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.
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.
By Dan Concepcion, Class 2020; Joannes Asis, Class 2020
The Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity and Sorority once again held the 26th Brainstorm: Inter-Medical School Quiz Show last February 24, 2017 at the Robinsons Place Manila Atrium. As part of the Mu Sigma Phi's Scholarship Month, Brainstorm aims to bring the best out of the medical students and to promote camaraderie within the medical profession in the spirit of healthy competition. This year, twenty teams representing ten medical schools competed for the coveted title of Brainstorm 2017 Champion. In a historic three-way tie for first place, Team 6 from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila - College of Medicine emerged victorious. Securing second place was Team 20 from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, followed by Team 19 from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in third place.
The participating schools and teams in this year's Brainstorm were AMA School of Medicine, Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, Bicol University College of Medicine, De La Salle Health Sciences Institute - College of Medicine, Emilio Aguinaldo College - School of Medicine, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila - College of Medicine, San Beda College of Medicine, University of Perpetual Help Rizal - Jonelta Foundation School of Medicine, University of the Philippines College of Medicine, and the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.
by Vince Baroña, Class 2018
UP College of Medicine Class 2019 bagged first prize in Mediscene 2017: Hero, held last March 17th 2017 at the PGH Science Hall from 630 pm to 1130 pm. Hosted by the UP Medicine Student Council, heroism was the theme of this year’s much-awaited annual theater competition.
Ventrilokiya AF, the production of UPCM Class 2019, took first place with its modern twist on well-known Filipino heroes. Second prize went to Class 2021’s Demonyo Man May Langit Din, that tackled the often violent issue of land reform. Finally, second runner-up was Class 2023’s Si Mabait, an engaging tribute to the little guys whose heroic sacrifices for science are often overlooked.