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On behalf of the UPAABC Board of Directors, thank you for attending this year's Sapphire Skies-themed Annual General Meeting and Christmas Party. Your presence was integral to the event's success, creating memorable and joyous moments.
Check out the photos here. Many thanks to Gilbert Bercero and Ezra Borlagdatan!
It was a fun, successful night spent with everyone who made it despite the cold rains! One hundred plus of you, UPAABC folks!!! By God, am I so thankful! You made our night and our community coming to terms for a full salvo for next year! Can't wait to make memories with you again in 2024! Let's keep going, standing tall, and doing more for the community, mga ka-Isko at Iska -- youngers and youngerers!
Malapit na! If you are a Filipino International Student in BC, this is for you.
Register now using the QR code or click this shortened link: http://bit.ly/3X57CBH?r=qr
Reminder everyone of our free event on Friday in partnership with the Philippine Consulate.
Thank you to all our generous sponsors for their continued support and event details below.
Get ready for a fun filled event filled with Filipino Culture, Heritage and Fun!!!
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Our new batch of Scholars for 2021-2022. Thank you to our sponsors and members.
Click on the picture below to see details
From Prof. Leonora Angeles:
Please book your tickets soon for the ButoButo play. We are sold out for July 27-29 and have tickets remaining for Saturday July 30 evening with Q&A and Sunday July 31 closing matinee. I assure you that you will love the show!
Dear Iskos and Iskas,
💠💠 Mark April 22, Friday, 7 pm for this life-changing webinar! 💠💠.... Spread the word to your family and friends!
Title: Mindfulness as a Critical Skill for the 21st Century
Speaker: Buena Kilala Chua (See her credentials on the poster below.)
Zoom link: https://tinyurl.com/Mindfulness-UPAABC
In these interesting times, people are navigating a new emotional landscape with the pandemic having reset the way we live, work and do business. Now more than ever we are encouraged to gently cultivate mindfulness to experience the joy of paying attention as we bring out the best in ourselves and others.
This webinar aims to tackle the science of and interesting research on mindfulness, illuminate evidence-based practical exercises and its profound benefits on our wellbeing, resilience, relationships, success and happiness. As well, we will have an opportunity to identify our character strengths which can help us connect with people, overcome challenges and find meaning and purpose in life.
The UPAABC Board
Topic: UPAABC Webinar Covid-19 Natural Immunity
Time: Feb 18, 2022 06:00 PM Vancouver
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 854 7242 3211
As the year 2021 draws to a close, we get to reflect on the challenges that the pandemic has brought us. With the struggles is the sense of deep gratitude for the many blessings too. Here is the 2021 UPAABC Year End Report. With its amazing members, UPAABC has worked its way within the constraints of Covid 19. https://drive.google.com/.../1a1scdUYQ12t0ZZvUd3v.../view...
The UPAABC board wishes to thank the alumni, donors, and friends for their precious support in our many events and projects. We are humbled by your trust, assistance, and valuable suggestions . Best wishes and let us welcome 2022 with joyful hope!
Dear Iskos and Iskas,
Mark your calendars!
July 31, Saturday, 9:00 am - Easy hike from Yaletown to David Lam Park. Then we will meet Tita Lenore RS Lim & some artists at the Roundhouse Turntable Plaza. Bring or buy your own lunch. More details here.
Aug 20, Friday, 6:00 pm - BALAGTASAN in Surrey.
Free entrance but we are asking donations from UPAABC members to cover expenses for rentals, snacks, etc. Pls e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug 21, Saturday, 11:00 am - Annual UPAABC picnic at the Burnaby Central Park
You can bring a dish or give $15 @.
Let's enjoy the nice weather and be grateful that we are able to see each other more often!
Kapihan - May 14, Friday at 7:00 pm - Health Talk by Dr Iris Radev
“Fasting and Low Carb Nutrition for Natural Healing And Weight Management”
Kapihan - May 28, Friday at 7:00 pm - Fiesta Talk by NPC3 in joint sponsorship with UPAABC
See pictures below
VANCOUVER SUN RUN
Dear Iskos & Iskas,
It is time for the Vancouver Sun Run again! This time, it is virtual from April 18 to 30, 2021. You can decide to run/walk by yourself or join our team's fun nature hikes 😊.
Thanks to Rene Alcantara, our team leader, for putting together these visuals for registration. Please let Rene and myself know if you want us to register for you upon your etransfer of $45.
Dear Iskos and Iskas,
Do not miss our 2nd kapihan on Feb 19, Friday at 6:00 pm:
"STUDENT ACTIVISM, THEN & NOW"
Remember those electrifying days in UP during Martial law? What about the situation now with the cutting of the 1989 UP-DND Accord? Listen to our guest speakers Dr. Fidel Nemenzo, UP Chancellor, and Erie Maestro of the Vancouver Public Library. This is a perfect way to commemorate the First Quarter Storm in 1970!
