by Nefren Lobitana, Class 2020
Mind Meld 2017 has officially been launched through a ribbon-cutting ceremony of its exhibit situated at the Philippine General Hospital Central Block this March 6, 2017.
Started in 2015 by the 38th UP College of Medicine Student Council, University of the Philippines Pharmaceutical Association and UP Manila Community Health Development Program (CHDP), Mind Meld is the first ever interprofessional collaboration competition. It brings together students of medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, the allied medical professions, and arts and sciences students to tackle cases of patients that require these different fields to converge in order to arrive at a solution. It aims to provide students with the experience in working in an interdisciplinary setting as a team to provide their patients the best health outcome possible. This is in response to the current situation where health practitioners tend to work alone without consulting one another in approaching cases of patients.
by Arobe Shiek Goling II, Class 2019
For obvious reasons, Original Pinoy Music or OPM bands have always been close to the hearts of Filipinos. From the greatest hits of legends like Eraserheads, Parokya ni Edgar, and the late Francis Magalona, we have seen across time how different bands emerged to serenade both music lovers and enthusiasts with songs that never failed to soothe the soul. While recent years have been tough for the OPM industry due to competition brought by foreign acts and massive piracy, we have witnessed how Filipino musicians continue to struggle, and prosper. In doing so, they allow their audiences to hear their music, a beautiful thing that is universal and has the capacity to encapsulate the sentiments and values of people of different walks of life, from all over the country.
Last February 20, 2017, several local artists and bands from the UP Manila community played and sang to the guests of this year’s One Big PHI. One Big PHI is an annual event organized by the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity and Phi Lambda Delta Sorority as a way to celebrate OPM music and to provide an avenue for some bands from UP Manila and the UP College of Medicine to show their passion for music. The event was held at Chill Bar on Bocobo Street in Ermita, Manila. Indie bands SUD, Oh Flamingo!, and Jensen and the Flips took center stage along with various acts from the college and university, including PHI Band, Running Ink, RSO Band, and 2021 Band.
by Lorena Osorio, Class 2021
The Regionalization Students Organization (RSO) held its annual RSO Week last February 20 to February 24, 2017. The events, themed this year as “Tsada: Mga Nagkakaisang Kultura” (borrowing the Cagayanon term for “beautiful”), were spearheaded by Raissa Guldam, Israel Gotico, and Franz Libre of Class 2021. The week-long celebration consisted of staple activities serving to unite the organization’s members as well as the UP College of Medicine community through festivities of Filipino food, sports, music, and culture.
The week kicked off on February 20 with an opening ceremony and boodle fight at Calderon Hall, headed by Sushmita Tare and hosted by Omid Siahmard of Class 2021. Also announced in this event were the winners of the cake raffle the organization held prior to promote the event.
by Nefren Lobitana, Class 2020
Palarong Medisina is an annual sports event hosted by the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges (APMC) that draws in medical student-athletes from all over the National Capital Region. It aims to foster friendly competition and camaraderie among medical students through sports.
After two days of fierce competition between 16 medical schools from all over NCR, the University of the Philippines College of Medicine (UPCM) ranked 5th overall in the annual Palarong Medisina 2017: ALL IN! at the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, Dasmariñas, Cavite last February 18-19, 2017. The ranking resulted after summing the wins of each medical school in over 17 different sporting events, all of which UPCM participated in.
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.