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A pharmacist is more that a sellet of drugs.  A pharmacist is “a health professional trained in the science of preparing and dispensing drugs.”  So if you are a bit hesitant to consider pharmacy as a career option, you may want to know Dr. Luz Oliveros-Belardo, a genius in pharmaceutical chemistry.

Dr. Oliveros-Belardo spent five decades “studying the chemistry of natural products and essential oils from the Philippine plants.” Specifically, she studied the physical and chemical properties of 33 unique Philippine essential oils, and this resulted in the creation of new flavors and herbal medicines.

Dr. Oliveros-Belardo received 32 awards, all of which are dedicated to her expertise in the field of chemical research.  She was conferred the National Scientist designation in   Some of her most notable awards include the Philippine Pharmaceutical Association Outstanding Pharmacist Award (); THE National Research Council of the Philippines Award in Phytochemistry (); the Distinguished Leadership Award in Chemistry, (awarded in the United States in ); and the El Consejo Cultural Mundial Award in Mexico in

Dr. Luz Oliveros-Belardo rightly deserves to be recognized all over the world, Filipino scientists—budding or otherwise—stand to learn a lot from Dr. Oliveros-Belardo’s example.  Dedication, painstaking efforts to hone one’s skills, and yes, pride in one’s country—these are just some of the traits that make Dr. Oliveros-Belardo truly one of the greatest Filipino scientists the Philippine has ever produced.


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Luz Oliveros-Belardo (3 November – 12 December ) was a Filipina pharmaceutical chemist, honored with the National Scientist of the Philippines award by the Philippine government in

Early life

Luz Oliveros was born in Navotas, Rizal, the daughter of Aurelio Oliveros and Elisa Belarmino. She was an alumna of the Philippine Women's University, and held undergraduate and master's degrees in chemistry from the University of the Philippines. In she earned a PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of Connecticut, with a dissertation involving molecular refraction in terpenes.


Oliveros-Belardo was director of the Natural Sciences Research Center at the Philippine Women's University. She became Dean of the College of Pharmacy in Her research focused on extracting essential oils and other chemicals from native Philippine plants, for pharmaceuticals, food production, scents, and other applications. For example, she developed an experimental formulation based on apitong (Dipterocarpus grandiflorus) oleoresin that was suitable for a motor fuel.

In , she was named an AAUW fellow by the American Association of University Women to pursue her research at Stanford University. In , the Philippine Association of University Women recognized her with their Achievement Award in Natural Science. She received the National Scientist Award in

Personal life

Luz Oliveros married a dentist, Ricardo A. Belardo. They had two daughters. She died in , aged 93 years. Her remains were buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.