Maintaining the Passion in Compassion

Cancer Institutue

UP-PGH Cancer Institute. Photo by Dr. Christian Tagal (UP PGH Rad Onco)


It has been a while since I’ve written an article  -partly because of the work load as a Medical Oncology Fellow at the UP – Philippine General Hospital, but mainly because everytime I try to sit down in the very rare moments of peacefulness my current schedule provides me, I do not know what, why, or how to write. It is as if my endeavour in learning to battle the emperor of all maladies left my body and soul not only scourged, but empty.

I remember before I left Bacolod for fellowship, one of my dear consultants reminded me as I was about to step out of the hospital where I did my residency training, “Fred, I know that you are about to venture into a new field which will give you an abundance of new knowledge, but remember that the most important thing is that we never lose compassion. When we lose it, we lose everything. Never forget that.

I’m treating cancer patients, it’s impossible to lose compassion -these were my thoughts back then. But after long, draining days of seeing patients from different walks of life -people with different masses from different social classes, people whose tragedies became worse because of various herbal remedies, I realized that the discipline can not only lead to compassion fatigue but may even suck the life out of me -sometimes leaving me empty, but happy.

Empty because as I walk into Room 107 (our clinic), I can sense the tension of the different emotions I will be facing for the day which are mainly brought by the wrath cancer has caused an individual, not to mention the pains of parents and spouses seeing their beloved in anguish.  Empty because in filling up your own patients’ emptiness, you give a part of yourself -sometimes just enough, but more often than not, maybe a little too much.

But I guess having compassion puts in some happiness. Happy because no matter how many patients showed up at the OPD for consult, we will all be able to finish seeing them with or without their results. Happy because our patients showed up for chemo, even if looking for their charts is like finding Nemo. Happy because no matter how hungry we are while doing consults, we can always go to Norman’s area and get some chicheria. Happy because no matter how devastated our patients get every time we tell them they have a recurrence, they still feel thankful just for our mere presence. Happy because despite the emotions that we encounter on a daily basis -denial, sadness, anger, and even depression, we try our best to make them leave loaded with some hope, a renewed faith, tons of love, and most importantly, the realization that in the battle against the emperor of maladies, family is of utmost priority.

So I think this is what compassion is all about -how we react to the feeling of urgent distress in connection to another person’s agony, with the goal of helping them out through their difficulties. And as the Dalai Lama once said, “Compassion is a necessity, not a luxury.”

May it always be our prayer that we, as the guardians and warriors of health, never tire of maintaining our passion in compassion.



Successful PSBIM Passers 2018

Below is the post from the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) website showing the list of the successful passers of the recently concluded Philippine Specialty Board of Internal Medicine (PSBIM) Exam held last March 4, 2018 at University of Santo Tomas (UST).

IMPORTANT: To be a Member of the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP), you are hereby advised to email a Letter of Intent on or before March 31, 2018  (please click to  download a proformaLletter of Intent, print, sign, scan and email back to . Use LOI_<LASTNAME>, <FIRSTNAME> as subject of email. (Eg. LOI_Dela Cruz, Juan).

