Clutching two crystal globes at Friday's DM2009 awards ceremony was David Manalo of the Philippines, who won with two of his three finalist projects -- one for "bell and bottle" rain gauges to provide an early warning system against storm-caused floods and landslides, and the other to put 2,000 to 2,400 people rural people on the electrical grid through floating hydropower generators.
"I didn't expect this," he said, elated but a bit dazed from his and his projects' double honors. "Winning once would make me more than happy."
Manalo's brother, Eugenio, a partner in the early-warning project, stayed behind in the Philippines to aid victims of recent typhoons. "I will call him, but not right now – he's sleeping," said David, at 1 a.m. Manila time.