[Blueboard] Freshman DOST Scholar Wins “The Great Science Debate”

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Tue Jul 25 13:13:09 PHT 2006

We wish to congratulate Gil Anthony E. Aquino, a freshman BS Chemistry
major and a graduate of Philippine Science High School (Nueva Vizcaya
Campus), for winning "The Great Science Debate". The event was an
interschool debate competition organized by the Department of Science and
Technology-Science Education Institute as part of its celebration of the
2006 National Science and Technology Week held at the Philippine Trade
Training Center from July 17-21, 2006 with the theme: "Saving Lives,
Improving Lives through Science and Technology.". Gil Anthony defeated
fellow DOST scholar-competitors from the University of the Philippines,
Polytechnic University of the Philippines and the Technological
University of the Philippines.

"The Great Science Debate" was part of the interactive exhibit of the
Science Education Institute which aimed to serve as avenue for the youth,
particularly their scholars, to express their opinions and arguments on
controversial issues that can be viewed as either beneficial or
detrimental to life.

The competition was a three-day activity with scholars representing two
schools each day to debate on a certain issue. Winners for Day 1 (Ateneo)
and Day 2 (PUP) moved on to the final debate on the third day, with Ateneo
emerging as the grand winner.

Date	  Schools	         Topic
July 18	  Ateneo vs UP	 Cloning is Good for Mankind
July 19	  PUP vs TUP	 Nuclear Energy is Necessary for the Development
                         of the Country
July 20	  Ateneo vs PUP	 Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) as Food
                         are Safe

The awarding ceremony was held last July 21, 2006 at the Philippine Trade
Training Center, with Dr. Estrella F. Alabastro (DOST Secretary), Dr.
Jaime C. Montoya (Chairperson of the 2006 NSTW Committee on Awards and
Recognition), and Dr. Ester B. Ogena (Director of Science Education
Institute) presenting the awards.

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