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2014 Annual Planning Session

The newly elected officers and trustees for NAMA year 2014-15 held its annual planning at MIT, Makati Campus last July 26, 2014.

They brainstormed and planned the various activities, projects, visions and endeavors of the association.

Different committees were formed like homecoming, ways and means, membership, sports, scholarship and outreach to specifically address the objectives of the organization. Creative ideas, proposals were discussed during the presentation.


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New set of NAMA officers pays Courtesy Visit to Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea

The new set of NAMA officers, trustees and advisers had a fruitful meeting with Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea last August 7, 2014.

This annual visit firms up collaborative efforts between the school and the alumni to be of service to its Alma Mater. The signing of MOA for scholarship program between MIT and NAMA was the highlight of this annual visit.


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2014 Induction and Turn Over Ceremonies for new officers & Trustees of NAMA

The solemn oath-taking and ceremonial turnover of the 2013 and 2014 officers and trustees of the National Association of Mapua Alumni was held last Aug. 8, 2014 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City.

The new set of officers and trustees were charged by NAMA Past Pres. Alfonso C. Supetran and sworn in into office by MIT Pres. Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea.

NAMA's Immediate Past Pres. George Ong-Tan gave his valedictory address and distributed plaques of appreciation to his set of officers and trustees and never before in the history of NAMA wherein two spouses were also given plaques of appreciation, namely Ming Moreno and Flora Vergara.

The highlight of the evening was the ceremonial turnover of command and responsibility to NAMA's 2014 Pres. Freddie P. Yumang wherein he immediately gave an inspiring message. He also handed out plaques of appreciation to Spouses George and Rose Ong-Tan for their untiring and unselfish support to NAMA.

NAMA officers and trustee for 2014-2015






HOME Chapter


NAMA - Guam
MAA San Diego
MAA Alberta


LEMICIO ROXAS                  (3RD IPP)
MAXIMO E. DAQUIL            (4TH IPP) 


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NAMA at 80: A celebration of Mapúan Legacy

The National Association of Mapúa Alumni recently held a double ruby celebration of its General Assembly and Grand Alumni Homecoming at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel last May 17, 2014, with the theme "NAMA at 80: A Celebration of Mapuan Legacy."

The affair was well attended with more than 600 graduates from the Philippines, Guam, Singapore, UAE, Australia, Hawaii, and KSA. As early as 4pm, attendees started to gather at the registration area and mingled with their batch mates, acquaintances’, old friends. They were warmly welcomed by the officers and trustees of the 2013-2014 Board. Early birds were given perfumes as a token of appreciation.

While waiting for the festivities to start, the dance floor opened at 5pm. The program started at around 6pm with the MIT ROTC Cadets leading the entrance of colors and the processional of the MIT President, NAMA Advisers/Affiliate Directors, and NAMA Officers and Directors. The highlights of the event were the granting of trophies to the Three Most Outstanding Mapúans for 2014; the conferment of medals to Class ‘64 as Golden Jubilarians and Class ‘89 as Silver Jubilarians. ; the awarding of plaques of appreciation to NAMA Past Presidents; the presentation of Affiliate Awards; and the election of the new set of Officers and Trustees for NAMA year 2014-2015.

Special thanks to our patron, ACS Manufacturing Corporation and to the other major sponsors: NAMA President George Ong-Tan, First VP Freddie Yumang, Second VP Jimmy Cancio, FOMI Representative Rod Silvestre,Advisers Dolly Lim and Glecy Estrella, and PP Serge Balolong. Thanks also to all other minor sponsors who have made our raffle a very special one.

Twisters and shakers of the event were NAMA President George Ong-Tan, NAMA First VP Freddie Yumang, and NAMA Auditor Robbie Moreno.

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NAMA ALUMNI NIGHT – 89th MIT Foundation

The culminating activity of Mapua's foundation week was held at the newly renovated gym last Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. An unprecendented number of attendees more or less 460 alumni was the first in the history of NAMA. Credit goes to the leadership of NAMA Pres. George Ong Tan, Alumni Night Chair Jaime Cancio and the 2013-2014 Board who vigorously campaigned for the success of the event.

As early as 4:00pm alumni were queuing at the registration area. Festivities started at 5:00pm when the Rule’s Band started playing to the tunes of the 70s, 80s and 90s. Dance instructors lead the line dancing to the delight of the ladies and gentlemen who came in early for the “Dancexercise.” 

The much awaited fireworks display donated by NAMA Pres. George Ong Tan awed alumni, students and guests.

