Dr. Estrella Fagela Alabastro

Dr. Estrella Fagela Alabastro, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the first woman to head the DOST, graces the 40th Commencement Exercises of the MSU-IIT as Guest Speaker.

Dr. Alabastro was Dean of the College of Home Economics of the University of the Philippines in 1984-1990 before being Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Industry and Energy Research and Development. In 1995, she became DOST’s Undersecretary for Research and Development, a post she held for three years.

Nina or Efa, as she is fondly called by friends and colleagues, is a registered Chemical Engineer and Career Executive Service Officer. She earned her degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (cum laude) at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, and subsequently earned her Master’s and Doctor’s degrees at the Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Alabastro, editor of several food-related publications, has researched extensively publishing numerous research papers and handbooks on food engineering and processing.

Nina is married to Edgardo Garcia Alabastro and they have three children.

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