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by Manuel T. Cayon (Reporter)
23-March-2009 BusinessMirror
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DAVAO CITY—An experiment on milkfish bile to treat bacterial diseases got the nod of judges in the Sixth National Science Quest held in Calapan City in Mindoro last month, and earning a slot for the winner to the International Science Quest in Thailand.

The discovery of the bile of milkfish (bangus) as effective medicine against diseases was the entry of Myra Dawn Villocino, a third-year student of the Nabunturan National Comprehensive High School (NNCHS) in Compostela Valley, to the science quest.

The bile extract was found to be an effective antibacterial medicine against four kinds of bacteria— Staphylococci aureus, Escherichia coli, Bacillus cereus and Pseudomonas aeroginosa—Rowena Pontillo, Villocino’s coach, said.

Dr. Edward Coloma, Compostela Valley (Comval) Provincial Hospital director, said the four are aerobic bacteria and could be life-threatening if without proper and immediate medication, the provincial information office said in a statement.

Other than discovering the antibacterial effect of milkfish bile, Villocino also presented a side paper on using milkfish bone as additive to commercial flour, at a ratio of 75-percent fishbone and 25-percent flour.

Villocino competed with 46 entries from public schools nationwide in the annual science quest.

Pontillo was no stranger to the national science quest, the Comval information office said. Pontillo, now a ComVal provincial government employee, herself copped fourth place in the 2007 Science Investigatory Project Teacher Category.

She had coached Harold Kenneth F. Rallos, who bagged the Petron Corporate Award during the Intel Philippine Science Fair in 2008 held in Tagaytay City.

As champion, Villocino would represent the country in the coming competition to be held in Thailand.

Villocino is the daughter of Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office Raul Villocino.

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