A logo design contest with a top prize of P50,000 kicked off preparations for this year’s National Biotechnology Week celebration, the Department of Science and Technology announced.

      The logo should symbolize the theme “Bioteknolohiya para sa Kalikasan, Kalusugan, Kagandahan, Kabuhayan, at Kaunlaran” (Biotechnology for nature, health, beauty, livelihood, and progress).

      The contest is open to all Filipinos - individuals or groups, whose design(s) must not have been submitted in any other contests, and depict the benefits of biotechnology. Each entry should be accompanied with written interpretation in 350 words or shorter. 

     Participants may send as many entries as possible in colored JPEG format, and around 5.5 x 5.5 inches in size through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., which should include the participant’s name, complete mailing address, other contact details, and scanned copy of identification cards with picture. Deadline of entries is 5PM on August 31, 2009.

     Entries will be judged based on overall visual impact (40%), interpretation and relevance to biotechnology (30%), and originality and creativity (30%). The winner will be notified through mail and awarding rite is on November 23, 2009 in time for the 5th NBW opening ceremony at the Nido-Fortified Science Discovery Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

      The winning logo becomes the property of NBW organizers, which will have the sole right for its use.

      President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo institutionalized NBW through Presidential Proclamation No. 1414 issued November 9, 2007, which set the annual NBW celebration every last week of November. The proclamation supports Pres. Arroyo’s recognition of the various potentials and applications of biotechnology in agriculture, environment, health, industry and economy.

      The contest is sponsored by DOST’s Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development, the focal agency of the 2009 NBW and DOST’s arm in coordinating researches in advanced S&T fields. 

      For more information, please contact Chitho Feliciano at telefax nos. 925-9211 or 929-6011 loc. 273, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Framelia V. Anonas, S&T Media Service)

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