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Monday, December 19, 2011

A Blogger's Missionaries of the Poor, Little Lamb Center Experience

December 18 is a day I will never forget.

Cebu Bloggers' Society (CBS) together with some volunteers and friends visited the Missionaries of the Poor Little Lamb Center in Sawang Calero, Pasil, Cebu City to send gifts to the elderly and the children with special needs there. What was unexpected is that we were the ones receiving gifts -- gifts that bring about indescribable joy and brings smiles to our hearts. Alas! I finally felt Christmas this year during that day.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Happy 1st Anniversary Hotel Elizabeth Cebu

It was my first time at Hotel Elizabeth yesterday and the timing was perfect since it was their 1st year anniversary. The location of the hotel is very strategic as it is within walking distance of the Ayala Center Cebu.

Taking a look around the entire hotel, I noticed the owner's love for Santorini. The design including photos in the rooms gave a hint of this. I was told that the hotel was designed by famous designer Tessa Prieto Valdez. 

The rooms were elegant and stylish. I particularly liked the Honeymoon suite. The other rooms are perfect for businessmen on the go. The breakfast I heard was superb, some preferring to take breakfast here even if they are not staying in the hotel. 

The food based on what was served cocktail style was delicious. I got to taste their selection of seafood and cold cuts.

The ballroom is a good alternative for seminars which can accommodate around 200 plus participants. The staff were all smiles which is good. The performers in the piano bar have a wide selection of songs.

The hotel is managed by the Fernando family who manages the Fersal group of Hotels/Inns. Elizabeth is named after the family matriarch and she was present along with her daughter for the event. There are paintings in the walls of the hotel depicting the life of the hotel owner.

The first anniversary celebration of the hotel was well attended by the hotel's business partners, suppliers and media including the Cebu Bloggers Society. The hotel staff made a surprise song number which appears to be the future theme song of the hotel and it resulted into a standing ovation from Mrs. Elizabeth Fernando.

Governor Gwen Garcia and Mayor Mike Rama graced the occasion although they did not come at the same time. The mayor fresh from the launching of the 75th Charter Day Celebration of the city sang a song (Lovely) which drew generous cheers and applause from the audience as he modified some parts of the lyrics to fit the event.

During this said event, prizes were given via raffle draw which included an overnight stay to the hotel in Cebu and Baguio. I won one of them.

The band provided the appropriate musical background for the event and everybody had a good time.

Looking forward for more events in Elizabeth Hotel.  And looking forward to be able to spend one night with my wife here in this hotel this May with the gift certificate I won from them. Then I will make my own review of the hotel based on my experience.

This is one business boutique hotel in Cebu that I think many will go to especially this Sinulog.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Best Cebu Blog Awards this December 9: Cebu MD among Finalists

2 years ago, I was not as active in the blogosphere. I was not a member of any blogging organization and I could not consider myself as a serious blogger. Fast forward to this year...a nomination in Best Cebu Blogs. Wow!

Best Cebu Blogs returns this year 2011 to give recognition to Cebu's Best Blogs. After a thorough screening process, 40 bloggers made it as the finalists for this year's bigger and better edition including yours truly in the Personal Blog category. The finalists will compete for the following awards:

  • Top 10 Famous Blogs Facebook Contest
  • Best Cebu Food Blog
  • Best Cebu Personal Blog
  • Best Cebu Photo Blog
  • Best Cebu Travel Blog
  • Best Cebu Technology Blog
  • Best Cebu Fashion Blog
  • CBSi Choice Award
  • Nokia Philippines' Choice Award
The awarding of the winners will be held on December 9, 2011 at SM Conference Hall A. Atty. Ethelbert Ouano and Ms. Maan Cajipe will serve as emcees of the event.

There will also be raffle prizes to spice up the evening.

Best Cebu Blogs is made possible with the help of:

Monday, November 28, 2011

The PSMID Annual Convention 2011 Experience

The Philippine Society of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (PSMID) has recently held its annual convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas last November 24 and 25.

