About Us

About UPAAA, Inc.

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America, Inc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in the United States.
Section 501(c)(3) is the portion of the US Internal Revenue Code that allows for federal tax exemption of nonprofit organizations, specifically those that are considered public charities, private foundations or private operating foundations.TIN 80-0816109.
Join our growing membership of passionate UP alumni and friends who want to make a difference in the lives of UP students and alumni, and the community.


We envision a strong broad-based organization of alumni of the University of the Philippines in the service and support of the Alma Mater, the UP Alumni, the UP System and the community in pursuit of common goals.


Our mission is to engage alumni of the University of the Philippines to work together on educational, charitable, cultural, and other meaningful projects that benefit alumni, the UP System, and the community in pursuit of our common goals, drawing on our individual and collective resources and of those in the community where we live.

UPAAA History

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America was founded in 1981 by a group of graduates of the University of the Philippines in New Jersey, led by Dr. Arsenio Talingdan with the primary aim 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. In more than three decades, UPAAA, Inc. has held 21 General Assemblies/ Conventions of UP alumni in the US.

President's Message

Get UPdates from our 2021-2022 National President Jose M. David, MD

Board of Directors

Meet our hardworking and dedicated team of volunteer leaders from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. They are UP alumni like you residing across the US who are gifting their time and talents to benefit the UP scholars and UP community as a whole.

Jose David, M.D.


Kellie Sabas

Racquel 'Kellie' Sabas

Executive Vice President; Interim Chair, Information Technology Committee

Jovenia Celo, M.D

Board Secretary; Chair of Scholarship Committee, NOMELEC Committee and Awards Committee

Maria Cristina Colmenar

National Treasurer, and Chair, Finance and Funds Committee

Lisa Boquiren

Public Relations Officer

Jose Santos

Asst. Public Relations Officer

Colleen Marciel Rosales-Brunk, Ph.D.

Asst. Board Secretary

Ana Isabela Parcon


Ma. Guia Palma

Asst. Board Secretary; Liaison, Southeast

Winston Umali, M.D.

Chair, Chapter and Partner Development Committee; Regional Vice President Northeast Region

Fe Seligman_Asst Treasurer

Fe Seligman

Asst. Treasurer

Pamela Santos

Regional Vice President, Southeast Region

Zenaida Sarmiento

Regional Vice President, Upper Central Region

Walfredo Arias

Regional Vice President, Lower Central Region

John Siazon

Regional Vice President, Northwest Region

Zenaida Ply

Regional Vice President, Southwest Region

Marilou Areno, D. Comm.

Chair, Alumni Education and Fellowship Committee

Maria Elma Greenwood

Chair, Archives Committee

Ryan Tejero

Chair, Communications and Publicity Committee

Joy Pasamonte Henry

Chair, Community Outreach and Advocacy

Daisy Macadaeg

Chair, Membership Committee

Monet Gatchalian, M.D.

Co Chair, Scholarship Committee

Elizabeth Reyes

Chair, Strategic Planning and Governance Committee

Manuela Castillo

Chair,Ways & Means Committee

Aileen Dizon, Esq.

Chair,Constitution and ByLaws Committee and Legal Counsel

Luzviminda Micabalo

Past President; Historian

Nelsie Parrado

Past President; Liaison, Northeast

Romulo Aquino, Ph.D.

Past President; Liaison, Upper Central; President, UPAAA CPH Global Chapter

Bimbo Mariano

Liaison, LowerCentral

Adrian Ellis Alarilla

Liason, Northwest

Juanita Nacu, Ed.D.

Past President; Liaison, Southwest

Daisy Rodriguez (deceased)

Immediate Past President

Carol Colborn


Meg Daupan-Greenfield


Delila Lojo

Liaison, Luzon

Dorothy Lenore Tome

Liaison, Visayas

Reuben Higino Cabrera, DVM


Belinda (Lindy) Aquino, Ph.D.

Past President

Reuben Seguritan, Esq

Past President

Francisco Sy, MD, DrPH

Past President

Fel Tabangay, Esq

Past President

Constancia Uy, MD

Past President

Josefina Wee Sit

Past President

UPAAA Network

Networking allows us to collaborate and create a larger impact.  Partnerships open the door to new opportunities for UPAAA to grow.

UPAA -Arizona (Chapter)

UPAA - Houston, TX (Partner)

UPAA - San Diego County (Partner))

UPAAA Past Presidents

Meet our past presidents who led this organization to become the Outstanding Alumni Chapter that it is today.

Daisy Rodriguez (deceased)

Nelsie Parrado

Juanita Nacu, Ed.D.

Romulo Aquino, Ph.D.

Luzviminda Micabalo

Fel Tabangay, Esq

Francisco Sy, MD, DrPH

Belinda (Lindy) Aquino, Ph.D.

Josefina Abaya-Wee Sit

Constancia Somera-Uy

Reuben Seguritan, Esq

UPAAA Past Awardees

Meet our Distinguished Alumni from diverse background and discipline.


Stay current about what's happening in UPAAA and UP


The Constitution and Bylaws provide the foundation upon which UPAAA operates. It is a living document which needs to undergo periodic review to remain relevant.

UPAAA Strategic Plan


The Strategic Plan gives us a clear direction to fulfill our mission and helps us prioritize the right goals at the right time.