The institution may have changed names over the years but the fact remains - her dear alumni never forget to come home.
On December 27, 2019, the University of Science & Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) Cagayan de Oro Campus warmly opened its doors to the alumni from various batches for a night of merrymaking, reconnecting and paying tributes to the feats of its former students.
The Dr. Ricardo Rotoras Hall of USTP became abuzz as the alumni flocked to the venue to mingle with their batch mates and reminisce with fellows their journey while being part of the school. Close to 800 members of the USTP Alumni Federation attended the first grand homecoming aptly coined, “Celebrar!”
Hosted by Jane Abaday and Ezel Lambatan, the event rounded up musical numbers, dances, raffle, fellowship, endless photo sessions and games that filled the festive evening and capped the day-long affair and truly captured the event’s theme, “Reconnecting Lives: Celebrating Alumni Stories” Hailed as the Largest Participating Batches were Class of 1994 and Class of 1988 while the title of the Oldest Participating Batch for this year was awarded to Class of 1961.
University officials were present to grace the affair and formally welcomed the participants. Newly elected university system president, Dr. Ambrosio Cultura II and the university chancellor, Atty. Dionel Albina. Also present were the dynamic team of the 2019 USTP Alumni Federation headed by its president, Jason Jay Dalman.
Earlier in the day, the homecoming reunion started with a General Assembly at the USTP Performing Arts Theater where the current federation board of officers laid to the membership the accomplishments, plans, and current status of the organization. Alumni members were also given the chance to reconnect with former classmates and friends.
The Alumni Federation General Elections were also conducted during the one-day celebration. The call to serve the USTP Alumni community was passed on to the following new members of the Board:
Erah Delos Reyes
Prof. Romeo De Asis
Rev. Fr. Max V. Ceballos, SSJV
Joshua Jones Waban
Lea May Caburatan
Nicole Adelle Tacandong
Esther Joy De Asis
Jason Jay Dalman
A Blood Letting activity in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross also took place. This is part of the Alumni Federation’s commitment to serve the community and help in nation building. Participating alumni and current students took part in the said project.
It is hoped that in the coming year, a grander, more festive, and even bigger grand reunion will take place as USTP moves forward into a new era of excellence and unparalleled feats.
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