University of the Philippines Los Baños

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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(Webmaster's Note: The article was originally published online in Rappler.com on October 3, 2013 and republished in the UPLB Horizon Special Issue)

Mt Makiling, a key biodiversity hotspot and popular hiking destination, was named the 33rd ASEAN Heritage Park on Thursday, October 3.

In a ceremony held at the Mt Makiling Botanical Gardens in Los Baños, Laguna, officials from the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity presented the certification of declaration to the park managers and officials of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), under whose jurisdiction the mountain falls. Also there to receive the certification were mayors of cities covered by the Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve and officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

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CULTURE amid science parallels the bamboo’s zenith of its lifetime: flowers. Rare. The supreme white crown of the world’s tallest grass.

In like manner, culture in the University of the Philippines Los Baños, the country’s “tallest” institution of higher learning in the applied sciences, is becoming the University’s crown of distinction. Unique. This verdict of history, hardly heralded by reason of humility, marked its seminal seed when the College of Agriculture was founded on Friday, 6 March 1909. The old UPCA from which UPLB grew, had American scientist-educators who used a central factor in science education and culture – language.

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The birth of UP College of Agriculture (UPCA) at the foot of Mt. Makiling in 1909 marked the beginning of UP Los Baños (UPLB). A year after, the Forest School nestled under the wings of UPCA. These two – the UPCA and the Forest School – were the first of their kind in the whole of Southeast Asia. As early as 1920-21, students from India, China, Siam (Thailand), Java (Indonesia), Japan, and Guam enrolled in UPCA.

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UPLB woke up one day to see change that some did not see rhyme and reason for: that of the names of streets, buildings, and some important halls/rooms in the campus. Where before, the two main streets to which people diverged from the main gate were simply named Kanluran (west) and Silangan (east), they now sport names of people. Further inside the campus, more names of people replaced street names of tree species that used to guide us through the maze of streets in UPLB.

Naturally, as any change is wont to cause, a furor arose over why and how these streets were renamed. As historian Ambeth Ocampo asked over street name changes in Manila: is there pattern or logic to all these?

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