Former Dean Baltazar dies at 90

Flordeliza M. Baltazar, MD, the sixth dean of the FEU Institute of Medicine for 11 years (from 1993-2004), died on November 2, 2014. She was 90.

Born on October 12, 1924, Dr. Baltazar graduated from the UPCollege of Medicine in 1951. She was elected chairman of the Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1980 and two years later was named Chairman of the OB-Gyn Department at FEU, a position she held for 16 years.

In 1984, Dr. Baltazar assumed the presidency of the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Socity (POGS). In 1986, she won the Jesus B. Nolasco Most Outstanding Faculty in Clinical Category, FEU-NRMF. She was awarded the POGS Baldomero Luz Roxas memorial Award. In 2000, she was recognized as Obstetrician-Gyneocologist of the Year by the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FItrics and Gynecology (FIGO). Dr. Baltazar was named Professor Emeritus in 2003, the same year she was elected President of the prestigious Philippine Medical colleges (APMC). - PSC

Chief of Clinics Tamesis named Dean of Medicine

Linda D. Tamesis, MS, MD, FPSP, Chief of Clinics since 2011, was named Dean of the Institute of Medicine May 20, 2013, succeeding Remy T. Habacon, MD., who retired.

Dr. Polly Chua Chan was appointed on the same date Vice President for Academic Affairs. All the other colleges, including the Institute of Medicine, will be under the VP of Academic Affairs.
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Dr. Tamesis had her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Rutgers Graduate School, Newark, New Jersey in 1978 and 1979, respectively. She is an FEU-NRMF alumna, Class ’85. She has her Master of Hospital Administration from St. Jude’s, thesis pending.

The new IM Dean had her Postgraduate training in Clinical Pathology at FEU-NRMF in 1989 to 1992, passed the Philippine Medical Board (86.83%) in August 1986 and the Philippine Board of Pathology, Clinical Pathology, in 1992.

Dr. Tamesis was Chairman of Pathology and Laboratory Diagnosis from 1996 to 2010 and Chairman of the Department of Clinical Laboratory from 2010 to 2011. She has numerous awards from 1993, the latest one being the Most Outstanding Alumna, FEU DNRSMAF July 2010.


The United Class of '61, the 46 Golden Jubilee celebrants, and the Class of '86, the Silver Jubilatrians, were honored at the 32nd Annual Reunion and Convention at the Monte Carlo Hotel Resort in Las Vegas, with gold and silver medals, respectively, on Saturday, June 18, 2011. Pictured above are the Golden Jubilarian following the Filipiniana Night two days before. Class '61 is the largest Golden Jubilarian attendance yet at this annual event. Following the gold and silver medal awarding ceremony, officiated by Mrs. Josephine C. Reyes, Chairman of the Board, FEU-NRMF, Dr. Remedios Habacon, Dean, Institute of Medicine, Dr. Pepito Rivera, Chairman, alumni foundation, Class '86 and Class of '61 performed their respective surprise numbers. Class '86 presented a touching skit, and the Class '61 amazed the almost 400 alumni and guests with their 18-minute colorful full-costume tribal dance ala Sinulog of Cebu that brought the house down, a fitting inspiring conclusion of the reunion.

An International Icon Passes Away

This is a story of an international icon, who, at the age of 94, was still active in her practice of Pediatrics. On Saturday, August 6, 2011, at the age of 99, three months shy of 100, Dr. Fe Del Mundo passed away quietly in her sleep at the Fe del Mundo Children's Medical Center, a pediatric center she built in 1957, the first hospital dedicated to children's care. [ Click here ]


The 31st Grand Reunion Award Ceremonies

International missionary surgeon Pete J. Obregon, MD, FACS, Class '60, in Barong, was bestowed the award as Most Outstanding Golden Jubilarian from Dr. Hernani Tansuche, Alumni Foundation President, assisted by Dr. Avila Alcala, Award Chairperson, and Dr. Arsenio Martin, Foundation Chairman.

Dr. Linda Tamesis, Class '85, (inset), Chairman of Pathology at the FEUNRMF in Quezon City, and President of the FEU-NRMF Medical Alumni Society, was named the Most Outstanding Silver Jubilarian. The award ceremonies were held at the 31st Grand Reunion and Convention of the Foundation, held in Troy, Michigan.

