Alumni

Speech: Recognition Ceremony for Students, 2016

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

Speech of Ms. Kriza Faye A. Calumba, Motivational Speaker, Recognition Ceremony, 19 February 2016

     To the UP Mindanao Chancellor Dr. Sylvia Concepcion, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Nilo Oponda, Vice Chancellor for Administration Dr. Antonio Obsioma, deans, college secretaries, faculty, staff, awardees, parents, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon.
     Let me begin with a line that we often hear nowadays – Walang forever. Usually it pertains to relationship breakups and ruined friendships, but on a positive note, this line also means being open to change. Dili ka forever magpulaw para sa acads. Sa mga graduating, dili mo forever magthesis. Dili mo forever mahimong studyante. Despite its negative connotation especially when broken people make hugot, walang forever implies change – change for the better, in particular – and that is what I want to stress today.
     First, hindi ka forever nasa UP. You will all graduate and leave the university, in the right time. And when that right time comes, you might want to ask yourself: “How was I as a student? Did I make the most of my stay in the university and was my roller coaster ride worth it? Did I stay true to being an Iskolar ng Bayan?” Well you can ask these questions and challenge yourself right now. My tip for you is to grab more opportunities.
     UP Mindanao offers you various occasions for you to grow into more socially aware, more culturally sensitive, and more open-minded individuals. Join organizations that serve your best interest. Pursue your passion – dance, sing, draw, speak, play – and let this be a means of self-expression. Be more participative in activities organized by the university and by the students. Be more informed. And importantly, never miss any student exchange opportunity.
     I still remember how, in August 2012, I managed to travel outside the Philippines for the first time. Not for a short vacation, but for a semester of student exchange to the National University of Singapore. I had doubts that time kasi wala pang academic calendar shift, so going on exchange meant not graduating on time. And despite the sepanx, I still pursued it, as I was confident that I will always be thankful for the experiences, and I was right. I was the sole exchange student from the UP system under the Temasek Foundation Leadership Enrichment and Regional Networking Programme, along with 34 other exchange students from 13 Asian countries. Now what did I gain? I met people with different backgrounds and personalities. I felt home in their companionship even for a short period of four months. I got to explore new places and new food; in fact I gained 5 kilos when I was there. Ana pa sila, ang lawas mabawi, ang experiences once in a lifetime ra. Studying in a foreign university will also let you grow intellectually as you have to adjust to the academic standards, especially in a country like Singapore where people are so “kiasu”/”gahot”/competitive. Yet, despite these challenges, being an exchange student will make you a better person in many ways. And don’t forget to use your learning and experiences to give back to the Filipino community. I am sharing this because right now, there are a lot of student exchange opportunities for UP students. One BS Food Technology student, Viena Monterde, is now at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in the United States for one year of student exchange. Hindi forever may opportunities na ganyan, so you, don’t miss your chance.
     Second and last, hindi ka forever nasa taas. We all fail, but you must have a high threshold for frustration. Accept failure inasmuch as you accept success, because you won’t realize success without failure. Use these let-downs as stepping stones toward improving yourself. Rest if you must, but don’t you quit. It’s okay to cry after failing an exam, it’s okay to sleep for 10 hours before an exam or deadline the following day, it’s okay to cram sometimes, as long as you know what you are doing. Prioritize your tasks more efficiently, work harder, manage your time better, and believe in yourself more. Also stay grounded and keep in mind that despite your success, you still have a lot to learn.
     Today I am in front of the brightest students in UP Mindanao, and I would like to congratulate you all for reaping the fruit of your labor for the previous semesters. Nagbunga ang inyong mga eyebags, gi-dilian na mga laag and party para magstudy, and even the relationships you gave up kasi nga daw, acads first. You all have a long way to go. Be more inspired and keep yourself motivated. You are the future leaders of the country; gratify the Filipino people that you are serving, especially the marginalized. To the parents, I am certain of how proud you are of your son/daughter and their success would not have been possible without your support.
     To end this, I would like to reiterate na walang forever sa UP. Hindi kayo forever magiging studyante, so make the most of it. Again, congratulations to all awardees!

