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Fall is here, mga ka-UPAAT!

It seemed like a short summer, but we hope that you had meaningful time spent with your family and friends as Ontario has moved to Stage 3 Reopening in this pandemic. We enjoin everyone to continue observing safety precautions with a potential 4th wave.

Still, UPAAT was able to hold outdoor socialization activities to make the most of the sunny weather and the opportunity for kamustahan. This was done by following public health guidelines. We were also able to hold lecture webinars and the council continues to develop programs to support and serve UPAAT members and extend our services to the larger Filipino community.



Almost 60 participants learned the term "nayanaya" which means "to entertain and serve others; to be a happy person" from  Food Historian Felice Prudente Sta. Maria during her lecture presentation on August 26. Titled "The Food in Identity: A Shortened Story of  Philippine Branding," the webinar organized by the Education and Awareness Committee piqued the interest of Filipino and non-Filipino participants as Sta. Maria walked everyone through the evolution of Filipino food from pre-colonial to modern times.

We have been streaming our webinars live on YouTube, so subscribe to the UPAAT YouTube Channel now!

Click to Watch Webinar Recording
UPAAT members enjoyed the summer sun and group challenges at the Kapitahay events scheduled around Toronto
by the Socials and Events Committee.
The event kicked off in Scarborough on August 14 at the Guildwood Park and Gardens. 
Scarborough Photos
On the same day with the Scarborough group, members from Toronto gathered at Withrow & Riverdale Park. 
Withrow and Riverdale Park Photos
Markham kapitbahays met at the Legacy Park on August 22.
Markham Photos
Mississauga kapitbahays at Diana Gamboa's backyard on August 29.
Mississauga Photos
Members in North York met at the Earl Bales Park on August 28.
The group hopes to win the "Longest Chickahan" prize.
The second cohort of the UPAAT Mentoring Program is now open for registration. The Education and Awareness Committee is extending the invitation to non-UPAAT members from the Filipino-Canadian community. Please help us reach out to more potential mentees who need guidance in achieving their professional career goals here in Canada.
Register here
Do you have experience in community work and/or social service delivery?
Do you have a passion to help others?
Join us and be a part of developing our "Kaagapay sa Tagumpay Program" which generally aims to assist UPAAT members and their families especially newcomers, seniors, and other vulnerable families attain a better quality of life by providing them with information and referral to community programs and services.
Register here

The Publications and Promotions Committee will embark on a mission to package UPAAT photographs captured through the years into short videos.  Project Balik-Tanaw hopes to take you on a swim down memory lane that will take you back to the moments when we were together creating joyful and memorable recollections.

If you are interested to join this project, email UPAAT PuPComm:

A bit of U.P. history, memories from U.P. graduates, and how they are today.
Published in 2017 on the UPAAT YouTube Channel
Hit the Subscribe Button on our YouTube Channel
There is still time to register for those qualified as Overseas Voters: 
- Filipino citizens, including dual citizens and permanent residents, caregivers, temporary foreign workers, international students - anyone with a valid Philippine passport
- At least 18 years old on or before May 9, 2022
- Not otherwise disqualified by law


Filipinos who are experiencing difficulties traveling to the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate due to the pandemic may avail of the Commission on Elections (Comelec)-Office for Overseas Voting’s (OFOV) Virtual Frontline Services (VFS), a voter registration service that does not require the physical presence of the applicant.

The VFS, however, is dedicated only for transactions where the applicant has existing voter registration records with complete biometric data, such as:

- Certification as an overseas voter (for those who are registered voters in the Philippines and are now applying to vote abroad);
- Reactivation of Overseas Voter Registration Records (for those who failed to vote consecutively in the past two national elections);
- Updating of addresses and contact information; and
- Transfer of voting records between different international locations, and from overseas back to the Philippines.

Interested VFS applicants can fill up their application form (OVF-1) by using the i-Rehistro system on Comelec’s website and submit the scanned copy of their duly accomplished OVF-1 to Comelec-OFOV by sending an email to or via its Facebook Messenger.

Read more about Virtual Frontline Services Registration here: VFS Registration
Read details on the regular registration process here: REGISTRATION PROCESS


Register to Vote here!
UPAAT would like to thank the continued support of our following sponsors: Atty. Antonio Villarin, BodyBliss, Bliss Builders Toronto, Dr. Vicky Santiago, Intercontinental Toronto Center, Joy of All Trades Services, LBC Express, Michelle Montojo of Sun Life Financial, PNB Global Remit, Sherwin Dimaculangan, Broker of Record, Remax, and Mr. Yuri Ching, Realtor. Please check our Online Business Directory for more details.
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