Last February 28, 2015, the 9th installment of Camp Braveheart was held in the Eldar’s Tent, Enchanted Kingdom, Sta. Rosa, Laguna. With the theme “Nurturing Hearts with Compassion”, Camp Braveheart is the brainchild of the Council of Congenital Heart Disease of the Philippine Heart Association and the Philippine Society of Pediatric Cardiology, in partnership with the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity and the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority. 

It is the desire of Camp Braveheart to empower children who have had heart surgeries and to make them feel that their lives need not to be limited by any physical constraints, making them realize that what lies ahead is a life filled with joy and opportunities.

Almost a hundred children who are post-operative patients of congenital heart disease, along with their parents and guardians, graced the whole day event. Along with the brods and sisses of the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity and the Phi Lambda Sorority, members of the Philippine Heart Association and the Philippine Society for Pediatric Cardiology also attended the camp.

Welcome remarks from the Chair of the Council of Congenital Heart Diseases, Dr. Marinella Francisco – Mallari and the President of the Philippine Heart Association, Dr. Joel Abanilla formally started the event. Representatives from the UP College of Dentistry and Council of Congenital Heart Diseases talked about the Current State of Dental Health in the Philippines, the Importance of Dental health in Congenital Heart Disease Management, and How to keep our Hearts Healthy, which were aimed to help the parents and guardians in taking care of the children. Moreover, a free clinic was provided by the Philippine Heart Association to monitor the status of the children operated for their CHDs.

The Amazing Race, which was the main team-building event of the camp, aimed to develop camaraderie and critical thinking among participants, boost their self-esteem, and give happiness to the participants as they accomplish the tasks given to them. Divided to ten stations, the kids were made to solve a word puzzle by accomplishing the tasks assigned to them per station. Among the tasks were to make group cheers, construct paper hearts, solve jigsaw puzzles, and many others that were both physically and mentally challenging. The participants, along with their parents and guards, were also given the opportunity to roam around and experience the rides the theme park.

Late afternoon, the Camp was surprised by a performance by Ymmanuel, a magician-ventriloquist. His jaw-dropping tricks and performance left the kids, as well as everyone else in the tent, in awe that made the crowd ask for more.

TV Host Kim Atienza, more popularly known as “Kuya Kim”, made the crowd more excited as he brought his reptile pets inside the Eldar’s Tent. According to him, he is also a “braveheart” himself, being a patient of Dr. Jose Jonas Diño Del Rosario, Phi 1986, for a condition similar to that of the kids. Having different shapes and sizes, the pets of Kuya Kim perhaps sparked the interest of kids in animals and made the children realize how vast the world is, that is why they must continue to empower themselves and have a life free of inhibitions. Dr. Marinella Francisco – Mallari also gave her rendition of “Let It Go” from the hit movie “Frozen” of Disney that made the crowd sing to their delight.

The day ended with a surprise performance from the newest brods and sisses of the Phi Kappa Mu and the Phi Lambda Delta and a closing message from Dr. Jose Jonas Diño Del Rosario, Phi 1986. The children and volunteers were given certificates for their participation in this year’s event.

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Camp Braveheart 9 would like to thank the following sponsors: Sanare Medical, Friso Four, Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park, Continental, NU Skin, Urban Concepts, Adarna House, the Generics Pharmacy, Jansport, McDonalds, Corebridge, and Unilever, as well as our Media Partner Wazzup Pilipinas.

Three Cheers to Brod Julian Que Arguilla, Phi 2013 for heading this year’s Camp Braveheart 9: Nurturing Hearts with Compassion. All for PHI!

The sun has set on the horizon and the night begins as the 7th installment of the biggest med-law party in the country, Verdict 7: Wild Card was fast approaching. Last February 21, 2015 at the URBN bar and kitchen, the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity of the College of Medicine in partnership with Regina Iustitiae sorority of Ateneo Law gathered the wildest Medicine and Law Students of the Metro to cut loose from their busy post graduate schedules to mingle and party to the tunes of guest DJ’s from FlavaFlyte, Curse&Bless and our very own, Brod Kevin Ivan Penaverde Chan Φ 2011.

