Pedro J. Obregon, M.D., FEU
Class ’60, who was originally from Iloilo City, Philippines,
is the East-West Medical Director of the Medical Ministry
International (MMI), a humanitarian group that frequently
sponsors medical missions around the world several times a
year. His wife, Judith, is his Co-Director.
Pete first joined the medical
teams of the Medical Group Missions in 1987, of which he was
appointed Medical Director for Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa
and Asia. They went independent and formed the Medical Ministry
International in 1995, two years after he retired from practice.
At FEU-IM, Pete was medical
council president, a member of the Beta Sigma Fraternity,
and graduated one of the top in his class.
Pete had his internship at
the St. Elizabeth Hospital in New Jersey and surgical residency
at the Mt. Sinai Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Norwegian
American and Illinois Masonic Hospitals in Chicago, completing
these in 1967. He is a Diplomate in Surgery and a Fellow of
the American College of Surgeons and the International College
He was Clinical Instructor
at the Department of Surgery of Ohio State University from
1987 to 1998. He is one of the five founders of Columbus Community
Hospital, which was built in 1991. After his private practice,
he was named Surgeon Emeritus at Mt. Carmel Hospital in Columbus
Today, Pete and his wife,
Judith, who live in Sunbury, Ohio, keep a hectic schedule
months after months, traveling and ministering to the healthcare
needs of the underprivileged people around the world. An example
of their remaining itinerary for their medical missions this
year: June 10-24, 2005, Lord in Kibogora, Rwanda (with 7 team
members); July 2-9, the Dominican Republic (19 members); the
July 14-30, the Philippines (10 members); August 26-22, India
(with 14 members); and October 22-November 6, Ecuador. Other
countries they have served included: El Salvador, Mexico,
Jamaica, Haiti, Honduras, China, Africa, Romania, Zimbabwe,
New Guinea, Ukraine, Thailand, Nepal, Mozambique, Swaziland,
Cambodia, Nicaragua, Mongolia, Madagascar, Burma, Tanzania,
Ghana, and Bolivia. In the Philippines, the cities were Iloilo,
Bulkidnon and S. Cotabato.
His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
“It's been a rewarding
experience and we will continue doing this as long as the
Lord give us good health and the funds to continue with His
work,” says Pete. We all salute Pete and Judy, and commend
them for their sacrifices and unselfish devotion in minsitering
to the healthcare needs of underprivileged people around the
world. With great pride in their Christian endeavors, we wish
them great happiness and peace. May their tribe increase!
This is a rebuttal
to the racist, xenophobic and gutless person who sent in an
unsigned letter to the editor published in the November 2004
(Volume 68, No. 11) ASA Newsletter, in response to Dr. Bacon’s
May 2004 editorial.
It is rather unfortunate
that at this day and age of a shrinking world and globalization
of mankind, there is still a person (a physician? no less)
who is an embodiment of bigotry and hatred. In his letter,
this anonymous writer practically charged that all International
Medical Graduates in the United States are incompetent. I
am sure there are incompetent physicians among IMGs as there
are among the American Medical Graduates. There are countless
IMGs providing excellent patient care to Americans and who
are a credit to this great nation.
When America needed medical
manpower in the 60s because of the military draft, the country
aggressively recruited IMGs from Asia and other parts of the
world. The tens of thousand IMGs admitted to the United States
had to pass multiple qualifying examinations, like their own
country’s medical board examination, the ECFMG and English
proficiency examination, State Board examination, American
Board of Certification, and Recertification Exam. Has the
quality of medical care in the United States the past 45 years
worse off than the period before that? Aren’t the thousands
of IMGs who have excelled in the academe, those who are department
chairmen in the various medical universities and training
hospitals around the country, those who have been serving
the medical needs of the Americans, especially in the more
remote smaller cities in the United States, not enough proof
that the unequalled residency training programs in the United
States, which are second to none in the world, had leveled
the playing field for the AMGs and IMGs? Proportionately,
there are more IMGs in the United States today who are specialists
and sub-specialists in the various fields of medicine and
surgery, a tribute to the excellent residency training program
in this great nation.
To the angry writer of the
bitter attack on IMGs who is hiding behind anonymity, please
stay with the facts and be fair. Bigotry will not be beneficial
to our profession.
Edmundo Manzano, M.D.
March 21, 2005
Noel D. Nequin, M.D. FEU-IM
'Class 62 on April 18, 2004 completed a 5-year term as president
of the American Medical Athletic Association (AMAA), the professional
division of 16,000-member American Running Association (ARA).
Founded in 1969 as the American Medical Joggers Association,
AMAA is an organization of physicians and other medical professionals
who promote jogging, running and other forms of exercise activities,
utilizing the approach to promote health and fitness among
their patients and families. AMAA have held medical meetings
in conjunction with marathons in Boston, Houston, London,
Toronto and Honolulu. On May 13, 2004, he was honored with
Professional Excellence Award from Illinois Secretary of State
Jesse White and during the Asian Pacific Heritage Month.
Last November 11, 2004, he was elected Medical Fitness Association
chairman of the board and president. Medical Fitness Association
(MFA) is the industry leader among medical fitness centers.
MFCs are hospital or medically-affiliated health and fitness
centers that bridge the gap to continuing outpatient programs.
MFCs usually have cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs,
rehabilitation services, pain management services, and programs
meeting the needs of patient with diabetes, cancer, chronic
renal disease, arthritis, etc. MFA currently has over 400
active members. There are currently over 700 medical fitness
centers in the United States today, with an estimated 1000
such centers by the year 2010.
On March 2005, he received IDPH appointment to the new 11-member
Atherosclerosis Advisory Committee of the Illinois Department
of Public Health for a 4-year term. Enacted by the State of
Illinois General Assemby as HB2735, the Atherosclerosis Prevention
Act establishes a program for the Prevention of atherosclerosis
and the reduction of disability and death from the disease.
