The UPLB Museum of Natural History gladly informs the public today, coinciding with the start of the Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines, its lineup of special webinars which will be part of the local commemorations in UP Los Banos commencing on May 17, 2021. 

"We are inviting everyone to participate in this special webinar series which revolves around our own concept of "Limang Siglo ng Pilipinas" and theme of "Balik tanaw: Kasaysayan at Kalikasan," announced Dr. Marian P. De Leon, museum director. 

Vice-Chancellor for Community Affairs Roberto P. Cereno, the Chair of the ad hoc Committee on the Quincentennial Commemorations in UPLB , said that compared to the other UP constituent universities' activities, that of UPLB is quite unique.

"We aim to highlight our strength and expertise in the environment and in natural resources conservation, which is why it is fitting that we launch this webinar series in May, when we hold the traditional Flores de Mayo, and close to the International Museum Day (May 18) and International Day of Biodiversity (May 21)," Cereno explained.

According to Florante Cruz, chair of the organizing committee, the special webinars will be delivered by Museum curators and staff, or invited speakers in line with the theme, to represent contributions from the six collections of the museum. Museum curators and staff shall be tapped to serve as emcees, moderators, discussants, and synthesists.

These learning events will be broadcasted via Zoom webinar through the UPLB Information Technology Center and live streamed via Facebook page and  YouTube channel of the Museum. The webcasts will also made available as an online resource via a playlist for use as public teaching aide and educational reference.

Date Topic Speaker
17 May

Adobo at iba pa: How the oceans shaped our culture

Dr. Laura T. David

17 May Historical trend in diversity and structural complexity development of coral reefs

Dr. Victor S. Ticzon

2 June 500 years of ornithological explorations in the Philippines

Dr. Juan Carlos T. Gonzalez and Mr. Christian Perez

16 June Herpetofaunal studies in the Philippines, a recall

Dr. Leticia E. Afuang

30 June Mamiferos terrestres conocidos de Filipinas: Philippine mammalian expeditions during the Spanish colonial period

Prof. Phillip A. Alviola and Prof. Judeline C. Dimalibot

14 July Malacological collections during the Spanish rule

Dr. Emmanuel Ryan C. De Chavez

28 July

Microbiology in Philippine Cuisine: Then and Now

Dr. Noel G. Sabino

28 July

Fungi in Filipinos’ culture and cuisine, from past to present

Dr. Jennifer M. Niem

 11 August Ques es un nombre?: Spanish influence on Philippine botany Prof. Annalee S. Hadsall and Michelle A. San Pascual
25 August Recuerdos de mariposas: Noteworthy pre-1900 entomological collections, collectors and tributes

Dr. Ireneo L. Lit, Jr. and Jeremy Carlo B. Naredo

8 September Early records of algae in the Philippines

Prof. Emeritus Milagrosa M. Martinez-Goss

22 September Revisiting the past for present medicinal plants and their conservation

Dr. Lourdes B. Cardenas

Formal announcements such as registration details will be made before each webinar session via the Museum's social media pages, and

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