Filipino Students Honored

Photo by Jun de la Cruz

On Sunday, July 13, the United Pilipinos of Alameda (UPA) held its 40th annual outstanding student of Filipino ancestry awards ceremony at the Harbor Bay Community Center. Councilman Stewart Chen gave the keynote address. Every year, public and private schools in Alameda nominate deserving students to win this award based on their academic achievement, character and leadership abilities. In addition to honoring the students, it is also an opportunity for the UPA to use this occasion to publicly acknowledge the important role of parents and share their pride and sense of accomplishment. This year’s winners were: Jenna Ah-Hing, Bay Farm Elementary School; Waverley Achacoso, Earhart Elementary School; Jahn Tibayan, Edison Elementary School; Bianca Hermosa, Franklin Elementary School, Glenann Bautista, Lum Elementary School; Tyler Reyes, Maya Lin Elementary School; Sasha Aninipot, Otis Elementary School; Justin Leung, Paden Elementary School; Mona Ella Hidalgo and Marc Luis Pingul, Ruby Bridges Elementary School; Edbertt Frez, St. Joseph Elementary School; Alexandra Hauck, St. Philip Neri Elementary School, Michaela Soriano, The Academy of Alameda; Kyle Bolanos, Lincoln Middle School; Josie Pascua, Wood Middle School; Jessica Cavalli, Alameda High School; Jessica Vicman, Encinal High School; Manuel Carbajal, Island High School; and Janelle de Dios, St. Joseph Notre Dame.