San Jose, Antique, Philippines – The UP Visayas Office of Alumni Relations (UPV-OAR) visited the UP Alumni Association Antique Chapter on January 2017 at the New Antique Capitol Building. Part of the visit under the “Kamusta Ka Iskolar ng Bayan” program was to reconnect with the alumni in the provinces, organize or reactivate alumni groups, and work with them in producing events. This with the hope of gathering more alumni to promote fellowship among the Isko and Iska in the Visayas, as well as to rekindle the deep rooted spirit of oblation that spells selfless service to the community and giving back to the university.
Antique now boasts of sprouting new commercial establishments in the town proper of San Jose. The popularity of the tourist attractions in the towns outside the capital, the ever-growing number of cultural events and festivals, and the dynamic promotion of local products all around the province have turned the province of Antique into a bustling community.
A number of UP alumni gathered to meet with UPV OAR to discuss future possibilities on how to contribute in this fast-paced development of the province. A set of officers was elected to handle the preparations for its upcoming events January 20, 2017. Heading this newly-energized UP Alumni Association (UPAA) Antique is its long time President, Mr. Nicolasito S. Calawag, Antique’s Provincial Agriculturist, who was again reelected for another term. Together with him are the other officers and members of the board: Mr. Erwin E. Ilaya as Vice President, Ms. Marilu B. Baculna as Secretary, Dr. Susan F. Atienza as Asst. Secretary, Ms. Emma O. Feranil as Treasurer, Ms. Susima Q. Nermal as Asst. Treasurer, Ms. Emmerald A. Villavert as Auditor, Mr. Kristoffer Ryan T. Gidaya as Asst. Auditor, Mr. Rey John M. Sandoy as Business Manager, Mr. Francisco P. Fullon, Jr. as Asst. Business Manager, Ms. Saredith Camiña-Sola as PIO, Mr. John Jowil D. Orquia as Asst. PIO, and Ms. Mary Joy Hiñola-Muescan, Mr. Richard C. Garcia, Ms. Lumen Marie Rose C. Quanico, Ms. Arlene A. Villaram, Mr. Joseph C. Negrillo, Ms. Jondale Mae A. Garcia, Ms. Roma P. Romero, and Mr. Eddie C. Gonzaga as members of the board. They were sworn in by Prof. Amy D. Tanoy, Director of UPV OAR. The new officers will serve for a term of one year.
UPAA Antique Chapter is an independent organization and maintains close coordination with the UPV Office of Alumni Relations for projects, fund drives and other activities involving the university such as the yearly UP Alumni & Faculty Homecoming and other alumni related activities.