In the Baldomero Olivera and Lourdes Cruz Awarding ceremony held last November 9, 2016, 4PM at the Institute of Chemistry in the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Christian Z. Carino and Kristine Larissa B. Yu were recognized, in honor of esteemed Filipino scientists, Dr. Baldomero Olivera Jr. and Dr. Lourdes Cruz, as the top two (2) students who’ve garnered the highest cumulative weighted averages (CWA) of their graduating batch.
During the event, testimonies were given by the awardees, where they talked about their experiences and delivered their thanks to the people whom have encouraged them along the way.
“When you look for journals, not just to answer questions for your paper, but to understand the phenomenon you’re investigating, it becomes more fulfilling.” said Kristine, the Lourdes Cruz awardee. Christian, the Baldomero Olivera awardee, who has been heading chemistry reviews and is also the Vice Chairperson for Academic Affairs of his organization (UP ACME), expressed his passion for teaching and helping others to appreciate the field.
Attending family, friends, professors, and Dr. Cruz herself, expressed their congratulations for the two awardees. The annual event is hosted by the UP Chemical Society and the UP Diliman Institute of Chemistry.