NUS Alumni Manila Chapter's Christmas Party 2022

NUS Alumni Manila Chapter recently held its annual Christmas Gathering on 30 November 2022 at the El Corazon Restaurant. Known for its mix of Filipino and Spanish dishes, the restaurant is located at Uptown Mall, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila. The committee decided to hold the Christmas celebration earlier to gather more attendees, as 30 November was coincidentally a Public Holiday in the Philippines, which celebrates the birthday of one of the country’s greatest hero – Andrés Bonifacio. 24 alumni attended the early Christmas Gathering, representing nine faculties and schools including those from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Business, School of Computing, College of Design and Engineering, Faculty of Law, School of Medicine, School of Public Policy, and Faculty of Science. The event also saw the attendance of Second Secretary, Embassy of Singapore in the Philippines, Ms Amanda Cheah (Arts and Social Sciences ’17).

The evening began with an overview by Chapter Chairperson, Mr Richard Tan (Public Policy ’13) on the activities for the past year, to seek feedback from the alumni membership on how to engage new alumni and increase attendance for future Chapter events. One possibility was to hold smaller gatherings amongst sub-groups of alumni by faculties and schools. After Mr Tan’s sharing, it was dinnertime and to everyone’s delight, cochinillo (suckling pig) was served. Each alumni present also contributed a minimum token of Php500 (or around SGD12.20) at the point of registration, where the proceeds would contribute to the Chapter’s NUS Cares activities in 2023.

Submitted by Mr Nestor Precioso (Science ’06).

NUS College's Guided Autobiography Course

The Guided Autobiography course by Professor Philip Holden for NUS College was held weekly from September to November 2022. Attendees had varied motivations for attending this course – some had been consistently journaling, while others felt that the time was right to take a structured chronicling of their lives thus far. The first meeting between the course mates and facilitator was one of curiosity and apprehension of what the course entailed, especially since everyone signed up for the course as strangers and would be expected to exchange non-trivial stories of their lives.

Over the next ten weeks, Prof Holden adeptly brought the attendees through the major themes of the human experience. Attendees exchanged stories on family, personal identity, work and grief. Laughter and tears were shared while mulling over the roles in their families, communities and society; and examined the impact that these, in turn, have had on them. The course allowed attendees to revisit their memories and perspectives, in an attempt to understand themselves and the world around them better. Beyond this, there was also the recognition that memory is sometimes fickle, and that – sometimes – no matter how hard one searches in their memory for a reason for their actions, the reason that rings true may not yet be forthcoming.

Throughout the course, attendees were introduced to different ways of writing and recollecting. Even as they experimented with techniques learnt, the underlying theme of wanting to live well-examined lives sounded time and again.The attendees greatly appreciate the opportunity to learn and grow through this course.

Submitted by Ms Yeung Kar Fu (Arts and Social Sciences '12).

Class of ’71's Visits NUS Faculty of Dentistry

NUS Faculty of Dentistry was delighted to welcome alumni from the Class of ’71 back on campus for a visit on Tuesday, 15 November 2022. The visit began with an opening address by Acting Dean, Associate Professor Wong Mun Loke (Dentistry ‘99), followed by tours around some of the key facilities at the National University Centre For Oral Health Singapore (NUCOHS), which included the service clinics, simulation and research laboratories. Besides gaining a better understanding of what the Faculty offers, this visit was also a precious opportunity for alumni to catch up with one another and interact with staff and students from their alma mater.

Submitted by Ms Tiffany How.

Dentistry Class of 2011's 11th Year Reunion

Due to COVID-19 and Safe Management Measures in 2021, what was supposed to be a tenth year reunion was delayed by a year for Dentistry’s Class of 2011. Regardless, an 11th year reunion, held on 11.11 was still a significant milestone for the class, as they had not caught up one another since graduation. Set at The Villa located in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the Class spent the night reminiscing the good old times over videos which captured their undergraduate life at the Faculty of Dentistry. The Class caught up with each other over food and drinks and indulged in merrymaking through table games planned by the organising committee.

