University of the Philippines Los Baños

KEYNOTE MESSAGE

By Hon. MARIO G. MONTEJO
Secretary, DOST

UP Los Baños S&T Forum and Exhibition and Awarding Ceremonies for the 2014 UPLB Outstanding Personnel
06 March 2014, SMX Convention Center, Pasay City

On behalf of the Department of Science and Technology, I would like to express my appreciation to be invited to the UP Los Baños Science and Technology Forum and Exhibition here at the SMX Convention Center. I also would like to take this opportunity to express my warmest congratulations to the Most Outstanding Personnel of the University for 2014.

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UPLB was at the forefront of the extensive national efforts to raise funds and in-kind donations for survivors and victims alike of super typhoon Yolanda, including students who were among those affected by the devastation wrought by the killer typhoon. The University has ably demonstrated a concerted and comprehensive approach in its various outreach and relief assistance activities.

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Dr. Christian Joseph R. Cumagun of the University of the Philippines Los Baños was given by the DOST National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) last December 5 the 2013 Dr. Eusebio Y. Garcia Award for his exceptional researches in molecular biology and plant pathology.

Cumagun is Professor 6 at the Crop Protection Cluster, College of Agriculture and Scientist II.

He is currently the Associate Dean of the college.

As the 2013 Dr. Eusebio Y. Garcia Awardee he received a Medallion of Excellence and PhP25,000.00 prize during ceremonies at the Traders Hotel, Pasay City. The awarding was part of the NRCP's celebration of its 80th Foundation Anniversary.

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The first ever system-wide REPS conference themed “Recognizing REPS’ Roles, Achievements and Concerns in UP” was held last 12-13 November 2013 at BIOTECH, UPLB. The two-day conference provided a venue for the REPS from various constituent units of the University of the Philippines to echo their concerns and address issues related to their roles, qualifications, tenure and promotion.

The conference was also a dialogue and exchange of ideas between the sector and the UP administration, represented by the Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gisela P. Concepcion and Vice President for Administration Dr. Maragtas SV. Amante.

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Our very own Ariella Arida finished third runner up in the 2013 Miss Universe beauty pageant held in Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia. Arida, a BS Chemistry graduate, Class 2011, dedicated her victory to the Filipinos affected by typhoon Yolanda.

Her top 5 finish continued the winning streak of the Philippines after Janine Tugonon (2012 Miss Universe first runner-up), Shamcey Supsup (2011 Miss Universe 3rd runner-up), and Venus Raj (2010 Miss Universe 4th runner-up).

Arida, dubbed as the fan favorite, earned the last spot in the Top 16 after topping the official online polls. For the swimsuit portion, Arida took the stage in a red bikini along with her 15 fellow semifinalists. She was called second to advance in the Top 10.

For the evening gown segment, Arida was all beauty and elegance in a yellow Alfredo Barazza dress. She was the fourth one to be called to proceed to the final round of the competition.

In the final round of the pageant, Arida picked judge Tara Lipinski, an American figure skater, to give her the final question. Asked on what can be done about the lack of jobs for young people starting their careers around the world, Arida answered that people should invest in education as their ticket to a better future.

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