2019 20th UPAAA Grand Reunion and Convention - Souvenir Journal

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President Danilo L. Concepcion President Danilo Lardizabal Concepción is the 21st President of the University of the Philippines. His six-year term started in February 2017, serving after former President Alfredo E. Pascual. With a vision to lead UP in fulfilling service that true to its slogan “honor and excellence”, but more importantly with compassion, President Concepcion commenced his term with the following guiding principles: From his Vision Statement, before his election: 1. The University’s academic thrust should reflect its concern for the welfare of its primary constituency— the Nation. 2. UP’s admission and financial aid system should respond to the needs of all deserving students. 3. UP should endeavor to deliver efficient and effective services to its constituency within the campus and extend meaningful support to all its personnel. 4. As its contribution to prudent management of public resources, UP should conceive of creative ways to boost its income without abandoning the campaign for increased government subsidy. 5. UP should contribute to national development. “Malasakit”, the preferred term in Filipino, means we suffer with our fellow students, fellow workers, and fellow Filipinos. It is not simply knowing what each other go through, or understanding their burden, but sharing each other’s burden that it may become lighter. He has initiated his term with this as his administration’s core virtue. Background President Concepcion is a member of the UP College of Law faculty where he served as Dean (2011-2017), as Associate Dean (2002-2006), and as Head of the UP Law Center (2002-2006). He also served briefly as the Vice President for Legal Affairs and the UP Bonifacio Global City Campus’ Executive Director in former President Pascual’s term. President Concepcion was appointed as President of the Dela Salle-Araneta University from 2000-2002 before returning to UP to teach at the College of Law. He also served in various capacities for the government including his appointment as Associate Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (1996-2000), Chief-of-Staff of the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel (1996), among others. Presently, he continues his work in the Philippine Judicial Academy’s Civil Code Committee, the MCLE Governing Board, the Supreme Court’s Committee on Bar Matter and Continuing Legal Education, the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela’s Board of Regents, and the Philippine Association of Law Schools. His civic activities include his governorship at the Philippine Red Cross; Knight Grand Order of Rizal for the Order of the Knights of Rizal, fellowship with the Upsilon Sigma Phi Fraternity, and membership in the Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society among many others. He graduated from Dela Salle-Araneta University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering (summa cum laude) and was a topnotcher for the Agricultural Engineers’ State Board Examination in 1979. He then took his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at the UP College of Law where he graduated in 1983 as cum laude, also belonging to the top passers of the Bar Examination in the same year. He received his Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of London, Queen Mary College in 1986, attending as a Chevening Scholar. He also underwent the Finance for Senior Executives program at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in 2000 where he received recognition as the Best Financial Strategist. Roles and Powers of the University President The UP President is the Chief Academic Officer, Head of the University Faculty, and Chief Executive Officer of the University for a fixed term of 6 years. The President is expected to pursue goals stated in the UP Charter and pursue the Vision-Mission (which is later refined into a 6-year strategic development plan) s/he pledged to the community. Source: https://op.up.edu.ph/index.php/about-op/the-university-president/ 006


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MESSAGE Greetings!!! It has been a privilege and an honor to have served as president of this great organization, the University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America, Inc. From 2016 till end of 2019, my fellow Board members and I charted the course ofUPAAA to what an alumni association can and should be. We never lost sight ofour main mission - to promote and support the Alma mater as a premier institution of learning in its pursuit of academic excellence and preeminence in nation building. In addition, we aimed to connect with alumni locally and globally through meaningful programs, services and communications. As Team UPAAA, we have launched programs to support our mission, to wit: 1. a Stipend Scholarship program for undergraduate students in seven ofthe eight constituent universities ofUP; 2. financial support for community outreach projects ofstudents in UP Diliman, UP Visayas, and UP Mindanao, benefitting not only the students, but the community as well, through Project AGAPAY and UPV Students in Partnership with the Community (UPVSPC); 3. ensuring food security among UP varsity athletes in UP Diliman; and 4. Adopt-a-dorm project. At the local level, UPAAA partnered with a school district in San Diego, CA to successfully advocate for the continuation ofPilipino language teaching at the secondary level. In New Jersey, we presented cultural events in collaboration with other organizations, i.e. UPMASA and Handang Tumulong Foundation. We amended the Constitution and By­ Laws to align with that of UPAA Diliman, and other UPAAs worldwide, at the same time staying in compliance with the requirements ofa non-profit, 501 (C ) (3 ) organization in the USA. UPAAA has continued the tradition of holding a biennial grand reunion during which we award and honor alumni who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields of expertise, and recognize alumni celebrating their jubilee years. The theme "LEAP" for this 20th Grand Reunion and Convention stands for "Lead, Elevate, Advance, Participate". It describes the path we, the Iskolars ng Bayan, took after passing thru the portals ofour beloved Alma Mater. Our esteemed speakers at this Grand Reunion, by their chosen paths, epitomize how we alumni actualize our UP education, wherever in the world we may be. As I end my two-year term as president ofUPAAA, I would like to thank the Board ofDirectors and Committee Chairs who have made my task easier. It was a pleasure to serve, get to know fellow alumni, and realize that most ofus share the same aspiration in life - to help our fellowmen and our Alma Mater. I thank the UPAA San Francisco chapter for co-hosting this grand reunion with UPAAA. It was a joy working with the chapter, especially with their president Ms. Sonia Delen. To our sponsors, Megaworld International, Philippine Airlines, media sponsors TFC, Asian Journal, FilAm Star, Philippine News, Mango Tours, Ms. Polly Cortez, and Ms. Nimfa Gamez - Thank you! To President Danilo Concepcion and his team, I am grateful for the support you have extended during my term - Thank you! Lastly, my sincere appreciation and thanks to my family, especially my husband Steve, who has supported me through all the four years I served UPAAA. I will always treasure the happy memories serving this great organization. My fellow alumni, I will very soon bid goodbye to the position ofPresident... but with a strong resolve that I will be within reach to extend my help. I know that the newly elected officers and board members are all dedicated in supporting our beloved UP. And so, I dare say, ''this is not the end ... not even the beginning ofthe end ... but this is the start ofa new beginning." Mabuhay!








