UPAAGLA President’s Fall 2020 Message

Happy Filipino American History Month to all of my fellow UPAAGLA Members!

Gratitude:  The most important word of 2020.  I am very grateful in all aspects of my life including the roof over my head, the food on my table, and most especially my health.

In terms of UPAAGLA, I am sincerely appreciative of all of YOU, my fellow UP alums, for your generosity of time and treasure through these very trying times.

To date, we have collectively raised $12,501.51 towards the Kaagapay Laptop Fundraising campaign of our alma mater.  We already disbursed $10,600 at the beginning of September and will disburse the additional $1901.51 before the end of October. 

Out of the $19,000 donation accounted for outside of the Philippines by the University, $10,600 of that came from our initial UPAAGLA collective donation.  Hats off to all of you for helping in this global campaign and setting a great example for other alums to follow as we continue with our fundraising efforts for this major initiative. 

Please check the Home Page of our website to see the most updated list of Donors.  www.upaagla.org

Taos puso akong nagpapasalamat sa inyong lahat!

With that being said, I am very excited to share with you two upcoming events. As part of our goal to raise the profile of UP alums in our community, and timely during the Fil-Am History Month of October, we have organized the following FREE events.

Thursday, October 29 – UPAAGLA Symposium Series #1– Explore. Empower. Excel.

Saturday, October 31 – UPAAGLA Presents Filipinx:  Re-Discovered. Re-Imagined.

We look forward to seeing all of you on October 29 and October 31.  Scroll down for details and to register today!

Thank you to our media partners who helped us promote these two events: TFC, Asian Journal, Philippine Post, and Pilipino Express.

On another note, we are planning for our last UPAAGLA event of 2020, our virtual Christmas/Holiday Party, set for Saturday, December 19, 2020.  Stay tuned for details.

We have extended the Call for Nomination to our very first UPAAGLA Awards Program.  Please check out www.upaagla.org/awards for details.

Please scroll down below to see the list of UPAAGLA members who have joined us since January 2019.  Thank you for supporting our alumni association through your annual and life membership.  

Lastly, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to my incredible Dream Team, the 2019-2021 UPAAGLA Executive Officers and Board Members, who volunteer their time, effort, and resources to make this pandemic year a very productive one in spite of it.  Special thanks go to our UPAAGLA members who have stepped up to volunteer as well to work on our Committees.

We are a very resilient bunch.  It is in our DNA as Iskolar ng Bayan. 

Maraming Salamat!


Ethel G. Rubio

Virtual Memories

TOP PHOTO:  Souvenir from our Virtual Tambayan held in August 2020.
BOTTOM PHOTO:  Virtual Board meeting held in July 2020.

EXTENDED!!!  Please nominate a deserving UP alum in the UPAAGLA coverage area (from Kern County to Orange County).  www.upaagla.org/awards

Invite a fellow UP alum to join today and share this link to complete the online application form: www.upaagla.org/join

We Continue to Make a Difference!!!

December 2019:  $1,000 from our Endowment Fund to the UP Mindanao Earthquake Relief Efforts.

January 2020:  $1,000 from our Endowment Fund to the UP Emergency Relief Efforts – Taal Eruption

March 2020:  $2,000 from our Endowment Fund to the UP Stranded Students in UP Los Banos and UP Visayas.
April 2020:  $2,200 to the Beta Epsilon COVID-19 UP PGH HazMat Suit Project. ($1,000 from our Endowment Fund and $1,200 private donation)

September 2020:  $10,600 to the Kaagpay sa Pag-Aaral global campaign from direct donations from UP alumni, family, and friends.

Additionally, we disbursed $1,000 to the UP College of Engineering towards the Thesis Senior Grant in October 2019, and $5,000 to the UP Main Library towards the Laptop Lending Program in September 2020 per allocation from the UPAAGLA funds raised by the 2017-2019 Board of Directors.

Join UPAAGLA at www.upaagla.org/join