Vol. 54 No. 1 (2013): Silliman Journal

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Welcome to this issue of Silliman Journal. This year is special because we are celebrating the centenary year of someone who was part of the original SJ editorial board responsible for publishing the first issues of SJ in 1954. Dr. Edilberto K. Tiempo, along with his wife, the National Artist for Literature Dr. Abalos and others look into the quality of life of persons with diabetes. These papers are followed by another community impact study, this time by social scientists Annie Alberto and Annie Teñoso surveying marine protected areas along the coast in Luzon, northern Philippines. The next four papers are science research into the spider conch in reef areas in Central Philippines, the fruit guyabano, intercropping, and biogenic amines. In particular, Analyn Mazo and her colleagues recommend that because the Spider Conch is economically important, there should be, as a management measure, a “closed season for collection of the species” during the peak spawning season in order to allow sexually mature individuals to reproduce prior to harvest. Another important study by Ragasa et al. on Annona muricata Linn., commonly known as guyabano, reports diverse biological activities, including hypoglycemic, antiarrhythmic and antitubercular activities, inhibition of the proliferation and induced apoptosis in human solid tumors, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, cardioprotective effect and significantly suppressed colonic ACF formation and crypt multiplicity. Then, Sue Calumpang and others at the National Crop Protection Center in UP-Los Baños investigate the impact of intercropping lemon grass on fruit borers in eggplant, given that insecticide use in eggplant production is quite heavy. The team found, in particular, that the field and laboratory trials demonstrate repellency effects of intercropping lemon grass with eggplant, potentially reducing insecticide use in eggplant production as well as increasing farmers’ income. Equally important, Jonathan Barcelo and others at St. Louis University in Baguio City studied biogenic amines—non-volatile, nitrogenous, organic compounds produced from the microbial degradation of protein-rich food such as fish and fish products, meat and fermented foods. Adding that all food items basically rich in proteins or free amino acids promote bacterial production of biogenic amines, the authors felt that the manner of analysis of biogenic amines is important. Indeed, they found that thin layer chromatography coupled with image analysis can satisfactorily determine the concentration of biogenic amines in mixtures and food samples but the results may vary depending on the quality of the chromatograms and the appropriateness of image processing. Finally, Dr. Enrique Oracion looks into the issue of keeping quality faculty in Baylor University, Texas as well as Silliman University in Central Philippines. Ike also wrote about both universities in SJ 2012, volume 53, number 2, after having been assigned a fellowship at Baylor through a grant from the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia.  Edith L. Tiempo—also part of SJ beginnings— will be honored in the second issue this year through the work of many writers. But prior to that issue, the current one is multidisciplinary, beginning with two studies done by faculty from the Silliman University College of Nursing. Prof. Rowena Turtal and colleagues describe responses from communities served by student nurses and Prof. Evalyn

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