The 2013 UPAASF Induction of Officers: Let the UP Spirit Reign

All the elements of a successful event were there – a plan, hard working team members and team work. The UPAASF Induction of Officers for 2013-14 turned out just that -- a smashing success.

It was bright and sunny with no clouds in the air. The venue, One Ferry Plaza Restaurant had a panoramic view of the Bay and the Bay Bridge. 200+ guests came and the UPAASF Induction of Officers on January 27, 2013 was off to a good start. Father Rey Reyes began with the invocation and a silent prayer dedicated to 2 past presidents who passed away in 2012 – Dr. Lydia C. Fontan and Dr. Manny "Pogs" Gaspay.

Joe Santos was in his elements and opened with witty stand up jokes.

Outgoing president Gabby Moraleda gave the welcome remarks and introduced movers within the FilAm and UP community. Among them were fresh and familiar faces -- headed by Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon Ascalon, Deputy Consul General and Inducting Officer. From the public service sector were Hon. Jose "Joe' Esteves, Mayor of Milpitas, Ms. Puchi Carrion Di Riccio, former SF commissioner, Ms. Josie Alegre, former commissioner of Oakland and Ms. Myrna De Vera, Vice Mayor of Hercules.

There were representatives from the various UP California alumni chapters and groups as follows; Ms. Gemma Bischocho, President of UPAA Central CA, Ms. Beet Alo, President of UPAA Greater Sacramento, Engr. Butch Denoga 2-time UPAASF president, Atty. Dave Villegas, Grand Princep UP Beta Sigma NC, Mr. Gilbert Duldulao, former MIF Upsilon Sigma Phi, Engr. Claro Rabago Alpha Phi Omega, Mr. Ed Damasco Vanguard, Ms. Vicki Bringas Ramirez Corps of Sponsors and Engr. Gil Ongchanco Beta Epsilon.

Those from the private sector were: Ms. Susie Quesada Wolf, EVP Ramar Foods Int'l. , Atty Babes Ignacio partner Tancinco Law Office, Ms. Elvie Teodoro Executive Director Evergreen Studio of Music and Arts, Ms. Sonia Delen, Senior Vice President, Banc of America Leasing, Ms. J. Nimfa Y. Gamez, Entrepreneur, Ms. Gemma Nemenzo author and director Positively Filipino, Her ladyship baroness Gisella Zebrowski, Ms. Henni Espinoza ABS-CBN News Anchor and Mr. Ben Menor, Consultant Ayaland Development.

The non-profit and advocacy sector was represented by; Mr. Rudy Asercion, Executive Director, Westbay, Ms. Carmen Colet chairperson SF-Manila Sister City Committee and Prof. Cesar Torrres, Worlwide Filipino Alliance.

Other FilAm groups present were: Mr. Egay Domingo, Elder Beta Sigma San Francisco, Engr. Ric Sitjar, Director FilAm Society of Architects and Engineers, Ms. Willie Santamaria, President Daughters of Isabela and Ms. Alicia Foratleza past President Philippine Nursing Association.

The officers of the Association for 2013-14 are: Ms. Letty Quizon President, Ms. Jean Damasco, Executive Vice President, Ms. Celly Carbonell Recording Secretary, Ms. Tanya Duldulao, Corresponding Secretary, Ms. Luisa Yee, Treasurer, Ms. Julie Belo, Auditor and Atty. Richie Dira, Legal Officer. The Board Members are: Manolo Banzon, Ed Damasco, Sonia Delen, Roger Diaz, Hon. Jose Esteves, Vic Gacusan, Clod Gomez, Gabby Moraleda, Gil Ongchangco and Joe Santos.

The guest speaker was Dr. Amelito "Boyet" Enriquez of Canada College and a President Obama awardee on Science and Technology education. His life story is inspiring because it tells of how he climbed his way through extreme poverty all the way up through UP and finish post graduate degrees in America. This years alumni awardee was Atty. Mat Caparas. Mat led a team that put in place a fund for the purchase of oral polio vaccines. He is the first and only Filipino elected president of Rotary International.

There were testimonials from college bound kids of Westbay Pilipino Multi Service Center. They spoke with enthusiasm how their lives were changed by Westbay. UPAASF and Westbay are partners in providing Science & Technology interventions to these FilAm kids.

In addition to its Mentoring Program, incoming president Letty Quizon spoke on UPAASF's plans to establish a Philippine Heritage and Leadership Training Institute to connect FilAm youth with their heritage. She announced a $ 5000 grant from Ramar Foods International to seed the project.

Ms. Stella Mendieta and Ms. Maritess Lopez both UP graduates gave standing ovation performances. Young balladeer and crooner Mitch Franco sang Frank Sinatra songs to the crowds delight. A live auction was conducted by Ricky Lagumbay plus a silent auction and a raffle capped the event.

Overall it was a fun filled afternoon of fellowship – a one of a kind experience.

UPAASF is ready for action. Let the UP spirit reign.