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          GREETINGS GALORE!                                                                                                                                       Va r r o n s t a r
                                                                                                                                                              UP Varrons Ltd.          June-August 2011   Volume 49 Issue 1

                                                                                                                                             Aggie Chapter Celebrates its 49th Year                                    In this issue:
                                           Verli, thanks sa lahat. Lars, miss you na. Balik ka
                                                                                                             "how can somebody                                                                                       FFIBC: 33 Years    4
                                           na. Hehe. Zet, kaya natin ‘to. Gagraduate tayo
                                           on time Batch ‘06. :)
                                                                                                             love you in the way you                                         The UP Varrons Ltd. is                   of Existence
                                                                                                             want when you can't
   Dear Cyle Buen,                                                                                                                                                           now on its 49th year of
                                           -Anette                                                           love yourself in the way
   miss ka na namin. sobra.                                                                                  it deserves?"                                                   serving unparalleled                   Varsity Abolition   6
   see you next sem. more
                                                                                                                                                                             truth, love, justice, and
   PARTY na 'to. AJA!
                                           Miss you Batch 'Jam! Miss you Khay Ann! Love                                                                                      freedom in the Univer-
   -khay, marie, vhanne                    na love kita! :) Happy 49th Anniversary sa aking
                                                                                                                                                                             sity of the Philippines
                                           pinakamamahal na organisasyon!                                                                                                                                            A Varronette to    12
                                                                                                                                                                             Los Banos. In celebra-                    be Pr oud Of
                                           -Maida, Jam '07
                                                                                                                                                                             tion of this, the under-
                                                                                                                                                                             grads, led by Grand Var-
Let us pray for the fast recovery and healing of                    Dear Khay, Marie, and Lester,                                                                            ron Ma. Verlina Tonga,                   A Former GV’s     13
Sis Cely Tamolang-Oliva.                                                                                                                                                                                                 Passion
                                                                    Thank you! You are the best members this                                 prepared exciting events within a 3-week span.
-UPVL                                                               FinCom Head could ever have. :)) Labyu guys!
                                                                    XD Aja aja!                                                                      The undergrads kicked off the anniversary cele-
                                                                                                                                             bration via TRIP (Tambay Retreat Inuman Party), an
I love you, Ninang Anette, Ninong PY! Pati ikaw
                                                                                                                                             event solely for the members of the organization. It wasThe Varrons Star is the
Francis at 'nak Paolo! At si Boss Lars! <3 I'LL BE
BACK!                                                                                                                                        held on the 24th of August 2011 at Freedom Park, UPLB.  official newsletter of the
                                                             Batch BUBBLE GUM, WELCOME! :)
                                                                                                             Khay, PY, Anette, I <3
                                                                                                                                             Various team-building activities and games were organ-  UP VARRONS LTD re-
- Elise                                                                                                      YOU.
                                                             -Pubcom                                                                         ized by the new Vice Grand Varron, Jeannette Avellano.  leased by the Publicity
                                                                                                                                             These activities helped increase the closeness of the   Committee. It is pub-
   SIS MAE LLANZA & VROD BONNIE                                                                                                              members and fill the gaps within the organization.      lished every two months
   PASION! MANY THANKS!                                                                                                                                                                              and is distributed among
                                                                 Inaanak Elise & Francis, ingat kayo lagi.                                          On the 26th of August, the undergrads attended
                                                                 Balik na kayo dito. :) Miss you much. I                                                                                             the organization’s mem-
   -PubCom                                                       love you both.
                                                                                                                                             a Thanksgiving Mass at St. Therese. The undergrads gave
                                                                                                                                             offerings to the church. The other planned activities of
                                                                 -Ninang Anette
                                                                                                                                             the organizations are the following:                     Any member of the UPVL
   IDOL KEVIN LATIZA! THANK YOU!                                                                                                                                                                                   may contribute their
                                                                                                                                                 Community Service for the Autism Resources Center
                                                                           Get well soon Sis Vivian Daracan!                                                                                        works or articles in this
   -PubCom                                                                                                                                       which will be held at Freedom Park, UPLB, on Sep-
                                                                                                                                                 tember 5, 2011                                     newsletter. The editors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   have the right to edit
   Batch UNITY, belated happy anniversary!                                                                                                      Purple-Minded Ka Ba? The Transformation which their contributions.
   - Law
                                                               BOSS Aida Lapis, binabati
                                                                                                                                                 will be held at IBS CPCLH, UPLB, on September 7,
                                                               kita!                                                                             2011
                                                               -Kevin Latiza
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  EXECUTIVE              Ma. Verlina Tonga                       ALUMNI SECTION
 COMMITTEE                 Grand Varron
                         Jeannette Avellano
  2011-2012                                             “The guys who fear becoming fathers don't understand that fathering is not something
                         Vice Grand Varron
                                                        perfect men do, but something that perfects the man. The end product of child raising
                                                        is not the child but the parent.” ~Frank Pittman, Man Enough
                       Vanessa Anette Valdez
  Varron Star              Varron Scribe
 Editorial Staff        Vanessa Eunice Reyes
                    Varron Guardian of ’d Coffers
                                                                Vrod Ephrem Gabriel (EG) Cortes
Lawrence Namuco
                         Lawrence Namuco
                                                                   UPVL Batch ’79 “Multitude”

