UPAA-MB, Inc. Members at the ‘PASKO NG FMC

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A number of engineering graduates of the University of the Philippines, most of whom are members of the UPAA-MB, Inc., are also active members of the Filipino Members Chapter of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba (FMC-APEGM).


The FMC-APEGM is the first chapter of APEGM created for members with specific ethnic group. The Chapter represents the interests of Filipino-Canadian members of the Association. It presently has 48 full members composed of Professional Engineers (P.Eng.), Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) and Members-in-Training (E.I.T.), 49 student members composed of students and individuals in various stages of their engineering credential recognition with APEGM, and 44 lay associates.


The FMC-APEGM held its Christmas Party and Fundraising Event last December 28, 2013 at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre, in Winnipeg. Several UP alumni, most of whom are members of the UPAA-MB, Inc., attended the event. They are (as shown from left to right):

  • Ramon Buenaventura, E.I.T.

  • Norman Garcia, E.I.T.

  • Arlene Lontoc

  • Mei Villafania

  • Jeraldine Velasco

  • Angelito Velasco, P.Eng.

  • Dr. Marolo Alfaro, P.Eng.

  • Edwin Yazon, E.I.T. (not in the picture).

Another UPAA-MB, Inc. and FMC-APEGM member, Bless Ramos, was not able to join the event.

Normally, the Chapter holds its Christmas Party as an avenue to provide opportunity for its members to meet, to network and to socialize. This year, with the unfortunate crisis that typhoon Yolanda brought to Central Philippines, the Chapter decided to make its Christmas Party a fundraising event. The event raised funds to be donated to a chosen charity to help the typhoon victims in the Philippines.


UPAA-MB, Inc. members actively participated in the event, with Edwin Yazon and Mei Villafania showing their dancing prowess in a native dance presentation (photo below – Mei and Edwin are second and third from the left, respectively), while Arlene Lontoc’s spouse, Ricky Lontoc and his band “Synergy” provided live music throughout the night. Ramon Buenaventura, also a UPAA-MB, Inc. member, was the event coordinator.  


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