The Office of Alumni Relations, UPLB Alumni Association, and the UPLB Class of ’71 collaborated to organize an online virtual homecoming on the occasion of the 103rd anniversary of UPLB’s Loyalty Day.
With the theme “Bigkisang UPLB at Alumni para sa Matagumpay na Pagbangon Mula sa Pandemya,” this alumni homecoming was particularly special because of its aim to significantly contribute for the health workers and facilities of the University Health Service (UHS).
Chancellor Jose V. Camacho described this theme as “timely and fitting, [it also] makes clear to us the importance of collaboration among us, the UPLB community, as we aim to survive, thrive, and recover during and after this pandemic as one nation.”
The alumni homecoming also celebrated a milestone – the Golden Jubilee anniversary of Class of ’71 whose members were able to keep in touch virtually as to be able to perform a dance number choreographed by DHK faculty member, Naomi Mendoza.
The Class of ’71 was also able to organize a significant and meaningful project for the UHS workers, as they set up a donation drive entitled “Uugod-ugod Pero tayo susugod Loyalty Day 2021 Batchmates kaya ba natin 2 million?” which has the acronym UPLB.
The donation drive aimed to raise PhP 2.0 million that will be used to improve and upgrade facilities for COVID-19 patient care and other health services by the end of December 2021. They also recognized the role of the UPLB Medical Society of America in shouldering much of the donation.
The Jubilarians turned over the gathered amount to UPLB during the celebration, in which they named the UHS, Men’s Dorm, and the UPLB Alumni Association as recipients.
Dr. Jessie Imelda Foronda-Walde, UHS medical director, expressed her gratitude for all the support of the UPLB alumni through their donation drive and the morale booster that they gave. She also talked about her “resourceful team’s” accomplishments even in the midst of great difficulties brought about by the pandemic.
To cap it all off, Dr. Rosalina Lapitan, co-chair of the 103rd Alumni Homecoming and the Class of ’71 representative conveyed her gratitude to all those who helped make the virtual event a success. (Kristel Hope Villafuerte)