A highly productive, inspiring, and fun-filled 18th UPAAA General Assembly, Convention and Reunion, took place at the Wyndham Bayside in San Diego, CA last October 9-11, 2015. UPAAA President Dr. Juanita Santos Nacu was ably supported by her fellow members of the UP Alumni Association of San Diego led by Rita Buencamino Andrews, President.
The Convention theme, "UP Alumni As Agents of Effective Change: A Call To Action" rekindled past memories of youth activism with the rallying call attributed to Abraham "Ditto" Sarmiento, "Kung hindi tayo kikilos, sino ang kikilos? Kung hindi tayo kikibo, sino ang kikibo? Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?" The plenary sessions and panel speakers, all UP alumni, shared invaluable life experiences that made them effective agents of change in their own communities and workplaces. Read more...
Memories of the convention -
UPAAA SAN DIEGO – LOOKING BACK
by Ruby Leah Ordinario Agnir
Vice President for the South
UPAAA Distinguished Alumna Awardee
for Culture and the Arts
On Tuesday (October 13) morning,Ed and Igot home at around 5:30, tired but happy over what we regard as one of the best alumni conventions we have been to. It was the third UPAAA Convention/ Reunion we had attended.The first was held in Jacksonville where I received the Distinguished Alumna Award for Culture and the Arts, a highlight of my lifework.I had wondered if there was an organization for UP alumni in America.Suffice it to say, it was heartwarming to know that there is one where we could mingle with our fellow UP alumni and catch up on the what, where, and wherefore that the years had rolled through; where we could replenish old friendships battered by time and distance, and where we could form new relationships with those who uphold the same pursuit of excellence as any deserving graduate of the University of the Philippines does.Read more...
CONSUL GENERAL HERRERA-LIM INDUCTED THE 2015-2017 UPAAA, Inc.
EXECUTIVE BOARD OFFICERS led by NELSIE T. PARRADO, ELECTED PRESIDENT.
Photo by Zen Ply
Inducted elected officers shown on photo are Nelsie Tabudlong Parrado, Leonarda Santos (NJ) stand in for Mary Ann Akers, PhD (MD) VP East Region; Ruby Leah Ordinario Agnir (FL) VP South Region, Rita Buencamino Andrews (CA) VP West Region; Alicia Brown Stapleton (MI) VP Midwest Region. Zenaida Mendoza Sarmiento (IL), Secretary; Benita Maria Barros Murrel (MI), Auditor; Ma. Cristina Torres Colmenar (CA), Treasurer; Dr. Jose David (NY) West Region Liaison Officer; Dr. Aurora Cudal Rivera, (CA), Public Relations Officer; Emma Aquino (TN) South Region Liaison Officer; Zenaida Estoque Ply (CA), West Region Liaison; Olive Rocha Aliga (IL) Midwest Liaison Officer