History & Mission


The University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America was founded in 1981 by a group of graduates of the University of the Philippines in New Jersey, led by Dr. Arsenio Talingdan. Its primary aim is to unite UP alumni associations in America and to work for the preservation of the UP System as the national center for academic excellence, freedom and service. In 38 years, UPAAA Inc. has held 20 General Assembly and Convention of UP alumni in the United States. It has a long list of accomplishment, including a Scholarship Fund, Professional Chairs and the recognition of and granting of award to alumni in the US who excel in their profession and field of expertise. It has maintained communication lines with the University and raised awareness among UP students that the alumni are responsive to their needs.

ABOUT UPAASF History & Mission


The University of the Philippines Alumni Association of San Francisco, Inc. (UPAASF) organized in July 1973 in Daly City, California serves as the premier lead for organized activity of the University of the Philippines alumni circle of the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the years it has supported the University in raising funds for significant projects and has been robust in its mission towards the sustainability of Filipino values and Philippine cultural traditions through its Annual Filipino Cultural Immersion Camp for children 8-16 years old. The 2-week summer program is open to all. The Officers and Board Directors of UPAASF are the engine of various committees which include Membership, Philanthropy, Filipino Heritage & Community Engagement, Fundraising, Communications and consistently respond, as a group or as individuals, to other calls for collaboration for the broader aspect of communitybuilding in the Bay Area, or relief assistance to the people of the Philippines affected by natural disasters and philanthropic programs in various UP alumni chapters in the Philippines.


Our Theme: LEAP

Lead. Elevate. Advance. Participate LEAP is a bold invitation to Lead- a call to action for our alumni to show their excellence in leadership, which is what UP does so well. Elevate- to raise the university’s global profile and challenge ourselves and the University to critically think of the future and meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. Advance- to empower and support the mission of the university and its alumni to succeed in their personal and professional endeavors. Participate- to take active involvement and inspire change to strengthen the alumni organization and the University.


DAY 1- AUGUST 30TH (FRI) 4:00- 5:00PM 5:00-6:00 6:00-7:00 7:00-9:00

Open Registration/ Check-in Open Exhibitors Hall; Innovation Room Reception Entertainment & Networking

DAY 2- AUGUST 31ST (SAT) 8:00- 9:00AM 9:00-9:15 9:15-9:30 9:30-9:45 9:45-10:00 10:00-10:15 10:15-10:30 10:30-12:00

12:00-1:00 12:30-1:20 1:20-2:40

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4:00-5:00 5:00-6:00 6:00-12:00MN