04 MARCH 2018  –  UST College of Medicine Bldg., España Manila
Abanilla, Kathleen Joy C
Abarquez, Anna Francesca S
Abasolo, Herlyn C
Abdallah – Jovero, Magdalena Jone B
Abdullatif, Mohamad Alisar A
Abella, Avegail A
Abella, Lea Farrah D
Abraham, Oliver John O
Absalon, Marie Antoniette F
Abubakar, Sitti Sophia R
Abungan, Michael V
Adriano, Cheryl Grace Y
Adtoon, Jonah A
Agapito, Marie Menette I
Aguila, Enrik John T
Alamban, Lani Marie N
Alcantara, Michelle Joane E
Alcoriza, Neil Jnart L
Aldaba, Christine Victoria C
Aldovino, Cynthia Kristina G
Alegado, Niña Carissa L
Alegre, Michelle R
Alicando, Ezekiel John A
Alindog, Webster S
Alipio, Sheena S
Almajar, Maxine Georgette R
Alvarez, Jose Maria O
Amaya, Bryle Simon L
Ambor, Nasroden B
Aming-Sala, Rofaida E
Andalahao, Edzele Marie F
Ang, Blake Warren C
Ang, Gretchen S
Ang, Kerwin S
Ang, Kevin Francis U
Ang, Stephanie Rachel C
Angala, Kristoffer Ted M
Angeles, Roland Reuben B
Antolin, Angelie May S
Antonio, Ethel V
Aoanan, Glice Michelle C
Aranilla, Jestoni V
Aribon, Pamela Ann T
Arnado, Maximo Isidore L
Arrabaca, Roski Alexis T
Atienza, Celine Anne G
Atutubo, Bjorn Karl N
Avila, Meryll Adreanne O
Aviles, Ednalyn D
Awing, Arlyn G
Ayes, Marc Edsel C
Ayuban, Allan Pierre R
Bacasno, Mylene B
Baclayon, Joel C
Bactol, Israel B
Badar, Daryl R
Badere, April L
Badillo, Nicolo Andrew V
Badron, Abdul Wahab L
Bagon, Aldin C
Bagsic, Mery Grace D
Baiya, Janet D
Balanga-An, Kristoffer T
Balboa, Rocky C
Balderrama, Ana Francezca R
Baldovino, Christine Jew V
Balino, Everly Joy T
Balmes, Maureen B
Banania, Mary Joy Angelyn C
Banares, Karla Kristel A
Barbon, Carla Emille D
Bariuad, Irene Kei N
Barrameda, Lara Mea T
Barranda, Krystill Joy B
Baulos, Pol Dennis I
Bautista, Callen Marie P
Bautista, Jose Antonio L
Bayogan, Jennifer Theresse C
Belleza, Roderick M
Bello, Mary Hyacinth A
Benjamin, Cherry Lois M
Berbano-Saini, Claire R
Berceles, Sheryll B
Bermudez, Anna Maree J
Bernardino, Hannah Mae T
Beron, Emilia Gracia M
Bibera, Christine Joy C
Bibon, Jennnifer B
Bigol, Janella Marice B
Bolinao, Antonio R
Bonavente, Katrina Q
Bool, Kathleen Z
Boquiren, Sharon C
Borbon, Alvin Christian C
Bordones, Maria Carmela D
Borja, Maureen Faith T
Boseta, Marites R
Bruno, Racquel G
Budimutiar, Felix A
Bueno, Kevin Cham A
Bulaclac, Julian Patrick L
Buno, Susana V
Cabilao, Stephanie Mae R
Cabrera, Carmen Carina G
Cabrera, Ma. Margarita G
Cabus, Charles Erwin A
Cagurangan, Raisa T
Cahyadi, Alius N
Camenforte, Jameel Kristine L
Camua, Melanie D
Cania, Virgilio Dave O
Canseco, Lariza Marie L