As we opened gates at 8 pm, the venue quickly filled with guests and partygoers. The party was quickly underway as our first guest DJ’s let out a stream of beats to which the rowdy crowd responded to with fervor. A short programs officially started the party with hosts Brod Edmond Rodiel Bries Φ2014 and Joyce Raboca from the Regina Iustitiae sorority. The party was a roaring success with a jam packed venue and an infectious tangible euphoria.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Hennessy, Jesi Mendez Katipunan, Mont Albo Massage Hut, Premiere Condoms, Uber, Garnier, Whiplash Tattoo, Blackwater, Brofit and Essenxa; our media partners: Aldous Ate the World, Circuit Magazine, Clavel Magazine, EDM Philippines, Guestlist.ph, 99.5 Play FM, Pulp Magazine, Rave.PH, Wazzup Pilipinas, and When in Manila; and our organizational partners: Alliance of Philippine Pre-Medical Societies, Alpha Delta Mu Sorority (UST Med), UP Delta Lambda Sigma Sorority (UP Law), Filiae Aesculapii Organization (UERM Med), UP Health Sciences and Pre-Medicine Society (UP Manila), Lex Societas Orientis (UE), Medici Omnes Duciens (MCU Med), Mu Alpha Rho Service Fraternity (PLM Med), Mu Upsilon Sigma Service Sorority (PLM Med), Phi Lambda Delta Sorority (UP Med), Suprema Lex Fraternity (UST Law).

Three Cheers to Brother Custodian Timothy Carl Francisco Uy Φ2012 and Brod Van Euldem Diaz Batad Φ2013 for heading this Year’s installment of Verdict. All for PHI!

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Credits to Markyn Kho and the Office of the Brother Recorder for the photos. More on: facebook.com/VerdictParty.

Last January 31, 2015, the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity of the College of Medicine gathered to celebrate and honor the recipients of the Outstanding Phi Awards, at the Luxent Hotel, Timog Ave. Quezon City. This event was envisioned to recognize the achievements of brods who embodied the virtues of the Fraternity and demonstrated in their lives the pillars of Excellence, Leadership, Service and Brotherhood.

After a scrumptious meal, A few words from the Superior Exemplar, Brod Mark Terrence Pua Mujer Φ2010 and Brod Gil Martinez Vicente Φ1976, the president of the Phi Kappa Mu Alumni Association, started the awarding. The 6 Recipients of the 2nd Outstanding Phi Awards are:

 

Brod Jose Santiago Eustaquio Φ1937 

Brod Jose “Peping”Eustaqio, is soon to celebrate his hundredth birthday and 77th year as a Loyal Son of the Most Venerable Fraternity of the UP College of Medicine the Phi Kappa Mu. He serves as a testament to the long and lasting tradition of brotherhood that the Phi Kappa Mu upholds. Endearingly called Lolo Peping, he has seen generation after generation of brothers be molded by - and mold - our fraternity. He remains active in many of the fraternity's pursuits and shares his positive experiences to younger brods that they may continue the legacy of the Phi that the early generations envisioned it to be. Brod Peping was introduced by Brod Manuel Sabalo Vidal Jr Φ 2014.

 

Leonardo Leonor Leonidas, MD, Φ 1965

Brod Leonard “Nonie” Leonidas has always been at the forefront of being an example of unfaltering service. He has been able to incorporate teaching despite the demands of private practice in primary care pediatrics at Bangor, Maine. He has received numerous awards, among them; Distinguished Carrer in Teaching in 2010, Tufts, University School of Medicine, Boston, Outstanding Alumnus, UPMAS 2010 as well as Overseas Teacher of the Year, UPMAS 2006. An avid writer he has made contributions to the Philippine Daily Inquirer with titles such as Rethinking Blood Transfusion and Evidence Based Practice. His main interests are innovations in teaching young children and Physicians to reduce diagnostic errors. His passion and desire in molding the youth as well as to improve on current medical practices has formed a legacy of service that is to be admired. Brod Nonie was introduced by his classmate, Brod Valentin Dolorico Φ1964. In his acceptance speech, Brod Nonie shared his secrets to a successful career, emphasizing the importance of communication in becoming a great physician and mentioned his sentiments about the lack of autopsy in the Philippine General Hospital.

