Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Smurfs Happy Meal Toys: The Lost Village

Delight your kids with a fantastic adventure with McDonald’s new Smurfs Happy Meal toys! Collect all eight (8) Smurfs Happy Meal toys in vibrant colors for a fun playtime experience. Each toy features a specially designed Smurf house and two unique Smurf friends, including favorite Smurfs characters like Papa Smurf, Brainy Smurf and Smurfette, so you can complete your own Smurfs village.

These adorable Smurfs Happy Meal toys are now available in all McDonald’s stores nationwide starting March 25. Each toy comes FREE with every purchase of a McDonald’s Happy Meal! Customers can choose from a Cheesy Eggdesal or 1-pc Chicken McDo during breakfast hours and 1-pc Chicken McDo, 4pc Chicken McNuggets, Burger McDo or McSpaghetti during regular hours. Happy Meals come with a choice of fries or corn and orange juice for a delicious treat!

Make your playtime extra magical with the latest McDonald’s Happy Meal collection. Share photos of your Smurfs village on McDonald’s Facebook page,, or tag @McDo_PH on Twitter and Instagram.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


The Philippine-California Advanced Research Institutes (PCARI) Project is a capacity-building/technology-generating collaborative initiative designed to upgrade to global standards the research, development and innovation capabilities and competencies of the faculty, students and staff of Philippine higher education institutions (HEIs). The PCARI Project is a new approach that will enhance their skills and expertise through scholarships, training and research partnerships with top-notch research universities in California, USA, initially, with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and the University of California Berkeley (UCB) in the areas of health innovation and translational medicine (HITM) and in information infrastructure and development (IID). 

The PCARI Scholarships Project will support Master’s and Ph.D. degrees, and postdoctoral studies with the PCARI as funding agency and DOST-Science Education Institute (SEI) as implementing agency. 

The objective of this Project is to develop the critical mass of scientists, technologists and innovators in Philippine HEIs capable of generating and translating technologies into innovations that will address societal problems. Scholars under this project will have an opportunity to interact with the elite researchers of the University of California and will be part of the top talents in the country who are active in fundamental and applied research relevant to the country’s socio-economic development and the long-term competitiveness of the Philippines. 


Health Innovation and Translational Medicine
Information Infrastructure Development


Degree Programs (Local/Foreign)
Master’s Degree Program with Thesisor Project
Full Ph.D. Program
Sandwich Programs for Master’s and Doctoral Degrees
Non-Degree Programs (Local/Foreign)
Postdoctoral Study Award


-Filipino citizen
-not more than 45 years old
-degree in relevant disciplines
-research proposal aligned with PCARI priority areas


Tuition and other school fees
Transportation Allowance
Living allowance/Stipend
Dissemination/Conference Attendance Grant
Book Allowance
Travel/Medical Insurance
Application and Other Fees
Thesis/ Dissertation/ Special Project Grant
Startup/Research Grant (For IIID Degree Programs)

Inquire now!

Commission on Higher Education-PCARI Project
Project Management and Coordination Office
Telephone No. (02) 352-5591; 376-1758

DOST-Science Education Institute
Telephone No. (02) 837-2071 loc 2389

Application Guidelines and form are available for download below.

PCARI Scholarships Project Announcement

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Be a hero with McDonald’s new DC Girls and Justice League Happy Meal toys

Have an action-packed playtime experience with McDonald’s new DC Girls and Justice League Happy Meal toys. The set features iconic characters from the world-famous superhero franchises, including Superman, Batman, Hawkman, Wonder Woman, and Supergirl. Plus, gear up with exciting accessories like the Hawkman Mask, Wonder Woman Tiara, and Supergirl Headband.

Collect all eight DC Girls/Justice League toys, free with every purchase of a McDonald’s Happy Meal! Customers can choose from a Cheesy Eggdesal or 1-pc Chicken McDo during breakfast hours and 1-pc Chicken McDo, 4pc Chicken McNuggets, Burger McDo or McSpaghetti during regular hours. Happy Meals come with a choice of fries or corn and orange juice for a delicious treat!

Bring out the hero in you or your kids with the latest McDonald’s Happy Meal collection. Share your superhero bonding experience on McDonald’s Facebook page,, or tag @McDo_PH on Twitter and Instagram.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Pinoy students continue to make math, science history in 2016

The country’s young wizards continue to pen their names in the history books. 

Following a record-breaking 614 gold, silver and bronze medals from international science and mathematics competitions in 2015, our national contingents netted a total of 821 medals in 2016, up 33.7 percent from the previous mark.

At the Youth Excellence in Science (YES) Awards—an annual event organized by the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) that recognizes students who win gold, silver and bronze medals in world science and mathematics contests—Secretary Fortunato de la Peña presented the medals to the awardees from Metro Manila and nearby provinces. The ceremony was held on 1 February at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila. 

Of the total tally, 446 come from the national capital region, while 375 come from the other regions.

Philippine Science High School – Main Campus garnered the most number of international medals with 60, followed by Grace Christian College and St. Jude Catholic School with 37 apiece. Three other schools had 20 or more awardees, namely, De La Salle Santiago Zobel (23), Dr. Yanga’s Colleges, Inc. (21), and Makati Hope Christian School (20).

