“A UP education is a great gift and privilege. . . .The University gave us the skills, the knowledge, and wisdom that we needed to face our future; honed our talents towards achieving our dreams; and most importantly, provided us the values that we hold dear and that also formed our character: love of country, service to our countrymen, professionalism and pursuit of excellence, integrity, and a sense of justice and fairness.” —Ambassador Edgardo B. Espiritu, UPAA Most Distinguished Alumnus for 2019, in his response on behalf of the alumni awardees
The UP Alumni Association handed out its awards during “Pandayan ng Bayan,” the General Alumni Homecoming on August 24 at Ang Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman. The recipients were 33 individuals, 13 families, and an alumni chapter. The individual honorees consisted of the Most Distinguished Alumnus, four Lifetime Distinguished Achievement awardees, and 28 Distinguished Alumni in 25 fields.