History of UERMMC-MAAA, Inc.
Since 1976 the UERM alumi meet each other during the APPA Alumni night. We would either have dinner/meeting at one of the meeting rooms of the hotel or we would all have it in a restaurant. It is usually organized by one who is an officer of the APPA with the help and know how of a local alumni. So throughout all these years, Drs. Narajos, Benjie Rigor, Frank Rabadam and others would meet and preside on those meetings until in 1988 in a Chinese restaurant in Long Beach, CA, we decided to formally organize a national association. We elected Dr. Benjamin Narajos as the first president with the rest of the officers coming from the Midwest Chapter which with the Northeast Chapter in New York have already existed for several years.
In 1989, we had our first annual reunion and convention in St .Louis, MO and honored the class of ‘64 as Silver Jubilarians . Although organized a year ago the convention was held under the auspices of the Midwest as the national association had no CBL and no bank account.
In 1990 I was elected for a 2 year-term and the convention was in Washington, DC and since we had no local chapter at that time, the association was on its own . With the Alumni Association having no money I had to guarantee to cover the cost of the convention with my credit card. Luckily, we had more than 250 attendees. The association made enough money to pay the hotel bills and leftover to incorporate the association in the state of Maryland as a 501 (c) 6 after creating a Constitution and Bylaws (CBL).
We started a newspaper with Dr. Bayani Elma as the first editor . Dr. Elma was also the vice-president. Drs. Vickie Casibang and Cristy Magpantay were secretary and treasurer, respectively.
In 1991 , the convention was in Atlantic city with the Northeast Chapter as the host and Dr. Rabadam was the convention Chairman . We also started our first Jose Cuyegkeng Memorial Lecture with Dr. Benjie Rigor having the honor as the first lecturer. During this year, the CBL was amended to create a position of Executive Director with Dr. Vicky Camacho of NY who first served as one ( one of the most distinguish alumni of this position is our current president, Dr. Irene Manlapaz ).
In 1992, Dr. Elma took over as President and the general membership elected Dr. Conrado Miranda IV as President-elect. Dr. Miranda also took over from Dr. Elma the editorship of the newspaper.
The Alumni Association gave its FIRST donation to UERMMMC Alumni Foundation, USA, Inc., which was formed a few years earlier in New York by a group of alumni with encouragement and help by the school dean, Dr. Fernando ‘Nanding’ Sanchez . I was honored to serve as one of its first officers.
In 1994, Dr. Miranda took over the presidency and gave up the editorship to Dr. Roberto Castrence, who had been editor for succeeding presidents until Dr. Sam Piga of Texas took over in 2000 and then succeeded by our current Editor of Alumni Newsletter, Dr. Senen Siasoco in 2004.
In 2005 during the 17th Annual Convention and Reunion in Houston, Texas the general membership approved the recommendation of the Executive Committee to apply for change of status to IRS 501 (c) 3 to align our processes with the mission and vision of the Alumni Association.
The Alumni Association grew and prospers under the presidency of Drs. Casibang, Rigor, Querubin, Rastrollo, Blas, Banez and now with the current president Dr. Irene Manlapaz.