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UPAAS in it’s annual tradition of bringing the spirit of Christmas to a target group of kids will proceed with “Pamaskong Pambata 2016″ in partnership with the Philippine General Hospital – Children’s Ward, happening on Dec. 27 2-4pm

We invite everyone to participate/contribute in any of the following ways:

1) pledge of any amount/items to be given to the kids (we’re targeting to provide food and distribute gifts to them)

2) if you happen to be in Manila, join us as volunteers in conducting a short programme and distribution. We’ll also need some hand in the preparations.

Thank you! Please send us a message if you need more info.


Precious Painting at the Park
A Basic Acrylic Painting Session for ages 16 and above
Hi everyone! PPP is now open for registration.
It will be happening on 14 Jan, 9am-12pm at the Botanic Gardens. $35 fee inclusive of basic painting materials.
To register, please fund transfer $35 to our SC bank account:
University of the Philippines Alumni Association (Singapore)
Bank: Standard Chartered Bank Tampines Branch
Account No.: 4200007591
ibanking: bank code 7144 / branch code 042
IMPORTANT: Take note of the transaction number, and go here to complete your registration:
Slots are limited to 35 pax only, so register now! :)
Thank you and see you there!

barrio fiesta

Isama ang pamilya sa UPAAS Barrio Fiesta Potluck!
BBQ at picnic, Palarong Pinoy, at pagtitipon ng pamilyang UPAAS!

Magdala ng paborito ninyong pagkaing Pinoy na pagsasaluhan natin. Makipaglaro ng patintero at habulan. Makipag-kuwentuhan sa kapwa UP alumni!

Sa Setyembre 10, mula alas tres ng hapon hanggang alas siyete ng gabi, sa East Coast Park, Section C, BBQ Pits 10 and 11.

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UP Alumni Association Singapore is inviting all University of the Philippines Alumni who are here in Singapore to come and join us in our annual Alumnite event on the 7th of July, from 7:00pm to 10:30pm.

This year’s theme, Alumnite 2016: Himig at Musika, aims to bring the UP community together in a night of music, singing, and socializing. Set in Singapore’s Jazzistic Society, get the chance to be entertained by fellow UP performers, chorale groups, and band members who will be sharing their music with us on that night.

And for the more daring ones, the mic and stage will also be open to anyone who wanted to sing and dance along !

Admission is Free.

FB Event page:

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You are all invited to UPAAS’ “Because Words Matter” happening on Saturday, 21 May 2016.

SMU-X Active Learning Classroom 3-1,
Level 3, SMU Labs, 71-77 Stamford Rd,
Singapore 178895

Admission is Free, however, a donation of $10 to our UPAAS Scholarship Fund is very much appreciated. Register at Your $10 donation will entitle you to win a PAL SG-MNL roundtrip ticket. Refreshments will be served.

Watch our speaker Dr Danica Salazar, consultant editor for the Oxford English Dictionary, as she talks about how Asian words made it to the Oxford English dictionary in this BBC News interview:

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) has released the names of this year’s UPAA Distinguished Alumni Awardees, and we are pleased to inform you that the University of the Philippines Alumni Association Singapore (UPAAS) was selected as the recipient of the 2016 UPAA Distinguished Service Award for an Alumni Chapter!

This is a recognition of all UPAAS achievements and endeavours, past and present. We would like to thank you for your support all these years.

Maraming salamat!

The awarding ceremony will be held at the UP General Alumni Homecoming on June 25, 2016, at Ang Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman, Quezon City.


University of the Philippines Alumni Association (Singapore) 13th Annual General Meeting

Inviting all UP alumni based in Singapore to attend and be a part of the association.

University of the Philippines Alumni Association (Singapore)
13th Annual General Meeting

Date: 5 March 2016, Saturday
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: SMU Lee Kong Chain School of Business (Classroom 3.2)

1. Consideration and Adoption of the Minutes of AGM 2015
2. President’s Report
3. Financial Report
4. Committee Reports
a. Membership
b. PR and Media
c. Socials
d. Scholarship
e. Professional and Personal Development
f. Externals and Outreach
5. Other matters: Election of Officers to Mancom

See you there!

UPAAS Oblation Talks: Big Data in a Nutshell


The UPAAS Professional Development talk, “Big Data in a Nutshell”, was held on 14 Jan 2016. The speakers were Erika Fille Legara and Ivan John Clement. The event was attended by about 36 professionals, about half of which were UPAAS members.

Erika Fille Legara is a Scientist at IHPC. Her areas of expertise are complex systems research and data science & visualization. She talked about the types of big data analytics: visualization, diagnostic, predictive, and prescriptive. She also provided examples of her work, which includes simulating congestion dynamics of train rapid transit using smart card data, and a dynamical model of Twitter activity profiles.

Ivan John Clement is a data science specialist at Merck. His expertise is building computational models to deliver the right drugs to the right patients at the right time. Ivan talked about his journey as a data scientist: from his school project in water quality to simulating the effectiveness of drugs. He also talked about the state of big data adaptation in the pharmaceutical industry.

The last section was a Q&A forum for both speakers. An interesting question was regarding the fundamental limitation of big data analytics at the moment: correlation does not always imply causation. Ivan expounded on the actual industry practice of big data: via the law of large numbers, you generally get better results from integrating the output of multiple models. Erika talked a bit about the problem of scalability: results from one data set is often not easily transferable to another.

The program officially ended after the awarding of the certificates of appreciation to the speakers. A short networking session over some refreshments followed thereafter.