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My Fellow Alumni!

Thank you for giving me this time to share with you some alumni updates.

 

When I took over as chairman of the Alumni Association of AIM, Inc. (AAAIM), I vowed to ensure a fruitful and meaningful year for the alumni network. Our theme for this term is “PANAGHIUSA, BRIDGING ALUMNI, IGNITING SUCCESS.”

 

In less than a month, I was able to meet with my batchmates, presented to them our platform, encouraged them to be more active and presented plans for our batch involvement in AAAIM activities especially the homecoming night on March 9, 2024, to be held tentatively at SMX in Pasay. As we prepare for this grand event that all alumni look forward to, we are promoting the AAAIM’s projects for more support from fellow alumni. While we, the association, try to generate funds for its operations and sustainability, we also support worthy causes that our beneficiaries are grateful for.

Last June 4-6, I went to Cotabato to meet with my MBM’76 classmate, Alex Bangcola, who happens to be the President of Amanah Bank. Taking advantage of my visit, I also met with BARMM Officials.

 

On June 8, I flew to Legazpi City to meet some of the members of the Board of Trustees of Bicol (Oragons) and share with them the same just in time before Mayon decided to spew its majestic lava.

 

While travelling around the country to meet alumni batches, I, together with other alumni have started forming new local chapters. On June 30, we will be in Iloilo to organize the Iloilo chapter to be held at Seda Atria in collaboration with our fellow alumna, MBM ’88, Ofelia Odilao-Bisnar, PHINMA University of Iloilo’s COO and EVP.  Next in line are Pampanga, Baguio City, and Cagayan de Oro chapters.

 

I cannot emphasize enough THE RELEVANCE OF AN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION TO ITS ALUMNI AND ALMA MATER

 

  1. By being engaged, AAAIM allows you the opportunity to stay connected with other alumni in the Philippines and even overseas expanding your network

  2. Networking allows you to reach out to learn from others, and share experiences with others especially students when you become featured resource speakers in the AAAIM’s learning sessions

  3. AAAIM events and volunteer opportunities allow you to exercise leadership by engaging in fulfilling community work

  4. Benefit from exclusive benefits and privileges accorded to an AIM alumni by some companies in our alumni network

  5. Benefit from the vast network of AAAIM for career services

Last June 14, the first Beer Pub after the pandemic, and the first during my term had 60 registrants. Over 40 alumni came from different batches. Calling cards and stories were exchanged. This is what an alumni gathering is. Supported by my batch, MBM ’76, it was an unforgettable first night over several rounds of beer with everyone’s favorite pulutan – Virginia Foods specialties (hahaha). Not to mention that cash prizes were generously raffled off courtesy of my batchmates.

You see my fellow alumni, at 80 years old, in between running my companies and organizations I am actively engaged in, I attend AAAIM Board of trustees’ meetings via Zoom and face-to-face. I fly to Manila from Cebu and vice versa.  I fly to different locations to inspire and engage AIM alumni all over. I benefit from the list I enumerated. Am I not an epitome of a model alumni to you? (Hehehehe).

Can I count on your support? Not just as a fellow Cebuano but as an alumnus who firmly believe in the value of AAAIM as a pool of engaged professionals in the service of its alumni association.

Felix "Boy" Tiukinhoy Jr.

AAAIM Chairman

2023-2024

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