Capucion, Shena Jo A
Caragos-Merin, Leilani Rosalind P
Carbonel, Martin Carl C
Carlos, Conrad Avednego R
Carolino, Lei Anne C
Carrascal, Bea Barbara C
Carreon, Aileen S
Casem, Pejy Arce C
Castillo, Christa Carmeline D
Castillo, Christel Lynn G
Castillon, Jeffty C
Catedral, Lance Isidore G
Catibog, Isabella Bianca D
Ching, Cheryl May C
Ching, Maria Elizabeth C
Chiu, Kristela A
Chua, Abigail G
Chua, Winnie Andrea T
Chung, Philippe Ryan K
Clarion, Charlie A
Comilang, Arnellie T
Coraler, Tc May L
Corpuz, Dianne Grace S
Cortez, Kristle May R
Cruz, Angela Beatriz V
Cuaño, Carlos Rolando G
Cuatriz, Tanya Rae O
Cunanan, Romulo M
Custodio, Agnes L
Dabalus, Jude D
Dalmacion, Allen Yentyl V
Damalerio, Alta Gracia B
Danganan, Marie Dominique Cezanne M
Dantes, Ma. Angelle Lalaine D
David, Jamaica Ross B
Dayo, Alfred Matthew R
Dayot, Stephanie D
De Guzman, Adrian Joseph D
De Guzman, Boris – Jruing J
De Guzman, Leah P
De Guzman-Pamplona, Aleli Y
De La Cruz, Kathryn B
De La Paz, Janine Kae A
De Leon – Naredo, Madelle D
Dela Calzada, Maria Joscel M
Dela Cruz, Allan Jake C
Dela Cruz, Jeremiah John G
Dela Cruz-Bariuad, Anna Lisa D
Delos Reyes, Ma. Kristina J
Demot, Bernard A
Dewi, Cyntia N
Dideles-Sandifer, Luanne Rose E
Diez, Brian Cesar V
Dimaporo, Johaniya M
Dionora, Ariel Patrick P
Dipantar, Najmah D
Dizon, Troy Michael P
Dolorso, Toni Mar B
Domato, Tahir A
Domingo, Cristina G
Domingo, Norbert Drustan P
Domingo, Ruth E
Domingo-Palacio, Katherine Joy G
Doria, Ursus R
Dueñas, Kevin Clifford B
Dumangas, Marlowe T
Dungca, Pia Pamela P
Dy, Chris Albert N
Edulan, Vaughn Caesar L
Embuscado, Jessa Christine C
Encarnacion, Margaret C
Enriquez, Jhon Ryan G
Erum, Cherrie Kaye G
Escalona, Charlyne Mae R
Escaño, Mark Collins R
Escasura, Gladelyn C
Esguerra, Jerica Cristel A
Esguerra, Kevin L
Espino, Joseph Niño A
Estalilla, Jan Raymond M
Estepa, Lilybell Victoria E
Esteves, Joy V
Estrellado, Joyce Angeli P
Evangelista, Arriane P
Evangelista, Lisa Angelica V
Fajardo, Maria Janelle M
Ferido, Ma. Genela C
Fernandez, Sime Raymond B
Festin, Mark John F
Figuracion, Julie Ann I
Flores, Alfredo H
Flores, Eloisa L
Flores, Karen Marie G
Francisco, Mark David D
Francisco, Phorenice D
Ga-An-Castigador, Arlyn G
Gabitan, Marvic Raymond C
Gabuat, Harry M
Gaerlan, Tee Jay Kristoffer G
Galang, Danille Emerald P
Gallego, Kristainne R
Gallemit-Dy, Apryl G
Gampong, Earl Revo P
Ganangan, Sheila Grail J
Gapasin, Princess Michelle V
Garcia, Doris M
Garcia, Lyka Kymm E
Garcia, Marjo Florizzell C
Gato, Nonita P
Gaw, Jenelyn T
