Dr. Efren Eduardo C. Flores, former Dean of UPV College of Fisheries, died last December 8, 2013. His body lies in state at the Loyola Memorial Chapels along Commonwealth Avenue cor Damayan Street, Old Balara 3, Quezon City.
Cremation will be held this Friday morning, Dec. 13, 2013. Last mass service is on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7:00 pm.
Save the date: July 19, 2014
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Blue Sapphire Jubilarians (Class ’49)
The UPV Office of Alumni Relations in partnership with the UP Alumni Association, Inc. (Iloilo Chapter) hosted the UP Alumni & Faculty Homecoming last July 20, 2013.
The day was greeted by the running enthusiasts for the 3k, 5k and 10k categories at SM City Iloilo at 5:30 in the morning. About 800 individuals participated in this fun-filled activity: The Jubilarians, UP High School students, NSTP Class students, runners from Miag-ao and Iloilo City. The crowd were entertained by the Ritmo Tambores band while they waited for the runners to cross the finish line. Total cash prize worth P20,000 was given to the top finishers. Consolation prizes were also given to the top three who are adjudged with the best running attire. The event was organized by the UP Alumni Association, Inc. (Iloilo Chapter), UPV High School ’83, and UP Silak Brotherhood. Run U.P. is now on its third year. The organizers are looking forward to gather more than a thousand participants next year.
Also, several events were held at the UPV Iloilo City campus and Sarabia Manor Hotel namely, UPAA Election, Homecoming mass, Homecoming brunch, Golden Lunch and Homecoming Dinner.
Ten nominees vied for a seat as Member of the UPAA Iloilo Board of Directors. They were Dr. Ray L. Alindong, Mr. Rosendo Caesar G. Arandela III, Atty. Marven B. Daquilanea, Atty. Hector J. Diaz, Mr. Elmer H. Lighid, Dr. Gil N. Octaviano, Jr., Ms. Ma. Lorelli Palmares-Flores, Ms. Rosario Perucho-de Guzman, Ms. Donna Rose Ojeda-Ratilla, and Ms. Arlene Suante-Sison. 288 registered to elect their bets for the five available slots. The result of the election was announced by Atty. Gaudioso Geduspan, Chairperson of the UPAA Election Committee, during the Homecoming Dinner. The newly-elected members of the Board of Directors were: Dr. Ray L. Alindong, Mr. Rosendo Caesar G. Arandela III, Atty. Marven B. Daquilanea, Atty. Hector J. Diaz, and Ms. Ma. Lorelli Palmares-Flores.
Alumni, UPAA Iloilo officers, jubilarians, UPV faculty and staff filled the UPV Auditorium for the homecoming mass. It was concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Jose Estellose (BS Fisheries ’92) and Rev Fr. Franklin Mirasol (High School ’78). Fr. Mirasol is one of this year’s Coral jubilarians. This event was sponsored by UP Scintilla Juris Fraternity and UP High School Class ’78.
The next stop-over of the alumni after hearing the mass was the Brunch. The Brunch is an annual Barrio Fiesta-themed eat-all-you-can event sponsored by the Validus Amicitia Brotherhood. The guests were served with traditional Ilonggo ‘pichi-pichi’. A free-flowing coffee, soft drinks and ice cream were also being served. The Brunch is also on its 5th year.
Dubbed as the Golden Lunch, the retired faculty and staff were invited to this annual event.Attendees include the former/retired teachers and staff. Prof. Vicenta Gacutan, Prof. Llena Buenvenida, Prof. Monita Pama, Prof. Della Ibabao, Prof. Sonia Formacion, Prof. Irene Valencia, Prof. & Mrs. Pablo Española, Prof. Nuria Castells, Prof. Minda Formacion, Prof. Gaudelia Doromal. This event was sponsored by the UP Alumni Association, Inc. (Iloilo Chapter) and UP Silak Brotherhood. The Golden Lunch is now on its fourth year.
Hundreds gathered at the Sarabia Manor Hotel to enjoy the highlight of the Alumni & Faculty Homecoming, the Homecoming Dinner. To welcome this year’s Blue Sapphire, Diamond, Emerald and Golden Jubilarians, each of them were given a medallion and were called individually as they danced towards the stage to the tune of their times.
