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About Us

     The Natural Products Society of the Philippines is a national organization duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission last 15 July 1996. It is a non-stock, non-profit corporation.

     The Natural Products Society of the Philippines is made up of members who are actively involved in natural products research including bioactivity studies, isolation and structural elucidation, structure activity relationship, dose-response, chemical modification and synthesis, and formulation studies.

     Anyone who has at least a BS degree and has training or experience in natural products work in a recognized institution may become a regular member upon the approval of the membership committee and payment of dues.


The idea of establishing The Natural Products Society of the Philippines (NPSP) was conceived at the 8th Asian Symposium on Medicinal Plants and Spices held m Melaka Malaysia on June 12 - 16, 1994. During this meeting the large delegation of natural products scientists representing the different academic and research institutions from the Philippines found themselves drawn together by a common interest - natural products. The concept of an organization that would promote and strengthen the natural products research in the Philippines became a reality through the initiatives of Dr. Amelia G. Guevara, the Philippines’ UNESCO National Point of Contact Representative. Not long after the Melaka symposium, Dr. Guevara convened a series of meetings of natural products scientists to formally organize the Natural Products Society of the Philippines with the following objectives:

  1. Promotion of scientific knowledge of the chemistry and biology of natural products and related subjects
  2. Promotion of research and development in the area of natural products and related fields and their applications
  3. Development of education in natural products and related fields
  4. Provision of a proper forum for the exchange of ideas and opinions on the subject of natural products and related topics
  5. Representation of the Interest of natural products and its practitioners, both within and outside the Philippines

On July 15, 1996, the Natural Products Society of the Philippines, Inc. (NPSP) was duly registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission with SEC Reg. No A1996 - 02453.

In December of that same year, founding members and officers of NPSP held its first convention at the University of Santo Tomas. It was in this convention that Prof. Jack R. Cannon, the 'godfather' of the early natural products scientists in the Philippines, was given the first honorary membership to the Society. This honor was in recognition of Prof. Cannon’s significant role in raising the level of natural products research in the country through his efforts in linkage and collaboration. He was instrumental in bringing together scientists and researchers in Southeast Asia and Australia through the Network for the Chemistry of Biologically Important Natural Products, an adjunct network of the International Development Program of Australian Universities and Colleges (IDPAUC). Through his guidance and support, scientists from the Philippines were able to participate in international conferences, such as the Aslan Symposium on Medicinal Plants and Spices. They became recipients of grants from the International Foundation of Science, and the Third World Academy of Sciences.

Since 1996, the Society has been meeting annually every first week of December as prescribed by its constitution. The membership in the organization has grown to considerable size with representatives from the different institutions of the country.


Past NPSP Conventions


23rd 2018 Dec 6-7
Theme: “Natural Products in Agriculture, Biodiversity, Conservation and Bio-enterprise”

Teatro Ilocandia
Mariano Marcos State University, Batac, Ilocos Norte

22nd 2017 Dec 6-8
Theme: “Unified Natural Products Research and Development: Translating to Society’s Benefit”
National Institute of Physics
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

21st 2016 Dec 1-2
Theme: “Integrating Efforts in the Utilization and Commercialization of Natural Products”
University of San Carlos-Talamban Campus, Cebu City

20th 2015 Dec 1-2
Theme: “State of Natural Products Research in the Asia-Pacific Region”
Fr. Benavides G. Paredes, O.P. Bldg.
University of Santo Tomas, Manila

19th2014 Dec 5
Theme: “Towards One ASEAN: Quality Standards”
Escaler Hall, SEC A Bldg. Loyola Schools, Ateneo De Manila University, Quezon City

18th2013 Dec 6
Theme: “Priming Philippine Natural Products for the ASEAN Economic Community”
Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University, Taft Avenue, Manila


17th 2012 Dec 3 – 4
Theme: “Tapping Nature’s Potential: Methods in Natural Products Research”

Planta Hotel, Bacolod City


16th 2011 Dec 10
Theme: “Nature’s Molecular Design for Health and Wellness”
CME Auditorium, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
University of Santo Tomas, Manila


15th 2010 Dec 2 – 3
Theme: “Challenges of Product Development in Natural Products”
Visayas State University
Visca, Baybay City, Leyte


14th 2009 Dec 3-4
Theme: “Mining Nature’s Chemical Diversity for Various Applications”
Philippine Sino Center for Agricultural Technology
Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija


13th 2008 Dec 3
Theme: “Adding Value to Nature’s Chemical Profile”
National Institute of Science and Mathematics
Education Development Auditorium
University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City


12th 2007
Local Government Academy Training Center
University of the Philippines – Los Baños


11th 2006
Theme: “Natural Products Chemicals in the 21st Century: Innovations and Applications”
Dumaguete City


10th 2005
Theme: “Natural Products: Breakthrough Beyond Folklore and Traditions”

Escaler Hall
Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City


9th 2004 Dec 1
Theme: “Function Health Foods”
University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City


8th 2003 Dec 5 – 6
Theme: “Conserving Biodiversity Through Research”
Hotel Veniz
Baguio City


7th 2002 Dec 3
Bayanihan Hall, United Laboratories, Inc.
Mandaluyong City


6th 2001 Dec 5
Thomas Aquinas Research Complex Auditorium
University of Santo Tomas, Manila


5th 2000 Dec 1
E. O. Tan Hall, PCARRD
Los Baños, Laguna


4th 1999 Dec 6 – 8. Joint 4th NPSP & 21st PEMS Annual Conventions
Theme: “Recent Developments in the Discovery of Biologically Active Natural Products”
Escaler Hall
Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City


3rd 1998 Dec 7
William Shaw Little Theatre
De La Salle University, Manila


2nd 1997 Dec 1
AV Room, Social Sciences Building
Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City


1st 1996 Dec 5
University of Santo Tomas, Manila