The UPAA, with the UPV Office of Alumni Relations (UPV-OAR) and UPAA Capiz Chapter as hosts, held the 41st UP Alumni Institute at El Circulo Convention Center of Pueblo de Panay in Roxas City, Capiz, last May 15, 2015.
The hosts were led by UPV-OAR Director Amy Daquilanea-Tanoy and UPAA Capiz Chapter president and Capiz Governor Victor A. Tanco, Sr.; while the UPAA delegation was made up of President and Alumni Regent Ponciano E. Rivera, Jr.; First Vice President Renato B. Valdecantos; Second Vice President Ramon M. Maronilla; Secretary Dodie D. Lagman; Treasurer Milagros A. de Guzman; Asst. Secretary Remedios L. Fernandez; PRO Elena V. Romero; Auditor Roberto I. Mercado; Director and Alumni Institute Committee Chair Pedro L. dela Cruz, Jr.; Director Wilfredo M. Caballa; Executive Director Romeo S.A. Carlos; Alumni, Friends and Benefactors of Asian Center representative Bella N. Lucas; and staff members Corazon L. Alcazar and Maylene E. Empaynado.
Upon their arrival on May 14, Thursday, the UPAA delegation was taken on a tour of the city landmarks, including the popular Manuel A. Roxas Museum housing the memorabilia of the late Philippine president and first Bar top-notcher from the UP College of Law. In the evening, his daughter-in-law Mrs. Judy Araneta-Roxas, through the United Capizeños Foundation led by Mrs. Melanie R. Aragoncillo, tendered a dinner in honor of the Alumni Institute participants at the Roxas residence in Baybay, Roxas City.
On the day of the Institute, the speaker, UP Vice President for Public Affairs Dr. J. Prospero de Vera, led a forum about “The Role of Local Government and Education in the ASEAN Integration.” In attendance were UP alumni, LGU officials and personnel, and representatives from the education, media, business and private sectors. A fellowship lunch was held for members of the UPAA, UPAA Capiz, and UPAA Iloilo, during which the delegates shared views and updates.
Later, a dinner-show and fund-raising activity of the UPAA Capiz Chapter saw the staging of Anton Juan’s TaongGrasa, which portrayed the world of the homeless for more than two hundred UP alumni, their families and friends.
Before flying back to Manila the following day, some members of the UPAA delegation took time to visit UP College of Music alumnus Lester O. Madlangbayan, an amputee, in the company of his physician, 2014 UPAA Distinguished Alumnus Awardee for Science and Technology and Roxas City practitioner Dr. Abundio A. Balgos. The group plans to provide Madlangbayan with a prosthetic leg.