Archive for February, 2010


Marc Lonaiz – Inventor of Camera-on-a-Chip

Inventor of Camera-on-a-chip

The camera on our cellular phones is already a technological wonder.  Now how about a marble-sized video camera?  This camera is so small it can fit into a wristwatch.  And it is packed with nifty features and can be used for PC videoconferencing and security cameras.

The inventor of this camera-on-a-chip technology is a Filipino who works at Lucent Technologies’ Bell Labs in the United States.  For this invention, Marc Loinaz received in 1999 an award given by the Tenth Annual Discover Magazine Awards for Technological Innovation.  His invention edged out the Rio PMP300 MP3 player (a portable player for MO3-encoded digital music) in the personal entertainment category.

Marc joined Bell Labs in 1995 and started working on a one-chip digital video camera in 1996.  His team came up with a demonstration unit in 1997 and introduced it to the public in 1998.

The camera-on-a-chip approach is based on the same CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) technology found in today’s computer chips.  It produced real-time video images that could equal the quality of images produced by camcorders, which rely on a handful of non-CMOS chips.

The camera works by focusing light through a lens on a chip containing 100,000 sensors, each one-fifth the diameter of a human hair.  Hardware on the chip processes the image, adjusts the color, and smoothes out imperfections.

Besides requiring less space, CMOS cameras use less power than traditional CCD (charge-coupled devices) cameras. – Bato Balani


Larry Yung – HongKong’s Wealthiest Businessman



He’s not the wealthiest businessman in Hong Kong by as the handover nears.  Yung is the one everybody’s watching.  He heals locally listed Chinese investment company cmc Pacific and played a crucial role in 1996 summer in the reshuffling of ownership of Hong Kong’s airlines, increasing Chinese stakes and reducing stakes and reducing British holdings. – C.Y. YU-SCMP



Dr. Candida adalla – Entomologist

Philippines' Foremost Experts in Entomology (the study of insects)

The grace of dragonflies, the social structure of honeybees, and the colorful patterns of butterflies’ wings.  These are some of the things that might have charmed Dr. Candida Adalla to become entomologist.  Dr. Adalla is one of the country’s foremost experts in entomology (the study of insects).

Dr. Candida Adalla took up Entomology at the University of the Philippines Los Banos.  She gained her master’s and doctorate degrees from the same institution, where she later taught, and which she later led as dean of the College of Agriculture.

Dr. Adalla primarily helps farmers deal with the pests that prevent them from maximizing their harvests.  Ordinarily, pests are controlled by pesticides, but Dr. Adalla’s approach to the problem is holistic.  Because she knows the ways of insects, she can identify which plants or crops possess inherent resistance to particular insect species.  Her works help plant breeders raise hybrids of important crops that are resistant to various pests.  Dr. Adalla actively participated in the breeding of pest-resistant corn, legumes and cotton varieties.  Her findings were then integrated into the farming of rice, mungbean, soybean, cowpea, peanut, and wheat.

For her accomplishments, Dr. Adalla was nominated to the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in989.

► Adalla, Candida B.
► ACPC grants UPLB P5 million to set up Agri Park.

Li Ka-Shing – Richest Person of East Asian

Richest Person


In 1979 Li brought Hong Kong through an early—though revolutionary—decolonization when he purchased control of blueblood British hong Hutchison Whampoa.  He has held the upper hand since, wheeling and dealing with the likes of Jardines and Rupert Murdock, consistently coming out millions of dollar ahead. – Snowdon


Dr. Leah Marquez-Curtis – A Passionate Mentor and Researcher

Lady Scientist

An avid reader of medical thrillers and Christian fiction, a loving wife and mother, a passionate mentor and researcher—that’s Dr. Leah Marquez-Curtis.

This lady scientist is currently a senior research assistant at the Research and Development Division of the Canadian Blood Services, working on blood stem cell transplantation.  No she’s not tweaking embryonic stem cells but adult stem cells, particularly hematopoietic (blood-making) stem cells.

Dr. Curtis’s research has great impact on cancer treatment.  Her team makes it possible for blood cells to develop into normal cells by collecting stem cells from the blood of a patient before undergoing chemotherapy.  These cells were formerly collected from the bone marrow in an invasive manner.  (Chemotherapy surely compromises the blood-making functions of the bone marrow and make them susceptible to infections.)  Now, Dr. Curtis’s team manages to collect the cells from the blood and preserve them.

The beauty of the procedure, according to Dr. Curtis, is that “after chemotherapy, these same cells are transfused back to the patient, and by some mechanism, the stem cells go home to the bone marrow, where they begin to develop into normal blood cells, which rescues the normal blood-making functions in the patient.”