De la Peña proudly shook the hands of each of the awardees whose historic feats symbolize “a promising future” for the country.

“I cannot contain my joy, not only because this is a proof that Filipinos are doing much better in the fields of math and science; but this is a proof that our future is very promising,” he said.

Aside from the number of awardees, the Secretary highlighted the notable victories last year, in particular, the country’s best finish at the prestigious International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), where the team brought home the first two gold medals in history, along with two silvers and two honourable mentions. De la Peña also noted the wins and the successful hosting of the 5th ASEAN Plus Three Junior Science Odyssey and the 23rd Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum Side events in the Philippines last year as great signs of improved competencies.

In his keynote message, De la Peña also remarked that the more honors the country reaps, the more Filipinos believe in the value of science and technology in the development.

“Providing solutions to different national issues and problems remains a daunting task but we firmly believe that the S&T sector has a great role towards our progress,” he added. “You have all the skills and knowledge, and we at DOST believe that the future of this country is in great hands and minds.”

Meanwhile, top YES Awardees Farrell Eldrian Wu of MGC New Life Christian Academy and Kyle Patrick Dulay of Philippine Science High School (PSHS) Main Campus—the two IMO gold medalists—shared their stories before their fellow medalists and urged them to continue to pursue excellence. Likewise, Hillary Diane Andales, who received a Special YES Award for winning the Popular Vote Award and finishing sixth at the 2016 Breakthrough Junior Challenge, addressed her peers to not be afraid of failures and repeats.

Call for Proposals: Asian Try Zero-G 2017-2018

The Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) is inviting proposals for the "Asian Try Zero-G 2017-2018", an educational program organized by Kibo-ABC of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) that allows everyone to suggest simple space experiments for astronauts to demonstrate in zero-gravity or weightlessness conditions.

Kibo-ABC is a collaborative program established by the Space Environment Utilization Working Group (SEUWG) of the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF), which aims to promote Kibo utilization in the Asia-Pacific region. It invites its member countries, one of which is the Philippines, to submit experiment ideas that JAXA Astronauts can perform in the International Space Station (ISS).

Proposals should be unique, novel, and informative, and should have never been done in the ISS/Kibo.

There are 2 categories for the Try Zero-G program: Category 1 is for students under 18 years old, and Category 2 is for young scientists and engineers, ages up to 27 years old. The categories have been in place since 2015, to create more innovative ideas from a wider audience.

This year, Astronaut Norishige Kanai of JAXA ISS crew will perform the selected proposals aboard ISS Kibo module.

For the complete guidelines, visit or download the file at

For information on past experiments, visit

To know more about the onboard items that can be used for the experiment, visit/download the file at

Proposals maybe submitted to DOST-SEI through email address

Deadline for submission of applications is on April 7, 2017.

The selection result will be announced on JAXA web site (

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

DOST-SEI announces 2,196 qualifiers under JLSS program

A total of 2,196 third year college students passed the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute’s (DOST-SEI) 2016 Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) Examination administered nationwide on 16 October 2016 and in areas affected by Typhoon Karen on 13 November 2016. There were 7,102 third year students in various S&T courses who took the examination.

The JLSS is a scholarship program of the DOST-SEI under the Republic Act No. 7687 or the “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994”, Republic Act No. 10612 or the “Fast-Tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013”, and the Merit Scholarship Program.

Qualifiers of this scholarship program will get to enjoy a 2-3 year S&T scholarships. Those who qualified under RA 7687 and RA 10612 will be entitled to subsidy in tuition fee and other school fees, monthly living allowance, book allowance, among others, in the last 2 or 3 years of their undergraduate studies. Scholars under the Merit scholarship program will likewise receive the same benefits except for the pro-rated monthly stipend based on the scholar’s family socio-economic status.

The implementation of the JLSS supports the goal of the DOST-SEI to substantially increase the number of scientists and engineers needed to boost economic productivity and knowledge creation in the country. Meanwhile, the R.A. 10612 supports the execution of Section 8 of the K to 12 law by providing a pool of scholar-graduates which can competently teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the basic education.

“The program is aimed at producing more science, mathematics and engineering human resource, which we still lack. It is also important to have content-rich teachers in these critical fields to help us develop stronger science and mathematics foundations among our youth,” Dr. Josette T. Biyo, SEI Director, said.

Upon graduation the S&T scholars will be required to render service to the country, preferably in their home region, for a period equivalent to the number of years they enjoyed the scholarship. The RA 7687 and Merit scholars are expected to work along their fields of specialization while those under RA 10612 shall serve as STEM teachers in any public or private high school in the country. 

Dr. Biyo believes that by fast-tracking graduates in STEM courses, the JLSS under RA 7687, RA 10612, and Merit Program will strengthen the country’s science and technology; and hopes to inspire more scholar-graduates to pursue a career path in science and mathematics teaching.

The new JLSS scholars will get to enjoy the scholarship effective the First Semester of AY 2016-2017.