Juliano is CFOS’ top graduate

“When I entered UP four years ago I assumed and believed that by the time I will graduate I will be prepared to take life's every challenge. It did not turn out that way. UP did not prepare me for everything but it has taught me how to prepare in order to be prepared for everything.”


So said Marizka G. Juliano, this year’s top graduate of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) with the GWA of 1.73, cum laude, the highest among her peers.

The BS in Fisheries graduate who is born in San Jose, Antique, was very much involved various in student organizations during her college life such the UP Ichthyophilic Society, the UP Antiqueño, Catalyst, and the National Alliance of Youth Leaders. She also coordinated and volunteered for “Let’s Do it Philippines,” a national clean-up drive (November 2015), “Save Philippine Seas,” a sea and earth advocacy group and TEDxUPV, a non-profit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged (March 2015). In addition, she also helped organized the The Catalyst Project – Creating leaders. Building communities, organized by Catalyst in partnership with UNESCO Asia-Pacific (March – June 2015).

Students and graduates of CFOS are mostly noted for their messianic zeal to save the seas, the oceans and marine life. Juliano is no exception. She volunteered in the “Restoration of Lamawan-Pony Marine Protected Area Activity Center” at the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office of San Jose de Buenavista, Antique (May 2015 up to the present) and served as enumerator for the following activities: 1) “Evaluation of Marine Protected Areas in San Joaquin, Iloilo” funded by the UP Alumni Association-Greater Chicago Chapter (October 2013-December 2013), 2) “Baseline Survey for the Fisheries Based Livelihood Rehabilitation Program for the Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Response in Region VI” funded by United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization (August 2014-September 2014) and 3) “Ex-Ante Analysis of PCAARRD Industry Strategic Plan (ISP) for Mussel” funded by Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development-Department of Science and Technology (March 2015-April 2015).

May the zeal to preserve the seas and oceans, particularly that of the Philippines with its rich but rapidly dwindling marine resources, continue to burn in Juliano’s heart long after she has left UPV.

By: Lyncen M. Fernandez

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