University of the Philippines Los Baños

UPLB may be well-known for its academic excellence, the Makiling Forest Reserve, its leadership in research, and its graduates who have been excelling in almost all professional spheres. An alumna, Ms. Ariella Arida, is currently making the news for winning the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2013.

But besides these UPLB treasures are gems – arches and portals – that are mostly taken for granted and meriting just a cursory glance as one passes by them. The curious, however, would probably wonder how they came to be. Vestiges of an era long gone, some of these portals and arches just seem to spring from various spots in the sprawling campus. But mind you, they were built there for a reason and remain there because UPLB decided to spare them from the wrecking ball.

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It transcends the metaphysical limits of this universe.

The desire to freeze a brief moment, an event encapsulated within each fleeting second, has always been stored deep beneath the psyche of every man. With the advent of cheaper highend cameras and better digital cameras embedded in every device, photography is taking a step forward with a whole new spin. So here are the top three reasons why you should pick up this digital hobby in UPLB.

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Graduating from college could have been the least that people expected from this alumnus who, born to the working class, was orphaned of his father at the tender age of 10. However, exceeding expectations and even his own targets, he emerged to be his class’ valedictorian, graduating summa cum laude in BS Applied Mathematics from UPLB in 2009 with a general weighted average of 1.13.

Today, this graduate in BS Applied Mathematics helps fire up the hopes and dreams of his students through a sensitive and stimulating mentoring style as an Instructor 5 at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP) of the UPLB College of Arts and Sciences.

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Alyssa’s family came in full force that night of her graduation on April 26 at UP Los Banos. They sat at the back rows onstage – the only family guests seated with the University officials - overlooking the 1,760 graduates at the sprawling DL Umali Freedom Park.

Aling Elisa, Alyssa’s petite mother, whispered to me to about the intricate designs of some ecru gowns worn by the girls claiming their diplomas onstage. After all, she is a seamtress. Her father, who finished elementary grade, is a tailor. And to support his only daughter to pursue the Doctor in Veterinary Medicine at UP Los Banos, he left for a U.S. island territory to sew gentlemen’s coats.

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The UPLB Horizon recently transformed into a magazine and the publication staff wanted to make it even more special. So they asked their friends in Twitter and Facebook what their favorite spot in UPLB is and why. Find out their answers as they walk down memory lane.

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