21 January 2013 – Dr. Delia Rodriguez-Amaya, a Filipino professor of the Faculty of Food Engineering at the University of Campinas, Sao Paulo, was awarded the Pamana ng Pilipino Award by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas’ (CFO) Presidential Awards for Individuals and Organizations Overseas, conferred by H.E. President Benigno S. Aquino III during rites held on 05 December 2012 at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace. She is the first Filipino from Brazil to be given the Presidential Award.
Dr. Delia Rodriguez-Amaya, along with ten other individuals, was chosen as one of the recipients of the Presidential award for her achievements in food science and technology. She has authored 231 scientific publications (9 books, 26 chapters, 180 review and research papers, 16 full papers in proceedings), all peer-reviewed and mostly in international circulation. Several of her articles made the top ten most read and/or most cited lists of international journals. She has presented more than 240 papers in 25 different countries and is a frequent lecturer worldwide in her field of expertise. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of three international journals and two Brazilian journals. She was member of the Editorial Board of six other journals.
Apart from being a Full Professor at the University of Campinas, she is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology, for her outstanding contribution to the field internationally. She has been voted president-elect (2012-2014), to be the first woman president of this Academy in 2014-2016.
She has received many awards, including the 2010 East-West Center Distinguished Alumni Award; the University of Campinas “Zeferino Vaz” Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research three times (1994, 1997, 2003); the Andre Tosello Award (2005), major award of the Brazilian Society of Food Science and Technology; the PAFT (Philippine Association of Food Technologists) 50th Anniversary Recognition Award.
Dr. Delia Rodriguez-Amaya has a B.S. degree in Food Technology from Araneta University, Philippines (1962), where she was full scholar, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She earned her M.S. in Food Science from the University of Hawaii (1966), where she was an East-West Center grantee and recipient of the EWC Professional Award for high scholastic achievement. Her Ph.D. in Agricultural Chemistry was obtained from the University of California, Davis (1971), where she was Board of Regents’ Graduate Intern Fellow.
The Pamana ng Pilipino awardees are Filipino individuals overseas who have brought the country honor and recognition through excellence and distinction in the pursuit of their work or profession.