A sizeable contingent from the UPLB Museum of Natural History participated during the 2016 Conference of the Association of Systematic Biologists of the Philippines last 19-20 May 2016 at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila.

Dr. Ireneo L. Lit, Jr., curator at the Museum's Entomological Collection was the distinguished keynote speaker of the ABSP conference attended by nearly a hundred systematists and taxonomists all over the country. The ASBP was established in 1982 to promote and represent the science and practice of taxonomy, systematics and natural history in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Dr. Edwino S. Fernando, curator at the Forestry Herbarium and Wood Collection, was one of the four plenary speakers and talked on "Making Taxonomic Information Useful for Biodiversity Conservation."

The following papers were delivered during the parallel oral sessions:

  1. Recent Taxonomic Notes and New Distribution Localities of Podocarpus species in the Philippines by Florence Roy P. Salvana and William Sm. Gruezo
  2. Taxonomy of Edible Juvenile Bamboo Shoots in the Philippines by Analeah L. Ricohermoso, Annalee S. Hadsall and Merdelyn T. Caasi-Lit
  3. Filling in the Gaps: Using Biogeographic Patterns in Finding New Species by Juan Carlos T. Gonzalez
  4. Cockroaches: From Condemnation to Conservations by Cristian C. Lucanas
  5. Forest Spiders as Important Bio-resource in Keeping Pest Populations in Check by Aimee Lynn A. Barrion-Dupo

On the other hand, the poster paper "New Faunistic and Host Record of Phauda Flammans Walker (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae) from the Philippines" authored by Elliaj Kaye Capacete, Alice Geraldine Hernando, Richard Lagrimas, Jalizah Jaira Lim, Sharlaine Orense, Joan Rivera, Gerald Soliven, Michael Tabug and and Dr. Aimee Lynn Dupo won 2nd place in the Best Poster Paper Presentation competition.

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