The committee that paved the way for PGC’s establishment: from left to right, Dr. Gisela Concepcion, Dr. Amelia Guevara, Dr. Cynthia Saloma, and Dr. Carmencita Padilla. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

This is what the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) is trying to find out. One of its key research initiatives is piecing together Filipino genomic identity and history.

UP has partnered with academic institutions, government agencies, civil society organizations, and industry representatives in Mindanao to establish the Mindanao Genomics Consortium. The group aims to facilitate the conduct of omics research and collaborations that will enhance omics work in Mindanao.

Inspired by the work she did on a disease whose victims rarely reach the age of 30, UP Manila-based clinical geneticist and National Institutes of Health Executive Director Eva Maria Cutiongco-de la Paz is using her knowledge of the Filipino’s genetic makeup to heal and manage serious birth defects and illnesses. And with the technology of a newly launched laboratory at the Philippine Genome Center behind her, this Dangal ng Bayan Awardee is ready to take the next step.