16-year-old girl from Iloilo discovers a potential cure for diabetes

Rea Gierran

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16-year-old girl from Iloilo discovers a potential cure for diabetes
Mindanao’s indigenous clothing goes international and free plants - here are some good things that happened this week

You likely have found yourself super excited about something recently – whether that’s training a new puppy or taking care of a new plant or joining a new volunteer group. We’re all familiar with the feeling of fire in our bellies every time we talk about it. It’s never easy, but we always know that we will grow and feel accomplished after doing (and excelling at) something outside of our comfort zone.

The past week has been full of inspiring stories of success and generosity from different people who are passionate about what they do. Read along as we take you through some of the good things that happened this week:

A sweet (sans the diabetes) success


Maria Isabel Layson also received the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation Young Scientist award. Photo from Maria Isabel Layson's Twitter page

Maria Isabel Layson, a 16-year-old student from Iloilo, has just discovered a potential cure for diabetes in the humble aratiles. The abundance of this cherry-like local fruit in their backyard sparked her curiosity. So, she did an extensive research on its anti-diabetic properties and found that the fruit can potentially help prevent type 2 diabetes. She presented this discovery at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Arizona, the world’s largest pre-university science competition.“We will delve into other diseases,” said Layson in an interview. “We can further develop this into more specific compounds to help the community.”

Davao region’s traditional clothing is going global

Davao Fashion Design Council plans to bring the traditional garments in September. Photo courtesy of Davao Fashion Design Council

We love a good Pinoy pride story. And this one is right up that alley.

The Davao Fashion Design Council (DFDC) was invited to showcase indigenous clothing at the Victoria and Albert (V&A), the world’s leading art and design museum based in London. The traditional garments from Mindanao will be added to the museum’s Philippine collection. DFDC president Dodjie Batu said that he’s grateful that the council will be able to showcase the Davao region in an international stage. Talk about world-class achievement!

The best things in life are free

Many Rappler followers were inspired by this initiative. Photo by Happy Green Thumb

This stall at Anabu Coastal in Cavite is sending good vibes to plant lovers. They are giving away for free small plants such as basil, oregano, kalanchoe, and chili in recycled plastic bottles. All you have to do is to let the guard or janitor on duty know that you’re taking one.“Sana yung nakakuha at nakapagpalago na, mag pay forward [I hope that those who were able to get these plants and grow them pay the kindness forward],” Rappler follower, Girlie Gaña said.

Are you currently working on a project? Look around, be creative and see what’s in abundance. And when you decide to start, be patient. Don’t let anything stop you from seeing it until the end. – Rappler.com

Want more stories like this? Read the previous #GoodRap story on the growing number of Philippine eagles being spotted in the wild.

#GoodRap is a weekly column that aims to deliver lighthearted yet meaningful stories from here and around the globe. We hope this provides an oasis for anyone who wants to take a quick escape from the gloom and doom of the everyday world.






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