It featured both local and foreign speakers and was well-attended. I traveled with fellow PSMID Cebu members and the experience was a fruitful one.

The topics were relevant with the highlight topic coming at the end with Dr. Enrique Tayag speaking on the State of the Nation -AIDS (SONA). He challenged physicians to do something with the HIV problem especially in Cebu where the statistics are becoming a greater concern than anywhere else in the country worsened by the problem of IV drug use prevailing. I thought to myself that maybe a social media information campaign in Cebu might be a great help.

Other highlights include the Christmas in November Fellowship Night which featured Cebuano products as prizes, PSMID Cebu female physicians wearing Wonderwoman-like attire, a solo dance number by Dr. Eric Tayag, a chorale contest featuring some groups singing original Christmas song compositions related to infectious diseases. I was one of the judges in that contest which was won by the contingent from Davao. Every participating chorale group went home with a cash prize.

A teaser audiovisual presentation (made by yours truly) about the next PSMID Midyear Convention to be held July of next year in Cebu was also played to the delight of the audience.

Hoping to attend future annual conventions. Meanwhile here is the program for next year's PSMID Midyear Convention.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cebu Bloggers get RAFI's support for Visayas Blogging Summit 2011

As the Visayas Blogging Summit (VBS) 2011 approaches, the Cebu Bloggers Society, organizers of VBS, got the very valuable support of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI).

RAFI represented by its Communications Officer, Haidee Emmie Palapar signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Support to the Visayas Blogging Summit 2011.

RAFI is a social development organization that supports several advocacies like Education, Protecting and Greening the environment, Preserving and Nurturing Culture and Heritage among many other things to bring about positive change for a better community. It is known for projects like E-GWEN, My Mandaue, Gabii sa Kabilin, KKK, Moonwalk for Breast Cancer Awareness and Run to Plant.

Cebu Bloggers Society is very honored to have them on board in this upcoming activity at the SM City Trade Hall One on November 26, 2011.

Friday, October 28, 2011

RAFI's YMA scholars: putting time and talent to good use

I am amazed at what I saw.

Teens and young adults promoting causes of local groups that help alleviate poverty through projects and use of social media. These are scholars of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated's Young Minds Academy or YMA, a youth citizenship and leadership development program that aims to mold young leaders that are ready to serve the community.

The scholars presented community-based projects last October 28 at the Casino Espanol, Cebu City after an eight-month program. One of the evaluators was my Cebu Bloggers' Society colleague, social media marketing expert Ruben Licera.  The presentation was followed by an awards and graduation ceremony graced by RAFI's executives.

For the YMA program, the scholars spent their weekends and even holidays training some months ago. They were exposed to experiential and situation-based learning strategies and to the real issues and concerns of the community. After which, they would come up with team projects addressing problems related to poverty and social welfare. Others on the other hand, would promote projects using a social marketing strategy that gathered support in cash or kind or commitment signatures.

These young individuals are so blessed. I can still recall that when I was their age, I was perhaps playing basketball in the munisipyo, playing volleyball in tournaments or enjoying Family Computer games. In these generation, perhaps a lot of the teens may be playing DOTA or other online games or stroll at the mall or party all night.

Bu thanks to RAFI and sponsors City Savings Bank and Unionbank of the Philippines, this season of YMA bore fruit and many future leaders are now made more ready to be agents of change for the good of the community.

In his inspirational speech during the YMA presentation and graduation, RAFI President Roberto E. Aboitiz challenged the scholars to be "driven to excel, driven to lead and driven to serve." To drive a point, he brought a "bugsay" with him on the podium and urged the YMA graduates to row and "have a destination, a purpose to our lives" and also to have a positive attitude and row his bugsay "with great effort and consistency." He added nothing comes without effort echoing Mikel Aboitiz earlier challenge to the youth leaders to not take the easy route.

Roberto Aboitiz's parting shot to the YMA participants for the event was memorable. "Let us row together...the Philippines awaits you."

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cebu Event Alert: Cosplay HD

Aspiring to be a Cosplayer? Want to know how to become one or how it feels like? Then here is your chance right here in Cebu.

