LOS ANGELES – The UST Medical Alumni Association of America will go back to sunny Southern California for its 24th Grand Reunion and Medical Convention after almost two decades. The event will be held on July 3-6 at the Hilton Long Beach at 701 West Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90831.
All the jubilarian years ending in 1 and 6 will be the major celebrants but all Thomasian medical alumni are invited to participate in the grand celebration.
The convention chairmen are Dr. Lino J. de Guzman, president of the USTMAAA of Southern California; Dr. Marilou J. Buendia, president of the USTMAAA Foundation; and Dr. Cecilia B. Vallejo, president of the USTMAA of America.
The University of Santo Tomas Medical Alumni Association in America is an organization composed of medical alumni of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. It was founded in 1987 by a group of pioneering Thomasian physicians as an umbrella organization that coordinates the different regional organizations in the United States.
The grand reunion promises to be a fun event for everybody. Participants can showcase their talents during the traditional “USTMAAA Got Talent” and“Dancing with the Thomasian Stars” in the evening of July 4 and even sport a costume depictingthe earlier years of the Mexican-Californian heritage of Southern California.
There will also be a Fun Run/Walk/or even crawl by thebanks of the bay across the hotel on July 4, and join the Zumba dance exercises to thebeat of pulsating Latin music on July 5. Also scheduled are the jubilarian marchesand presentations during the Formal Gala Dinner with a theme of the “OSCARS.”
Dr. De Guzman and Dr. Marilou Dichoso, president-elect and current secretary, will emcee the opening ceremony. Dr. Dichoso is calling on all medical alumni in California to attend the opening ceremony on July 3 and the gala night on July 5.
The event starts on Sunday, July 3, with a mass at 1 p.m. and the opening ceremony from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
For more information call the USTMAAA Executive Office at (812) 238 1216 or (248) 626 2878.