/ 4 February 2023

THE SILLIMAN University paid tribute to National Scientist Dr. Angel Chua Alcala who passed away earlier this week.

Alcala, a pioneer of marine biodiversity and marine conservation in the Philippines and a pillar of SU, died at the age of 93.

“SU mourns the loss of a scientist, administrator, trustee, professor, morally upright family man, and public servant,” the university said.

“To the country and to the world, Dr. Alcala is an acclaimed biologist and conservationist… Behind the titles and recognitions, Dr. Alcala was a man of competence, character, and faith—hallmarks of a Silliman education that he has carried with him through the decades of his career,” it added.

Alcala is known for his pioneering work in establishing marine protected areas in the Philippines; the concept of community-based coastal resource management in the promotion of marine biodiversity; and the use of artificial reefs as models for fisheries development.

His extensive research on Philippine amphibians and reptiles led to the discovery of 50 additional species out of the 400 known species in the country.

Alcala was named national artist in 2014.

He was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 1992.