History has been made once again at the UPLB Museum of Natural History as they opened their doors to international students from Texas A&M International University (TAMIU). On 13 June 2016, in partnership with some faculty of TAMIU, the Museum brought in 19 international students for an educational tour of some of its natural collections.

The tour started with an orientation on the Museum of Natural History for the international students. Formally opening the program was the Museum’s Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Aimee Lynn B. Dupo who delivered very entertaining welcoming remarks.

The international students thereafter got to know more about the people in the museum as the staff and the interns took to the floor to introduce themselves. Introductions were followed by an orientation by the museum’s extension associate, Mr. James DV. Alvarez.

After the formalities have been conducted, the students gathered outside to start their tour of the museum. Amusement soon welled up in the international students upon seeing the wide variety of collections that the museum has.

After the tour of the Integrated Biodiversity Exhibits concluded, the international students made their way to the Botanical Herbarium located at the IBS Building. Students from the Texas A&M International University were introduced to different kinds of plant specimens stored in the herbarium with the help of Michelle DR. Alejado, the museum’s resident forester.

The Entomological Museum was next on the students’ itinerary wherein Curator and former Director Dr. Ireneo L. Lit, Jr. took charge in discussing the insect and acarological collections. After the discussion, the students then made their way up to the DS Rabor Wildlife Collection where they got the opportunity to not only see bird and mammal specimens up close but also get to handle specimens of rare species like the Philippine Eagle.

The long and activity jam-packed day ended at ‘Isdaan’ where the TAMIU students, faculty members, along with the staff of MNH, shared a sumptuous meal to commemorate the beginning of the tour. The TAMIU delegates will be spending the next weeks in Los Baños and continue on to other places in the Philippines to conduct ecological observations.

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