Mutya ng Pilipinas Singapore

Mutya ng Pilipinas Singapore 2009 Winners

June 13 was a very exciting day – and a memorable one , as the very 1st Mutya ng Pilipinas-Singapore was crowned that night. Miss Hannah Christine Pichay, 18 and a final year student at Ngee Ann Poly, won the coveted title and will represent Singapore in the Mutya pageant on August 9 in Baler, Aurora, Quezon. The First Runner-Up is Krizzel Lacsamana, also 18, and taking up tourism management.

It was a successful event, with many people – both Filipinos and Singaporeans, crowding the Plaza Singapura atrium. All the candidates had their own group of fans screaming their names and supporting them. It was a fun night, and a glamourous one as well!

Thank you so much to all the members and non-members alike who volunteered their time and expertise in making this event a reality and a success. The organizing team led by Marc Z, Denise and Joni, had been working hard on this project since early this year. Despite the short preparation period, the tight budget, and frantic last minute practices, it was conducted seamlessly and concluded successfully.

We hope we continue to have lots of support and cheers as well as advice, guidance and encouragement from every member and friend of UPAAS. We have a few projects and events lined up – both small and big, so, sana po mag tulong-tulongan tayong lahat para sa UPAAS at para sa kapwa Pinoy.

Madaming madaming salamat po sa inyong lahat!

Special thanks to our partners and supporters who made this event possible:

Mutya ng Pilipinas Singapore 2009 Sponsors

The UPAAS Endowment Fund

The Endowment Fund aims to support four (4) UP students in any UP Campus at any given time. This is in line with UPAAS’ objective of supporting the University of the Philippines ’ vital role in the development of the Philippine society and the Filipino nation while contributing to sustainable poverty alleviation initiatives in our country.

The Endowment Fund will also assure the sustainability and stability of the UPAAS Scholarship that provides tuition and stipend to the poorest of the poor students at UP.

Through the generous support of members and friends, the UPAAS scholarship presently supports four (4) students of the University of the Philippines . Funds are not only ready for the third /fourth scholars but build-up of funds for the next scholar has begun.

Scholarship Project

Metro Cuisine: Cosmopolitan Finger Foods

Metro Cuisine: Cosmopolitan Finger Foods is a colourful, flavoursome and unique recipe book that reflects the present day cosmopolitan Filipino who retains his cultural roots while embracing the enriching influences brought by other cultures.

It showcases the vibrant Filipino food culture that brings nourishment to the body, mind, heart and soul. It also embodies the harmonious working relationship of Filipinos and Singaporeans.

Created and spearheaded primarily by a group of Filipinos residing in Singapore, this recipe book came to fruition because of the generous funding from the Lee Foundation and the availability of the expertise of two prominent Singaporeans. Mr Goh Eck Kheng (publisher and book designer) and Mr Christopher Tan (food writer and consultant) contributed their time, talent and technical know-how to champion the Filipino culture and character through food.

This recipe book, which was more than two years in the making, features 65 finger food recipes that were contributed by UP alumni members, Filipino dignitaries, Singaporean friends and friends from various countries, from the Filipino Muslim Converts of Singapore and from one of the many overseas domestic Filipino workers here. This list of contributors presents a full circle of the levels of cooperation that cut across cultures, organisations, sectors, religions and nations.

Metro Cuisine will be launched in partnership with the Philippine Embassy in Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum. It is also among the activities commemorating the 40 years of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Singapore.

The proceeds from the sponsorships and donations with the book as a token, will be dedicated to the UPAAS Endowment Fund for Education, as part of its scholarship programme. The programme currently supports three (3) UP students taking full-time four-year undergraduate degree courses by providing them tuition and stipend. Scholarship funding has largely been raised from donations of members and friends of the organisation.

The Endowment Fund aims to support four (4) UP students in any UP Campus at any given time. This is in line with UPAAS objective of supporting the University of the Philippines’ vital role in the development of the Philippine society and the Filipino nation while contributing to sustainable poverty alleviation initiatives in our country.