To honor the services rendered by the five outgoing UPAA Iloilo Officers and Board of Directors, they were awarded an Oblation Trophy. The outgoing UPAA Officers were: Ms. Llane Grace R. Divinagracia who sat as an Auditor from 2011-2012 and as Member of the Board of Directors from 2012-2013. Mr. Antonio S. Jon who has served the association since 2007 as Member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Aretha Ann G. Liwag who has served as Member of the Board of Directors from 2011-2012 and as Secretary from 2012-2013. Mr. Jay H. Presaldo served the association for three years as a Member of the Board of Directors from 2010-2011, Secretary from 2011-2012, and as P.R.O. from 2012-2013. Atty. Cyril R. Regalado has also served the association for three years as Vice President from 2010-2011, President, 2011-2012, and as Member of the Board of Directors from 2012-2013.
The UPAA Iloilo Chapter has been hosting different sport activities namely Golf, Funshoot, and Basketball. For this year, the winner of the 2nd UPAA Friendly Golf winner is Mr. Isagani “Boy” Jalbuena. The 2nd UPAA Funshoot winners were Carlos Miguel Borja for the 1911 Classic Division, Charity Magbanua for the Standard Division, Mac Arthur Rico for the Production Division, and Gerlyn “Dodong” Lim for the Open Division. Team Ugyon bested three other teams to become this year’s 2nd UPAA Basketball Friendlies Champion.
The Homecoming Dinner is also the time to honor the Outstanding Jubilarians. This year’s outstanding jubilarians are:
Ms. Mae P. Cababasay (HS’84, BS Biology ‘88, BS Statistics ‘91, MS Statistics ’98) in the field of Natural and Mathematical Sciences for her expertise in Mathematical Statistics, Environmental Science and Biology that landed her to become a Biostatistician in the Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research at the Harvard School of Public Health. She acquired extensive experience as a teacher, teaching assistant, and statistician involved in data management, statistical analysis and scientific researches. She also has an outstanding contribution to research as author of locally and internationally published articles on economics and biosciences.
Justice Edward B. Contreras (AB Pol Sci. ‘78) was chosen in the field of Law and Judiciary. He is presently serving as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals after having served as Regional Trial Court Judge for 10 years. Justice Contreras has extensive years of experience of working in the local government and the judiciary as Municipal Secretary, Provincial Administrator, Executive Judge, and Presiding Judge. He was an active student leader and journalist during the Martial Law period.
Mr. Samuel Cesar M. Gamboa (High School ’78) excels in the field of Social Sciences & Human Ecology. Mr. Gamboa has 25 years of involvement in NGO work that has carried out national and international campaigns and advocacy programs on human rights, environment, trade and social justice, and climate change. He managed development programs in Asia and the Philippines that enabled human rights victims to seek redress and remedies. He also coordinated crisis assistance to demolished urban poor and displaced peasant communities, and for provision of scholarships and educational assistance to human rights victims.
Brig. Gen. Joel R. Hinlo (AA ‘53, ROTC ’55) stands out in the field of Governance / Public Administration / Public Service for his courage and gallantry in action by drawing tactical plans to counteract enemy surprise attack during the 1989 failed coup attempt that earned him the most Distinguished Star Award. Gen. Hinlo was included the Who’s Who in the World 2002 for his entrepreneurial skill in managing a health food company. He also served as Executive Director, Project Manager, and President of a number of agencies in Libya and the Philippines.
Engr. Ronaldo G. Josef (High School ’78) shines in the field of Engineering for his technical expertise as accredited contractor and structural engineer that earned him prominent projects. He has served as consultant of public and private institutions involved in the design, construction, and renovation of civil engineering infrastructure. Engr. Josef has implemented livelihood and community projects as an active member of a religious ministry.
Ms. Janet Jennifer Divinagracia-Luangsa-Ard, Ph.D. excels in the field of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology. Her intensive academic training in tropical agriculture, biotechnology and biological sciences lead her to presently become the head of the Mycology Laboratory of the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Thailand. She has earned recognition from her fellow scientists for her commendable expertise in invertebrate-pathogenic fungi, fungal taxonomy, molecular techniques and polygenetic methods. Ms. Luangsa-Ard has an outstanding contribution to scientific knowledge as an author of various scientific publications.
This year’s Most Distinguished Alumnus is Consul General Noel Eugene M. Servigon for currently serving as Consul-General of the Philippine Embassy in Hong Kong, and for heading a number of Philippine Foreign Service Posts in Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Netherlands and Austria. He manages several offices in charge of relations with the office of the United Nations and other international organizations on food and agriculture, human rights and other humanitarian affairs. Consul General Servigon has also put in place a strong network to reach out to as many migrant Filipinos abroad.
With the dance mood set by Ritmo Tambores band, everybody was ready to the groove in the floor. Batches from all age groups, swayed to the music all night long.