Clerks & Interns Discuss PGH Concerns in Dialogue with Director Legaspi

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.

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!”.

This Is What Our Healthcare System Smells Like: My Experience As a Volunteer at the PGH Emergency Room

One of our professors once said, “The PGH ER is the collective smell of the Filipino nation.” This is something I can indeed vouch for after my experience volunteering at the PGH Emergency Room. But looking back, I think he meant more than just the literal smell of blood, sweat, and tears that plagues the PGH ER.

Lakbayanis at US Embassy Incident Share Their Story


by Anna Cruz, Class 2020; Benjo Kho, Class 2020; Nefren Lobitana, Class 2020; Diego Mina, Class 2021

Noong Oktubre 19, 2016, nag-rally ang pambansang minorya at mga nagpoprotesta sa US Embassy, at ilan sa mga tao roon ay sinagasaan ng Manila Police District (MPD). Ikinagagalit ito ng napakamarami sa social media nang pinakita ang video ng pangyayari. Nakapanayam namin ang mga ilan sa mga napahamak sa rally, at ilan sa mga saksi sa pangyayari ay sina Reinaldo Moldon, Valeria Catubigan, Lee Daniel Suelan, at Pholyn Balahadia.

Si Reinaldo Moldon ay isang lalaki na taga-Mindoro Oriental. Ginarote siya ng apat na pulis sa rally noong Oktubre 19.

Si Valeria Catubigan ay isang sisenta’t uno (61 taong gulang) na babae at isa sa mga sinagasaan ng pulis. Lumakbay siya mula sa Surigao del Norte upang maglaban.

Si Lee Daniel Suelan ay isang LU3 na estudyante sa UP Kolehiyo ng Medisina, Class 2021. Isa siya sa mga nasagasaan ng pulis. Ang kaniyang kaliwang binti ay nabangga ng humaharurot na police-mobile, at tumilapon siya sa gilid. Nagkaroon siya ng sugat sa tuhod at sa paa.

Si Pholyn Balahadia ay ang USC Chairperson ng UP Manila sa School Year 2016-2017, at kasama sa mga nagrally noong Oktubre 19. Nasa ospital siya noong dinala 'yung mga nasugatan sa ER, at nakita niya ang nangyari sa PGH habang ginagamot sila.