Genelsa, Rainiel S
Gernale, Gerlane Lyn L
Gimena, Mary Yolanda L
Go, Beatrice Delynn D
Golez, Mary Diana Z
Golong, Karen M
Gomez, Federico C
Guadarrama-Arriola, Ana Ma. Nanette L
Guades, Floryanne Y
Guanzon, Crystal Hope D
Guevara, Daniel Y
Guevarra, Eric Ranniel P
Guillermo, Sheryl V
Gutierrez, Alfonso L
Gutierrez, Caesarianette S
Gutierrez, Ian Lordeo A
Handi, Adriel H
Heidari, Marjan O
Hermo, Christine Jane G
Hernandez, Kriz-Ann R
Humarang, Jeffrey M
Hung, Paul Aldrin Y
Ibarra – Dadez, April Rose C
Ibrahim, Fatima Amina H
Idio, Kenneth Junel P
Imperial, Clarisse May R
Inciso, Pinky Precilla A
Ingco, Paul Andrew C
Ismael, Shereen L
Israel, Sylvernon C
Jalipa, Francis Gerwin U
Jao, Marelyn N
Jao, Suzanne U
Javier, John Joel H
Javier, Rhea Cez B
Jorge, Jenina Joy E
Joson, Ara Crissele M
Juson, Alexander D
Kalaw, Reginald Paul Joaquin V
Karim, Halima J
Kho, Kathleen Rae M
King, Rich Ericson C
Kusain, Maisura K
Labadan, Genalyn B
Labriaga, Roy Justin G
Lacaden, Sherwin Joseph R
Lacanin, Mary Rose Anne E
Lacasandile-Sanchez, Kareen Alna M
Lagade, Leo Alejandro Miguel A
Lagos, Timothy Bjorn M
Lajara, Bryan C
Lamorena, Karina Ann
Langilao, Salimah M
Lao, Bryan Christopher C
Lapuz, Emilita S
Lat, Karen Loise P
Latawan-Danasen, Abegail B
Laxamana, Frances Lorraine M
Lazaro, Ma Aurora E
Lazo, Reynaldo C
Legaspi, Mishell Kris S
Leones, Louis Mervyn B
Leuterio, Jade E
Libo-On, Dyann Dolour M
Lim, Anne Kimberly K
Lim, Djarnell Ashley T
Limcaoco, Mary Rose Celerina B
Limos, Honey Jane B
Listanco, Olivia Faye J
Liu, Marie Krisca D
Lopez, Benny A
Lopez, Joyce D
Lovendino, Anna Rose P
Luce, Yvette P
Luceño, Vincent M
Lumanang, Leslyne V
Lumaque, Shake G
Mabao, Angelyn Grace I
Macailing, Jurina Joy P
Macapagal, Justin Romeo J
Madamba, Bernadette Meifel Joyce D
Madarcos, Dennis C
Madera, Monica Kristine L
Madla, Ma. Mercedita G
Madrid, Joie Merriel V
Magbanua, Ana Sabrina S
Magbojos, Jayson John L
Maglonso, Therese Anne S
Magtoto, Alvin Harren B
Mala, Princess Jasmine A
Malazarte, Maricel B
Manalili, Christine P
Manalo, Carlson C
Mangrobang, Jan Patrick C
Maniri, Cosnifah A
Manuel, Marielle Lois M
Maranan, Maria Luisa D
Marapao, Jessa Marisse E
Marasigan, Anne Clarisse Mae G
Marave, Raiza S
Mareta, Lily
Margaja, Ryan Joseph A
Mariano, Evanelle G
Mariano, Lorbenjie P
Marquez, August Oliver A
Marquez, Mary Grace A
Martinez, Jared Manuel P
Mascardo, Yancel Donna L
Mason, Jackie S
Matibag, Rhenz Martin L
Medina, Marco Luciano R
Medina, Noel M
Medrano, Kristin R
Mejia, Evelyn P
Mendoza, Avianne Krystle S
