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Fun, engaging, and full of inspiration – these were the first digital storytelling of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP).

The Stories of Inspiration, Success, and Creative Research (iShare) is NRCP’s brand of digital storytelling and the storytellers are achievement awardees who have excelled in their respective fields of specialization.

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The iShare: Stories of Inspiration and Creative Research first webisode set the platform and the tone for the Achievement Awardees in sharing their stories in a very personal way where everyone could relate with their own stories.

Dr. Teresa S. Encarnacion-Tadem, Professor, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, UP Diliman, NRCP Member of the Division of Social Sciences, and Dr. Anthony SF Chiu, University Fellow, Professor and Research Fellow, De La Salle University Manila, and Vice Chair, NRCP member of the Division of I Engineering & Industrial Research were the first two Achievement Awardees who shared their inspirational stories and creative side of their research life on December 18, 2020 via online.

Tadem and Chiu are both NRCP 2018 Achievement Awardees and Regular Members of the Division of Social Sciences and Division of Engineering and Industrial Research , respectively.

Dr. Marieta Baňez Sumagaysay, NRCP Executive Director gave the background story on how the iShare began, and continued to  share her own personal story which revolved on how they (siblings and cousins) look forward to dinnertime as their grandparents would not forget to dish out stories of heroes and heroines.

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Dr. Marieta Banez Sumagaysay, NRCP Executive Director shares her own story during the 1st webisode of iShare  on December 18, 2020 via online.

“One day we will be like them [heroes and heroines]. More than just hoping, we daydreamed of being like them, then later  found ourselves behaving like them”, she said. “Growing up is happily imitating our favorite characters without losing sight of our bright stars,” she added.

Dr. Sumagaysay successfully opened the first webisode of iShare and welcomed listeners to the NRCP digital storytelling of inspiration by the Achievement Awardees.

 

Defining and Pursuing my “Serendipitous” Journey as a Researcher

I never dreamed that I would be where I am now. – Dr. Tadem

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Dr. Tadem shared her journey from a B.S. Foreign Service graduate to her way up to her dream job by joining the U.N. She happily tells her journey in the Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of UP Third World Studies Center (TWSC) as a Researcher during the Martial Law years in 1982-1986.

Dr. Teresa S. Encarnacion-Tadem, Professor, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, UP Diliman, NRCP Member of Social Sciences, shares inspiring stories during the iShare (NRCP Achievement Awardees Lecture Series) on December 18, 2020 via online.

Dr. Taddem gleefully told her stories as a researcher on: Research on the Philippines During the Martial Law Period (1972-1986); Research on the Philippines in the Aftermath of the 1986 People Power Revolution.

She shared that she realized that doing research was her “comfort” zone and which she enjoyed to further hone her analytical and writing skills. For her,  the Third World Studies Center defined her career as a researcher.

She also shared her fieldworks and the learning journey from People’s Movements which include: Fieldwork in Central Luzon in 1990: Philippine social movements from the ground; Field research in Thailand in 2000: A comparative study of social movements from the ground.

Lastly, she happily tells her journey as she came back full circle to her publishing career at Third World Studies Center where she was able to publish Global Civil Society Movements in an Era of Globalization; Localizing and Transnationalizing Contentious Politics: Global Civil Society Movements in the Philippines (2009); Philippine Politics and the Marcos Technocrats: The emergence and evolution of a power elite (2019).

“My “serendipitous” journey as a researcher was thus a series of unexpected discoveries and opportunities which defined me as an academic,” said Dr. Tadem.

She added that the anchor of this was her pursuit of issues confronting Philippine democracy and development.

In winding up her story she said, “It is with deep gratitude therefore that my research and writing on the advocacies I deeply value have gained recognition from prestigious academic organizations such as the National Research Council of the Philippines”.

 

A Look into Professional Networking

Have you maximized the networking value in your professional circle? Dr. Chiu related his stories on how he did it and how the professional networking helps him achieve excellence in his career.

He started by saying that everyone has their own built-in networks whether you are an introvert or extrovert. Your alma mater is your first network and professional career will come next, also university work which involves local and foreign collaboration will arrive and you will get the chance to work with various collaborators that will broaden your network. With this network, the industry, academe, government and the big group of networkers help you.

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Dr. Anthony SF Chiu, University Fellow, Professor and Research Fellow, De La Salle University Manila, and Vice Chair, NRCP Division VII Engineering & Industrial Research shares his story during the iShare (NRCP Achievement Awardees Lecture Series) on December 18, 2020 via online.

According to Dr. Chiu, Professional Network is a type of social network service that is focused solely on interactions and relationships of a business nature rather than including personal, non-business interactions. It can be physical, virtual, and hybrid. These include LinkedIn, Viadeo, XING, Ownmirror, Open Science Lab, Wisestep.com, C-Profs.com, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Line, Skype, Telegram, Instagram, etc. He likewise adds the Zoom, MS Team, Google Meet, Whova, Cisco Webex, BlueJean, etc.

The success factors to research outputs, according to Dr. Chiu, is firstly, a basic researcher should be independent and possess intellectual capability and academic passion.

The secret to achieving research excellence is through teamwork of a group of scientists. Dr. Chiu tagged teamwork as somewhat a necessity, a needing factor to success. In the 25-year research profession of Dr. Chiu, the UN system and professional organization have big contribution to his success as they gave him full exposure of cutting edge research topics and engaging with the top research scientists in the world.

Dr. Chiu also shared his secrets on how he adds value to his professional research career by conducting research (e.g. publication), mentoring (e.g. teaching), Capability (managerial skill, leadership skill), and resource access (human – mentor and student, finance, knowledge).

With emphasis, he also shares to junior researchers that for them to be able to successfully publish their papers to high impact journals, his slogan is “Read a lot and Write a lot”.

“By reading a lot, you will be able to know the real research gap, and by writing a lot you will have hands on exercise”, said Dr. Chiu.

Dr. Chiu dedicated this milestone to his undergraduate mentor, Dr. Alberto Campos of the De La Salle University.

Dr. Chiu’s story is anchored on the importance of network and collaboration in professional growth and career. With this, he revealed relevant international networks of researchers and practitioners that can be tapped by new researchers, which include: Overseas Development Institute Climate and Development Knowledge Network, 350.org, Transition Towns, InnovateUK ,td-net, Network for Transdisciplinary Research, International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), Horizon Europe, European Society for Agriculture and Food Ethics, C40.org, Urban Sustainability Directors Network, Inga Foundation, The International Environment Forum, International Foundation of Science, V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation and Stanley Foundation.

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This webisode was moderated by the Chair of the NRCP Division of Humanities, Dr. Hope Sabanpan- Yu who is one of the 2020 Gawad ng Balagtas Lifetime Awardee.

Watch the iShare 1st webisode at http://bit.ly/FBLiveiShare1stWebisode. iShare takes on the mantra “Be the best version of yourself” always.

Watch out for the next webisodes in 2021.

The next iShare will be on February 24 wherein Achievement Awardees Dr Karlo L. Queaño,  of NRCP Division XII Earth and Space Sciences  and a Geologist at Ateneo de Manila University, and Dr. Joyce L. Arriola, of NRCP Division XI Humanities r and Professor at University of Santo Tomas will also share their stories of success and inspiration

The 3rd iShare webisode will be on March 25 featuring Achievement Awardees Dr. Elmer S. Estacio of NRCP Division IX Physics and Professor at University of the Philippines, National Institute of Physics, and Dr. Rowena DT. Baconguis of NRCP Division I Educational, Governmental, and International Policies and Professor at University of the Philippines Los Baños.

/Jenny Leigh A. Daquioag, DOST-NRCP