Cebu Educational Development for Informational Technology (CEDf-IT) in partnership with Cebu Holdings Inc. and Ayala Center Cebu in cooperation with brings you CEDF-IT Cosplay HD (Harajaku District) on October 29, 2011 from 5 PM -12 MN at the Linear Park (Between Cebu Holdings Center and City Sports Club of Cebu), Cebu Business Park.

Join friends from the IT/BPO Industry, their families, friends, cosplay hobbyists, enthusiasts and the general public in the spirit of fun and camarederie and bring out the Anime in you.

The venue will be transformed into a Harajaku District for this day. This area in Japan is known for its unique street fashion inspiring many Costume Playing (Cosplaying) hobbyists/enthusiasts and fashion designers.

The event will be highlighted by a Cosplaying Competition, raffles, live bands and souvenir shops that will enhance the Japanese District atmosphere or feel. Get a chance to meet ABS-CBN Star Magic's Enrique Gil in person.

A day prior, on October 28, there will be a Cosplay Workshop at the Cebu City Sports Club conducted by the TUXEDO Team from Manila headed by Jin Joson herself.

A Cosplay Photo Exhibit by Cebu Digital Photographers has already started featuring famed Cebuano Cosplayers.and this will be until October 30, 2011.

Secure your tickets from the Concierge in Ayala Center Cebu for only PHP 200 with PHP 100 cash coupon consumable during the event.

Monday, October 10, 2011

How to Enjoy Philippines Better

Many Filipinos especially including Cebu doctors and their families enjoy trying out new food, exploring the islands or dine out and chill. Places frequented include Boracay, among many others. During conventions and business meetings, some often make trips to Manila. In between, one may want to shop, dine and experience on occasion the night life in the area. Here is one tip for them to enjoy their stay in Cebu or savoring their out-of-town trip even more.

Enjoy Philippines! Yes enjoy the best of the Philippines with an Enjoy Philippines card and vouchers!

Order a personalized Enjoy VIP card for P1,995 and you get an Enjoy member guidebook with vouchers equivalent to over P250,000 in benefits and offers plus enjoy with your personalized card 10-50% off at hundreds of the best hotel, shopping, clubs, lifestyle and restaurant establishments in the country. Amazing Buy 1 get 1 benefits can be availed as well as exclusive access to the hottest parties. Payment Method can be through Paypal, Credit Card, Direct Deposit to Bank Card or Cash on Delivery (plus P300 delivery fee/order.)

To view the participating establishments or venues, visit their website

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Moonwalking for Breast Cancer Awareness on October 12

Did you know that breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Cebuano women? This is according to the Cebu population-based Cancer Registry of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI).

Meanwhile from 1993 to 2007, Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center of RAFI recorded a total of 3,005 reported breast cancer cases in Metro Cebu with a continuous increase of breast cancer incidence over the past 10 years caused by lifestyle and health-related factors.

In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center of RAFI will hold the 8th Annual "Moonwalk: A Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness" on October 12, Wednesday.

Open to the public, assembly time will be at 4 PM at the Cebu Business Park near the Pag-ibig Fund Tower. Participants will walk to The Walk in Asiatown  I.T. Park where they will form a human pink ribbon. For this, interested would-be participants are asked to wear pink shirts. A short program and Pink Rock Concert will follow.

RAFI is inviting everyone from all walks of life to take part in this activity that aims to get more people involved on the importance of early cancer detection and prevention, including the importance of observing monthly breast self-examination for women aged 20 and beyond. It also is a tribute to the victims and survivors of breast cancer.

Moonwalk is named as such because it is held every full moon of October. It is organized in collaboration with The Walk and in coordination with Ayala Center Cebu and I CAN SERVE. It is supported by the Cebu City Government, Department of Health Region 7, Asiatown I.T. Park, Cebu Business Park, Allied Banking Corporation, Phillipine National Bank, Cebu Praedia Development Corporation, Rotary Club of Cebu Fuente, and Destiny Medical Fund, Inc.

