“We are here to renew bonds”

| Written by Fred Dabu

University of the Philippines alumni in Congress with officials of the university huddle for a group photo at the Executive House, UP Diliman, Quezon City. Photo by Jonathan Madrid, UP MPRO.


The Executive House in the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines (UP) once again housed a gathering of distinguished alumni as UP President Angelo Jimenez hosted the traditional fellowship night on the 28th of September with UP alumni members of the Senate and the House of Representatives of the 19th Congress of the Philippines.

Jimenez highlighted in his message the important role of the University in producing leaders of the nation and in shaping the nation, as well as the role of prominent alumni at the highest levels of government. He provided several updates on UP’s most recent accomplishments and major legacy projects to be pursued during his term.

“We are here to renew our bonds,” said Jimenez.

Albay Representative Edcel Lagman, the most senior among those present, spoke on behalf of the UP alumni members in the House of Representatives. He pledged to gain the support of fellow alumni and allies in the allocation of funds for UP.

Senator Lorna Regina “Loren” Legarda and Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara briefly discussed with UP officials their plans to support the various UP constituent units.

Also present were: Rep. Stella Luz Alabastro-Quimbo; Rep. Richelle Singson; Rep. Rachel Marguerite Del Mar; Rep. Drixie Mae Suarez-Cardema; Rep. Zia Alonto Adiong; Rep. Lorenz Defensor; Rep. Adrian Michael Amatong; Rep. Jonathan Keith Flores; Rep. Pablo John Garcia Jr.; Rep. Gabriel Bordado; and Rep. Ron Salo.

UP officials with President Jimenez were: Executive Vice President Jose Fernando Alcantara; VP for Academic Affairs Leo Cubillan; VP for Planning and Finance Iryn Balmores; VP for Development Ferdinand Pecson; VP for Public Affairs Roland Tolentino; UP Diliman Chancellor Edgardo Carlo Vistan; UP Los Banos Chancellor Jose Camacho Jr.; UP Mindanao Chancellor Lyre Anni Murao; UP Baguio Chancellor Corazon Abansi; UP Philippine General Hospital Director Gerardo Legaspi; AVP for Public Affairs and Office of Alumni Relations Director Jeanette Yasol-Naval; Padayon Public Service Office Director Cherish Aileen Brillon; TVUP Executive Director Grace Alfonso; UP Resilience Institute Executive Director Alfredo Mahar Lagmay; AVP for Student Affairs and Office of Student Development Services Director Shari Oliquino; and Chief of Staff of the Office of the President Ricky Dela Torre.

The lawmakers were serenaded by the UP Concert Chorus.


Albay Representative Edcel Lagman. Photo by Jonathan Madrid, UP MPRO.


President Angelo Jimenez talks with Senator Lorna Regina “Loren” Legarda at the fellowship night for UP alumni in Congress. Photo by Jonathan Madrid, UP MPRO.


President Jimenez (center) talks with Cebu City 1st District Representative Rachel Marguerite B. Del Mar (left) and Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara (right). Photo by Jonathan Madrid, UP MPRO.


President Jimenez speaks with members of the UP Concert Chorus, who performed for the members of Congress. Photo by Jonathan Madrid, UP MPRO.