It’s official, our radio show is now award-winning! * u * Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Custer and company, Pinoy Scientist bagged the title Best Science and Technology Radio Program at the prestigious 24th KBP Golden Dove Awards, along with the highly coveted shiny trophy that came with it.
That afternoon, Dr. Custer instructed the team to attend the event so Dr. JD asked me to accompany her. She literally dragged me away from Dr. Guido (who decided not to come in order to enjoy his birthday leave) to her car as it started to rain (which would’ve made for a dramatic scene had he chased after me XD ). Anyway, that incredibly long travel was worth it. I got to see Dr. Custer in the flesh once again, and he offered to make me a research assistant for a groundbreaking project in the works, which I accepted right off the bat because I want to work on something more scientific for my master’s degree (and partly because I was flattered that he sees value in me XD ).
According to Dr. Custer, the show has consistently been a finalist in the S&T program category for 3 years now. But we weren’t actually expecting to win because some of the nominees we met before the event told us that they were already informed of whether they won or not, whereas we didn’t have an idea, so we entertained the possibility that we weren’t informed because we didn’t win so we simply enjoyed the food (especially Dr. Custer, haha). I jokingly told him to craft a speech just in case. I readied my camera to capture that moment too, just in case.
So when Pinoy Scientist did get called onstage to receive the award, I was shocked that they wanted me to come with them as a representative as well. :O I was overwhelmed so I didn’t get to say a word in front of the mic. XD So was Dr. Custer, who thankfully managed to improvise something about this venture being a scientist’s adventure or something, and Dr. JD, who unfortunately forgot to say her tagline “Happiness”. The event is going to be televised so if you happen to catch it, you’ll see how awkward we were (then again, who expects scientists to do well in highly social situations? XD ).
We had a short photo session with the golden dove trophy (too bad Dr. Guido wasn’t around) and left right away to catch the last train rides, but not before crossing paths with Dr. Roque (my institute’s director and calculus professor), the driving force behind our rival S&T show. Dr. Custer and JD were super extra happy that night, inspired to improve the show for future mass media awards (note that Dr. Custer loves competitions XD ). Me, I’m just proud to be part of this award-winning venture and happy that I’ll be able to make a big contribution to the show too, really soon. 🙂