Summa Cum Laude Graduates

Throughout its years of existence, GeneSoc remarkably established a name in academic supremacy. Catering not only to the best, but also to the brightest, The UPLB Genetics Society is proud to be the home of six (6) out of 14 summa cum laude graduates of the UPLB Bachelor in Science in Biology Program which is hosted by the Institute of Biological Sciences. The latin honor, summa cum laude, is only given to members of the graduating class with a General Weighted Average (GWA) less than or equivalent to 1.20.


 1987        Noel T. Chua (F1)

    BS Biology - Microbiology


1992        Ma. Xenia U. Garcia-Ilagan (Chiasma)

    BS Biology - Genetics
    PhD, University of Missouri (2000)
    Research Faculty, Department of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology
    Research Faculty, Department of Developmental Biology
    Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
    Lecturer, Washington University School of Medicine

1992        Joseph C. Lim (Eugenics) († February 2010)

    BS Biology - Systematics
    Doctor of Medicine (1999), De La Salle Health Sciences Institute
    4th place, Physician Board Examinations
    University of Western Australia , Master of Laboratory Medicine
    First Filipino to win the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, 2004
    PhD Pharmacology (Neuropharmacology), Selwyn College, University of Cambridge
Post-Doctoral Scientist, Inositol Lipid Signaling Lab.University of Dundee,

1993        Mark Jesus M. Magbanua (Eugenics)
    BS Biology - Genetics
    MS, Kansas State University (1998)
    PhD Plant Biology, University of California - Davis (2004)
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of California - San Francisco

1996        Neilyn P. Ona-Villa (Polytenes)
    BS Biology - Genetics
    UP Presidential Scholar
    Master of Science in Genetics, UPLB (2001)
    Assistant Professor, Genetics and Molecular Biology Division
        Institute of Biological Sciences, UP Los Baños


 2007        Michael B. Gamalinda (Polygenes)

   BS Biology - Genetics
   UP Varrons Thesis Grant
   UP Presidential Scholar
   One of the Top Ten Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines (2006)
   One of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (2007)
   Researcher, International Rice Research Institute (2007-2009)
   PhD Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University (2014)

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 BPI-DOST Science Awardees

Organized in 1989 by the BPI Foundation, Inc., the corporate social responsibility arm of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the BPI-DOST Science Awards recognizes exceptional science and engineering students from partner-universities nationwide. These students excel in specialized fields of science such as mathematics, physics, engineering, chemistry, biology, and computer science. The awardees are recognized for their potential contributions to industry and nation-building, and are selected on the basis of their academic and research performance and nomination from the school. Each year, the award-giving body gathers three best entries from each its 10 partner universities, which includes UPLB.

1992        Ma. Xenia U. Garcia (Chiasma), Joseph C. Lim (Eugenics)

1993        Mark Jesus M. Magbanua (Eugenics)

1995        Tricia Mari-len Natural (Transgenics)

1996        Neilyn P. Ona (Polytenes), Jayson D. Rodriguez (Kinetochore)

1998        Teresita L. Tolentino (Isozymes)

2003        Robenzon E. Lorenzana (Synteny)

2007        Michael B. Gamalinda (Polygenes)

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 Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines

The search for the Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines is organized by the Order of the Knights of Rizal (OKOR), a civic and patriotic organization and the sole order of knighthood in the Philippines which was created to honor and uphold the ideals of Dr. Rizal. Chartered under Republic Act 646, OKOR is mandated to promote the teachings and values of the national hero, especially among the Filipino youth.

2006       Michael B. Gamalinda (Polygenes)

2016       Paul Jhon Diezon (Phagemids)

 Organizational Awards and Achievements


2018        UPLB Natatanging Organisasyon (UNO)

2017        National Finalist, 14th Search for Ten Accomplished Youth  Organizations
                (TAYO Awards - Health and Wellness Category)
                K4Health Community Youth Training Program

2016        K4Health Community Youth Training Program

2013        30th Founding Anniversary 
                Best CAS Student Organization
                Revival of the National Inter-Collegiate Genetics Quiz Contest

2012        Folic Acid Awareness Week

2009        First Luzon-wide Genetics Camp
                Formation of Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health-Philippines with
                GeneSoc as pioneer member organization and convenor
2008        Folic Acid Awareness Campaign
                First BIO 30 Week

2007        Hope Intervention Outreach Program

2006        First Genetics Camp

1998        First Inter-Collegiate Genetics Quiz Contest

1994        Formation of the Philippine Society for the Advance of Genetics  

1990        First National Genetics Symposium

1986        First Genetics Week

AY 2018-2019



AY 2017-2018



AY 2016-2017


Paul Jhon Diezon (Batch), magna cum laude
Morel Dominic Umipon (Batch), magna cum laude