 PubCom Head
                         Varron Chronicler
                      Randelle Ralph Canicosa                                and to his daughter

                      Varron Charge d’ Affairs
 Julie Ann Aloria

  News Editor
                                                                   Beatriz Anne (Bea) J. Cortes
                     Gema Sharmaine Aguinaldo                 Batch 2007, College of Forestry and
                         Varron Examiner
  Contributors                                                           Natural Resources
                       Ralph Vernoulli Ramos
  Flore Torres                                                             Miss Forestry 2007
                       Rules Committee Head
 Verlina Tonga                                           Class Valedictorian, B.S. Forestry Graduating Class 2011
Remy Villanueva                                               Top 4, Forestry Licensure Examinations 2011
                      Ma. Remedios Villanueva
                       Sports Committee OIC
                           Shervin Pascual
  Kevin Latiza                                                                   We are very proud of you, Vrod EG and Bea!
                        Arts Committee OIC
   Mae Llanza                                                                                Sis Che Aquino, Aggie Chapter Batch ‘83
                                                                                      Sis Melissa Bengullo-Morales, Aggie Chapter Batch ‘81
Bonifacio Pasion
                       Persie Guevarra-Tubig
                                                                                          Vrod Victor Bengullo, Aggie Chapter Batch ‘82
                           Junior Adviser
                                                                                            Sis Cres Comia, Forestry Chapter Batch ‘81
                           Roberto Visco                                                     Sis Tina Urag, Forestry Chapter Batch ‘81
                           Senior Adviser                                                          And the entire Varrons Family
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                PAANO KO BIBILANGIN ANG MGA TALA?                                                    Mensahe ng Grand Varron
                Written by Melissa “Lisa” Bengullo-Morales (Batch ’82)

