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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.

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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)


The College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) gave due recognition to its 288 graduates, composed of 127 Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA), 92 Bachelor of Science in Food Technology (BSFT), 60 Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Biotechnology (BSABT), and 9 Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Chemistry (BSAgChem) during a breakfast reception held last June 24 at the Agronomy-Soils-Horticulture (ASH Lobby), Institute of Crop Science, CAFS-UPLB.

Arnel B. Villancio, Jr., a BSA graduate, major in Agricultural Systems, led this year’s batch by getting the highest general weighted average of 1.1762 (summa cum laude).Aside from receiving the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture Medal, he also received the Joaquin J. Gonzalez medal and the Dean’s Medal of Excellence.

Ma. Cristina R. Ilano, a BSFT- magna cum laude, received the Julian A. Banzon medal and the Dean’s Medal of Excellence

Other honor graduates who also received the Dean’s Medal of Excellence are Gio Ferson M. Bautista (BSAgChem, magna cum laude), Jhon Mark O. Trinidad (BSA- Horticulture, magna cum laude), Maria Sandra Renee C. Tapia (BSFT, magna cum laude), Nadine B. Coronado (BSA- Agronomy, magna cum laude), Gerieka R. Anapi (BSFT, cum laude),  Zyla N. Capiz (BSABT- Crop Biotech, cum laude), Benjamin Christian J. Esguerra (BSABT- Crop Biotech, cum laude), Elson Ian Nyl E. Galang (BSA- Landscape Agroforestry, cum laude), Jan Michael A. Salgado (BSFT, cum laude), Rex Joseph DJ. Enabore (BSA-Entomology, cum laude), Niña Kate C. Jingco (BSABT- Crop Biotech, cum laude), Elsa Joy T. Horiondo (BSFT, cum laude), Mary Shaddeline L. Zafra (BSA-Horticulture, cum laude), Maura Mercedes L. Santos (BSABT- Crop Biotech, cum laude), Maeden B. Bato (BSA-Entomology, cum laude), Maria Kenneth Lane R. Suplito (BSA- Soil Science, cum laude), Jared Lou DR. Rivera (BSFT, cum laude), Andreia Isabela P. Dita (BSFT, cum laude), Switzer Joy L. Ducos (BSABT- Crop Biotech, cum laude), Bien Coleen Q. Mayuga (BSFT, cum laude), Kathlen B. Racho (BSABT- Crop Biotech, cum laude), Mirah Jasmine R. Agquiz (BSFT, cum laude), Jomari C. Domingo (BSABT- Crop Biotech, cum laude), Czarina Ericka Mari A. Cruz (BSFT, cum laude), Heway, Christian A. Serra (BSA-Agronomy, cum laude), Joshua A. Crepa (BSFT, cum laude), Alden Bradley R. Lusanta (BSFT, cum laude), Adelbert Adrian A. Sendon (BSA- Plant Pathology, cum laude), Patricia Izabelle M. Lopez (BSA- Agronomy, cum laude), Rachele L. de Torres (BSA-Plant Pathology, cum laude), Alessandra Therese L. Matro (BSFT, cum laude), and Angel Mae D. Manato (BSA-Soil Science, cum laude).

A total of 34 or 12% of the graduates have honors.

On the other hand, Jomar P. Taguba, a BSFT graduate, got the UPLB Alumni Association Leadership Award Medal.

In his message to the students, Dean Enrico P. Supangco reminded the graduates that education does not end with a college diploma. There are many things to learn outside the real world. Moreover, he encouraged them to go into something that they are passionate about, and if they have the creativity and innovativeness, be entrepreneurial. Moreover, he advised the graduates not to waste their time as time is indeed limited. He urged them to be their own boss.

Ending his message, Dean Supangco quoted lines from Anonymous: ”A meaningful life is not being rich, being popular, being highly educated or being perfect. It is about being real, being humble, being able to share ourselves and touch the lives of others. It is only then that we could have a full, happy and contented life.” He then challenged them, “Go and be an inspiration to the Filipino people. Live up to be the Iskolar ng Bayan, Iskolar Para sa Bayan”.