FEU-NRMF Tops Feb 2010 Medical Board

The Far Eastern University - Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation tops the medical board examinations given February 2010, with its graduate Marie Jo-Ann B. Cabanting bagging home the First Place with a score of 85.42%. Of the 97 FEU-NRMF graduates who took the exams 68 passed, giving the university 70% over-all passing average way above the 46.21% passing score for the national average

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32 Golden Jubilarians, Class '57

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An impressive attendance of 32 Golden Jubilarians, Class '57, graced the August 2-5, 2007 Annual Reunion and Convention of the FEU-DNR School of Medicine Alumni Foundation (USA), held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. The first graduate of FEU Institute of Medicine, the "Goldeners" performed to the delight of the room-packed alumni from various years, who gave them a grand and long standing ovation.

Linkapil Award ceremony on December 7, 2006

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The picture taken after the Linkapil Award ceremony on December 7, 2006 at the Rizal Hall of the Malacanang Palace in Manila, shows (seated, l-r)


CFO Chair Dante Ang, former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos, President Gloria M. Arroyo, Vice President Noli de Castro, and Jose Molano, Jr., CFO Executive Director. The FEU-NRMF delegation shown in the back row (l-r) FEU-NRMF IM Dean Remedios Habacon, M.D., Alumni Medical Society President Matias Sonny Habacon, M.D., FEU-DNR-SM alumni Foundation Chairman Emeritus Philip S. Chua, M.D., FACS, FPCS, SPSA President Oscar M. Laserna, M.D., with the plaque, and Sarie G. Laserna, M. D., and FEU-DNR-SM-AF past president Arsenio Martin, M.D., holding the plaque.

The 21 top-notch medical scholars

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The Cream of the Crop -  The 21 top-notch medical scholars of the FEU-DNR School of  Medicine Alumni Foundation (USA) who have enrolled in the FEU-NRMF Institute of Medicine are: Front row (l-r): Raquel Manapul, Aveline Claire Acuna, Alisa Jabinal, Lorielyn Abello, Sofia Sipin, Benjielyn Belarmino, Kryzel Ramos, Maricris Garcia, Eleanor Dela Pena, Conchita Morabe, Annie Jecino, Felle Angelee Diaz, Leslie Jocson. Second row (l-r): Heherson Adriano, Gerard Dale Giron, Juvelon Mendoza, George Paul Habacon, David Co, Jericho De Leon, Theo Jay Santy III, and Willard Palustre. These students have been recruited on the basis of their excellent grades (summa, magna and cum laude) and provided scholarship grant by the FEU-DNR medical alumni foundation in the United States.

FEU Tops Medical Board Exam

Alumnus Marlon Garcia, MD, was awarded $1,000 by the FEU-Dr. Nicanor Reyes School of Medicine Alumni Foundation in the United States for garnering the number one spot in the August 2008 Philippine Medical Board Examination. Pictured above at the Annual Alumni Reunion at the Philippines Plaza Sofitel in Manila at the awarding ceremonies on January 17, 2009 are (l-r) FEU-DNR MS Alumni foundation President Hernani Tansuche, Treasurer Grace Rabadam, alumni chairman Arsenio Martin, and Renato Ramos and Edmundo Relucio, alumni chairmen emeritus. Full Report

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FEU Bags Home 8th, 9th Places in Feb '03 Medical Board Exams

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.

Balik FEU 2005

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 medical society.

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 departments.

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.

Dean Baltazar Retires

Dean 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 May 31,2004.

For her exemplary services and dedication to FEU, we salute her and wish her all the best.

Board 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.

Two Thumbs Up For Troy Reunion

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 of performers.

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 convention-reunion.

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.

2004 Election Results

The 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.

Medical 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 ones.

The February 2003 Medical Board Exam

From: FEU-DNRMF Website
Author: Maria Therese C. Torres (Caduceus)
Date: 10.12.2003

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 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.

Dr. J.B. Nolasco dead at 87

Jesus 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 fries

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 presentation.

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., 2003.

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 excellent job.

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.

Dr. and Mrs. Jesus B. Nolasco with some of his former students,
including Farida Isip-Chua '61, wife of our Chairman of the Board.

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.

Next Year's 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 Unilever.

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).

FEU-DNR Medical Foundation Medical Alumni Society, Inc. (Philippines)

Secretariat: Room 316, Institute of Medicine, FEU-NRMF Medical Complex, Regalado Avenue, West Fairview, Quezon City.Cely T. Ocampo, Office Manager Email: celyfeualumni@yahoo.comTelephone: 935-0025 Telefax: 930917-478-16406-7175 Cell: 0917-478-1640

OFFICERS (2002-2004)

President - Fernando G. Ayuyao, M.D.
Vice President - Sonny Matias E. Habacon, M.D.
- Linda D. Tamesis, M.D.
Assistant Secretary - Anna Belen C. Ignacio-Alensuela, M.D.
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, M.D.
Immediate Past President - Liberato C. dela Rosa, M.D.
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.



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