UPDATE: Due to Typhoon Ramon, this has been postponed by RAFI and rescheduled to October 18, 5:30 PM.

CebuMD supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Moonwalk for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

September 18-24 is Medicine Week 2011

Cebu Medical Society has a line up of activities for Cebu physicians and the Cebuano community this week. Part of the week's celebration was the Oath Taking of New Physicians last September 19 at the Waterfront Hotel.

The rest of the activities are:

  • Phone-Patch Interview of Selected Physicians in Bombo Radyo::
    • September 19 - Philippine Pediatric Society on Metabolic Syndrome (Speaker: Dr. Anna Marie Cabaero)
    • September 20 - Philippine College of Physicians on Cardiovascular Diseases (Dr. Roy Entienza)
    • September 21 - PSMID on HIV AIDS (Dr. Arlene G. Macabaya)
    • September 22 - Philippine College of Surgeons on Prostate Cancer (Dr. Jose Catipay)
    • September 23 - POGS on Cancer in Women (Dr. Pherdes Galbo)
  • September 21 - Lay lecture  in SM CEBU on Healthy Lifestyle by Dr. Ma. Celine Aquino; Lay lecture on Sexually Transmitted Illnesses by Dr. Mitzi Marie M. Chua from 3-5 PM
  • September 23 - Dengue Forum for lay people in the CMS Hall by Dr. Jonathan Lim and Dr. Belle Ranile from 2-5 PM
  • September 24, 2011 - Fellowship Night and Closing Ceremonies at the RADISSON BLU Hotel from 6-10 PM featuring a variety show: "CMS Goes Glee"
  • September 25 from 11 AM - 5 PM: Cebu Dengue Task Force at the CMS Hall

Friday, September 16, 2011

PDIC Forum Held in Cebu for LBC Clients

With the help of the Cebu City government a forum was held yesterday at the Sinulog Hall of the Rizal Library in Cebu City participated in by LBC depositors, borrowers and other LBC clients who filled up the said hall as well as the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) which was recently made the statutory receiver of LBC Bank.

During the forum, PDIC Claim forms were distributed to LBC depositors who have a deposit balance of greater than P10,000. Those with P10,000 or less in their account will not need to file a claim provided their address in the bank records is complete and accurate. A PDIC representative was present to give instructions in filling up the form as well as talk about the claiming process.

The representative clarified that it was the Central Bank who ordered the closure of the bank and not PDIC. He added that at this point, transactions made with former LBC employees will not be recognized as LBC is under PDIC receivership already.

He also reiterated that the maximum deposit insurance coverage is P500,000.

The period for claim settlement is yet to be announced. Keep posted to the PDIC website for updates.

During the open forum, many disgruntled and visibly angry depositors,a good number of them, senior citizens, made known their displeasure with the action taken by the Central Bank which caught them by surprise. They were also worried of the length of time their hard-earned money will be recovered.

Some of the depositors also expressed concern whether they will still receive the higher-than-usual interest (at the time the bank was closed) as promised by the bank when they opened their accounts. They were also some foreign national depositors who asked questions during the forum. It was noisy as the atmosphere was one of disbelief and discontent.

LBC has more than 300,000 accounts which is said to be even more than Banco Filipino even with the former's lesser number of branches. More than 90% are believed to be covered by the deposit insurance.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Cebu students top September 2011 Medtech Board Exams

The Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) has just released the September 2011 Medical Technology Board Exam Results. 1,123 out of 1,480 passed with Cebu exam takers getting several spots in the top 10 and Velez College getting a 100% rating (31/31).

Isabelle Basubas Baisac of Cebu Doctors' University is the topnotcher at no. 1 with a rating of 91.70%. She is closely followed by my former student, Sherry Mae Mondido of Velez College at no. 2 with a rating of 91.30%.

At number 8 is another Cebu student, Jana Barbara Mayol of Cebu Doctors' University with a rating of 89.20.