Breakfast Invocation- Rev. Fr. Greg Gaston Welcome Remarks- Sonia Delen, President- UPAASF Opening Remarks- Consul General Henry Bensurto Jr. Introduction Keynote Speaker- Nelsie Parrado, President-UPAAA Keynote Speaker- Danilo L. Concepcion, Esq., President-UP BREAK LEAD: Leading by Example, the UP Way Moderator: Ethel Rubio Speakers: Mary Lou Cunanan, CEO-Vision International PH, Olivia de Jesus, COO- ABS-CBN Cris Liban, D.Env., Exec. Director-LA Metropolitan Luncheon sponsored by MegaWorld International The Art of Business Acquisition & Wealth Creation- Loida Nicolas Lewis, Esq., CEO & Philanthropist REFLECTING THE TRUTH: Telling the Filipino Story through Mass Media Moderator: Elena Mangahas Speakers: Benito Bautista, Film Director & Scriptwriter- San Diego Filipino Cinema Anton Juan, Ph.D., Director & Playwright- University of Notre Dame du Lac ELEVATE: Raising the Profile of the Filipino Globally Moderator: Letty Quizon Speakers: Cristeta Comerford, Executive Chef, Nerissa Fernandez, Global Head of Corporate Affairs-ABS-CBN Global & Jacquiline Romero, Ph.D., Quantum PhysicistUniversity of Queensland, Australia Mixers/Chapters & Networking FREE TIME FELLOWSHIP NIGHT Master of Ceremonies- Hennie Espinosa, ABS-CBN Welcome Remarks- Nelsie Parrado, UPAAA President Special Message – Danilo L. Concepcion, Esq., President-UP Presentation of Jubilarians Awarding of Certificate of Appreciation-Nelsie Parrado, UPAAA President Special Number- Ramon Acoymo, Ph.D. In Memoriam Entertainment (UP Got Talent)/ Dancing 016

DAY 3- SEPTEMBER 1ST (SUN) 7:30- 8:30AM 8:30-9:00 9:00-10:45

10:45-11:00 11:00-12:00

12:00-1:00 1:30-3:00

3:00-5:00 5:00-6:00 6:00-12:00MN

MASS- Rev. Father Greg Gaston and Deacon Mar Tano BREAKFAST ADVANCE: Advancing Filipino Innovation Worldwide Forum Moderator: Earl Valencia, Founder IdeaSpace Speakers: Diosdado (Dado) Banatao, Venture Capitalist & Philanthropist & Rosario (Chato) Calderon, UP Engineering R&D Foundation International BREAK PARTICIPATE: Town Hall Moderator: Jay Gonzalez,PhD, Professor- Golden Gate University Speakers: UPAA in the Philippines-Maria Angelica Abad, UP Alumni Relations Philanthropy- Polly Cortez, Vice Chair- Friends of the UP Foundation in America Neuroscience Center- Gerard (Gap) Legaspi, MD, Neurosurgeon & Director- UP-PGH Current US Immigration Trends Affecting Fil-Am Community - Lourdes Tancinco, Esq., Immigration Lawyer All UP Chapter Fundraisers LUNCH UPAAA Business Meeting President’s Report-UPAAA President Nelsie Parrado Treasurer’s Report- UPAAA Treasurer Gary Camacho Presentation of 2020-2021 Officers FREE TIME Assembly of Jubilarians GALA Master of Ceremonies- Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN Welcome Remarks- Sonia Delen, UPAASF President Acknowledgment of the Jubilarians Message- Danilo Concepcion, Esq., President-UP Distinguished Alumni & Special Recognition Awards Acceptance of Award- Jacquiline Romero, Ph.D., Quantum Physicist Special Numbers: Cecille Azarcon, Bambi Lorica, MD , Victor Lorica, MD & Robert Shroder FUND-A-NEED Auction Induction of UPAAA 2020-2021 Officers Acceptance Speech of the Newly Elected UPAAA President Closing Remarks- Nelsie Parrado- UPAAA President

DAY 4- SEPTEMBER 2nd (MON) 9:00-11:00AM

1ST UPAAA Board Meeting

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University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America, Inc. (UPAAA)

Honors the UP Alumni

2019 JUBILARIANS DIAMOND (1950-1960) Grace Fabella Bulaong Juanita Francisco Caccam, PhD Aracaeli Estrella Carbonell Jaime Cortes Carmencita Quesada Fulgado, PhD Luzviminda Sapin Micabalo Victor Gacusan

BS Library Science, MA ‘67 BS Chemistry AB History & Social Sciences BS Business Administration AB Psychology BS Nursing BS Civil Engineering

EMERALD (1964, 1965) Jovenia Soriano Celo, MD Evelyn Sibal de Jesus Danilo deLa Cruz Emmanuel Uvero Pomillos Daisy Magalit Rodriguez Constancia Somera-Uy Josefino Tunac

UPHS, BS Hygiene, MD ‘78 BS Nursing BS Electrical Engineering BS Metallurgical Engineering BS Nursing, MN ‘71 BS Pre-Med, MD ‘67 BS Agriculture

GOLD (1969, 1970) Amy Allen Dina Barros-Ellorin Morna Rabuy Cruz Edmundo Nicanor Damasco Celia Pangilinan Donahue Filipinas Daguio Hower Myles Garcia Julieta Zarate Hudson Gemma Nemenzo Editha Orlino-Oliva, MD Juanito Regadio Irene Bobis Roldan Gloria Amayun Smitka Francisco Santos Sy, MD Al Viceral Rebecca Viceral Pilar Fernandez Whitmore

