Hibiscus rosa-sinensis “Leonor M. Briones” was so named for the education chief’s “outstanding contributions to society” and for her “basic education reform initiatives.”
Developed by the Institute of Plant Breeding, the new hybrid dedicated to Briones was formally presented and awarded to her on Saturday by plant breeder Agripina Rasco.
Now in its 21st year, the Women in Public Service series names Gumamela or “Hibiscus rosa-sinensis” hybrids after women who have dedicated their time and effort to public service.
“I am humbled and deeply honored to have a wonderful variant of gumamela named after me. As a nature lover and educator, I appreciate UPLB’s Women in Public Service series that recognizes outstanding Filipino women in government,” Briones said.
Briones was nominated by Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, director of Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, to receive the honor.
A teacher for most of her life, Briones has taught young children in church schools and students in undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral studies.
She was conferred the title Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines — National College of Public Administration and Governance.
Recently, Briones pushed for the prioritization of teachers in the vaccination program of the national government and the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes in low-risk areas.