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Welcome to the Bahay Kubo Research website!

This site was established to recognize the Filipino researchers in various fields of expertise from all corners of the world. As an initial task, a compilation of their short biographies, their current research interests, and list of their publications is undertaken. The information gathered so far are now posted in the Profile section of the site. The Database section contains an online interface where Filipino researchers can add or edit their research profiles. The Saliksik section features articles written by Filipino researchers related to their fields of study. Enjoy surfing and learn more about the talents and achievements of dedicated Filipino researchers!

Recent Articles

Learning from Success Stories

When we examine success stories in Philippine science, we see common features. For example, at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, the National Institute of Physics and the Marine Sciences Institute have both embraced the culture of proper publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals. [Read More]

ISI-journal myths and phobias

Some recent messages may appear to sanctify ISI-indexed journals as well as to demonize local journals and everything published in them. A consequence of "rule of thumb" generalizations might be a lack of awareness and understanding of issues and realities concerning journals and publishing. Myths and phobias concerning these often come up when I visit the Philippines and talk to scientists. [Read More]

Adapting to Climate Change through Research & Education

Climate change & poverty are "The two defining challenges of this century." The world is concerned with two things: mitigation and adaptive measures. Both require political will and technological know-how. The poor condition of these two is the main cause of poverty in the country. There is hardly anything the Philippines can do to prevent climate change. But we can increase our chances of survival by reducing poverty through improvements in research and education. [Read More]

2009 Global Survey of Physicists

This is an invitation to all physicists to participate in the 2009 Global Survey of Physicists. Check for more details. [Read More]

9th National Convention of the Philippine Society for the Study of Nature

The Philippine Society for the Study of Nature, Inc. (PSSN) cordially invites you to the 9th Annual Convention to be held at the City of Majestic Waterfalls - Iligan City. [Read More]

Doing research for development

Development depends on the quality of the research output, which in turn relies on correct research practice. Two ways to improve research: (a) by leaving to scientists the job of performance evaluation or (b) by using the established and objective indicators (e.g., journals and publication citations in Science Citation Index or Social Sciences Citation Index). [Read More]

Kudos to Filipino artists, shame on Filipino scientists

Whereas Filipino artists are not only busy with their artistic work but also advance national art and defend its institutions, Filipino scientists have been largely concerned only with doing research to advance their name in science. Perhaps Jose Rizal was thinking of our scientists when he said, "Our talented men have died bequeathing to us nothing more than the fame of their name." [Read More]

Database of Filipino S&T Researchers Re-launched

The Bahay Kubo Research (BKR) team, a group of young Filipino researchers working voluntarily to promote S&T in the Philippines, re-launched its database of Filipino researchers' website this week. The new database can be found in this URL: [Read More]

Problems preventing academic reforms

Academic excellence has always been the dream of every UP official and faculty member. Effort has been directed to improve teaching and research as far back as many alumni can recall. Programs include curriculum revision, institution or abolition of academic degrees, providing incentives through honorariums and chairs, policy reform, opening of campuses throughout the country, and giving equal opportunities for admission of students from all sectors of society. [Read More]

Happy birthday Darwin: lamentations on science and religion

Darwin gave us a scientific paradigm by which we can understand the origins of the biodiversity that sustains our own species. Filipinos live in a country known throughout the world as a center of biodiversity - the product of millions of years of evolution. Sadly, the Philippines is also known worldwide as an ecological disaster. [Read More]

Prevalence of monodon baculovirus in wild shrimp Penaeus monodon in the Phils

Viral diseases are considered as a major problem in shrimp aquaculture industry in the Philippines and have caused severe losses to the shrimp farmers. Among the economically important shrimp viral pathogens is monodon baculovirus (MBV). MBV should be eliminated in the culture system because its infection can slow the growth, especially in intensive culture systems thereby decreasing productivity. [Read More]

PSSN's 9th Annual Scientific Conference

The Philippine Society for the Study of Nature, Inc. (PSSN) will be holding its 9th Annual Scientific Conference with the theme "Nature in Crisis: A look at the social responsibility of universities, media, government, private sector and grassroots" at the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology, Iligan City, Philippines on April 28 - May 1, 2009. [Read More]

Diagnosis of blistering diseases of the skin and other dermatologic conditions

Immunofluorescence techniques and other immunopathologic diagnostic techniques in dermatology involve the detection and localization of specific autoantibodies against various antigens within the skin. Since the 1960s when the lupus band test was utilized to diagnose lupus erythematosus, diagnostic immunopathologic techniques, when interpreted alongside clinical and histopathologic findings, have become a part of the diagnostic criteria in the diagnosis of many skin diseases. [Read More]

Single laser for manipulation and microsurgery of cells

A collaborative research venture between the Philippines and Japan has shown that a single laser can be used to manipulate and perform microsurgery on cells. They manipulate cells using the principle of optical trapping where gradient forces of light attracts the cells towards the focus. [Read More]

Realities in RP science

During my recent Balik Scientist visit to the Philippines, a very dear scientist friend said she had gotten tired of reading articles such as this because, after issues have been debated and so many words exchanged, nothing ever changes. But even Marx, who pointed out the need to change the world, analyzed it first. [Read More]

Myths in RP science

Much has already been written concerning the low productivity of the Philippine scientific community. A quantitative measure of this, for example, the number of papers published in journals indexed by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI), reveals that the Philippines has already been overtaken by Indonesia and Vietnam. [Read More]

Nonscientists run Philippine science academy

There is no scientist or social scientist in the 7-member Executive Council of the country's National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). Not one. The EC is composed of the organization's president, vice-president, secretary, and four members. [Read More]

Philippine science: Time for a fresh start

Fifty years after putting up an S&T agency (Department of Science and Technology) and 30 years after a national science academy (NAST), the Philippines has yet to find a scientific system that is anything close to meeting its twenty-first century needs. [Read More]

Only 3 of 8 new Academicians are scientists

The Philippine Star reports yesterday (11 Sept) the 8 new members of NAST. It says, "Academician is a title given to Filipino scientists whose significant scientific works have considerably contributed to the progress of the country and the Filipino people." [Read More]

FishWorld joins LUMIWAN 2008

LUMIWAN 2008 continues the census of marine biodiversity in the Philippines that was started by PANGLAO 2005 and AURORA 2007. Both previous expeditions and LUMIWAN 2008 were led by Chief Scientist Dr. Philippe Bouchet of the MNHN and used the research vessel MV DA BFAR. [Read More]

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