Programme proper immediately followed. Invocation was led by Auditor, Robbie C. Moreno. Treasurer Col. Rodolph G. Cannu and BA Affilliate Rep.Evelyn Santos, led the singing of the National Anthem and the Alma Mater Song, respectively. Buffet was immediately opened afterwards.

1st Vice Pres. Freddie Yumang delivered the welcome remarks wherein he also in invited the attendees to attend NAMA's forthcoming activity, the 80th Grand Alumni Homecoming which will be held on May 17, 2014 at the Centennial Ballroom of the Manila Hotel. Pres. George Ong Tan's message recognized and acknowledged his board for their time, resource and effort that contributed to the success of the occasion. MIT Pres. Reynaldo B. Vea, thanked NAMA for their support and participation in the 89th MIT foundation. Dr. Vea likewise gave a message and emphasized the fact that Mapua's School of Architecture had a passing rate of 82% in the latest board examination, thus giving Mapua Institute of Technology, the honor of the only Top Performing School in the Field of Architecture throughout the Phil.

Secretary Victor Lao and PRO Atty. Monalisa Buencamino acknowedged the guests. Cardinals Coach Atoy Co took the occasion to ask the support of the alumni for their presence during basketball games.

The winners in the recently concluded Mixed Bowling Fun Games held last Thurs., Jan. 23, 2014 at Robinsons Place, Manila were awarded. Flordeliza Valiente of the EE-ECE Faculty got a medal for highest female pin fall; Manuel Lim EE got a medal for the highest male pin fall. FAMIEM were given certificates for placing third runner up; MITEEAA, Chechm, won second and third runners up respectively and Filchi was again the champion for the nth time. Each team got a trophy and a medal for each member.

To add glitter to the occasion, raffle items were given out while dancing continued.

NAMA newsletter were also distributed, chaired by PRO Atty. Monalisa Buencamino.

2nd VP Jaime F. Cancio delivered the closing remarks wherein he thanked all the attendees and the 2013-2014 board led by its President, George Ong Tan, for the support that was given to him as chair of the event.

All attendees went home with fun and heartwarming evening. Lucky guests who won in the raffle were happier especially those who got the three major items.

Special thanks to the following who donated their treasures for the evening:

George Ong Tan

1 mini ipod
10 bottles of red wine
fireworks display

Freddie Yumang

1 oven toaster
1 rice cooker
7 bottles of red wine

Jaime F. Cancio

Rule Band
11 dance instructors
2 sets of corell dinnerware set for 4
1 samsung digital camera

Robbie C. Moreno

3 bottles of red wine

Bobby Agoncillo

3 avesco desk calendars
1 chivas regal whisky

Raquel Teodoro

1 rectangular baking pan

Joseph Cu

1 solar wrist watches
4 citizen quartz watches

Rene Miranda

P500 cash

Emil Vergara

P1000 cash

Celso Montlalla

lechon baka

Mario Marasigan

10 pcs gift certificates worth P500 ea.

Glecy Estrella

ice cream cart
Tshirt for the board and spouses
1 pc. 3 in 1 blender

Max Daquil


Rod Silvestre

1 electric fan

Henry Tan (filchi secretary)

Video coverage which will be shown in pinoy tv

Davies Paint

1 rice cooker
4 electric fans

Special thanks to NAMA’s dynamic duo, Benjie Tan and Reggie Lim, our emcee for the night.

Hurrah to the shakers and whiskers of the Alumni Night for a very successful evening!

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NAMA Fun Game Bowling Tournament 2014

NAMA's 2nd Mixed Bowling Tournament was held last Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at Paeng's Midtown Bowl and Billiard Room in Robinsons Place, MLA.

A total of 11 teams vied for the championship namely:

  1. MITEAA/SAMA led by Team Capt. Art Cenal;
  2. FAMIE/BA led by Team Capt. Jun Villalon; v
  3. MIT-ECCEAA led by Team Capt. Arnold Paglinawan;
  4. MIT Castle and Cardinal led by Team Capt. Nelson Salazar;
  5. MIT Chechm Faculty led by Team Capt. Alvin Caparangga;
  6. NAMA Home Chapter led by Team Capt. Richard Earnhart;
  7. MIT Chechm AA led by Team Capt. Benjie Tan;
  8. Filchi Scholars led by Team Capt. Byron Baldivicio;
  9. Micro;
  10. Central Student Council; and
  11. Filchi led by Team Capt. Joseph Cu.

