The University of the Philippines Office of Student Development Services (UP OSDS) hosted its annual “FRESHIE TALKS” event, where incoming first-year students from different UP constituent universities were invited to gain a better understanding of their college-student journey in UP. This event took place on September 29, 2023 at the UP Institute of Civil Engineering David M. Consunji Theater.
This event aimed to help inform UP first-year students who are either curious or nervous about starting their college life in UP, and to encourage them to make the most out of their college experience here in UP. To do this, the UP OSDS invited several UP alumni to be key speakers.
The UP alumni speakers come from a wide variety of fields in media and business, and each offered their own unique perspective for the new first-year students. The first speaker was famous host, actress, and entrepreneur Mica Pineda, who talked about making the most out of one’s UP experience. After her was famous TV personality and lecturer at the UP Film Institute Ramon Bautista, who shared a funny and insightful message on how to survive college. Next to share their insights on how to make the most out of studying in UP is Country Manager of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Jerry Bongo. The last of the UP alumni to offer their advice to the first-years is Vice-President for Corporate Services of AP Renewables, Inc., Leo Robel, Jr.