Time: Feb 19, Friday, at 6:00 PM - Vancouver time Feb 20, Saturday, at 10:00 am - Manila time Join Zoom Meeting ID: 691 0479 2534
Here's the Zoom link: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/69104792534?pwd=U1ZsdTV2eGlBSENMVXlsd1pRdVd2Zz09
See you in our virtual meeting place!
UPAABC BALAGTASAN 2020
Virtual event celebrating our Philippine language and culture. Click on the picture below to see the full video
Mga Isko at Iska,
Isang buwan na lang bago tayo magkita-kitang muli sa ating Christmas Party at AGM :)
We are already at 75% capacity, so for those who haven't bought their tickets yet, please contact any of the BODs to confirm your attendance.
Not only do we have delicious buffet dinner and dancing, but we will also have give aways and raffle prizes for everyone.
We are looking for pictures to add to the souvenir program so please email me at email@example.com if you have photos especially those taken during the early years of UPAABC. Deadline to submit will be Saturday, Nov 2nd, 2019.
And as with souvenir programs, we are looking for sponsors who would like to take a page, half a page or a quarter page in the booklet. Even if you don't have any business to advertise, why not take this opportunity to greet the rest of UPAABC members Merry Christmas in the souvenir program? The proceeds will all go to our scholarship fund and other activities. I'm attaching the sponsorship program package here.
UPAABC Christmas Party & AGM Details:
When: Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 @ 6pm onwards
Where: VanDusen Garden Floral Hall at 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC
Ticket price: $30
Looking forward to seeing everyone.
- UPAABC stages 9th Season of Balagtasan
- We are Here for You
- 2023 President's Message
- 2023 New Board of Directors
- UPAABC Updated Constitution and By-Laws
- 2022 Year-end Report
- UPAABC Scholar Update
Dear UPAABC Comrades,
It is 4AM, and it has taken me forever even to just give a quick notch at my keyboard to type this. I have to be stupendously honest that I have been having anxiety to even start writing. The last time I’ve been into this very same mood and situation was when I delivered a speech in front of a graduating class that asked me to become their Guest Speaker. And, yes, I have gone through the same struggle. I was only able to make out a good write up that I thought – actually -- made sense two hours before I was made to join the class upstage. Having narrated all these, I don’t think I’d be able to make the kind of sense that will satisfy your true-blue, forever-hungry-of-new-knowledge, green-and-maroon minds and souls.
But… Here it goes! On behalf of the Board, I will try and do my utmost best to deliver in the same way I have come to realize just how humble and open-minded you all were to give me this chance to serve our Isko floor with the highest post and honour– given, at first, my “reluctant” leadership behaviour—for 2023 and 2024.
To an Iskolar ng Bayan, to serve is always pleasurable. There is this indescribable tinge of mixed anticipation and excitement that comes with a bit of anxiety and gratefulness whenever the trumpet of service and calling sounds its horns. Yes, the trumpet always howls from up the mountain to make sure that everyone down in the valley hears the loudness of the message. And, sure, the whole UPAABC township never fails to grasp and decode the Morse code of “pagtatanghal” ng mga “humayong” hinubog na anak ng bayan galing sa pambansang pamantasan ng Pilipinas, ang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas.
It is of an august honour to serve as President of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association in British Columbia for years 2023 and 2024. The new Board is here not to shake and rattle. We are here to keep up because you guys have already been shaking and rattling and swinging the UPAABC wagon amid the constantly changing winds of time. We are here to uphold and respect legacies and footprints that are meant to stay, as we all are also here to work with you the necessary transformations that our organization will need to continue thriving in the next long years, as it already did for almost five golden decades now.
Allow the new Board and I to polish the specifics of our Strat Plan and Proposed Calendar of activities for 2023. Your suggestions have been heard, and we want to make sure that one and all is happy to participate in each of the mapped activities. We will retain traditions that define the UPAABC family; we will introduce exciting youngblood programs that will make this family and comradeship even more impactful.
Allow me to express the deepest, warmest accolade and respect to our President Emerita, Anita “Cookie” Aytona, and the past board for their invaluable contributions, projects, and unconditional support to the newly-boarded officers. Without you all being our mentors, who would we be today and tomorrow? Many thanks for the untiring calibrations! Without all these timely tools, how do we carry on from today until the boat is ready to sail on its own? There are no words to properly express our gratitude.
On behalf of the 2023 and 2024 Board of Directors, maligaya at malikhaing Bagong Taon! Thank you, unreservedly, in advance, for your soaring and cradling support!
Maribel “Bella” Balisi Bevilacqua
President, University of the Philippines Alumni Association in BC
A.D. 2023 & 2024