UPLB names new Gumamela hybrid after Cynthia Villar

The University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLP) named a new hybrid of hibiscus or commonly known as gumamela after former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia A. Villar.  The new variety is called Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Cynthia A. Villar’.

UPLB, particularly the College of Agriculture’s Institute of Plant Breeding, signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Villar Foundation to collaborate in the mass production of the Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Cynthia A. Villar.

According to UPLB, they created the new gumamela hybrid for Villar in recognition of her contribution to public service and environment protection.

During her term as congresswoman of Las Pinas, Villar spearheaded a number of environment-related projects and campaigns that has greatly benefited her constituents. She continues in her capacity as the managing director of the Villar Foundation.

Villar thanked the UPLB for the honor and recognition.  “Not everyone can claim to have something named after them. Others may have streets, roads, airports or buildings named after them. But I’m glad that something from nature, which is very close to my heart,” said Villar, managing director of the Villar Foundation.

The Water Lily Festival became the perfect venue also for the presentation gumamela hybrid of gumamela to Villar, who also celebrated her birthday during the event,

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Cynthia A. Villar is a unique breed of hibiscus with bright orange petals and dark red eye with ruffled petals.  “I don’t think I’d accept the gumamela if the color is not orange,” Villar good-naturedly quipped in one interview.

Among the environmental projects of Villar is ‘Sagip Ilog’ program, which recently bested 38 other countries when it bagged the prestigious United Nations’ (UN) “Best Practices Award”. The program won because of its efforts to protect water resources in the country, and at the same time, provide livelihood to hundreds of needy Filipinos.

Sagip Ilog first gained international recognition in 2006, when it was conferred the “Best Practice Award for its Outstanding Contribution yowards Improving the Living Environment” by the United Nations Humans Settlement Programme and the Dubai International Award.

Since then, Sagip Ilog and the Villar Foundation earned several more prestigious tributes from international award-giving groups including the “AOIKOS International Award for Social Enterprise from River Rehabilitation” and the “International Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice” presented by the Green Organisation.

Villar said that the collaboration with UPLB is another opportunity to do something for nature and at the same time help people. The subsequent commercialization Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Cynthia A. Villar aims to contribute towards further invigoration of the country’s ornaments industry. 
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  1. wow ha sosyal. pwede pala ang ganun. sana ako din hehe

  2. Bernadeth Marie CortezJune 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    ang romantic siguro noh kung may naghybrid ng isang flower para lang sayo. tapos ipapangalan pa sayo. sana may gumawa nun sa para sa akin.