The University of the Philippines Alumni and Associates in Manitoba, Inc. (UPAA-MB, Inc.) convened its Third Annual General Assembly last October 5, 2013. Thirty-two of its 44 members attended the activity.
Following the registration and renewal of membership, Anna Maniquiz, UPAA-MB Chairperson, gave the opening remarks underscoring the overall success of the organization’s activities for the year. She thanked both the officers and members for their hard work and support to achieve the organization’s objectives.
During the event, the current Board of Directors and heads of ad hoc committees took turns in reviewing the array of activities held by their respective committees from January to September 2013. The remaining activities slated for the year were also announced.
The presentations highlighted the many gains achieved by the organization this year. Notably, UPAA-MB’s membership increased by 44% this year, with a potential increase of 25% in 2014. The organization’s fund raising activities through the Flapjack Breakfast Fundraiser and the Healthy Isko Lifestyle Challenge helped generate sufficient funds for the organization, while also promoting a healthy lifestyle among members. This bolstered the organization’s scholarship program intended to support the academic pursuits of deserving Filipino-Canadians. UPAA-MB’s community outreach to help Winnipeg’s less fortunate was commended by Siloam Mission. Information and communication activities raised the profile of the organization and the Filipino community in Manitoba. Finally, the report on the UPAA-MB survey regarding organizational activities was well received as its results would be useful in planning for future activities.
The event culminated in the presentation and acceptance of new associate members and the election of the new Board of Directors for 2014, which was facilitated by the Elections Ad hoc Committee. The new associate members of the organization are: Macy Mailom, Janine Quijano and Lisa McLaughlin-Moar.
The new members of the UPAA-MB Board of Directors for 2014 are the following:
Chairperson – Ramon Faustino Sales, Jr.
Secretary – Sarah Anne Gonzales
Treasurer – Arlene Licardo-Lontoc
Head, Fund Raising Committee – Dominique Anne Mailom
Head, Information and Communications – Jeusa Raflores
Head, Membership Committee – Jullie May Villafania
Head, Social Responsibility – Paulo Fabian
The new set of officers will formally assume office on January 1, 2014.
The UPAA-MB annual newsletter, which sums up this year’s activities, was distributed during the assembly (the newsletter is posted on this website).
As the UPAA-MB members celebrate memorable successes this year, they are also setting their sights on reaching new milestones for the organization in the year ahead.