New UP Alumni Association Officers Inducted

Published  at Philippine Sentinel, February 2016 and Kalatas, March 2016 –  by Pam Ventura

The new officers of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Australia – New South Wales Chapter were sworn into office by Cr. Edmond Atalla MP last 6th of February at the Max Webber Function Centre in Blacktown.

Serving for the term 2016-2018 are Dr. Corazon Catibog-Sinha (President), Alice Bergonia (Internal Vice President), Tiffi Ramos (External Vice President), Cresmar Yparraguirre (Secretary), Mica Arellano (Treasurer) and Christine Paul (Internal Auditor).  They were unanimously elected during the Association’s Christmas party on the 28th of November 2015.

In her acceptance speech, Dr. Sinha said that she hopes to continue UPAAA-NSW’s efforts including its Scholarship Grant for poor but academically-deserving UP students, its annual tree-planting during Planet Ark’s National Tree Day and its communications (website, Facebook and newsletter), among others.  She also pointed out that the main challenges for this term are to undertake community engagement activities (for which a committee has been established), review the Association’s Constitution and continue promoting its objectives while always linking it to the motto “Unity, Community and Loyalty”.  Special guest Cr. Atalla, representative of Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali, also cited the scholarship project, saying that “the best gift to give anyone is education”.  In sharing his story of how he got into public service, he also encouraged the association to “continue on your path, your objectives”.

Now on its 36th year, UPAAA-NSW is one of the pioneer Filipino organisations in the state. It aims to (1) assist UP in the fulfilment of its mission as an academic institution, (2) assist in the development and welfare of alumni in Australia and in the Philippines, (3) and foster socio-cultural development and interaction between the Association and the Australian community. For more information, visit the websites http://upaaa-nsw.org and www.facebook.com/UPAAANSW.

Looking After Our Elderly

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A free info session presented by UPAAA-NSW and the Philippine Australian Community Services Inc. (PACSI)

An info session presented by PACSI and UPAAA-NSW ~

For those who would like to attend, please RSVP for catering purposes (see contact details on the updated flyer).

NOTE: Access to the venue is via the external lift from the carpark or the foyer (ground floor) staircase at the right side (if you’re facing the building) of the main entrance. Access from inside the Library is not available.

UP sa Halalan 2016

The University of the Philippines, in partnership with ABS-­CBN Corporation, GMA Network, and CNN Philippines, has launched the UP sa Halalan 2016 project to promote clean, honest and empowering elections in the Philippines in May 2016. Click on the image below to visit the website.

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7th Oblation Cup, a Success

UPAAA-NSW hosted its 7th Oblation Cup Golf Tournament for the benefit of its Scholarship Grant on Easter Monday, 6th of April at the Rosnay Golf Course in Auburn.

Danny Martinez of Marayong won the coveted Cup. Under the system 36 format, his net score was 65 for which he received the prize of $200, the overall champion trophy and elevated his name to a space on the perpetual trophy.  Other winners were: Grade A- Kit Sta. Barbara, Grade B- James Frazer and Grade C- Ric de Vera. The runners-up were: Grade A- Bernie Balagtas, Grade B- Alvin Rebulado and Grade C- Ramon Estoque.  Winners of the “nearest to the pin” on par 3s were: Arnie Santos, James Frazer, Romy Aquino, Joe Baduria, Joe Cura, Tony Vivero, Max Borromeo and Kit Sta. Barbara.  Max Borromeo and Joe Cura each donated their $25 prize to the Grant.  A total of 75 golfers participated in the fundraising event co-chaired by Engr. Ferdi and Dr. Cora Francisco.

So far, five UP scholars were successfully supported and graduated by the program since 2008. All of them are now well-employed in their own fields:  two in information technology (IT), and one each in teaching, agriculture and science research. Currently, two scholars are being supported at the UP Visayas in Tacloban, Leyte, the area most devastated by the typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in 2013.

