Archive for January, 2010


Cheng Yu-Tung – Gold Smith Apprentice

Cheng Yu-Tung


The former goldsmith’s apprentice has his own treasure now.  Cheng’s New World Group is a major player in property and construction, and is active in hotels, restaurants, telecommunications and insurance.  He’s also rich in political capital; with large mainland infrastructure holdings, he has pull with Beijing. – Snowdon


Dr. John Donnie A. Ramos – The Allergy Man

Dr. John Donnie A. Ramos

It would be great if you could call on a superhero like “Allergy Man” whenever you get attacked by the sniffles or when rashes suddenly start forming a map of the world on your body.  Of course, the alias is not really as cool as Spider-Man, Batman, or Superman.  But then again, the fight against allergies (one of the most-recognized health problems in the world)  does not really need superheroes.  The battle can be won with men like Dr. John Donnie A. Ramos, winner of the Department of Science and Technology-National Academy of Science and Technology’s Outstanding Young Scientist Award in 2005.

Dr. Ramos, an expert in the field of molecular geology and immunology, said “that despite the advances in life sciences, allergies are still not well understood.”

This being the case, Dr. Ramos and his research group developed a reliable diagnostic kit for allergic diseases.  By isolating a DNA code for an allergen present in house dust miles, Dr. Ramos and team were able to use DNA cloning to produce “wonder” proteins.  These proteins can then be used to screen and treat allergy-related illnesses like asthma, rhinitis, and dermatitis.

Currently, Dr. Ramos is working as an associate professor at the Research Center for the Natural Sciences at the University of Santo Tomas (UST).  His research interests include; recombinant protein expression and purification, monoclonal antibody production, CAN vaccination, cell culture techniques, and basic bioinformatics applications.  He is best known for his papers, “Sensitization profiles of allergic patients to recombinant and native Blomia tropicalis” and “Acarofauna and allergenicity of house dust mites in the houses of allergic patients in Metro Manila (2004-2005)

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Henry Fok – Best in Values Connections to China

Henry Fok


In a city that values connections to China, Fok’s may be the best.  During the Korean War, he helped China break a trade embargo.  His Hong Kong connections are solid, too:  in the 1980’s, when future chief executive C.H. Tung’s shipping empire was floundering, Fok together with Chinese interests, provided a crucial $120 million loan. – Ricky Chung-SCMP


Perla D. Santos-Ocampo, MD – President of the National Academy of Science and Technology

Perla D. Santos-Ocampo, MD

As a well-known pediatrician, Dr. Santos-Ocampo doesn’t just take care fo babies.  She’s a mother to countless children who grow up healthier and smarter.  That’s because she devotes her time and efforts on how to control and manage diarrhea and malnutrition.  By understanding the factors that cause such disease, she emphasizes the importance of oral rehydration and proper nutritional guidance for suffering children.

Dr. Santos-Ocampo was born in Dagupan city, Pangasinan on July 25, 1931.  She studied and earned a medical degree from the University of the Philippines in 1955.  She went on post-graduate pediatrics training at UP-Philippine General Hospital, and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

She was credited for the conceptualization and establishment of the National Institutes of Health in UP Manila through Republic Act 803.  She also founded the National Telehealth Center, which led to the creation of the Information Technology complex in UP-PGH.  These efforts make critical public health services more efficient.

The Philippine Science Heritage Center in Bicutan science complex is another achievement that Dr. Santos-Ocampo helped realize.  She was one of its chief advocates.

Dr. Santos-Ocampo is currently the President of the National Academy of Science and Technology, the highest and most prestigious scientific body in the country.

Dr. Santos-Ocampo is a recipient of numerous national and international awards, plaques, certificates, honors, and citations.  These include UP Outstanding Researcher, IBM Science and Technology Award from PGH, a special citation from Gen. Carlos P. Romulo for “pushing the frontiers of science”, most distinguished alumna from UP Alumni Society.  In 1999. The Civil Service Commission awarded her the prestigious Lingkod Bayan Award, in recognition of her long and remarkable service in public health system.  –Rodel G. Offemaria


Lee Shau Kee – Real Estate Owner

Lee Shau Kee


Hong Kong’s real estate is among the costliest in the world, and Lee has cornered a lot to it.  The son of a gold trader in China, Lee migrated to Hong Kong in the late 1940s and founded two of its largest property companies.  In 1996, Forbes rated him the richest man in Asia, with a net worth of $12.7 billion. – Billy Kung for Time



Lambert of Spoleto – Co-emperor with his Father

He died on October 15, 898 in Marengo, Italy.  Reigned for six years as Holy Roman emperor at the end of the Carolingian period.

Crowned co-emperor with his father, Guy of Spoleto, at a ceremony in Ravenna in 892,  Lambert ruled alone after his father’s death in 894.  The following year Arnulf of Carinthia, king of Germany, invaded Italy and besieged Rome, taking the city in February 896.  He was crowned emperor by Pope Formosus, who declared Lambert deposed.  Marching on Spoleto, Arnulf was suddenly taken ill and had to return to Germany, leaving Lambert once more in possession of the empire.