BS Nursing BS Food Technology AB Economics UP ROTC Advanced Course Graduate BS Foreign Service BS Chemical Engineering AB Broadcast Communication BS Business Administration AB Journalism BS Pre-Med, MD ‘70 BS Forestry BS Nursing BS Nursing BS Pre-Med UP ROTC Advanced Course Graduate BS Nursing BS Chemical Engineering


University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America, Inc. (UPAAA)

Honors the UP Alumni

2019 JUBILARIANS SAPPHIRE (1974, 1975)

Leodegario Camacho Edmundo Nicanor Damasco Solita Lumicao Kennard Maria Teresa Lazo-Farrales Adela Navarro, MD Zenaida Estoque Ply Francisco Santos Sy, MD

BSBA Accounting BS Industrial Pharmacy BS Nursing BS Nursing BS Pre-Med, MD ‘75 BS Math, DIP Statistics ‘75 MD ‘75

RUBY (1979, 1980) Maria Cristina Torres Colmenar Veronica David, MD Romeo de Guzman Joe Garbanzos Mae Perez Cesar Ramirez Melissa Ramos Estacio-Leon Saunders Jose Tinio Wilhelmina Aguilar Ungco Luisa Yee

BS Statistics BS Zoology, MD ‘84 UP ROTC (Biology) BA Journalism BS Zoology AB Political Science Military Law School (CAT) BA Economics/BS Military Science, MBA ‘80 BS Nursing BS Chemistry

CORAL (1984, 1985) Raoul Bernal Pia Lopezbanos-Carrion Ricardo Dira Gregory Ramon Gaston, Fr. Annie Cielo Mader Melissa Migallos Ma. Jean Mizell Maria Angelina Relos Wilhelmina Rubio Wilfredo Prudente Sarino Agnes Senoma

BS Statistics BA Communications BA Economics BS Zoology BS Chemical Engineering Teacher’s Diploma in Music, Major in Voice AB Economics AB Broadcast Communication BA Communications AB History BSBA Accounting


University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America, Inc. (UPAAA)

Honors the UP Alumni

2019 JUBILARIANS PEARL (1989, 1990) Sarah Bengzon Lolita Castillo Nerissa Fernandez Solita Kennard Emmanuel Cris Liban, D. Env. Rene Relos, MD

BS Statistics Undergraduate Degree BA Mass Communication BS Nursing BS Geology BS Psychology, MD ‘90

SILVER (1994, 1995) Simeon Yuvienco Godinez Allan Pineda Amabelle Sison-Estante Winston Umali, MD

BS Computer Science BA Economics BSBA Accounting MD ‘94

PLATINUM (1999, 2000) Wella Crowder Henni Espinosa Veneranda Geronimo Karen Lechonsito-Moore Kim Miyajima Christie Norton Gabriel Ortigoza Anna Marie Laborte Palalon Catherine Mendoza Tan

BA Mass Communication BA Broadcast Communication MA Industrial Relations BA Mass Communication BA Mass Communication BA Mass Communication BS Management BA Psychology BS Secondary Education

CRYSTAL (2004, 2005) Michaela Abao-Viray Fe Poblete-Quiambao

BS FLCD, MA Industrial-Organizational Psychology ‘11 BS Chemistry

WOOD (2014, 2015) Jandel Cabasura Isdras Dahinog Rembrant Gamboa

M. Ed. Mathematics M. Ed. Mathematics BS Materials Engineering


WITH GRATITUDE: UPAAA'S TRIBUTE TO A GREAT MAN By: Nora Quesada-Catiis, UPAAA Assistant Secretary

