Dean Charlotte Chiong, PGH Director Gap Legaspi, UPMAS President Lara Aleta and the members of Class 1996, UPMAS board members, members of the celebrating classes, fellow medical alumni, guests, good morning.
Last year’s UPMAS Homecoming was an unforgettable experience for all of us. Though we had a colorful grand launch which included the formal debut of 2 orchids, all activities went to a temporary halt and had to switch to the online platform. Not even COVID could stop a College of Medicine Homecoming. It was the first celebration held online and it succeeded in bringing us closer in heart and spirit despite the physical distance. It was heartwarming!
I am sure the Class of 1996 and other celebrating classes (which incidentally include my Class of 1981!) will rise to the task of gathering us all together again for a deeply meaningful and gratifying celebration. Let us mark this launching of festivities with excitement as we await the activities lined up leading to the December Homecoming despite the continuing challenges posed by the pandemic. We eagerly look forward to the face- to-face homecoming event in December. Mike Tee of Class ‘98 is in the audience. He is the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development and he is helping me prepare the grounds. If we will have the traditional parade, the grounds will be ready for our classes to visit the different new buildings – the 10 storey Medical Sciences Building of the College of Medicine, 12 storey University Library which will house the Medical Library, 19 storey National Institutes of Health, 8 storey student dormitory of UP Manila and the 15 storey new building of the Philippine General Hospital.
Our College has more than a hundred-year history of dealing with vicissitudes and we always come out victorious; so, we look forward to a commemoration of our graduation from this beloved home that will exceed common expectations.
More than a tradition, the UPMAS homecoming activities are opportunities for continuing education, for updating our knowledge and learning on a variety of topics and issues confronting us especially about the SarsCov2 virus. In addition, this homecoming experience will be special not only because of the rekindling of previous memories but also because of entirely fresh memories we will have which we have not imagined before. As alumni of the UP College of Medicine, we are known to think of the impossible as possible!
At this point, I would like to emphasize the key role that alumni play in the fulfillment of our vision-mission and goals. With the UP medical alumni in different work bases and spheres around the country and the world whose influence and assistance we can always depend on, I am confident that this administration can fulfill more significant projects for the remainder of our term.
This early, I would like to thank all the celebrating classes and especially the Class of 1996 for your zeal and the hard work that you will put into making “Galing UP, Balik UP 2021″ a big success!
Magandang umaga sa ating lahat!
CARMENCITA D. PADILLA, MD, MAHPS