Great Wall

Great Wall

Louie Dy, Class 2021

I would probably call this the funniest thing I've ever written.

Great Wall, as we know, is defined as the wall that precludes possible romantic relationships, depending on how "conservative" a Chinese family (or clan) is, or whether the one looking for a relationship has fully internalized the wall. Great Wall stems from the long history of ethnocentrism in the Chinese culture.

Historically, the Great Wall was built by 秦始皇帝 (Qin Shi Huang Di) to ward off the 匈奴 (Xiong Nu) or 外患 (Wai Huan), which refers to the "barbarians" of the north.

UP Medchoir Holds Abendlied Concert for Patients with SLE


by Benjo Kho, Class 2020

Last May 5, 2017, the UP Medicine Choir held Abendlied, a benefit concert at the UCCP Cosmopolitan Church for patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Pushing through with the choir’s motto of “Healing Through Music”, Medchoir joined the Section of Rheumatology in caring for patients with lupus, as well as spreading awareness of the support group called the PGH Lupus Club.

With media partners Wazzup Pilipinas and Doktor Doktor Lads, Abendlied, which means “Evening Song”, was held to spread awareness of SLE. The choir also set up a two-panel exhibit outside the church, showing information on the disease.

Med CEB Conducts MSC, USC Miting de Avance


by Sean Cua (Class 2021), Nefren Lobitana (Class 2020)

Last May 2, 2017, the University of the Philippines College of Medicine College Electoral Board (CEB) held a miting de avance for Medicine Student Council (MSC) and University Student Council (USC) candidates at Buenafe Auditorium, 3/F Calderon Hall, UP College of Medicine. According to the CEB, about 180 students from different learning units as well as supporters of USC candidates from other colleges attended the said event, listening to the platforms put forward by the candidates in preparation for the upcoming MSC and USC elections which will be taking place on May 8 to 9 at Calderon Hall and PGH Atrium.

Parties were given 3 minutes per candidate for their presentations before proceeding with the open forum where hosts Pat Gayod (Class 2023) and Sean Sy (Class 2023) read questions submitted by students online. The candidates were given one minute to answer the questions before being notified with a bell. The program was divided into two parts: with the candidates from the MSC given the chance to present their general platforms and answer questions before their USC counterparts.

Medisings 2017: Music and Service

Ruth Eusebio

by Arobe Shiek Goling II, Class 2019

Music and service are powerful expressions of humanity. Both are expressions of healing. We sing to express unheard emotions within us. Likewise, as students, we are committed to serve the marginalized as our means to help our society be healed. Medisings, the annual inter-class singing competition organized by UP Pagsama is a testament that these two powerful expressions can exist in one epic event.

Last March 24, in line with the long week celebration of UP Pagsama Week: Kislap, UP PGH Science Hall witnessed the different representatives from different classes sang their own rendition of different musical pieces in this year's Medisings. Members of different classes were also present to support their own class representatives. The theme of Medisings this year is "Kilos Kabataan!". UP Pagsama aims to mobilize the youth to participate in addressing the different issues in the Philippine society.

Clerks & Interns Discuss PGH Concerns in Dialogue with Director Legaspi

By Nefren Lobitana, Class 2020

Last March 1st 2017, representatives of clerks and interns met with Philippine General Hospital Director Dr. Gerardo D. Legaspi in a dialogue set by the 40th Medicine Student Council (MSC) to discuss their plights about the hospital and what can be done to alleviate these problems. The agenda included concerns regarding medical supplies (colloquially known as “stash”), the working conditions of the Emergency Room and its call rooms, electronic medical records system, mental health, and the shelling out of clerks and interns for the labs of their patients.