University of the Philippines Los Baños

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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UPLB may be well-known for its academic excellence, the Makiling Forest Reserve, its leadership in research, and its graduates who have been excelling in almost all professional spheres. An alumna, Ms. Ariella Arida, is currently making the news for winning the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2013.

But besides these UPLB treasures are gems – arches and portals – that are mostly taken for granted and meriting just a cursory glance as one passes by them. The curious, however, would probably wonder how they came to be. Vestiges of an era long gone, some of these portals and arches just seem to spring from various spots in the sprawling campus. But mind you, they were built there for a reason and remain there because UPLB decided to spare them from the wrecking ball.

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It transcends the metaphysical limits of this universe.

The desire to freeze a brief moment, an event encapsulated within each fleeting second, has always been stored deep beneath the psyche of every man. With the advent of cheaper highend cameras and better digital cameras embedded in every device, photography is taking a step forward with a whole new spin. So here are the top three reasons why you should pick up this digital hobby in UPLB.

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Graduating from college could have been the least that people expected from this alumnus who, born to the working class, was orphaned of his father at the tender age of 10. However, exceeding expectations and even his own targets, he emerged to be his class’ valedictorian, graduating summa cum laude in BS Applied Mathematics from UPLB in 2009 with a general weighted average of 1.13.

Today, this graduate in BS Applied Mathematics helps fire up the hopes and dreams of his students through a sensitive and stimulating mentoring style as an Instructor 5 at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP) of the UPLB College of Arts and Sciences.

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