The Philippine Australian Alumni Association, Inc. (PA3i) was relaunched during “Connect with Australia”, a networking event, on June 26, 2013 at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City. It brought together the alumni from the public and private sector as well as other key education stakeholders. Among the 320 Philippine Australian alumni who joined the affair were former NEDA Director-General and Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Cielito Habito, Institute for Strategic and Development Studies Board of Directors Chair Medardo Abad, Department of Education Assistant Secretary Rosemarie Edillon, and former Philippine National Police Chief Nicanor Bartolome. The gathering also served as a fitting opportunity to highlight the Philippine Australian Alumni Association, Inc. as the leading alumni organization for Australia.
The Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Bill Tweddell, graced the occasion and interacted with the hundreds of alumni present. In his message, Ambassador Tweddell thanked the alumni who took time to join the activity and reconnect with their Australian ties. He further said, “You, the alumni, are important in enhancing the relations between the Philippines and Australia.” PA3i National Vice President Atty. Auralyn Pascual delivered a message on behalf of PA3i National President Simeon Marfori II who is presently on leave after undergoing a major medical procedure. She shared with the alumni PA3i’s mission and vision as well as its projects in the pipeline. Atty. Pascual encouraged the alumni to sign up for membership with PA3i. She also showcased the Association’s newly redeveloped and redesigned website (www.pa3i.org).
PA3i further expanded its reach with the Philippine-Australian alumni community as a promotional and membership booth was mounted during that evening. This led to the recruitment of new members and the creation of a platform for the alumni to connect with the Association through information sharing and fellowship. PA3i’s Board of Trustees and Chapter Presidents were on hand to facilitate this.
TV5 news anchor Martin Andanar, an alumnus of the University of Ballarat, hosted the affair while actress and radio DJ Carla Dunareanu rendered song numbers. The alumni were treated to a cocktail reception with Australian beef, cheese, wine and beer as the highlights of the feast. A two-way ticket to Australia for one person was raffled off by Qantas.
“Connect with Australia” was jointly organized by the Australian Embassy, the Australian Trade Commission led by Senior Trade Commissioner Anthony Weymouth, and the PA3i through its Board of Trustees, Chapters, and Events Committee.
CONNECT WITH AUSTRALIA. Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, H.E. Bill Tweddell (center) and Austrade Senior Trade Commissioner (back, second from left) pose with the Board of Trustees, Chapter Presidents, and Events Committee Members of the Philippine Australian Alumni Association, Inc. (PA3i) along with newly recruited PA3i members.