by Benjo Kho, Class 2020
Twenty eight cum laude students with a General Weighted Average of at least 1.75 led the graduates at SIMBUYO: The UP College of Medicine 108th Commencement Exercises and Philippine General Hospital Internship Program Closing Ceremonies, held last July 29, 2017 at the University Theater in UP Diliman.
Dr. Christian Wilson Rosales Turalde took top honors as class valedictorian and Most Outstanding Medical Graduate. Dr. Aldric Cristoval Chua Reyes followed as class salutatorian. Dr. Patricia Maria Gregoria Villegas Mina was the third ranked graduate.
The following students rounded out the top ten: 4th place Dr. Alinda Mae Chan Gordola, 5th place Dr. Aila Marnelle Apolinario Cruz, 6th place Dr. Julian Alejandro Santos, 7th Place Dr. Kevin Michael Cachapero Moalong, 8th place Dr. Bernadeth Lyn Cal Piamonte, 9th place Dr. Karen Joyce Soloria Velasco, and 10th place Dr. Marie Gene Diaz Cruz.
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.