By Roi Lomotan
DUMAGUETE CITY, August 8, 2013
(PIA) — A grand reunion this month awaits alumni of Silliman University, the sixth top university in the Philippines.
Officials from the Silliman University Alumni Council of North America (SUACONA) announced to the
media recently that the “Tipon 2013” a biennial gathering of SUACONA members will be held in Dumaguete City just in time for the celebration of the university’s 112th Founder’s Day.
Over 200 delegates from North America and 400 from the Philippines are
expected to attend the five-day gathering which starts on Aug. 21-25, 2013. Tipon 2013 carries the theme: “One God, One World, One Silliman!”
Tipon 2013 committee has organized various merrymaking and sports activities as well as general assemblies for those who want to join the event.
One of the highlight events of the Tipon 2013 is the Kumbira sa Boulevard, which is a food festival on August 25, 7:00 pm at the Rizal Boulevard.
Silliman University Alumni Association of Alaska President Betsy Merto-Engle said the event is in partnership with the City Government of Dumaguete where a portion of the Rizal Boulevard will be closed to traffic and will be exclusive for the public who want to go to the Kumbira.
Aside from the merriment, another highlight of the Tipon 2013 is the In Memoriam activity to honor deceased alumni of Silliman University.
However, Tipon 2013 is also an avenue for university alumni to discuss ways on how they can further contribute to the betterment of Silliman University.
“It’s not all fun (activities) we also have serious sessions,” said SUACONA president Gideon Alegado.
Alegado also revealed that this is the first Tipon that will be held in the country.
The Tipon 2013 committee assured the participants that they don’t have to worry on the security since the committee have already arranged security measures for the five-day event.
Meanwhile, Dr. Betsy Joy Tan, University Vice President for Academic Affairs said the Tipon 2013 is a way of the alumni in expressing their gratitude to their Alma matter.
“The Tipon 2013 is the best thing we can give to Silliman,” Tan told the Sillimanian alumni. (mbcn/RAL/PIA7-NegOr)