The golf event was blessed with a perfect weather and a sumptuous BBQ buffet lunch prepared by the UP alumni.  It was supported by the following major sponsors: Ayala Land International Sales Inc, headed by Zara Apolinario, Reming Biala, Zignal Travels, Australian Institute of Commerce and Language (AICL), Jess Arranz and Jet Aserios.

7th Oblation Cup Winners

Photo: (L-R) Dr. Cora Francisco (Co-Chairperson), Ric de Vera (winner Grade C), James Frazer (winner Grade B), Keith Sta. Barbara (winner Grade A), Danny Martinez (overall champion), Alvin Rebulado (runner-up Grade B), Ferdi Francisco (Co-Chairperson) and Jet Aserios (UPAAA-NSW Chapter President). Not in photo; Bernie Balagtas (runner-up Grade A) and Ramon Estoque (runner-up Grade C). See our gallery for more photos.

7th Oblation Cup Golf Tournament

Date:     6 April 2015 (Easter Monday)

Venue:  Rosnay (Auburn) Golf Course
                 5 Weymouth Avenue, Auburn NSW

Time:     Players’ registration from 6:00 AM
                 Tee off at 7:00 AM

Event Chairpersons:  Dr. Cora Francisco and Engr. Ferdi Francisco

UPDATE: Photos of 7th Oblation Cup Golf Tournament now available on Photos page.

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This annual Easter Monday event is the primary fundraiser for our Scholarship Grant which assists deserving undergraduate students from the University of the Philippines.

Since 2008, we have financially supported five scholars toward their graduation. We currently have two scholars who are both studying at UP Visayas – Tacloban College, one of the two UP campuses badly damaged by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013 (the other one being the School of Health Sciences in Palo, Leyte).

How To Join: Interested players must register by 30 March 2015. Please refer to the flyer below for more information.

How To Help: You can support this event (and in turn, our Scholarship Grant) by being a sponsor/donor. Any amount you can contribute will be highly appreciated. Kindly provide your contact details so we can acknowledge your contribution and send you an official receipt.

Please send your cheque/money order payable to UPAAA-NSW at PO Box 270, Penshurst LPO, Penshurst NSW 2222.

For direct deposits, please send an email to info.upaaa-nsw@yahoo.com to get the bank details.

7th Oblation Cup Flyer (pdf)

UPAAA-NSW Christmas Picnic 2014 with Family and Friends

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Sunday, 23 November 2014 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (AEDT)
Lions Park (North Burge Rd near Brick Wharf Rd), Woy Woy, NSW

UPDATE: Photos of Christmas Picnic 2014 now available on Photos page.

Join us for an early Christmas celebration with fellow UP alumni!

  • What to bring: Food & drinks (potluck), picnic mat (optional)
  • There will be games for adults & kids. Donations for prizes are welcome!
  • Getting to the venue (if you’re not going by car):  From Woy Woy train station, you can take Bus 64 (operated by Busways Central Coast) departing from Stand 4, & get off at Brick Wharf Rd near North Burge Rd stop. Or you can walk from the station (around 20 minutes).

Enquiries: info@upaaa-nsw.org

Please RSVP by 19 November (Thursday) at this link

Membership Survey

In preparation for UPAAA-NSW’s 35th anniversary in 2015, we would like to get your feedback to determine the alumni/membership profile in NSW & the ACT, and to help develop better and more efficient strategies toward achieving its goals.

This survey is open to all UP alumni in NSW and the ACT, whether members of UPAAA-NSW or not. Personal information provided in this survey will be used for membership purposes only and will not be disclosed to other parties without your written consent.

Please click here to participate in the survey.

An Interview With Our Scholar

Listen to SBS Radio Filipino’s interview with UPAAA-NSW’s recent scholar, Manuel “Chase” Castano III, who graduated cum laude in Community Development from UP Diliman last April. Thanks SBS & Annalyn Violata!

“It’s more than financial assistance. It’s actually the support given to you…”
  — Chase

Listen to podcast – Giving Back to Where You Once Belong

To find out more about UPAAA-NSW’s Scholarship Grant and how to help, click here