In 3 decades, PIGLASAPAT has been producing academicians, professionals, business leaders, NGO founders, law practitioners, local government officials, and even congress representatives. Now in its 30th year, can PIGLASAPAT – Ateneo’s longest running political organization – break new grounds and establish its own alumni association?
What is an Alumni Association?
An alumni association is an organization of former students of a mother organization. For example, students who graduate from a particular university become alumni or alumnae of that university. In the same sense, smaller entities may also establish such associations. Fraternities and sororities are famous for establishing such associations.
Has it been done for a political organization before?
Yes. The SAMASA, a political organization in the University of the Philippines-Diliman, has established its own alumni association in 2012. It has since been active in connecting its alumni and alumnae from the various industries. It has as well practically fortified its principles to extend service not only inside the university but also in the society.
Aside from SAMASA, other respected leadership organizations – fraternities and sororities – like the Alpha Phi Omega also has an extensive network of Alumni Associations nationwide. These associations are active in promoting the advocacies of their organizations even beyond the walls of their respective universities.
Can PIGLASAPAT do it?
PIGLASAPAT has all its fundamentals. With a vast network of alumni and alumnae, PIGLASAPAT can tap its former comrades to establish the alumni association. The association can push forward the advocacies of PIGLASAPAT in the society. With over 30 years of producing well-equipped leaders, one can only wonder of how the alumni association can become dynamic and vibrant.
What can we get from it?
The alumni association can become a resource pool for talented and equipped leaders for the society. Various industry practitioners can tap their PIGLASAPAT comrades for professional interactions. Easier connections for various exposures in the society can be lobbied. Students who are current members of PIGLASAPAT can easily tap their predecessors for trainings and exposures. In the same manner, industry practitioners can easily scout new potentials for the industries at large.
With 3 decades of producing leaders in Ateneo, can the influence of the Pinag-isang Lakas ng Samahan ng mga Progresibong Atenista (PIGLASAPAT) extend beyond the university walls? Can PIGLASAPAT break new grounds and make another historical move to establish its own alumni association? We are left to wonder.
Para sa Ateneo. Para sa Lipunan. PIGLASAPAT.