Surgery Department Holds Residents’ Day

by Leander T. Quilang, Class 2020

The UP-PGH Department of Surgery recently concluded its annual Resident’s Day last December 14, 2016 at the Social Hall of the Philippine General Hospital.

The event, hosted by Dr. Jose Paolo Albano and Dr. Miriam Dy, was themed Rated Sx: Director’s Cut Above the Rest, with this year’s memorable films, both local and international, being the focus of the performances.

What made the event truly different from others was that the roster of judges in this Resident’s Day were mostly beauty queens and actresses. They included Bb. Pilipinas 2016 2nd runner-up Ms. Jehza Hueler, Miss Philippines Earth 2016 contestant Ms. Karen Barot, “Gusto ko maging Beauty Queen” winner Ms. Japo Parcero, and former Miss Philippines Earth 2016 Ms. Imelda Schweighart. Also joining them in judging the performances was the Department of Surgery’s chair, Dr. Nelson Cabaluna.

PHI Treats PGH Patients Early Christmas with Only the PHInest


by Arobe Goling II, Class 2019; Nefren Lobitana, Class 2020

Christmas is undoubtedly the most awaited time of the year among Filipinos. This season is known for the traditions of exchanging gifts, Christmas carolling, and a myriad of other Christmas celebrations. This is when most of us are able to make time to be with our families and loved ones. But this is not only a season for festive celebrations, but also a season of giving.

As part of its advocacy of providing service projects to the Filipino communities, especially to the underserved, the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity and the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority brought fun and enjoyment to the patients of the Philippine General Hospital last December 9, 2016 at the PGH Atrium with “Only The PHInest: Sumayaw at Umindak sa Paskong Swak na Swak!”.

UPCM’s Academic Center Foundation Sinks and Damages Nearby Buildings

Academic Center Sinks

by Leander T. Quilang, Class 2020

The foundation of the excavation site for the proposed 7-story UPCM Academic Building, and the ground around it, has weakened and has sunk, subsequently damaging several surrounding buildings.

The construction necessitated a closure of the continuous water source. This closure caused water to shift to the periphery and to soften the ground, thus causing the sinking. Power had to be cut in the surrounding areas to avoid fire.

Unfortunately, the damage was not limited to the excavation site, and was severe enough to cause the soil beneath the UP Medicine Library and the University Library to sink as well. These two buildings have been declared permanently closed. Also affected were the MSU Building and the nearby tambayans of the UP Medical Students' Society, Phi Fraternity and Sorority, and Mu Fraternity and Sorority. Alvior Hall is currently being monitored for damage, while Calderon Hall is now limited to office use only.

Mary and Fetal Circulation

mama mary

by Geno Sadaya, Class 2019

About this time of the year, I always contemplate on a Facebook post my former philosophy instructor posted when I was in first year medical school (LU III):

"According to Aquinas, when the angel in Scripture said, 'Hail, Mary full of grace,' it was the first time in the history of mankind that an angel ever saluted a human being with such respect, because more often than not, human beings fell down cringing in terror and fright at angelic beings-- so otherworldly and powerful were they. But the angel said 'Hail,' only because she is higher than angels, higher even than the six-winged seraphim who guard the sacred throne. And when he said she is full of grace, he meant it--because her blood would mingle with the blood of God, who stayed inside her for nine whole months, while their hearts beat in sync in the same body. The heart of the mother, and the heart of the Son, so intimate, as to be One."
-J. R.

UP Manila Holds 2016 Lantern Parade

UPCM Lantern

by Lorena Osorio, Class 2021

As part of the university’s Christmas tradition, UP Manila held its annual Lantern Parade last December 9, 2016 at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Oblation Plaza. Students, faculty, employees, and friends of UP Manila and PGH took part in the festivities.

United by the theme “Christmas at UP Manila, the National Health Sciences Center”, the lanterns were brought to the plaza as early as noon to allow for setup and prejudging. Onlookers within and just outside the campus and hospital grounds gazed in awe at the gigantic and colorful lanterns made almost entirely of recycled materials, as well as at the participants clad in college colors, headdresses, banners, and other props.