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One of the pillars of the University of the Philippines College of Agriculture (UPCA), Dr. Nemesio B. Mendiola, handed down a promise to support the College of Agriculture, now renamed as the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS). Several decades later, Ms. Susan M. Javier, his granddaughter, fulfilled that promise.

Dr. Nemesio B. Mendiola was the country’s foremost scientist, a Botanist, and a breeder of Hibiscus in the early 1920s. He is the author of the book titled, “A Manual of Plant Breeding for the Tropics,” and the editor-in-chief of the Philippine Agricultural Scientist, from 1915-1916.

CAFS Dean Enrico P. Supangco is honored to receive the generous donation to the CAFS Fund for Emergency Loan. Their donation makes a big difference in the lives of the students we serve. Thank you for the contributions. Welcome to the CAFS Donor family! (LBColumbres)

The legacy continues as the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS), UPLB remains as the only top performing school in the November 2017 agriculturist licensure examination; with a passing rate of 99.22% (128 passers out of 129 takers), beating the national passing percentage of 38.25 (2,883 passers out of 7,537 takers). A school is considered as top performing school if it has 50 or more examinees and at least 80% passing percentage. CAFS has consistently been the top performing school since the licensure examination was instituted in 2003.

The CAFS graduates who made it to the top 10 are: (5th) Mary Shaddeline L. Zafra, 86.33 %; (6th) Jhon Mark O. Trinidad, 86.17 % ; (8th) Angel Mae D. Mannato, 85.83 %; (8th) Bernard B. Panabang, 85.83 %; (10th) Jose Emmanuel I. De Luna, 85.50 %; (10th) Ardel L. Dela Peña, 85.50 %; (10th) Alexander C. Garcia, 85.50 %; (10th) Maria Kenneth Lane R. Suplito, 85.50 %.

The examination was administered by the Professional Regulation Commission together with the Board of Agriculture last November 28, 29 & 30, 2017 in testing centers of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga cities. Results were released five working days after the examination. (IMGesmundo with information from

After successfully completing the 1st Technical Writing Workshop on June 20-21, 2016, the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) held the 2nd Technical Writing Workshop last September 11. The Workshop which was held at Galvez Hall, ASI, UPLB, aims to enhance CAFS graduate students and young researchers’ skills in writing scientific papers for submission and publication in reputable journals.

The writeshop participants were mentored by CAFS Professor Emeritii Teresita L. Rosario and Evelyn Mae Tecszon-Mendoza and former professor and UPLB Consultant Ofelia K. Bautista. After the half-day lecture of Dr. Mendoza on “Writing Publishable Scientific Articles”, the participants were divided into three groups each with a mentor. Henceforth, weekly meetings and communication went through a three-step process: 1) presentation of first draft to mentor; 2) rewriting the paper based on the comments of the mentors on the structure, style and format of the journal where participants intend to submit their papers; and 3) small-group sessions to further develop the paper.

Dean Enrico P. Supangco, CAFS dean, in his closing remarks during the culmination activity last November 14, encouraged the participants to continue to conduct researches and find joy in writing for publications. He emphasized that having one’s work published in a reputable journal will not only provide personal satisfaction and recognition as expert in his/her field, but most importantly, fulfillment in having contributed in the body of knowledge. The Dean also assured the participants that the College will continue to support the student-researchers in their publishing endeavors, and thank the mentors for their continuous support to the college. Meanwhile, CAFS Associate Dean for Instruction Dr. Tonette P. Laude in her closing remarks last November 24, hopes that this writeshop will bring the rank of the college to the top.

The writeshop was completed last November 14 for those participants mentored by Dr. Ofelia K. Bautista and Dr. Evelyn Mae T. Mendoza, and November 24 for those mentored by Dr. Teresita L. Rosario. (LBColumbres)

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The College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) came in full force as they participated in the traditional foot and float parade in celebration of the 99th Loyalty Day and Alumni Homecoming last October 10.

