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by Nadine Uy, UPCM 2020
Last December 15-17, 2016, students from the University of the Philippine-Manila, College of Medicine participated in the 21st Biological Science Graduate Congress held in University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ourlad Alzeus Tantengco and Markyn Jared Kho from Class 2020 won the first and second price, respectively, in oral presentation under the theme Applied Science and Biotechnology.
The Biological Science Graduate Congress is yearly organized by the University of Malaya (UM), National University of Singapore (NUS) and Chulalongkorn University (CU) to serve as a platform for international graduate students to exchange their research findings, ideas and thoughts under the umbrella of Biological Sciences. Studies are showcased orally or by poster. The best presenter of their research per theme wins. Four themes were included this year: (1) Applied Science and Biotechnology, (2) Biochemistry and Physiology, (3) Biodiversity, Ecology and Systematics, and (4) Cell and Molecular Biology.
by Michelle Ann B. Eala, Class 2020
Mulat sa UP, sa UP muli – this was the theme of this year’s UP Medical Alumni Society (UPMAS) homecoming. Organized by the Silver Jubilarian Class of 1991, the homecoming was highly anticipated by UPCM alumni, celebrating and non-celebrating classes alike. From Class 1951 to Class 2016, all had come to join in the festivities. Being honored throughout the homecoming alongside the Silver Jubilarians was the Golden Jubilarian Class of 1966, for having reached a major milestone of 50 years after their graduation from medical school.
The UPMAS Parade was held on December 20, 2016, at the PGH grounds. It began with an early Thanksgiving Mass at the PGH Chapel, after which the attendees proceeded to the Nurses’ Home for breakfast and to elect the next set of UPMAS officers. After the welcoming messages of UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita Padilla (Class 1981) and PGH Director Gerardo Legaspi (Class 1987) and a performance by the UP MedChoir, the parade of the classes began.
by Leander T. Quilang, Class 2020
The UP-PGH Department of Surgery recently concluded its annual Resident’s Day last December 14, 2016 at the Social Hall of the Philippine General Hospital.
The event, hosted by Dr. Jose Paolo Albano and Dr. Miriam Dy, was themed Rated Sx: Director’s Cut Above the Rest, with this year’s memorable films, both local and international, being the focus of the performances.
What made the event truly different from others was that the roster of judges in this Resident’s Day were mostly beauty queens and actresses. They included Bb. Pilipinas 2016 2nd runner-up Ms. Jehza Hueler, Miss Philippines Earth 2016 contestant Ms. Karen Barot, “Gusto ko maging Beauty Queen” winner Ms. Japo Parcero, and former Miss Philippines Earth 2016 Ms. Imelda Schweighart. Also joining them in judging the performances was the Department of Surgery’s chair, Dr. Nelson Cabaluna.
by Arobe Goling II, Class 2019; Nefren Lobitana, Class 2020
Christmas is undoubtedly the most awaited time of the year among Filipinos. This season is known for the traditions of exchanging gifts, Christmas carolling, and a myriad of other Christmas celebrations. This is when most of us are able to make time to be with our families and loved ones. But this is not only a season for festive celebrations, but also a season of giving.
As part of its advocacy of providing service projects to the Filipino communities, especially to the underserved, the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity and the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority brought fun and enjoyment to the patients of the Philippine General Hospital last December 9, 2016 at the PGH Atrium with “Only The PHInest: Sumayaw at Umindak sa Paskong Swak na Swak!”.