Project OPERA

Five more patients, all of which were children below fifteen years old, successfully received the heart operation they needed in this year’s Project OPERA held last February 9 at the Philippine General Hospital.

Project OPERA is a project of the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity spearheaded by Dr. Jose Jonas Diño Del Rosario, Φ1986, that involves giving select patients with patent ductus arteriosus (PDA; a congenital heart defect consisting of a communication between the thoracic aorta and pulmonary artery) a free operation to remedy the defect. Patients are selected based on referrals by fellow doctors, and are from provinces all over the country.

Read more: Project OPERA: The Art of Service

Audience to the beginnings of the universe are the Juggernauts, a fine set of gentlemen from a breed of resilient souls and skillful minds. These are men reborn from the fires of Phi Kappa Mu, every single unit a force to be reckoned with, radiating from the sunburst of fervent brotherhood. Together they endured challenges head-on like the juggernauts they are, breaking through every wall without losing momentum. Now, they are witnesses to the new universe that has emerged, and they will continue to erupt magnitudes. The clenching of their fists delivers one thrusting force that smashes through adversary. From the firmness of their grasps evolves the singular embrace - the force that bonds them all together. Without inferiority to these are the rigorous tugs in their hearts whose intensity is a force like gravity that would always remind them of the promise of brotherhood. Charging into a genesis as brothers of the fraternity, here are the Juggernauts; fifteen strong and as one, stronger.

Read more: Juggernauts Phi 2017: An Unrelenting Force

 

Mental health gets a bad rap in the Philippines. According to WHO, 1 in 5 people suffer from mental health problems worldwide, but mental illnesses here are still misunderstood by the majority of people. There is a huge stigma regarding people with mental health illnesses, and so a vast amount of people do not get the treatment they need and deserve.

As one of the advocacies of the Fraternity, the Phi Kappa Mu believes that mental health care should be provided for every Filipino. This was shown with the launching of the exhibit at the PGH Central Block last September 19, 2016. As the official partner of the #MHActNow campaign by the Philippine Psychiatric Association, and in partnership with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, the fraternity seeks to increase awareness of the various mental illnesses through publicity materials, exhibits, and activities, allowing more people to be more informed regarding mental health. With advocates like RA Rivera, Rico Blanco, Mae “Juana Change” Paner, and Ramon Bautista, among others, the #MHActNow campaign upholds the idea that mental health is a basic right for all Filipinos.

A TV showing the official video of the #MHActNow campaign was displayed, along with the seals of the Phi Kappa Mu and Pagkalma, the service arm of the fraternity. The service tarp, showing the pillar of Service of the fraternity, was also presented, signifying the mission of the Fraternity to serve the neglected.

Read more: Phi Kappa Mu Speaks Out on Mental Health Through #MHActNow Advocacy

 

The sense of brotherhood had been awakened once more in the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity Induction Ball 2016 aptly entitled "The Awakening” held last June 4, 2016. The Pan Pacific Manila Hotel saw the merriment of brothers as everyone gathered once again from around the world for the momentous occasion.

 

Read more: Phi Kappa Mu Induction Ball 2016: The Awakening

Today, after several years of chasing the coveted PGH Director’s Cup, our very own Phi basketball team has succeeded valiantly in attaining the much-deserved title. The championship game was held on the 15th of February, 2016 at the PGH court, against the formidable Surgery team, which has held a record for being one of the top teams to beat each year. The exciting match was overall a very close game, with the final score being 74-71. The Phi Team fought hard all throughout where every single point mattered, and in the end, they emerged victorious.

Read more: PHI Team Wins PGH Director's Cup 2016

 

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.

Through the Fraternity's ideals and pillars, her Loyal Sons continue to lead, innovate and excel in the practice of medicine worldwide and in preserving the honor and integrity of the medical profession.

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