Mapua Alumni Australia Board for 2016 and First Board Meeting
By Marissa Manoto
The new board members of Mapua Alumni Australia for 2016 (officers and directors) were elected and inducted last 19 March 2016 Saturday, at Max Webber Library, Blacktown, NSW.
The following are the inducted MAA board members for 2016 :
President – Ninoy Batara (ME)
Vice-President – Marissa Ignacio-Manoto (MIE)
Secretary – Nelia Palmer (IE)
Treasurer – Mila Cabael-Gregorio (ChE)
Auditor – Dakila Ibarra (ME)
Public Relations Officer (PRO) – Alexander Agra (ECE-EE)
Guillermo “Bill” Capati (CE)
Charlie Castillo (EE)
Ernie Cordero (ME)
Goldie Olegario (BS Architecture)
Melinda Maglonzo-Rectin (MIE)
The inducting officer and guest on the day was Ms. Tess Sayas, current president of Blacktown Rotary Club. She was accompanied by her husband Atoy Sayas, co-owner of Zignal Travel, a regular sponsor of MAA events.
The election was held during the MAA Annual General Meeting (AGM).
In the AGM, the following reports were presented to the members and were all accepted by the members:
1. President’s report by MAA President for 2015, Rey Baraceros
2. Treasurer’s report by MAA Treasurer for 2015, Mao De Vera
3. Report on the successful MAA global convention project MapuaWorld 2015 by MW2015 chairman and MAA President for 2011, Randy Tangonan
The newly elected MAA board members held their first Quarterly Board meeting last 9 April 2016, Saturday. The meeting was graciously hosted by one of its directors, Ernie Cordero.
The following activities are the agreed planned events for term year:
1. July 2016 – Sportfest (Basketball and table tennis) and Tree Planting (environment project)
2. August 2016 – City to Surf (fund raising for MAA scholars)
3. September 2016 – stall in Woodcroft Festival (MAA fund raising)
4. October 2016 – Bowling Tournament (perpetual trophy)
5. November 2016 – Golf Tournament and MAA Christmas Party (family event)
6. April 2017 – MAA AGM
All Mapua alumni and their families and friends are all welcome to attend and /or participate in all or any event.
For any information about MAA, its membership and activities, please visit the website or Facebook or send email.
Facebook – Mapua Alumni Australia
Email – [email protected]
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 and the Pacific Rim in cooperative undertakings involving social, educational and cultural projects/activities for the benefit of the alumni, the student body, and the faculty of MIT and the general Australian community.
NAMA- 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.
In a bid to help maintain local reserves, MAA has consistently joined since 2009 the local National Tree Day planting activity. MAA together with their family and friends reconnect with nature and held the annual tree planting in coordination with Hills Shire Council.
Fundraising and Sporting Events
City to Surf Fun Run
For the last 4 years, MAA members took part in the City to Surf fun run primarily for the purpose of raising scholarship funds for our MAA Scholarship Program. Seven of our members together with their families participated on this year’s City to Surf.
MAA occupied a market stall in Woodcroft Lakes Festival in Sept 2014 and sold a variety of donated stuff and unwanted gifts from the MAA members. The net proceeds of the event went to the MAA General Fund. Woodcroft Lakes Festival is a yearly community gathering to celebrate a wide variety of entertainment and activities for the family.
The MAA Annual Bowling Tournament which was conceived in 2011 is open to MAA members, their families and MAA friends. With a perpetual trophy at stake, the tournament has just completed its fourth year in October 2014.
MAA Maiden Golf Tournament
The successful inaugural MAA golf tournament was held on the 16th of Nov at Richmond Golf Club and attended by professional and golf enthusiasts alike. Prizes with trophies were awarded to the richly deserved winners. Another great fundraising project for the MAA scholars and Mapua World 2015. A well-organized event in preparation for the coming MW golf tournament in Sept 2015.
Picnic- Family Day
In February 2014, MAA held its family picnic day at Nurrangingy Reserve in Doonside. Attended by family and friends, the day was truly special complemented by variety of games and activities and the sumptuous food provided by MAA.
To finish the successful year, MAA holds traditional gatherings as usually held in a Filipino family setting. The MAA Christmas party started in 2009 and has been an annual event since then. For 2014, MAA held the Christmas picnic at Bella Vista Farm.