Encouraged alumni to create an impact and take leadership
The President of the University of the Philippines, Atty. Angelo Jimenez was the special guest speaker and inducting officer of the newly-formed board of directors at the recently concluded 22nd UP Alumni Association in America (UPAAA) Biennial Grand Reunion and Convention (GRC). This event was held at the Hyatt Hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey on October 21, 2023. More than 250 of UP alumni and non-alumni guests witnessed one of, if not the most successful and grandiose GRC ever held by UPAAA. Other top guests present were former UP Manila Chancellor, who was recently conferred with Order of National Scientist, Dr. Carmencita Padilla, and Former Philippines Vice President, Atty. Leni Robredo.
This is the first time that President Jimenez graced the event of UPAAA. UP President Jimenez delivered a very inspiring and empowering speech. He encouraged every UP alumnus at the GRC, he said “If you want to do something, make it big, make it difficult, make it hard. Our job is to do the impossible, and to find a way finally of fulfilling the promise of UP to the Filipino people of a just, prosperous, and equitable society.”
Honored at this year’s GRC were the Jubilarians and the Outstanding UP alumni and alumni group in America. The concerted efforts of the GRC Team led by Dr. Jovenia Soriano-Celo (New Jersey) was shown in every detail of the GRC event. There were only accolades and praises that were given to the GRC leadership.
Incoming UPAAA President, Dr. Winston Umali (New Jersey) expressed his excitement to work with the new members of the board. He said “I anticipate an exciting term working harmoniously with these equally dedicated colleagues from different fields of expertise to address issues and needs of UP students from the different campuses of UP. UPAAA is uniquely positioned to be a center of alumni relations as we cater to ALL U.P. graduates residing all over the US, and aims to provide them a home where the UP spirit lives on! Padayon!”
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Atty. Angelo Jimenez