Congratulations to Cebu's pride, the topnotchers and my former students at Velez College, College of Medical Technology. We are proud of you.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Medical Scrubs Can Be Bought Online

Scrubs, hospital uniforms and medical nursing uniforms are always used by hospital and even clinic personnel and there may be a need from time to time to buy a new one due to repeated use every duty.

As I was surfing the net, I was wondering if ever one can buy medical scrubs online or where to buy medical scrubs. Then I came across and I found out one can indeed buy medical scrubs online.

From the site, one can see that blue sky scrubs' products our of high quality standard. They have a variety of choices and they are fashionable and not dull-looking. They provide a way also to track your orders. Currently, there is a Limited Edition Urban Scrubs Collection. Other products include Scrub Hats, Lab Coats and even shirts.

So checkout the site and see if you have the scrubs you might be looking for.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Green Home, houses built in an environment-friendly way

Living healthy also means living green, loving the environment.

It is very interesting to note that there is one company in the business of building houses that incorporates its own love for the environment in the making of a house.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Franchise Asia 2011 in SMX Convention Center this September

I really admire business personalities who started out as small but became big eventually. One example I can think of is the Generics Pharmacy wherein branches in different locations have sprouted out of nowhere.

Doctors too want to invest in business such as the franchising business.

Recently, I had this discussion with a friend who wants to enter into a franchise business. Well, this could be the right time to go into franchising especially the Philippines.

According to a joint statement made by 32 countries that attended the World Franchise Council meeting in Berlin, Germany, franchising will continue to strongly fuel the growth of some of the world's largest and emerging economies.

Signs are encouraging in our country since according to Samie Lim (Philippine Franchise Association chairman emeritus and incumbent World Franchise Council chair), "...more and more Philippine banks are now looking more closely to franchising and are offering better programs."

Now would be the right time to learn about franchising. Therefore it is good news that the Philippines will host Franchise Asia, 2011, Asia's biggest and most important four-in-one event at the SMX Convention Center near the SM Mall of Asia on September 19-25, 2011.

The theme for this event is "Asia to the World. The World to Asia" with the primary goal of providing the platform to showcase to the world, the best Philippine franchise brands and concepts, as well as to provide a gateway for international brands to enter the rich ASEAN market through the Philippines.

Leading figures of the global franchising community will gather together for this event which is headlined by twin meetings of the Asia Pacific Franchise Confederation and the World Franchise Council.

The event will also feature the International Franchise Conference from September 22-23, the International Franchise Expo (September 23-25) and Educational Sessions/Seminars (September 24-25).

The conference will feature case presentations of industry leaders on the making of successful brands and will have as speakers Jollibee's Tony Tan Caktiong, Krispy Kreme's Jeff Welch, 7-Eleven's Chris Tanco and Mang Inasal's Edgar Sia II with their success stories. There will be a business fora as well as sessions with a panel of experts discussing topics such as "Social Media: Going beyond Facebook for Better Marketing, Customer Engagement and Enhanced Profitability." There will also be breakout sessions for franchisers and franchisees.

Conference Rates is P6,950 for Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) member and P8,500 for non-member. International rates is US$ 200. The rates include the conference kit, snacks and EXPO entrance fee.

Another thing not to miss about Franchise Asia 2011 is the International Franchise Expo which will showcase the best business opportunities ranging from new and promising concepts to established brands in food, retail and service, both local and international.

There will also be related educational activities in the form of franchise seminars and educational sessions for the academe and the general public.

Expo Entrance Fees is P100 for on-site. Online registration  as well as student's registration is also P100 plus bring a friend for FREE. Expo hours is from 10AM to 7PM on September 22-24 and 10AM to 6 PM on the 25th.

For inquiries, please email PFA at or call +63917832-0732 or landline +632 687-0365 or vist their website at or

For EXPO inquiries, contact or call telephone number +632 750-8588.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The hospital: not a place for planking

Planking as demonstrated above by the picture showing Snoopy is fast becoming a craze in the Philippines. I will not be surprised to see more photos online (in social media sites) of students in the field of health professions planking.