                           Published in Tudla on May 14, 2011
                                                                                                                   Simula noong pormal na ilipat mula sa nakaraang termino ang
                                                                                                         responsibilidad sa pangangalaga at pagpapayabong ng ating organisas-
                        A Poem Dedicated to Vrod Emer Jacinto                                            yon, ako bilang Grand Varron, kasama ang aking mga tagapamahala ng
                                                                                                         bawat komite, ay puspusang nagplano at naghanda para sa mga akti-
      Paano ko bibilangin ang mga tala                  Paano ko bibilangin ang mga tala                 bidades ng ating organisasyon. Sa unang bahagi ay matagumpay na nai-
                                                                                                         daos ang ating “Alumni Homecoming 2011”, bagaman hindi ganoon
   Kung may kulimlim sa dapat pinagpala             Bagama’t matibay ang dugtong ni Bathala              kadami ang dumalo ay hindi naging hadlang ito upang maging masaya at
                                                                                                         makabuluhan ang nasabing aktibidad.
     Ano ang kahihinatnan ng mga ulap                       Saan na nga ba paparito
                                                                                                                   Sa pagpasok ng unang semestre ay humarap sa isang malaking
Kung sakaling sa gabi, ay wala na ang busilak       Kung hindi pa lumilipad ang mga alipato              hamon ang organisasyon lalo na ang “executive committee” sapagkat (3)
                                                                                                         tatlo sa mga tagapamahalang pang komite ang hindi na naipagpatuloy
                                                                                                         ang kanilang tungkulin. Isang malaking pagsubok ang pinagdaanan ng
                                                                                                         organisyon noong nakaraang “FFIBC (Forestry Freshmen Inter-Bloc
 Umaalimpuyo ang ningning at liwanag ng                 Paano ko bibilangin ang mga tala                 Competition)”. Ang pagsubok na ito naging hadlang upang bigyan ng
               buwan                                                                                     serbisyo ang mga “Freshmen” at ipamalas ang talento ng Varrons. Ang
                                                    Kung ang bawat minuto ay ginagambala                 pagsubok na ito ay bukas palad naming tinanggap at sa halip ay ginawa
Nguni’t pilit na kinukubli ng dilim ng kalangi-                                                          naming inspirasyon. Sa pagtatapos ay naging matagumpay, maayos at
                                                       Di ko nanaisin maging halimbawa
                      tan                                                                                maganda ang nasabing aktibidad na tunay namang maipagmamalaki .
                                                       Bilangin man o hindi ang mga tala
Ano ang sasapitin ng timyas ng kaligayahan                                                                          Noong nakaraang ika-12 ng Agosto ay 6 (anim) na bagong
                                                                                                         miyembro ang napabilang sa ating organisasyon. Ikinasisiya ko pong
Kung ang pangarap na ninanais, ay di na ma-                                                              ihayag sa inyo na ang undergrads. ay binubuo ng 41 miyembro, 18 na
                sisilayan                            Lumingap at magising na may isang tala              lalaki at 23 na babae. Bagaman hindi maiiwasang may ilang “naliligaw
                                                                                                         ang landas” ay nsa 75% pa rin ang masasabing aktibo. Ang bahagdang ito
                                                      Bawat isang nakaalala ay nagsasalita               ay lalong nakapagbibigay sa akin ng lakas at tibay ng loob na harapin pa
                                                                                                         ang mga susunod na hamon upang makamit ang makataong pamumu-
      Paano ko bibilangin ang mga tala             Kaya pa bang bilangin kasama na ang isang             hay.
 Kung patuloy ang paghampas ng tanikala                                                                            Sa susunod na taon ay atin nang ipagdiriwang ang ating ika-50
                                                  Patuloy na sasambitin, minsan ay may napala.           taon na pagkakatatag. Isa itong malaking hamon para sa bawat isa na
Kadilimang bumabalot, ayaw ko nang imukat                                                                lalo pang pagbutihin, palakasin, at patuloy na kamitin ang “tala”; ang
                                                                                                         makataong pamumuhay.
 Mga mata ko’t katawan pilit na nagsisikap
                                                       Sa tuwi-tuwina’y aking sasambitin                            Muli’t muli ay lubos kong ipinagpapasalamat ang patuloy na
                                                                                                         suporta ng bawat alumni, mapapinansya, moral at emosyonal. Akin ding
                                                         Basta ang isipin, darating din,                 ipinagpapasalamat ang mga kritiko na inyong isinasangguni. Ang inyong
     Meron pa ba talagang masisilayan
                                                                                                         mga payo ay lubos ko pong binibigyan ng halaga dahil alam ko pong ito
                                                       Bilangin man o hindi ang mga tala                 ay para sa ikabubuti ng ating organisyon.
     Sa gabing nakahimlay ang kariktan
                                                       Hahantong ang lahat kay Bathala!                            Kudos UP Varrons Ltd!
    Alingawngaw ng himig sa kadakilaan
                                                                                                                   Ad Astra Per Aspera! MVETonga
      Ano kaya ang sasapitin ng isipan
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UNDERGRADS SECTION                                                                                         ALUMNI SECTION

             FFIBC: 33 Years of Existence                                                             BUHAY NATIN - Musika para sa KALIKASAN
                                                                                                               (composed, arranged and sung by Ryan BOTER Paradero)
          The freshmen of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources                                                                       I
were warmly welcomed by the UP Varrons Ltd. through the 33rd Forestry
                                                                                                                                  dumidilim na ang langit
Freshmen Inter-Bloc Competition.
                                                                                                                                    kasawian papalapit
            Here are the list of activities that were prepared by the undergrads                                               pagkalunod wag mong hayaan
for the freshmen students:                                                                                                    umiwas ka sa ilog ng kamatayan

