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Pili Drive Legacy Project: sowing the seeds of unity, change, and growth at UPLB

In a visionary endeavor to honor shared history, promote sustainability, and strengthen the bonds of the UPLB community, UPLB through the Office of Alumni Relations, the UPLB Alumni Association (UPLBAA), and the UP College of Agriculture Class of 1960 are preparing to sow the seeds of the Pili Drive Legacy Project. This ambitious project aims to transform the iconic Pili Drive into a living legacy adorned with pili trees.

A symbol of resilience

Pili, scientifically known as Canarium ovatum, is a native tree of the Bicol Region. Known for its sturdiness and resistance to strong winds, the pili tree boasts edible kernels and boiled pulp that can be used in various culinary creations. More than just a local delicacy, the pili nut has the potential to become a signature tropical nut export for the Philippines. An aerial view of a road

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Drone Shot of Pili Drive by Leonardo D. Barua

The Pili Drive Legacy Project presents a unique opportunity for cherished UPLB alums and friends to leave an everlasting mark on the beloved campus. Individuals are invited to contribute by planting a pili tree of their own, symbolically sowing a financial seed of Php100,000. These contributions will not only grant the privilege of planting a pili tree but will also play a pivotal role in nurturing the shared heritage of UPLB.

A vision beyond trees

The contributions garnered through the Pili Drive Legacy Project will be channelled to UPLBAA, specifically focusing on the restoration and adaptive reuse of the historic Fronda-Sison House situated on campus.

Fronda-Sison House. Photo by : Michelle Sison

The Fronda-Sison House holds a significant place in the annals of UPLB’s history. It was once owned by the late National Scientist Francisco M. Fronda, known as the “Father of the Philippine Poultry Science” and the “Father of the Thai Poultry Industry.” His groundbreaking work included the development of the Los Banos Cantonese breed of chicken and improving duck meat, often referred to as “Fronducks.”

Dr. Obdulia Fronda-Sison, his daughter, achieved the distinction of being UPLB’s first summa cum laude graduate. Her impactful contributions to advancing agricultural and extension education cemented her legacy as a prominent social scientist and educator. In recognition of her accomplishments, the UP Board of Regents, at its 1275th meeting, named the Continuing Education Center (CEC) after her.

Upon restoration, the Fronda-Sison House will be transformed into a museum—a beacon of heritage and knowledge for future generations. It will serve as a place where the past and future intersect, stories are shared, and legacies endure.

Joining hands for a common cause

The Pili Drive Legacy Project invites individual alums, collective alum classes, dedicated alum delegates, supportive companies, and generous friends of UPLB to partake in this noble endeavor. With each pili tree planted, a legacy of unity, change, and growth takes root, ensuring a brighter future for UPLB and future generations. Together, they aim to plant the seeds of a legacy marked by unity, change, and growth, one pili tree at a time. (Ricky Bryan U. Biagtan)

For inquiries and donations, interested parties may contact:

Dr. Eileen Lorena M. Mamino

Director of the Office of Alumni Relations

Phone: 094953608444 | 09088143083Email: [email protected]

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