The program shall encourage and assist in the development
of research, education, and preventive services and activities
under public and voluntary auspices directed toward the prevention
and elimination of atherosclerosis. The inaugural meeting
of this Committee is April 27, 2005.
On April 3, 2005, he was bestowed honorary degree Doctor of
Humanities (HHD) honoris causa during the 2005 commencement
exercises of Central Philippine University (CPU), Iloilo City,
Philippines, on April 3, 2005. Noel says "I was born
into and grew up at CPU where my parents, both educators there
for over 45 years each were pioneers in this 100-year old
institution. CPU started in 1905 as Jaro Industrial School,
a trade school for boys, became Central Philippine College
in the 1920s, and Central Philippine University in 1953. My
father, (Mr. Urbano Nequin) was the first shop superintendent
of Jaro Industrial School while my mother, (Mrs. Teofila Nequin)
was the first woman graduate when Central Philippine College
became co-educational in the 1920s with the missionaries of
the American Baptist Mission Society. In the 2000s, CPU is
rated among the best schools in the Philippines, and currently
has over 13,000 enrolled students. CPU is observing a 13-month-long
celebration of its Centennial Year, with the largest crowd
expected on July 31 to August 7, 2005 during the Grand Reunions
on the campus". Congratulations, Noel!
Dr. Josephine C. Reyes, Chairman
of the FEU-NRMF Board of Trustees, has reiterated her thanks,
on behalf of the Board, to the FEU-DNR School of Medicine
Alumni Foundation (USA) for its invaluable and generous contributions
over the years to the FEU-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation
(Institute of Medicine and the Medical Center). The acknowledgement
also includes the local FEU alumni medical society.
Philip S. Chua, M.D.,
who is a member of the FEU-NRMF Board of Trustees, stated
that the appreciation and gratitude of the Board extends to
all the assistance the US alumni foundation has provided the
Institute of Medicine and the FEU medical center over the
years, including the donations for the purchase of the Girls
High School Building on Morayta, which was used as the old
medical school, to the construction of the present new campus
on West Fairview, Quezon City.
The Medical Foundation Board
of Trustees meeting April 14, 2005 approved the re-appointments
of the following:
Dr. Joel Javate, Chairman,
Department of Biochemistry; Dr. Liberato C. dele Rosa, Chairman,
Department of Microbiology and Parasitology; Dr. Linda D.
Tamesis, Chairman, Department of Pathology; Dr. Elinor G.
Bartolome, Acting Chairman, Department of Physiology; Dr.
Sylvia Carnero, Chairman, Department of OB-GYN; Dr. Constantino
SAtons, Chairman, Department of Ophthlmology; Dr. Noe San
Jose, Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology; Dr. Fernando
Ayuyao, Head, Pulmonary Scetion; and, Dr. Ramon Mora, Head,
New appointments included:
Dr. Carlomagno Micu, Acting Chairman, Department of Medicine;
Dr. Nolan Pecho, Acting Head, Outpatient Department; Dr. Rene
Mendoza, Acting Scetion Head, Ambulatory Servcie Center; and,
Dr. Clester Bea, Acting Chairman, Department of Human and
FEU Tops MT
IM Dean Remedios T. Habacon
reported to the FEU-NRMF Board the tally of applications and
admissions as of May 12, 2005, which was as follows:
Medicine (applicants - 400;
enrolled - 213, 5 foreign students); Medical Technology (applicants
– 132; admitted – 123); Physical Therapy (applicant
– 42); Nursing (applicants – 1,170; admitted 700).
Meanwhile, Dean Habacon
also informed the Board of Trustees that FEU topped the last
Board Examination in Medical Technology. Patrick Khu Chua,
Magna Cum Laude, garnered the highest score of 89.30. FEU
also got the 8th place with Annie D. Jacino, a Cum Laude,
obtaining a grade of 85.2. The national passing was 48.85%
(682 of the 1392 who took the exam). FEU-NRMF graduates: 80%
The Institute of Nursing
has just been granted re-acreditation for a period of another
five years by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools,
Colleges, and Universities, it was announced by Elizabth Melchor,
FEU Vice President of Academic Affairs and a Board Trustee
of the FEU-NRM Foundation. This honor validates the schools
quality education in consonance with the strict standards
of the national accrediting body.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The
resumption in hiring of Filipino nurses in the US hospitals
is now possible with amendment of the American Competitiveness
in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000. The amendment provides
for the recapture of 50,000 EB-3 visa (employment-based immigrant
visa) numbers which were unused from fiscal years 2001 to
2004 and which will be used exclusively for the "Schedule
A" occupations such as registered nurses and physical
The Philippine Ambassador
to the United States expressed his appreciation to the US
Congress for passing the EB-3 amendment. He commended the
American Hospital Association, US recruitment agencies, the
Philippine Nurses Association and the members of the Filipino
Community for their concerted efforts in supporting the passage
of this amendment. The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C.
worked on the issue in coordination with the Department of
Labor and Employment (DOLE).
"This reopens the door
for the entry into the US of our nurses who are well known
for their competence and compassion as health workers,"
Ambassador Del Rosario said. The envoy added that this underscores
a "win-win solution in addressing the critical demand
for nurses in the US, which the Philippines can readily help
The EB-3 amendment was incorporated
into the "The Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for
Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief Act,
2005," which was signed by President Bush yesterday.
The employment-based immigrant
visa (EB-3) is used mainly by US hospitals for hiring foreign-trained
nurses, mostly from China, India and the Philippines. The
EB-3 amendment is expected to considerably advance the cut-off
priority dates for countries with pending EB-3 applications.
