Last June 21, 2014 at the University of the Philippines Diliman Bahay ng Alumni, the UP Alumni Association(UPAA) conferred the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award upon Brods Dr. Fernando Basilio Florando Piedad Φ1954 (For Medicine), Dr. Eric Sta. Maria Talens Φ1981 (Distinguished Service), and Dr. Abundio Asis Balgos Φ1976 (Public Health Promotion) at the UP General Alumni-Faculty Homecoming & Reunion.

(L-R) Dr. Eric Sta. Maria Talens Φ1981, Dr. Fernando Basilio Florando Piedad Φ1954, and Dr. Abundio Asis Balgos Φ1976


Dr. Fernando Basilio Florando Piedad Φ1954: A Standard of Excellence

Brod Nanding’s curriculum vitae of positions, honors and achievements is extensive, to say the least. He was elected member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Internal Medicine (ISIM) from 1998 to 2004, the first Asian to hold this distinction. He is a fellow of the American College of International Physicians, the Philippine College of Cardiology, and was president of the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) and also served as its Executive Director. He is considered as one of the most respected authorities in internal medicine, serving as a pillar of the PCP in providing postgraduate training to internists. He has served as chairman of Medicine at the East Avenue Medical Center as well as the Manila Doctors Hospital. He is an author, educator, editor of medical journals, and according to the UPAA citation, “his contribution to the health care of Filipinos is far-reaching.”


Dr. Abundio Asis Balgos Φ1976: Leadership by Spearheading

Brod Abundio received the coveted Ten Outstanding Scientists award in 1995 from the National Academy of Science and Technology. He was named Most Distinguished Teacher and Most Distinguished Fellow in research in 1998, as well as Most Outstanding Fellow (2005) by the Philippine College of Chest Physicians. His work and pioneering research in different fields have all resulted to a significant impact in Philippine Public Health.


Dr. Eric Sta. Maria Talens Φ1981: An Exemplar of Service

When it comes to public service, Brod Eric’s track record is unparalleled. He obtained his medical degree from UPCM in 1985, and finished Master of Science in Epidemiology in 2001. He served as professor of the PGH Department of Surgery and has been with UP manila since 1994. He has garnered several accomplishments in the field of medicine, but beyond his medical practice, he has worked as Director of the UP Manila Extension Service Program (Ugnayan ng Pahinungod) since 2010. His efforts have led not only to physical relief, but also to the restoration of dignity among people distraught by disasters and calamities. Since then, the DOH has adopted his system in providing aid. The UPAA commends Dr. Talens for possessing key attributes of a community servant: huwaran, mahusay, tapat na ehemplo, and ultimately, katangi-tanging bayani sa serbisyong panlipunan.


Congratulations, Brods! All for PHI!

Source: UP Alumni Association Citations 


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