The UPLB Gender Center (UPLB-GC) led the university’s participation in this year’s Pride Month through “GendER Episode 6: Breaking stereotypes, celebrating pride,” a Facebook live webinar held on Oct. 23 that discussed the plight that LGBT+ individuals face when dealing with gender biases.

The webinar’s guest speakers had several things in common – both are UP alumni, are members and advocates of the LGBT+ community, and had served as hosts of Out!, a magazine program that aired on GMA-7 in 2004, which tackled the life and issues of the LGBT+ community.

With a global pandemic forcing people to adjust to a new normal, some might be getting overwhelmed by thoughts and feelings that may be hard to process.

To help cope with the immensity of stress and anxiety, the Learning Resource Center (LRC’s)’s latest session of the “Unplugged” webinar series invited the UPLB community to learn about starting a personal journal.

Ida Torres, a digital marketing specialist at OMF Literature and a journal writer herself, led the webinar entitled, “The art of journaling: learn how to start journaling to regain focus and motivation” on Oct. 21 that was livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.

As the nationwide quarantine countermeasure against COVID-19 reaches its seventh month, people throughout the country have been seeking more and more ways to de-stress through developing new hobbies. One activity that has recently gained popularity is the growing of plants. According to Kenneth Ngo, the man behind the Facebook page on gardening, The Succulent Haven by […]

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus in the campus, UPLB mobilizes a team that has been disinfecting campus buildings and facilities since March 17.

This team is led by Dr. Sheryl Yap, together with the staff of the Institute of Weed Science, Entomology and Plant Pathology of the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS-IWEP), where she is the director.

Two medicinal plants took the spotlight at the webinar entitled “Rummaging nature’s arsenal: botanicals versus SARS-CoV-2” on Sept. 29 because of their potentials for use against COVID-19.

Webinar speaker Dr. Lourdes B. Cardenas, a botany professor at the Institute of Biological Sciences and a curator for medicinal plants at the Museum of Natural History (MNH), presented the plants that can potentially be harnessed for their medicinal properties in treating COVID-19 patients.

“Significant quantities of food produced today across the globe are lost and wasted across the supply chain and never make it to the mouth of consumers. Food loss and waste is one of the most challenging contradictions of our time.”

Thus, said Dr. Maximo Torero Cullen, chief economist at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), after stressing that an estimated value of US $400 billion of food are lost all over the world, while more than 600 million people remain hungry and three billion do not have access to a healthy diet.

Dr. Cullen presented these facts during the webinar that was dedicated to mark the first International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (IDAFLW) on Sept. 29, which the UPLB Postharvest Horticulture Training and Research Center (PHTRC) co-organized with FAO.

The five-part ePraxis webinar that centered on COVID-19 issues in human settlements planning concluded on Sept. 24 with its focus on water, sanitation, and waste.

ePraxis was organized by the Department of Community and Environmental Resource Planning (DCERP) of the College of Human Ecology (CHE).

The webinar’s edition featured three speakers, each based in the Philippines, USA, and the United Kingdom.

Tourism can still be done during this pandemic, for as long as health and safety protocols are observed.

This is according to For. Roberto Cereno, UPLB’s ecotourism expert, at the sixth edition of the webinar “Living dangerously series” of the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) on Sept. 24. 

In his presentation entitled “Ecotourism beyond the pandemic: picnic after the panic?” For. Cereno lamented that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the tourism industry worldwide, with US$730 billion recorded loss in tourism exports.