UPLB is set to celebrate its 112th Foundation Day anniversary on
March 6. With the theme of “Future-Proof UPLB: Responding to the
Challenges of the Times,” UPLB will be commemorating this year’s
anniversary with a series of programs and events.
First on the anniversary agenda is the launching of the Jose Sotero
Laurel III Professorial Chair in Agribusiness Management and
Entrepreneurship. Sponsored by UPLB alumnus and UP Regent Francis C.
Laurel, the professorial chair is meant to be awarded to outstanding
professors who have made significant contributions to the development of
agribusiness management and entrepreneurship.
The main event is the convocation program in which outstanding personnel will be recognized and presented their awards.
The day will be capped by the formal conferment of the Doctor of Laws honoris causa
upon National Scientist Dr. Emil Q. Javier. The honorary degree is in
recognition of his lifelong and selfless service to UPLB, his pioneering
work in plant breeding, and his invaluable contributions to Philippine
agriculture as a whole.
The convocation and conferment programs will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube. (Albert Geoffred B. Peralta).
Turnover of UPAA donation Kaagapay sa Pag aaral 100k to UPLB Department of Social Sciences last January 25, 2021
(L-R) Zoilo BELANO (Chair DSS), Dr. Eileen Malayba Mamino (Assistant to the Chancellor), Dr. Janette Malata-Silva (Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs), Dr. Jose Camacho Jr., (Chancellor), Director Romy Carlos, Director Robert Lester Aranton, UPLBAA President Leo Ballesfin, Director Roel Castro, Director Neil Andrew Nocon
Attendees in the 102nd UPLB Loyalty Day Recognition
Program for Outstanding Alumni may have missed the warmth of handshakes
and embraces that symbolize felicitations and gratitude among fellow
alumni. But with it being held virtually and streamed via Facebook and YouTube,
more UPLB alumni in various time zones and places were able to root for
their former classmates and peers as they received their trophies.
More than 80 alumni were honored under different awards categories at this year’s Loyalty Day, which was held entirely online in conjunction with the limitations imposed by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar, (PhD Horticulture ’80), led the
awardees as the recipient of the UPLB Alumni Association (UPLBAA)
“This award holds a special meaning for me, as it comes from an
institution that helped mold me into a public servant that I am today,
one who strives to live by the example of excellent, faithful, honorable
servant leadership,” Dr. Dar said in his message of acceptance.
He went on to say how the recognition has imbued him with a greater
sense of purpose as he leads the country’s agriculture sector in its new
strategies to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food
production and distribution systems.
Meanwhile, eight were recognized as The Outstanding UPLB Alumni
Awardees (TOUAA). They were Fabian G. Espiritu (BSA ’59), for
agribusiness and food processing; Dr. Manuel L. Logroño, (MS Agro ’84),
for innovative management and social entrepreneurship; and Hon. Isidro
T. Ungab (BSAECO ’83), for public sector governance.
Also hailed as TOUAA were Roel Z. Castro (BSAB ’88), for corporate
governance; Engr. Romeo E. Capuno, Jr. (BSChE ’95), for global
corporate management; Dr. Juan M. Pulhin (BSF ’81, MSF ’87), for
exemplary accomplishments in forestry and forest governance; and Atty.
Rommel A. Gecolea (MPAf 2013), for good governance and public service.
The eighth TOUAA was Ambassador Bernardita L. Catalla (BACA ’79), who
was recognized posthumously for her contributions in foreign service
and diplomatic relations.
Meanwhile, seven were named as Outstanding Golden Jubilarians from Class 1970 for their outstanding professional achievements.
They were entrepreneurs and business executives Dr. Isaias G.
Lumanta Jr. (BSA); UP Regent Francis C. Laurel (BSA); Capt. Mauro W.
Barradas (BSA); and Nilo A. FlorCruz (BSAgChem); and public service and
international development leaders Dr. Ida F. Dalmacio (BSA, MS Plant
Path ’72); Dr. Cristino M. Collado (BSA); and Dr. Teresa H. Stuart Guida
(BSHT, MS DC ’79, PhD DC ’85).
This year’s Nelia Gonzalez Alumni Service Awardee was Dr. Florendo C. Quebral (BSA ’55, MS Plant Path ’63).
Outstanding Golden Jubilarians Capt. Barradas and Regent Laurel, as
well as Crisanto S. Gualberto II (BSA ’62) were given Special Awards for
spearheading the annual Prelude to Loyalty Day festivity since 2001, except this year because of the pandemic.
The Aguiero-Panopio Family with 5 UPLB alumni among them; Catahan
Family with 7; Lawas Family with 4; Platon Family with 6; Robles-Sundo
Family with 5; and Laurel Family with 4 were given the Multi-Generation
UPLB Alumni recognition for producing at least three generations of UPLB
graduates in their families.
In his inspirational message, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.
expressed his appreciation for the generosity that the alumni have
demonstrated to UPLB and called upon them for their continued support
amidst the changes and challenges of the new normal.
“As we face fresh and more complex challenges of the new normal, I would like to stress the need for mutual assistance and support. I am confident that just as we have done in the past, we will overcome these challenges given the history of respect and commitment to public service we have consistently shared,” Chancellor Sanchez ended. (Jessa Jael S. Arana)