2nd September 1901
Botanist Gregorio Tiongson Velasquez was Born in born in Calumpit, Bulacan
Gregorio Tiongson Velasquez became known as known as father of Philippine Phycology.
In 1982 President Marcos awarded Velasquez National Scientist in Tropical Phycology for his pioneering research in the study of algae in the Philippines.
Dr. Velasquez made the original study of blue green algae (Myxophyceae) in the Philippines and dedicated 30 years to the study. His work was acknowledged not only in the Philippines but also internationally.
Dr. Velasquez is also honoured in the Men of Science, Division of Biological Sciences in 1969, World’s Who’s Who in Sciences.