Planking, as described in Wikipedia, has these elements:

  • participant is lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location 
  • participant's hands touching the sides of the body
  • having a picture taken in planking position
  • having planking picture posted on the internet
From the description, it can be observed that the person must be in the planking position in an unusual or incongruous location. These 2 words (unusual, incongruous) are what concerns me because medical students, nursing students, medical technology interns and even doctors may find areas in the hospital including the hospital laboratory as tempting, being areas that fit the criteria for planking locations. Imagine if these people would plank inside the operating room, in between analyzer machines, etc. Imagine if present and potential employers as well as patients see these planking in the hospital photos.

For those thinking about planking in the hospital, read this: In 2009, several doctors and nurses in a hospital in England were reported to be suspended because of playing the lying down game (planking) while on duty in various areas of the hospital.

It is just inappropriate to plank in the hospital duty time or not. One might find a planking-in-the-hospital photo an amusing sight for his or her online friends but it is not actually a pleasant photo to see online by many others. For me, it is an unprofessional act to do anywhere in the hospital, much more if done while on duty even if one is not busy. It does not look good.

Same goes with owling, a variation of planking. Owling is almost similar to planking except for the position. In owling, the person squats like an owl in unusual or incongruous locations also.

Like the responsible use of social media, there should also be responsible and safe planking. For after all, planking is closely related to social media as planking photos are posted on social media sites.

So health professionals and students of related health professions, do not jump right away in the planking bandwagon. Think before you plank.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

MP2: Newest Liempo and Lechon Manok in Town

Friends, especially those working in IT Park or living in Lahug! The newest liempo and lechon manok can be delivered right on your doorstep or office in Lahug or in selected areas in Cebu City.

It is Miss Pigue and Mr. Pecho (shortened to MP2) Roasts in Salinas Drive which just pilot its delivery service. Jut call telephone number 512-7547 or cellphone number 09324791314. Delivery hours is from 11AM to 10 PM.

P50-chicken meal is available for delivery in the IT Park area. In this case, delivery is free for a minimum of P200 order.

For other orders:

  • If the order is below P400, they can do delivery for P30 flat rate.
  • For orders larger than 2 chicken or 2 liempo, it is recommended to call at least 2 hours ahead to ensure the food is hot and freshly-cooked.
  • For smaller orders, delivery time is said to be 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on location.
I was able to try the liempo and the chicken and the pictures are fund below:
The food is wrapped in foil and placed in styropor pacts with the sauces of your choice
The sauce together with their brochure
The yummy lechon manok

The garlic butter sauce which blends well with the lechon manok's taste

Chicken Jumbo cost P160 but it comes with a sauce unlike other lechon manok
The liempo is very meaty, not fatty and has the right spice (Eat moderately!)

It is well cooked, goes well with the sauce

The sauce tastes like an improved Lechon sauce, perfect for their Liempo
If you want a different type of liempo and lechon manok, I recommend you to try MP2. Thumbs up.
(Just don't eat them everyday if you want to maintain a normal cholesterol level, OK?)

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Irresponsible use of social media, a serious concern for aspiring health professionals

The Philippines is the Social Networking Capital of the World. Filipinos use about any social media tool available: Facebook, Googleplus, Foursquare, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

According to stats as of July 18, 2011, in Facebook alone, there are about 25.5 million Filipinos, with most of the users coming from the ages 18-24 (38% of Facebook users in the Philippines). This age range is, in our country, the age of students who are in the middle of their college years or, if they are pursuing Medicine, the early years of medical student life.

Based on what I see from Facebook, I see a lot of my students with Facebook accounts, including students of medical technology, nursing and medical school, among other health sciences. A lot of them are expected to pursue eventually, a career in medicine.

From the Facebook walls, one can easily see every time a student makes a harsh comment to a teacher or a tactless remark, complains of being bored while on duty, make funny poses with props while on training or duty hours, takes a picture of a classmate sleeping during a lecture or also while on duty, and posts embarrassing pictures of oneself or a friend. Perhaps because of a student's being too excited about sharing his or her experience in a ward, he or she takes pictures of his or her group with a patient or groups of patients for documentation not thinking of the possible consequences of his/her actions.

