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.

Oct 2018
EARTH & SPACE 03:08pm, Oct 29, 2018
PH-made microsatellite Diwata-2 flies into space

MANILA, Philippines – The second Philippine-made microsatellite, Diwata-2, was launched into space from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan on Monday, October 29. Unlike Diwata-1, Diwata-2 was ...


Jun 2018
EARTH & SPACE 06:05pm, Jun 29, 2018
Philippines launches 1st CubeSat into space

MANILA, Philippines – Maya-1, the Philippines’ first cube satellite (CubeSat) has flown into space through SpaceX Falcon-9 CRS 15 rocket. The rocket was launched into space on Friday, June 29, from ...


SOCIETY & CULTURE 08:03am, Jun 06, 2018
Marine scientist is 2018 'Women in Science' National Fellow

MANILA, Philippines – A marine scientist from the University of the Philippines (UP) was named National Fellow of the 2018 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science (FWIS) Fellowship. Dr Charissa ...


May 2018
SOCIETY & CULTURE 04:24pm, May 26, 2018
Shining a spotlight on Pinay scientists

MANILA, Philippines – Perhaps everyone is familiar with Fe del Mundo, the National Scientist. In textbooks, she was portrayed as the inventor of a make-shift incubator out of bamboo. Del Mundo was ...


SOCIETY & CULTURE 12:45pm, May 14, 2018
8 of the leading Filipino scientists who make us proud

MANILA, Philippines – Whether it's tinkering with laser beams to "slow down" the speed of light, or studying mammals and researching on bat viruses for public health, Filipino scientists are ...


Oct 2017
TECH FEATURES 11:44am, Oct 19, 2017
Filipina Microsoft executive on fostering growth through technology

MANILA, Philippines – One in every three fishermen and farmers are poor in the Philippines. The numbers have rarely improved for the past decade, despite the steadily growing economy. Closing the ...


TECH FEATURES 08:00am, Oct 08, 2017
5 smart technologies a Filipino driver could use right now

On a Friday payday, the worst thing that could happen is to get stuck in standstill traffic as the flash floods rise. One minute it’s gutter deep, the next minute, you’re panicking that water will ...


May 2017
SOCIETY & CULTURE 04:00pm, May 28, 2017
5 things to make PH a better place for scientists

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino astrophysicist and data scientist Reina Reyes said that scientists are radioactive particles. If you put them together, you get "critical mass" and that's when things ...


Apr 2017
ENVIRONMENT 11:30pm, Apr 30, 2017
Addressing water pollution using tahong shells

MANILA, Philippines – A group of researchers may just have found a way to recycle mussel (tahong) shells and help minimize water pollution at the same time. A group of Filipino researchers, ...


ENVIRONMENT 04:00pm, Apr 26, 2017
The story behind the giant shipworm discovery that broke the internet

MANILA, Philippines – When news of the discovery of the elusive giant shipworm went out, the internet went crazy. Eyes popped when news stories came out, complete with GIFs showing a slimy ...