3 cum laude graduates 
Mary Faith Adan (Batch)
Rochelle Sarmiento (Batch)
Heway Christian Serra (Batch)
  • One of the twenty national finalists, one of the four National Finalists (Health, Nutrition and Well-being Category) during the 14th search for Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO).
  • The K4Health (Kabataan for Health/Kabataang Kabalikat ng Komunidad para sa Kalusugan) Community Youth Training Program was launched at Nampicuan, Nueva Ecija. The activity led to the training of youth leaders of Nampicuan and the establishment of the first VYLH-Philippines Community-based chapter under a VYLH-LGU partnership. The program is a collaboration of GeneSoc, VYLH-Philippines, the LGU of Nampicuan, other partner organizations and sponsors.
  • Attendance to the NAST Science Legislative Forum on Folic Acid
  • GeneSoc hosted PalaCASan 2016

AY 2015-2016

  • MS. PALACAN 2015 Ms. Nadine Lutao, Riboswitch
  • CHAMPION Men’s Basketball
  • Men’s Basketball MVP Mr. Gian Vergara
  • CHAMPION Women’s Badminton Ms. Katrina Gambalan
  • 2nd Runner-up Women’s Basketball
  • Women’s Basketball Best Shooter Ms. Meg Benigno
  • 2nd and 3rd place 50 and 100 m sprint Mr. John Eric Balentoza

  • Attendance to NAST Roundtable Discussion on Folic Acid and NAST Annual Scientific Meeting, as youth representatives and conference ushers/volunteers, respectively. 

AY 2014-2015

  • The Plasmids (Band), Winner/1st Place, IBS Battle of the Acoustic Bands (32nd Founding Anniversary Celebration of the Institute of Biological Sciences)
  • Champion, PalaCASan Men's Basketball
  • Champion, PalaCASan Women's Badminton - Kat Gambalan, Trancriptome

  • With the goal of reaching out to all BIO 30 (Genetics) students and encouraging academic excellence, supplementary questions were posted in the Official Facebook Page of The UPLB Genetics Society. 
  • GeneSoc was invited by the NGO Fostering Education & Environment for Development (FEED) in planting seedlings in the Laguna-Quezon Land Grant at Siniloan, Laguna

AY 2013-2014

2013 Best CAS Student Organization (Awarded by the CAS Student Council)

Gelina Rose Bambalan, Haplotype, Magna cum laude (BS Biology)
            2013 Most Outstanding CAS Student

Roden Carlo Lizardo, Batch, Magna cum laude (BS Agriculture)

4 cum laude graduates 

Ma.Alexandria Dimaunahan, Batch 
Jean Reni de Guzman, Editosome 
Rene Amadore Jr., Emergenesis 
Maria Catalyn Malipol, Batch 

  • PalaCASan 2013 Friendliest Organization
  • Third Place Men's Basketball, PalaCASan 2013
  • Revival of the Intercollegiate Genetics Quiz Contest 
  • Mr. Roden Carlo Lizardo, Transcriptome, Participating Student Spreaker in the 13th International Student Summit in Food and Agriculture in the New Century. 
  • Ms. Nerissa Joyce Bea, HaplotypeOne of the Philippine Delegates to the JENESYS 2.0 Japan-ASEAN-Oceanian Student and Youth Exchange (JENESYS Cultural Exchange Program)
  • The Plasmids (Band), Winner/1st Place, IBS Battle of the Acoustic Bands (31st Founding Anniversary Celebration of the Institute of Biological Sciences)
  • Ms. Hanna Grace Apondar, HaplotypeOne of the Top 500 Finalists of the 2014 ABS-CBN Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs Songwriting Competition [Listen to Stay With You at Sound Cloud Account of The Plasmids]
  • One resident member, Gessa Ramos (Amplicons) and three alumni members, Rufus Adducul (Enhanceosomes), Ryan John Pascual (Regulon), and Francia Bartolata (Polygenes) together with Dr. Merlyn Mendioro, GeneSoc Senior Faculty Adviser and one of the founding advisers of VYLH-Philippines, were invited to be the participants and facilitators of the Third VYLH-Philippines National Leadership Congress last November 7-10, 2013. Dr. Mendioro and the three alumni members also participated in the International Conference on Birth Defects in the Developing World last November 10-13, 2013. Both events were held at Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu.

  • Ryan John Pascual (Regulon), First National President of VYLH-Philippines was invited to be one of the two youth speakers during the International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World. His presentation was entitled "Mobilizing and Empowering the Youth for Health: The VYLH-Philippines experience". His counterpart in representing the youth, Mr. Aron Zhang from Peking University in China.

