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San Agustin inaugurates State-of-the-Art research lab

San Agustin inaugurates State-of-the-Art research lab


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Various stakeholders and research gurus gathered to celebrate a significant milestone in the history of the University of San Agustin (USA) this August 22. The University of San Agustin’s President, Rev. Fr. Frederick C. Comendador, O.S.A., and Commission on Higher Education(CHED)-6’s Director, Dr. Cesar Medina, CESO V, co-inaugurated the state-of-the-art research facilities of the Gregor Mendel Research Laboratories located at Mendel Hall.

Gregor Mendel Research Laboratories (GMRL) is equipped to support studies in water quality, molecular biology, chemistry, microbiology, and medicinal marine and marine and plant and resources. Equipment in GMRL include polymerace chain reactor (PCR) for DNA testing, atomic absorption spectrophotometer for toxic heavy metals and water quality, high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC) for pharmaceutical and medical plants analysis, gel electrophoresis for studying DNA and proteins, ultralow temperature freezer for storing bacterial culture and cancer cells, high quality Zeiss microscope, vertical autoclave for sterilization, rotary evaporators for plant extract processing, class II biosafety cabinets for bacterial and mammalian cell culture, microcentrifuge for DNA processing, 96-well microplate reader for antibody and anti-bacterial testing, and freeze dryer for processing temperature-sensitive proteins and plant extracts.

Currently, there are at least 12 studies being conducted in the laboratory. Two of these are Dr. Doralyn Dalisay’s and Melissa June Paderog’s Anticancer and Antimicrobial Compounds from Marine Actinobacteria and Development of Iloilo honey as raw material for pharmaceutical preparations.

GMRL is also a venue for projects conducted by external clients such as students from West Visayas State University – College of Medicine and science high schools in Iloilo. The laboratory services are also available to clients from universities, colleges, high schools, and private businesses in Panay, Negros and beyond.

 Dr. Jonel Saludes, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research of the University of San Agustin, announced to the public that there are currently visiting professors from partner institutions in the United States of America that are funded by USAID STRIDE who train instructors and professors in the university. More exchanges and visits are expected in the upcoming months.

The Gregor Mendel Research Laboratories is fully-funded by the University of San Agustin and is managed by the Office of the Associate Vice President for Research.

This multi-disciplinary research facility is the University’s response to CHED’s challenge to become a premier research university in the Philippines.


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(INTERIOR) Few of the state-of-the-art equipment at the Gregor Mendel Research Laboratory of the University of San Agustin.

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Dr. Doralyn Dalisay shows the various equipment used in the laboratory and explains to the guests their utility.


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Rev. Fr. Frederick Comendador (President, University of San Agustin) presides the blessing and inauguration of the Gregor Mendel Research Laboratories.

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Working area at the Gregor Mendel Research Laboratories

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Augustinian Educator to address USA graduates

Augustinian Educator to address USA graduates



Dr. Lilibeth Torrento-Estoque, CESE, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent of the Department of Education, Division of Iloilo is the Commencement Speaker in today’s graduation ceremony of the University of San Agustin.

Torrento-Estoque is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at the University of San Agustin in 1985. She later earned her Master of Arts in Educational Management from Hyogo University, as a scholar of the Japanese Government; Master of Arts in Education (Linguistics), and Doctor of Education (Educational Management) from West Visayas State University; and a Post Graduate Studies at the University of Auckland as a scholar of the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

As an exemplary educator, Torrento-Estoque was a recipient of several international training grants, to include the Teacher-In-Service Training Program at Kobe University, as scholar of the Japanese Ministry of Education, and the Management Leadership Development Training by the Philippines-Australia Human Resource Development Facility. She also served as consultant of the Ford Foundation for its Reading Proficiency Program of Northern Iloilo Alliance for Coastal Development.

As lecturer and researcher, she has published 25 different reading and supplementary materials in English, and was commissioned by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) on the study, “GSIS Financial Status: Basis for Policy Recommendation”. She also served as chief of the Curriculum and Learning Management Division of the Department of Education RO 6.

A career executive, Torrento-Estoque is eligible for third level management. She has received several awards in the field of education, including the 2006 Alumni Achievers Awards of the College of Education, University of San Agustin.

Dr. Lilibeth Torrento-Estoque will address more than one thousand five hundred graduating students of the University of San Agustin in a ceremony scheduled at 4:00 P.M. at the University Football Field. The graduation ceremony will start with a Baccalaureate Mass, to be attended by the graduating class, their parents and mentors, set at 8:00 o’clock in the morning of 16 April at the USA Gymnasium. (USA Philanthropic, External and Alumni Relations Office)

The Outstanding Pharmacist in Research – One Amazing Augustinian

The Outstanding Pharmacist in Research – One Amazing Augustinian

To become a pharmacist is a feat in itself. To become outstanding in the field deserves nothing less than a grand accolade. The Philippine Pharmacists Association (PPhA) recognizes outstanding pharmacists in different fields of profession through the PPhA Awards. The awards were given at the PPhA National Convention held in Cebu City’s Waterfront Hotel last May 26, 2016. Three provincial chapters and eight pharmacists who shone the brightest among the thousands were given the spotlight they earned and deserved. One of the eight pharmacists honoured is a DOST’s Balik Scientist and University of San Agustin’s pride – Dr. Doralyn S. Dalisay.

