2019 UPAAA DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDEES

 
 
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OLIVIA ROCHA-ALIGA

2019 UPAAA Distinguished Alumna in Leadership, Gender Equality and Women Empowerment

Ms. Aliga is the President of the University of the Philippines Vanguard Corps of Sponsors Alumni International (UPVCSAI. She has provided strong leadership to UPVCSAI from its conception in 2014 to the present. It has members from the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Thailand, the Netherlands, Spain, and the Philippines. UPVCSAI has supported various community-based projects in the Philippines. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from U.P. in 1973.

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JUANITA F. CACCAM, PhD 

2019 UPAAA Distinguished Alumna in Biochemistry and Community Service

Dr. Caccam developed a laboratory screening method for neonatal hypothyroidism at the San Diego Institute of Pathology and Maas Diagnostic Laboratory. She was involved in teaching and performing Filipino folk dances and music including the Samahan Rondalla.  She founded the UPAA of San Diego in 1983. She earned her B.S. Chemistry from U.P. in 1956 and her PhD in Biochemistry from the Duquesne University in 1964. 

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CRISTETA GOMEZ PASIA- COMERFORD (Dr., Honoris Causa, UP)

2019 UPAAA Distinguished Alumna in Culture and Culinary Diplomacy

Ms. Comerford is one of the longest-serving White House executive chefs. She is the first female and the first Asian American appointed to this position. She has spent more than two decades exhibiting her mastery of the culinary arts in White House hosted dinners and functions. She practices the concept of culinary diplomacy to connect countries, and cultures through culinary arts. She attended classes towards a B.S. degree on Food Technology at the UP Home Economics.

On November 11, 2019, the University of the Philippines will confer Ms. Comerford with the Degree of Doctor of Humanities,Honoris Causaat the celebration of the 98thanniversary of the institution of the Home Economics program at UP College of Home Economics.