Dear UPAADCMDVA members, UP alumni & friends,
I became a member of UPAADCMDVA in 2010, after finding out that there was a UP alumni group in the area. After 10 years of active participation, I am now honored to serve as your President for the 2020-2021 term. I graduated from the UP Manila College of Allied Medical Professions with an undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology in 1988, and again in 1998 with a graduate degree in Health Professions Education. Like you, I found my way to the metro DC area, and have made it my second home.
I am taking over the helm of our organization on the heels of the very successful Sapphire Ball, which celebrated “45 years of unity and service”. We, on the Executive committee, are excited to carry on the work that our founders and esteemed former officers and board members have undertaken and accomplished through the years.
We will pursue our goals of improving engagement with our members, optimizing our participation in local community endeavors, providing support to our fellowmen in the Philippines, and most importantly, collaborating with our alma mater in its pursuit of its goals for its various constituents and across a wide spectrum of needs. As UP alumni, we hold dear the UP spirit strengthened in the years spent in the campuses of UP, and in communities across the Philippines. Anywhere in the world, UP alumni have truly manifested the value of excellence in any chosen field, and the value of service to the people we meet along our journey. Much still needs to be done, our work does not end after 45 years.
In Prof. Monsod’s words, “I am only one, but I AM one. I cannot do everything, but I can do SOMETHING. What I can do, I OUGHT to do.” As your president, I invite you all to continue working with us to advance our mission and vision for our community, our homeland, and our alma mater.
Mabuhay ang UP!