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.




It’s the last day of my 5-day leave from Residency and I decided to wake up early at 430am and do my usual daily routine to somehow “acclimatise” myself for work that comes the next day.


It was a dark gloomy morning at my condo in Shaw Boulevard. As soon as I stood up, I did my usual routine -two glasses of water, Morning Prayer, and the proverbial 20 push-ups. Then a pile of books on the coffee table started to catch my attention –they were Adams and Victor’s, Snell, Carpenter, Anschel, White, Goldberg, and Greenberg. I startled for a while. Thoughts rushed in. And suddenly I felt weak, knelt down, and tears started falling from my eyes –at first drop by drop… and then they just dripped and gushed out like that of a dam full of water that finally broke.



The Books.



“Why Lord?” I asked. “What is the meaning of this? What is the meaning of life?”


I couldn’t control my emotions at that time, so I did what every sporty, poignant man would do – donned my running shoes and ran my heart out around Ortigas. After a good 5 kilometers, I started to reflect on what happened earlier. Why the sudden gush of emotions?


Well, maybe because those books symbolized dreams. Dreams that for some reasons drifted away from me… or was it me who allowed them to get away from my grasp?


Dreams are probably something that connects all of us, because we all had it since we were kids, and we definitely still have it now –some with the same childhood dreams, while some may have shifted and changed into adult dreams; some still striving hard to achieve their dreams, while some already living their dreams.


This morning’s bewilderment led me to remember a homily of a good friend, Fr. Xavier Olin, SJ, that he shared at Carmelite Monastery during one of his visits in Bacolod (the City where I grew up and where I’m currently based).

He said,

It is important to know and define your dreams… for they will guide you in finding your life’s purpose… But it is more important to know God’s dreams for you… for they are the answers to your heart’s desires.


As we try to realize our dreams, may we never forget that no matter how big our dreams are for ourselves, the biggest, grandest, and most important dreams would still be the dreams of God for us.


Our biggest challenge is how to figure them out. Some find it in an instant. While some, would have to go through a long series of ups and downs. Some would even lose their way in searching for it.


Let us not give up in finding out God’s dreams for us. Because even God himself will never give up on us. It is just there. We just have to find it. We just have to listen to our heart’s desire. We just have to listen to Him.


So let me ask you, what are your dreams? Do you think they are God’s dreams for you as well?

It’s better to die WANDERING, than die wondering.

“Where do you go when you don’t know where you’re going?” is a common question people ask themselves at the end of something, and at the beginning of another thing. Most people feel this at least twice in their lives –graduation from high school, when we decide what course to take in college, and during graduation from college, when we decide which career path to take.

Two major events involving two major decisions are what it takes for most people to live the life they want to live. Most are happy, some are not. Some, on the other hand, require more than two… like doctors in general, and doctors in training in particular.

For physicians, on top of those two graduations most people have to make, we further decide: first, on which hospital to do post-graduate internship; second and third, on what specialty to train on and which hospital; and fourth and fifth, on what subspecialty to train on and which hospital, not to mention the decisions that come AFTER training –which place to practice? Which hospital to affiliate with? And the list goes on.

But what do you do when you still can’t decide which specialty to take? Which hospital to train?

Or the more difficult question is when you’re already in a training program and you suddenly feel you are NOT in the right program, but when you ask yourself what you’ll do when you quit, you wouldn’t have an answer also. I know right –life is difficult.

Well I guess we just all need to spend time to think what we really want in life. And this time is limitless –for some, it maybe a weekend, for some it can take months or years, while for others, it can last a lifetime. We have to remember that knowing what we want is not a race to win where we should be first, but a destination to arrive to. And every destination is best achieved when the journey itself is well enjoyed.

So don’t be afraid to wander, and wander more… because not all who wander are lost, but are just still looking.


So where do you go when you don’t know where you’re going? You go deep within. Within your self. Within your mind. Within your heart. Within you.

What is it that YOU are looking for? What is it that makes YOU jump out of the bed every morning? What is it that makes YOUR life worth living?

See the emphasis in YOU. Because only YOU can tell what you want. Only YOU can feel your passions. Not your friends, not your teachers, not even your family.

Remember, if it feels so heavy to wake up and face work in the morning during most mornings of the week for consecutive weeks, then maybe you ought to rethink and reconsider where you are now and what you would want to do about it.

Remember life is too short to be wasted. It’s better to die wandering, than die wondering.