The UE Alumni Association is 60 years old.
In 1948, the University of the East, formerly known as the PCCBA, produced its first batch of graduates. Among the graduates were Arsenio D. Narciso and Henry Dyliaco whose leadership paved the way for the organization of the UE Alumni Association. Among the numerous projects of the early Alumni was the Placement Bureau which provided information and assistance on job placement for graduates and even the undergraduates.
1962 proved to be a very fruitful year for the Alumni. The efforts of the Board of directors led by Alfonso A. Altiveros (‘52) as President led to the housing of the Alumni in a two-story edifice at the UE-rented Buencamino lot. The year saw the birth of several activities that energized not only the alumni, but the entire university. Culturally, songfests through inter-university choral competitions nurtured the love and appreciation for music, and the traditional Christmas tree lighting and candle ceremonies ushered the spirit of the yuletide season. Academically, the Alumni started its scholarship grants. First recipient was Pacita Abasolo who later joined the faculty of the College of Business Administration.
Other recipients of the UE Scholarship Grant, to name a few, were: Ruby Resuello (BSBA, cum laude); Marissa F. Bautista (BSE Biological Science); Lorceli S. Bobier (BSA); Sally S. Sadile (AB Political Science); Barbara Concepcion, Neria Theresa Superable and Jeffrey Asuncion (AB Comm Arts);, Annie Malen (BSBA Marketing); Marianne Estrada and Ma. Divina Herminigildo (BSBA Banking and Finance); Marielle Orbon (BSA); Rosano Manalastas (BSED Biology); Marlon Marquez (BSCE, 15th placer CE Licensure Examination), Jorry Castillo (BSA), and Sheba Torres (BSCS, cum laude).
The Alumni Association has continued to sustain its scholarship grants because of the continuing donation of the many well-placed alumni to the UEAAI.
If the University of the Philippines has its Oblation, the University of the East has its ALMA MATER. The Alma Mater, now called Lualhati, is the Alumni’s gift to the University. The Alumni Association started a fund campaign for the “seed money” to finance the cost of the monument. The Alumni was able to raise P10, 000 which the University matched as its share.
Lualhati was sculpted in bronze by well-known artist Guillermo Tolentino, and has Miss Ofelia S. Salas as his model. Lualhati’s first unveiling was on January 27, 1957 with no less by then First Lady Luz Banzon Magsaysay gracing the occasion. It was also the time when Howard Q. Dee (’51) was the Alumni President. On March 31, 1997, 40 years later, a second unveiling of Lualhati took place. This was when she was transferred from the Rizal Hall of the SFC Building to where she is now located, at the quadrangle of the same building.
Majestically, Lualhati stands at the center of the University grounds facing the main gate at C.M. Recto. With hands outstretched in a welcoming gesture, Lualhati evokes the warmth and sincerity of welcoming not only new students, but alumni and visitors as well. She personifies the cherishing and fostering mother, ever-caring, ever-loving!
Among the other accomplishments of the Alumni was the publication of the first edition of the UE Alumni Directory in 1960. The same directory was updated in 1980.
In 2006, the UE Alumni took a major role in selecting 60 outstanding Alumni and 300 Achievers. This gargantuan task was part of the celebration of the 60th Foundation Anniversary of UE in September where the alumni were conferred awards in fitting ceremonies by the University and the Alumni Association. Another highlight of the celebration was the launching of UE’s Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, a joint project of the University and the Alumni Association. Needless to say, the yearbook served as the memorabilia that would treasure lasting thoughts and the sterling achievements of UE, most especially its Alumni!
This year 2008, the UEAAI is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee and have lined-up activities such as the UE Fine Arts Alumni Exhibit entitled “Quarenta”, Outreach Program on May, Concert by the UE Chorale and other groups on September, and its culminating activity, which is the Grand Homecoming on December.