Dr. Cantoria is one of the country’s best and most accomplished botanists. For her numerous outstanding researches find, she received recognition here and in foreign countries.
She finished her Bachelor of Science in Phamacy cum laude (1947) and Master of Science in Botany (1951) at the University of the Philippines. But she wanted to be one of the best. So Dr. Cantoria went to the Massachusetts College of Phamacy for her master Science in Phamacology major in plant physiology (1955), and finally a Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (1961) at the University of Chicago.
She also took a summer course in Radiation Biology at Argonne national Laboratory in 1961, and another UNESCO training course in Plant Physiology at the University of Delhi in 1965.
This extensive academic training made Dr. Cantoria a leading international authority in botany. Aside from her international commitments and positions held, she once worked as scientific research assistant at the prestigious National Research Council of the Philippines. Dr. Cantoria is also a long-time faculty member of the UP College of Phamacy, served as dean and is currently professor emeritus.
Among her most important books and published works are Phamacognosy in Action (1977), Workbook in Phamacognosy (1981), Physiological and Chemical Studies for the Identification of Philippine Mint (1970), Aromatic and Medicinal Herbs of the Philippines (1976), Physiology and Biochemistry of the Volatile Oils of Mentha Species (1980), and The Identification of Zingeber purpureum (1986).