Food content creator and TikTok’s ‘Lumpia Queen’ Abi Marquez joins KROMA Entertainment’s NYMA as exclusive talent

Abi Marquez

Abi Marquez, publicly known as TikTok’s “Lumpia Queen,” is set to shine even brighter in the tradigital space with new talent management agency NYMA, one of the brands under KROMA Entertainment, the new tradigital entertainment company backed by the ecosystem of the Globe Group.

Having debuted only last January 2022, Abi Marquez is now one of the biggest names in the “FoodTok” universe kicking off her popularity with her “What happens if we make peach mango pie with lumpia wrappers?” video.

After the video went viral, Abi created more experimental lumpia videos and turned it into a series, which consistently amassed millions of views. This earned Abi her online moniker “Lumpia Queen,” and led to a stream of fans on her TikTok channel, which now has 2.5 million followers.

Her content creation formula– a mix of experimental recipes plus ASMR and on-the-beat sounds— has won the hearts of food enthusiasts including Erwan Heussaff of FEATR. She has been invited as a guest on the YouTube channel’s cooking and food discovery series.

Abi’s excellent and experimental cooking skills are no surprise, having earned a degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management from the University of the Philippines Diliman, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2022.

As a fresh graduate experiencing immense success in her field, Abi decided to take on content creation as a full-time career rather than pursuing her goal of going into the corporate world.

As with many online creators, the real challenge is “wearing too many hats– from brainstorming and filming to reading emails and negotiating with partners,”Abi said.

“Especially in the cooking niche, content creation can take hours of time and energy. My creative juices and energy come unexpectedly, and when they do, I want to make sure that I focus on that momentum and make my ideas come to life,” she said.

When asked how she feels about joining the talent management agency, Abi said: “I’m very happy because I know I’m in the right hands.”

“NYMA made me feel that I’m not just another number in a talent portfolio. I didn’t just hear – I saw – how they genuinely care for their talents, and value their individuality and creative freedom. They are industry veterans who are extremely professional but still pass the vibe check.”

Kat Bautista, Head of NYMA, said there is a lot of potential in Abi especially with food as a popular niche on social media.

“We are elated to have Abi join NYMA. She’s an incredible force in the kitchen and has a multitude of other talents we can’t wait to unleash for the world to see. WRAPPED with NYMA’s support, get ready for Abi to be on a roll with her projects!”

NYMA is currently home to notable artists including celebrity and vlogger Kristel Fulgar, Home Buddies founder Frances Cabatuando, and visual artist and content creator Raco Ruiz.

Short for “Now You Must Aspire,” NYMA aims to make its stars shine and help them realize their full potential. The talent management agency and production house gives its talents unparalleled support, helping them expand their content and reach on all tradigital platforms.

NYMA recognizes Abi’s immense talent and love for her craft, and is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible to take her career to greater heights, give her unparalleled value, and help her break new ground in the tradigital space.

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IPB names hibiscus hybrid after LANDBANK president and CEO

UPLB, through the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB), launched a new hibiscus hybrid named after Cecilia Cayosa Borromeo, outgoing president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Land Bank of the Philippines.

The gumamela hybrid was formally presented to Borromeo on May 22 at the Diosdado Macapagal Hall, LANDBANK Plaza in Malate, Manila, where President Borromeo delivered her last State of the Bank Address. UPLB officials and researchers led by Chancellor Jose V. Camacho, Jr. were present during the awarding ceremony.

Developed by IPB plant breeder Agripina Rasco, the hybrid Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Cecilia Cayosa Borromeo’ has delightfully radiant and captivating colors.

Its large, thick bloom is accentuated by a jagged maroon core and thin lines running across soft lemon-yellow petals defined by darker hues along its edges.

The Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Cecilia Cayosa Borromeo’ is the latest addition to the “Women in Public Service Series” of the Hibiscus Breeding Program of IPB.

Borromeo’s honoring with the hibiscus hybrid is in recognition of her efforts in developing and promoting programs that aim to help improve the lives of Filipino farmers and fisherfolk, particularly the institutionalization of farmers’ and fisherfolk’s access to credit and agri-preneurship programs.

Borromeo is a graduate of the UPLB BS Agribusiness program. She was one of the recipients of the UP Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award in May 2022. She was also awarded Outstanding CEO for 2023 during the annual awards of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) on May 16. (Ricky Bryan U. Biagtan, Juvelle P. Villanueva)


UP Diliman is top-performing school in May 2023 Chemical Engineers Board Exam

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UP Diliman (UPD) is the top performing school in the May 2023 Chemical Engineers Licensure Examination, ranking first among the six higher education institutions in the list of top-performing schools. UPD had a 96.67-percent passing rate.