Mendoza, Josiephine C
Mendoza, Kristine Joy L
Mendoza, Ramon Christopher T
Mendoza, Reina D
Mertola, Oscar Paulo C
Metmug, Anwar M
Miralles, Julie Ann Stephanie R
Miranda, Kenneth Kay Lee N
Mislang, Francis Xavier F
Mondragon, Karen Anjela M
Montemayor, Jan André S
Montes, Cristina Camella P
Montevirgen, Richultz C
Montoya, Lionel B
Morales, Shayne Julieane L
Morrell, Miriam Ruth S
Muharram, Sharijane D
Mula, Bethlehem C
Musni, Orson M
Nadong, Jasfer Neil B
Nagera, Airene V
Narisma, Maria Aurora N
Narvas, Nicy F
Navarro, Marc Julius H
Ng, Anthea L
Ng, Jan Patrick O
Nuñez, Ma. Clarissa B
Obay, Shirley Cecilia N
Obuyes, Ernie P
Ochia, Joanna Loren J
Olivar, Francisco U
Omaña, James C
Ombao, Genevie R
Ong, Laureen Claire Y
Ong, Nicodemus L
Oriola, Ronnie Allen D
Ortal, Abigail Z
Ouano, Oscar I
Ozaeta, Maria Kristina Cecilia P
Pabelico, Christie Anne I
Pableo, Rachel Liwliwa M
Padilla, Samantha Faye M
Palec, Jesilyn F
Palencia, Frances Ina B
Palmero, Vina Florentina P
Palo, Kathleen Leigh J
Palogan, Christopher P
Pamintuan, Carlo Franco Philippe L
Pañares, Chiara Christine N
Pañares, Kathleen Ann B
Pangan, Efrea Lyndee G
Pantas, Jim Paulo P
Panugayan, Krislyn G
Pasco, Charisse Amor F
Pascua, Marc Ryan N
Patio, Antoinette Twinkle G
Pelayo, Blessa Marie H
Pellazar, Charisse Honeylette R
Penserga, Grace G
Peralta, Rafael Jose M
Perez, Maria Cristeta B
Perez, Maria Erica Mae S
Perez, Tamica L
Pesayco, Ma. Jeanette M
Pescador, Antonio O
Piansay, Lylle Angelica F
Pilit, Ma. Belen B
Pineda, Sabrina V
Piodos, Vernie M
Pizarro, Dean Marvin P
Planilla, Cyril Jonas M
Platero, Marieldo S
Po, Christopher John S
Pornillos, Maria Charissa Thalia M
Pragados, Carmela C
Presto, Julius Ceasar E
Puentespina, Jan G
Punzalan, Samantha S
Purnomo, Inosensius A
Quinon, Jewel Mae M
Quintero-Penaranda, Fern Lyse G
Rada-Llenaresas, Clarin M
Rama, Ardie S
Ramirez, Bryan Paul G
Ramos, Everly Faith P
Ramos, Hazelene Joyce G
Ramos, Nicole Rose B
Ramos, Sittie Zulaipha A
Ramos-Manalaysay, Amanda Mae L
Rances, Oliver T
Raymundo, Nikko Theodore V
Razote, Michael Rey L
Rebana, Marisol B
Regpala, Naomie F
Rejante, Sofia Carla D
Relente, Maria Ricci Elearhina S
Relleve, Dara Diana D
Revelo, Renamar N
Revilles, Jeraldine D
Reyes, Jed Cedric S
Reyes, Kristine P
Reyes, Roman Niño R
Ricalde, Baby Kristianne U
Rimando, Sheena A
Rimando-Valera, Kimberly A
Rivera, Josephine Encarnacion M
Rivera, Lorelie Ann C
Rivera, Ramon Miguel M
Roberts, Stephen R
Rodil, Dennis C
Rodriguez, Ben Joseph P
Roldan, Marie Kristine R
Roman, Christine Ysabelle G