At present, the cut-off date for China, India and the Philippines
is April 2002.
Last December, the US
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that
China, India and Philippines had already exhausted the visa
numbers allocated to them. As a consequence, the processing
of applications from the Philippines for nursing jobs in the
US was halted. This worsened the critical shortage for nurses
in US hospitals.
To Host its ’06 Confab
The Association of Philippine
Medical Colleges (APMC) has chosen the Far Eastern University-Dr.
Nicanor Reyes Medical Center as the host of its convention
on January 26-28, 2006, according to Remedios T. Habacon,
M.D., dean of the FEU Institute of Medicine.
The organizing committee
is working on the theme, which could be “Humanizing
Medicine in Philippine Medical Education.” Dean Habacon
stated that the school is focusing on the moral issues involved
in the practice of medicine and strengthening the role the
academe plays in shaping the professional and ethical values
of the medical students, the future physicians of the country.
The tentative topics are
as follows: (1) Hippocratic Oath Revisited; (2) Perspectives
in Health Care Delivery: The Role of the Bioethics Committee
in Undergraduate Medical Curriculum; (3) Practices of Medical
Schools that Address Current and Relevant Bioethical Issues
Confronting Health Care Professionals; (4) Attitudes and Practices
of Medical Students Towards Academic Excellence; (5) Developing
the Emotional and Ethical Quotient (E2Q) of Medical Students:
What can Medical Schools do about It? (6) Aligning the Medical
Curriculum to the Philippine Medical Association's Code of
Ethics: Educating future Doctors in Values and Virtues; and
(7) Developing Role Models of Humane and Compassionate Physicians
Faculty and Consultants in Medical Colleges.
About 400 participants
coming from Medical Schools all over the country. The organizing
group is presently preparing for the venue, food, and other
functions, and also providing assistance in hotel accommodation
for all participants.
The Medical Board review
at FEU for the August 2005 board exam has started last May
3, 2005, with 80 participants, and more expected, reports
“I am very happy for the review
materials that the FEU-DNR School of Medicine Alumni Foundation
has very graciously given us; rest assured it will be put
into good use,” stated the Dean.
Set for September
The PAASCU visit and evaluation
for the re-accreditation of the Institute of Medicine is tentatively
scheduled on September 2005, and the school is in the process
of preparing all the necessary requirements.
In the meantime, FEU-NRMF
is having a continuing Medical Education Seminar for faculty
members, with 4 participants per department, on May 19 - 21,
2005 at Nasugbu, Batangas.
The hospital is celebrating
its 50th Anniversary on October 21-22, 2005. Dr. Rey de Vega,
Hospital Director, is in-charge of the festivities, which
will be a 2-day celebration starting with a motorcade early
morning of the 21st from Quezon City circle to the FEU Campus
in West Fairview. This will be followed by free clinics, laboratory
examinations, social activities, etc., culminating in a fellowship
The details of the golf tournament
during the medical alumni reunion July 13-17, 2005 has been
released. Interested golfers are encouraged to register early.
The instructions for registration are as stipulated below.
1. July 14, 2005, Thursday
Tee Time: 7:00 A.M.
Golf Course: SIENA GOLF CLUB
Fee: $ 100.00 - Include Green Fee, Cart and Lunch
Experience Siena Golf Club,
Schmidt/Curley Design, with Majestic Mountain views of the
Las Vegas Strip, Artful Bunkering and Undulating Greens, located
12 miles West of Las Vegas Strip in Summerlin.
2. July 15, 2005, Friday
Tee Time: 7:00 A.M.
Golf Course: Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock
Fee: $ 100.00 include Green Fee, Cart and Lunch
Experience the Challenge,
beauty and attentive service only found at a fine Country
Club. AN Arnold Palmer Design, located 12 miles West of Las
Vegas Strip in Summerlin.
*Golfers limited to 24 to
32 players only.
A. Monte Carlo Hotel - right on Las Vegas Blvd. South, to
215 West; Exit at Town Center and make a left turn, drive
1½ miles, left on Siena Drive to the Golf Course. B.
From Monte Carlo Hotel - right on Las Vegas Blvd South, to
215 West, Exit at Sahara, turn Left and drive one mile, left
on Red Rock Drive to the Arroyo Golf Course.
*Assembly Time at the Lobby - 6:00 A.M.
(car pool, taxi, minivan, limousine)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Thursday, June 30,
FEE PAYABLE TO: FEUDNRSM ALUMNI FOUNDATION
CHAIRPERSONS: Tony Zantua - Home: 702-869-3771
Cell Phone: 702-281-3934
Danny Fabito - Tel. No. 314-569-0957 - CP:
Book Early to
Rate At Monte Carlo - Vegas
Alumni Foundation Executive Director,
Jane P. Legaspi, M.D., posted a reminder for alumni to register
early for our 26th Annual Reunion & Convention, to be
held on July 13-17, 2005 at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino,
Las Vegas, Nevada, to take advantage of the discounted room
A large turn out is expected and the discounted rooms may
no longer be available for late registrants. The toll-free
number is: 1- 800-311-8999. Use the code name: XFEU05 when
The honorees are Classes '80, '60, '65, '70,'75,'85, '90,
and 95. The CME is jointly sponsored by the FEU-DNRSMAF and
the PMA in Chicago.
If you have not already received your flyers, please call
the Executive Office at (757) 482-4568 for detailed information,
or email Dr. Legaspi at email@example.com
Count for Year 2005
At the February 10, 2005 Board
Meeting of the FEUNR- Medical Foundation, Institute of Medicine
Dean Remedios T. Habacon, reported that the registration of
as that date include the following: 1136 for the School of
Nursing; 133 for the School of Medical Technology, 276 (local)
for the Institute of Medicine (five foreigners: 4 Fil-Ams
and one from India).