The DChE building. Photo by Jerald DJ. Caranza

To qualify as a top-performing school, the institution must have fielded 10 or more examinees and have at least an 80-percent passing rate.

Of the 29 passers from the Department of Chemical Engineering (DChE) of the UPD College of Engineering, three managed to enter the top 10.

They are John Vincent Yu, who ranked second place with an 89.10-percent rating; Ian Jason Ebio (3rd, 88.40%); and Jean Roven Gentolea (10th, 85.10%). According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 472 of 801 takers passed the examination administered in the National Capital Region, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, and Rosales.


UP Visayas congratulates its alumni from the School of Technology (SoTech) who passed the May 2023 Chemical Engineering Licensure Examination

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UP Visayas congratulates its alumni from the School of Technology (SoTech) who passed the May 2023 Chemical Engineering Licensure Examination!

UPV ranked 3rd among the top-performing schools for the said licensure exam with a 90 percent passing rate.

Source: University of the Philippines Visayas Facebook

UPOU Office of Gender Concerns Director Elected as President of the Asian Association of Women’s Studies

The Director of the Office of Gender Concerns (OGC) of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), Dr. Finaflor F. Taylan, will serve as the president of the Asian Association of Women’s Studies (AAWS) for 2023 to 2025.

AAWS is an organization that serves as a forum to promote and discuss feminist education and research in Asia. It recently concluded the 6th AAWS Congress 2023 last May 11-12, 2023, with the theme “Locating/Centering Women and Gender in the (Post) Pandemic Era of Advanced Technology” where Dr. Taylan presented her thoughts during one plenary session on “Revisioning Gender/ Women’s Studies in the Post Pandemic World” and a paper entitled “Online Gender Sensitivity Training Course as a Public Service Initiative: For Whom and for What” in a parallel session.

Dr. Finaflor F. Taylan served as AAWS Secretary General in 2014-2016 during the term of then UPOU Chancellor Dr. Grace Javier-Alfonso. Dr. Taylan was appointed director of the Office of Gender Concerns in 2015 until 2017. She resumed the post in 2022 after coming back from study leave when she pursued her doctorate degree at the University of Southern Queensland. She is also the program chair of the Diploma in/Master of Social Work program.

For more information on the Asian Association of Women’s Studies, please visit their website at

Congratulations and we wish you a fruitful term, Dr. Taylan!


UPLB scores 100% in electrical engineering licensure exam

Twenty-six examinees from UPLB made the University proud after all of them passed the April 2023 Electrical Engineers Licensure Examination.

Lance Patrick Alarcon scored a rating of 92.10%, placing him in the third spot. Mark Jayson Salud placed sixth with a rating of 91.05%.

The licensure exam was conducted in NCR, Baguio, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Koronadal, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Palawan, Pampanga, Rosales, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga (Kyle Ramiel Dalangin, with information from


UPLB scores 95.35% on the civil engineering licensure exam

Forty-one out of 43 examinees from UPLB passed the April 2023 Civil Engineers Licensure Examination, garnering 95.35% passing rate for the University.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), 5,887 out of 16,936 examinees successfully gained their licenses as the newest civil engineers in the country.

The examination was conducted in N.C.R., Baguio, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Koronadal, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Palawan, Pampanga, Rosales, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga. (Kyle Ramiel Dalangin, with information from


UP Diliman Tops the 2023 Civil Engineer Licensure Exams

The University of the Philippines Diliman (UP Diliman) Institute of Civil Engineering has once again demonstrated its excellence in the field of engineering by topping the April 2023 Civil Engineer Licensure Examination with an impressive 95.12% passing rate. The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced the results on April 28, 2023, revealing that 2,935 examinees took the test nationwide.

The UP Diliman Institute of Civil Engineering produced the highest-ranking passers in the examination, including Casmer Blah Dilangalen who ranked second, and Emilson Ryan Domanog Antes who ranked third. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the passers, particularly our graduates from the UP Diliman Institute of Civil Engineering, for their remarkable achievements.

The UP Diliman Institute of Civil Engineering has a long-standing tradition of producing top-notch civil engineers who contribute to the nation’s development and progress. The latest batch of passers is a reflection of the institute’s commitment to producing highly competent engineers who are dedicated to serving the country.

The UP Diliman Institute of Civil Engineering continues to produce excellent graduates who will make significant contributions to the nation’s development. We congratulate all the passers of the April 2023 licensure examinations and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.


