UP Association of Civil Engineering Students
| UP Association of |
Civil Engineering Students (UP ACES)
|President||Justin Ray C. Jacildone `09B|
|Motto||Academic excellence and professional formation|
|Location||G/F Melchor Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman Quezon City, Philippines 1101|
The University of the Philippines Association of Civil Engineering Students (UP ACES) is the premier civil engineering organization of the University of the Philippines College of Engineering(UP CoE). For almost 60 years, the organization has ensured the formation of outstanding and well-rounded civil engineers, producing consistent topnotchers in the CE board exams as well as distinguished and respected alumni and faculty in the College of Engineering. As one of the oldest and recognized organizations in the college, UP ACES continues to promote academic excellence, versatility, and camaraderie among its members.
UP ACES is based in the Institute of Civil Engineering of the UP College of Engineering.
UP ACES was founded in July 1954 by Reynaldo S. Alberto, Claudio B. Altura, Bernardo O. Armeña, and Ramon C. Arroyo. The organizational structure then was informal. All students of Civil Engineering were automatically a member of the organization. It wasn’t until October 4, 1957 that UP ACES gained official recognition. During its early times UP ACES was a male-only organization. There was a need to import muses from other colleges. The UP ACES Stag and application process eventually became a requirement for its applicants during this time.
In July 31, 1969 the maiden issue of BEAM – a UP ACES monthly publication – was released, its founders being Felicisimo Ver Jr., Antonio David and Pedro Herrera Jr.
Conceived as early as August, 1969, an inter-university group called the Association of Civil Engineering Students virtually served as a guarantee that the various ACES's of Feati, Far Eastern University, Mapua Institute of Technology, Manuel L. Quezon University, National University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, and the University of the Philippines would continue to promote academic and professional growth. As a conglomerate, it served as the PACE (Philippines Association of Civil Engineers) Student Chapter.
From January 8 to 10, 1971, PACE Student Chapter sponsored the First National Convention of Civil Engineering Students on "New Developments in Civil Engineering Practice" at the Auditoriums of FEU and UST. A few months after, difficulties concerning the coordination of activities were encountered. Consequently, during a meeting November 30, 1971 among UP, UE, NU, CCP and AU, it was proposed that a body which is autonomous, though not necessarily independent of the PACE, be formed and be governed by a board of directors, Such a body was to take charge of coordination of activities among the various ACES groups. During another meeting in January 1972, it was agreed to call the new consortium the Philippine Association of Civil Engineering Students (PACES). The succeeding move was the drafting of a constitution. However, the PACES was short-lived because of the declaration of martial law by President Ferdinand Marcos.
During the eighties, UP ACES started to organize the Civil Engineering Quiz, a Metro Manila-wide quiz show. However the CE Quiz was short-lived and was only revived again in 1993. Two years after its revival, the Civil Engineering Quiz evolved to be a nation-wide competition and is now known among civil engineering schools as the National Civil Engineering Quiz.
In 2006, UP ACES upgraded the National Civil Engineering Quiz and integrated it into a week-long event, the Civil Engineering Summit (which also gained a National status last 2007). To complement the National Civil Engineering Quiz, the National Civil Engineering Symposium, along with other events were added on the National Civil Engineering Summit. Last time, the National Civil Engineering Summit catered to more than three thousand high school students, civil engineering students and professionals.
 Organization Structure
UP ACES currently has more than 160 members, all of which are actively participating in UP ACES events and contributing to the organization's growth. UP ACES opens its application period every June for the first semester and January for the second semester. The organization's governing body, the Executive Committee is composed of 12 members, 8 of which has its own committees. UP ACES holds its annual elections for the 10 elective positions every December.
 Executive Committee 2013
President: Justin Ray Jacildone '09B
Vice President for Internal Affairs: Shiela Marie Alfonso '10A
Vice President for External Affairs: Dianne Charmaine Dimas '10B
Executive Secretary: Jamie Anne Basilio '09B
Executive Treasurer: Christopher Erick Cruz '09B
Committee on Academics Chairperson: Reygie Macasieb '09B
Committee on Professional Formation Chairperson: Sherylyn Mawirat '10B
Committee on Publicity Chairperson Chairperson: Mary Joy To '10A
Committee on Sports and Recreation Chairperson: Paterno Miranda IV '10A
Committee on Lounge Management Chairperson: Karl Anthony Magistrado '10A
 Past Presidents
2012: Ralph John Barte `09A
2011: Jan Mikhail Ynion `08A
2010: April Dianne Malabuyoc `06A
2009: Edsel Parades `04A
2008: Diocel Harold Aquino `04A
2007: John Tristan Lanting `04B
2006: Rachel Ann Apuan `02A
2005: Charlene Hazel Tan `02A
2004: Vanessa Salas `02A