At the last meeting of the
Association of Philippine Medical Colleges, CHED Commissioner
Rolando dela Rosa presented the 5-year summary of board passing
rank of medical schools. The three top schools with the highest
passing averages were UP, UST and FEU, in that order.
The August 7, 2004 Medical
Licensure Board Examination had a 51.43% passing. There were
2300 examinees and 1183 of them passed.
The figures for FEU alone
are as follows the past four years:
Author: Maria Therese C. Torres (Caduceus)
Date: 10.12.2003: From FEUNRMF Website
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
released the result of the recent February Medical Board Exam.
The licensure examination was given by Dr. Juanito B. Billote
as the chairman and its members include Dr. Jose S. Ramirez,
Dr. Edgardo T. Fernando, and Dr. Ricardo D. Fulgencio II.
Of the 1,415 examinees from various medical
schools, 807 passed. Two graduates from the Far Eastern University
landed on the 8th and 9th places: Virgilio T. Torculas, 83.00,
and Rhandy G. Santos, 82.83, respectively. The National Passing
Percentage for that exam was 57% and FEU-NRMF had a passing
rate of 70%.
The oathtaking ceremony of successful examinees
was held before the Board on Sunday, March 16, 2003, 1:00
p.m., at the Fiesta Pavillion of the Manila Hotel.
On the other hand, Dr. Danilo Marella of
the HSB Department is now the new chairman of the Board Review
of our school and the following members are Dean Flordeliza
Baltazar, M.D., Dr. Edgardo Mendoza, Dra. Nela Porciuncula,
Dr. Liberato dela Rosa, and Dra. Campo-Cruz.
FEU medical alumni are invited
to attend the Balik FEU 2005 homecoming and reunion by Alumni
Chairman Rolly Casis, President Arsenio Martin and Coordinating
Committee Chairman Daniel C. Fabito.
To be held on January 18-23,
2005, this annual event also features a scientific seminar
and has the Intercontinental Hotel in Makati as its hotel
venue. The convention site will be the FEU-NRMF Medical Complex
in West Fairview, Quezon City. The homecoming and seminar
committee is co-chaired by Dr. Arsenio Martin.
The entire Balik FEU and Seminar
are co-sponsored by the FEU-DNR School of Medicine Alumni
Foundation (USA) and the FEU-NRMF Medical Alumni Society (Philippines),
which is headed by Ernesto F. de la Cerna, M. D., president.
The celebrating jubilarians
are Classes ’79 (Silver), ’74 (Pearl), ’69
(Coral), ’64 (Ruby), and ’59 (Sapphire).
The alumni from the U.S. will
leave for Manila Sunday, January 16, 2005 and arrive the 18th
to proceed to Intercontinental Hotel in Makati. The afternoon
will be a free time for all. At 6:00 P.M., the shuttle bus
leaves for the Welcome reception hosted by the local alumni
On Wednesday, the 19th, after
breakfast, the shuttle bus leaves Interncontinental Hotel
for the FEU-NRMF Medical Complex in West Fairview, where the
alumni will meet with Dr. Josephine C. Reyes, Chairperson
of the FEU-NRMF Board of Trustees.
A luncheon and a strategy
session on a “Five-Year Agenda for Innovation and Excellence”
for our Alma Mater will be jointly attended by the alumni
from the United States and from the Philippines, the Dean
and faculty members, the hospital director and heads of clinical
In the afternoon that same
day, the U. S. alumni will report to the clinical departments
according to their specialty. At 5:00 P.M., the bus will shuttle
the group back to Interncontinental Hotel .
After breakfast on Thursday,
January 20th, the alumni will be bussed to the FEU-NRMF Complex
for the CME, and at 5:00 P.M., the whole group will be shuttled
to a restaurant for a get-together reception with Dr. Reyes,
the dean, hospital director, department heads and faculty
members, hosted by the U.S. alumni foundation.
Kapihan sa Piyo follows at
7:30 A.M. on Friday at the Faculty Club at the medical complex.
The CME session continues after this breakfast-bull session.
At 5:30 that afternoon, there will be a joint business meeting
between the U.S. alumni and local medical society alumni.
A Filipiniana Night will cap the evening.
On Saturday, the group will
have free time to play golf or do anything they wish. At 5:00
P.M., the shuttle bus will take the alumni from Interncontinental
Hotel to the Westin Philippine Plaza for the Annual Grand
Ball. At 7:00 A.M., the alumni will be bussed for an excursion
to either the Villa Escudero Resort or Hacienda Luisita. The
final choice will be announced later.
For package tour, A
& M Travel offers PAL airfare and 6-day/5-night stay at
Intercontinental Hotel with complimentary breakfasts and roundtrip
airport transfers for $1,030 double occupancy, coach, or $2,030
for Mabuhay Class. Travel agency toll-free number: 1-800-519-1806.
Flordeliza M. Baltazar is retiring effective August 31, 2004.
FEU-NRMF Board of Trustees tendered a testimonial dinner honoring
her on August 30, 2004 at Anabels Restaurant on Morato Street,
Quezon City. Dean Baltzar graduated from the UP College of
Medicine in 1951 and placed 10th on the medical board examination
in August of that year. She had her residency training in
OB-Gyne at UP-PGH in 1956, and was a Colombo Plan Scholar
to the United Kingdom in Obstetrical and Gynecological Pathology.
She was appointed Dean of the FEU Institute of Medicine in
1993, serving the FEU-IM for eleven years. She has been a
Professor of OB-Gyne at FEU-NRMF since 1980, and has been
a Trustee of the Medical Foundation from August 2003 to the
present. Dean Baltazar has been conferred the title Professor
Emertius in 2003. She was President of the Association of
Philippine Medical Colleges Foundation from June 1, 2003 to
For her exemplary services and dedication to FEU, we salute
her and wish her all the best.
