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by Sean Cua, Class 2021
On September 1, 2016, the UP Agape held their annual acquaintance party, the Cupcake Party, at Rooms 105-107 of Paz Mendoza Hall. The party introduced the organization’s mission, vision, and goals and included a variety of activities and games to liven the night.
To start the party, the UP Agape asked all of its attendees to play ice-breaker games such as ‘Touch My Anatomy’, where attendees were divided into three groups and pairs per group were asked to run a relay course while attaching one specific part of their body to another specific part of their partner’s body, and another game where one had to place a cookie on their forehead and use their facial muscles to make the cookie reach the participant’s mouth.
by Danielle Jann Concepcion, Class 2020
On the 24th of August 2016, the Mu Sigma Phi Sorority held one of its annual events, Alay sa Musmos. Thanks to the animal experts and caretakers from the Wildlife Rescue Center, the kids from Creche Preparatory School met several animals during the event. Among the critters introduced to the children were two snakes, a brahminy kite, and a tortoise named Athena. The children were in great awe and enjoyed meeting each animal.
The average Filipino household continues to bear the biggest burden in spending for their health. Majority of the total health expenditures (THE) of the Filipinos still continue to come from out-of-pocket payments (OOP) accounting for a whopping 56.3% in 2013. This has been a consistent trend for more than 10 years already (Figure 2). Ironically, more patients in public facilities are spending their hard-earned money for healthcare versus those confined in private hospitals. Over 50 percent of inpatient health financing in public facilities come from salaries/income, 23% from loans, and 32% on savings. Up to three-fourths of health expenditure is spent on medicines, ironically much higher among the poorest of the population compared to their richer counterparts (73% versus 60%).
by Danielle Jan Concepcion, Class 2020
As part of the celebration of Mu Week 2016 ABLAZE: Intensifying the Passion, Continuing the Legacy, the Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity and Sorority held its annual Fiesta at the Hut on August 23, 2016 to welcome Class 2021 to the UP College of Medicine. Members of the fraternity and sorority, along with their alumni, feasted together with Class 2021 in a sumptuous Filipino fiesta style lunch - complete with all time favourites like lechon and the classic sorbetes alongside other dishes that were served.