DIWA NG PASKO 2020 (December 2020)
In the spirit of Christmas, UPAA-NL sold "Diwa ng Pasko" Christmas packages (Philippine "Kerstpakket") and organised an online workshop on Philippine cooking. The cooking workshop was hosted by Chef Maite Hontiveros-Dittke. The well-attended online event was held on December 12th. Toko4All helped UPAA-NL in fulfilling the Diwa ng Pasko Christmas package deliveries. The fundraising proceeds are for supporting UP PGH and the UP Los Baños Rural High School Physics Laboratory.
BAYANIHAN NA! FOR PPEs FOR THE PHILIPPINE GENERAL HOSPITAL (April 2020)
During the start of the COVID19 pandemic, public hospital Philippine General Hospital, operated and administered by UP Manila, called for assistance in raising funds for purchasing personal protective equipments (PPE) for its health personnel. UPAA-NL, through selling face masks and donations, raised and contributed €3,600 to project BAYANIHAN NA!
HALLOWEEN BOO-LING STRIKES AGAIN! (9 November 2019)
With the successful holding of this bowling event, UPAA-NL was able to continue supporting its project of setting up a physics laboratory for the students of the University of the Philippines Los Banos Rural High School. UPAA-NL is grateful of the continued support shown by the bowling enthusiasts. Tickets for this event was sold out way ahead of time and more than 100 joined the competition.
HALLOWEEN BOO-LING (15 November 2018)
UPAA-NL expresses its appreciation to the bowling competition participants, the merchant sellers, donors and guests in the event last November 10th. The competition saw more than 100 participants, who played in two separate session while donning their Halloween costume. The young guests enthusiastically took part in the “pabitin” while the adults won food and other small items. The proceeds from this event will be used to pay for Phase II of the organization’s Physics Laboratory project.
BINGOHAN AT BONGGAHAN PARA SA SIYENSYA (30 September 2017)
UPAA-NL would like to thank all its guests, participants, donors, and merchant sellers who joined the Bingohan at Bonggahan Para sa Siyensiya event held last 16th of September 2017 at the Wijkcentrum Stervoorde, in Rijswijk. The proceeds of this event will be used in the Philippines to support a mobile Physics exhibit open to students and to the public.
UPAA-NL 10th ANNIVERSARY (19 August 2016)
UPAA-NL celebrated its 10th Anniversary since it was re-established in 2006. Its members and supporters joined the event at Oostende Beach in Belgium. The team-building activities included a group dinner at the beach to celebrate UPAA-NL’s achievements in the past decade. Among its projects are Donate A Book to UP Tacloban (2014 – 2016), Support for students affected by Typhoon Haiyan (2013) and the Digitisation of the UP Main Library (2007 – 2012). UPAA-NL looks forward to more successes in its next decade.
“ENGLISH ONLY PLEASE” - A Movie Gala On Board the ss Rotterdam (27 September 2015)
UPAA-NL would like to thank the movie guests, movie producer Quantum Films, sponsors, donors, performers, and raffle draw participants during its event “English Only, Please”, A Movie Gala On Board the ss Rotterdam. This event was held to support UPAA-NL’s project assisting the reconstruction of the UP Tacloban university facilities. The movie gala took place on Sunday, 27 September 2015, 13:00 to 17:30 at the ss Rotterdam (Theatre and Queen’s Lounge). In the Theatre “English Only, Please”, an award- winning Philippine film, was shown. After the film, a programme, raffle draw and commercial activities from our partners and sponsors took place. The grand raffle prize was an overnight stay for two on board the ss Rotterdam. Other prizes were donated by Phil4You, Baryo Pilipinas, Arms Fashion, Mabuhay Travel, Toko4All, Jenmarvelyn, and Labstuff. In particular we would like to thank Ambassador Jaime Victor Ledda, who gave a speech before the film showing. Our program was graced by Mary Ann Morales, Isabelle Llaneza, Anabelle Taal-Ausa, and DJ Raymond of Moonlight Entertainment. Please visit our event Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/upaanlfilm.
STRIKE FOR A SCHOLAR (23 August 2014)
For the first time, UPAA-NL held a sport event—Strike for a Scholar, an Open Bowling Tournament to benefit University of the Philippines students affected by typhoon Haiyan. More than 100 eager bowlers— old and young, professionals, amateurs and beginners alike—joined the afternoon of bowling. From noontime until 4 PM, everyone enjoyed the high-tech bowling lanes of Bowling Scheveningen at Gevers Deynootweg in The Hague. Special awards were given to the individuals and teams with the highest scores as well as to the ones who exerted their “best efforts”. Philippine goods, donated by Toko4All and Manila Trading, were given to the guests. We express our deep appreciation to Bowling Scheveningen (www.bowlingscheveningen.com), Ambassador Jaime Victor B. Ledda and the Philippine Embassy staff, Toko4All, Manila Trading, FILMIS, Advance Tax Compliance, Mr & Mrs Bas van Dijk, Aftabcurrency, Ms Riet v.d. Willik, Santa Lucia Land, Rosanele Romero Groleau, our generous sponsors and all the bowling competition participants. Photos of the event are at https://flic.kr/s/aHsk2NBK88.
