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by Lorena Osorio, Class 2021; Eurielle Gregorio, Class 2021
Valentine’s Day is one of our more divisive holidays. While some may scoff at the thought of making loved ones feel special on only a specific day of the year, others are enthralled by the contagiously fluffy expectations from a single day. But all that aside, the day of hearts also serves as a yearly reminder for us to share the love we have with others.
Upon finding that Valentine’s Day fell on a weekday this year, some of my batchmates in Class 2021 came up with the idea of giving flowers to patients in the Pediatrics and OB-GYN wards of the Philippine General Hospital. Christened as “Operation: Spread the Love”, the idea seemed cheesy at first. It was the kind of plan that evoked memories of childhood crushes and innocent prospects. But its’ charm lay in those very same reasons.
by Lorena Osorio, Class 2021; Nefren Lobitana, Class 2020
On the night of February 10, 2017, the halls of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) reverberated with the harmonies of the UP Medchoir as they crooned their way into the hearts of the audience in their pre-Valentine concert “Med for Each Other” at the PGH Atrium.
Medchoir, garbed in blue, green, yellow, and red, were led by choirmaster Maryam Amparo “Yam” Remoto of Class 2019. Performed in the hour-and-a-half-long concert were several classic and modern love songs, including setlist staples "Ang Gaan-Gaan ng Feeling" and “Moon River”, as well as arrangements of newer songs making their debut that night, such as “I’m Yours” and “Photograph”. The audience was also given the chance to dedicate songs for others. The concert wrapped up with a few more encore pieces.
by Nadine Uy, Class 2020; Mandy Esquivel, Class 2019
On December 11, 2016, water leakage of already unstable ground soil caused the foundation at the excavation site of the proposed UP College of Medicine Academic Center to weaken and sink.
Since December 12, 2016, areas nearby the site have been off-limits to vehicles and pedestrians alike due to a 12-meter danger zone declared by the Campus Planning Development and Maintenance Office (CPDMO). This made traversing from the Padre Faura to Pedro Gil side of the campus, as well as through the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) toiling due to longer routes that all pedestrians must take. With this concern and the influx of students come the start of the second semester, the UP and UP College of Medicine (UPCM) Administration decided to open a shortcut through the UPCM Tennis Court. This alternative route passes through the now open walkway between Salcedo and Calderon Halls, and passes parallel to the the UPCM Tennis Court to emerge in front of PGH Court. The walkway beside the tennis court was recently raised and cemented. It was opened last January 17, 2017, to the relief of many students, interns, residents, and consultants who no longer have to take the circuitous route passing Taft to get from one side of the campus to the other.
by Arobe Shiek Goling II, Class 2019
The UP College of Medicine is known as an institution that promotes service-oriented projects that aim to help the Filipino people empower themselves. Through the years, different organizations, fraternities and sororities (OFS) in the college have embodied this vision. The service projects of the different OFS have continually evolved into more creative, targeted, and sustainable forms to address the pressing needs of society.
Last January 30, 2017, the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority launched its exhibit at the central block of the Philippine General Hospital, marking the beginning of their Caritas Month, a month-long series of service projects. This year, the theme is Kalinga sa Kababaihan, Kabataan at Lipunan Ngayon. “[The theme] highlights the service arm of Phi Lambda Delta's focus on maternal and child health,” says Ani Batangan, the Sister Caritas of the sorority. “Phi Lambda Delta believes in sustainable service that takes initiative, inspires, and motivates,” Ani added. The exhibit aims to educate the people about the different service projects of the sorority. It also serves as an avenue to relive the past experiences of the sorority while conducting the projects in previous years.