“Love the Org”; were the words that have pushed me to join the UP Phytopathological Society (UPPS). These are the words that somehow gave me inspiration to be part of the organization. The same words mold me into what I am now, a proud UPPS member. A cliché every member of an organization should remember.
But to establish a commitment towards an entity composed of different personas is difficult. You have to be part of that entity and understand every character within it. Although the organization is composed of different people having different walks of life, one can fit right into the crowd and eventually call it family. Let’s have a glance of the people that make the UPPS a family, a home for aspiring plant pathologists in the rollercoaster ride of elbi life.
First, let us meet the heads of the society and the backbones of every activity it conducts. On top of the list is a man of few words, the humble and responsible, Mark Edward Fabreag. He is the current president of the UPPS and the Vice President, Carlito “Carl” Landicho. Together they work hand in hand to make every activity a success and worthwhile for all. Both are from Batch Cilia and are specializing in virology and phytobacteriology respectively. Happy Carl is also the head of the membership committee, and the lover of Almabelle “Belle” Dorado, also specializing in phytobacteriology. The fine lass Belle is also the Secretary of the society and an image of a typical “dalagang Filipina”. Belle joined the society as Batch IPM together with Suzette and Loui. Suzette Magdalene Arcibal, treasuer and head of the finance committee of UPPS, is also a “dalagang Filipina” with a twist. She is a gorgeous woman specializing in _______ and is happily taken by Tom. Although most of the members hide from her because she collects payments for dues and other fees for the society, her charms will surely make you reach for your pockets and pay. Next stop is the Auditor, Gianne Kris Barile from Batch Agar and specializes in the field of Mycology. She is someone who has almost everything: from a variety of software collection to the latest music and movies. One thing I can commend her for is her ability to keep her feet always on the ground. Another persona from IPM is the head of the Education committee, Loui Andrew Cartago and is specializing in the field of Virology. Loui is someone who despite the problems he is facing wears a happy and smiling face whenever you meet him. Another character is a woman equipped with a thousand smiles. Jhoana Grace “Jhuan” Bendal is head of the External Committee and is a proud Synergos. She is someone who sees good things in everything. Completing the list is also specializing in Mycology and also a proud Synergos, David “Dave” Cristobal, head of the Publication Committee. A man every woman would love to stare at. These people made UPPS the society that they are today. These people are the frontlines in battling the problems the whole organization is facing. These people compose the Executive Committee.
A popular quotation would tell us that “Behind the Success of a Man is a Woman”. Applying this to the structure of the society, let us have a glimpse of the members of the society starting from the well established UPPS member to the budding leaves of the society. The former president, also known as “La Presidente”, Eula Gems Oreiro is a woman worthy to be called as an experienced member of the society. A Trichoderma reigning from the south is ready to move on to another chapter of her life. And who would not recognize the woman with a loudspeaker and lady with the papery white skin; Karen Joy Briñas and Marianne Muros hail from Batch Microscope. These females have their own respective versions of being a woman. Next on the line are Kristine Erika “Kret” Decena and Vincent Glenn “Vince” Lasay. They are batchmates of Edward and Carl from Batch Cilia. A man and a woman who knows how to have fun despite the pressure the academic life puts on them. The Synergos, also party goers, Tom Dean Españo-Suzzette’s one and only, Jane Anne Limosnero-the environmental diplomat and the girl, Eric Dinglasan-the responsible man, together with Dave and Jhuan, this Batch’s unity is the best I have ever yet seen, a perfect example of stability in unity. But wait, Kristel Sayseng, the leader and member of Batch Probe proved that with faith and determination, one can accomplish anything. Her charms and talents have become her ticket to become a worthy UPPS member. Batch Agar composed of Gianne, Gladys Escobar and Kristal Lanceta are three responsible and dedicated members of the society. They are remembered for their popular performance of the “sinaing” but I’m quite sure they are just cooked right. Younger Batch Bacterial Colony: Nessa Joyce Dizon-the meek, Pia Loreno-the life saver being an active Red Cross volunteer, Ma. Victoria Martin-the humble and Sophia Irene Reynera-a woman with an A-ttitude, are making themselves worthy of the society as early as the first semester of A.Y. 08-09. The budding Batch Hyperplasia: _______________ are the newest additions to the family of young aspiring plant pathologists. With utmost humility I stand proud to introduce to you the people who have supported the Executive Committee in all their endeavors; the people who are the UPPS today and the people who are willing to contribute for the development of the field of Plant Pathology. These people are the people I call family.
Ms. Reianne Quilloy, our Junior Adviser and Dr. Rizaldo Bayot, our Senior Adviser: our guardians and have always supported the society in every activity there is. And there you have it, The University of the Philippines Phytopathological Society.
These are the people that made me “Love the Org” even more.