HARANA’T PIYESTA — A FILIPINO FEAST (28 September 2013)
With more than 150 guests and 20 stalls (“marktkramen”), UPAA-NL celebrated “HARANA’T PIYESTA” - a Filipino feast with music, food and drinks. In the afternoon of the 28th of September at the Church of Our Saviour in The Hague, guests were treated to a “Harana” - a concert of Philippine and Western classical, pop and hiphop music and dance. The Harana was graced with brilliant performances from singers Tina Barabat, Isabelle Llaneza, Nu Driz, Mary Ann Morales, Paul van Mierlo (accompanied by pianist Wouter Oesthoek), the sisters Lucia and Margret Schouten (with pianist Peter Krassenburg) and by the Strak Blauwband. Hiphop dancegroup MOVES (DCJ Flows and DCJ Blaze) added to the vibrance of the Harana. In the Church Atrium, the ”Piyesta” went on. Philippine specialties and goods were sold in an indoor market. Everyone had their fill of lechon, pastillas, puto and other Philippine pastries. We are happy to say that everyone went home with happy hearts and full stomachs.
A UNIQUELY PLEASURABLE AFTERNOON OF MUSIC: VOLUNTEERS FOR VOLUNTEERS (16 September 2012)
With the help of amateur musicians who volunteered to perform in our concert “ A Uniquely Pleasurable Afternoon of Music: Volunteers for Volunteers”, and with the support from generous sponsors and friends, a successful concert was staged in The Hague at the Hogeschool Helicon last 16th of September. The matinee concert of light classical music was enjoyed by a hundred guests in a fully packed concert hall. The concert featured solo and duet singing, solo and eight-hands piano, of music from around Europe, the US and the Philippines. We thank our volunteer performers—Wim Blackstone, Mieke van der Brugge, Nu Driz, Irma Galias, Peter Krassenburg, Ruud Looijer, Lucia Schouten, Margret Schouten, Klari Simonet, Svetlana Terpougova and Bart Wijnberg. We also thank volunteers who covered the event. With their support, UPAA-NL is closer to the goal of donating its fourth and last server to the University of the Philippines Main Library.
UPAA-NL DONATES R-2500 HIGH DENSITY POWER FRAME TO THE UNIVERSITY MAIN LIBRARY (30 April 2012)
The UPAA-NL donated the R-2500 high density power frame in April 2012. The UP Library needed larger storage capacities for the storage and preservation of digitized permanent University records, art and cultural heritage collections. This donation was made in lieu of the third and fourth servers.
The high density power frame was funded by sponsors and donors at the benefit dinner dance “Umindak sa Pier”.
COURTESY CALL ON THE NEW PHILIPPINE AMBASSADOR TO THE NETHERLANDS (13 January 2012)
It was a cold windy afternoon on Tuesday, 11 January 2012 but this was transformed into a warm jovial meeting inside the Philippine Embassy in The Hague. Several UPAA-NL members called on the new Philippine Ambassador to The Netherlands, Her Excellency Ambassador Madam Lourdes G. Morales. Also a graduate of the University of the Philippines, she was pleased to learn about the accomplishments of UPAA-NL and its current project of assisting the UP Library's digitisation programme by providing the Library with five computer servers. She emphasized that the Philippine Embassy will continue to support this project and future projects of UPAA-NL. On her side, she informed about the several economic projects which the Embassy will pursue such as, amongst others, promotion of Philippine tourism and its tourism campaign within its slogan "It’s more fun in the Philippines", inviting birdwatchers’ associations and Dutch birdwatching enthusiasts and the launching in The Netherlands of a Philippine vodka made from coconut. Lulu Altamirano van der Meer, President of UPAA-NL, assured the Ambassador that UPAA-NL will support her and the Embassy in these and other future projects.
UMINDAK SA PIER! (28 August 2011)
Last 28th of August, UPAA-NL held a successful fundraising summer party in De Pier Restaurant at Scheveningen, The Hague. More than a hundred guests enjoyed the buffet dinner, unlimited drinks and dancing. During the event, close to 50 participants won the various raffle prizes, including cash prizes of EUR 200, 150 and 100 and a prizes including two “balikbayan” boxes. See list of winners in “Other Information” page.