 

Brod Romeo Pilotin Ariniego,MD Φ1967

Brod Romy, or Doc RA as he is affectionately called by his students and peers is one of the most well-respected and outstanding doctors in the De La Sallle Health Sciences Institute. He has served as the Dean of the DLS-HSI College of Medicine as well as other top positions in DLS-HSI and the DLS-HSI University Medical center. The newly constructed medical library in DLS-HSI is named after him, the Romeo P. Ariniego MD Library. He has garnered multiple awards such as; Outstanding Citizen in Health Education and Delivery, Vigan City, 2005, Distinguished teacher Award, Philippine Heart Association, 2013. He has shown time and time again how to display excellence as a medical practitioner and educator. Brod Romy was introduced by his classmate, Brod Manuel Tan Chua Chiaco Jr. Φ 1967. Upon his acceptance Brod Romy invited his brods to a life of excellence saying “There’s always room at the top”.

 

Abundio Asis Balgos, MD, Φ1976

Brod Abundio “Bunds” Balgos joined the faculty of the Department of Physiology of the UP College of Medicine as a clinical assistant professor of the pulmonary section and attending physician at PGH. He previously was an Associate Dean for Planning and Research and became Vice Chancellor for Research of UP Manila. An outstanding graduate of UPCM where he was the first Clemente Gatmaitan awardee, Brod Bunds has done laudable work as a physician, professor, researcher, writer, and community worker. He has received numerous prestigious awards, among them the National Academy of Science and Technology Ten Outstanding Scientists in 1995; Most Distinguished Teacher and Most Distinguished Fellow in Research in 1998, and Most Outstanding Fellow in 2005, awarded by the Philippine College of Chest Physicians. Brod Bunds has twenty-two publications promoting public health. He is currently the vice president of the PCCP while remaining active in community work serving the medical needs of indigent patients in Metro Manila and in his home in Capiz. Brod Bunds was introduced by his classmate, Brod David Mequi Cabatan Jr. Φ 1976. Brod Bunds graciously accepted his award saying that “Actions speak louder than words.”

 

Eric Sta. Maria Talens, MD, Φ 1981

Brod Eric Talens currently serves as the Director of Ugnayan ng Pahinungod-Manila and is a Fellow of the Philippine College of Surgeons (1995), Philippine Society of General Surgery (1999), and the American College of Surgeons (2006). He is an active Consultant of the Departments of Surgery of PGH, East Avenue Medical Center, and the Manila Doctors’ Hospital. Brod Eric previously served as the Czar of the UP Manila Disaster Response Team designated by former Chancellor Manuel Agulto to formulate a Disaster Response Plan for the University. Brod Eric is renowned as the first Trauma Fellow and the First Male Diplomate in Medical Care of Catastrophes in the Philippines. He served as the Founding Director of two medical societies: Philippine Society for the Surgery of Trauma (PSST) and the Philippine Society of Ultrasound for Surgery (PSUCMI). Remarkably, Brod Eric also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Philippine Journal of Trauma from 1997-2012, Co-Editor of the Philippine Journal of Surgical Specialties (2009-2013), and an Editorial Consultant of the Journal of Medical Ultrasound, a journal of the Asian Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology (AFSUMB) (2006). Despite his tight schedule and astounding achievements, Brod Eric never forgets to give back to his alma mater, he currently teaches surgery at the UP College of Medicine as an Associate Professor. Brod Alberto Mañibo Ong Jr. Φ 2008B introduced Brod Eric and as he accepted his award, he attributed his achievements to the contributions and work to the volunteers of the Disaster Response Team.

 

Major Virgilio Reginald Mala Acain, MD, Φ2000

Brod Virgilio “Verge” Acain currently serves as the Commanding Medical Officer of one of the United Nations’ Hospitals, and is part of the military unit that was involved in the standoff at the Golan Heights in Syria. He had his humble beginnings as an Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical School Scholar and served in the Philippine Army after graduating fom the UP College of Medicine. Brod Verge is a well-decorated soldier; under his belt are countless merits and commendations bestowed by the Armed Forces. He is a recipient of the Military Civic Action Medal and was recently awarded with the Presidential Citation Badge by no less than President Benigno Aquino. His service is a brand that goes beyond tending to the underserved – he does so with his own life on the line. The award of Brod Verge was accepted by Brod John Leeds Reyes Φ 1969A as he was not able to make it to the event. 