Dr. Curtis graduated from the University of the Philippines Los Banos with a degree in chemistry (cum laude) and obtained her doctorate degree in chemistry from the University of Alberta in Canada.


Run Run Shaw – Owner of Shaw Brothers Production

Run Run Shaw


No one is more responsible for how the Hong Kong sees itself than Shaw, 90.  Not only has his Shaw Brothers Productions created the model of the Hong Kong movie—a cheap, high-voltage adventure that pleases audiences more than critics—but his TVB television group also controls 80% of Hong Kong’s book-tube market. – Snowdon


Dr. Magdalena C. Cantoria – Botanist

Dr. Magdalena C. Cantoria

Dr. Cantoria is one of the country’s best and most accomplished botanists.  For her numerous outstanding researches find, she received recognition here and in foreign countries.

She finished her Bachelor of Science in Phamacy cum laude (1947) and Master of Science in Botany (1951) at the University of the Philippines.  But she wanted to be one of the best.  So Dr. Cantoria went to the Massachusetts College of Phamacy for her master Science in Phamacology major in plant physiology (1955), and finally a Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (1961) at the University of Chicago.

She also took a summer course in Radiation Biology at Argonne national Laboratory in 1961, and another UNESCO training course in Plant Physiology at the University of Delhi in 1965.

This extensive academic training made Dr. Cantoria a leading international authority in botany.  Aside from her international commitments and positions held, she once worked as scientific research assistant at the prestigious National Research Council of the Philippines.  Dr. Cantoria is also a long-time faculty member of the UP College of Phamacy, served as dean and is currently professor emeritus.

Among her most important books and published works are Phamacognosy in Action (1977), Workbook in Phamacognosy (1981), Physiological and Chemical Studies for the Identification of Philippine Mint (1970), Aromatic and Medicinal Herbs of the Philippines (1976), Physiology and Biochemistry of the Volatile Oils of Mentha Species (1980), and The Identification of Zingeber purpureum (1986).


Nina Wang – The Chairlady

Nina Wang


The 1990 kidnapping and presumed murder of her husband, Chinachem chairman Teddy Wang Teh Huei, put the flamboyant Wang in charge of Hong Kong’s largest private company.  the “Chairlady,” her preferred title, has held her own:  Chinachem now has interests in some 200 buildings, and Wang is reportedly Asia’s richest woman. – Billy Kung for Time


Dr. Antonio Acedo Jr. – 2002 Manuel V. Quisumbing Awardee

Dr. Antonio Acedo Jr.

As with every good on the planet, with the exception of cheese, wine, and treated meats like ham, the rule to follow is always, “The fresher, the better.”  However, fruits like mangoes and bananas are prone to disease, have short shelf lives, and bruise easily.  While refrigerating these fruits will definitely extend their shelf lives, the sudden change of temperature may cause discoloration and abnormal ripening of the fruits.

But these bad things can be avoided already, thanks to Dr. Antonio Acedo Jr. and his team who have developed the Hot Water Dip (HWD) treatment.  Now we can get the most out of mangoes and bananas by improving the way the fruits are handled after harvest.

HWD entails dipping the bananas and mangoes into water tanks at 47°C to 49°C and 51°C to 53°C, respectively, for 10 minutes.  The chill treatment is then employed, wherein the fruits are subjected to temperatures ranging from 8°C to 10°C for eight to 10 days.  Using this postharvest treatment yields better fruits.  It results in inhibiting the ripening process, controlling insect infestation and disease, and improved response against stressful conditions.

For his contributions in the field of horticulture, Dr. Antonio Acedo Jr. won the Manuel V. Quisumbing Award in 2002, as well as the Agricultural and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) Best R&D Paper Award in the 14th National Research Symposium organized by the Bureau of Agricultural Research in 2003.  Today, Dr. Acedo teaches at Leyte State University, his alma mater.  He has a doctorate degree in horticulture from the University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Laguna.

► Dela Cruz, Rita T. Hot water dip improves banana and mango fruit quality.

Dickson Poon – Makeover Artist

Dickson Poon


In the flashy world of upscale retailing in Hong Kong, Poon, who started a jewelry firm at age 24, is winning renown as a makeover artist.  In 1991, he bought struggling Harvey Nichols, a London department store that Princess Di frequents, and made it profitable.  Recently, he bid for bankrupt Barney’s, a yuppie haven in New York. – Dustin Shum-SCMP

February 2010

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