Romines, Lucille G
Roque, Jether M
Rosales, Edison O
Rosales, Virra Teresa L
Rosete, Margaret B
Ruaya, Amy G
Saberon, Keith Moon Q
Salcedo, Karl Martin Q
Saliendra, Glethe Hanzel A
Salvador, Joanna Luisa Z
Sancha, Carlo Henry A
Sanchez, May R
Sanchez, Melanie B
Sandejas, Joanne Carmela M
Sanedrin, Lea A
Saniatan, Jay-Lord S
Santiago, Aivind Gabrielle G
Santos, Faith Y
Santos, Joanna Margarita S
Santos, Joel B
Santos, Maria Kathleen C
Santos, Maria Regina C
Santos, Ronald F
Sarabosing, Moneen Magdalene D
Sarita, Mabel Angela T
Sarmiento, Sherwin Joseph P
Sayson, Joberly D
Selodio, Evan F
Serenina, Ann Kristine S
Sevilla, Denise Ayn B
Silva, Kervin Jake B
Simbajon, Maryvic Izah S
So, Rizza Antoinette Y
So-Cabahug, Jacklyn M
Soeryaatmadja, William N
Solaña, Renato Q
Soldivillo, Lynne Michelle B
Sollano, Ma. Hanna Monica Z
Soria, Arriza Kryssan M
Sotta, Laarni Lou M
Suero, Joyce Karla S
Sulaeman, Marshall S
Sulit, Juxerez Maria B
Suñe, Therese Anne M
Susi, Fiel Marise S
Sy, Darleen M
Sy, Marianne Linley L
Tadios, Maricris Anne I
Tagayuna, Kimberly A
Tagayuna, Rafael A
Tagomata, Karl Babe G
Taladua, Kristy Michelle S
Talavera, Eric Royd F
Tamayo, Maria Theresa H
Tan, Ailie C
Tan, Anthea Virginia G
Tan, Claire A
Tan, Dan Lester U
Tan, Jayne Sari D
Tan, Katherine Ann N
Tan, Lynnette Marie C
Tan, Randall Isaac F
Tan, Ron Michael M
Tañada, Carlo Benjamin Z
Tanengsy, Debbie Rose U
Tang, Hervin Damler A
Tanseco, Vicente P
Tanwani, Albert C
Tayao, Lotgarda N
Tecson, Gina Y
Telan, Judith U
Tentativa, Elaine M
Teus, Merry Ann S
Tibayan, Christoper  John N
Tiglao, Angelique Love C
Ting, Frederic Ivan L
Toledano, Bryan Rene F
Tolentino, Joy Melchora
Tongo, Marco Angelo D
Torres, Pia Katrina G
Torres-Morado, Danilyn Rose Q
Tripole, Kathy Jane S
Tulawie, Janice De Grace L
Tuplano, Romelie M
Ubaldo, Onion Gerald V
Ugale, Maria Yvez Erika P
Ulit, Lea Marie M
Uy Choa Khao, Shair Aris D
Uy, Angelique Bea C
Uy, Anthony Earl C
Uy, Fanny Marian P
Uy, Gladys A
Uy, Glenn Darryl D
Vallente, Jeremiah R
Vasquez, Noel Patrick A
Velasco, Rogelio N
Velasquez, Jhoanna Rose H
Ventanilla, Glen T
Ventic, Vehement Jay G
Viernes, Jonathan S
Vigo, Kristine Dyan C
Villamar, Anna Maureen R
Villamor, Ralph Raoul A
Villanueva, Allen Richard D
Yabut, Vince Leenard M
Yamamoto, Julianne Marie E
Yap, Annabel Joy D
Yap, Ma. Krizia Camille C
Yap, Ralph R
Yau, Tommy D
Yoro, Ofelyn T
Yu, Brigitte Aiza D
Yu, Sherry Coleen C
Zamora, Mithi Kalayaan S
Congratulations! The Philippines needs us now more than ever!
To God be all the glory. +