These are just some of the examples how students and even young doctors may be using social media irresponsibly. The bad news is these individuals may not be even aware that what they are doing is inappropriate. They might not realize the possible effects or damage it could bring to their own and other's future careers.

Borrowing what Dr. Neil Baum wrote in KevinMD, the most precious possession of a physician is his or her reputation. And this reputation can be smashed in just a nanosecond with irresponsible use of social media.

The American Medical Association and the British Medical Association have released guidelines pertaining to professionalism in the use of social media. It is ironic that the Philippines appears to have none yet despite it being the Social Networking capital of the World.

I think medical as well as schools offering pre-medical health-related courses should start to pay attention to this issue and promote awareness to responsible use of social media in line with professionalism since the medical profession is one profession that puts high value to reputation. Hospital employers here and most especially abroad can easily check online to know more of a potential candidate through his social media profile and the wrong post or photo can potentially ruin one's future or present career.Making students aware of problems that may arise from indiscriminate posting in Facebook and other online or social media platforms might even help save their own careers.

Responsible social media usage is CebuMD's advocacy. A convention of a certain specialty or a certain professional association (like Philippine Nurses' Association, PAMET), various medical societies and specialties as well as the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges including its Student Network is a good venue to talk about social media concerns under online professionalism. Online professionalism is a relevant, timely and definitely interesting topic to explore.

Being a physician-educator, blogger, and social media practitioner, CebuMD is willing to accommodate requests for a talk on this topic here in the Philippines.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Feel like royalty in Choi City Seafood Restaurant, BTC Cebu City

I got the chance to dine in Choi City Seafood Restaurant at the South Arcade, Banilad Town Centre (BTC), Banilad, Cebu City during lunch last Saturday. The timing was just perfect as I came from a class which left me really hungry.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Some of the Recommended Readings as an Introduction to Microbiology

Medical Microbiology is an important subject for medical students as many diseases are caused by infectious agents. Often there is little time to catch up with familiarizing with the basics of Microbiology because of the many other things to be read so that there may be a need to zero in on some important points as an Introduction to Microbiology. Among them are:

  • Difference between Prokaryotes, Eukaryotes and Viruses.
  • The Bacterial Cell Structure including External appendages and special structures.
  • Difference between a gram-positive and gram-negative cell wall especially that gram-staining is very important in the Microbiology laboratory. This post with video may help.
  • The acid fast cell wall.
  • Gram-staining, acid fast staining and what happens at each step.
  • The Bacterial Growth Curve and the phases.
  • Host-Parasite Relationship and the types of symbiotic relationship
  • Mode of transmission
  • Virulence factors and the role of plasmids, phages, pathogenecity islands, etc.
  • Difference between exotoxin and endotoxin
  • Host defense mechanisms
  • DNA, plasmids and transposable elements and their significance
  • The Operon concept and the operon components
  • Mutation: transversion vs. transition; silent, missense vs. nonsense; frameshift mutations; significance; 
  • Mechanisms of gene transfer
  • Horizontal gene transfer: Conjugation, Transformation, Transduction and their differences
Any Medical Microbiology textbook can be used to study the above topics. Some good online Microbiology references for me are found in this free medical book site.
Offline references which may or may not contain topics mentioned above but are used often in Philippine medical schools such as CIM are (I can name two):
  1. Jawetz, Melnick and Adelberg's Medical Microbiology
  2. Bailey and Scott's Diagnostic Microbiology (with more focus on microbiology laboratory aspect)
Welcome to the new schoolyear Philippine medical students!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Coffee Dream now in Benedicto College A.S. Fortuna

One of the favorite hangout of a lot of doctors and medical students are coffee shops. For the part of the students, they make these coffee shops a study area. For doctors, as so are many Filipinos who are always on the go, they frequent coffee shops to take breakfast, read the news, relax, catching up with friends, discuss  business and other important matters or just simply chill.

Filipinos not just doctors are generally coffee lovers. Practically everyone likes to take a cup of coffee as they wake up.

