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Filipino Chemist - Dr. Luz Oliveros-Belardo

Native to the Philippines, Dr. Luz Oliveros-Belardo is well known for her work studying the chemical compounds of various botanicals. That includes 33 different essential oils extracted from native Filipino plants, and extensive research into the medicinal uses of papaya enzymes. This included a landmark study on the green papaya fruit, and its tenderizing effect on beef, as well as work preparing soaps from native coconut oils and lye. One unique aspect to her work was that she took these enzymes and chemical compounds and distilled them into essential oils, which were then studied in terms of purity for their effects.
In addition to the main focus that Dr. Luz Oliveros-Belardo had on native herbs, plants, and fruits from the Philippines, she was also known for her work looking into the current state of the pharmaceutical industry, and was an advocate of the natural sciences in this realm. This included an international focus to pharmaceuticals that extended well beyond her home country. Dr. Oliveros-Belardo penned a number of studies examining the current state of the pharmacy industry and ways to make it better. Papers were published that included a look at education opportunities in Spain, Germany, and Switzerland.
Due to her dedication to the natural sciences, Dr. Luz Oliveros-Belardo was rewarded with dozens of awards and honors. That includes a Fulbright Travel Grant, a Scholarship to the University of the Philippines, an Award in Science by the Philippines Women's University, and the Philippine Pharmaceutical Association Outstanding Pharmacist Award by the Pharmaceutical Professional Philippines. She was responsible for advancing the position of women in the healthcare industry, and as a result received continuous awards and other recognition through such organizations as the Philippines Women's University.
Although she is the recipient of over 32 different awards and titles of recognition, what Dr. Luz Oliveros-Belardo will be most remembered for is the work she did in the natural sciences. By isolating so many different extracts and essential oils from nature, she changed the way that people looked at basic fruits that grow in the wild. That laid the groundwork for the pharmaceutical industry's current method of embracing botanical extracts and their very real effects on human health. The Philippines is home to some of the most potent natural resources in the world, and with the emphasis that Dr. Oliveros-Belardo put on studying their effects, the world of medicine has come to realize this and make further forays into their study.
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