The dinner guests were treated to performances by talented singer and performer Mary Ann Morales (winner of the 1997 Soundmixshow) and dance stars Gwyneth van Rijn and Niels Didden (Dancing with the Stars celebrities and 2011 World Trophy Latin Champions).
We thank the dinner guests, performers and the raffle draw participants. We would like to give special mention to NVP Studio, which documented our event with photos and video (http://www.nvpstudio.nl) and raffle prize sponsor Philippine Balikbayan Services (http://www.ppsnl.com).
UPAA-NL DONATES FUNDS FOR THE STRUCTURED CABLING OF THE UP LIBRARY (30 January 2011)
UPAA-NL proudly announces that in October 2010, the structured cabling of the UP Main Library building was successfully installed. UPAA-NL funded this milestone development. The structured cabling provides a more powerful and stable infrastructure to host the Diliman network, consisting of 35 libraries, and an additional 40 libraries in the constituent universities of the UP System. This has enabled the UP Library to develop a new website offering new and expanded library and information services.
In 2007, UPAA-NL initially pledged to donate five servers to the UP Main Library. In August 2008, the first server was delivered to the UP Main Library and paid for by UPAA-NL. This server now hosts the Main Library website.
The new website (http://www.mainlib.upd.edu.ph/) now has a badge (logo) and a brand statement (slogan) “Discovering connections, connecting discoveries”, including Services: Ask-a-Librarian, integration with Facebook and WordPress blog, Widgets that provide quick search on subscribed online databases, Listen and Learn PodCasts for tutorials, flash reports and updates on new/recent services, e.g., LibRadio (Librarians on Air at DZUP 1602). Links to the Local Databases, Electronic Resources (including UP Diliman Journals Online), Online Request Forms (for Extended Reading, Document Delivery, and Library Orientation/Tours) are available at the left menu of the website.
In 2009, the UP Main Library needed a permanent structured cabling for a stable network connection. The equivalent amount for one server was used instead for the structured cabling of the Main Library Building.
UPAA-NL is currently lining up activities in 2011 to fulfill its pledge.
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JONATHAN BADON — CONCERT IN THE HAGUE (18 JUNE 2010)
Last June, UPAA-NL proudly presented “The Philippines’ Prince of Operatic-Pop” Jonathan Badon In Concert. The concert was held last 18 June. An audience of more than 100 gathered in a fully-packed “Rode Zaal” auditorium of the Hogeschool Helicon in The Hague. Funds raised during this event were used for the fulfillment of its pledge to the University’s Main Library.
UPAA-NL JOINS EXPATICA’S “I AM NOT A TOURIST” FAIR (26 October 2009)
Last 25th of October, UPAA-NL joined for the first time Expatica’s sixth annual “I am not a tourist” Fair held at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. This is also the first time that the Philippines was represented in the annual event. Various institutions were present, from banks and tax firms to clubs and travel agencies. The one-day event attracted 4000 visitors, most of whom are expats residing in the Netherlands. www.expatica.com/iamnotatourist.
UPAA-NL RECEIVES DONATION FROM FORTIS FOUNDATION NEDERLAND VIA THE “MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY ALWAYS GO AN EXTRA MILE” WALKING EVENT (13 December 2008)
UPAA-NL’s computer server project received a donation from the Fortis Foundation Nederland. In connection with Make a Difference Day (MADD) Fortis Foundation organised last October 27th a walking event “Always go the extra Mile”. Fortis employees were invited to walk at least one mile (1.6 km) for a chosen good cause. For every mile walked, Fortis Foundation Nederland donated 15 euros. Among the good causes included in the fund-raising event is UPAA-NL’s project to buy computer servers.
UPAA-NL DONATES COMPUTER SERVER TO THE UP LIBRARY (20 September 2008)
With the delivery and installation of this first of five servers in time for the main UP Centennial celebration of 21 June 2008, the first step towards fulfilling the UPAA-NL pledge to assist in the digitisation of the UP Library has been taken. The server donated is one (1) unit of Dell PowerEdge 1950 Rack Mount Server.
UPAA-NL raised funds for the computer servers through various fundraising activities, such as the concert and benefit dinner “Patikim” held last September 2007, participation in the “Make a Difference Day 2007”, getting sponsors for the UPAA-NL participation in The Hague Inter-agency Bowling.
PATIKIM - A DINNER TO REMEMBER (September 2007)
UPAA-NL held “ Patikim” a fund-raising event which featured Philippine culture. The event, held in the residence of the Philippine Ambassador to The Netherlands Romeo Arguelles, started with a piano concert of Adolovni Acosta. This was followed by a dinner featuring Philippine cuisine. Restaurateurs Romy Dorotan and Amy Besa took charge of the dinner. More than fifty guests were present. http://www.dutchville.nl/sh/upaa/oblation_issue2.pdf