October 19 - 22, 2023

22nd Biennial Grand Reunion & Convention (GRC)

Hyatt Regency Hotel,
New Brunswick, New Jersey

About the UPAAA Grand Reunion and Convention

The UPAAA Grand Reunion & Convention (GRC) is a biennial gathering of UP alumni and non- alumni for the purposes of fellowship, knowledge exchange and fundraising for UPAAA's flagship initiative, the Scholarship Program.

On its 22nd year, GRC 2023 returns to an in-person format from October 19-22, 2023 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. UPAAA expects to host between 200-300 attendees from the US, Canada and beyond.

GRC 2021, held virtually, with VFairs as the digital platform, won the following awards: *vFairs "Best Use of Gamification" (winner) and "Best Virtual Conference" (runner up).

Register, Nominate and Sponsor the GRC

Join us in-person in New Jersey to Empower, Engage and Excel.

Registration Fees

Early Bird registration is now open for 22nd Biennial Grand Reunion & Convention (GRC)

Nominate Alumni

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America (UPAAA) is now accepting nominations for the 2023 UPAAA awards to be given during the 2023 Grand Reunion and Convention in New Jersey.


The UPAAA Sponsorship Committee for the 2023 Grand Reunion & Convention welcomes sponsors for our biennial event.

Event Speakers

We have invited esteemed Filipinos from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.

Maria Leonor Gerona Robredo

Maria Leonor "Leni" Gerona Robredo

Lawyer and politician who served as the 14th Vice President of the Philippines from 2016 to 2022.

Carmencita D. Padilla

Carmencita D. Padilla, MD, MAHPS

Chancellor of UP Manila since 2014 (9th, 10th and 11th Chancellor)

Clarina R. DelaCruz

Clarina R. DelaCruz, PhD

Physicist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Marilou Areno

Marilou Areno, D. Comm.

Arizona School Superintendent

Malou Soto Reininger

Malou Soto Reininger

Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Robert Hui Lo

Robert Hui Lo, DVM

Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO Red Dragon Farms

Carol Tulud

Carol Tulud

Executive Director of Gawad Kalinga USA

Event Schedule

We have planned a robust program for us to learn, inspire and have a great time!

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1:00 - 5:00 pmEarly Registration
7:00 - 11:00 pmWelcome Reception
EMCEE: ______________
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8:00 am - 400 pmRegistration
8:00 am - 10:00 amISKOLYMPICS in the Park
1:00-1:15 pmOpening Ceremonies
Emcee of the Day: ________
1:15 - 2:00 pmKeynote Speaker
Atty. Ma. Leonor G. Robredo
2:00 - 3:00 pmFilipinos Changing the World, part 1
Carmencita D. Padilla, MD,
Chancellor, UP Manila
Clarina R. Dela Cruz, PhD,
Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee

Moderator: Lisa Boquiren
3:00 - 4:00 pmBreak
4:00 - 5:00 pmFilipinos Changing the World, part 2
Marilou Areno, D. Comm.
Educator; Superintendent in the Bureau of Indian Education, Arizona
Maria Lourdes S. Reininger
“Science diplomat”, IT veteran, Philanthropist

Moderator: Carol E. Colborn
5:00 - 6:00 pmQ&A
7:00 pm - 12:00 amFellowship Night
Buffet dinner and dancing
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7:00 - 9:00 amBuffet Breakfast
8:00 am - 4:00 pmRegistration

Emcee of the day: Joy PH?
9:00 - 10:00 am Empowering people in need of food and shelter
Robert H. Lo, DVM
Founder & CEO, Red Dragon Farms, Philippines
Carol Tulud
Executive Director, Gawad Kalinga USA

Moderator: Lisa Boquiren
10:00 - 10:30 amBreak
10:30 - 11:30 amState of the University
President, UP System
To introduce the President:
Walfredo C. Arias
11:30 am - 12:00 pmGeneral Assembly Meeting
In Charge: Aileen L.Dizon
1:30 - 3:00 pmThe UP Alumni Family: Our Strength in Numbers

Moderator: Carol E. Colborn
Speaker Panel:
Romulo F. Aquino, PhD
Walfredo C. Arias
Marilou Areno, D.Comm
UPAA Hawaii President or representative
Representative of the UP Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs
3:00 - 3:30 pmBreak
3:30 - 4:30 pm Making an Impact
Grantees, Donors,

Moderator: Joy Celo
4:30 - 5:30 pm Q&A

Moderator: Joy PH?
7:00 pm - 12:00 amGALA
Formal Dinner and dancing
Induction of Incoming Board
Emcees: Suzanne L. Sabangan, PhD + _____________________
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7:00 - 9:00 amBuffet Breakfast
8:00 - 8:30 amSunday Mass
9:00 - 11:00 amUPAAA Board Meeting

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