What Your Doctors Always Promise You (But probably don’t tell you)


RMC Department of Internal Medicine Residents with their Chairman and Training Officers.


As early as medical school, it has always been emphasized to never promise anything to patients –otherwise, we might just be giving them false hopes. For the science of Medicine is never stagnant and ever changing. Its art sometimes more philosophical than logical. And with the advent of modern technology and new discoveries, its practice has never been this sophistically complicated.


Medicine has its glorious moments, and it has its gloomy days. We’ve had patients who came in dead, but went home walking. We’ve also had days when we admitted a seemingly well patient accompanied by his wife in the morning, who unfortunately ended up a widow in the afternoon.


But no matter what condition your patient has –be it benign or toxic, simple or complicated, rest assured that we are doing everything we can. From the moment the very innocent-looking, young, and vibrant intern gets your medical history and examines you, to the time the tired and famished resident redoes all the things the intern did and makes your admitting orders, to the time your attending physician visits you, it doesn’t stop there. We prepare for each and every patient we see -from the usual late night readings, to the constant case discussions made during our regular conferences, to the daily rounds we do, until the day you are sent home.


So no, you will never hear us promise you a good outcome. But to tell you honestly, here’s one thing we, your doctors, always promise to do: that in every patient we see, in every case we encounter, no matter what the outcome is, we will always give you our best. That’s what we are trained to do, and that’s what Medicine is all about.


To burn all candles, exhaust all efforts, and explore all possibilites –all for the care and comfort of those who entrusted their lives to us. This is our promise to you. It has always been, and will always be.

Sick and you shall find.

He started by telling us his personal story of getting sick, which ignited his interest in searching for the truth.

Today was a warm and breezy Sunday afternoon well spent with my co-residents at one of our cardio consultants’ farm.


Dr. Maleza and Manong Miguel with the RMC IM Residents after a sumptuous meal! #BusogLusog


Post-lunch lecture where Dr. Maleza inspired us to always question available data for evidence and never tire in searching for the truth.




View from the top.




The Koi pond.


Dr. Maleza teaching us how to make probiotics. How cool is that?



“Hala kanami!”

Quiz time = NAME that tree. Now this was the part where we (except Rhaffy) sounded and looked stupid. We can easily name the most common organisms involved in the different infections that occur in certain body parts… BUT WE DON’T KNOW THE NAME OF THE TREES!!!


Tree number 1. What is it’s name?


And this was Dr. Maleza’s reaction to our answers.


More reactions.


Well at least the boss had fun laughing at our guesses. Obviously, we don’t know our trees.

Breathers like this are a must for resident physicians. Getting out of the four walls of the hospital relieves you of your daily grind’s stresses -the echoing cries of patients and significant others that we are very familiar with, the never endings codes that happen here and there, and tons of events that extend your patience far beyond its limitations.

Stepping out of our arena every once in awhile not only maintains our sanity; but more importantly, it makes us realize that there is a world outside of medicine -something we have deprived ourselves as we hone our skills in taking care of the sick.

And this was exactly the goal of Dr. Francisco Maleza, Jr. for us this afternoon -to make us realize that despite the demands of the practice of medicine, we should still find time to pursue our true passions. 

For it is only by doing what makes us genuinely happy, when we can say that we have found our place in this world… and our purpose.

So what is that one thing that you are passionate about?

If you’ve already found it, never tire sharing it with others!

If you’re still searching, enjoy the journey -for sometimes it is in seeking that we truly get to know ourselves and our heart’s desire.

5 Things (among others) I plan to do for 2017 . 

The longer our New Year’s Resolution List is, the harder it is to follow. So for 2017, I trimmed my guiding principles down to 5. Hopefully by the end of the year I’d be able to achieve most, if not all, that’s on my personal list (and yup, it’s a very long list =)).

Sharing to you my Top 5:
1- Prioritize health and fitness. 

Because without these two, we wont be able to give our 100%. And not being able to do so means not maximizing our God-given potentials. Health here doesn’t just pertain to physical health, but more importantly spiritual and emotional. Go hit the gym, but also spend some alone time for personal retreats.
2- Save some moola. 

We’re not getting any younger, and things aren’t getting any cheaper. That’s a fact of life. We need to have savings, and the best time to start is NOW 🙂
3- Invest on travels more than material things. 

Gadgets get old, memories don’t.
4- Never cease being interested. 

It is good to know the WHATs and the WHEREs. But it is as equally important to know the WHYs. Not just in Medicine, but in all aspects of life in general.
5- Love, love, and just love. 

Hatred consumes us while love inspires us to be the best that we can be. 🙂


Go. Grow. Glow.


Happy New Year, Loves!

Day 1/365 with zee Best friend 🙂

A Blessed Christmas!


I’ve been super duper kaduper busy in the past few months that I’ve almost forgotten about my blog site. I’m in the process of making my annual “People of my Year” entry, but for now, allow me to greet everyone a Blessed Christmas!

I wish all of you genuine happiness! May we never forget the real essence of Christmas -and that is taking time off from our usual routine to spend time with our families as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

From my family and Kat’s Family to yours, Merry Christmas everyone! =)

Papasa ka.

Isang linggo na lang.

