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Threatened Land, Threatened Lives: The Bagobo-Klata of the South

Datu Danny walks ahead of us, with a confident gait, on a narrow path and stops. The 26-year-old Chieftain of the Bagobo-Klata tribe points to a fenced area where a religious sect lays claim to a portion of the tribe’s ancestral domain. He then waves his hand to the eastern side where a larger part of the land is now occupied by a private banana plantation. Up on the slope, he says, is his meager land where he and his family grow abaca and other crops for their daily subsistence.

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Exploring Mabini's Underworld

Working for a natural history museum, we get to explore places that are probably interesting only to researchers and scientists. In the past, our forebears trekked mountains, scanned forests and dove into the depths of seas. Now, we have gone into the vast underworld of Philippine caves. With headlights to give us vision, we now enter places of complete darkness enveloped by deafening silence.

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BIOTECH: 36 and beyond

Last 9-12 February 2016, BIOTECH celebrated its 36th anniversary with the theme “BIOTECH @ 36 and beyond: Getting more relevant towards national development.” The week-long affair included events designed to showcase BIOTECH’s products and its current initiatives. Seminars and dialogues with experts were also held. There was also a presentation of career opportunities for high school and college students accompanied by interaction with private companies and the sharing of experiences by former BIOTECH staff. Since its establishment in 1979, the Institute has used its expertise in biotechnology to serve the Philippine society.

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Rex B. Demafelis: The New Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension

It is the 2nd UPLB REPS Conference at the Nicolas P. Lansigan Auditorium, College of Forestry and Natural Resources. A few minutes left before the program starts, and we receive word that the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension cannot make it for the opening remarks. He is confi ned in the University Health Service. Th e committee members talk about how they can adjust the program, when suddenly, there he is. Vice Rex B. Demafelis is walking towards them, dressed formally in neatly pressed polo and slacks, his trademark smile on his face. He looks like what he usually looks like on a normal weekday— except for the blue handkerchief wrapped around his right wrist, hiding the IV tube. Yes, he has made it in time to deliver the opening remarks because of a waiver. With the committee worried, and the participants anxious, Vice Rex only has one thing in mind: to make the most of the two hours.

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Bugkalot Women: Rice Keepers of the Sierra Madre

Deep in the heart of the Sierra Madre, within the Quirino Protected Landscape dwells the Bugkalot tribe. Descendants of early Indonesian or Malay headhunters, the Bugkalots make ends meet in the small village of Brgy. Wasid, Nagtipunan, Quirino Province, a signifi cant part of their ancestral domain.

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