       Talents Galore & Acquaintance Party                                                                                                    II
          The Talents Galore and the Acquaintance Party are two of the events of the UP                                            nauubos na kagubatan
VARRRONS LTD. as part of the celebration of the 33rd Forestry Freshmen Inter-Bloc Competi-                                      patuloy ba natin pababayaan
tion. They were both held on the 12th day of July 2011 at Java Avenue, Los Banos, Laguna. The
                                                                                                                                      kung di ka kikilos
Talents Galore is where each bloc showed their talents and skills to compete with other blocs.
Some sang while playing a guitar, some showed their excellent dance moves, while the others                                           kung di maaawa
showed that they are good actors and actresses as well as good singers and dancers by per-                                             ang buhay mo
forming a musical play. Each and every freshman proved that they have unique talents. After                                         malalagay sa peligro
the talent competition, the venue went bizarre when the colorful lights and loud sounds were
turned on. Java Avenue became a place of pleasurable party for every freshman largely due
to the perfect music and the presence of disco lights during the event. Happiness was evi-
                                                                                                                                kalikasan at buhay nino man
dent on the faces of the freshmen students as non-stop dancing and party-rocking took over
the dance floor. Through these events Forestry freshmen students were given a chance to                                                 ay magkaugnay
show their talents and experience an important part of college life that for sure they will                                           panghabambuhay
treasure for years to come. JAAloria                                                                                                wag nating abusuhin
                                                                                                                                      likas yaman natin
                                        Amazing Race                                                                              dahil ito ay buhay natin
           The Amazing Race is another activity that was a part of the celebration of 33 rd For-
estry Freshmen Inter-Bloc Competition 2011. It was held on the 13th day of July at the College                                                III
of Forestry and Natural Resources campus. The event aimed to develop the cooperation and
                                                                                                                                 kaibigan, tayo'y kumilos na
teamwork of each freshmen bloc and challenge them not only physically but also mentally. A
lot of exciting challenges and questions that included trivial stuff and other information they                                kapaligiran, ating pangalagaan
should already know as CFNR students were prepared by the undergrads. The program                                                       imulat ang isip
started with a prayer and an oath-taking ceremony that assured the presence of sportsman-                                             bigyan ng pag-asa
ship during the event. There were four groups who joined in the activity, each group consist-                                           magkaisa tayo
ing of five members. The groups faced different obstacles and surprises in every station. They
                                                                                                                                  para sa darating na bukas
experienced eating something yucky, they also played Pinoy Henyo in a funny way. The par-
ticipants run as fast as they could just to go to other stations which showed their determina-
tion in winning the event. They all gave their best in finishing the race. The freshmen students
absolutely had lots of fun during the activity. JAAloria                                                   Vrod Ryan finished his BS Forestry degree in UP Los Banos. He is currently a
                                                                                                   Financial Service Representative in E*Trade Financial.
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       ALUMNI SECTION                                                                                UNDERGRADS SECTION
           Kinatha ni Emerson “Emer” Jacinto (ESQ ’80) Septiembre 7, 2009                                          FFIBC: 33 Years of Existence
                             Published in Tudla on May 13, 2011
                                                                                                                                        FFIBC Pageant Night
          Matagal siyang nalumbay,                   Parehong umibig na maging masaya,

        Naghihintay na may umagapay,                Dumating ang panahon hindi pala sila,

          Matapos ang walong taon,                 Sa kanilang damdamin iisa lang ang hiling,

        Nabigyan din ng pagkakataon.               Sa bandang huli sila rin ang magkapiling.

       Masaya nguni’t may pagseselos,            Tadhana’y nagguhit sa dalawang magkapisan,

     Subalit pagmamahal nya’y ibinuhos,                Sa puso ng isa na di nais lumisan.
                                                                                                              The FFIBC Pageant Night was the grand finale event of the 33rd FFIBC. It was held
         Sa kapatid na malaking bulas,             Tadhana’y pinaglayo sa galaw ng buhay,
                                                                                                     on the 15th of July 2011 at the CFNR Auditorium. CFNR Freshmen students filled the halls of
     Kahit sa pagkakarga’y halos madulas.            Magkadaop pusod sa tunay na kulay.              the CNFR Auditorium as they witnessed their candidates gear it out for the FFIBC glory. The
                                                                                                     event was hosted by Vrod Earl Lerio of 91.5 Big Radio and Tony Rose Consignado. Beautiful
                                                                                                     and handsome freshmen students duked it out on the stage with some serious dance moves,
                                                                                                     witty question-answering, and costume modeling. The event did not disappoint the people
        Modelo si Kuya sa isip at gawa,                  Ganito ako sa iyong paglisan,
                                                                                                     who were there for it was truly a fun and exciting event. LSNamuco
     Kahit ang paslit ay mukhang kawawa,          Di man lang nasulyapan ang aking kasuotan,

                                                                                                                    Green Becomes Purple
      Hindi alintala kahit siya’y iniwanan,                 Luhay ko’y pumapatak,

     Basta kapiling si Kuyang makatwiran.                 Sa dibdib mo ay tumatatak.

Magkatabi’t magkayakap na tulog sa magdamag,          Kahit wala ka na sa aking paningin,

        Kahit sa paggising di agad agad,            Alaala mo sa diwa ko’y nagniningning.

