The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) joined the Alumni Dinner and Foot parade for the 94th Loyalty Day Celebrations last October 9 and 10, 2012. The long-standing tradition commemorates the founding day of the University of the Philippines Los Baños. This year’s theme is “UPLB: Handa sa Pagbabago ng Panahon at Kapaligiran”.

CAS Dean Dr. Zita VJ. Albacea led the CAS contingent in the Foot Parade together with members of the CAS ExeComm. They all wore their commemorative shirts for the 40th Foundation of the CAS. Each of the nine units – IBS, IC, ICS, IMSP, INSTAT, DHK, DHum, DSS and UPRHS – were represented by members of the faculty and staff, making CAS one of the biggest groups in the foot parade. Some members of the CAS Alumni Association also joined the group.
Meanwhile, special performances were given by some students from the UPLB Filipiniana Dance Troupe and several senior students in UPRHS. These caught the eye of the judges, who declared CAS as one of the winners for the “Best Presentation in the Foot Parade”.
In the afternoon, the CAS-AA and the CAS Alumni Relations Committee hosted a simple get-together at the Office of Alumni Relations. This was the CAS’ show of support to the weeklong open-house of the OAR from October 8 to 12, 2012.
Through an exhibit, the CAS Extension Committee presented updates from the CAS and audio-visual projects of the different institutes. The attendees were graduates from the Institute of Chemistry, Institute of Biological Sciences, Department of Humanities, and Institute of Statistics.

A roundtable discussion was then led by Mr. Paul Olayres, treasurer of the CAS-AA, with Dean Albacea and the other alumni. The talk revolved around plans to make the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association (CASAA) an official organization of the CAS alumni, and duly-registered under the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The immediate action plan from that discussion was to create a working group that will refine the existing draft of the CASAA’s by-laws so that it will be ready by this coming December, in time for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the College of Arts and Sciences. One of the highlights of the weeklong celebration is an Alumni Homecoming Dinner where the CAS-AA will be presented.
By night time, the Alumni Dinner and Awards Night was held. The CAS showed support to the four awardees for the CAS-AA Distinguished Alumni Award, all from the Institute of Chemistry. These were:
Prof. Mark Rickard N. Angelia (CAS-AA Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching/Instruction)
-BS Agricultural Chemistry cum laude, 2000 UPLB
-MS Biochemistry, 2007 UPLB
Dr. Isagani D. Padolina (CAS-AA Distinguished Alumni Award for Industry)
-BS Chemistry, 1994 UPLB
-Ph.D. Natural Products Chemistry (Phytochemistry/Botany), 2002 University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Erwin P. Enriquez (CAS-AA Distinguished Alumni Award for Research)
-BS Chemistry cum laude, 1987 UPLB
-Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, 1993 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Ann Maureen Ramirez-Rouhi (CAS-AA Distinguished Alumni Award for Science Communication)
-BS Agricultural Chemistry magna cum laude, 1976 UPLB
-MS Agricultural Chemistry, 1978 UPLB
-Ph.D. in Chemistry, 1981 University of London, Wye College.
Except for Dr. Rouhi, who asked Dr. Milagros Peralta to receive the award in her behalf, all of the awardees attended the alumni dinner with their families.