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Filipino Film Makers Express Views on Biotech thru Short Videos

December 3, 2014

ISAAA and SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center sought the perspectives of Filipino film makers on the benefits of biotechnology in agriculture through Biotech Shorties, a video-making contest. The winners of the contest were announced during the closing ceremonies of the 10th National Biotechnology Week held at the Main Office of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in Quezon City, Philippines.

Ms. Marielle C. Cruz from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines bagged the grand prize for the amateur category of the "Biotech in Everyday Life" theme with her entry titled Mga Kwentong Bt ni Mang Luis (Bt Stories of Mang Luis). Ms. Michaella Louise Candelario of University of the Philippines Los BaƱos won the grand prize for the amateur category of the theme "Potential Benefits of Bt Eggplant".

The first prize for the professional category went to Ms. Anna Cherylle Ramos of the University of Sto. Tomas for her entry entitled Discovering the Extraordinary in our Ordinary Lives. Meanwhile, Alvin Quiel Sabanal from Calamba, Laguna grabbed the second prize for the same category.

The Biotech Shorties was a joint project of ISAAA and SEARCA BIC with support from the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II (ABSP II).

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