AY 2012-2013

Cyrene Estrellana, Batch Name, cum laude


  • PalaCASan 2012 Friendliest Organization
  • Best Parol, Parolan 2012
  • Ms. Kyla Magno, Iterons; Mutya ng Parolan 2012
  • First Folic Acid Awareness Week
  • PLASMIDS, the GeneSoc band, 2012 ShowCAS Champion
  • Ms. Hanna Grace Apondar, Haplotype, Winner of 2013 TAGHARANA, an annual songwriting competition sponsored by The UPLB Development Communication Society. 
  • Jerome Florendo, Amplicons; Gelina Bambalan, Haplotype and Cyrene Estrellana, Amplicons, Winners of the UP Cells Cellpukan Quiz Contest and UPLB Representatives to the Biology Major's Association of the Philippines' BIOFEST 2012.
  • Ms. Gelina Rose Bambalan, Haplotype, One of the 8 student-delegates to the 10-day Short Stay Program at the College of Agro-Biological Resource Sicences, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • VYLH-Philippines Committee Head, Gessa Ramos (Amplicons) was elected as the Regional Coordinator for Southern Luzon (Region IVa and IVb) last June 4, 2012 during the Second National Leadership Congress of VYLH-Philippines at Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park, Kawit, Cavite.
  • As part of the First VYLH-Philippines Network Awards during the Second VYLH-Philippines National Leadership Congress, The UPLB Genetics Society received the Mass Advocacy Campaign Award for the annual  conduct of a special symposium on the Folic Acid Supplementation and VYLH-Philippines advocacies during the annual Genetics Camp. Together with other partner organizations, The UPLB Genetics Society as member of the UP Los Banos Chapter was conferred with the Local Networking Award for its continuous efforts on increasing the number of Volunteer Youth Leaders and partner organizations.
  • The Philipine Society for Orphan Disorders recognized the participation of the organization in the "School for Rare Campaign". The Los Banos-based activities were held at Maquiling School Inc. and Los Banos National High School. 

AY 2011-2012

Ma. Fatima Carla Bertulfo, Heteroduplex , cum laude (Most Outstanding Ecology Major Student)


  • Uno Award for Best Exhibit (BIO 30 Week 2011) 
  • Two alumni members, Ryan John Pascual (Regulon) and Frank Daniel Canlobo (Chromatosome) were elected as the First VYLH National President and VYLH Vice President for Luzon, respectively. The two were elected by the attendees of the First Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health - Philippines Leadership Congress last May 25-27, 2011 at Fontana Lesiure Parks and Hotel in Angeles City Pampanga. 

AY 2010-2011


  • First BIO 30 Tutorials Session held at the Main Lecture Hall of the Institute of Biological Sciences last August 5, 2010. For the past years, the BIO 30 tutorials were conducted at the C-107 laboratory room. 

AY 2009-2010

Ryan John Pascual, Regulon, cum laude (Most Outstanding Plant Biology Major Student)


Dr. Merlyn Mendioro (Left), Senior Adviser and Frank Daniel Canlobo (Right), Former President, at the 4th International Conference on  Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World held last  October 4-7, 2009 at the Hotel Le-Meridien in New Delhi, India.

  • 1st runner-up, Ms. Cascasan, Josephine Nevado
  • GeneSoc Resident and Alumni Members together with representative from three UPLB organization which constitute the Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health (VYLH) -UPLB Network served as the facilitators of the first VYLH-Philippines National Youth Camp.
  • Dr. Merlyn Mendioro, Senior Adviser and Daniel Canlobo, Former President, were invited by Dr. Carmencita Padilla, National Program Coordinator of the VYLH - Philippines and former director of the Institute of Human Genetics of the National Institutes of Health - UP Manila, to be part of the Philippine Delegation to the 4th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disbilities in the Developing World. Also included in the delegation were Dr. Eva Cutiongco- De la Paz, current director of IHG-NIH and Dr. Juanita Basillo, OIC-Director of the Family Health Office - DOH. 

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AY 2008-2009


Chromewell Agustin Mojica, Proteome, magna cum laude

Leslie Anne Del Bario, Homeobox, cum laude

Jickerson Lado, Integrons, cum laude


The UPLB Genetics Society members at the HUGO-AP 2008 Conference last April 2-5, 2008 at the Shangrila-Mactan, Mactan, Cebu.       

Left to Right: Jaarmy Rebugio (Polygenes), Katherine Matundan (Polygenes), Adrian Bacena (Telomeres), Michael Gammalinda (Polygenes), Lorelie Ramos (Gyrase), Alden Arellano (SNURPS), Dr. Carmencita Padilla (Chair, HUGO-AP '08), Dr. Sumio Sugano (HUGO-AP Co-chair), Vanessa Aldemita (Heteroplasmy), Natasha Delagado (Heteroplasmy), Mikhael Danne Escalora (Ribozymes) and Francia Bartolata (Polygenes)


