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MAA 10th Annual General Meeting and Induction


Mapua Alumni Australia held its 10th Annual General Meeting, election of officers and directors for 2018 and induction of elected board members last Saturday 21 April 2018 at Pabico 55, 1 Mt Druitt Rd, Mt. Druitt 2770.

Consul Atty., Melanie Diano, current head of Philippine Consulate of Sydney was the guest of honour. She delivered an inspiring message and also inducted the new members and elected officers and directors.

The following are the officers and directors of Mapua Alumni Australia for 2018:

President – Marissa Ignacio-MANOTO MIE

Vice-President – Nelia Palmer IE

Secretary – Catherine Vergara CE

Treasurer – Ninoy Batara ME

Auditor – Guillermo Capati CE

PRO – Edgar Escasinas COE


Antoenie Peralta ME

Dakila Ibarra CE

Jonathan Sierra ME

Melinda Rectin MIE

Fiel Santos MIE


Consul Diano also inducted the new members of MAA. They are

Catherine Vergara CE

Michael Stehmeier ME

Joel Balajadia CE


The event was well attended by MAA members and honorary members

  1. Alex Agra EE
  2. Antoenie Peralta ME
  3. Catherine Vergara CE
  4. Charlie Castillo EE
  5. Dakila Ibarra CE
  6. Edgar Escasinas COE
  7. Ferdinand Francisco CE
  8. Fiel Santos MIE
  9. Flor Cudilla CHE
  10. Gideon Vargas ME
  11. Harry Ubungen EE
  12. Heidi Susi (honoray member and wife of Odie Susi)
  13. Joel Balajadia CE
  14. Jonathan Sierra ME
  15. Marissa Manoto MIE
  16. Marjie Tangonan (honorary member and wife of Randy Tangonan)
  17. Michael Stehmeier ME
  18. Nelia Palmer IE
  19. Ninoy Batara ME
  20. Randy Tangonan Met Eng
  21. Rey Baraceros EE
  22. Odie Susi ME
  23. Romele Constantino EE
  24. Rosalie Ouano CE

Two alumni from Victoria also dropped by to meet their fellow alumni – husband and wife Julius and Luchie Dulce both CHE

The wives/husbands/family and friends of the alumni also graced the occasion. Thank you to the following spouses: Rowena Agra, Grace Balajadia, Imelda Baraceros, Nap Cudilla, Dra Cora Francisco- who is also the founding president of the Philippine Australia Medical Association-PAMA, Emily Escasinas, Hazel Ibrarra, Rey Manoto – who is also the councillor of Campbelltown City Council, Craig Palmer, Malou Sierra, Elvie Ubungen. Thank you to the children of the following for their presence and support - Ninoy Batara, Marissa Manoto, Nelia Palmer and Melinda Rectin. Thank you to the friends and sister and in law of Harry Ubungen.

Local leaders of the community also supported the event.  MAA would like to thank Alric Bulseco (Vice President of Philippine Community Council and officer of Ateneo de Manila Alumni Association), Cesar Bartolome – Regional Commander Knights of Rizal – who also acted as the Returning Officer during the election.

A delicious buffet lunch was served by Pabico. Live music and singing were also provided by Pabico.

The group later had fun with karaoke singing and dancing.

It was truly a fun fun day !


VIVA Mapua!



President's Corner


Dear fellow alumni and friends of MAA and Consul Melanie Diano,

The officers and board of Mapua Alumni Australia for 2018 sincerely thank you for attending our AGM and induction lunch yesterday 21 April 2018. 

