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20th UPAAA Grand Reunion and Convention – Registration Now Open

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America (UPAAA) is set to hold its 20th Biennial Grand Reunion and Convention at the Crowne Plaza located in the San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, California on August 30 – September 2, 2019. This will be co-hosted by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association San Francisco Chapter, led by its president-elect Sonia Delen.

This celebration will be centered on this year’s theme, LEAP: Lead, Elevate, Advance and Participate, which aims to engage the UP alumni in the USA on upholding the values of honor and excellence whether it may be for their personal or professional growth as well as leading by example in their respective communities.

UPAAA President Nelsie Tabudlong Parrado, a successful financial advisor and community leader in New York and New Jersey, welcomes all UP alumni  in the USA and abroad to join this prestigious event.  “I invite fellow UP alumni to join us at the 20th Grand Reunion and Convention and hear how and why we are called Iskolar Ng Bayan.  It will be worth spending the long holiday weekend on August 30 –September 2, 2019. Tayo na!”

The program includes a Fellowship Night honoring Jubilarians on Saturday, a Gala Night honoring the Outstanding Alumni in various fields on Sunday and symposium and workshops during the 2-day event. Elected members of the UPAAA Board of Directors and  Officers for the next two-year term (2020-2021) will be sworn in during the Gala as well.

“We highly encourage all UP Alumni residing in North America to support UPAA in America through this biennial gathering. It’s a fun way to build camaraderie with fellow alumni and give back to our alma mater by supporting our ongoing projects which benefit the UP community as a whole.” Racquel Lalo-Sabas, UPAAA-PRO and 2019 convention chair. The proceeds from this event will be used towards UPAAA’s numerous projects.

In keeping with its mission, UPAAA has been undertaking the following projects which are being implemented together with the University of the Philippines’ Administration in various campuses:

  • Stipend Scholarship grant to deserving students in 7 UP campuses
  • Adopt-A-Dorm
  • Alleviate Food Insecurity among students

The early bird online registration is now open. For more information, visit or e-mail or

You may also contact Nelsie Parrado at or visit UPAAA website at for past conventions and other news.

About the UPAAA:

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America is a duly registered 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1981 by a group of graduates of the University of the Philippines in New Jersey led by Dr. Arsenio Talingdan. Its primary aim is to unite UP alumni associations in America and to work for the preservation of the UP System as the national center for academic excellence, freedom and service.