Appoints Dr. Remedios
Habacon Acting Dean of IM
Dr. Habacon is a 1972 graduate of the Far Eastern University
Institute of Medicine. She is a Full Professor (since 1996)
and Chairman (since 1994) of the Department of Pharmacology
of the FEU-DNRMF. She finished her residency training in Pediatrics
at the Children's Medical Center in Banawe, Quezon City, in
1976, and MS degree in Clinical Pharmacology at the University
of the Philippines in 1993. In 1979, Dr. Habacon was a Fellowship
Grantee in Clinical Pharmacology at the Strong Memorial Hospital/University
of Rochester in New York. She is a Fellow of the Philippine
Society of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology.
We welcome the appointment of Dr. Habacon and wish her good
tidings and good luck. The Alumni Foundation looks forward
to joining her in our mutual goal and common endeavor to make
the FEU-DNRMF Institute of Medicine the
best medical school in the country.
The FEU-DNR School of Medicine Alumni Foundation 25th Annual
Convention and Reunion just got one level higher and broke the
record of our yearly meetings with the July 14-18, 2004 gathering
at the Detroit Marriott in Troy, Michigan.
Alumni have been raving about it. Thanks to Hernani and Myrna
Tansuche, Renato and Daisy Ramos, and Deo and Clarina Pascual,
the co-chairpersons of the local convention host.
The Silver Jubilarians (Class ’79) was the main honoree,
followed by following celebrant jubilarians: the Sapphire (’59),
Ruby (’64), Coral (’69), Pearl (’74), Class
’84 (20th year), Class ’89 (15th year) and Class
’94 (10th year).
The reception buffet dinner on Wednesday provided a wonderful
opening for the reunion. Also commendable was the scientific
sessions which tackled updates on various medical and surgical
topics. The traditional Filipiniana Night provided not only
fantastic native food but talent presentations from alumni pool
Capping the entire reunion was the Grand Ball on Saturday evening,
where the ambiance was accented by a four giant white chiffon
lace drapes that radiated from the center of the ballroom in
a fan-like fashion to the sides of the ceiling, reminiscent
of a wedding ball. Two 12-foot towering flower stands also draped
in chiffon, one on each side of the wall behind the presidential
table, with the FEU Logo up at the center of the wall.
Two other giant flower stands, similar in décor, framed
the presidential table, one at each end. The beautiful floral
centerpiece were also on a 3-foot pedestal of glass. whose theme
for the ambiance made everyone felt they were attending a wedding
reception. It was indeed a site to behold. To top it all, The
dinner plate was likewise “decorated” very well
with Filet Mignon and a large lobster as main entres.
Indeed, this reunion has set the tone for future conventions,
if not the standard to beat.
President Amante Legaspi and Chairman of the Board Philip S.
Chua lavishly lauded and thanked the local host for a fabulous
The Nicanor Reyes Jr. Memorial Lecturer for this year was Daniel
Fabito, a past chairman of the Alumni Foundation. The roster
of past NRJ Memorial Lecturers includes Renato G. Ramos, M.D.,
1996; William Roberts, M.D., 1997; Denton A. Cooley, M.D., 1998;
Emelie Ongcapin, M.D., 1999; Emmanuel Balcos, M.D., 2000; Philip
S. Chua, M.D., 2001; and, Jesus B. Nolasco, M.D., 2003.
The Most Outstanding Alumnus for 2004 was Edmundo Relucio, a
past chairman of the Foundation. The past Most Outstanding Alumni
are: Alice Yao, M.D., and Daniel Fabito, M.D., 1980; Philip
S. Chua, M.D., and Renato G. Ramos, M.D., 1981; Rolando Solis,
M.D., 1988; Emelie Ongcapin, M.D., 1989; Rolando Casis, 1990;
M.D., Amante Legaspi, M.D., 1991; Arsenio Martin, M.D., and
Nunilo Rubio, M.D., 1992; Cesar V. Reyes, M.D., 1993; Alberto
Cruz, M.D.,1994; Robinson Baron, M.D. 1995; Cezar Lastimosa,
M.D., 1997; Wilson Morales, M.D., 1998; Guat Sy, Jr., M.D.,
1999; Liberator dela Rosa, M.D., 2000; Francisco Briones, M.D.,
2001; Luzviminda Santangelo, M.D., 2002; and, Generosa Calderon
Lazor, M.D., 2003.
newly elected officers during this convention include Rolando
Casis of Chicago, Chairman; Arsenio Martin, President; Arturo
Basa, Executive Vice President; Pepito Rivera, Hernani Tansuche,
and Oscar Tuason, Regional Vice-Presidents; Grace Rabadam,
Secretary; A.C.B. Lastimosa, Treasurer; and Cesar Jimenez,
Auditor. For 2004-2007, the following Trustees-At-Large (TAL)
were elected: Cesar Candari, Rogelio Cave, A.C.B. Lastimosa,
Hernani Tansuche, Avila Arcala, Manuel Sanchez, Edgar Borda,
and Roger Bautista.
The incumbent TAL are: (2003-2006) Philip S. Chua, Rolando
Casis, Edmundo Relucio, Pepito Rivera, Arturo Basa, Abraham
Perez, Renato Estrella, and Fred Jimenez; and (2002-2005)
Rolando Buan, Arsenio Martin, Amante Legaspi, Emelie Ongcapin,
Grace Rabadam,Cora Carr, Oscar Tuason, and Manuel Malicay.
