ABS-CBN reporter Michael Delizo wins at UP Science Journalism Awards

Jeff Hernaez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 17 2018 09:40 PM | Updated as of Sep 22 2018 07:38 PM

ABS-CBN News reporter Michael Delizo holds the trophy he won for Best Science Story for Radio at the first UP Science Journalism Awards. Jeff Hernaez, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—ABS-CBN News reporter Michael Delizo on Saturday was honored at the first UP Science Journalism Awards.

Delizo bagged the trophy for Best Science Story for Radio for his special report on a battery device invented by a group of students.

Students of Technological Institute of the Philippines developed the contraption that provides electricity to residents of Talim island in Rizal, an area no stranger to power outages.

The battery harvests and optimizes the electrically charged ions from Laguna de Bay, which contains metal and toxic pollutants.

"We took something bad and made something good out of it . . . We used the water pollution in the lake to provide electricity," said Dranreb Earl Juanico, director ng TIP Research and Development Management Office.

Delizo was among the 5 journalists who received a trophy designed by the late National Artist for Sculpture, Napoleon Abueva, and a cash prize.

The Science Journalism Awards aims to acknowledge the importance of communicating accurate science stories and the mainstreaming of science and technology into the public consciousness.

Other winners were Angelica Yang of GMA News Online for Best Science News Story; Nef Luczon of SunStar Cagayan De Oro for Best Science Commentary for Print and Online; Edmund Usman of Rappler for Best Science Feature Story for Print and Online; and Mikael Angelo Francisco of GMA News Online for Best UP Science Story.

The winners for this year’s awards reflect the result from 60 nominations of a diverse group of mainstream and community organizations nationwide.