The UPLB College of Agriculture-Crop Science Cluster celebrated its 9th foundation anniversary from 26-28 May 2015 at the Agronomy/Soils/Horticulture (ASH) Lobby. The event is a three-day celebration lined up with activities, exhibits, seminars, and food festivities. CSC Director Calixto M. Protacio delivered welcoming remarks followed by messages from CA Dean Domingo E. Angeles and Chancellor Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.
The event featured different agricultural products: their research projects, uses, and other applications. Along the hallway were artworks of prominent CSC staff. The exhibit was entitled “Arts: A tool for Healing and An Expression of Health and Well-being”
There were also seminars which were open to the public: Dr. Travis W. Idol, an associate professor of the University of Hawaii Manoa lectured about “Research Development of Improved Cocoa Varieties and Agroecosystem Management in Hawaii.” Dr. Susan C. Aquino-Ong from UPLB presented a lecture on “Heritage and Native Trees Embracing the 21st Century Landscapes.” Mr. Eugene Baltazar, a representative of Shalom Club Philippines, talked about the “Israel Mashav Training Program”. Dr. Tess Young from the Weston A. Price foundation shared her knowledge about holistic nutrition through “A Revolutionary Perspective on Food and the Link of Tooth Condition to Overall Health.”
Ms. Vannizsa C. Ibanez from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) promoted the use of brown rice through a seminar. She discussed its health benefits and economic opportunity. Along with her colleagues, she presented a cooking demo of different brown rice recipes.
In addition to seminars, the celebration had various activities such as tree planting, sports fest, Agni-hotra, and a fellowship night. B.S. Agriculture student organizations also participated actively by performing dance numbers and selling several agricultural produce.
A number of stands selling different ornamental plants, seeds, fruits and other processed agricultural products were displayed around the venue.