies can then refer to his results if they are also working on chemical systems similar to what he is working with. Computational Chemistry is relatively a new field and one of its advantages is that unlike the traditional way of doing chemistry, it does not require one to use a lot of chemicals and contribute to the abuse of the environment by contributing to the ever increasing pollutants. It mainly uses computers in carrying out researches.

3. He really loves challenges.

–>He also likes to explore thing. Right now, he is taking up master of science in chemistry and is also planning of pursuing doctoral degree. He has bachelor degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Chemistry.

4. Science is his way to answer questions.

— > Like other scientist, Kirby was faced with challenging questions, but the best thing about that for him is when he finds the answers.

5. He has a secret identity.

— > When asked if what super power would he wants and what would be his superhero name, he said he would prefer to have the ability of being able to time travel and he will be called Chronoid.

6. He was born a Chemist.

— > Chemistry has interested him even way back in high school. He found out that (modesty aside) he can easily grasp the concepts in this field. The thing that this field caught his interest is that the things that amazes him has its answers in chemistry. For example, how medicines work, how fireworks are able to produce stunning bursts in the nightsky, etc.

7.  If he had a million dollars, he would invest it in research.

As a man of science, Kirby believes that research should be a scientist’s ultimate priority: “Researches is a good investment of money because this is where development starts. More importantly, researches do not answer the current needs of the society but that of the future as well since these serves as basis of other future developments.”

8. He knows that being a scientist in the Philippines poses many disadvantages.

It is no mystery that the field of science and technology is not necessarily blossoming in the Philippines. Having witnessed and experienced many of the disheartening realities scientists face on the daily, Kirby is very much aware of the plight many researchers have to go through in order to successfully contribute to their fields.

The first would be the glaring lack of budget and resources: “These are the basic requirements of researches that can lead to development. Since budgets and prioritization of resources are limited only to a few institutions/universities, creative minds in some areas are not catered, thus hindering the great possibility of development.”

The second difficulty would be  the insufficient support that hinders the realization, development and furthering of the various studies already accomplished in the past by many reputable scientists: “It’s a sad reality that a lot of quality researches of some people in the academe are, fine, recognized at some point, but are then left in the corners of the library, untouched”

The third, as Kirby is more than willing to point out, is the lack of recognition  given unto deserving scientists. Publications help encourage researchers to further their studies and it is “a sad reality that our country do not even produce at least annual scientific journals… or at least ones that are circulated properly.”

The last on his list would be the apathy of the general public towards science: “This results to a small number of people pursuing fields in science, and having us left in terms of globalization”

9. In his research, he is fascinated when he is able to obtain calculated values that corroborates with experimental values.

One would think that nothing can faze a researcher like Kirby but it is interesting to know that he still has those eureka-moments: “It fascinates me because [obtaining values] is like trying to predict the winning sweepstake combination and really getting it right at the end… It is just that feeling of amazement of being able to play the math inside what seems to be really complicated.”

10.  If he could build anything and will not fail, it would be a time machine.

Like most people, Kirby is intrigued by the idea of time-travel. He believes that through this, people may be able to gain first-hand learnings from the legends who pioneered scientific advancements. People will be able to pick the brains of the likes of Einstein or Boltzmann as to why they chose to pursue this line of thinking, or invent this particular machine, etc.

11. In other life, he would be a microbiologist.

When small things such as bacteria are able to sway and affect larger things such as organisms or ecosystems on a massive scale, Kirby gets the goosebumps. He is amazed at the efficiency and totality of the effects of a small group of bacteria can produce. Such instances are: the bubonic plague or microbiology altogether.

12. He would be a pretty lame super villain.

A pretty decent one too. He would use his knowledge in global warming to convince the world to stop harming the environment. He would impose strict guidelines in order to do the sort. Not very villainous at all, but maybe villainous for good reason.

13.  Ludwig Boltzmann’s passion in work inspired him


“To me, he is a good example of how one should be passionate of doing something. To stick to your opinion even if all the others are against you as long as of course it cannot harm others.”

14. “Science and faith are intertwined,” he said


“In my perspective, science and faith are not really opposing ends that at the end of the day, one has to choose which is which. I think that science is God’s way of unraveling His greatness, a tool that man needs to have in order to strengthen his faith. For me, science and faith are intertwined.”

During Asian Chemistry Congress!

whut blkah


Exconde, Jana

Gomez, Reena

Magdaluyo,  Krissa

Obang, Kier

Que, Patricia

Sanchez, Arion

Sevilla, Stefan


Dr. Alfred Galvez: Lunasin


A 43-amino acid polypeptide was discovered to be abundant in soybean seeds by a team of Japanese scientists in 1987. A couple of years later, another team under the leadership of Dr. Alfredo Galvez did some more comprehensive research on it, and they found out about its numerous health benefits.

Much like other notable scientific discoveries, the discovery of Lunasin was a case of serendipity: while working on increasing the methionine content of soy proteins, Dr. Galvez discovered that the soy peptide found in small quantities of soybean seeds stops cell division (“Lunasin – an,” 2011). Their studies revealed that this peptide, which can also be found in corn, wheat, and barley, has an anti-mitotic effect on mammalian cells that are in the early stages of the carcinogenic process. In addition, unlike other cancer preventive agents, while killing off potentially cancerous cells, the peptide poses no detriment to neighboring healthy cells (Hernández-Ledesma & de Lumen, 2008). It even significantly reduces the risk of those cells becoming cancerous as well. Their team called it Lunasin, after the Filipino word “lunas” which means “cure.” More than 40 peer-reviewed and published studies have affirmed the health benefits of Lunasin ever since its discovery (“Lunasin Research,” 2011). This discovery has contributed greatly in the search for more natural and accessible cancer prevention methods, and has definitely brought pride to the Filipino people.

