Dr. Luciana “Lucy” Maranan Villanueva, Professor VI and Director of the Semi-temperate Vegetable Research and Development Center at the Benguet State University, La Trinidad, Benguet is this year’s PMCP Awardee in Research. Despite her teaching and administrative responsibilities, she has conducted and completed many research projects whichfocused on the sustainable production of highland or semi- temperate crops such as strawberry, crucifers and other vegetables, and chrysanthemum (cutflower).
Popularly called as James, Dr. Jaime C. Silvestre was born in New Panay, Tulunan, Cotabato on August 16, 1954. He is still single and very much “available”.
He loves his profession and his students so dearly that he forgot time for himself. He finished his BS and MSc at the University of Southern Mindanao (USM). In 2004, he obtained his PhD at U. P. Los Baños, major in Plant Pathology with a scholarship grant from SEARCA and DOST-PCARRD. At present, he is the Chairman of the Department of Plant Pathology at USM. His teaching versatility has benefited many students in Plant Pathology and related fields at USM.
Analiza G. Tagle won the 2007 PMCP-Bayer CropScience Best Undergraduate Thesis Award in Plant Pathology
For her thesis “ Population structure of the rice (Oryzae sativa L.) blast pathogen [Pyricularia grisea (Cooke) Sacc] from different geographical location in the Philippines”, Analiza Grubanzo Tagle is this year’s PMCP-Bayer CropScience Best Undergraduate Thesis Awardee in Plant Pathology. She is the second among the three children of Leovino S. Tagle and Macaria H. Grubanzo who are both from Gen. Trias, Cavite. They are currently residing in Calamba City, Laguna.
On April 11, 1965, the President-Elect of the American Phytopathological Society (APS), Dr. George A. Zentmyer addressed the PPS at Lake View Hotel, Los Baños, Laguna and gave some advice for our Society:1
- Initiate and maintain a first class publication, your journal promises to be one. This will be a big drawing card for members and good advertising for your Society throughout the world.
- Keep your committees active, to bring you fresh, new suggestions as to what your Society can and should do.
- Maintain an active continual drive for new members.
- Do as much as you can to promote International Cooperation.
- Above all, maintain your enthusiasm and spirit.
The Philippine Phytopathological Society sponsored the 2nd National Symposium on Abaca, Banana, and Mango Diseases and Insect Pests.
The symposium was held last 17-18 January 2007 at the Institute of Plant Breeding Seminar Room, College of Agriculture, UPLB, College, Laguna, and was co-sponsored by U.P. Los Baños and Syngenta Phils, Inc. Municipal Agriculturist from various LGU’s nationwide and researchers from private sectors attended this 2-day symposium.