DOST CALABARZON, through the Provincial S&T Center of Quezon assisted Mrs. Maria Magdalena Ripas of Sta. Lucia ARC Multipurpose Cooperative Inc. of Dolores, Quezon in expanding its candle production business. Established since 2000, the agriculture-based cooperative produces decorative and vigil candles under the name BANAHAW (Esperma) for religious sects around Mt. Banahaw.

Wine making go back a long way in countries like Egypt, Greece, France, Australia and the US. In the Philippines, local wine and spirits drinking are rich in culture and tradition, and certainly worth preserving. Lambanog or coco vodka is the most popular alcoholic drink in the Southern Tagalog provinces of Laguna, Batangas and Quezon.

DOST CALABARZON, through its Provincial S&T Centers, accords high priority to improving science education with particular attention to raising public awareness of science and fostering its popularization. In support of this, PSTC Batangas once again joined hands with the Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology and Department of Education-Batangas in bringing to Batangas Province the series of mobile science exhibits in their modular form known as the Traveling Science Centrum (TSC) dubbed by provincial organizers as Sci-Fun Caravan.

The Regional Metrology Laboratory (RML), a service unit of DOST CALABARZON IVA, recently held training courses on mass and volume calibration for some 50 municipal market inspectors, treasurers, and licensing officers of the Local Government Unit of Quezon at Bulwagang Kalilayan Hall, Lucena City, Quezon.

The National Academy of Science and Technology (DOST-NAST) has opened the search for the 2011 NAST-Hugh Greenwood Environmental Science Award. The award is intended to recognize outstanding scientific and technological research work that contributes to environmental protection and conservation. The grand prize winner will receive US$1,000 from Dr. Greenwood and a plaque of recognition from the Academy. Winners of special citations will receive plaques of recognition.