     Nagbubuskahan kung ano ang dapat              Magkalayo man sa edad at pinagdaanan,
                                                                                                                 During the last two years of the UPVL Aggie Chapter's anniversary celebration, Green-Minded
    Sa bandang huli sila pala’y magkatulad.         Parehas ang mga diwang hinahalaman.              Ka Ba? A Gender & Sexuality Contest was the flagship activity of the organization in the lower campus.
                                                                                                     This year marks a big shift in relation to the event. On September 7 2011, the former Green-Minded Ka
                                                                                                     Ba? Quiz Contest will be launched as Purple-Minded Ka Ba: The Transformation. Purple, being the color of
    Nagsikap mag-aral kahit na magkalayo,               Kapatid sa isip, gawi at pag-ibig,           gender and sexuality, will now be the main color of the event. As with last year's event, the questions of
                                                                                                     the quiz contest will be coming from the topics taught from SOSC 3 (Exploring Gender and Sexuality) and
       Dahil pangarap dun din tutungo,                 Di malilimot yakap mong pakabig,
                                                                                                     HUME 10 (Sexuality in Adolescence). A huge wave of participants are expected to dominate the walls of
   Minsan lang magkita, halos mag iwasan,            Magkaibang sadya ang mga nagawa,                the Institute of Biological Sciences Crop Protection Cluster Lecture Hall in the day of the event. The facili-
                                                                                                     tation of the event is headed by the Education Commitee's head, Sharmaine Aguinaldo, along with her
 Pagkataon pala’y sila rin pala ang magkasama.          Magkapatid tayo sa iisang diwa.
                                                                                                     members, Christian Dionisio, and Kara Tumlos. LSNamuco
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              UPLB Varsity Abolition                                                                           A Section for Vrod “Emer” Jacinto
                                                                                                                         Vrod Emer Jacinto
                                                                                                                                                                                Like to share with you, he’s really loyal,
                                                                                                                      by More Santander (NAME ‘93)
                                                                                                                                                                             Loving, caring, true and principled individual
                                                                                                                  Each one of us has a purpose in life (7:15 P.M.)
                                                                                                                                                                                All I can say is he has such a magic aura
                                                                                                                       Most of us have an ultimate dream
                                                                                                                                                                               “Champion ng masa at di kilabot sa chic”
                                                                                                                        Each of us has its own path to take
                                                                                                                                                                            Aware that he had to do for our country, and a
                                                                                                                     Reminding us that reaching our own star
            Varsity Abolition is the hottest issue in the UPLB Campus. Last August 3, 2011, the UPLB com-                                                                      Resourceful man devoted to assist farmer
                                                                                                                       Sometimes may be full of challenges
munity was shocked when Chancellor Rey Luis Velasco released a position paper stating the abolishment                                                                        Losing most of the time even his own capital
of varsity teams in the campus. Moreover, the Chancellor did not state definite and logical reasons for            Only we can decide where to go, what to do
implementing the UPLB Varsity Teams Abolition Policy. In addition, there were no consultation with the                                                                           Only to serve the people is enough to
                                                                                                                       No matter what it takes even in pain
Sports and Recreational Committee headed by Sir Sonny Camacho and other stakeholders involved. Be-                                                                              Satisfy his passion – to help our farmers
cause of this policy, the UPLB campus became ONE to oppose the unreasonable and illogical abolition of
the varsity teams.
                                                                                                                   Dear Vrod Emer showed us through his deed
            Last August 12, 2011, the iskolars ng bayan gathered and participated in the propaganda ac-                                                                      Just to make sure we’ll always remember “j”
                                                                                                                   All the ways he knew how to get to nirvana
tion held at the Humanities building. The activity was headed by the University Student Council in collabo-                                                                An Emer Jacinto showed us that all of us have a
ration with Sakbayan and university’s varsity teams. After gathering and collecting signatures, the iskolars        Various approaches to extend sincere luv
ng bayan marched to the Office of the Chancellor to present the counter position paper. Representatives                                                                      Chance to love, share, and serve... that big C
                                                                                                                   In everything he did, he reviled the word “i”
from the USC, Sakbayan and UP Ravens were the ones who presented the counter position paper. They                                                                           Is all we need to do it...real CARE for you and I
were prohibited to enter the main library. However, the iskolars ng bayan waited until the administration      Determined that teamwork and unity must be upheld
                                                                                                                                                                         Not only Vrod Emer would be happy to see it happen
allowed one representative, USC Chairperson Pura Beatriz Valle, to present the position paper and to
request for a dialogue.                                                                                                                                                    The life of Vrod Emer is a life of service at its best
                                                                                                                   Vrod Emer stood firm with faith and believ’
            Due to the persistence of the iskolars ng bayan, Chancellor Rey Luis Velasco offered to have a                                                             On this moment, he is challenging us to act and do! (8:16
dialogue that afternoon or on September 5. The iskolars ng bayan willingly agreed to have the dialogue in              In achieving a humane society, and i                                     P.M.)
that afternoon. Ten students were allowed to enter inside the building for the dialogue. It was a success
to have the dialogue with Chancellor Rey Luis Velasco but it was not a satisfying “democratic” one be-                                          Haiku for Emer
cause only ten students were allowed to participate in the dialogue and certain limitations were imposed
                                                                                                                                        by Loida Mance (Jeffrox ’77)       Searching for answers
during the sharing of insights. Apparently, it is not advantageous enough to mine the illogical implemen-
tation of the policy.                                                                                                                                                     holding on to memories
          After the dialogue, the Chancellor required the different councils, organizations and varsity                                      Whispering like wind            of a friend who left
teams to pass position papers regarding the abolition policy.
                                                                                                                                            in a quiet noon of May
           UPLB varsity teams must not be eliminated. They are the ones who instigate the commitment
of students to sports and they stand for the university outside the campus. If only the varsity teams                                        as your last goodbye           Ponder not but seek
would be supported both financially and morally, there would be an immense chance of winning.                                                                           to rejoice that he who rest
           The university can solely support and promote quality education and competent activity                                           No one knew but Him             is in peace with Him
through the assertion of higher state education subsidy. MRVillanueva
                                                                                                                                          as you waved and turned
                                                                                                                                           away to a place untold
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                                                   CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES &
                                                             NEW FORESTERS!

