Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature - School on Blog
Rocielie Valencia visits a store in Darwin, Northern Australia, while conducting a research leading to a Masteral degree in biology from De La Salle University Dasmariñas. Her thesis on the ethnic uses of indigenous plants was adjudged outstanding thesis this year by DLSU.
While people are introduced into modern living, move in to cities, and gain affluence, the traditional sources of food, medicine, clothing, fuel, constructional and industrial materials are still very important in their lives. In fact, all over the world people are looking back at alternatives to artificial and highly processed goods, that are natural, safe, affordable and readily available, thus re-opening the door to traditional and ethnic science, among them ethnobotany.
Ms Rocielie Valencia gained confidence and trust from the aborigines as well as immigrants from different parts of the world in Northern Australia, particularly Filipinos in conducting her research which proved that plants indigenous to the place continue to play a major role in the maintenance of health and welfare, as well as the quaintness of living, among members of a mixed community - contrary to belief that postmodernism has virtually eliminated ethnicity in the many facets of everyday living and of society in general. ~
Acknowledgement: Thanks to the staff of DLSU-D Graduate School, to Dr. Johnny Ching, Dr Romualdo del Rosario, the country's foremost ethnobotanist, and members of the Panel of Examiners. Note: the author served as thesis adviser