People associated with the university include alumni, faculty, and honorary degree recipients. Thirteen of them are National Scientists of the Philippines, namely Clare R. Baltazar, Julian Banzon, Gelia T. Castillo, Pedro Escuro, Francisco Fronda, Bienvenido Juliano, Ricardo Lantican, Eduardo Quisumbing, Dolores Ramirez, Francisco O. Santos, Teodulo Topacio, Dioscoro L. Umali, and Jose R. Velasco. All of them held academic posts in the university, while three of them were College of Agriculture deans.
Cabinet secretaries affiliated with UPLB include Ricardo Gloria (Science and Technology), William Padolina (Science and Technology), Arsenio Balisacan (Socioeconomic Planning/NEDA), Cielito Habito (Socioeconomic Planning/NEDA), Patricia Santo Tomas (Labor; Development Bank of the Philippines), Domingo Panganiban (Agriculture), and Ramon Paje (Environment and Natural Resources).
Members of Congress who attended UPLB include Teodoro Casiño, Maria Valentina Plaza, Isidro Ungab, Sergio Osmena III and Juan Miguel Zubiri. Nicanor Perlas, an agriculture graduate from UPLB, ran for the Philippine presidential election, 2010. Both of its honorary degree recipients held influential roles in their respective countries' politics. They are Salim Ahmed Salim, former Prime Minister of Tanzania, and Sirindhorn, Princess of Thailand.
Emil Q. Javier, president of the University of the Philippines from 1993 to 1999, and Emerlinda Roman, the first female UP President, graduated from UPLB. Alumni who held ranking administrative posts at other universities include Rommel Banlaoi (Vice President for Administrative Affairs of National Defense College of the Philippines), Alexander Flor (University of the Philippines Open University dean), and Cristina Padolina (president of Centro Escolar University since 2006).
San Miguel Corporation Chairman Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr. and Enchanted Kingdom owners Cesar and Cynthia Mamon also attended UPLB.
Alumni who are active in the performing arts include composer Nilo Alcala, theater actor Terence Guillermo, and bossa nova singer Sabrina.
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