 

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The event was hosted by Brod Manuel Sabalo Vidal Jr. Φ 2014 and Brod Orville Cortez Ocampo Φ 1987, whose witty banter made for a truly merry gathering full of laughter. All the Brods cheered and applauded as each awardee went up onstage to receive their plaques of recognition. The newest Brods, Phi batch 2014 Noche Buena, were then introduced by Brother Prior, Brod Angelo Maria Mendoza Salonga Φ 2012, with each new brod showing their eagerness to serve the fraternity. All the brods were ecstatic to have the presence of Brod Peping and took haste to take their picture with him. This event not only celebrated the achievements of the awardees but also served as a reminder of what it means to live a life guided by the four pillars of Excellence, Leadership, Service and Brotherhood. 

All for PHI!

Last January 19, 2015, the brods of the Phi Kappa Mu and the sisses of the Phi Lambda Delta gathered for PHIsiklaban, an annual team-building activity to start the second semester to welcome the newest batch brods and sisses, as well as to celebrate an afternoon of camaraderie between the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity and the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority. This year’s PHIsiklaban was hosted by Brod Benjamin Francis Pablo Rodriguez Jr., Φ2014 and held at the Pablo Compound in Diliman, Quezon City.

The brods and sisses gathered at the venue after lunch and the activities were formally started at around 2 in the afternoon. This year’s hosts were Brod Van Euldem Diaz Battad Φ2013 and Sis Paticia Ann Dionisio Uy Φ2012. In order to facilitate brods and sisses team building, Phisiklaban includes various games wherein the brods and sisses present were sorted in four groups: Blue, Yellow, Green, and Purple. The afternoon games were kicked off with a mascot designing and cheering contest between the four teams, with the Purple team emerging as the winner.

Succeeding games included “IdentiPHI”, wherein the brods and sisses from opposing teams aimed to identify one select brod or sis from the opposing group; Musical Chairs; Newspaper Dance - where the contestants had to fit in a piece of paper which was folded halfwise at the end of every round; and a Food Relay, which included difficult-to-ingest food like polvoron and peanut butter sandwich, as well as more exotic choices like amapalaya shake and okra. After each game, the losing team will have at least one brod and one sis perfom their reflex. At the end of the competition, the Green and the Yellow team finished with a tie at first place with 14 points, while the Blue team finished last with 9 points. At the end of the games, the brods and sisses feasted on the cornucopia of potluck food. Capping off the afternoon, everyone took their turn performing their respective reflexes to everyone’s entertainment and delight.

Phisiklaban marks the start of a year of productivity and enjoyment for both the brods and sisses. Alumni brods present were: Edward Malaca Alfanta Φ1998, Gerald Marion Maramag Abesamis Φ2005, Jonathan Dela Cruz Galingan Φ2005, John Michael Paraiso Baking Φ2007, and Antonio Miguel Padilla dela Paz Φ2008B, SE 2012-2013.

Three cheers to Brod Jon Bryan Santiago Tiosin Φ2013 for heading this year’s PHIsiklaban. All for Phi!

Last December 18, 2014, seven loyal sons of the Phi Kappa Mu once again graced the UPMAS Homecoming Ball Awards for Outstanding Alumni as Brods Florante Perez Gonzaga, Φ1953; Florencio Morente Pineda, Φ1959; Romeo Pilotin Ariniego, Φ1967; Abundio Asis Balgos, Φ1976; Julian Jose Munson Esteban, Φ1984B; Arnel Monteloyola Joaquin, Φ 1984B; and Virgilio Reginald Mata Acain, Jr., Φ2000 received their respective citations.

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Florante Perez Gonzaga, MD, Φ1953 (Distinguished Alumnus Award) 

Brod Florante is a renowned expert in Reproductive medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Asia-Pacific region. He was able to train internationally and even held various key positions in scientific societies in the Philippines and abroad, including: Temporary Adviser in the Scientific Session on the Ovulatory Cycle at the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland (June-September, 1966); President, Philippine Society of Climacteric Medicine (1998); President of Osteoporosis Society of the Philippines (1997-present), and Board of Trustees in Philippine Society for the Study of Overweight and Obesity; Philippine Representative, Asia Pacific Federation of Menopause Societies (1998-2000). He was the founding president of the Philippine Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (1994). 

Brod Florante was successful in establishing the section of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) and the Menopause Clinic in UP-PGH, which pioneered post residency fellowship training in REI in the country. He was able to publish numerous local and international researches and authored and co-authored in several textbooks, reference manuals and clinical practice guidelines (CPGs).

