Special Projects


A Bambusetum as described in the “Bamboo Production in the Philippines” by F.Virtucio and C.Roxas (2003), is a living collection of bamboo germplasm. It is a nature protection, research and extension area for native and introduced bamboo species where an ample diversity of species from various localities, foreign and local sources are introduced and cultivated for research and extension.

The project which started on October 12, 2011 is collaborative and tri- partnership of Arellano University through the Office for Community Development, LGU of Pangil, Laguna and DENR- Ecosystem Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) in Los Baños, Laguna. It occupies a 1.25 hectares area inside the Pangil River Eco-Park in Brgy. Natividad, Pangil. Its primary goal aims to support the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on Sustainable development through the protection and conservation of the environmental and natural resources of the Municipality of Pangil, Laguna;

Selected high school student volunteers of AU Juan Sumulong campus, led by their principal Mrs. Vicky Triviño together with the teachers, parents and community development staff planted the first batch of bamboo seedlings in the 1.2 hectares of land allotted by the LGU of Pangil.

In the AY 2013-14, volunteer students and faculty members from the College of Nursing, Legarda campus were also mobilized to plant more bamboo seedlings that which was supplied by ERDB. Monthly regular monitoring has been conducted by the personnel/ staff of the Office for Community Development of AU in order to ascertain zero mortality of the bamboo seedlings. 

As of the last monitoring date on January 14, 2014, the total number of two hundred eleven (211) bamboo seedlings were planted in the bambusetum area with a total number of twenty four (24) species/ variety of bamboos. The “Bambusetum” is just the initial phase of the entire program lined up for Pangil, Laguna. It will jump start and hopefully trigger the implementation of the succeeding phase i.e reforestation/commercial bamboo plantation. Once “the mother bamboo plants” are ready to be tapped as source of planting materials for bamboo seedling production, a plant nursery shall be set-up to mass propagate the Bamboo.

Bamboo varieties / species planted in the BAMBUSETUM

Variegated white 

Golden Buho

Giant Bamboo

Black bamboo

Buddha`s belly

Green Buho

Pink bamboo

Iron Bamboo

Hedge Bamboo

Queensland bamboo

Yellow Bamboo

Pole Vault

Kiling bamboo

Puser bamboo

Dwarf bamboo

Chinese Goddess bamboo

BMB Carabao Dispersal project in San Miguel Bulacan

In 2006, Arellano University partnered with KBBDF designating the latter as the Bulgarian Carabao Dispersal Project (BCDP) lead implementor in San Miguel, Bulacan. The Project utilize the Dairy-type Riverine Breed-Bulgarian Murrah Buffalo Upgrade which is capable of a fresh milk production of six (6) liters per head per day under Philippine condition.

From the initial four (4) heads of Bulgarian Dairy Caracows in 2006, the inventory to date has grown to Twenty-three (22) heads spanning a little over five (5) year period. Of the 22 heads, 15 heads are categorized under caracalves while 8 heads fall under the category of Caracows. Recorded average milk output of the Caracows is 3 liters per head per day, already a marked improvement from the national average of 1.5 liters per head per day. This translates to about P187/day or P5,600/month additional income to the farmers.

The projects area of coverage includes Brgys. Batasan Matanda, Pacalag, Pulong Bayabas, Salacot and Masalipit.

Arellano University to date, has poured in a total of P432,500 in investment incurred in the purchase of the initial stocks for dispersal. However, the market value of the existing stocks would be more than double this outlay at the very least.