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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

THE UPSILON SIGMA PHI NORTH AMERICA (USPNA)

The 1st Quarter Century

 

INSPIRED by the unparalleled zeal of UPSILON BROTHERHOOD and imbued with the fraternal 

 "spirit of oneness... of mutual aid and affection", the highly energized FELLOWS of the
UPSILON SIGMA PHI, scattered across North America, convened in November 1998 at "Lintik Sa Atlantic" and "called for the unification of ...chapters...into a North American organization". That pivotal reunion began the tradition of "rhyming" tags for a succession of reunions and the holding of the "kambingan" in every such event.

 

Less than a year later,  August 1999, at "Alas Sa Vegas", the UPSILON SIGMA PHI NORTH AMERICA

was formally organized with the ratification of its Constitution and Bylaws and the following FOUNDING 

FELLOWS elected: Slats Donesa '52 - President; Angie Fandialan '60 - Vice President; Hans Groot '63 - Secretary;  Bobby Hocson '77 - Treasurer; Bing Yuvienco '67 and Chug Sichon '68 - Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board, respectively.

 

In May 2000, the USPNA was approved as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization by the U.S. IRS and in July,

the State of Indiana approved its Certificate of Incorporation. In October, the reunion "Aksyon Sa Washington"

was held. The amount of $15,490.00 was raised for the Permanent Endowment Fund (PEF) of the USPNA, 

only the earnings of which shall be used solely to assist the University of the Philippines.

 

In September 2001, Angie Fandialan '60 was sworn in as President of the USPNA attended by Gari Tiongco '62

and Chitong Rivera '65 - President and Chairman of the Board, respectively, of the UPSILON SIGMA PHI Alumni Association. The amount of $10,430.00 was raised that year and added to the PEF.

 

In August of 2002, there was the  "Enkwentro Sa San Francisco" - the biggest USPNA reunion thus far, attended 

by about 400 fellows, many were from the Philippines. For the period 2002-2003, $10,460.00 was added to the PEF.

 

The reunion "Dagundong Sa Houston" in 2004 raised $3,600.00 for the PEF. The USPNA this year was re-focused 

on "invigorating membership and raising funds for multiple causes outside the PEF".

 

In August 2006, the "Otso-Otso Sa Toronto", the first  USPNA reunion in Canada was  held. 

At this point, the PEF already had a total of $41,280.00 in the bank. The USPNA focus this time was 

"raising scholarship  funds for the University of the Philippines".

 

In 2008, "Ala-ala Sa LA" - the reunion was held on board the decommissioned historic ship "Queen Mary" berthed on the water off Long Beach. Thence, the USPNA underwent "improving its business processes, digital record-keeping and digital communication with members".

 

In 2010, "Barko-Barkada Sa Florida": the first-ever USPNA reunion held throughout on a cruise ship "plying the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean". The USPNA "set up four year scholarship awards at UP, spending some money from the PEF and raising more scholarship money on the side".

 

In 2012, " Lagaslas Sa Las Vegas" - The second time a reunion of the USPNA was held in Las Vegas. The amount of $32,000.00 was raised for various causes, including relief for typhoon victims and the reconstruction of typhoon-damaged structures of the University of the Philippines in Leyte. 

 

In 2014, "Arangkada Sa Manila" - The USPNA reunion held, for the first time, outside of North America. This event was "a 

prequel to the participation of the USPNA in the 2018 UPSILON centennial celebration". The USPNA contributed much "in funding some resident chapter activities, including successful campaigns for Student Councils at the University level and at various college levels". 

 

In 2016, "Salu-Salo Sa San Francisco"- This is the second time that a USPNA reunion was held in the in the Bay of the Golden Gate. The USPNA Leadership was very much involved in preparing for the much-awaited 100th Year of the UPSILON SIGMA PHI.

 

In 2018, more than a hundred USPNA fellows flew to Manila to participate in the CENTENNIAL FELLOWSHIP OF LIGHTS and

other events in  celebration of the 100 YEARS of the UPSILON SIGMA PHI.  As a token of gratitude, The USPNA contributed substantially in improving the aesthetic and physical amenities in the campus of the University of the Philippines, of which every FELLOW is an alumnus of.

 

In the period 2020-2021, much of the entire world was in "Lockdown" caused by covid. The scare

spilled over the following year.. Prior to the pandemic., the USPNA has already set up an effective communication medium that enabled the members to continue interacting with one another despite the limiting impositions of the lockdown. The USPNA initiated a lecture series on various topics online to add to the knowledge of members while sitting out the stay-at-home order.

 

In 2022, the USPNA got very much involved in raising funds for the Medical Assistance Program (MAP). A USPNA re-union dubbed "    in Chicago" was meticulously planned but aborted due to the resurgence of covid variants.

 

2023: ... "strong in will , we ponder on what kind of torch we pass on....what footprints we are to leave 

in the sands of time"....

" For the first time since Lintik sa Atlantic, the reunion was given back to the NE Chapter to host and it came up with "Kapatiran sa Karagatan" - a cruise-based reunion. More than 150 guests were registered and set to enjoy the fall colors of New England and the Canadian Eastern seaboard. In addition, the organizers had prepared a full slate of fellowships and event pre- and post-cruise sure to entertain the guests. Alas, that was not meant to be... the Covid pandemic happened and now we are left to wait and thirst for... Bente-Singko sa Las Vegas!!!" - addendum provided by JVP79

History of USPNA
Through They Years

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2004

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2002 - Dagundong sa Houston

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