                                      Roven Tumaneng     Leo Holongbayan         Albert Ulac          Jason Belen
                                           TOP 5

                                         Virna Langit      Mila Pasion          Annie Lopez         Tony Consignado

                                                                                               Certificate In Forestry
                    Photos by:
                                                          Dennis Pulan
                                                                                                   Julie Ann Aloria
                 Christian Kevin
                      Latiza                                                                      Jeannette Avellano

                 Philanthropists                                                                   Shervin Pascual
                                                                         BS Forestry
                       ‘05                                                                        Marie Vel Gaerlan
                                                                    Roy Alvin Escultor
                                                                                                    Divina Gomez
                                                                PhD (General Botany)
                                                                                                   Rudolph Revilla
                                                                     Amalia Almazol
                                       Mary Joy Buitre                                            Mary Ruth Salazar
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UNDERGRADS SECTION                                                                                                        ALUMNI SECTION

             A Batch Leader’s Message                                                                                          A Former GV’s Passion
                                                            I am Flore Jean, a classic type as others
                                                may say. I was chosen to be the leader of my batch.
                                                Krisha the brainy, Tin the joker, Rox the explorer,
                                                Khin the sossy, and Angela the serious-type are my
                                                batchmates. We are all from the same college, the
                                                College of Forestry and Natural Resources and we
                                                are all Certificate of Forestry students. Although we
                                                have a lot in common, we also have big differences
                                                such as different likes, dislikes, life beliefs and atti-
                                                tudes. In spite of our differences I knew that we
                                                were destined to stick together and trust each other
                                                as a batch.

