On the Department of Education’s National Science and Technology Fair, one of the awardees was an Iloilo high school student, Maria Isabel Layson.
Layson conducted a study entitled, “Bioactive Component, Antioxidant Activity, and Antidiabetic Properties of Muntingia calabura Linn. An In Vitro Study”. Which mainly focuses on the essential components of the Aratiles fruit whom she claimed that may potentially cure diabetes.
As a 16 year old girl, it must’ve been such an achievement to discover crucial information and getting recognized by the world.
Due to her competent skills, she was sent as one of the 12 candidates to represent the Philippines on the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which took place at Phoenix, Arizona, USA last February.
She was also the first to be awarded by The Gokongwei Brothers Foundation Young Scientist Award in her batch.
RMN Iloilo interviewed Layson where she said, “Ang conclusion sini is that, all of the plant parts sang sarisa nagcontain ni siya sang anti-oxidants nga makabulig ini siya sa iya nga anti-diabetic properties niya [The conlusion of this study is that, all 9f the plant parts of the Sarisa fruit contains anti-oxidant, which could help because of its anti-diabetic properties].”
Aratiles fruit grows anywhere in the Philippines which could actually be the cheapest cure to fight diabetes. In addition, the components of the fruit are mostly edible, containing essential anti-oxidant elements as remedy for the said disease.