Shaira Panela

Shaira is a freelance science reporter based in Bulacan, Philippines. She participated in the World Federation of Science Journalists' mentorship program in Asia from 2013-2014. She also teaches science communication and technical writing at a private institute. She's passionate about science education, the integration of science into policy-making, and physics.

Jun 2020
SOCIETY & CULTURE 08:48am, Jun 13, 2020
NAST recognizes 12 outstanding young scientists for 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The (NAST), the Philippines' highest science policy advisory body, has awarded 12 young researchers for their contributions to science and technology in the Philippines. They ...

May 2020
EARTH & SPACE 10:00am, May 16, 2020
Microsatellites could provide data useful for rainfall forecasting – study

MANILA, Philippines – Researchers have estimated the height of a cloud top using Diwata-1, making the Philippines' first microsatellite in space a valuable instrument toward enabling better ...

Apr 2020
LIFE & HEALTH 07:09pm, Apr 27, 2020
How can the Philippines secure enough drugs or vaccines against coronavirus?

MANILA, Philippines – The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the globe, infecting millions and killing over 200,000. There are no specific treatments or vaccines yet for the ...

ENVIRONMENT 03:00pm, Apr 22, 2020
Earth Day 2020: Climate action in the time of the coronavirus

MANILA, Philippines – Over half of the world's population is currently on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the Philippine island of Luzon – home to over 57 million people – which ...

Mar 2020
TECH FEATURES 03:06pm, Mar 30, 2020
How an 18-year-old STEM activist is helping close the gender and tech gap in PH

Perhaps Audrey Pe is among the youngest STEM activists in the Philippines. At 18, she has already spoken before the United Nations and has helped introduce the benefits of technology to hundreds of ...

LIFE & HEALTH 06:14pm, Mar 27, 2020
PH science advisory body urges research-based approach to fight coronavirus

MANILA, Philippines – The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), an institution whose mandate is to advise the President and the Cabinet on matters involving science and technology, is ...

PHILIPPINES 08:42pm, Mar 18, 2020
Metro Manila coronavirus cases could peak mid-April if not contained, math model shows

MANILA, Philippines – As of Wednesday, March 18, the Philippines has at least 202 confirmed COVID-19 cases, most of which are in Metro Manila. The number of cases keeps increasing day by day, and ...

LIFE & HEALTH 04:14pm, Mar 13, 2020
How does the U.P.-developed coronavirus detection kit work?

MANILA, Philippines – One of the ways to slow down the spread of the pandemic COVID-19 is to detect it early and fast to enable professionals to provide proper treatment and trace how it might have ...

Feb 2020
ENVIRONMENT 09:44pm, Feb 08, 2020
Meet the scientist who plans to turn sludge into fertilizer

MANILA, Philippines – Perhaps, Dr. Michael Angelo “Mike” B. Promentilla, De La Salle University professor and the winner of the P13-million Newton Philippines Prize for science, knew at a young age ...

SOCIETY & CULTURE 08:27pm, Feb 05, 2020
After Homo luzonensis discovery, scientists heading back to Callao Cave

MANILA, Philippines – The discovery of the new human species called Homo luzonensis in Cagayan may have rewritten the history of human evolution, but it also raised a lot of questions. For instnace, ...