December 21, 2020
Assistant Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Nursing Noriel Calaguas bested several other researchers in a national research competition organized by the AIDS Society of the Philippines, Inc (ASP). The ASP organized its first-ever research competition for HIV for its 16th Philippine National Convention on AIDS: Mitigating the surge, moving fast forward. As the inaugural winner of the research competition, Assistant Professor Calaguas was invited as a keynote speaker for the national convention. He shared in great detail the findings and recommendations of his study entitled: "Structural Factors affecting Filipino MSM's intent to use HIV testing services." In attendance in the Zoom web conference were leaders in national HIV/AIDS organizations, advocates and counselors, and religious persons who render pastoral care to people living with HIV/AIDS.
The winner's announcement was on December 1, which is the international celebration of World AIDS Day. "It is a great honor to be the winner of the 1st AIDS Society of the Philippines, Inc.'s Research Competition on HIV," Assistant Professor Calaguas said in a social media post. The panel of examiners that reviewed the nearly 30 research papers included Dr. Ofelia T. Monzon (Editor of the book “AIDS in the Philippines”), Prof. Roberto Javier, Jr. (Professor, Department of Psychology, De La Salle University), and Dr. Elizabeth Arcellana-Nuqui (President, Board of Trustees of ASP). Assistant Professor Calaguas will go down in the history of the Society as their first winner for the research competition.
The society invited the students of Assistant Professor Calaguas to join the future iterations of the research competition.