Grade school students from Taguig Integrated School brought honor and pride to the Philippines by winning major science awards for innovative yet practical household products. Their Rauvolfia serpentina tea and Coconut Oil, Basil, and Beeswax Anti-Bacterial and Mosquito Repellent Lotion Bar won Gold and Silver prizes, respectively, at the Hong Kong International Invention, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship Exhibition, held at the City University of Hong Kong.
Kier Sean Cadag, Brian Ivan Santiago, Franzes Keisha Joven, and Lance Ulryck Corpuz presented the tea product while Tracy Gonzales, Chizel Anne Liwanag, Patricia Marites Sanga, and Elise Gabriel Santos competed with their lotion bar. The students were led by research advisers and TIS faculty members Rosenda Puno and Georgie Amaranto.
Their homegrown products have also earned additional awards such as the Special Award from the World Invention Intellectual Property Associations as well as a Special Award from the Indonesia Invention and Innovation Promotion Association “in honor of the highest standard of excellence.”
Aboitiz Foundation provided financial support for the teams’ trip to the three-day exhibition, part of its broader and stronger commitment to the Department of Education Special Science Elementary Schools program.
The students shared that their inventions were inspired by their desire to resolve real-world challenges in their community—the tea is a healthy alternative to sugary drinks being sold to children while the lotion bar helps repel disease-causing mosquitoes.
“These achievements by our student beneficiaries from TIS are a result of perseverance and preparation and are truly an inspiration to all of us. We 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,” said Aboitiz Foundation First Vice President Maribeth Marasigan.
“It was a very interesting competition. We got to meet new friends and exhibit our inventions,” said Santos. “After the competition, I am further encouraged to explore and study science, because science is everywhere,” added Cadag.
Watch our interview with the winning teams below: