New UPAA Iloilo Chapter president calls for stronger alumni ties

Newly elected University of the Philippines Alumni Association Iloilo Chapter (UPAAIC) President, Atty. Rene John V. Nuñez called on all the alumni to work closely together, strengthen alumni relationships, and set aside differences in academic groups or organizations to better serve the University and its constituents during the Oathtaking Ceremony of the 2022-2023 UPAAIC Board of Directors.

The ceremony was held last October 15, 2022, at the Casa Real, Iloilo City. On behalf of Iloilo Governor Arthur R. Defensor, Jr., Ms. May Katherine Sullano, Provincial Government Department Head of the Provincial Assessor’s Office, administered the oath.

Taking their oaths together with the President were the Vice President, Ms. Consuelo R. Geduspan, Secretary, Ms. Tina Marie H. Sison, Asst. Secretary, Arch. Christine F. Narido, Treasurer, Ms. Marianne E. Ganzon, Asst. Treasurer, Ms. Ma. Liza Conchita L. Madayag, Auditor, Mr. Michael Francis P. Villa, PIOs, Mr. Jose Ian P. Cababasay and Mr. Earvin John T. Diones, Legal Officer, Atty. Shiella P. Olid, Sgt. At Arms, Arch. Denis A. Jaleco, and Directors Atty. Quenny Mae B. David, Atty. Arnold G. Diaz, and Mr. Michael Reginald F. Sardua.

“It is an honor for me to stand before you today to be given this opportunity to work with this group of strong and dedicated alumni,” Nuñez said in his speech. “As students, we were taught to be independent, to think, and to enjoy our freedom. We were given a UP education, and the principles of honor, integrity, and service were instilled in us.”

“As alumni, we must learn to move forward, work together, strengthen relationships and do away with our personal inhibitions, limitations, and biases. It is because our purpose for gathering together, and for spending our valuable time and resources is to be able to serve, to serve not just the University but also the students, teachers, faculty and staff, our fellow alumni, and the community around us,” Nuñez added.

Present at the event were UPV Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development, Dr. Rhodella A. Ibabao, who represented the Chancellor, Dr. Clement C. Camposano, Office of Alumni Relations (OAR) Director Dr. Rey Carlo T. Gonzales, UPV personnel, UPAAIC past Presidents Atty. Dennis J. Guevarra, Atty. Gaudios P. Geduspan, II, Mr. Rosendo Caesar G. Arandela, III, Mr. Jessraff S. Palmares, iAmUPHi BOT representatives Dr. Marovi A. Celis and Ms. Irma D. Lim, and other alumni guests.

Ms. Jorvelyn J. Espinosa is served as the Master of Ceremonies.

UPAAIC is a regional chapter of UPAA serving in the Iloilo Province. For membership, you may send them an email through UPV OAR is the alumni’s link to the University and the other alumni and alumni associations. For more information, please visit (Mr. GC Castro, UPV OAR)