The programme started with Evelyn Santos, BA Affiliate Rep. leading the invocation followed by the singing of the National Anthem. Pres. George Ong Tan delivered the opening remarks while Bobby Agoncillo, Sports Committee Chair acknowledged the presence of the participants and guests and he also presented the teams vying for the championship. Pres. George Ong Tan led the oath of sportsmanship and the ceremonial ball was participated in by the past presidents of the different affiliates and NAMA board officers.

The top four contenders were Filchi, Chechm, MITEEAA and FAMIEM. Flordeliza Valiente garnered the award for highest female pin fall and Manuel Lim was her male counterpart.

As usual, a sumptuous snack was served courtesy of the husband and wife team - Pres. George Ong Tan and Lady Rose Ong Tan. They organized and sponsored the 2nd annual mixed bowling tournament.

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NAMA Joins Mapua's 89th Foundation Week

NAMA joined in the celebration of the 89th Foundation Week of Mapua Institute of Technology. The weeklong celebration started last Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. A mass was held at the newly renovated Mapua Gym in Intramuros, followed by the wreath laying at the bust of Don Tomas Mapua, then a parade which was attended by alumni, faculty, and students. A sumptous lunch was served by Mapua at the office of MIT Pres. Rey V. Bea. Especial thanks goes to 2nd VP Jimmy F. Cancio for donating the two lechons and President George Ong Tan for the T-Shirts worn by the Alumni during the parade.

NAMA also held a NAMA Fun Game Bowling Tournament at the Paeng's Midtown Bowl in Robinsons Place, Mla.

The traditional Alumni Night was held last Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at the Mapua Gym.

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NAMA holds outreach program in Tanay

The National Association of Mapúa Alumni (NAMA) held an outreach program for the residents of Barangay Sampaloc in Tanay, Rizal last October 5, 2013.

NAMA president George Ong Tan and NAMA outreach project chairman Col. Rod Cannu spearheaded the outreach program dubbed as "NAMA Cares.” It was the first in a series of outreach projects lined up by the association.

More than 300 residents benefited from NAMA’s medical and dental missions held at the Ynares Gym covered court. At least 100 patients were treated and given free eye glasses. A feeding program was also held as 200 bags of relief assistance packages were distributed to the residents.

Several boxes of baby diapers, Kopico Coffee, and food were donated to Rehoboth Sampaloc Ministries, a child care institution. Several boxes of sanitary napkins and Kopico Coffee were also given out to Stella Maris Foundation of Carmelite Nuns.

The spouses of the alumni, led by the wife of the NAMA president, Lady Rose Ong Tan, joined in the outreach program. Mrs. Tan was celebrating her birthday on that day.

Mr. Tan distributed certificates of recognition to military and civilian doctors, dental officers, dental technicians, NAMA officers, members, and spouses for participating in the medical and dental missions.

NAMA collaborated with Tanay Kapuso Lions Club of Tanay, Rizal, headed by president Sinagtala Mateo, to make the outreach program possible.

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NAMA Celebrates 79TH Grand Alumni Homecoming

The National Association of Mapúa Alumni (NAMA) celebrated its 79th Grand Alumni Homecoming last May 18, 2013 in the Fiesta Pavilion, Manila Hotel.

The theme, “NAMA 79 Years of Camaraderie and Global Excellence,” made Mapúans who attended the celebration the good days of friendship they have developed through the years, as well as the recognition given to their Alma Mater, not only here, but also in the global stage.

The awarding of The Outstanding Mapúans (TOM), a joint project of the Institute and the alumni community given to those who excel in their profession and vocation, was the highlight of the night. Seven awardees were given due recognition for excellence in their fields.


  • Antonio S. Nangel, in the professional field of practice of Civil Engineering
    Reynaldo L. Esguerra, in the professional field of practice in Chemical Engineering
    Manuel L. Paulino, in the professional field of practice in Mechanical Engineering
    Dante L. Silva, in the specialized field of endeavor in Academe
    Valeriano M. Po, in the specialized field of endeavor in Community Service
    Carlito E. Alpay, in the specialized field of international endeavor in Community Service
    RodolfoN. Albarillo, in the professional field of international endeavor in Civil Engineering

Golden and Silver jubilarians were also given recognition. Awards were given to Outstanding Affiliate, President and Members.

New set of NAMA Board of Trustees were elected, in turn elected the new set of officers for 2013.