With 36 international publications under her name, 2 patents in the United States, and 25 new anticancer, antifungal, and antibiotic compounds discovered from marine origins, Dr. Dalisay hands down won The Outstanding Pharmacist (TOP) in Research. Other awardees include Manuel Dy, RPh, The Outstanding Pharmacist in Community Setting; Jingle Diola, RPh, MBA, The Outstanding Pharmacist in Industrial Pharmacy; Alicia Catabay, RPh, PhD, The Outstanding Pharmacist in Pharmacy Education; Maria Lourdes Santiago, RPh, MSc, MM, The Outstanding Pharmacist in Government Service; Roderick Salenga, RPh, MPH, for the Gawad Lourdes T. Echauz; Leonila Ocampo, RPh, MS for the Bowl of Hygeia Award; and Reynaldo Maxlito Umali, RPh, MBA for the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Outstanding Chapters for Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are the Nueva Excija Chapter, Negros Occidental Chapter, and the Davao City Chapter, respectively.

Aside from being a recipient of the TOP award, Dr. Dalisay is also one of the plenary speakers of the 2016 PPhA National Convention which focused on the theme: “Reducing the Global Burden of Disease: Optimizing Pharmacists’ Contribution.” Her talk, entitled “Harnessing Pharmaceutical Sciences to Prevent and Treat Illnesses,” opened the eyes of the delegates to the process of drug discovery. Not only that, her journey motivated other delegates to use Pharmaceutical Sciences to answer the call of creating or discovering new and better drugs to treat illnesses. She showed that pharmacists can contribute to reduce the global burden of disease not just by dispensing drugs, but by making and developing them.

“I practiced hospital pharmacy as my first career. It was a time when generations of Cephalosporins kept on coming. I asked myself, ‘Where did these drugs come from?’ With my curiosity, I decided to go into drug discovery.”

Dr. Dalisay presented to the eager crowd her quest overseas and how she became a pharmaceutical scientist. And apparently, she is the only one among the entire delegates present in the convention. Chemical structures and its modifications were tackled, testing everybody’s knowledge on the matter. Her exploration and discoveries at Australia, Canada, and the United States captured the attention of the people inside the convention hall. Since it showed that pharmacists can do more extraordinary things , the talk became a breath of fresh air. No doubt, everyone was impressed – a mild understatement but still a considerably accurate one. It also inspired and sparked curiosity to the attendees about her field, as questions poured in after her presentation. This may be the start of a revival in drug discovery and opened doors for pharmacists to enter pharmaceutical research that can benefit not only the Philippines but the world as well.

Truly, Dr. Dalisay found her own niche in the profession. She took the road less travelled, and came back better than before. The plaque of recognition she received may accumulate dust and fade, but the contributions to science and Pharmacy that she made will remain – not just in history or journals, but also in the hearts of her students and those who forged their own paths to make the world a better place for this generation and beyond.


Dr. Doralyn S. Dalisay received a Plaque of Recognition and cash prize as the 2016 PPhA-Unilab’s The Outstanding Pharmacist (TOP) Awardee in Research. The award was given by the officers and board of directors of the Philippine Pharmacists Association Inc. and Unilab Inc.


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Dr. Doralyn S. Dalisay delivered a Plenary Lecture on “Harnessing Pharmaceutical Sciences to Prevent and Treat Illnesses” to the largest national convention of pharmacist in the recent history of Philippine Pharmacists Association, PPhA last May 27, 2016. Her lecture received positive feedback from the 3, 854 delegates.

Augustinian student wins National Oratorical tilt.

Augustinian student wins National Oratorical tilt.



Fedelene Joy P. Cawagas, a 4th year BS Medical Laboratory Science student at the USA College of Pharmacy and Medical Technology, was adjudged Champion at the 23rd National Oratorical Speaking Contest held at Veterans Center, Taguig City last 8 April 2016.

Cawagas, bested five other regional winners who wrote and delivered oratorical pieces anchored on the theme, “Reminisced the Past: Renounce War, Promote Peace, and Live with Honor.” The contest was organized by the VFP Sons and Daughters Association, Inc.

According to Cawagas, “Getting the chance to represent Region VI is truly a great honor for a medical laboratory science student like me. Oration was a new genre to me since I usually do declamations, impersonations and the like; however because my coach Mrs. Cynia P. Mirasol saw a potential in me, her fervent efforts to hone me into becoming an orator turned out to be successful... Moreover, God never fails to heed my prayers, it was Him who spoke on behalf of me that day and because of Him, I brought home the bacon.” (PEAR – University of San Agustin)

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