(Photo courtesy of LBColumbres)
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.
(Photo courtesy of CELee)
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.
(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)