            As a “Barkada” we decided to join and become part of the organization UP VARRONS
LTD. At first, we were concerned of what could happen to us because no one among us knows
what the application process has to offer. But we still followed our heartbeats, and continued with
the process just like what other students do when they want to join an organization.                                      As we grow older, we develop different passions for different things. For Christian Kevin Latiza,
                                                                                                                the Grand Varron of the organization from 2007 to 2008, it was photography that he was destined with.
            During the process we attended the organization's activities so that we could help them
(Amazing Race & FFIBC) even though we are not yet a part of the group. The process took 3 weeks.                            He served the organization well during his stay in the university. The organization experienced
Undergoing lectures and reports helped us a lot. They told us that we need to plan for a fund-
                                                                                                                one of its best years during his term as a Grand Varron. He ultimately left a legacy to the undergraduate
raising activity (FRA) but unfortunately we did not come up with one. Because of this, some of the
members got disappointed not only because of lack of a FRA but also because of our attitudes. We                members he has mingled with during his stay in the university.
mentally prepared ourselves of what could happen during the final rites because of what we
                                                                                                                             According to him, the first major purchase he did with his hard-earned money was his Nikon
showed to them early in the process.
                                                                                                                D3100, an SLR type of camera which is very capable of taking professional-quality photos. "Gusto ko ta-
             It was late in the evening when the finals started. We underwent our presentation,                 lagang maging photographer, since high school.", he once uttered during one of my encounters with him.
second challenging lecture and lastly the Finals proper. Some of the member encouraged us during                For him, it is very fulfilling to capture special moments through photography. To have a great collection of
the finals. I enjoyed the night and I know my batch mates did enjoy too. The best part of the night             photos is one of his life goals. He brings his camera with him during the different events of the organiza-
for was when the members sang “Impossible Dream.”
                                                                                                                tion. And, during his free time, you can usually find him in the university grounds, taking pictures of ran-
            Joining an organization is not a joke. It is really on us to help each and every one of us to       dom stuff or you can spot him in the streets of Quezon City, practicing his craft. His favorite subjects are
be a good leader and a good member as well. As a part of the newest batch of the organization I                 trees, plants, insects, animals, and any other moving objects.
will here to give my best and do well in all of the activities.
                                                                                                                           Christian Kevin Latiza is a former Grand Varron of the UP Varrons Ltd. He served as the Grand
          “Masaya ang naging experience ng Batch Bubblegum sa samahang UP VARRONS LTD.                          Varron during the '07-'08 term. He also served as the Sports Committee Head during the '06-'07 term. He
At alam kong sa mga susunod pang panahon ay mas makikilala namin ang organisasyong ito at                       was an awardee of the UPLB Alumni Association Leadership Award, was the Head Camper of the 2009-
maging ang mga natatanging miyembro. Maraming salamat UP VARRONS LTD. dahil kayo ang                            2010 UPLB ECOCAMP, and was a USC Councilor during the 2008-2009 term. His first work outside the
magiging daan at makakatulong sa amin upang maging mas kapaki-pakinabang sa lahat ng ba-                        university was being a research assistant in the Center for Environmental Law and Policy Advocacy Inc. for
                                                                                                                three months. He currently works for Mine and Geosciences Bureau as its Senior Environmental Manage-
           AD ASTRA PER ASPERA! FJTorres                                                                        ment Specialist. LSNamuco
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                                                                                    FOOD FEST and FOOD DRIVE: A FinCom Project
               AIDA BAJA-LAPIS:                                                                 Cheese Stick. Kikiam. Fish Ball. Squid Ball. Chicken Ball. Mouth-watering street foods, aren't
                                                                                    they? Well, these are some of the types of foods you could get a look at when you're near with an official
                        A VARRONETTE                                                Food Fest stall of the UP Varrons Ltd. The Finance Committee, headed by Vannesa Eunice "Vhanne" Reyes
                                                                                    held its 4th official Food Fest on August 20, 2011 in front of the Forest Biological Sciences building of the

                       TO BE PROUD OF                                               College of Forestry and Natural Resources cluster. The aim of the Food Fest was to generate money for the
                                                                                    upcoming activities of the organization. It was really endearing to see that the FinCom is putting their all-
                   One page is not enough for the numerous important ac-            out effort to do their part in the organization. Aside from the Food Fest, the FinCom also has a side project
      complishments and great works of our sister, Dr. Aida Baja-Lapis. She         called Food Drive. Every week they distribute consumable goods to members which the members are
       will serve as the honorary speaker for 2011 Aggie Induction Ball as a        required to sell before a given deadline. Money produced from these projects are then distributed to the
      part of the celebration of the 49th Anniversary of the UP Varrons Ltd.        different committees of the organization for future projects.
                                  Aggie Chapter.
                                                                                              The other members of the FinCom are Lester Embile, Khay Ann Fernandez, Marie Gaerlan, and
                  Dr. Aida Baja-Lapis is currently the OIC Division Chief of the    Gardie Canilan.
      Grassland and Degraded Areas Ecosystems Research Division of the
                                                                                               Here are some of the pictures taken during one of the FinCom's Food Fest days:
      Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB). She finished
      her bachelor’s degree in Forestry in 1971 majoring in Wood Sciences
      and Technology in the University of the Philippines Los Banos. In 1982,
      she finished her master’s degree in Forestry majoring in Forest Bio-
      logical Sciences & Plant Taxonomy also in UPLB. She continued study-
      ing and received her PhD majoring in Forest Biological Sciences &
      Forest Ecology and Silvics in the year 1999.