The Endowment Fund will assure the sustainability and stability of the UPAAS Scholarship Programme that is being administered by UP Office of Students and Scholarship Services, and provides tuition and stipend to the poorest of the poor students at UP. This fund, UPAAS way of giving back to the country and Philippine community, is also a small but constant contribution to meet the previously stated objectives.

27 August 2009
Singapore Arts Museum (co-hosts with UPAAS and the Embassy of the Philippines)
Email Metro Cuisine: Cosmopolitan Finger Foods order form to
As an early bird incentive, those who send orders and payments on or before the launch date (Aug 27) will enjoy a 10% discount at 7107 Flavours.

The program of the launch not only features the first public distribution of Metro Cuisine: Cosmopolitan Finger Foods but also interesting dishes in the book especially those contributed by Singaporeans and Filipinos in Singapore during the reception of the launch.

RSVP and Inquiries:
Jogo Gobres – 92262476

Lee Foundation
Cardinal Porcelain Philippines (provided most of the crockery)
Manny Baldemor
Philippine National Bank
Singapore Art Museum
Mrs. Josefina Rubiano Pulido

Photography by Giovanni Odal

Art Auction

...with strong conceptualist approaches to painting and art making come together to benefit three scholarship funds

By: Ronald Achacoso, Loida Corpus, Minnie Lau and Marc Zara

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association ( Singapore ) (UPAAS) , together with the Philippine Bayanihan Society (PBS) and the School of Economics of the Singapore Management University (SOE-SMU) will be undertaking an Art Exhibit on Philippine Modernist Paintings. This is to generate funds supporting their scholarship programs.
The Art Exhibit is scheduled for October 10-22, 2008 at the Singapore Management University Gallery, aptly coinciding with Singapore ’s prime venue for showcasing Asian Modern Art to the world – the Singapore Biennale 2008. The Art Exhibit will consist of a collection of paintings specially executed for this exhibit by post-modernists:

  • Ronald Achacoso
  • Juan Alcazaren
  • Annie Cabigting
  • Nilo Ilarde (also curator for this exhibit)
  • Elaine Roberto-Navas
  • Bernardo Pacquing and
  • Crispin S. Villanueva Jr.

More information on the artists’ background are available here.

Filipino artists are globally known for their work and talent. With the growing presence of Filipinos in Singapore it is timely that the land of many talents share some of the works. For more than 20 years, these seven artists have actively pursued their calling, displaying individually and as a group, a number of ground breaking and influential exhibitions. The exhibit has no title in order to gain a much more inner view into each individual artist’s expression of post-modern art. Each artist will be designating an artwork that will be offered for auction.

Examples are Painting by Numbers, Fear and Desire (Cultural Center of the Philippines, Main Gallery) and Guilty Pleasures, Cracks and Abysses, Dangerous Metaphors (Art Center in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila).

The artists are all alumni of the premiere University of the Philippines (UP) and they will be exhibiting together for the first time in Singapore. This is in the spirit of the centennial anniversary of UP, which was established in 1908, and in the spirit of giving back to society.

Three Singapore registered organizations are the beneficiaries of the proceeds from the sale for these art works. They are the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (Singapore) Endowment Fund for Education (UPAAS-EFE) , the Philippine Bayanihan Society (PBS) and the SMU-School of Economics Scholarship Fund.

All artworks will be available for preview on October 9, 2008 while the exhibit officially opens on October 10, 2008 at 7:00 pm . The Auction begins at 7:30 pm. The exhibit will run until October 22, 2008. The exhibit dates also aptly coincide with Singapore’s prime venue that showcases Asian Modern Art to the world – the Singapore Biennale 2008.
All seven artists will be present at the opening of the exhibit and auction (October 10, 2008).

There will also be a pre-selling of the artworks. Venue of the exhibit is:

Singapore Management University Gallery
90 Stamford Road
Singapore 178903

Sponsors for this Exhibit are:

Major Sponsor

Minor Sponsors

Singapore Management University
PenTravel & Tours Singapore Pte Ltd

For more details please contact:

For Singapore:

Loida Corpus: +65 91770133
Marc Zara: + 65 81224581

For the Philippines:

Hubert San Juan: +63 917 8974101

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