The UP Alumni Association officially launched the search for the 2017 UPAA Distinguished Alumni Awardees on September 20, 2017, at Ang Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman, Quezon City. Nominations may be made by any UP alumnus or alumni chapter for any or all of the following five (5) categories:
- Most Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Award
- Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Awards
- Distinguished Alumni Awards
- Distinguished Service Awards
- Multi-Generation U.P. Alumni Family Awards
UPAA President Atty. Ramon M. Maronilla warmly welcomed the UP and UPAA officials, officers and members of UPAA chapters, members of the media, and guests. He said that we should recognize and honor distinguished alumni, not just because they are rich or famous, but because many are unsung heroes, silently and selflessly serving society. He expressed the hope that all those present would assist the UPAA in the search for these gems of the alma mater, wherever they may be found.
UP President Dr. Alfredo E. Pascual, also a former UPAA president, noted in his keynote address that, according to the first UP president Murray Bartlett, the University of the Philippines was established in 1908 for Filipinos. Over more than 100 years, UP has acquired new and more capabilities to provide top quality higher education, attracting many foreign students. Thus, as part of the goal to further internationalize UP, the UPAA, following the lead of President Ramon Maronilla, must search for more distinguished foreign UP graduates, some of whom President Pascual had met abroad.
Ms. Amina Rasul-Bernardo, 2016 UPAA Most Distinguished Alumna, greeting the audience as “fellow trouble-makers”, delivered the inspirational message. She lamented that, in less than 60 days, many of the accomplishments of the P-Noy administration had been overturned. “Little Goliath”, the Philippines, has taken on the US, EU, and UN. Former president GMA has been freed, while the whistle-blower Jun Lozada has been jailed; Ferdinand Marcos is to be buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani – now the ruckus between “Dutards” and “yellowtards”. She reminded President Pascual of the University’s role as the voice of the oppressed when necessary, quoting the late US President JFK that “leadership and learning go together”. She enjoined the UP alumni to lend a hand in shaping the world for our children to live in, citing Abraham Lincoln: “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Ms. Rasul-Bernardo promised to be the “best trouble-maker” for the sake of peace, democracy, and national development.
The detailed information, guidelines, and nomination forms for the awards may be obtained from the UPAA Secretariat at the above address or downloaded here.
Nominations for the 2017 UPAA Distinguished Alumni Awards must be received by the UPAA not later than 6:00 p.m. of February 28, 2017, at either or both of the following addresses:
UPAA Committee on Alumni Awards
UP Alumni Association
Ang Bahay ng Alumni
R. Magsaysay Ave., UP Diliman
Quezon City 1101
or: email: firstname.lastname@example.org