Isang linggo na lang bago ka kumuha ng pinaka-importanteng pagsubok sa iyong buhay.

Isang linggo na lang bago ka magiging ganap na Filipinong doktor -doktor na Filipino, para sa mga Filipino.


Huwag kang kabahan.

Huwag kang kabahan sapagka’t pinaghandaan mo ang pagsusulit na ito nang limang taon.

Simula noong una mong makilala si Gray, si Guyton, si Bates, si Katzung, at si Harper noong first year..

At nang sinubukan mong mahalin nang buong buo si Robbin noong second year.. kahit minsan ayaw niya sa iyo, binibigay mo pa rin ang lahat…

At nang ginabayan ka nina Harrison, Schwartz, Nelson, at ni William noong third year hanggang naging intern ka.

Kasama na dun ang iyong mga guro, mga seniors, mga residente, mga manong at manang sa ospital, at ang pinakamahalagang tumuro sa’yo sa iyong “hospital exposures” -ang iyong mga pasyente. 

Kaya’t huwag kang kabahan. Apat na araw lang ang pagsusulit. Limang taon kang naghanda. 



Magpasalamat dahil sa libu-libong taong gustong maging doktor, ikaw ay nabigyan ng pagkakataong makapasa sa medikal skul at makapagtapos ng internsip. Magpasalamat dahil hindi lahat ng nagsimula ay nakapagtapos. Hindi lahat ng nakapagtapos ay nabigyan ng pagkakataong kumuha ng bord eksam.

Kaya’t sa natitirang mga araw bago ang pagsusulit, habang kumukuha ng pagsusulit, at pagkatapos kunin ang pagsusulit, ugali-ing palaging magpasalamat. 

Magpasalamat ka sa iyong mga kaibigan at kakalase -sila ang tumulak sa iyo na magpatuloy noong mga pagkakataong gusto mo nang huminto sa sobrang hirap at pagod nang pagmemedisina.

Magpasalamat ka sa iyong mga pasyente, mga seniors, mga residente, at iyong mga guro. Malaking bahagi ng nalalaman mo ngayon ay dahil sa kanila.

Magpasalamat ka sa iyong mga magulang -nandito ka ngayon dahil sa kanila.

Magpasalamat ka kay Sir Broli at sa team ng Topnotch -malaki ang naitulong nila sa pagrerebyew mo para sa eksam. Kahit hindi ka man nag-enrol, alam naman nating lahat nagpafotoks ka ng Topnotch Notes (aminin! Bawal magsinungaling bago ang boards, baka hindi i-“bless” lol)

Magpasalamat ka sa Maykapal. Lahat ng meron tayo ngayon ay galing sa Kanya.


Papasa ka.

Maniwala ka sa sarili mo. Lahat ng hirap at pagod na iyong naranasan sa paaralan…

Lahat ng pagpupuyat mo sa ka-aaral habang kumukuha ng vital signs q15 ng iyong mga pasyente para lang makapaghanda sa morning endorsements…

Lahat ng mga okasyon sa pamilya na hindi ka naka-atend, lahat ng pagtatampo niyo ng iyong mahal sa buhay…

Lahat ng iyon ay humubog at naghanda sa iyo para sa pagsusulit na ito.

Kaya’t maniwala ka, papasa ka.


Hinihintay ka na.

Naghihintay sa iyo ang mga buhay na iyong masasalba… ang mga tatay, nanay, at anak na iyong mapapangiti… ang mga estudyanteng naghihintay na iyong maturu-an, ang mga problemang pangkalusugan na kayang kaya mong mabigyan ng solusyon.

Naghihintay sa iyo ang Pilipinas. Ang Pilipinas nating mahal. 


Isang linggo na lang. Huwag kang kabahan. Magpasalamat. Papasa ka. Hinihintay ka na.


Sa lahat nang kukuha ng bord eksam ngayong Setyembre, sinasama ko kayo palagi sa aking mga panalangin.

God be with you always. 



Pic c/o Internet.