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OPINION | ๐”๐ ๐€๐ ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐œ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐›๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŽ ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‹๐ž๐ ๐š๐œ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—๐—ผ๐—ท๐—ผ ๐—–. ๐——๐˜‚๐—ฒ

The UP Aguman, an organization of Kapampangan students of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, invites alumni, current members and well-wishers globally to come together to celebrate its 50th anniversary on January 28, 2024 at the Bahay ng Alumni at UP Diliman in Quezon City.

In keeping with its goals of truth, faith in mankind and kinship, organizers of the anniversary said the day-long festivities promise to transport attendees to the golden days of camaraderie, ensuring each participant revels in the joy of the present while cherishing the timeless echoes of the past; a day to relish, reconnect and revel in the shared history and accomplishments that have defined UP Aguman over its illustrious 50-year journey.

The celebration will kick off with a UP Ikot Rolling Tour, a nostalgic journey through iconic spots in UP aboard the legendary Ikot Jeepneys. Alumni attendees will have the chance to reminisce cherished memories against the backdrop of the university’s storied landmarks.

The afternoon will witness the start of the official program, featuring the spirited “Mini Pautakan: Battle of the Alumni” where alumni become contestants, commemorating the UP Agumanโ€™s flagship event and relishing the thrill of competition.

The program will also pay homage to departed UP Aguman friends in a poignant tribute, ensuring their memories remain an integral part of this historic celebration.

The UP Aguman is a socio-civic and service-oriented organization that stands out for its rich history, resilience and an unwavering commitment to serving the Kapampangan community.

The roots of UP Aguman trace back to the 1930s when Kapampangan-speaking students at UP Diliman attempted to form an association. However, it wasn’t until 1971 that a renewed effort led by Kapampangan members of Lakas Wika gave birth to UP Aguman.

Led by Eduardo Cunan, the organization faced challenges during the turbulent 1970s, preventing its initial recognition due to student unrest and government scrutiny. Undeterred by setbacks, the original batch of UP Aguman members spearheaded a revival in 1973. Drafting a constitution and outlining their aims, they overcame the stringent recognition criteria and achieved it on December 12, 1973, marking a turning point that allowed UP Aguman to fulfill its mission of promoting Kapampangan culture and providing support to its members.

Over the years, UP Aguman has achieved significant milestones. The annual academic competition โ€œPautakanโ€ has become a staple event, attracting schools from across Pampanga. The organization’s venture into the arts with Sining, launched in the mid-1980s, that has evolved into a showcase of Kapampangan youth talent in literary, visual and performing arts. The College Entrance Exam Review (CEER) further demonstrates UP Aguman’s commitment to aiding Kapampangan high school seniors in their pursuit of higher education.

Beyond the university campus, UP Aguman has played a crucial role in serving the Kapampangan people for five decades. From academic and cultural activities to service-oriented initiatives, the organization strives to meet the needs and interests of the Kapampangan community, especially the youth. Its commitment to fostering social, physical and cultural growth among its members reflects a dedication to nurturing well-rounded individuals, acknowledging the impact UP Aguman has had on the lives of Kapampangans.

Some of its notable alumni include Angeles City Vice-Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting, former Pampanga Board Member Rosve Henson, renowned Kapampangan Chef Sau del Rosario, the current Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs of UP Diliman Venice Lusung-Oyzon, and award-winning young filmmaker Director Petersen Vargas.

As UP Aguman steps into the future, its guiding principles of truth, faith and kinship remain steadfast. The 50th anniversary serves as a platform to reflect on the past, celebrate the present and chart a course for a future filled with continued service, growth, and cultural enrichment.

UP Aguman’s 50th anniversary is not just a milestone; it’s a celebration of resilience, service, and a legacy that has shaped the lives of Kapampangan students for half a century.

From its humble beginnings, UP Aguman stands tall as a beacon of community, culture and education. As it embarks on the next chapter, the organization remains committed to its mission, embodying the spirit of Aguman โ€“ a gathering, that transcends time, connecting generations in the shared pursuit of excellence and service.

UP Agumanโ€™s history is a testament to the resilience and determination of Kapampangan-speaking students at UP Diliman. From its challenging beginnings to its present-day achievements, it stands as a symbol of Kapampangan identity and academic excellence.

As the organization continues to evolve and face new challenges, its commitment to its goals remains at the forefront, guiding generations of students toward positive contributions to their community and beyond.

For 50 years, UP Aguman is a testament to the enduring power of community, service and cultural preservation. The milestone is not only an occasion for reflection but also a celebration of the organization’s contributions to education, culture and community development.

With its 50th anniversary, it is fitting to reflect on its remarkable journey and the indelible mark it has left on both UP Diliman and the province of Pampanga.

Organizers announce an open invitation to all alumni to the event at its official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/upaguman. Contact can be made by email to agumanpubcomm@gmail.com or by confirming attendance through http://bit.ly/aguman50.

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