Although Lunasin was first recognized as a key factor for stopping cancer cells from replicating, further studies showed that the soy peptide also had another powerful property—sufficient amounts of lunasin peptide in one’s system can effectively lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.


Dr. Alfredo F. Galvez currently works as a Center Scientist at the Center of Excellence for Nutritional Genomics (“Scientist bios,” 2011). He is also involved in research collaboration with the University Of California Davis Center for Nutritional Genomics to study the possible function of Lunasin as a “human tumor supressor” (Dangcalan, 2011). He is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri. He was also the president and CEO of FilGen Biosiences (start-up biotech company intended for commercialization of Lunasin) before he worked with UC Davis. Dr. Galvez is one of the lead researchers at Soy Labs.

He holds a number of patents and had his work published in renowned journals such as Nature Biotechnology and Cancer Research.


One of the products available for market consumption is LunaRich, a commercial soy powder marketed by Reliv (also attributed to  Dr. Galvez’s research). LunaRich contains 5 to 10 times as much Lunasin peptides than most common soy products, making Lunasin more bioavailable to the body. It is manufactured in such a way that the peptides come in a form that can be readily absorbed by the body. LunaRich has cancer-preventive effects, anti-inflammatory properties, aids in weight loss, and also improves cardiovascular health.


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Dr. Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu

“Dr. Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu, the IMBA S.A. Professor”

By: Ablaza, Lopez, Ng, Tan, Tejada, Teng, and Zarza (SCI 10 M)

In a recent discussion in our Sci 10 class, it was mentioned that throughout history, there has been a large difference in the male to female ratio of scientists. However, nowadays, many female scientists are making a name for themselves in various fields of natural sciences and social sciences. Let us introduce to you one of these few female scientists in the Philippines, Dr. Czarina Saloma-Akpenodu, a sociology and anthropology professor here in the Ateneo de Manila University She is internationally known for her contributions through her publications about Bohol heritage sites and Information Technology in the Philippines. Her most famous achievement was when she was named “Outstanding Young Scientist in the Field of Sociology” by the National Academy of Science and Technology last 2007 (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2007).

About Her

Czarina Saloma is the younger sister of Caesar Saloma, Dean of the College of Science at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, who won an award in 1992 for Applied Physics (Hashimoto, 2008).  According to the website of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Loyola Schools, Czarina Saloma – Akpedonu earned her BA in Sociology from the University of the Philippines graduating cum laude. She then earned her Masters degree in Population Science from the Peking University and her Doctoral degree from Bielefeld Universitaet where she graduated magna cum laude. In 2007, The National Academy of Science and Technology named her as “Outstanding Young Scientist” in the field of Sociology. She is currently the Vice President of the Board of the Research Committee on the Sociology of Science and Technology of the International Sociological Association. In an interview, she said that her inspiration was her brother and her teacher, Ma. Cynthia Rose Banzon-Bautista, who was the first sociologist to receive this award in 1988. (Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Ateneo)

Her Work


One of her prominent works is the book entitled “Possible Worlds in Impossible Spaces: Globality, knowledge, gender and Information Technology in the Philippines.” The work is about how Information Technology has impacted the Philippine Society. It illuminates two worlds that are present in Philippine Society: the technological spheres where women participate in and the other one about global-local technological encounters. (Hutchison, 2007). The author also determined that globalization did not follow a single path to a terminal condition but rather interfaces between the global and local community. It had a great impact on Philippine Society since it was an industry in the Philippines that wasn’t being given much attention. (Dizon, 2009) Her work also became the framework for the studying the different aspects of science and technology with a sociological point of view. (OYSI)

Aside from “Possible World in Impossible Spaces”, she has also authored 6 books or chapters in them that were also published internationally,

  • “Asian Transformations in  Action: The Work of 2006-07 API Fellows”

  • “Doing IT in Developing Societies: Varying Context, Similar Epistemic Practices”

  • “How to Solve the ‘Hotmail Problem’: Global-local Interfaces and Filipino Technopreneurs”

  • “Female Spaces in the Philippine ICT Industry”

  • “Wie Informationstechnologie gemacht wird: Eine geschlechtsspezifische Perspektive auf die Neue Ökonomie in den Philippinen”

  • “Doing Information Technology in the Philippines: A Gender Perspective”

– She is the co-author with Erik Akpedonu of the book “Casa Boholano: Vintage Houses of Bohol”, which is a sociohistorical introduction-cum-architectural guide to the province’s traditional houses.

– She also co-authored “How Communities and Networks Generate Change in: Ma. Assunta Cuyegkeng and Antonette Angeles (ed.). Transformative Leadership” with Melissa Jayme-Lao, and Leslie Lopez-Advincula.

– She has also written numerous articles in scholarly journals, 4 were published internationally and 2 local ones.


All of the members in our group agree that she is quite an amazing person and an amazing scientist showing that scientific discoveries do not only happen inside a lab but also in our surroundings. She has also shown the many contributions that women can contribute in our modern society and all that is needed is determination, imagination and passion for our work and our world. Most of all, she has proven that age doesn’t matter if you wish to achieve something, she’s now at the age of 43 and her achievements have yet to stop compiling.



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Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero, IV: Taking Physics to Greater Heights


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