"Isang Libong Paninindigan", 2016

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

Speech of a 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awardee, Mr. Errol Merquita

WP 20160220 19 11 40 ProCROPT     Tumutulay ang Pilipinas mula sa pagiging umuunlad tungo sa isang papaunlad na bansa. Nahaharap tayo sa mga banta ng pandaigdigang giyera at malawakang pagbabago ng klima. Ilang buwan mula ngayon pipili tayo ng bagong mamumumuno sa atin. Nahaharap tayo sa maraming agam-agam at double standards.
     Ngunit ang mahalagang tanong Iskolar ng Bayan, sa panahong kagaya nito, ano ang pinaglalaban mo?
     Hindi po sapat ang “likes”o “dislikes. Kailangan nating pumili, manindigan at maging bahagi sa isang solusyon, dahil kung hindi, para ano pa at taga UP tayo?
     Sa aking paglilibot sa Pilipinas dala ng aking trabaho, nakita kong napakaraming bata ang salat hindi lang sa pagkain kundi sa tamang edukasyon, Napakaraming mamamayan ang nasa panganib at kaguluhan. Talamak ang korapsyon at pagnanakaw. Sa mahigit labing-tatlong taon ko sa propesyon ito, maraming pamayanan ang naabutan na ng tulong. Ngunit hindi ito sapat, Hindi ako sapat, hindi sapat ang isang tao, o isang organisasyon para sa isang malawakang pagbabago.
     Kailangan ng maraming kamay, utak at puso. Sabi nila kailangan ng Bayaning Pilipino, kailangang baguhin ang sistema, kailangan ng lideratong may paninindigan. Simple lamang ang paningin ko Iskolar ng Bayan. Simulan natin lahat sa ating sariling paninindigan.
     Ang pagtulong sa kapwa, ay hindi kabayanihan ito ay tungkuling dapat gampanan. Ang pagbabago sa sistema ay mananatiling panaginip kung hindi mo sisimulang baguhin ang sarili. Ang pamamahala sa bansang ito ay hindi lamang nakaatang sa mga namumuno, nakaatang rin ito sa ating mga mamamayan.
     Patuloy ang mga suliranin dahil marami sa atin ay walang ginagawa. Sabi nga “evil prevails when good men do nothing,” “ if you are not part of the solution then you must be part of the problem”. Nasaang panig po tayo ngayon?
     Ngayong gabi, nagtitipon tayong lahat upang ipagdiwang ang ikadalawamput isang taon ng UP Mindanao. Marami napo ang nagbago mula noong 1995. Sa tingin ko, hindi naman ako ang distinguished ngayong gabi. Kundi ang mga gurong nagsindi ng alab at nagmumulat sa mga kabataan, hindi ako kundi ang mga kawani ng UP Mindanao na sa gitna ng maraming agam-agam at oportunidad abroad ay piniling manatili, hindi ako kundi ang lahat ng Iskolar ng Bayan na kipkip ang alab at pag-asa, sa inyo po ang parangal.
     Kasama ng aking mga kabigan at ng aking pamilya na naniniwala sa kakayahan kong tumulong at maging bahagi ng solusyon, hinihimok ko kayong lahat Isang Libong Alumni, guro, mag-aaral, kawani, Iskolar ng Bayan, na gamitin ng tama ang inyong husay at galing at sabay-sabay nating paunlarin ang sarili, ang kapwa, at ang bayang ito.

Magandang Gabi.

-Errol Merquita, BASS Class 2002/UP Mindanao.
Pebrero 20, 2016

UP Alumni Association Davao, 2016

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

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UP Alumni Association Davao
Directors/ Officers 2016-2017

Atty. Marie Glenn Cedeño Sorila
Chairperson
 
Dr. Roberto "Bo" Puentespina
President

Atty. Charmaine Valentin
Vice-president

Ms. Cathy Domingo
Secretary

Atty. Myra Principe
Treasurer

Prof. Aurelia Luzviminda V. Gomez
Auditor

Mr. Xer Jason "Yas" D. Ocampo
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Directors/Ways and Means committee:

Mr. Michael Gatela
Mr. Roel Castro
Mr. Sebastian "Anggie" Angliongto
Mr. John Gaisano
Mr. Amador Siapno
Mr. John Tria
Mr. Sherwin Alexander Ramos
Mr. Jommel Labay


Ex-oficio director:
Chancellor, UP Mindanao

 

UP Mindanao Foundation Inc., 2016

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

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UP Mindanao Foundation, Inc.
Board of Trustees and Officers
C.Y. 2016-2017


Sebastian "Anggie" L. Angliongto
Chairman of the Board

John Y. Gaisano, Jr.
Vice Chairman

Francisco "Bobby" B. Ramos, Jr.
President
    
Luciano "Sonny" L. Puyod, II
Vice President

Charmaine P. Valentin
Corporate Secretary

Romero "Romy" C. Blancaver
Treasurer

Salvacion "Sally" U. Leuenberger
Internal Auditor

Anthony Alexander N. Valoria
Trustee

Jose "Jojo" R. Manulid, III
Trustee


Trustees, ex-oficio:

President, UP Alumni Association Davao

Chancellor, UP Mindanao

 

 

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