Luz Oliveros Belardo

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This is a photo of a National Scientist, who is also the recipient of the Tandang Sora Award for Science Education in 1981. Photo courtesy of DOST - SPHERES.

Luz Oliveros-Belardo (November 3, 1906-December 12, 1999 ) was a Filipino national scientist known in the field of pharmaceutical chemistry.


Dr. Oliveros-Belardo achieved her Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy in 1929 and her Master's Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 1933 at the University of the Philippines. She obtained her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Connecticut in 1957.

Career and Contributions

Dr. Belardo spent five decades of her life studying the chemistry of natural products and essential oils from Philippine plants. An expert in herbal medication, she has extracted 33 new Philippine essential oils and studied their chemical and physical properties, and these contributed to the creation of new flavors, scents, and herbal medicines.[1]


Her consistent work on phytochemical research brought her honors and 32 awards among which are: The Lunsford-Richardson Award in Pharmacy, USA, 1956; Philippine Pharmaceutical Association Outstanding Pharmacist Award, 1963; Federation International de Abogadas Award, 1979; Waseda University Plaque of Recognition, Japan, 1981; Professional Regulation Commission Award in Pharmacy, 1983; National Research Council of the Philippines Award in Phytochemistry, 1984; Distinguished Leadership Award in Chemistry, USA, 1985; El Consejo Cultural Mundial Award, Mexico, 1988. She was conferred as a National Scientist in 1987. [2]


  1. "Dr. Luz Oliveros - Belardo." National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Accessed on December 21, 2020.
  2. "Dr. Luz Oliveros - Belardo." DOST - Specialized Philppine Enterprise Reference of Experts and Scientists (SPHERES), Accessed on December 21, 2020.



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