DOST-FPRDI assists R&D on classical guitar
March 16, 2016

DOST-FPRDI recently lent support to an R&D project that aims to level up the quality of classical guitars made in the Philippines.

For. Robert A. Natividad and Engr. Josephine P. Carandang gave technical assistance to faculty members from the UP College of Music who are spearheading the project entitled “Gitara ni Juan: Development of Prototype Design and Standardization of the Guitar-making Process for Quality Classical Guitars Using Select Philippine Woods.”

According to Project Leader Nathan Manimtim, “Our goal is to come up with a standard procedure for Filipino guitar-makers in crafting quality and affordable classical guitars using Philippine woods.”

DOST-FPRDI helps rehabilitate wood treatment plant
March 15, 2016

Denik Wood Enterprise, one of the country’s largest wood treatment companies, recently received help from DOST-FPRDI in rehabilitating its plant in Matalam, North Cotabato.

According to For. Catalino Pabuayon, “Company owner Rennilo Ordinario asked our help because of problems he encountered while treating the raw material for his wooden pallets. The chemicals were not penetrating the wood completely and some parts of his vacuum treatment facility had broken down.”

Pallets are platform devices that hold one or more cargo packages in a group, allowing a load to be transferred and stored as a unit. Along with forklift trucks, pallets make it easier to ship and store all sorts of commodities around the world. The surge in the demand for local wooden pallets began with the onset of globalization in the 1990s.

DOST-FPRDI lumber dryer helps Filipino artist
March 02, 2016

Wooden arts display.

These remarkable pieces of furniture were created by Niccolo Jose, a Filipino artist who specializes in projects made from recycled Philippine hardwood. He is the owner of Studio 10 10, an art and design company which focuses on one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, large art projects and crafted interiors. He likewise co-owns Green Canyon, the country’s first Eco and Art Resort.