Please also extend our  thanks to your wife/husband/children/ family/friends who came with you yesterday. We are grateful for their support.
We enjoyed your company and we hope you had fun as well.
We hope you can be with us again and join the fun in the coming MAA events.
Kind  regards,
Marissa Manoto
MAA President 2018



3rd MAA Table Tennis Tournament
Dear MAA members, families and friends,

We would like to invite each and everyone to come and join us to our forthcoming 3rd MAA Table Tennis Tournament. Please find details below
When: 19 May 2018, Saturday
Where: Penrith Table Tennis Clubhouse, Woodriff Gardens Tennis Complex
            2268 Castlereagh Rd, Penrith NSW 2750
Cost: $15.00, payable on the day
Registration starts at 8:00 am
Categories: Beginners, Intermediate and Advance
Playing Format: Round Robin
Everyone is welcome. Please send us an email back if you would like to join and as to what category you will be in. Come along and meet some of the Fil-Oz Table Tennis Players and fellow MAA members and officers.
Best regards,

Nelia Palmer


MAA 1st Board Meeting for 2018


Dear Members,
The MAA 1st Board Meeting for 2018 will be on 5 May 2018 at Marissa Manoto's residence located at 24 Barrack Cct, Macquarie Links NSW 2565 at 11:00 am.
If you are able to join via skype, messenger or teleconference, please advise me beforehand so we can get you all set up before the meeting commences. If you are free on that day, please come along to the meeting. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Please find attached the Agenda for the coming meeting.
Catherine Vergara
Mapua Alumni Australia 2018


Mapua Alumni Australia (MAA) is a duly recognized international chapter of the National Association of Mapua Alumni , Inc (NAMA). Its mission is to unite the alumni of Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT) in Australia in cooperative undertakings involving social, educational, and cultural projects and activities for the benefits of the alumni, the MIT student body, and the general Australian community.


MAA Scholarship Project


The scholarship program is a joint initiative of Mapua Alumni Australia (MAA) and the National Association of Mapua Alumni (NAMA). MAA awards full tuition fee scholarships to deserving economically disadvantaged MIT students.


National Tree Day


30 June 2017

Rooty Hill Reserve

It’s the time of year again when we got involved in raising awareness on the importance of looking after our planet in the form of planting trees. What a great way to involve our members and their children in giving something back to the community with a little bit of time and getting a little dirty. We finished off with a picnic at Bungaribee Park, Doonside.


City 2 Surf


13 August 2017

To our volunteer runners, you once again took the challenge of running the 14K track to raise money for our scholars. Without our runners we don’t have anyone to support for this main fundraising event for our scholars. So a big shout out to Rey, Dang, James, Edgar, Ethaniel, Excel, Mariz, Erick, Jon, Malou, Randy and Marj for tackling the painstaking 14 kilometre track. With that effort and the people who are calling out for donations, we were able to raise a total of $2,770.00. Well done team!!!


Woodcroft Festival


23 September 2017

Thank you to all our members and friends who donated pre loved items for us to sell in our stall at the markets. Mao, Marissa and Melinda manned our stall and they raised a total of $260 in sales to go towards MAA Scholarship Fund.


2nd MAA Table Tennis Tournament


14 October 2017

The second year of running a tournament to extend Mapua Alumni Australia’s community connection is again a successful one! A big thank you to Jon, Nelia, Malou, and Antoenie for organising this event and to all the participants who gave it their best in their respective divisions.  To the FOTTS group who came and joined us in this tournament, to our fellow MAA Officers who came and supported in this event, and especially to our families who always come along with us on every event that we organise. We were able to donate $130.00 to MAA Scholarship Fund.


A big congratulations to the winners of this year tournament!



1st Place Cocoy Francisco

2nd Place Wilie Jabson

3rd Place Sarah Palmer



1st Place Abby Santilla

2nd Place Danny Guerrero

3rd Place Carlo Francisco



1st Place Patrick Sicat

2nd Place Dexter Nazareno

3rd Place Harry Aquino


End of the Year Picnic


18 November 2017

Western Sydney Parklands

We wrapped up the year with a picnic at Western Parklands which was attended by our officers, members, families, and friends. We brought in more than enough foods and drinks to last us for a week! Our children rode their bikes and played ball games with each other while we caught up in a very relaxed atmosphere. We hope to see you all in 2018 ... MAA’s 10th year celebration!