As the founder and first president of the UP Club of America (1971) and the UP Alumni Association-Wisconsin (1974), classmate Roger Austria was invited to induct the 2017 officers and board members of the UP Alumni Association-Greater Chicago Area and to deliver the keynote address at the organization’s December 3, 2016 membership meeting.
Read FULL TEXT of Roger’s address.
Roger Austria eulogizes late classmate Rodolfo Ramos
Classmate Roger Austria eulogized Rodolfo ‘Rudy’ S. A. Ramos during the memorial services for our late classmate that was held at the Philippine Center in Milwaukee, WI last October 9, 2016.
FULL TEXT of the eulogy.
Read MESSAGES from classmates.
Finding Class 1950 classmate Harry James Butler
Harry James Butler, like his brother Walter, is a member of the UP High School Class of 1950. Harry was in Section II-B of the class as shown in the 1948 Yearbook. The UP High School at the time was at the its old Padre Faura campus.
Harry appears in the class picture for Section II-B, Class of 1950, in the 1948 Yearbook. Classmate Ruben Piczon was the class president.
Read the FULL STORY on Harry.
UPIS celebrates centennial with release of ‘Coffee Table Book’
Classmate Mercia Crisostomo-Aquino reports on the recent celebration of UP High School/UP Integrated School’s 100th year of existence. The school also announced the scheduling of its all-alumni reunion set for December 10, 2016 at the high school campus in Diliman, Quezon City.
Read Mercia’s REPORT.
View STORY PICTURES from Mercia.
Read MESSAGES from classmates.
UP Elementary School grad? Join the ‘UP Elementary School Diliman’ Facebook group
Al Escobar, an alumnus of UP High (1978) and the UP Elementary School (1974) is inviting members of UP High Class 1950 who may have studied at the UP Elementary School to join the Facebook group UP Elementary School Diliman, a closed group open to all alumni of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, who were enrolled at the elementary school.
Click here for details.
Click here for the UP Elem School Facebook page.
SYL GAMBOA TURNS 80
Golf Queen Sylvia hits #80, celebrates occasion in style
Classmate Sylvia Roque-Gamboa was honored on her 80th birthday with a party tendered by three of her siblings (Dr. Joe Roque, Francis Roque, and Frances Felix) and her three children (Richard Gamboa, Ginny Majer, and Debbie Jorgensen).
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Send Syl a MESSAGE.
ROSE HAS OVERCOME:
Hot Lava Serge’s wife, Rose, out of ICU - is now in rehab
Saturday, March 26, 2016: Classmate Sergio “Serge” Domondon’s wife, Rose, is in a hospital intensive care unit, suffering from asthma and pneumonia.
Rose was in an induced coma for a few days and is now able to respond to family and friends despite “all the tubes in her mouth and a respirator,” according to Serge.
Because of her illness, Rose was not able to celebrate her birthday (March 23) and the Easter weekend.
Serge is “hopeful, that in time, Rose will get over this event in her life.”
Let’s all pray for Rose’s speedy recovery.
May 19, 2016: Rose is now in REHAB.
April 5, 2016: Rose left ICU for rehab.
A SECOND ‘BUNDLE OF JOY’:
Abe Roger and Abe Siony Austria are once again proud ‘lolo’ and ‘lola’
In an email to classmates, Roger and Siony Austria proudly announced that they have been graced with a second grandchild - Benjamin Paul - born Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.
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Above: Lolo & Lola with grandson.
Below: Benjamin Paul, Mom and Dad.
MINI-REUNION IN SF:
Abes Pete, Jules, and spouses meet for a bit of Fellowship
Pete Mansala and Julius Willis - and their spouses Vilma and Norma - met for a bit of Fellowship Sunday, October 11 and Monday, October 12, 2015. Pete and Vilma AMTRAK’ed to Hayward (where the Willises reside) from their Sacramento home.
The two-day mini-reunion took them to two Bay Area cities through dinner and lunch.
Read the FULL STORY.
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A TRIBUTE TO OUR VETERANS
Chairman Austria pays tribute to ‘their commitment, sacrifice’
By NAC Chairman Roger Austria
Each year - on Veterans Day (November 11) - we salute our veterans who served their countries (the Philippines and the USA) with honor, valor, and great sacrifice. The men and women who entered the armed services of their country were prepared to give up their lives. This, by any measure, is the gold standard of courage and love of country.
Read the FULL TRIBUTE
NAC REUNION 2014
Classmates meet on Oahu, Hawaii for week of fellowship
Six UP High 1950 classmates and their spouses from the US and Canada met in Honolulu, Hawaii Sunday, September 28 for a week of fellowship and fun. The six are NAC chairman Roger Austria, Bert Garcia, Serge Domondon, Pete Manansala, Walter Butler, and Julius Willis, and their spouses Siony Austria, Chelita Garcia, Rose Domondon, Vilma Manansala, Barbara Butler, and Norma Willis.
Read the day-by-day FULL STORY, including Renion VIDEOS, picture ALBUMS, and comments.
2014 HAWAII REUNION PARTICIPANTS (from left): Bert Garcia, Serge Domondon, Julius Willis, Pete Manansala, Walter Butler, and Roger Austria. Picture taken at the Pearl City home of Serge and Rose Domondon.
Austrias, Gamboas get together for some Dove Canyon golf
NAC Chairman Roger Austria and son Albert visited with classmate Sylvia and her husband Lu Gamboa on October 22 and 24 at their Dove Canyon, CA home. They also met up with Joe and Donna Peczon who happens to live in the same Dove Canyon community as the Gamboas.
The Peczons are mutual friends of the Gamboas and Austrias. Joe Peczon is a UP medical school classmate of several UP High 1950 alumni.
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Click here for more pictures of the Austria-Gamboa mini-reunion.
LAS VEGAS 2012
Nine classmates meet in Sin City for six days of fun
The NAC-sponsored “2012 REUNION IN LAS VEGAS” was a fun-filled six days of fellowships that included lunches, dinners, a round of golf, a visit to the Hoover dam, Talk Stories, and a Past & Present gig. Attending classmates were Roger Austria, Serge Domondon, Bert Garcia, Enrico Garcia, Syl Gamboa, Cario Laurel, Pete Manansala, Lumen Martinez, and Julius Willis. Second picture includes spouses Siony Austria, Rose Domondon, Chelita Garcia, Evelyn Garcia, Lou Gamboa, Letty Laurel, Vilma Manansala, and Norma Willis.
FULL STORY | REUNION VIDEO
DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5
DAY 6 | Bus Singers | Salo Salo
OBSERVATIONS | COMMENTS/MESSAGES