The new officers are:

  • George Ong Tan, ChE ‘89 - President
    Freddie P. Yumang, ME ‘81 - 1st VP
    Jaime F. Cancio, CE ‘70 - 2nd VP
    Victor 0. Lao, CoE ’88 - Secretary
    Rodolph G. Cannu, CE ‘79/EnSE ’81 - Treasurer
    Robbie C. Moreno, ME ’79 - Auditor
    Mona Lisa A. Buencamino, HS ‘74 - PRO

Trustees are:

  • Huberto E. Agoncillo, EE ‘86
    Wilson Y. Tieng, ChE ‘75
    Alfred L. Guzman, CE ‘70
    Celso C. Montala, ChE ‘78
    Emil T. Vergara, EE ‘77
    Antonio E. dela Torre, ME ‘73
    Joseph Cu, AR ‘82
    Mario C. Marasigan, Geo ’82 (Immediate Past President)

Mario C. Marasigan, NAMA President 2012, in his valedictory address, related the association’s accomplishments with the people who took the lead for the success of the different activities and events for the year. Guest of Honor was Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, Mapúa president and CEO, graced the event with his presence.

The program started with the Invocation, led by Robbie C. Moreno, followed by the National Anthem, Alma Mater song and NAMA hymn, led by Evelyn S. Santos. Reginald Lim, Benjie Tan and Glecy Estrella were maters of ceremonies for the evening. Overall chairman for the homecoming was George Ong Tan.

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Induction of 2013-14 NAMA Officers

The induction of the new National Association of Mapúa Alumni (NAMA) officers and trustees for the year 2013 was held last Aug. 3, 2013 in the Constellation Ballroom of the Diamond Hotel.

The event was hosted by newly elected president, George Ong Tan, with the help of his ever energetic and supportive wife, Rose Ong Tan.

Program started with the ladies of NAMA entertaining guests with dance performances to the tunes of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and the 2000’s. This encouraged guests to join them, and participate in the line dance.

Below is the list of the new set of NAMA officers for the year 2013:

  • George Ong Tan, President
    Freddie Yumang, 1st VP
    Jaime Cancio, 2nd VP
    Victor Lao, Secretary
    Rodolph Cannu, Treasurer
    Robbie Moreno, Auditor
    Mona Lisa Buencamino, PRO
    Mario Marasigan, IPP
    Huberto Agoncillo, Trustee
    Wilson Tieng, TOM Rep-Trustee
    Alfred Guzman, CE Rep-Trustee
    Celso Montala, ChE-Chm Rep-Trustee
    Emil Vergara, EE Rep-Trustee
    Antonio dela Torre, ME Rep-Trustee
    Joseph Cu Poe Kee, FilChi Rep-Trustee

The advisers:

  • Alfonso C. Supetran, ChE ’70, TOM ‘92, NAMA President 2002
    Dolores Legaspi-Lim, ChE ‘60, TOM ‘96, NAMA President 2005
    Lauro D. Guevara, ChE ‘74, TOM ‘93, NAMA President, 1994
    Maximo E. Daquil, EE ‘72, NAMA President 2010
    Gliceria C. Estrella, ChE ‘75, TOM ‘08
    Alfredo P. Montecillo, ChE ‘73, TOM ‘98;
    Jaime H. Pajara, CE ‘55, TOM ‘95
    Lemicio JS Roxas, ME ‘64, TOM ‘08

ACS Manufacturing Corp. President and ChE ’70, Engr. Alfonso C. Supetran, together with Mapúa president and CEO, Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, inducted the officers. A candle lightning ceremony was also added to the occasion. Ming Moreno, MIE ‘77 and Ted de Ocampo, MIE ‘85 were masters of the ceremony for the evening.

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2013 NAMA Officers and Board of Trustees Courtesy Visit to Dr. Reynaldo Vea

The 2013 National Association of Mapúa Alumni (NAMA) Officers and Board of Trustees led by its President and The Outstanding Mapúan (TOM) for Community Service, George Ong Tan of ChE ’89, paid courtesy call on Mapúa’s President and CEO, Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea last Aug. 30, 2013 in Intramuros, Manila.

During the courtesy call developments for the Institute were discussed. Members of NAMA have expressed their continued support to the Institute and to the alumni community.