Arsenio Preza Talingdan, PhD: March 30, 1930- April 20, 2018 UPAAA's FOUNDING FATHER AND FIRST PRESIDENT Above are photos of Dr. Arse (as we fondly call him): On the left, as a young man, in his 357-page­ "digital book" (2005/2006) made available by subscription only: "UPAAA: History, Goals, Officers, Activities and Accomplishments. " On the right is the photo from his article in "Memoirs of UP Alumni Abroad" in 2008, entitled "What UP. Means to Me". The young man full of ambitious dreams that we see here became the highly accomplished Dr. Arse that we know, respect and admire: a visionary, charming, thrifty and dynamic man. We will always remember his strong resolve to succeed: a self-made man who always did his best in pursuit of his goals and dreams, who loved to tell stories and record events, and by his example, motivated people to make a difference. Most of all, we are grateful for his commitment, passion and love for U.P. and its alumni! Graduating with honors from Abra High School, he earned several U.P. degrees: Associate in Arts in 1951; Bachelor of Arts in 1953, and Master of Public Administration in 1955. In 1973, after a successful career in the Philippines which included teaching in U.P., he and wife Josefa and children migrated to the US, settling in Teaneck, New Jersey. He worked as a Higher Education Assistant at Hunter College, City University of New York from 1973 to 1976; Regional Medical Care Administrator in 1977 and Associate Medical Care Administrator from 1978-2003 at the New York State Department of Health from where he retired in March 2003. As a working student, he earned four additional degrees from various U.S. educational institutions: a BSC in Accounting, an MA in Organization and Management, an MBA in Health Services Management and a PhD in Health Care Administration. With his pioneering and organizing spirit and love for U.P, he tirelessly encouraged every U.P. alumnus and alumna he met to network, organize, and to make a difference. With 12 U.P.alumni friends, he founded UPAA New Jersey in 1980 and UPAAA on Memorial Day, May 25, 1981! THANK YOU, DR. ARSE, for being an Icon of Integrity and for leading the Way! Quoting the last lines of your Memoir, " UP. means the ability to lead the community. UP. means serving the country and humanity", you truly are an inspiration and a role model for every Iskolar ng Bayan to live up to the famous lines of U.P. Beloved: "Far tho' we wander...Loyal thy sons we'll ever be!"







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Through VISION PH, Ms. Cunanan empowers and enables Filipino youth to showcase their talents to the world. As a professional student exchange programme agency, her organization provides opportunities to fresh graduates and young professionals to push their own boundaries, support themselves and their families, develop their skills and gain fresh perspectives through an international job exposure. Having experienced it herself as J-1 Management Intern and being an alumna of US State Department International Cultural Exchange Program, it has become her advocacy to make those opportunities accessible to aspiring Filipino students. She has been recently recognized for her work and is a recipient of the "100 Most Influential Filipina Global Award" under the Emerging Leader category (for individuals under 35 years old). Ms. Cunanan earned a BS degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management from UP Diliman and currently a Candidate Graduate of Executive Masters in Business Administration at Asian Institute of Management. She is on a mission to speak about women's rights and social welfare of Filipino women globally.

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Cristeta Comerford became the first woman executive chef at the White House when she was appointed by First Lady Laura Bush in 2005. She would be retained as the head chef under the administration of the succeeding presidents. For years, she has been designing and executing menus for large official state dinners and social events like Congressional picnic for 3,000 guests. Her mentoring and leadership skills have been a key to the success of the White House Kitchen. She's a member of the Le Club des Chefs des Chefs, an elite association of the chefs of world leaders. She and her husband, John have also been involved in volunteerism such as humanitarian trips to impoverished towns in other countries. She would also speak at International Women's Leadership Conference and inspire younger culinarians. Chef Comerford attended the University of the Philippines majoring in Food Technology. After UP, she got her job at Chicago's Sheraton Hotel and since then has over 26 years of culinary experience which includes fine dining restaurants in Austria, Napa Valley and France.

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Vice-Chairperson- Friends of the UP Foundation in America (FUPFA) Ms. Cortez serves as the Vice Chair/Executive Director of FUPFA , a national non-profit charitable foundation incorporated in California in 1982. She oversees its operations and designs strategies to engage UP community members as fundraising partners to advance the mission of the university. Since taking the role in 2006, she has demonstrated sustained commitment to creating and encouraging a culture of generosity and collaborative funding. Prior to this, she held various senior-level positions at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and was the Federal Banking Regulator at the United States Department ofTreasury before retiring in 2015. Her philanthropic work and professional accomplishments have been recognized as she was given the Outstanding Alumni Award by UP Virata School of Business in 2016 and Kalayaan Hero Award in 2018 by the Philippines Consulate General-San Francisco Calfornia, along with other performance awards from the U.S Department ofTreasury. Ms. Cortez was also a founding member of Camp CEO, which mentors underserved and at-risk teens in San Francisco. Her activity community involvement extends to other organizations such as the Girl Scouts of USA and Northern California. She earned her B.S. degree in Business Administration from UP and MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA.

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Mrs. Lewis is Chair and CEO ofTLC Beatrice, LLC, a family investment firm. A lawyer by profession, admitted to practice in the Philippines and New York, Mrs. Lewis was the first Filipino woman to pass the New York bar without attending law school in the United States.

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Mrs. Lewis is also the Chair of the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, which is a benefactor of Harvard Law School, Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Virginia State University and the Lewis College in Sorsogon her home town in the Philippines. A building has been name at those institutions in Mr. Lewis' honor. The foundation is also a major donor to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Lewis is member of the Board of Directors of Children's Orchestra Society, US Philippines Society and the ApolloTheatre Foundation. She is co-founder of several advocacy organizations: Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund, National Federation of Filipino-American Associations, US Pinoys for Good Governance and Global Filipino Diaspora Council. She earned her Bachelor of Laws from University of the Philippines Diliman.

