Eight UPLB alumni were recognized as Distinguished Alumni awardees during the 2011 UP General Alumni-Faculty Homecoming and Reunion held on June 25, 2011 at Ang Bahay ng Alumni, Diliman, Quezon City.
Awarded were: Dr. Danielito T. Franco, BSAEng ’68, Agricultural Engineering; Dr. Rex B. Demafelis, MSChE ’90, Chemical Engineering; Dr. Robert H. Lo, DVM ’83, Community Service; Prof. Alleli C. Domingo, BSAM ’78 cl, MS ’83, Education Innovation; Dr. Daniel S. Bolong, DVM ’37 cl, Entrepreneurship and Employment Creation; Dr. Arcelia A. Alejar, BSA ’58 HC, MS ’70, Science and Technology; Dr. Danilo C. Cardenas BSA ’75, PhD ’97, Science and Technology; and Dr. Bonifacio F. Comandante Jr, BSAE ’78, Science and Technology.
Franco has served as a professor at the College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology (CEAT). As educator, he spearheaded the development and implementation of curricular programs at CEAT such as BS Civil Engineering and BS Industrial Engineering and strengthening of PhD in Agricultural Engineering. He copped the first place during the board examination for agricultural engineers in 1971 and has since then recipients of several awards and distinctions. An accomplished scientist and mentor in the varied aspects of agricultural engineering in the country and abroad, he is currently the treasurer of the UPLB Foundation.
Demafelis is currently a professor at UPLB-CEAT Department of Chemical Engineering. He has spearheaded the curricular program upgrading of BS Chemical Engineering and was instrumental in the institution of MS Chemical Engineering. Likewise, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Laguna Chapter of the Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers. Demafelis is actively involved in biofuels research and development, including breakthrough researches in biodiesel production from Jatropha curcas oil and in bioethanol production from different feedstocks and other lignocellulosic materials.
Lo is considered as one of the most respected personalities in the field of agribusiness. He has provided more than 1,200 jobs in the province of Pampanga and has embarked on projects that benefit teachers and students of the Lara Integrated High School, as well as the community, in promoting heath and preventing disease. Lo has adopted modern technologies in his Red Dragon Farms (RDF) which have resulted in better farm efficiency, making RDF one of the major players in Region III, a model for other animal farms in the region and in the entire country.
Domingo is currently the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and professor at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics. She is a proponent in the use of the performing arts in the teaching of mathematics. As dramaturg for math in her collaborative project with the UPLB Humanities Department, she introduced math as a theatric tool. In her lectures and seminar workshops she highlights the presence of mathematical concepts in dances, songs, stories, poetry, and games. Her exemplary teaching performances are due to her creativity and innovation in the preparation of teaching materials, and from her holistic approach.
Bolong who is now 95 years old, continues to be an inspiration through his words and deeds. He is chairman of the Rural Bank of Luna, Inc., founder of the Bolong Agricultural Management Corp., chairman of La Union Chamber of Rural Bankers and co-chairman of the Regional Development Council. He is an active member of Philippine Veterinary Medicine Association, Rotary Club of San Fernando, and Knights of Columbus. Likewise, he is also president of the Parish Pastoral Council, St. William Parish, San Fernando, La Union. Bolong is a concrete example of selfless service and excellence and personally shares his time in various commitments.
Alejar is a retired professor of the Institute of Biological Sciences and is considered to be one of the renowned agricultural scientists in the country and in other parts of the world. Her invaluable contributions to the fields of agricultural science and plant physiology are of great benefit for enhanced technology in the cultivation of rice and corn as staple food, as well as other vegetable species and crops. The resulting enhanced productivity and stable crop harvests benefit entire communities both here and abroad.
Cardenas is currently the Deputy Executive Director for research and development of Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD). Among his significant achievements are the introduction of novel initiatives in science and technology management for the National Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Network and the crafting of DOST-PCARRD medium term Science and Technology plan for 2006-10. Moreover, Cardenas supported the development of high-tech means of promoting the use of R&D results. This led to the production of e-learning modules on goat, bamboo and organic farming. His 35 years of government service with PCARRD has helped enable farmers full access to high impact technologies.
Comandante is famous for developing his multi-awarded “sleeping fish” technology and shellfish biotechnology. The former is a revolutionary approach to waterless transport of live fish that is kept for several hours, enabling fish traders to transport more live fish at less cost. Comandante has several publications and research papers as well as copyrights and patents applications, to his name. His publications include writings on the ancient Baybayin script, while his patents cover his “sleeping fish” technology and other innovative methods in the efficient handling and transport of other aquatic animals. (Emy S. Mariveles)
Photo courtesy of UPAA (Alumni 2011 Yearbook)