Also part of the breakfast reception was the recognition of the CAFS volunteers to Ugnayan ng Pahinungod and the scholars of the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research and the Sugar Regulatory Administration. They were given certificates and medals by Prof. Glenn S. Lubuguin, Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal, Dr. Nicomedes P. Eleazar and Atty. Anna Rosario V. Paner, respectively.

Gabriel M. Salazar, BSA Class 1987 and president of STERIX Inc., served as the guest speaker .

The breakfast reception was also attended by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Portia G. Lapitan, Vice-Chancellor for Community Affairs Serlie B. Jamias, National Scientist Ricardo M. Lantican, former deans of CAFS, members of the CAFS Executive Committee, faculty, staff, and parents of the graduates. (Imelda M. Gesmundo)

The National Crop Protection Center (NCPC), a revitalized research center under the restructured College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) held a week-long celebration of its 41st Foundation Anniversary.

The first day of the celebration was a ribbon cutting ceremony led by UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. and CAFS Dean Enrico P. Supangco. The ceremony signaled the opening of the week-long events and the NCPC showcase of mature and recent technologies that lasted for five days. During the opening day, a “happy” and “nostalgic” chancellor addressed the NCPC constituents and guests, expressing his ardent desire to rebuild NCPC as a prime research center. He advised young researchers to keep the legacy of the center and to level up to the best of their capacities as research and extension workers on pest management and crop protection. Dean Supangco also emphasized that the young generation should keep and flourish the works of the old researchers. Dr. Fernando F. Sanchez, NCPC founder and first director was also present during the event.

The second day of the celebration focused on the farmers being the major clients of the center. About 50 field workers coming from Nagcarlan, Laguna and Sariaya Quezon were present for a consultation with the different researchers on different topics. The five NCPC division heads enlightened the farmers with knowledge on Biodiversity, Pest Management, Pesticide Management, Public Service consisting of technical services on pest and disease diagnostics and other crop protection techniques. The farmers also enjoyed viewing the NCPC exhibit.

On the third and fourth days, there was an in-house sports fest, a hilarious beauty contest tagged as “Mutya ng NCPC”, awarding of winners, and a testimonial ceremony for recent retirees.

The culmination of the anniversary celebration was an Advisory Board Meeting presided by Chancellor Fernando F. Sanchez. It was attended by CAFS Dean Enrico P. Supangco, and representatives from the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA), Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), PCAARRD Crops Research Division, and a farmer representative from Sariaya, Quezon. Also present in the celebration were the NCPC division heads led by the current OIC Dr. Gil L. Magsino. The meeting that tackled NCPC accomplishments and future plans in RDE will have a sequence to seek audience from the chairman of the board, DA Sec. Emmanuel F. Piñol.

Historical background: NCPC, founded through Presidential Decree 936 on May 19, 1976 has been the center for excellence in research, training and extension for four decades, had 6 directors until 2005, wherein it was merged with the departments of Entomology, Plant Pathology, and the Weed Science Division of Agronomy. After 12 years of clustering, NCPC now stands as a revitalized research center following the approval of the Board of Regents (BOR) in December 2016, the restructuring of the College of Agriculture now known as College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS). (RG dela Cruz)

Ten graduates of the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS), UPLB finished in the Top 10 of the 2017 licensure examination for agriculturists.

As announced by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) last May 5, the following UPLB examinees who excelled are: Allan Taniegra Si, 3rd; Ana Mikaela Buendia Maravilla, Gladys Saculles Morado and Jecel Alon Saguindan, Jr., 5th; Elson Ian Nyl Ebreo Galang, 6th; Gene Teri Gevila Casas, 7th; Nel Oliver Bautista Mateo, 8th; Jomari Badillo Delos Reyes, 9th; Kohlin Mabborang Lallabban and Ken Guiller Artieda Vicente, 10th.

A total of 28 out of 29 or 96.55% of examinees from UPLB passed the examination given by the PRC in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.

Since the inception of the licensure examination in 2003, the CAFS-UPLB has consistently led in terms of passing rate, thereby affirming its status as the country’s top agricultural school. (Apolinario L. Lantican, with info from

Philippine Standard Time
Friday, 24 November 2017
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