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OLIVE ROCHA-ALIGA LEADERSHIP, GENDER EQUALITY AND WOMEN EMPOWERMENT Ms. Aliga is the President of the University of the Philippines Vanguard Corps of Sponsors Alumni International (UPVCSAI. She has provided strong leadership to UPVCSAI from its inception in 2004 to the present. It has members from the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, T hailand, the Netherlands, Spain, and the Philippines. UPVCSAI has supported various community-based projects in the Philippines. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from U.P. in 1973.

JUANITA FRANCISCO CACCAM,PhD BIOCHEMISTRY AND COMMUNITY SERVICE Dr. Caccam developed a laboratory screening method for neonatal hypothyroidism at the San Diego Institute of Pathology and Maas Diagnostic Laboratory. She was a founding board member and past president of the Samahan Filipino American Performing Arts


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UPAAA, Inc. 2018-'19 Board of Directors and Officers *Committee Chair & Membership

Interim Executive Vice-President Daisy M. Rodriguez, RN(CA) *Constitution & Bylaws

National President Nelsie T. Parrado, CTLC {NJ)

Regional Vice-President - East Lourdes P. Corrales, MBA(NJ) *Ways & Means Committee

Secretary Jovenia S. Celo, MD(NJ) *Membership/Scholarships

Regional VP - Midwest Zenaida M.Sarmiento, RN (IL) *Jubilarian

Regional VP - South Emma N. Aquino(TN) *GRC Evaluation

Regional VP - West Zenaida E. Ply {CA) *Souvenir Journal

Assistant Secretary Nora Q. Catiis(NJ)

Treasurer Leodegario Q. Camacho, CPA (NJ) *Finance

Assistant Treasurer Ana lsabela Q. Parcon {NV)

Auditor Ma. Cristina T. Colmenar, MBA(CA)

PRO Raquel L.Sabas(CA) *2019 Grand Reunion & Convention

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Thank you for your tremendous help in making the 20th UPAAA Grand Reunion and Convention a success! The efficient collaboration between the UPAAA and the UPAA-SF has laid the groundwork for a rewarding weekend.
















by Anton Juan, Jr

Full Professor / Theatre and Film Director & Playwright Artistic Director, New Playwrights Workshop Department of Film, Television, and Theatre Faculty Fellow, Kellog Institute for International Studies Faculty Fellow, Center for Civil and Human Rights Faculty Fellow, Nanovic Institute for European Studies Faculty Fellow, Liu Institute for Asian Studies University of Notre Dame I have seen these kalachuchi trunks grow from fragile to robust, see folds grow on them like joyously fat circus ladies adorned with flowers that twirl when they fall, and continue giving off their scents till the petals become brown on the ground. I have walked the length of this corridor as student, teacher, director, and as I walk it again to the theatre, as memory. This long corridor, as all the objects and tracks that mark the repetitions, variations, and contrasts of my life, is in me. My first days UP were a bazaar. So unlike the empty Ateneo halls during classes. You’d enter the basement early in the morning, share Mommy’s adobo sandwich, or guinataan so sticky and thick the poetess Virginia Moreno once lost her false teeth to the battle with bilo-bilo while in rapture waxing how she should have been born in Paris. As if the 68 Sorbonne did not have its parallels. In the corridors manifestos were being distributed. Mila Guerrero traced the cultural history of the Philippines – now sadly no longer being taught hence the cultural illiteracy of our students – through the dichotomies of issues of a culture that was caught between a culture of heroes and a culture of traitors. Pete Daroy taught Rizal from the bottom of the river where he called upon us to resurrect the jewels of the race buried at the bottom of the river, guarded by the crocodiles of colonizers. Dolores Feria was taking her classes to exposure trips to Laguna to learn from the coconut farmers. There, I remember seeing for the first time, a dead child with eyes half-open lying on a cradle and not in a coffin. It was obvious the child too had died of malnutrition. My math classes were on the second floor at the center of which was the old AS theatre.. In one of these dark rooms on the East side, Professor Campos would take out his revolver and put it on the table, as if to terrorize activists, for the Ilocano professor was a Marcos loyalist: blood is thicker than race or nation. On this same floor on the West, floor Bien Lumbrera met his Philippine Literature in English class , then a visiting professor from Ateneo, a friend of Rolando Tinio, and somehow they all spoke English the same way – with the an English accent – and yet no sooner than the urgent fast-changing times would make him, would Bien give his lectures in Pilipino and Rolando translate major world drama into Pilipino. In 69, Behn Cervantes arrived form Hawaii. I thought he looked like Rudolf Nureyev. I took his class in directing at the AS theatre (now the Guerrero theatre) and from him I learned this: just do it already. Everyone enjoyed listening to him destroy the gods and, and he had fun acting even for his students. Once we did “The Zoo Story” together and his adrenalin plus mine is equal to we break the park bench on the line: “Get out of this bench, this is mine.” We were supposed to go drop our capes nude in “Apollo of Bellac” – I the Man and he the shadow,