One attraction that caught the attention of the visitors and the spectators was the CAFS float which was creatively crafted with the technologies and products developed by the institutes and centers. “Adhering to the theme, “UPLB Alumni: Creating Innovative Change for a More Competitive Philippine Agriculture”, the float tried to convey the CAFS’ role in addressing the value chain from primary production in the farms to food on the table. With this year’s restructuring of the college from CA to CAFS, the float also intended to relay that agriculture involves research, extension, production, processing, utilization and income. Other distinct features of the float were the turning revolving carabao heads, a replica of the carabao statue (CAFS landmark) at the Carabao Park, and the three big turning designs of a flower which were adorned with purple dendrobium orchids and white kalachuchi (Plumeria acuminata). On board the float were the dean and the college secretary (with a chicken on her hand and being an expert on poultry), waving with great pride for CAFS. The CAFS contingent; which included the Executive Committee (EC), faculty, REPS, staff, and students; came in with small flags in green and gold.

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The celebration continued as a simple program was held at the Nemencio B. Mendiola Hall Lobby (Agronomy-Soils-SHorticulture Lobby), which is part of the “Luncheon Salu-salo”. As Dean Enrico P. Supangco said in his welcome remarks, “the Loyalty Day is for everybody regardless of rank of the CAFS constituents.” Different institutes/centers had displayed their talent and creativity in interpreting the current dance craze, “Baby Shark” and tried to outsmart each other as they enjoyed every bit of their performances. Even the EXECOM members had their own interpretation of the dance craze to the delight of the audience. There was also the annual search for videoke king and queen, trivia about CAFS and some raffle draws.

CAFS pillars(Photos courtesy of LBColumbres)

The “Luncheon Salu-salo’” was also attended by the pillars of CAFS, namely: Drs. Ricardo M. Lantican and Dolores A. Ramirez, national scientists; former UP President and UPLB Chancellor Emil Q. Javier; Drs. Cecilio R. Arboleda and Fernando B. Bernardo, former CAFS deans; to name a few. (Imelda M. Gesmundo)

Lab work in ETH ZurichDr. Christian Joseph R. Cumagun, professor and UP Scientist II of the Institute of Weed Science, Entomology and Plant Pathology (IWEP), has been awarded an 18-month research fellowship by the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at the University of Goettingen in Germany.

Dr. Cumagun’s research project, to be conducted from August 27 to January 2019, is entitled “Genetic Structure and Mycotoxin Production of Fusarium and Aspergillus species from Maize and Rice in the Philippines”. Joining him in this project is Dr. Petr Karlovsky, a professor of the Molecular Phytopathology and Mycotoxin Laboratory that focuses not only on mycotoxins and ecological chemistry, but also in terms of investigating selected aspects of plant diseases caused by vascular pathogens and Fusarium species.

The Humboldt Research Fellowships is funded by the Humboldt Foundation which sponsors highly-qualified post-doctoral and experienced researchers of all disciplines around the world. It gives the fellows an opportunity to carry out a long term (6-24 months) research project of their own choice in cooperation with an academic host at a research institution in Germany.

Between 1953 to 2015, Humboldt Foundation has granted 24, 347 research fellowships to academicians from other countries, mostly in the fields of natural science, humanities, social science, life science and engineering. As of 2015, there are 5,296 Humboldt alumni in Asia; since 1954, only 28 fellows so far have been awarded from the Philippines. Of this number, only three (which includes Dr. Cumagun) are from UPLB. (Imelda M. Gesmundo with information from CJR Cumagun)

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Four Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) students from Ubon Ratchathani University (UBU), Thailand underwent a short internship at the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS), UPLB as a part of the student exchange program between the two universities.

Dean Enrico P. Supangco welcomed Wanwisa Baochaii and Anchalee Kitiyawong, both major in Agronomy; and Panadda Ouiphet and Supulak Lekkla, both major in Horticulture during the midyear A.Y. 2016-2017.

The closing program was attended by the training coordinators, Office of the International Linkages (OIL); Dean’s Office staff, Dr. Christian Joseph R. Cumagun, representative of Institute of Weed Science and Plant Pathology; Dr. Edna A. Aguilar, director of Institute of Crop Science and program development associate for research, CAFS; and Dr. Tonette P. Laude, associate dean for instruction, CAFS. The participants presented their accomplishments from their mini-researches.

Other activities participated in by the students during their internship were the lectures, hands- on activities, English class and visit to the International Rice Research Institute, the Makiling Botanical Garden, and the Museum of Natural History. The program ran from July 13-23. (Catherine E. Lee. Simultaneously published in CAFS monthly newsletter)

Philippine Standard Time
Sunday, 18 February 2018
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