Members of NAMA are George Ong Tan, President; Freddie Yumang, 1st VP; Jaime Cancio, 2nd VP; Victor Lao, Secretary; Rodolph Cannu, Treasurer; Robbie Moreno, Auditor; Mona Lisa Buencamino, PRO; Mario Marasigan, IPP; Huberto Agoncillo, Trustee; Wilson Tieng, TOM Rep – Trustee; Alfred Guzman, CE Rep – Trustee; Celso Montala, ChE-Chm Rep – Trustee; Emil Vergara, EE Rep – Trustee; Antonio dela Torre, ME Rep – Trustee and Joseph Cu Poe Kee, FilChi Rep - Trustee. Complete list of members and affiliate representatives

NAMA members with Mapúa’ Dr. Reynaldo Vea

NAMA members with Mapúa’ Dr. Reynaldo Vea

NAMA officers and affiliate representatives

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Mapúa alumnus at forefront of gov’t campaign for renewable resources dev’t

Director Mario C. Marasigan of the Department of Energy, an alumnus of Mapúa University, played a major role in the drafting of the two landmark energy laws in the Philippines.

(Note: This article was originally published in the November2012 issue of The New Builder, Mapúa’s official student newspaper. Starting this month, TNB will feature the Institute’s outstanding alumni and peer advisers under its Alumni Corner and Peer Talk columns, respectively.)

By David Joseph C. Gonzales

Director Mario C. Marasigan of the Department of Energy (DOE) has been given a tall order when he was tasked to lead the department’s Renewable Energy Management Bureau (REMB).

The director has been leading a group of people who are out to ensure the country’s energy security. He and his team do so by promoting the development of the Philippines’ renewable energy (RE) resources.

His group particularly encourages the private sectors to directly participate in the exploration, development and utilization of biofuels and other RE resources such as biomass, geothermal, solar, hydropower, wind, and marine energy.

“The development of our renewable energy resources will bring socio-economic development in rural areas since much of these resources are located there,” he said. “The production of feedstock for biofuels will provide additional income to our agricultural sector. Moreover, renewable energy, being environment friendly, will contribute to the global causes on the environment and climate change.”

Marasigan faithfully does his duty without shirking or complaining. In fact, he even played a major role in the drafting of the two landmark energy laws in the Philippines - the Biofuels Act of 2006 and the Renewable Energy Act of 2008.

Unknown to many, Marasigan, a Bachelor of Science in Geology graduate of Mapúa University, was the main resource person when the two measures were being prepared.

The laws provide fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to private sectors that would get into the development of the RE resources. Fiscal incentives refer to income tax holiday, 10% income tax rate and duty-free importation, among others, while non-fiscal incentives include renewable portfolio standard, feed-in tariff, net metering and green energy option.

He said he considers these laws as his greatest achievements. For one, the Biofuels Act and Renewable Energy Act assure the availability of energy resources to future generations. Two, the two laws enhance the energy security goals of the Philippines.

“Biofuels and RE contributes to our energy security because these are indigenous energy resources. While we have coal, oil and natural gas productions, those are limited and could not address all our energy needs. We, therefore, rely on imports and, being a small country, we are subject to fuel price and supply fluctuations. Biofuels and RE, therefore, reduce our fuel imports,” he said.

He hopes that all his and his team’s efforts would not be put to waste and that it would “become significant in the future.”

Twenty nine years in gov’t service

The REMB director admitted that, when he was young, it never crossed his mind that he would be involved in such advocacy. “I never imagined that a geologist like me would serve as the focal and main resource person, not only in the formulation of the said laws, but also in the implementation of the same.”

Marasigan has been in government service for more than 29 years now. Born in Cuenca, Batangas on February 2, 1961, he is the eldest of five siblings. He is married to Melba B. Faylona, a chemical engineering graduate of Mapúa, and blessed with three sons.

He acquired his Masters in Management at the Technological University of the Philippines in Taguig City. He earned his Postgraduate Studies in Geology at the International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences in Enschede, The Netherlands.

Ever since joining the public sector, he has been working on indigenous energy resources development in the country, particularly coal and hydropower. Prior to his assignment to REMB, he served as the director of the Energy Utilization Management Bureau that administers and implements the alternative fuels and energy technologies and energy efficiency and conservation programs of the DOE.

Recognizing his contributions to nation building, Marasigan was named one of The Outstanding Mapúans in 2010 by the National Association of Mapúa Alumni (NAMA).

He is the current president of NAMA, one of the Institute’s premier alumni associations. One of NAMA’s objectives is to support deserving but financially challenged students of Mapúa. Through its scholarship program, NAMA has been providing financial support to the Institute’s qualified students.

Marasigan said the knowledge and trainings he acquired while he was a Mapúa student were “the very foundation of my career.” He said he learned to face all challenges with courage and to be creative and ingenious. Despite his achievements and successes, he is also in pursuit of lifelong learning because it is what the Institute had instilled in him.

When asked to give an advice to Mapúa students, he said: “Create your dreams, what you want to be, and put your dreams to reality.”