The Makiling Botanic Gardens presents “Malabuho” as the Plant of the Month of June. Its scientific name is Sterculia oblongata R.Br. that belongs to family Malvaceae. Malabuho is widely distributed in the Philippines and is categorized as “rare.” The seeds of malabuho can be eaten either raw or roasted.

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Grammatophylum multiflorum Lindley var. tigrinum Lindley commonly known as the “Looy-looy” is the Makiling Botanic Gardens’ Plant of the Month of May. It belongs to family Orchidaceae and can only be found in the Philippines specifically in the Provinces of Luzon, Catanduanes,  Palawan, Leyte,  and Samar.

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The Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) is now hiring and looking for the following:

  • One (1) Forest Technician I (SG 6, S-1) with Item No. UPSB-FORT1-12-1998
  • Two (2) Forest Technician II (SG 8, S-1) with the following Item Nos. UPSB-FORT2-8-1998 and UPSB-FORT2-14-1998

For inquiries you may contact Dr. Nathaniel C. Bantayan, Director of MCME at (049) 536-3572.

Applicants may refer to the attached file for more information and requirements needed.

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The Makiling Botanic Gardens presents “Palosanto” as the Plant of the Month of April. Its scientific name is Triplaris cumingiana Fisch. & Mey. that belongs to family Polygonaceae. Palosanto is also known as the “Ant Tree” or in some places it is called “Long John.” It is originally from Central America.




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Brownea grandiceps Jacq. popularly known as the “Rose of Venezuela” is the Makiling Botanic Gardens’ Plant of the Month of March. In the Philippines it is known as Brownea that belongs to family Fabaceae.

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The Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) is one of the corporate partners of the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) in the Tree Planting and Nurturing activity or the “Adopt A Forest” Project at the Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG). IPC adopted a 13-hectare forest area within the Dipterocarp Arboretum of the MBG. This area was taken care by IPC since 2010 when they celebrated their 13th anniversary. Since then, the company conducts yearly tree planting and nurturing activity in the adopted site.


Last 04 February 2017, IPC conducted their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Kick-off Activity in celebration of their 20th Anniversary at the Makiling Botanic Gardens. The celebration was participated by the Executives and employees of IPC together with MCME Director, Deputy-Director and staff. In total, about 100 individuals attended the Kick-off Activity.



ISUZU Executives and personnel headed by Pres. Hajime Koso with Dir Nathaniel Bantayan of MCME (holding the dipterocarp seedling). Photo taken by R.T. Andrada II


A short program was held at the MBG Pavilion where messages from IPC President Hajime Koso was heard, followed by the message expressing the IPC’s commitment to the environment by Mr. David Yandoc, Jr. the AVP for Administration.


Dr. Nathaniel C. Bantayan, Director of MCME and Park Manager of the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve ASEAN Heritage Park (MMFR AHP) delivered a wonderful message where he shared his own meaning of IPC, which is “Inspiration, Protection and Commitment”. Forester Roberto P. Cereno, Director of the Training Center for Tropical Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability (TREES) also gave a short background of the Isuzu “Adopt A Forest Project.” After all the messages, For. Leilani A. Castillo, Head of the Forest Watershed Division (FWD) of MCME gave brief demonstration on proper handling of seedling and transplanting.


The main highlight of the celebration is a Tree Planting activity conducted at the Dipterocarp arboretum. 100 dipterocarp species were prepared for planting. President Koso with Dir. Bantayan joined hands in planting one individual of Dipterocarp while other IPC executives and employees with their pair of gloves and trowel do the same.


The ISUZU 20th Anniversary Celebration was concluded with a boodle fight enjoined by all participants of the tree planting.


(V.O.Barredo-Parducho, A.A.Limpiada, R.T. AndradaII)

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