The incumbent chapter presidents are: Peter K. H. Go (AR),
Rick de Leon (North CA),Pete Florescio (South CA), Pio Sian
(FL), H. Nicodemus (DC), Manuel Sanchez (North IL), Viv Zata
(Central IL), J.R.M. Mendoza (IN), Nita Labayen (KS), Regulo
Tobias (KY), N. Guinigundo (LA), Alex Enrique (MD), H. Tansuche
(MI), Gene Siruno (MN(, Proceso Arenos (MO), Rey Sandoval
(NV), Elma Castillo (NJ), Grace Rabadam (NY), Y. Ganchorre
(OH), Oscar Enriquez (TX), Sonie Aznar (VA), R. Estrella (WI)
and Andres Rago (WV).
Jane P. Legaspi of Chesapeake, Virginia, has been appointed
Executive Director of the Foundation, and Renato Ramos, Editor
of the Ectopic Murmur.
The Foundation has bestowed the permanent title of Chairmen
Emeritus to the following past Chairmen of the Board: Renato
Ramos, Daniel Fabito, Edmundo Relucio and Philip S. Chua.
Board Exam Results Bared
The national percentage of passing for the February 2004 medical
board examinations was 51.94% and FEU-NRMF had 64.46%; in
August 2003, it was 55.69% and FEU-NRMF was 61.28% with one
FEU student garnering the 7th place; in February 2003, 57.23%,
and FEU-NRMF was 71.97%, this time capturing the 8th and 9th
place; in August 2002, the national passing average was 59.11,
and FEU- NRMF had 60.15%; and, in February 2002, 66.03, and
FEU-NRMF was 92.77%, and an FEU graduate placed 6th on this
medical board examination.
The percentage of passing for the FEU-NRMF graduates have
consistently been higher than the national average. However,
the general performance on the medical board examinations
of the graduates from the 32 medical schools in the Philippines
is fair, at best, compared to the past several decades when
there were only five medical schools in the country and the
percentages of passing were up in the 80s and 90s and the
scores, likewise much higher.
Indeed, this alarming trend spells a crisis in medical education
in the Philippines. Why the appropriate governmental educational
and medical school licensing agencies have allowed the dismal
proliferation of medical schools in the country is disconcerting
and puzzling. In a country the size of the Philippines, with
its 86 million population, we really need no more than 8-10
medical schools, tops. However, it is apparent that the great
economic incentive is there for enterpreneurs to get into
the medical school business.
Unfortunately, the ultimate victims here are the future medical
work force, the quality of healthcare, the people as a whole,
and, very importantly, our national reputation. To the international
observers, the Philippines might well look like a mecca of
medical diploma mills, because the few good legitimate, high
quality schools are negatively impacted by the substandard
February 2003 Medical Board ExamFrom: FEU-DNRMF Website
Author: Maria Therese C. Torres (Caduceus)
The Professional Regulation
Commission (PRC) released the result of the recent February
Medical Board Exam. The licensure examination was given by
Dr. Juanito B. Billote as the chairman and its members include
Dr. Jose S. Ramirez, Dr. Edgardo T. Fernando, and Dr. Ricardo
D. Fulgencio II.
Of the 1,415 examinees, only
807 passed and we are proud to announce that two of our graduates
landed on the 8th and 9th place: Virgilio T. Torculas, 83.00,
and Rhandy G. Santos, 82.83, respectively. The National Passing
Percentage is 57% and this time, FEU-NRMF had a passing rate
The oathtaking ceremony of
successful examinees was held before the Board on Sunday,
March 16, 2003, 1:00 p.m., at the Fiesta Pavillion of the
On the other hand, Dr. Danilo
Marella of the HSB Department is now the new chairman of the
Board Review of our school and the following members are Dean
Flordeliza Baltazar, M.D., Dr. Edgardo Mendoza, Dra. Nela
Porciuncula, Dr. Liberato dela Rosa, and Dra. Campo-Cruz.
Dr. J.B. Nolasco dead at
B. Nolasco, M.D., fondly called "JB" by his friends
and former students, died at 4:50 P.M., August 25, 2004. The
sad news was conveyed within minutes of his passing by telephone
to Farida I. Chua in Munster, Indiana, by Tessie Nolasco,
wife of JB's son, Vic Nolasco.
The details of the funeral services and internment are yet
being finalized by the family at this time, which is about
15 minutes (ago) from JB's demise.
Dr. Nolasco was Secretary of the Institute of Medicine, hand-picked
by its first Dean, Lauro H. Panganiban, M.D. He was one of
the founders and original faculty members (all from the University
of the Philippines) of the
FEU medical school. He was also head of the Physiology Department
at the FEU-IM.
Dr. Nolasco was greatly instrumental in organizing the FEU-DNR
School of Medicine Alumni Foundation in the United States,
and the first editor of the Foundation's Ectopic Murmur newsletter.
"JB's departure will diminish all of us, his family,
friends and us, his students, who were beneficiaries of his
intellect, talent, wisdom, compassion, patience and great
humor. His passing creates a void in all of us. JB, we will
miss you terribly. We all bid you farewell, and may you walk
with God," Philip S. Chua, immediate past Chairman of
the FEU-DNR School of Medicine Alumni Foundation, said upon
receiving the news.
Dr. Nolasco was born on October 5, 1917. He is survived by
his wife, Ester Villanueva, and his four children, Vic, Cesar,
Imelda and Edwin.
The 24th Annual Reunion and
Scientific Convention of the FEU-DNR School of Medicine Alumni
Foundation July 16-20, 2003 in Norfolk, Virginia, was a huge
success, breaking the record of the 2001 reunion in Las Vegas,
which was the highest, reported Philip S. Chua, M.D., Chairman
of the Board and Amante G. Legaspi, Sr., M.D., President,
and Jane P. Legaspi, M.D., over-all convention Chairperson.
The venue of this year convention,
whose theme was Update in Medicine and Surgery, was the Waterside
Marriott, and because of the significant number of registrants,
nearby Sheraton was contracted by the Foundation for the overflow.