Genesoc won two awards from the 2009 UNO Awards 
Bukas na Larawan (Best Exhibit) and
Bukas na Kamalayan (Best Symposium)
  • Eight members of the alumni and the former President of The UPLB Genetics Society, Mikhael Danne Escalora (Ribozymes) were invited by Dr. Carmenita Padilla to participate to the Joint 7th Human Genome Organization (HUGO) Pacific Meeting and the 8th Asia-Pacific Conference on Human Genetics. 
  • GeneSoc was selected by Dr. Carmencita Padilla, honorary member and the then director of the Institute of Human Genetics of the National Institutes of Health - UP Manila as the pioneer youth organization in the advocacy campaign directed to the promotion of health programs and public awareness on newborn screening, rare diseases (orphan disorders) and folic acid supplementation which is important on the prevention of neural tube disorders.
  • Bukas na Larawan and Bukas na Kamalayan Award, 2009 UNO Awards sponsored by the UP Open Society which recognizes outstanding student organization activities. The recognized activities were the First BIO 30 Week symposium and exhibit which focused on Forensic Genetics.
  • NYC Accreditation (given after submitting the 2008 Genetics Camp as the organization's entry to the TAYO Awards)
  • GeneSoc participated for the first time on the 2008 IBS Freshman Orientation for BS Biology and MST students. The organization was able to distribute a freshman survival manual.
  • The UPLB Genetics Society is one of the two UPLB-based student organizations that was featured by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) in their publication brief "Communicating Biotechnology Stories from Stakeholders" (link)
Navarro, Mariechel J. (Ed.) 2009. Communicating Crop Biotechnology: Stories from Stakeholders. ISAAA Brief No. 40. ISAAA: Ithaca, NY.

AY 2007-2008


John David Comandante, Heteroplasmy magna cum laude

Erin Jane Tababa, Gene Pulse, cum laude (Most Outstanding Animal Biology Major Student)
Ma. Betheliza Caguingin, Genoplasm, cum laude
Mark Anthony Rabena, Proteome, cum laude
Mar Aristeo Poncio, Permease, cum laude



  • nominated by IBS, Outstanding CAS Student Organization
  • one of the TOP 10 organizations in UPLB, according to SAKBAYAN
  • 1st place Blood Drive, National Children’s Hospital
  • 3rd place, Volleyball, CASCASAN (Ms. Ma. Betheliza Caguingin, Genoplasm, as one of the mythical six)
  • Three honorary members were inducted namely Dr. Carmencita Padilla, Dr. Raquel del Rosario-Fortun and Dr. Rhodora Aldemita
  • One Gene: One Child Hope Intervention Outreach was established. It was spearheaded by Ms. Mary Rachel Reventar, Heteroplasmy.
  • Best IBS Student Organization, according to the IBS Awards Committee (although no award was given).

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AY 2006-2007

Michael Gamalinda, Polygenes, summa cum laude (Most Outstanding Biology Undergraduate Student)

Adrian Oscar Bacena, Telomere, magna cum laude (Most Outstanding Ecology Major Student)

Andrew Montecillo, Diploid, magna cum laude (Most Outstanding Microbiology Major Student)

Five (5) cum laude graduates:

Jaarmy Rebugio, Polygenes
Royce Ivan Ilao, Polygenes
Therese Julienne Medina, Polygenes
Jae Joseph Russell Rodriguez, Ribozymes
Ma. Merlianne Juliano, Heteroplasmy



  • Best Symposium, Bukas Kamalayan Award, UNO Awards
  • 3rd place Blood Drive, Red Cross
  • 5th place overall, PALACASAN (Ms. Katherine Matundan, Polygenes, mythical six basketball)
  • 1st runner up, Mr. palaCASan, Mr. Michael Gamalinda, Polygenes
  • Best Org Shirt, palaCASan
  • First time to participate to the palaCASan Cheering Competition

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AY 2005-2006


Three (3) cum laude graduates:

Mia Desiree Azañes, Ribozymes
Audrie Anne Lazaga, Gyrase
Samuel Aragon, Gyrase



  • The Genetics Camp was established and spearheaded by Ms. Lorelie Ramos, Gyrase, Vice President.
  • Best in Org Shirt, Mr & Ms. palaCASan, Ms. Audrie Anne Lazaga, Gyrase

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AY 2004-2005

Catherine Magante, Nucleosome, cum laude


  • The Genetics Camp was conceptualized by Ms. Audrie Anne Lazaga, Gyrase.

AY 2003-2004

Janet Talosig, Primosome cum laude
Al-Marie Grace Logroños, Palindrome cum laude

AY 2002-2003

  • Champion, Women's Basketball, PalaCASan
  • First runner-up, Men's Basketball, PalaCASan


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Photo of Dr. Joseph Lim. Inositol Signaling Laboratory University of Dundee.
Photo of Dr. Ma. Xenia Garcia-Ilagan. Kopann Laboratory, Department of Developmental Biology, School of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.