SPU Manila wins major awards in research congress

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Contributed by Brian Bantugan

Date: March 13, 2019Posted by: Marionette Martinez

On 22 February 2019, the winners of the competitive written and oral presentation of undergraduate researches were announced in the 4th South Manila Educational Consortium (SMEC) Research Congress and 4th International Forum on Innovative Collaborative Learning in Higher Education held in Hotel Jen in Pasay City.

The jury, composed of international scholars—Dr. Oradol Kaewprasert, president of the Asian Media Studies and Research Center; Mr. Heri Setiawan, visiting scholar from Jakarta, Indonesia; and Dr. Clive Alvyn Ocon, professor of University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Center in the Philippines, gave the Technical Merit Awards to the following:
1. First Place – “Gunita: Creating an Experiential Museum Based on Filipino World War 2 Veterans’ Experiences” (St. Paul University Manila)
2. Second Place – “Rughalu Beys: Its Anti-inflammatory Properties and Response on the Rattus nobregicus albinus (Albino Rat)” (Emilio Aguinaldo College)
3. Third Place – “Nitrogen and Potassium Fertilizer Residue in Tea Made in Selected Southeast Asian Countries” (Emilio Aguinaldo College)

Kaewprasert and Ocon, accompanied by Mr. Heri Setiawan, a Google Indonesia educator and plenary speaker in the research congress like the former, served as judges in the Competitive Creative Oral Presentations section of the event.

The following were cited the best in the Creative Merit Award category:
1. First Place – “Towards an Environmental Health Infographic for St. Paul University Manila: A Sequential Exploratory Mixed Methods Study” (St. Paul University Manila)
2. Second Place – “Paulinian Archetypes towards an Integrated Marketing Communication for St. Paul University Manila” (St. Paul University Manila)
3. Third Place – “Developing the City of Baguio as a Fright Tourism Site: A Basis for the Creation of Tour Packages” (St. Paul University Manila)
The fourth and fifth placers in this category went to entrepreneurship students of St. Paul University Manila with the following research outputs:
4. Fourth Place - Alphabet Doll (St. Paul University Manila)
5. Fifth Place - BIO Pots (St. Paul University Manila)

All participants in the above two competitive categories vied for the Compassion Merit Award category, which recognizes the research with the greatest social value. The winners were as follows:
1. First Place - “Gunita: Creating an Experiential Museum Based on Filipino World War 2 Veterans’ Experiences” (St. Paul University Manila)
2. Second Place – “Rughalu Beys: Its Anti-inflammatory Properties and Response on the Rattus nobregicus albinus (Albino Rat)” (Emilio Aguinaldo College)
3. Third Place - “Towards an Environmental Health Infographic for St. Paul University Manila: A Sequential Exploratory Mixed Methods Study” (St. Paul University Manila)

As a result of the number of major awards received, St. Paul University Manila was awarded the “Distinguished Research Trainer” trophy, followed by Emilio Aguinaldo College and St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, which both received the “Accomplished Research Trainer” trophies, placing second and third, respectively. The Colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Education, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, and Business and Management of St. Paul University Manila were responsible for training the major winners. Other participants, including one mentored by a faculty member from the College of Music and Performing Arts, were given Accomplished Research medals.

The awards were given in the presence of the international jury members, Dr. Paulo Pagkatipunan, chair of the SMEC Research Committee, and Dr. Ma. Encarnacion Dychangco, Vice President-Academic Services of St. Paul University Manila, who gave the closing remarks on behalf of the university president, Sr. Ma. Evangeline Anastacio, SPC.