The scientific seminar was jointly sponsored with the Philippine
Medical Association in Chicago for CME credits.
The welcome reception/seafood
dinner, which was held at the Waterside Convention Center,
was packed with alumni and their family. The Filipiniana Night
was a sold out affair, and due to late registrants and extreme
demand, the Chairman of the Board and the President, and their
wives, Farida and Jane, had to voluntarily give up their seats
for the late comers. Other officers were likewise prepared
to volunteer their seats and dinner. The four had to order
hamburgers and eat outside, by the door of the ballroom, after
the rest had their formal dinner.
Foursome eating "Lipitor-treated" hamburger and
The 3-day scientific convention
covered topics from Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Andropause,
to Cardiology and Hypertension issues, Epilepsy, Smallpox
Bioterrorism, Infectious Diseases, to CO2 Laser Transmyocardial
Revascularization for End-Stage Coronary Artery Disease. The
attendees hailed this seminar as the best in the history of
the alumni foundation, for the quality of the papers and the
This year's reunion-convention
saw the largest, a record-breaking, attendance at all functions,
from the welcome reception, the Scientific Meetings, to the
Filipiniana Night, the Membership Luncheon, and most especially
the Grand Ball Dinner Dance. All these affairs were graced
by the presence of Dr. Josephine C. Reyes, Chairman, FEU-DNR
Medical Foundation in the Philippines, Dean Flordeliza Baltazar,
Dean, Institute of Medicine, both of whom traveled at their
own expenses to join these festivities, and Dr. and Mrs. Jesus
B. Nolasco, of Jacksonville, Florida, UP Class 40 and former
Secretary, FEU Institute of Medicine, and one of the founders
and pillars of the alumni foundation.
Dr. Nolasco delivered this
year’s Dr. Nicanor Reyes Memorial Lecture. The Roster
of DNR Memorial Lecturers include Renato Ramos, M.D., 1996;
Ronald Baker,M.D., 1997; Emelie H. Ongcapin, M.D., 1998; Denton
A. Cooley, M.D., 1999; Philip S. Chua, M.D., 2000; Emmanuel
Balcos, M.D., 2001; none in 2002; and, Jesus B. Nolasco, M.D.,
Because of the function room
occupancy law and the fire code, there were more than a dozen,
who at the last minute wanted to buy tickets for the Grand
Reunion Dinner Dance on Saturday, July 20th, who had to be
turned down. Convention Chairperson, Jane Legaspi, predicted
a good net proceeds for the Foundation from this year’s
reunion. The host was the Virginia FEU Chapter, who did an
This year’s silver jubilarian
celebrant was the Class of ’78, and the other celebrating
classes included Class ’58 (Sapphire), Class 63 (Ruby),
Class ’68 (Coral), Class ’73 (Pearl), Class ’83
(20th), Class ’88 (15th), and Class ’93 (10th
Anniversary). These class celebrants will likewise be honored
at the January 14-17, 2004 Grand Alumni Reunion at the Westin
Philippine Plaza in Manila, jointly sponsored by this Alumni
Foundation in the USA and the FEU-DNR Alumni Medical Society
in the Philippines. Dr. Generosa Lazur was chosen the 2003
Most Outstanding Alumna of the Jubilarian Class of '78. There
were 33 Silver Jubilarians in attendance at the traditional
and very touching Candlelight Ceremonies, where the "torch
was passed on to the Class of 79." Class '78 donated
$32,000 to the Foundation, officially presented to Drs. Josephine
C. Reyes, Philip S. Chua and Amante G. Legaspi, Sr., during
the grand ball.
The gala event in Virginia
witnessed all the four (Norfolk 3 thru 6) large connecting
function rooms at the Waterside Marriott opened to accommodate
the ticketed alumni, their spouses and guests, a total of
470. The ambiance of the ballroom was a sight to behold. The
only thing that surpassed this was the sumptuous dinner and
the lively and fun-filled dancing that followed which lasted
past midnight. The alumni truly enjoyed this fabulous reunion
and scientific convention, and each went his or her own way
home to the various states, some to the Philippines, with
nostalgic and happy memories that they will cherish to provide
added warmth in the winter of their life.
Both the Chairman and President stated that "overattendance
is a good and positive problem to have, but regretfully this
has caused seating dilemma, and the last minute requests for
tickets had to be sadly turned down." They suggested
early registration for next year to have assured accommodation
in all functions.
2004 Annual Reunion and Convention
The 25th Annual Reunion and Scientific Convention will be
held on July 14-18, 2004 in Troy, Michigan. Please mark this
down on your calendar.
Please pre-register early,
enjoy the discounted fees, and be assured of social function
tickets and dinner seats.
The Alumni Foundation is not
happy rejecting any of our alumni, but when the absolute top
limit (which includes the allowed percentage of last minute
add-ons for seats and dinner) has agreed upon and closed by
the hotel, we have no choice but to abide by the contract,
the city fire code and seating occupancy law.
2003 Election Results Bared
The results of the Norfolk 2003 elections for the Alumni Foundation
Board of Trustees to replace those eight trustees whose 3-year
term expired July 2003, were reported by Election Chairperson
Melinda Fabito, and Secretary Grace Rabadam. The winners (in
their order) are: Philip S. Chua, Edmundo Relucio, Rolando
Casis, Pepito Rivera, Arturo Basa, Abraham Perez, Renato Estrella,
and Frederico Jimenez. Their term expires July 2006.
Passage of Absentee Voting Rights
and Dual Citizenship
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is
flanked on the left by FEU-DNR School of Medicine Alumni Foundation
Chairman Philip S. Chua, M.D., and on the right by Philippine
News Editor and Founding Chairman of the National Federation
of Filipino American Associations, Alex Esclamado who led
the US delegation to lobby for the passage of the Absentee
Voting Rights for the 7 million Filipinos all over the world.