Some of the awards he garnered for his invaluable contributions to the practice of medicine in the country and to the UP community include: UPMASA Professorial Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology (1991-1992), Elena Tan Professorial Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology (1994-1995), Honoria Acosta Sison Award for Research from the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (November 1996), Award from the Chancellor, UP Manila (June 20,1997), and in 1998, the highest distinction as Baldomero Roxas Awardee of the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. In 2007, he was also given the Expert Award by the Medical City. In the said hospital, he established the Women’s Health Care Clinic and served as chairman of its Obstetrics and Gynecology department for many years.

Brod Florante’s eagerness to learn and help the country did not halt him to bring back home his newly acquired knowledge after his trainings. He served the UP College of Medicine well until his retirement and is a professor emeritus.

 

Florencio Morente Pineda, MD, Φ1959 (Special Citation: Katapatan sa UPMAS Award) 

Brod Tos is the class president of 1963 and became the UPMAS president in 1988. He is a gastroenterologist and founded the Philippine Society of Gastroenterology. In 2009, he became the UPMAS Executive Director, a position he accepted because of his dedication as an alumnus of UPCM and his desire to be of service to the society. He has been the Executive Director of UPMAS since then.

Brod Tos not only helps in overseeing the activities of UPMAS but also spends time to meet with the UPMASA officials to discuss on how the UPMAS and UPMASA can work together for the benefit of the alumni and the college. The KATAPATAN SA UPMAS AWARD recognizes his commitment and loyalty to the ideals of the Society.

 

Romeo Pilotin Ariniego, MD, Φ1967 (Outstanding Educator)

Brod Romy is one of the most well-respected and most outstanding doctors in the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute (DLSHSI) recognized by his students, fellow faculty members, and colleagues in the medical profession. His students would always refer to him with respect, admiration, and affection whenever talking about “Doc RA” despite his notorious strictness whenever doing his teaching rounds. He is known as a caring and concerned mentor who does not hesitate in helping students in need. His home and extensive medicine library has been made open to scholars who need a place to stay, browse references, and want to learn personally the different medical concepts from him. In fact, he has already donated the said home to DLSHSI to be used by generations of students to come.

His leadership abilities were on full display as he served as dean of the DLS-HSI College of Medicine and various top positions in the DLS-HSI and the DLS-HSI University Medical Center, including a stint as its vice president and assistant medical director, respectively.

As fitting tribute to his contributions to the medical education of students of DLSHSI, the newly constructed medical library, has been named after him, the Romeo P. Ariniego MD Library. He recalls how he relied on borrowed materials from the medical library himself as a student.

He is also a topnotch cardiologist, trusted and consulted by the residents of Cavite. His clinics are known to have the longest of queues at the De La Salle University Medical Center. 

The administration of DLS-HSI and various organizations outside the campus have recognized his excellence as an educator, as he was awarded with Outstanding Citizen in Health Education and Delivery by Vigan City in 2005 and Distinguished Teacher Award by the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) recently in 2013.

 

Abundio Asis Balgos, MD, Φ1976 (Outstanding in Medical Service)

Brod Bunds joined the faculty of the Department of Physiology, UP College of Medicine, as clinical assistant professor of the pulmonary section and attending physician at PGH. He went to University of California-San Diego for post-doctoral fellowship in pulmonary physiology and to National Taiwan University and Cleveland in Ohio, for further post-doctoral training.

He resumed teaching at UPCM, with the academic rank of professor 6, a Tolete-Velcek Professor of Medicine. He was an Associate Dean for Planning and Research and Vice Chancellor for Research of UP Manila. An outstanding graduate of UPCM where he was the first Clemente Gatmaitan awardee, Brod Bunds has done laudable work as a physician, professor, researcher, writer, and community worker. He has received several other prestigious awards, among them the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Ten Outstanding Scientists in 1995; Most Distinguished Teacher and Most Distinguished Fellow in Research in 1998, and Most Outstanding Fellow in 2005, all three from the Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP). He recently received a Distinguished Alumnus award for Public Health promotion from the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA).

To further promote public health, Brod Bunds has done pioneering research in diverse areas such as the effects of cigarette smoke in mucociliary clearance in mice, and pulmonary function effect of chronic exposure of rice mill workers to rice grain dust. 

In the clinics, he has done studies on myocardial infarction scoring, bronchial asthma, COPD (or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), community-acquired pneumonia, septic shock, and ventilator weaning.