meeting centerstage, turning facing each other, during which he articulates behind his teeth: “You think I’m going to do it, you think I’m going to do it?” And we are actually challenging each other half between laughter and seriousness, forgetting all the sensitivity, temperament, and intelligence – for God’s sake this was nudity and there were all the English teachers in the audience including Mother Superior Dadufalza and Prof. Arvisu, auntie of Opus Dei leader, the playwright Paul Dumol. So the cue comes - “See me now I am Man” - so I drop my cape and I turn around to look at Behn and he is there, cape and all and regally clothed and I the royal fool, nude, walking, as the director LJ Laurico had instructed, among the audience. And there I was walking up and down the aisle nude. That was the first nude scene in the Guerrero theatre. And Behn, I could hear him laughing relishing every minute of it like a mocking Mephistopheles. Before the declaration of Martial Law, we had taken theatre to the streets. It was Dolores Feria who first took me on an immersion trip in Batangas. And there among the coconut farmers who earned PhP 1 for each stripped coconut I asked myself again: “Who is judging? Who is judging?” Prof. Pacita Fernandez was my Professor in Literature and the Other Arts. She marked in my mind the relationship between the mangled hands of potato peelers and the farmers of Vang Gogh and all the peasants of the world became clear to me: it was the history of dichotomies: between mangled hands and the manicured nails of Imelda’s blue ladies I had seen in CCP, between the veined necks and the necks of these ladies stretched by collars of diamonds and emeralds greener than all these fields and coconuts. Who is judging? The first anti-play after Aurelio Tolentino’s “Bagong Kristo” with a transformational Christ figure was Tanghalang Bayan’s “Ang Pasyon ni Juan de la Cruz.” Juan de la Cruz was Christ tortured by the oppressive power-brokers; he carried the cross in the streets from UP to Tondo to Caloocan, a long march to Calvary. But Calvary was each step on the hot asphalt. The soldiers were all geared up, masks and all some of them, most of them in their rented boots and costumes --- they too being victims of the dichotomy and schisms of our oppressive history. Dr. Wilhemina Ramas’ class in World Drama was the most difficult of all the classes. There one had to read or go to hell. And one had to go through a detailed textual study of the lines, differentiate between the Eternal Womanly seductress and the Eternal Womanly who transcends the pain and sufferings of love. But she understood fully the relationship between the text and the objective realities going on, albeit being a sister of a general of the regime. We did Trojan Women in the sets of a mountain of desks and classroom tables that had been thrown in the streets outside for the barricades of the Diliman Commune. There on the mountain of desks, the oracles of Athenian occupation and slaughter of Milos would be articulated in the metaphor of Troy, now transformed to the history of Martal Law and the first quarter storm. In 1972, after Martial Law was declared, there was the need to look for traditional forms of theatre that could b e respected as heritage and allowed by the Bureau of Standards for Mass Media, that had shut down my performances of Marat-Sade for subversive content. So, gathering a group of committed workers from the drug companies who believed in the freedom of expression, we formed Dulaang Malaya and did a repeat of Aurelio Tolentino’s “Bagong Kristo” that had not been done since it was performed in 1906 following his “Kahapon, Ngayon, at Bukas (1903). 073

After a series of investigations I was allowed to have my passport. I left for Italy and then from there went to France and there, in Nancy, met other directors and artists who too were fighting their dictatorships and oppressive cultures, among them, Augusto Boal and Dario Fo. I was fortunate to have studied under Grotowsky school actor Radu Penciulescu. We did Ubu Roi in the streets of Nancy. It was similar to, but not like, the Senakulo in the stinging streets of Manila. Somehow there was no sense of danger here. It was not again till I would comeback from France that I would go back to the Guerrero. I was looking for a group of actors to take back with me to the Festival Mondial du Theatre in Nancy France. Jack Lang who would later be the Minister of Culture of France had wanted me to bring an entry into the festival. So I formed a pick-up cast of actors from U.P., since Dulaang U.P. had still not been formed, and among them, Tony Mabesa, who had just come from Hawaii as well, He tagged Alex Cortez along, who had come back to eventually leave his first career as a psychiatric nurse to become a theatre student. In that group were painter Lito Carating, French Literature Professor and actress Lina Castrence who would bear her breasts to the military to repeat the action of the Igorot women who stood bare in protest in front of bulldozers and refused to leave their ancestral land. Celina Cristobal was a very young actress and Jun de Leon would be our musician. Monino Duque would be our technical director, and Tony Nierras would be our stage manager, as well as the romantic or rather artistic inspiration of Celina and Alex. In Nancy we received thirty-six standing ovations, and there was Tony, with proud, flaring nostrils, milking the audience for another bow, while the audience stamped their feet and applauded.