Amidst the busyness of our lives, 80% of the class managed to carve out time to attend this event, which took months of planning and preparation. The healthy turnout was testament that many from the Class still held dear the moments spent, experiences shared and friendships built in their undergraduate years. The Class is grateful to the enthusiastic organisers – Dr Wong Kuan Yee (Dentistry ’11), Dr Lim Wen Yi (Dentistry ’11), Dr Adrian Shi (Dentistry ’11) and Dr Chan Boon Hui (Dentistry ’11). The Class would also like to thank the Office of Alumni Relations for their support in providing the door gifts and seed funding for the event. Special thanks also to the Faculty of Dentistry’s Alumni Relations team, including Dr Betty Mok (Dentistry ’81), Ms Ow Yong Oi (Business ’83) and Ms Tiffany How for making the connections between OAR and our organizing committee. Till the next time at the 20th year reunion!

Submitted by Dr Wilson Lu (Dentistry ’11).

TOUCHED 2022: HOMECOMING

The NUS Piano Ensemble Alumni (NUSPEA) presented a sold-out two-piano concert on 2 November 2022 at the Esplanade Recital Studio. The event, supported by NUS Office of Alumni Relations, signified the group’s Esplanade debut and their return to live music-making post-pandemic. An entourage of twenty-five pianists and alumni put up riveting and complex works, including Ravel’s La Valse, Smetana’s Sonata for Two Pianos, and Poulenc’s Capriccio for Two Pianos – thrusting NUSPEA into the spotlight as an alumni group of serious musicians to follow.

Submitted by Mr Mark Cheng (Law ’16).

Temasek Hall TGreen Kayak Clean-up

On 22 October 2022, nine alumni and 37 current Temasek Hall members participated in a kayak clean-up event at Jurong Lake Gardens, hosted by Passion Wave. The event was organised by Temasek Green, a committee in Temasek Hall which focuses on raising awareness and culminating efforts to preserve the environment. In order to share light on the littering situation in one of Singapore's pristine water bodies, and to better equip the students and alumni community on what sort of litter should be picked up, a pre-event zoom briefing was conducted by the organising committee, as well as an event day briefing by faciliators from Passion Wave.

Alumni expressed that they were surprised at the amount of litter in the lake, even with constant efforts from the members of the public and professional cleaners to clean it regularly. The group were divided in pairs, quickly filling up a bucket full of litter by the end of the event. To conclude, the students and the alumni community not only had great fun, but also shared a memorable learning experience.

Submitted by Ms Ng Mu Rong (Arts and Social Sciences ’18).

NUS Alumni Manila Chapter Celebrates an Evening with the Ambassador

NUS Alumni Manila Chapter attended a dinner reception hosted by the Singapore Ambassador to the Philippines, Mr Gerard Ho (Arts and Social Sciences ’97) at the Singapore Embassy in BGC, Taguig City, Metro Manila. Thirty-seven alumni were present in the gathering representing nine faculties and schools, including those from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Business, School of Computing, College of Design and Engineering, School of Public Policy, Faculty of Science, NUS Medicine, and Faculty of Law. The alumni from Public Policy and Business comprised more than sixty percent of the total attendance. The formal event started at 7:00 pm.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Lee Vivas (Business ’13) from the chapter committee reiterated the vision of the Manila chapter to become the most dynamic NUS city chapter by providing exciting opportunities for the active involvement of alumni. This was followed by a report to the membership by Chapter Chairperson, Mr Richard Tan (Public Policy ’13), on the social and community involvement activities of the chapter since its inception. He encouraged members to support future chapter events and to actively participate in its social media pages. After being formally introduced by Atty. Jedrek Ng (Law ’16), Ambassador Ho gave an inspirational speech to the alumni present. He highlighted the importance of NUS alumni acting as mini “ambassadors” in promoting the Singaporean experience and friendship between Singapore and the Philippines, and also expressed his gratitude to alumni present in the reception.

Following a formal toast to Ambassador Ho, Chapter Chairperson Mr Tan and Vice-Chairperson Mr Nestor Precioso (Science ’06) gave a presentation on NUS Cares activities. To end off the evening, Mr Precioso expressed the gratitude of the chapter to Ambassador Ho and the Embassy staff at large for their support and generosity to the activities of NUS alumni based in Manila. A generous buffet spread from the Corniche restaurant of Diamond Hotel in Manila was served after the short program, featuring local Singaporean dishes such as bah kut teh, popiah basah (fresh spring roll) and laksa. Guests were impressed by the dishes served, and enjoyed the evening filled with much networking, camaraderie, and fun.

Submitted by Mr Nestor Precioso (Science ’06).

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