Brod Bunds has twenty-two published papers and abstracts and several other unpublished studies promoting public health. He is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) - Philippine chapter, of which he is past international governor. Now vice-president of the PCCP, Dr. Balgos is active in community work, serving the medical needs of indigent patients in Metro Manila in his home of Capiz.

 

Julian Jose Munson Esteban, MD, Φ1984B (Family of the Year award) 

The Esteban family with brods Julian Jose Munson Esteban, MD, Φ1984B (rightmost), and Jose Antonio Esteban Habana, Φ2014 (fifth from right).

Brod Julian belongs to the very first batch of students in the Intarmed Program of the UPCM, selected from the best of the very best. After graduating in 1989, he finished his residency in Internal Medicine at the UP-PGH and at the University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center, USA. He completed his cardiovascular and interventional cardiovascular fellowship both at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He likewise completed a Master of Science in Clinical Research Design and Biostatistics at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut Medical School where he also practices cardiology.

 

Arnel Monteloyola Joaquin, MD, Φ1984B (Outstanding Educator)

Brod Arnel graduated in 1989 and completed his Internal Medicine program from Wayne State University and a Geriatric Fellowship at UCLA School of Medicine. He joined the Charles Drew University/UCLA School of Medicine in 1995 and took over as the Chief of Geriatric Medicine in 1998. He also became the Program Director for the Geriatric Fellowship Program which was the second largest program in Southern California (2nd only to UCLA). Brod Arnel has trained more than 40 Geriatric Fellows and hundreds of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residents. As the principal investigator, Brod Arnel obtained a $2M grant to train Geriatric Fellows, mental health providers, and dentists from the Bureau of Health Professions/Health Resource and Services Administration (BHP/HRSA), US Department of Health Human Services from 2002. Over the span of his 12 year career at Drew/UCLA School of Medicine, Brod Arnel has secured more than $7M in research training and service grants for Drew/UCLA School of Medicine. He also participated in grant reviews for BHP/HRSA and California Geriatric Education Center. During his term as the Chief Geriatrics, his division grew from 5 to more than 20 faculty members. In 2002, the Geriatrics Services at King/Drew Medical Center was recognized as one of America’s Best in the US in Geriatrics (ranked 28th) by the US News and World Report (July 2002). Brod Arnel’s Geriatric Program included a dedicated inpatient geriatric unit which served many indigent seniors of South Central Los Angeles.

Brod Arnel has several publications and has reviewed papers for JAGS, the Journal of the National Medical Association (NMA), and Biologist.

He keeps himself active in the community by serving as board member as well as officer of various community groups, including the Los Angeles Police Foundation, Filipino Veterans Foundations, Filipino-American Service Group, Veterans Administration Advisory Council, the Philippine Medical Association of Southern California, and the UPMASA Southern California chapter among others.

 

Major Virgilio Reginald Mata Acain, MD, Φ2000 (Special Citation for Medical Service) 

Brod Verge is one of the Filipino peacekeepers who were involved in the recent Syrian Conflict. Serving as the Commanding Medical Officer of one of the United Nations hospitals, he is part of the military unit that was involved in the infamous standoff at the Golan Heights of Syria. Consequently, he was recently awarded the Presidential Citation Badge by no less than President Aquino. His is a kind of service that goes beyond healing the poor and sickly: he does so with his own life on the lines. 

He had his humble beginnings as an Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical School scholar. After graduating from the UP College of Medicine, he went on to serve with the Philippine Army, taking on dangerous assignments in Visayas and Western Mindanao. Taking his learnings from the college, he entered the United Nations and tended to the medical needs of Filipino soldiers as well as the impoverished and displaced refugees overseas.

Brod Verge is a well-decorated soldier--under his belt are countless merits and commendations bestowed by the Armed Forces. He has held leadership positions in military hospitals. For conducting medical missions and relief operations, he has received the Military Civic Action Medal. Indeed, Brod Verge’s dedication and service gives honor to his dear alma mater - and he deserves the recognition.

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Congratulations brods! All for PHI!

 

source: U.P. Medical Alumni Society citations

 

Established in August 1933 by the UP College of Medicine's best medical students, the PHI KAPPA MU (Fraternity of the College of Medicine) continues to uphold its tested tradition of Excellence, Leadership, Service and Brotherhood in the College, University and in our country.

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