Apr 13, 2024

After a two-year-long Covid hiatus, the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Toronto (UPAAT) will commemorate its 45th Anniversary with a Dinner-Dance Gala on November 26th, 2022, at the Novotel Toronto North York Hotel.

The gala brings together UP alumni and friends to celebrate UPAAT’s achievements since it was established in 1977. UPAAT has since grown to 400 members to date.  Since 1977, it has been actively serving the Filipino community in the Greater Toronto Area through its various programs and projects.

The UPAAT is a community organization run by dedicated volunteers. Through the last 45 years, it has constantly strived to promote the UP ideals of excellence, service and leadership within and outside the organization. Its mentorship program has tremendously helped younger members carve their professional and career path with the guidance of expert alumni in their respective fields. The association also assists new immigrant UP alumni and their families to have access to community resources to ease their settlement in Canada.

Pag-aaruga, a summer internship program implemented through the Toronto Catholic District School Board, was launched last year. It aims to develop inter-generational exchange among UPAAT members and Filipino-Canadian youth. The program provides opportunities for Filipino-Canadian high school students to become more involved in the community and beyond Canada. 

In the spirit of giving back to their UP Beloved alma matter that nurtured them, UPAAT supports the education of poor but deserving students with the Abot-Kamay Scholarship Program. And when calamities strike the Philippines, the alumni never fail to come together to aid their kababayan back home through fundraisers. 

“It is time to celebrate these achievements while, at the same time, renew old friendships and welcome many UP grads who choose to make Canada their home,” said Agnes Manasan, UPAAT President, and also the Senior Manager for Settlement Services at the Catholic Community Services of York Region. 

The Gala is open to everyone and promises a night of fun and nostalgia with the Salida Band, DJ music across different generations, raffle prizes and Distinguished Alumni Awards. Tickets are sold at $80.00 each. Ticket reservations can now be made at https://kitakitssa45th.eventbrite.ca/

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