The NAFFAA group met with the President in Malacañang
Palace January 15, 2003 to lobby for the passage of the bill,
and again of February 13th at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall, when
they witness the approval and signing of the bill, which was
a historical and landmark event in the Philippines, a legislative
feat attempted by the various congresses the past fifty years
without success. The signing was witnessed by key leaders
and members of both the Senate and the House of Representatives,
and numerous leaders from various organizations around the
world. Other members of the delegation who had left for the
States earlier were: NAFFAA Chair Loida Nicolas Lewis, Vice-Chair
Greg Macabenta and Rodil Rodis, a NAFFAA pillar.
The Philippine House of Representatives
and the Senate have each passed its own version of the Dual
Citizenship Bill, which now guarantees enactment of this into
law very soon. The same community leaders from the United
States who lobbied for, and witnessed, the signing of the
Absentee Voting Rights bill, lobbied for the passage of the
Dual Citizenship Bill. The two Houses are holding a bicameral
session sometime the last week of July 2003 to consolidate
the two versions into one, which President Arroyo promised
to sign immediately when the final bill reaches her desk.
Alumni Foundation Elects
Officers at Frisco Confab
The FEU-DNR School of Medicine Alumni Foundation (U.S.A.)
elected its new set of officers during its 23rd Annual Reunion
and Convention at the Grand Hyatt-Union Square in San Francisco,
California, July 3-7, 2002.
Philip S. Chua, M.D., Class
'61, a cardiac surgeon emeritus in Munster, Indiana, and who
was president of the Foundation two years ago, was elected
Chairman of the Board. Amante Legaspi, M.D., Class 68, an
anesthesiologist from Norfolk, Virginia, and previously executive
vice-president, was voted president.
Dr. Chua is currently Chairman
of the Cardiovascular Surgery of the Cebu Cardiovascular Center
at the Cebu Doctors' Hospital, Cebu, Philippines. He is past
president of the Association of Philippine Physicians in America
(APPA), the Society of Philippine Surgeons in America (SPSA),
the PMA of Chicago, and the American Heart Association NWI
chapter. Dr. Chua is married to his classmate, Farida Isip-Chua,
and they have five children, all of whom are physicians, four
of them married to physicians also.
Dr. Legaspi was president
of the PMA of Eastern Virginia, the Virginia Association of
Philippine Physicians, and the Chesapeake Medical Society.
Dr. Legaspi is also past president of the APPA, which is the
umbrella organization of all Philippine medical associations
in the United States. Dr. Legaspi is married to Jane Peralta-Legaspi
(Class '69) and they have two children, a son who is a lawyer
in New York and a daughter, a global marketing manager of
The other elected officers
include: Cesar R. Candari, M.D., executive vice-president;
Arsenio Martin, M.D., Rolando Buan, M.D., and Manuel Malicay,
M.D., vice-presidents; Grace Rabadam, M.D., secretary; A.C.B.
Lastimosa, M.D., treasurer; Cesar Jimenez, M.D., auditor.
Cesar V. Reyes, M.D., is the executive director and editor
of the foundation.
The eight newly elected Trustees-at-Large
are Doctors Rolando Buan, Arsenio Martin, Amante Legaspi,
Emelie Ongcapin, Grace Rabadam, Cora Carr, Oscar Tuason, and
Manuel Malicay. The other incumbent trustees are Doctors Avila
Arcala, Roger Bautista, Roger Cave, Rolando Casis, Melinda
Fabito, Sam Lardizabal, Virgilio Jonson, R. Limosnero, Abraham
Perez, Edmundo Relucio, Pepito Rivera, and Pascual Sales.
The chapter presidents who
are on the board representing their respective state are Peter
K. H. Go (Arkansas), Ric de Leon (North California), Fe L.
Aragon (South California), Honorato Nicodemus (District of
Columbia), Rey Daco (Florida), Edgar R. Borda (North Illinois),
Vic Zata (South Illinois), J.R.M.Mendoza (Indiana), Nita Labayen
(Kansas), Regulo Tobias (Kentucky), N. Guinigundo (Louisiana),
Alex Enrique (Maryland), H. Tansuche (Michigan), Gene Siruno
(Minnesota), Daniel Fabito (Missouri), Ray Sandoval (Nevada),
Miguel Hugo (New Jersey), Emy Magpantay (New York), Y. Ganchorre
(Ohio), Manny Rivero (Texas), Jane Legaspi (Virginia) R. Estrella
(Wisconsin) and Andres Rago (West Virgina).
Secretariat: Room 316, Institute of Medicine, FEU-NRMF Medical
Complex, Regalado Avenue, West Fairview, Quezon City.Cely
T. Ocampo, Office Manager Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTelephone:
935-0025 Telefax: 930917-478-16406-7175 Cell: 0917-478-1640
President - Fernando G. Ayuyao, M.D.
Vice President - Sonny Matias E. Habacon,
Secretary - Linda D. Tamesis, M.D.
Assistant Secretary - Anna Belen C. Ignacio-Alensuela,
Treasurer - Ramon Edgardo C. Rono, M.D.
Assistant Treasurer - Lucila V. Micu, M.D.
Auditor - Wilfredo Y. Tayag, M.D.
Public Relations Officer - Maximo B. Axibal,
Immediate Past President - Liberato C. dela
Liaison Officer - Joey U. Uranza, M.D.
Board Directors - Vic Fileto T. Chua, M.D.
Ernesto F. dela Cerna, M.D.
Reynaldo B. de Vega, M.D.
Edgardo D. Mendoza, M.D.
Noe P. San Jose, M.D.
Efren R. Vicaldo, M.D.