by Regiel Christian Mag-usara, Class 2020
The UP Medical Students’ Society held the 44th Interscholastic Clinico-Pathologic Conference last March 11th 2017 at the Emergency Room Complex Room 218. The team from the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute bagged this year’s ICPC Championship, with the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, and the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery claiming the first runner-up and second-runner up awards respectively. Special awards were also given out; the Best Speaker Award went to Ms. Jamila Jane Borlagdan from FEU-NRMF, and the Best in Visual Presentation Award to the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health.
The ICPC gathers medical students from all over Metro Manila to show their diagnostic prowess and presentation skills. This year’s ICPC was the most well-attended in its history, with ten schools competing for the title of ICPC Champion.
by Regiel Christian Mag-usara, Class 2020
Last February 27, 2017, the UP Medicine Choir received the Ani ng Dangal Award from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in recognition for the choir’s First Prize win in the Mixed Choir Adult Category at the 5th Florence International Choir Festival in Italy. The award was received by Choirmaster Maryam Remoto and members Ian Daniel Macinas and Miguel Angelo Dimacali during the Awards Ceremony held at the Ayuntamiento Building, Intramuros, Manila.
The Ani ng Dangal Award honors performers and artists who have won awards and prizes internationally during the past year. On its ninth instalment, the NCCA awarded 71 artists from different fields, namely cinema, dance, literary arts, music, and visual arts. The UP MedChoir was one of the seven awardees for music, which included the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Acapellago, and Balon Dagupan Children’s Choir, and three others.
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.