UE President Honored by Fil-Am Science Group, QC Government

UE’s 11th President and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Ester Albano Garcia, was recently recognized for her contributions to the academe by two distinct bodies.

On April 6, 2018, she was inducted to the Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering Hall of Honor at PAASE’s 38th Annual Meeting and Symposium in Tucson, Arizona, USA.

Per PAASE, President Garcia was recognized for her “extraordinary contribution” to advance PAASE’s primary objective of promoting the advancement of science, engineering and technology, and encouraging collaborative work among scientists and engineers of Philippine ancestry in research and development through scholarly endeavors. This “with a view to raising the economic welfare and well-being of Filipinos by applying science and technology to benefit society through education, research, outreach, administration, innovation, entrepreneurial activity and/or commercialization.”

In addition to her Hall of Honor induction, President Garcia was a part of the symposium’s plenary session on “Equipping Philippine Universities as Full Partner in Building Science and Technology Innovation Ecosystems” also on April 6.

A chemist by profession, President Garcia earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree, Cum Laude, from the University of the Philippines in 1963, the same year that she topped the Philippine Board of Chemistry licensure examination. She went on to become a research aide at the International Rice Research Institute for a while before pursuing her doctorate degree at the Ohio State University. In 1969, she obtained her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, after which she worked for one year as a post-doctoral fellow at the ICN Nucleic Acid Research Institute in Irvine, California.

As a researcher, Dr. Garcia has published 20 scientific papers in peer-reviewed national and international journals, and is the author or co-author of more than 120 papers on issues related to science, education, technology, environment and gender. She was also a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Congressional Commission for Science, Technology and Engineering. She is a recipient of, among many other awards, the Outstanding Professional of the Year 1996 in Chemistry Award of the Professional Regulation Commission, an Achievement Award in Chemistry from the National Research Council of the Philippines, and the Achievement Award in Chemical Education from the Philippine Federation of Chemical Societies.

The UE President was also one of the 14 new individual recipients of the Manuel L. Quezon Gawad Parangal Award on October 12, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Ortigas Center, Quezon City. The award is handed out by the Quezon City Government to outstanding Quezon City residents and institutions that have made significant contributions to the city and the nation.

Also among the 14 MLQ Gawad Parangal awardees was UE alumnus and former Philippine Vice President Manuel “Noli” L. De Castro Jr.

President Garcia, a long-time Quezon City resident, has had the city as her “second home” through her alma mater, the University of the Philippines-Diliman, where she went on to become a faculty member and eventually Chair of the Department of Chemistry from 1971 to 1973, and 1977 to 1979. She later on served as Vice Dean of the UP Division of Natural Science and Mathematics in 1979, and rose to become the UP Diliman Vice Chancellor in 1990, and eventually Vice President of the entire UP System in 1991.

President Garcia continued working in Quezon City as Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education in 1994, and eventually as CHEd Chairman from 1999 to 2003. Since 2006, President Garcia has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the UE Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center Inc., located in Quezon City, and earlier in 2018, was appointed as UERMMMCI’s President and Chief Academic Officer as well.

Congratulations, Warrior President Garcia! We are very proud of you, Ma’am!


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