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Taguig students claim top prizes at int’l science expo

Franz de la Fuente | May 11, 2018

Science whiz kids from Taguig Integrated School have once again brought honor and pride to the Philippines by taking home major awards at an international exposition in Malaysia for their innovative yet practical household products.

At the International Engineering Invention and Innovation Exhibition (i-ENVEX) held in Perlis, Malaysia held from April 13 to 15, 2018, Kenth Gallarda, Franzes Keisha Joven, and Francis Elija Valdez won Gold for their ‘Euphorbia Hirta Dengue-Relieving Tea’ while Ivan Gabriel de Lumen, Issachar Philippe’e Zerda, and Vien Kiosoffe Lopez took Silver for ‘Coconut Oil, Basil, and Beeswax Anti-Bacterial and Mosquito Repellant Candle’.



The students explained that their inventions were inspired by practical everyday challenges that they sought to address.

“Many people today contract dengue, especially in our community, and we want to help relieve their symptoms through the euphorbia, which makes blood platelets reproduce faster,” said Keisha.

“I felt a bit nervous during the question-and-answer portion because I thought the questions from the jury would be too hard. Still, I was able to answer some of them,” Gallarda said of his experience at the contest.

“I felt really happy for our students. Aboitiz proved to be a really big help. Aside from the laboratory provided by the Aboitiz Foundation, the equipment for research such as projectors and computers can definitely be used in the future,” said Puno.


This big win by our student-beneficiaries from TIS truly motivates us. The Aboitiz Foundation will continue supporting important educational initiatives, particularly the strengthening of SSES and technical-vocational high schools, as we help communities feel empowered, safe, and be sustainable.

– Maribeth Marasigan
First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Aboitiz Foundation


Following their triumph abroad, the students, accompanied by their advisers, paid a courtesy call to Aboitiz Foundation and took in brief tour of the A-Lab.



In 2017, students from Taguig IS also represented the Philippines and won top prizes at the Hong Kong International Invention, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship Exhibition for a variation of their ‘Rauvolfia Serpentina Tea’ and ‘Coconut Oil, Basil, and Beeswax Anti-Bacterial and Mosquito Repellent Lotion Bar’.  As it was then, Aboitiz Foundation provided financial support for the students’ trip, in line with the organization’s advancing business and communities by co-creating safe, empowered, and sustainable communities.