ADNAA Northern California
In the late 1980’s, small groups of alumni from the Ateneo de Naga would meet informally, typically to entertain visitors from Naga City or more particularly from the Ateneo de Naga. Those were occasions to catch up on the news from the old school and of Bikol in general. It was during one of those occasions that word of the struggle to keep Ateneo de Naga from closure was the topic of interest and concern. Taking the cue from the alumni associations in Manila and Naga, the alumni in the San Francisco Bay Area came together to rally support for their alma mater. In November 1990, the ADNAA/NC was officially convened at the residence of Levi and Sally Segarra at Hayward, CA. The constitution and by-laws were drafted and approved and the first sets of officers were elected for the 2-year term. A newsletter, the Blue and Gold USA, was authorized. While the membership of approximately 60 alumni came mostly from the San Francisco Bay Area, there were members from Santa Cruz to the south, Santa Rosa to the North and as far as Sacramento to the east… and one member from Texas! The primary objectives of the new association were:
- Preserve ties with the Alma Mater
- Promote and maintain unity among the members
- Network with alumni
- Participate in religious activities especially devotions to Our Lady Virgin of Peñafrancia
- Promote the Filipino culture and heritage
Soon after official organization, the ADNAA/NC was admitted to the Devotees of Our Lady of Peñafrancia and became very active in that devotion. The first action of the association was to support the Ateneo de Naga through its scholarship donation. In 1992, the first $3,000 fund was completed and the first scholarship sponsored by the ADNAA/NC was awarded. The ADNAA/NC did not stop there. In 1995, the association was the host of the festivities to celebrate the Peñafrancia Fiesta in San Francisco Bay and the 25th Anniversary of the formation of the Devotees.
In July 1996, the second All Ateneo Convention was held in San Francisco – and ADNAA/NC was the host to alumni of all the six Ateneo schools in the Philippines and their respective Presidents and representatives.
By 1997, ADNAA/NC was prominently recognized by the Ateneo de Naga as one of the leading supporters of the scholarship fund.
Members can be proud of their alumni association because they can point to their hard work in support of its objectives and affirmation of the credo of the Ateneo de Naga: Primum Regnum Dei – First, the Kingdom of God!
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