by Cedric Taguinod (Class 2021) and Regiel Mag-usara (Class 2020)
The Organizations’ Night and Street Party, entitled “Meet and Greet at the Street”, was held last August 4, 2017 at the PGH Court as one of the events part of the UPCM Freshmen Orientation Program (FOP) 2017 for the benefit of Class 2022.
This annual FOP event aims to acquaint the freshies with the organizations of the UP College of Medicine. The Orgs’ Night commenced with the performances of the different FOP teams of Class 2022, beginning with Ancients, followed by Royals, Pioneers, Visionaries, Wildlings, and Legions. Various talents in singing, dancing, and acting inspired by their team’s “time period” were showcased by the freshies. Medicine Student Council (MSC) Chair Anna Cruz, Jana Negre, and FOP Head Rafael Cancino served as the judges.
by Lorena Osorio, Class 2021
UP College of Medicine Class 2021’s Welcoming Ceremonies and Campus Tour for Class 2022, entitled “Big Bang”, was held last July 24, 2017. The events, the first in a slew of activities of the annual Freshman Orientation Program (FOP), aimed to foster bonding among members of Class 2022, as well as to introduce them to the college’s various student organizations and campus life.
by Benjo Kho, Class 2020
Twenty eight cum laude students with a General Weighted Average of at least 1.75 led the graduates at SIMBUYO: The UP College of Medicine 108th Commencement Exercises and Philippine General Hospital Internship Program Closing Ceremonies, held last July 29, 2017 at the University Theater in UP Diliman.
Dr. Christian Wilson Rosales Turalde took top honors as class valedictorian and Most Outstanding Medical Graduate. Dr. Aldric Cristoval Chua Reyes followed as class salutatorian. Dr. Patricia Maria Gregoria Villegas Mina was the third ranked graduate.
The following students rounded out the top ten: 4th place Dr. Alinda Mae Chan Gordola, 5th place Dr. Aila Marnelle Apolinario Cruz, 6th place Dr. Julian Alejandro Santos, 7th Place Dr. Kevin Michael Cachapero Moalong, 8th place Dr. Bernadeth Lyn Cal Piamonte, 9th place Dr. Karen Joyce Soloria Velasco, and 10th place Dr. Marie Gene Diaz Cruz.
by Jonathan Espejo Sy, Class 2017
When I started out at the University of the Philippines, I did not feel like I had to work hard. I thought that I was smart enough to handle whatever would come my way. In a way, it was good; I never had that much self-esteem before. To be on equal footing with the likes of high school valedictorians and graduates of renowned private and science high schools. But that was just the beginning.
As five years went by and barely met my expectations, it had become clear to me that I did not like the program I had signed up for. I didn’t have the liberty to choose my own sport or foreign language elective. It was an accelerated program into medicine, a British experiment embedded in an American system. I had yet to grasp the notion that it wouldn’t be the college experience I had hoped it would be. The problem was that I let it get in the way of making the most of what little I thought I saw, regardless of the flaws I saw in the system.