                 Our dearest sister has been a pioneer in the field of forest
      production, specifically in the taxonomy of rattan, the ecology of the
      forest, and silvics for the last 30 years. She has also a lot of experience
      in conceiving and implementing seminars, trainings, and workshops
      on land rehabilitation, seed technology, plantation development,                                                                                  Who wants kikiam?
      management of seed production areas, and dissemination of execu-
      tive orders on biodiversity conservation. She’s long been an advocate
      of forest preservation as she’s been serving as a lecturer in various
      seminars about subject matters like the plantation development of
      rattans, vegetation analysis, and plant taxonomy. In addition, she has
      also formulated and coordinated short training courses on plant col-
      lections and herbarium techniques, seed production area selection
      and workshops on biodiversity conservation.

                  With her countless contributions to the scholastic realm,
      Dr. Aida-Baja Lapis is truly one of UPVL’s greats. She’s definitely a           The beautiful FinCom Head, Vhanne Reyes,
      sister to be proud of. LSNamuco                                                            preparing the food.                                   How about fish balls?

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        SILID ARALAN                                                                                                                           Behind the Batch Name
    Di mapakali ang mga mata
                                                                                                                                               Wondering what’s the meaning of your vrod’s/sis’s batch name? Well, wonder no more. For we
  Wala ng pakialam sa mga paksa
                                                                                                                                  got it all for you. The Publicity Committee collected some information regarding the batch names of re-
Ang masilayan ka ay ang aking droga                                                                                               cent batches of the organization. These are what the PubCom has come up:
   Pinipilit pumasok kada umaga
                                                                                                                                            Bubble Gum ‘11

   Araw-araw kang inaabangan                                                                                                                             “Pinili namin ang Bubble Gum dahil colorful ito. Tapos may uniqueness din. Higit sa
          Sa silid-aralan
                                                                                                                                                         lahat na-isstretch, flexible. Super sticky din. Parang kami, laging magkakadikit.”

      Uupo sa aking pwesto                                                                                                                  Tenacious ‘10
     At titingnan ka sa malayo
                                                                                                                                                         “Tenacious kasi we are very determined to join the organization during our appli
  Hanggang ganito na lang ba ako
                                                                                                                                                         cation days. We did not give up easily.”
  Hanggang dito na lang ba tayo?
                                                                                                                                            Geese ‘10

          Tuwing labasan                                                                                                                                 “We flock together!”
                                                           Photos by:
        Mata'y nahihirapan                                                                                                                  Nips ‘09
          Humabol sa'yo                                Lorie Alborida
                                                                                                                                                         “Nips kasi colorful. Tapos well-rounded, iba-iba ang kulay pero nagkakapareho at
      Kung saan ka patungo
                                                            NIPS’ O9                                                                                     nagkakaisa sa isang goal. Yung iba-ibang kulay, sinisimbolo yung different charac
                                                                                                                                                         teristics ng bawat isa.”
      Natatakot kang lapitan
                                                                                                                                            Unity ‘09
      Takot at kaba'y kalaban

    Kelan kaya sa'yo ipapaalam                                                                                                                           “English ng pagiging isa ang unity diba? Ginawa naming English para cool. \m/”
        Siguro saka na lang
                                                                                                                                            Spring ‘09
                                                      SAAN?                        Kalidad ng pamumuhay paano makakamit?
                    -Fruity Coco
                                                                                    Nagbabayad ng buwis pero walang serbi-                               “Symbolizes us being well-rounded and flexible. ”
                                       Programa ng gobyerno nakakatulong ba?
                                                                                                syong kapalit
                                      Dapat nagseserbisyo sa bayan at nagtatang-                                                            NaCl ‘08
                                                  gal ng pangamba                  Karapatan na ipinaglalaban ay pinipigilan at
                                                                                              sukdulang ginigipit                                        “Meron kaming highly-strong bonding (ionic bond) tsaka we give taste to the org.”
                                       Kawalan ng hanapbuhay ay mas nagpapa-
                                                                                     Kaya tayo'y magkaisa tungo sa kaunlaran
                                                hirap sa mga maralita                                                                       Stargazers ‘08
                                       Kawalan ng tubig at elektrisidad dulot ay       Kaunlaran ng bayan at mamamayan
                                                                                                                                                         “Composed kami ng talented and gorgeous sisses and a handsome vrod.”
                                                                                   Sa ating pagsasama- sama, ito'y makakamtan
                                                                                                                                            Jam ‘07 B
                                                                                                           MRVillanueva                                  “Join And Move. John. Adrian. Anette. Alfie. Maida. Mila. Manilyn. JAM.”


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