Dear Sir/Madame:


We are pleased to inform you that Metrobank Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Search for Outstanding Teachers.

The deadline for the submission of nomination form is on February 15, 2010 (Monday) at the Metrobank Foundation office, 15th Floor Metrobank Plaza , Makati City or at any Metrobank Branch nearest you. Our branches shall receive nominations on this date until 5:00 P.M.

As one of the leading schools in the country that produces outstanding teachers and students, we hope for your participation in this year’s Search.

Following the two-step nomination process, the first round of nominations shall only entail direct submission of duly-signed nomination forms. No supporting documents are required yet except for some requirements indicated in the enclosed nomination form.

Should you need to clarify anything about the Search, please call our office at tel. nos. (02) 898-8898 / 8855 / 88556 and look for Mr. Allan Reyes (0922) 898-8855 or Mr. Emil Tapnio (0917) 355-1100 or e-mail us at aareyes@metrobank. com.ph, ebtapnio@metrobank. com.ph or mbfi_sot@yahoo. com.

Very truly yours,



Deputy Executive Director

Metrobank Foundation, Inc.

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Here’s a pdf from DOST. Alternatively, you can visit the Panasonic Philippines website.


Sea slug steals genes for greens, makes chlorophyll like a plant

Comment: hmmm…I still doubt the entire thing because it seems 1. Gene flow is easily done by ingesting; 2. the entire photosynthetic machinery evolved in a span of millions of  years before the first cyanobacteria were able to perform photosynthesis;3. although, the basic ingredients of photosynthesis such as glutamate and porphyrins are present in animals, still there is a lot of explanation to be done regarding its biosynthetic pathway; 4. I think it’s  a highly specialized interaction at the biochemical/cellular level with photosynthesis still maintained by the algal species.  Nice to think about! Ask your students about their opinion!

Happy teaching!

Read here

1. Coral Reefs are Evolutionary Cradles

see http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2010/107/1?etoc

2. Ancient Four-legged beasts Leave their Mark
see http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2010/106/2?etoc

Happy Teaching!

45th BIOTA Convention

Call for Papers (Convention brochure)

Hello BioWorld!

Haven’t posted lately. But if you do have questions regarding BIOTA, academic life (i.e. especially to those who plans to study in Japan) , and other biological in nature, please feel free to contact me.

This is my current address:

Masuda Laboratory (Plant Metabolism Systems), The University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus I, Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

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