By: Shara Ibrahim

SEPTEMBER 26, 2023 – The Department of Science and Technology - Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) is thrilled to announce the finalists of the 2023 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits by Cluster (clusteRICE) for Northern Luzon.


Established by DOST-TAPI, the RICE celebrates the brilliance and indispensability of Filipino inventors in shaping the economic and societal landscape of the Philippines. This contest, acting as a precursor to the National Invention Contest, serves as a beacon to encourage inventors to harness their potential and creativity.

The competition spans several categories, including:

1. Outstanding Invention Category (Tuklas)

2. Outstanding Utility Model (Unlad)

3. Outstanding Industrial Design Category (Banghay)

4. Creative Research Category (Likha)

   4.1 Government Funded

   4.2 Private Funded

5. Student Creative Research Category (Sibol) 

   5.1 High School

   5.2 College

After thorough examination of entries based on completeness of documentation and adherence to the stipulated criteria, the following finalists were selected:





All shortlisted entrants will undergo two exhaustive rounds of judgement. Out of the 218 entries received, the initial qualifying round involved a comprehensive paper evaluation, narrowing it down to 55 finalists.

For the final round on September 27-28, the finalists will follow a hybrid setup. Each participant will be allocated a five-minute slot to present and pitch their groundbreaking inventions. While the majority will be presenting in person, special arrangements have been made for contestants who, due to health concerns or travel constraints, requested to participate via Zoom.

Three exemplary inventors from each category will be distinguished as the first, second, and third prize winners. Moreover, all the recipients of the first prize across categories will be automatically eligible for the National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) to be held in 2024.

The much-anticipated pitching and awarding ceremonies are scheduled to be held at the J & V Hotel and Resort, San Fernando City, La Union. DOST-TAPI extends its hearty congratulations to all the finalists and wishes them the best of luck in the subsequent rounds. Let the spirit of innovation and excellence prevail!

By Sharah Ibrahim


In a grand celebration of innovation and camaraderie, the Department of Science and Technology – Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) is setting a historic milestone with the unveiling of "Lunduyan 2023" this coming October 2 at the Podium Hall in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.


The event, a first of its kind spearheaded by DOST-TAPI, promises a vibrant showcase of 28 trailblazing technologies and innovation projects stemming from a wide array of sectors including Food and Manufacturing, Health and Wellness, Agriculture, Industry, Energy and Environment, and MSMEs.

“Lunduyan 2023 is not just a convergence point of brilliant minds; it is the cradle of our nation’s future, woven from the rich tapestry of our diverse populace. It is here where ingenuity meets experience, where the young and the elderly, the differently-abled, and individuals from every corner of our archipelago — from the highlands of Benguet to the far reaches of Sulu — come together to forge a roadmap to a brighter, more innovative future for the Philippines,” expressed DOST-TAPI Director Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena

“Through DOST-TAPI's substantial investments in intellectual property and technology development, we are nurturing homegrown talent and elevating Filipino innovations on the global stage,” Atty. Decena added.

This noble venture is backed by a substantial investment portfolio with DOST-TAPI allocating over P30 million for invention and technology development and intellectual property rights protection, and more than P12 million for commercialization projects for MSMEs as of August 30, 2023.

Matthew Bryan P. Villanueva, the head of the Applied Communications Unit for non-Inventors (ACU-n) projected, "It's not just an event; it's our shot at supercharging local innovation, lighting the path to a future guided by our homegrown brilliance."

"Lunduyan is our platform to spotlight Filipino inventors and innovators, allowing them to introduce their initiatives and amplify their advocacies in science,” Marvin Dela Cruz, head of Applied Communications Unit for Inventors (ACU-i) said.

The initiative is further bolstered by the presence of influential personalities including DOST Secretary Dr. Renato Solidum and revered DOST-TAPI institutional partners, along with a diverse guest list of 200 attendees encompassing national agencies, legislative members, non-profit organizations, CSR companies, private stakeholders, universities, and micro-small medium enterprises.

The event promises not only a rich visual and intellectual feast but aims to fulfill twin goals; celebrating the accomplishments of DOST-TAPI's 2023 Call for Proposal while drawing in potential partners, funders, and collaborators to support the burgeoning Filipino innovation landscape.

As we stand on the cusp of a revolution guided by homegrown talent and innovation, Lunduyan 2023 invites you to witness a tapestry of brilliance, ambition, and collaboration unfold. It is more than an event; it's the beginning of a tradition that pledges to foster the spirit of Filipino innovation year after year.