The Makiling Botanic Gardens presents “Sainat” as the Plant of the Month for November 2017. Schefflera blancoi Merr. or commonly known as sainat and sometimes called as abkal or sagaba belongs to family Araliaceae. It is endemic to the Philippines, in the islands of Luzon and Mindanao. It is use as fish poison. Come and visit MBG and see for yourself the sainat.

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The Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG) and the Mariang Makiling Trail (MMT) are closed to all visitors on November 1, 2017 to observe the All Saints’ Day. The MBG and MMT will be open on November 2, 2017.

 

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On 24 October 2017, the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) conducted a livelihood training activity entitled:  Enhancement Training on Meat Processing at Household Levels in Barangay Limao, Calauan, Laguna. A total of 15 residents from Sitio Mahabang Parang of Bry. Limao participated the training. This is in partnership with the Philippine Geothermal Production Company Inc. (PGPC). The PGPC is actively providing services to its host communities as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR). They extended their CSR program into research projects in partnership with MCME-UPLB. The said project is part of the program entitled: An Indigenous Tree-Based Agroforestry Development Program in Mount Bulalo.

Dr. Roberto G. Visco, Director and Dr. Rogelio T. Andrada II, Deputy Director of MCME graced the activity and personally awarded the meat processing equipment that the community can use to start their own livelihood. Dr. Oliver D. Abanto, Associate Professor and Dr. Nenita L. De Castro, University Extension Specialist (UES) III of the Institute of Animal Science (IAS) demonstrated to the participants the procedure of how to make tocino and burger patty.

The participants were able to produced a total of 21 packs of tocino (250grams/pack) and 87 pieces of hamburger patties. The tocino costs at Php 60.00 per pack while the hamburger patty costs at Php 15.00 per piece or Php 65.00 per pack. The income generated from the meat products will serve as the community revolving capital. The activity is part of the livelihood capacity building programs of the Center.

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After spending a whole day on meetings with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB), Dr. Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) visited the Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG).

 

 

Photo 1. Dr. Rogelio Andrada II, MCME Deputy director and Dr. Roberto Visco, MCME Director welcomes Dr. Cristiana Palmer, CBD Executive Secretary (left to right:)

 

 

Dr. Rogelio T. Andrada II, Deputy Director of the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) gave a brief orientation about the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve ASEAN Heritage Park  (MMFR AHP) and MBG. After which the group proceeded with the tour accompanied by Atty. Roberto Oliva, Director of ACB and other staff. The tour highlighted MCME’s main programs inside MBG related to biodiversity conservation.

One of the highlights of the tour is showing Dr. Palmer specimens of Medinilla magnifica, the Philippiines’ national plant symbols and the theme gardens of the MBG: Hardin ni Maria, Philippinensis row and the Zingiberales collection among others. After the brief tour the group of Dr. Palmer and Atty. Oliva proceeded to Tagaytay City for their other engagements.

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Last 12 October 2017, a dead snake was sighted in the Molawin Creek located inside the Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG). A group of students went to the Molawin Creek in MBG to conduct their laboratory exercise on Bio 150 under Dr. Daniel Edison M. Husana, when they saw a dead snake in the creek. The snake was identified as the Smooth-scaled Mountain Rat Snake or Ptyas luzonensis, an endemic to the Philippines. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Ptyas luzonensis is considered a threatened species. It is well-known in the islands of Negros, Catanduanes, Luzon, Panay and Polilio. It is usually found in the lowlands, between 250 and 1000 meters above sea level (masl).

Mr. Marvin Jay R. Sarmiento, an avid naturalist performed the taxidermy of the snake with the help of his wife Ms. Princes C. Sarmiento. The Smooth-scaled Mountain Rat Snake will join the animals featured in the Rainforest Biodiversity Diorama in the MBG lobby. The diorama shows the typical forest fauna and flora inside the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve ASEAN Heritage Park (MMFR AHP).

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Director Roberto G. Visco announced today, 18 October 2017, Wednesday that the Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG) is now OPEN to all visitors. Other point of interests (i.e. Flatrocks, Mudspring, Makiling Rainforest Park, Agila Base) along the Mount Makiling Trail (MMT) are also open to visitors. Dir. Visco ordered that beyond Agila Base is closed to all hikers except for UPLB researchers.

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