And so it may come as good news for those residing in the A.S. Fortuna area, that Mr. Glenn Soco (yes, Glenn Soco, the once vice gubernatorial bet and Coffee Dream Inc. President) and associates has decided to open a coffee shop branch in Benedicto College, A.S. Fortuna, Mandaue City.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Save our Coral Reefs and Seas

Save the Philippine Seas!

More and more dolphins, whales, fishes surfacing in our seas to die. The signs are there.

Our coral reefs the size of cities removed from their natural habitat and sold illegally.

Soon there will be nothing to fish. Goodbye "tinuwang isda", goodbye fresh "sinugbang isda".

The very seas we frequent during summer proudly being shown to our Facebook walls, in danger of becoming lifeless.

Without our aquatic resources, we also lose a good source of medicine.

We must save our seas now. Let your voices be heard, your tweets be seen. Express your concern for our seas and coral reefs on Facebook.

Use the Twitter hashtag #reefwatchPH and/or #savePHseas and make the message known especially this June 8. 

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Cebuano: Are you familiar with your culture and heritage?

Cebu City is the oldest city in the country. It is expected to have a rich culture and heritage. However, how many Cebuanos of today are even familiar with their heritage and culture?

Here is your chance to know your city more through the Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage) this coming May 27, 2011.  Brought to you by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated (RAFI), the Gabii sa Kabilin will feature 11 participating museums (more than last year's) that will open its doors to the public from 6 PM to midnight for a heritage tour you will never forget.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Dear Healthcare Professional: Are you Pro- or Anti-RH?

The RH Bill of 2011. Some say it is an issue of morality. Others say it is an issue of health. Many things have been said.

But I am just curious. What is the stand among healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, medical technologists, physical or occupational therapists, midwives, etc.)? Are we divided among this issue?

Before voting below, you may want to read the said RH bill here first.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Why I'll not stop blogging even when there's FB and Twitter

"Why continue to blog when there's FB and Twitter?" I was asked this question by my physician colleagues who are not really into blogging and my immediate reply was, "Why not"?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Why it's important to have your child vaccinated against Measles

Measles in a child is not just cough, runny nose, watery eyes and a simple rash. It is a highly contagious disease which may have complications such as bronchitis, ear infection, pneumonia and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) which can be deadly. Consider the following statistics obtained from the World Health Organization (WHO):

  • In 2008, there were 164 000 measles deaths globally – nearly 450 deaths every day or 18 deaths every hour.
  • More than 95% of measles deaths occur in low-income countries with weak health infrastructures.

Measles has been responsible for many deaths among infants in the Philippines especially in the past and remains a threat. Vaccination is a very effective tool in preventing measles. Again data from the WHO showed that:

"Measles vaccination resulted in a 78% drop in measles deaths between 2000 and 2008 worldwide."

The Department of Health recently launched "Iligtas sa Tigdas ang Pinas" door-to-door campaign vaccinating all children aged 9 months to below 8 years old (originally from April 4 to May 4, 2011) which was extended until May 30, 2011. 63% of the targeted 18 M children have been vaccinated so far. This is to provide a "second opportunity" to catch children missing the first dose and to ensure protection of those children who already received the first dose.

Some parents may be afraid to have their children vaccinated against measles because of unfounded reports tying the vaccine to autism. No connection has been found between autism and the measles vaccine.

Measles vaccine is considered safe. Some children may have a slight fever after receiving measles vaccine but this can be countered with paracetamol, enough rest and sleep as well as plenty of fluids.

The Health Department Secretary is appealing to mothers to take advantage of this opportunity and have their children vaccinated within the next few days.

So mothers out there, you have seen the statistics. It is indeed important to have your child immunized against measles.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Celebrating Being a Blogger

Last May 2, 2011, Cebu-based bloggers lead by the Cebu Bloggers' Society celebrated World Bloggers' Day offline at the RAFI Auditorium in partnership with Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated,, RLCOMM International and Bo's Coffee.
The sponsors
The participants

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