AUP Academy Announces First Virtual Alumni Homecoming
Not even the pandemic can stop AUP Academy from calling on all batches (PUCA/AUPA) and its living alumni, faculty, and principals (1930s-2021) to a grand homecoming. This event will be the first in virtual mode to celebrate its 104th founding anniversary on June 25-27, 2021 via the “Zoom” platform.
To introduce the significant event online, last May 1, young alumni batches led the Sabbath worship services streamed live via Zoom, Facebook live, and Youtube. Batch presidents from 2010-2021 led the Divine Hour of Worship, with Pastor Carmelito “Ging” Galang Jr. (President, AUPA 1974), delivering God’s message to the alumni.
Older alumni will recall that the first four grand homecomings happened face to face in 1994 and 1995 under the AUPA Alumni Association (AUPAAA) President Dr. Ephraim Dela Cruz (AUPA 1968) and Academy Principal Ceasar F. Idaosos with the faculty. The 3rd and 4th grand alumni homecomings happened in 2008 and 2011, both headed by AUPAAA President Leo Arit (AUPA 1977) and Academy Principal Elmie Lynn V. Lagajino (AUPA 1978) with the faculty.
Themes of all the homecoming celebrations were titles of songs, namely “Bring Back the Feeling,” “Those Were the Days,” “Through the Years,” and “Yesterday once More. “This year’s theme, “Malayo Man, Malapit Din,” is also a song title but for the first time in Filipino, translated in English as “Far apart, yet close at heart.”
Current AUPAAA President Emmanuel “Manny” Dizon (AUPA 1978), along with AUPA Principal Ardel V. Sarmiento, express their warm welcome to all batch presidents and their respective batch members to fill out the alumni tracking form posted online.
Although officially scheduled on June 25-27, different batches from the 1950s to the 2000s prepared a 45-50 minute potpourri of talents and activities spread out daily, online starting May 27, according to program coordinators, Maam Olive Tolentino and Sir Cyril Punay (AUPA 2010). President Manny further disclosed, “Since it’s going to be virtual and online, perhaps there will be no more excuses not to attend any of the programs?”