UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association announce the Award Recipients

PAA Scholarship Fundraiser Benefit and 40th Anniversary of Samahang Pilipino

"One Family. Isang Pamilya.

Los Angeles, CA – The Pilipino Alumni Association of the University of California, Los Angeles (PAA of UCLA) will hold its 2012 UCLA PAA Fundraising Benefit themed, "One Family. Isang Pamilya.”, to be held on April 21, 2012, on the UCLA Campus at Covel Commons. The evening will be filled with special performances, inspiring community and scholarship awards presentations including celebrating the milestone of UCLA Samahang Pilipino 40th Anniversary, and more. The Benefit program will be hosted by weather anchor and media personality from the Los Angeles Fox affiliate, Fox 11, Maria Quiban. Proceeds will benefit the PAA of UCLA Scholarship Endowment Fund, which recognizes outstanding students through annual scholarship awards given to deserving Pilipino undergraduate and graduate students.

The annual PAA Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award will be presented to Dr. Tania Azores MA & Ph.D ’87 Urban Planning. She is best known to students as she was the first professor to teach Tagalog language at UCLA in 1992-93. Before that, she was one of the incorporators and charter board members of Pamana Foundation, Inc., renamed Filipino American Heritage Institute (FAHI) in 1999, where she served as President of PAMANA from 1991-1999. Prior to that she served as an Assistant Director and as a Research Associate at UCLA's Asian American Studies Center where she co-authored a number of publications on Asian American demographics, immigration, labor participation and political participation. She also taught Tagalog at Loyola Marymount University. She also served on the UCLA PAA Advisory Board. She obtained her B.A from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and holds an M.A. in Language Teaching from Ateneo de Manila (Philippines), and an M.A. and Ph. D in Urban Planning from UCLA.

UCLA PAA pays tribute to the legacy of Royal Morales or Uncle Roy as affectionately called, by presenting the annual Royal Morales Community Achievement Award to an alumnus, faculty member, or community partner who have made extraordinary contributions to the UCLA Pilipino community. This year, the Royal Morales Community Achievement Award will be awarded to Meg Thornton. She is an alum of UC San Diego with a BS degree in Biology and Minor in Urban Studies and Planning. She also completed the Certificate Program in Fundraising and Development through UCLA Extension. Currently, she is the Coordinator for Student & Community Projects (CSP) at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center where she has been for 20+ years. However, her contributions to both the Pilipino and Asian-American communities are far and wide reaching. To name a few, she served as Student and Community Projects for Asian American Studies, was a past Executive Director of SIPA – Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, a former President of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FAHNS).  She is a core member of the Filipino Legacy Fund (FLF) promoting Pilipino studies at UCLA and lastly, is on the UCLA PAA Advisory Board.

A special award presentation will be given to UCLA Samahang Pilipino, the Filipino-student run organization at UCLA as they celebrate the milestone of 40 years of existence and activism at UCLA. Founded and established in 1972, Samahang Pilipino is a multi-faceted student organization which addresses the specific needs of the Pilipino community of UCLA and the greater Los Angeles area. Since then, UCLA Samahang Pilipino has been committed to addressing five key aspects of Pilipino life: cultural, social, political, academic, and community and remains a family away from home and a bridge to its cultural roots. It has developed from a small social space for Pilipino students at UCLA into a powerful mobilizing force addressing the needs of the Pilipino community both on and off campus such as addressing the equity for Filipino American World War II Veterans, strategizing the establishment of Pilipino Studies at UCLA, and fighting for equal access to higher education for all students. UCLA Samahang Pilipino seeks to holistically develop and empower general members to become leaders in advocating for positive change in the community.

Ten (10) scholarship awards — funded by donors and the PAA of UCLA Scholarship Endowment -- will be awarded to outstanding UCLA undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarship applications are now being accepted. The deadline for submissions is March 9, 2012. For more information on scholarships, please visit the official PAA Web site at http://www.uclapaa.net or contact UCLA PAA at alumni@uclapaa.net.

The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a cocktail reception which will be held on the UCLA campus outside of Covel Commons. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, a fabulous silent auction, dinner, and dancing. Early ticket purchase is encouraged, as space is limited. VIP tickets, group tickets and table of ten (10) purchases are available, and general admission tickets start at $75. Donations are tax-deductible.

* To Purchase Benefit Tickets, Make a Donation, or Inquire about Scholarships - Visit the official PAA Web site at http://www.uclapaa.net or contact PAA at alumni@uclapaa.net.

* For Sponsorship Opportunities - please contact Bobby Rimas, UCLA PAA Chair, at: bobby.rimas@uclapaa.com or (213) 952-9914.


About PAA of UCLA

Conceived in 1991, PAA of UCLA has raised funds for scholarships awarded to outstanding UCLA undergraduate and graduate students. In 2005, PAA of UCLA established a $50,000 scholarship endowment, which provides, in perpetuity, financial support to deserving UCLA students. PAA also seeks to provide a vehicle through which alumni may provide career resources to students and establish valuable networks with other alumni professionals. PAA of UCLA is an official cultural club of the UCLA Alumni Association, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Please visit PAA’s official Web site at http://www.uclapaa.net or contact PAA at alumni@uclapaa.net.



For More Information, Contact:

Denise Guerra at 909-319-4878

E-Mail: deniseimrad@gmail.com

or Rex Sampaga at: rex@uclapaa.net