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.

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, ...

Jan 2020
SCIENCE & NATURE 08:30am, Jan 30, 2020
La Salle scientist and team win P13-M Newton Prize for fertilizer research

MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino researcher, who is studying the converstion of sewage into fertilizer, won the 2019 Newton Prize Philippines (Newton Agham) on Tuesday, January 28. De La Salle ...

ENVIRONMENT 08:00am, Jan 23, 2020
Why we can't let our guard down on Taal Volcano

MANILA, Philippines – More than 10 days since the Taal Volcano started erupting, hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced, most of whom are staying in evacuation centers in Batangas, ...

ENVIRONMENT 11:00pm, Jan 13, 2020
Taal Volcano activity had little effect on Metro Manila air quality – expert

MANILA, Philippines – A scientist from the University of the Philippines (UP) said consumers in Metro Manila might have unnecessarily panicked over the need for N95 masks after the Taal Volcano in ...

TECH FEATURES 09:38am, Jan 08, 2020
7 Filipino-made tech and products hoping to hit the market in 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has unveiled its plans to boost efforts in putting DOST-developed products and technologies into the market in 2020. During the ...

MATTER & NUMBERS 05:47pm, Jan 03, 2020
Filipina chemist wins international metrology award

MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino chemist won the prestigious 2019 Developing Economies National Metrologies Institute (NMI) Award from the Asia-Pacific Metrology Programme (APMP) during their ...

Dec 2019
SPECIAL REPORTS 08:00pm, Dec 26, 2019
2019: PH explores unchartered territories in sciences

MANILA, Philippines – 2019 was a good year for science in the Philippines. The country fared relatively well in the 2019 Global Innovation Index, climbing up 19 places from 73rd in 2018 to 54th this ...

Sep 2019
ENVIRONMENT 05:11pm, Sep 27, 2019
The science behind the purple ube jam turning white

MANILA, Philippines – Recently the beloved and iconic Baguio City pasalubong Good Shepherd ube jam (purple yam jam) has been the subject of a viral post. “Climate emergency is real. Due to changing ...

EARTH & SPACE 01:09pm, Sep 01, 2019
U.P., DOST institute set up joint lab for space tech

MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) and the Department of Science and Technology Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) unveiled two new buildings ...