UPD-CS NIP physicist co-authors groundbreaking research on mysterious superconductors

UPD-CS physicist Dr. Miguel Sulangi (left) beams with pride following his successful PhD defense in 2018 alongside Leiden University’s Dr. Jan Zaanen, his thesis advisor and co-author on the recent groundbreaking Nature Materials paper on overdoped cuprate superconductors. (Photo credit: Thea Sulangi)

A team of physicists, including a Filipino researcher, have found that existing theories don’t completely account for the mysterious behavior of high-temperature superconducting materials that have left even Nobel laureates stumped for decades. The team’s discovery, which promises to spark completely new lines of research, was published recently in the prestigious journal, Nature Materials.

Superconducting materials enable electricity to pass through them with no resistance, potentially allowing the creation of everything from magnetic-levitation trains to unprecedentedly powerful supercomputers. For a special kind of materials called high-temperature superconducting cuprates, superconductivity happens when electrons are removed in a process called “doping.”

Baffling even Nobel laureates for decades

Exactly how and why this happens is a mystery that has baffled even Nobel laureates. It was commonly thought, however, that when a large number of electrons are removed—that is, when cuprate superconductors are “overdoped”—they would behave as described by Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) Theory, which was developed in the 1950s and has been used ever since to help explain conventional superconducting materials.

But new experiments by a team of researchers supervised by Dr. Milan P. Allan of Leiden University in the Netherlands has shown that this is not the case. Filipino physicist Dr. Miguel Sulangi from the University of the Philippines – Diliman College of Science National Institute of Physics (UPD-CS NIP) collaborated with Dr. Allan’s team on the theoretical modeling of these materials.

“Our paper poses a challenge to the present understanding of cuprate superconductors at so-called ‘overdoping,’” Dr. Sulangi said. “This is the latest of a fresh round of papers showing that overdoped cuprates are not as conventional or ‘BCS-like’ as everyone previously thought they were.”

A deeper mystery than originally thought

Dr. Sulangi expressed hope that these new findings would not just rewrite textbooks but also spark new research interest in overdoped cuprates, which have largely been overlooked—particularly by scientists who believed that the materials’ superconductivity could simply be explained by traditional BCS theory. “We hope to convince experimentalists and theorists that these materials are anomalous and worthy of intense study. We want to provoke further research into this,” he explained.

“What makes this study important is that it not only clarifies the nature of overdoped cuprate superconductivity, but it also reveals that the mystery surrounding cuprate superconductors is deeper than we originally thought,” said UPD-CS NIP associate professor Dr. Kristian Hauser Villegas, who was not involved with the study. “It’s good to see more Filipino researchers working at the forefront of physics and other fields, shoulder to shoulder with international colleagues. Hopefully, this encourages more Filipino kids to pursue science and add to our collective contributions to the growth of human knowledge,” he added.

The team described their findings in a paper entitled, Puddle formation and persistent gaps across the non-mean-field breakdown of superconductivity in overdoped (Pb,Bi)2Sr2CuO6+δ.

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Tromp, W.O., Benschop, T., Ge, JF. et al. Puddle formation and persistent gaps across the non-mean-field breakdown of superconductivity in overdoped (Pb,Bi)2Sr2CuO6+δ. Nature Materials. (2023).


UP Baguio and UPAA Baguio recognizes eight outstanding alumni

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IN PHOTOS | The University of the Philippines – Baguio recognized the outstanding alumni for their exceptional accomplishments and achievements in various fields.

UP Baguio Chancellor Corazon Abansi and UP Alumni Association Baguio – Northern Luzon Chapter Baguio President Lilia Bautista awarded plaques to eight alumni during the UP Baguio Alumni Homecoming Gala Night over the weekend in Baguio City.

Awardees include Apayao Representative Eleanor Bulut-Begtang, Film and Television Director and Writer Zig Dulay, Nueva Vizcaya State University Professor Emerita Loreta Vivian Galima, Baguio City Health Office Medical Officer Dr. Donnabel Tubera-Panes, Film Television and Theatre Director and Writer Emmanuel Palo, BFAR – National Fisheries Research and Development Institute Scientist Mudjekeewis Santos, PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management PCol. Benjamin Sembrano, and President Ramon Magsaysay State University Professor Ferdinand Tamoria.

The awardees have demonstrated exceptional achievements in their chosen fields of endeavor and have given outstanding contributions that bring about significant benefits to the society and distinct honor to the University.

UP Baguio Chancellor Abansi also awarded citations to the outgoing officers of the UP Alumni Association – Northern Luzon Chapter Baguio while the incoming set of alumni officials were inducted into office.

Source: University of the Philippines Baguio Facebook