In a celebration of their roots and values, the College of Commerce Alumni Foundation Inc. (COCAFI) welcomed their alumni home with a night of solemn festivity last February 3.

Their alumni homecoming, which was kicked off by a welcome walk held 2 days prior, was to help all their alumni to remember and keep up with their Thomasian values.

The program itself was kept intimate, quiet and short by everyone present, choosing instead to focus on remembering their beginnings, the people from their past and present and admiring the beauty of the university in its current glory.

COCAFI also invited Ms. Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, a motivational speaker who spoke of her childhood and her struggles as she slowly but surely made her way to the top with the help of all the alumni who, with their great generosity, untiringly gave her all the support she needed.

Furthermore, Fernandez-Ruiz encouraged and inspired everyone present to continue with their unfaltering support not only to the association but also to all the students who they undoubtedly helped with their magnanimity.

The association then presented 2017’s Most Outstanding Commerce Alumni: Allan B. Gepty (batch 1992) in the field of law and judiciary, Eduardo F. Nepomuceno (batch 1974) in the field of public service, and Nina Solomon (batch 1982) in the field of finance.

They also recognized and honoured all the jubilarians—silver, pearl, ruby, golden and diamond—who were present and who made the event possible.

The night was closed with a heartfelt remark by Ms. Lourdes V. Obillo, the vice president of the association.