Philippines
Pre-Jury

​A pre-jury of more than 30 local science education and science communication professionals from the participating countries are closely involved in the selection of the films.

In the Philippines the pre-jury in 2018 consisted of the following members:
Dr. Ruby Roan-Cristobal

Dr. Ruby Roan-Cristobal is a scientist-turned-science communication champion. A BS Biology graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman, Ruby is a seasoned science communication specialist, broadcaster, and project development manager having dedicated almost 40 years of her career in planning and implementing programs and projects that stimulate the interests of the youth in science and technology. Armed with passion in bringing science closer to Filipinos, she pursued a Master of Professional Studies in Development Communication degree at the UP Open University, and most recently, completed her Ph.D. in Communication at UP Diliman. She also attended an Australian Award Fellowship on “Strengthening STEM in the Philippine Education System” in Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia further contributing to research in the country’s science education landscape. She remains a crucial mind behind the many science advocacy programs of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as she leads the S&T Manpower Education Research and Promotions Division of the Science Education Institute (SEI), DOST’s S&T human resources development arm. As Chief, she is in charge of science education research, science culture promotion, and information systems and IT infrastructure development works in the Institute. Equipped with long years of experience and unmatched passion in science education, she continues to design and implement innovative programs that would influence the current generation to embrace S&T and innovation as a way of life and as the best way forward.

Ruby Christobal

Chief, S&T Manpower Education Research and Promotions Division
Science Education Institute - Department of Science and Technology
Program Anchor - Radyo Henyo, DZRH-Manila Broadcasting Company

Hillary Diane Andales

Since she was a child, Hillary Diane Andales has always considered the wonders of science a shelter for her curious mind. With its immense beauty, she just could not keep it to herself. Thus her strong advocacy for science communication was born. Hillary is best known worldwide as the sole winner of the 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge for creating a 3-minute video on the Theory of Relativity, besting 11,000 entries from 170 countries. She received a $250,000 college scholarship, a $100,000 Physics Laboratory for her school, and a $50,000 prize for her teacher. Her video currently has over 5 million views across all platforms. Hillary has spoken about science internationally – through the International Atomic Energy Agency – as well as on national television. In addition, she published Math Quizzer: Upper Primary, a problem book for mathletes. She founded the Science Innovations Bootcamp, a regional science camp for secondary students and teachers where they propose scientific solutions to society’s problems such as food security, disaster mitigation, and ecosystem rescue. She also founded the Pisay Regional Mathematical Olympiad, a math competition which aims to foster interest in mathematics. Now, she is an incoming freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There, she intends to major in physics and participate in the search for dark matter. Currently, she manages her science blog, hillaron.com, created to engage the greater public in science.  

Hillary Diane Andales

Sole Winner of the 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge / Student
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

August Simon C. Lim

August Simon C. Lim is turning 13 on August 15, 2018 and will be coming in as a Junior High School freshman at the Philippine Science High School on that same month. He consistently received Highest Honors during his pre-school and grade school years. He also joins Mathematics contests and has represented the country in international competitions. Among his prized 'possessions' are the 2 silver and 2 bronze medals from his Hongkong and Singapore contests, as well as the 3 medals on Youth Excellence in Science awarded by the Department of Science and Technology. August is also into Physics, Robotics, and Chemistry, interests he developed after becoming a Star Wars fanatic. When not competing in Math contests, studying, researching, or memorizing the periodic table of elements, he watches the NBA, tries to break his Rubik's cube record, or play computer games.

August Simon C. Lim

Student
Philippine Science High School

Joseph V. Gutierrez

Joseph V. Gutierrez started his academic career as a science teacher in the private schools where he taught for 13 years, the longest of which is at St. Joseph’s College-Quezon City. He then transferred to the public schools where is connected up to the present. Currently, he is a Senior Education Program Specialist at the Curriculum Standards Development Division of the Bureau of Curriculum Development. He finished his bachelor’s degree in education at Adamson University and his masters at the University of Wyoming. He also has taken certificate program in teaching mathematics at Central Luzon State University. Joseph is very active in the promotion of backyard astronomy to teachers and students alike, using his telescopes to strengthen and provide authentic experience of sky observation.

Joseph V. Gutierrez

Senior Education Program Specialist, Curriculum Standards Development Division Bureau of Curriculum Development