Features

UPLB takes part in the advancement of the Philippine Mango Industry

Mangoes are one of the most important fruit crops in the Philippines, along with banana and pineapple. Aside from an already established market here, it has a lot of potential in the international market. Foreigners and tourists remain to be impressed with our export variety, called the “Carabao” mango which is known all over the world.

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Partnerships: Key to Reviving our Forests

Forests comprised 57 percent of the Philippines’ total land area in 1934 according to the 2015 publication by the Philippine Senate, Philippine Forests at A Glance.

In 2010, the Philippines’ forest cover dropped to only 23 percent or about 6.8 million hectares. The publication attributes this decline to increased agricultural and housing needs, intensified commercial and illegal logging, kaingin, and forest fires.

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Reimagining Landscaping: Combining Form and Function

Growing organic fruits and vegetables is a continuing trend as more and more people are becoming more health-conscious. Because of this, people have already started growing their own crops right in their own gardens! Why so? It is because growing your own food gives you the assurance that they are healthy and fresh.

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Descent into the Summit: The Benham Bank Seamount Project

“Upon seeing the bottom, you will be placed in a dreamy state. It is as if time has slowed down.” Those were the words of Dr. Hildie Marie E. Nacorda, Assistant Professor at the UPLB School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), when asked about her first time descending Benham Bank – the shallowest portion of Benham Rise.

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Is the Philippines Food Secure?

“Anytime that one would need food, food is there.” That is how Interdisciplinary Studies Center on Food Security (ISCFS) chair Dr. Domingo Angeles exemplified food security. He said that food should be accessible, healthy, and nutritious—being able to meet the daily demands of one’s body. Dr. Angeles added that food security also means that food can be used in the long run.

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Mohicap Lake Needs Your Help!

Imagine standing behind a crowd full of people who are taller than you. There is a person speaking in front. You want to ask something to that person but he cannot see you—the people in front are blocking his view. You cried your way through those people and finally the person notices you. Finally, you are able to ask your question and luckily, you get your answer.

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Recipes from UPLB: Korn Polvoron, Korn Pastillas, and Korn Champorado

Recipes developed by Dr. Wilma A. Hurtada (College of Human Ecology) and Dr. Felicito M. Rodriguez (College of Human Ecology) in coordination with Dr. Artemio M. Salazar (Institute of Plant Breeding, College of Agriculture)

KORN POLVORON

Ingredients:
1 cup corn flour
½ cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar (white, brown, or muscovado)
1 cup powdered milk
6 tablespoons melted butter

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The Magic of Bees

Bees are one of nature’s wonder insects. They play a bigger role in our lives than we perceive. Bees are the only source of honey. Honey, the most common among bee products, provides a number of different uses from adding flavor to your breakfast to curing various ailments such as burns and sore throats. Honey is also being used as a natural alternative to beauty products. It can be used as a moisturizer, pore cleanser, and, when mixed with coconut oil, as hair conditioner. Bees are also active pollinators. Many crops benefit from bee pollination like eggplant, lettuce, and coconut.

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Rise of the Bt Superwoman

Heroes come from different races and places, and they fight for different causes. Today, amidst the ongoing issues concerning the current state of biotechnology in our country, a Superwoman continues to stand strong.

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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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