History


The birth of a new Mapúa Alumni Association

Two Mapúans (Alex Roxas and Dom Tolentino, P. Eng.) from the beautiful province of British Columbia decided to make Calgary their new home in the late ‘90’s. They brought with them not only a wealth of experience from their chosen field, but also an indomitable pride of being true Mapuans, pride that they wanted stirred up in the hearts and souls of all Mapúans in Alberta.

It so happened that the Calgary Mapúa boys had been toying with the idea of organizing themselves for a long time and this extra push from the new B.C. transplants ignited their interests.  Soon, an invitation for a meeting among the Mapúa alumni in Calgary was sent out. The venue was the Devonian Garden in downtown Calgary. Few interested parties showed up: Alex Roxas, Dom Tolentino, P. Eng., Bobby de Guzman, Leon Monzon, Cesar Caparino, Cesar Jorge, Jose Abesamis, Tony Cejalvo, Danny Eustaquio, Robert Gutierrez, Danny Gamboa and Roger Encarnacion.

The name Mapúa Alumni Association, Alberta Chapter was unanimously adopted. Roger was asked to draft the association bylaws. After lengthy deliberations that took two sessions, the membership finally ratified the bylaws in January 2001. In March 2001, an application for registration at the Alberta Registries was submitted. It was approved on April 30, 2001.

During the latter stage of the association’s formation, many new faces came and went.  To date the association has more than one hundred registered members.

Past Presidents

2001 - 2003 Jose Abesamis
2004 - 2005 Ben Ang
2006 - 2007 Jiggs Bascon, P. Eng.
2008 - 2009 Eugene Sicat
2010 - 2011 Dom Tolentino, P. Eng.
2012 - 2013 Oliver Sicat
2014 - 2015 Edwin Marcelo