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The President’s Christmas Message

For this year’s Christmas Season, my UP greeting card has an unusual message – the gift of health that comes from Rice-Corn Blend. The 70:30 Blend of Rice & QPM (Quality Protein Maize) is a formulation of the Institute of Plant Breeding, University of the Philippines Los Baños.
By combining the superb taste of rice and the low glycemic index property of corn, the product can serve as a health-promoting staple in the Filipino diet.
It is slow-digesting: no sudden rise in blood sugar, best for building stamina, and great for the figure-conscious (no craving for snacks in between meals).
More importantly, the …

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Senen Escamos and UPLB’s Amazing Rice

Scientist Escamos while on fieldwork in Tublay, Benguet. (Photo courtesy of Senen Escamos)
Walking through rice paddies in a colorful wide-brimmed hat and folded up jeans, it would be difficult to miss Senen Escamos. The sureness of her step betrays her near-30 years of experience in the field. And gazing at the scene from afar, one can sense something of great importance being studied here. Something, perhaps, of great national benefit.
What could be missed from the attire, however, despite its appropriateness for the setting, is her stature as an award-winning scientist. Media from the developed world has created a curious stereotype …

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