I could have stayed on in France and worked there, but the sound of applause from foreign hands were not the same as the eyes and ears of my own countrymen. And I have very much to thank for in that decision to return. In this corridor I walked with my students - Jorge Ledesma and Cris Millado, Elizabeth Piccio, Dennis Marasigan…They were the first batch. The very same light towers I am using for “Shadows of the Reef” I used in my first Dulaang U.P. play, “La Ronde” (“Pag-ibig, Pag-ibig, At Pag-ibig pa Rin”). Behn was the general who made love with the thief. It was a burlesque on the military and the canon of social disease. It was significant because friendships were born. And it was Behn’s first Tagalog play. Tony did the set of swastika and barb wire. I gathered the costumes together, and thanked the forever loyal jade make-up for the zero mask-like faces. We all worked together faculty and the first batch of theatre arts students. The play was very physical, and I think the legacy of sound-sense and movement began there with that play, the scenes moving like language in space. And the impact of what I have taught on the future artists of our theatre lies in that school of the word made flesh, of what I have, to seek for a term, called “Language in Space. There are many tracks that race out of this corridor into that Guerrero theatre. When I arrive there tonight for rehearsals, I know I will have carried in me Prof. Nieves Epistola’s stylistic mark on my spirit, she who taught me to count in space the syllbles and their arrangement, the tracks they form and the traces they leave in the caves of the mind. Those tracks will pierce through the bloodlines of my students. I carry my mentors with me, and in my writing S.V.’s “Yu-gen” principle will sparely seek the essence of both salt and sweat, like the salt and sweat in the poetry of waiting Chinese concubines. My students will brush the floor like brushstrokes of Vinluan and matted combed seaweeds of Carating, and the women will be like Betty Gosiengfiao taking forth the healing powers of the moon. My students carry my own mentors on their shoulders and they will


one day understand if they still do not know it now, what the meaning is of the question: “What is your face before you are born?” And if I place before them a chair and ask them, “How far is the chair?” Memory. The chair is as far as memory. And because this corridor is long, the names will fall to the ground and brown like these kalachuchi flowers in the rain. For the next May. It was on this corridor where Freddie told me he amassed his students before their trip to the barrios and performed in gymnasia and plazas. Here Tita Amel talked to me about Sisa’s ghost and from this ghost I learned to make my voice sound like the burning of fire and in turn taught my students the same. On this corridor John Batalla, then a student and rehearsal master cum lighting designer cum technical director took the chorus of “Bacchae” to rehearse the water chorus, where urgently Senor Gregorio ran up to gently tell me that the water from”Bacchae” had seeped through the floors of Guerrero and damaged the records below, where Virgie traipsed like her “Philomela before she was raped” followed by her mocking clown, toothless Dodo Defeo; and Tony Mabesa formed in his mind the memorable transformations of bamboos in “Caucasian Chalk Circle,” Alex Cortez let his first true moon he owned melt down on Lorca landscapes, and where Ogie did “Swan Lake” on toe shoes summoned by Ubu and his wife, where many of my students ate sand or slipped in water - Frances Makil, Bart Guingona, Peter Serrano, Randoy Ranay, Joey Ting, Yannis Limtsioulis, who was my Lear’s storm and Dexter Santos who was once my Cordelia. And on this lobby there was the gathering of audiences – the interested, the convinced, the converted, the cynical, the friends. And those who encouraged the spirit to create – my sister Jenny in continuing reflection and my mother, the moon goddesses; Emer Roman and Gerry Cao and Ned Echanis, my favorite trinity who must remember and continue to remember this union; and Mrs. E. and S.V. and Manang Letts and the teachers who came with their students, and my colleagues from the “Other” of my department, the Lacanian Phallainas of Speech Communication, and the Pantheon of the gods and goddesses of the Department of English and Comparative Literature. And of course, actors and critics --- and pseudo-critics, the curse of Godot. And the kindred souls who continue to let you think and reflect. Here we came together to celebrate. Pansit and puto and pamatid-uhaw. Between the stairs and the theatre, there are many turns of years and aspirations. And for these many years, I wish to thank the University of the Philippines for the evolution of spirit and the robust memories. Memories may not be owned, they are cubist in the sense that one memory moves from one surface to another, and that surface may not be yours alone. They are shared fragments of a greater whole. And there is only one reason for coming together in the theatre: SO WE MAY REMEMBER. The act follows.
























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