A year after Formosus’ death in 896. Lambert avenged the Pope’s crowning of Arnulf by having Formosus body exhumed by the new pope, Stephen VI (VII), dressed in his pontifical robes, and tried and convicted in St. Peter’s for a variety of crimes.  The naked and mutilated body was then flung into a potter’s field and eventually thrown into the Tiber.  Stephen was assassinated in 897.

In 898 Berengar, marquis of Fruili, Guy of Spoleto’s former rival, marched on Pavia.  Lambert, who had been hunting near Marengo, south of Milan, counterattacked, defeating Berengar.  Returning to Marengo, he was killed, either by assassination or by a fall from his horse.


Lambert of Hersfeld – An Erudite Scolar

He was born on 1025 and died on 1088.  Chronicler whose Annales serve as a highly valuable source for the history of 11th-century Germany.

Educated in Bamber, he joined the Beneditine convent of Hersfeld in March 1058 and was ordained the following fall, travelling to the Holy Land the same year.  He moved to the Abbey of Hasungen in 1077, helping to initiate its acceptance of the reforms of the Benedictines’ Cluniac order in 1081.

His Annales Hersveldenses was written around 1077-79, covering the period from creation to 1077.  An erudite scholar, he was familiar with and used as historical and rhetorical models the works of the Roman historians Livy, Sallust, and Suetonius.  His coverage of the period from Genesis to 1040 is brief, primarily a compilation of other sources; but the events from 1040 to 1077 are highly detailed and based on the annals of the Hersfeld Abbey as well as information from other sources and personal experience.  Thus the Annales is extremely valuable as a documentation of both ecclesiastical and political developments in 11th-century Germany, particularly on the relations between the state and the papacy (though criticized for its propapal bias).  The Annales (first published in 1525) also is valued for its literary elegance and sophistication and as a primary source on the relations between the holy Roman emperor Henry IV and Pope Gregory VII.


Paul de Lamerie – English Silversmith

Paul de Lamerie

He was born on April 9, 1688, ‘s Hertogenbosch, Netherland and died on August 1, 1751, in London.  Probably the best known English silversmith.  His parents, Huguenots who probably left France for religious reasons in the early 1680s, by 1691 had settled in Westminster.

After serving as an apprentice to a London goldsmith, Pierre Platel, de Lamerie registered his mark and established his own shop in 1712.  Early in his career he made simple vessels, such as tankards and teapots, in an unornamented Queen Anne style and more pretentious works, such as a large wine cistern (cooler for wine bottles) for the first earl Gower (1719; Minneapolis [Minn.] Institute of Arts), in an ornamented style associated with the work of French Huguenot craftsmen.

In the 1730s de Lamerie was producing works, particularly covered cups, in his version of the Rococo style.  A notable example of 1737 is a cup, the handles of which are in the form of realistic snakes (owned by the Fishmoners’ Company, London).  A further example of his rich Rococo decoration is a ewer (1741; Goldsmith’s Company, London) with a handle in the form of the figure of a triton.

Unlike the silversmiths on the Continent, de Lamerie made many uncommissioned works that were intended to be stocked for later sale. 

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Dr. Asuncion Raymundo – 2001 PANTAS Awardee

Dr. Asuncion Raymundo

If protecting plants is a problem, trust Dr. Asuncion Raymundo to offer a solution.  She found a way to fight destructive crop microbes.  Ralstonia solanacearum and Xanthomonas oryzae.   She has shown that some banana diseases were caused by the same strain of Ralstonia, a very vital information in the planning and implementation of disease-management strategy for crops.  She also identified causal organisms in soil samples by cloning part of the R. solanacearum DNA and applying the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique.

Her work helps farmers obtain the key information on the pathogen strains present in the soil, allowing them to choose which crop is best suited for cultivation.  This pioneering work also earned for Dr. Raymundo the 2001 PANTAS Award by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCCARRD)-Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Dr. Asuncion Raymundo also led a research team that found how the mushroom species Clitopilus passeckerianus produces the antibiotic called pleuromutilin.

For her other research, Dr. Raymundo received several prestigious awards, including the National Research Council of the Philippines Distinguished Award in Biology, UPLB Outstanding Teacher, and the Crop Science of the Philippine Achievement Award in Research.

Dr. Raymundo completed her bachelor’s degree (cum laude) at the UP College of Agriculture, where she majored in soil microbiology.  She received her MS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, both in the United States.


► National Academy of Science and Technology.

►Garcia, Raymundo get national awards.


Constant Lambert ~ English Composer, Conductor and Critic

English Conductor

Constant Lambert was born on August 23, 1905 and died on August 21, 1951 in London.

English composer, conductor, and critic who played a leading part in extablishing the ballet as an art form in England.  Commissioned (1926) by Diaghilev to compose the ballet Romeo and Juliet, he became conductor (1929) of the Camargo Society that led to the creation of the Sadler’s Wells Ballet, which he then directed until 1947.  His works include the ballet Horoscope (first produced 1938) and the song cycle Eight Chinese Songs (composed 1926).  A perspicacious critic, his Music Ho! A study of Music in Decline (1934) is an illuminating study of 20th-century music.

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