Franklin Montellano via Crowdrise
March 10, 2014
EVENT DATE: Jan 27, 2014
HOURS PLEDGED: 50
Jan. 26, 2014: Several people from Manila were picked up by the Governor's Employee Shuttle bus at Magallanes shell station before the entrance to the skyway. We met many of the missionaries at Island Cove resort. At 5 pm, we had a short meeting to update the missionaries regarding the new site for the Gen. Trias outpatient clinic which was moved to Tropical Village, Bgy. San Francisco. The other two sites remain the same- Trece Martirez Session Hall and Bacoor ABC Hall in Talaba. The uniform T-shirts were distributed and the hotel reservations confirmed. The FEUMAANI ID badges were provided by Betty Bayona, RN. The welcome night treated us to oysters, lechon, embutido, kare-kare, prawns, tempura shrimp and vegetable lumpia ("ubod") at Dr. Ben & Mrs. Norma Alibudbud's residence at Orchard Golf & Country Club, Dasmarinas, Cavite. Appetizers include many kinds of nuts imported from the US and desserts - pineapple, mango, watermelon and different kinds of chocolates with nuts. Unlimited buco juice with shredded young coconut meat was the main drink. We listened to Dr. Manny Sanchez and Dr. Lydia Espino as they sang accompanied by the piano.
Jan. 27, 2014: Our first day of the mission is at Trece Martirez city. The surgical mission for all three days is at Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital. There are four anesthesia machines which are all calibrated. Unfortunately, one of the anesthesia machine was missing a gauge and could not be used. Our surgeons, headed by Dr. Edmundo Relucio, took care of many surgical patients. The surgical team was composed of Drs. Gerardo Guzman, Reynaldo Sarmiento, Jesse Corres, Felix de Villa, Meneleo Avila, Eugene Salazar, John Strom, Ms. Elizabeth Strom and Eng’r. Daniel dela Cruz.
The OB-Gyne team was headed by Dr. Ligaya Marasigan-Labao and composed of Drs. Mario Reyes, Teresita Avila-Varona and Ramon Lopez.
The anesthesiology team headed by Drs. Manuel Sanchez and Emma Salazar is composed of Drs. Yolanda Dela Cruz, Napoleon Cuaresma, and Rolando Casis. It was a challenge during the first day of our surgery as the hospital did not have the anesthetic supplies I requested. They said it takes 3-6 months before they can have the supplies. I have to call surrounding hospitals to look for anesthetic medicines so we can do the surgeries. It is fortunate I know the owners of several hospitals in the area so we arranged for the anesthetic supplies immediately. I also made an agreement with them that if the medicines were not used that I can return them and they will refund me the money. Dr. Jerry Genuino (1982 FEU graduate, a Beta Sigman brother and President/ Co-owner of Gentri Medical Center) and Dr. Lani Gabilo (1984 FEU graduate, Sigma Betan sister and part-owner of Medical Center Imus) were kind enough to give the help I needed.
Our medical mission team, headed by over-all co-team leader, Dr. Nunilo Rubio and Dr. Richard Mon, were composed of the following: Leilanie Mon, MD, Israel Labao, MD, Virgilio Magsino, MD, Angelito Fernandez, MD, Celso del Mundo, MD, Larry Rabang, MD, Roger Liboon, MD, Chester dela Cruz, MD, Virgilio Jonson, MD, Maurina Galvez, MD (ped.), Luz Cuaresma, MD, Anita Avila, MD (ped.), Elenita Rubio,M.D., Naty Bernardino, MD, Joaquin Guzon, MD, Maria Herrera, MD, Cleopatra Perez, MD and Norma Arias, MD (ped).
The pharmacy team, headed by my wife, Nanette Montellano, Marizon Relucio, PharmD and Dr. Rogelio Cave, were composed of the following: Lydia Espino, MD, Luz Cuaresma, MD, Erlinda Castro, MD, Virginia Guzman, RN, Conchita de Villa, RN, Estela Cave, RN, Lina Jonson, RN, Elvie Fernandez, RN, Mr. Rowell Alcaraz and Carlota Sanchez, RN.
The nursing and volunteer team, headed by Dolores del Mundo, RN and Violeta Magsino, RN, were composed of the following: Peter Aglipa, RN, Carmen Victorio, RN, Marylyn Lopez, RN, Saniata Sioson, RN, Nora Tsai, RN, Fleurdeliz Sanchez, RN, Betty Bayona, RN, Janelle Lising, Zosimo Herrera, Gloria Gagni, RN, Nancy Dominguez, RN, Sarah Mae Dominguez, RN, Ding Dominguez, RN, Rose Bundalian, RN, Daday Daliva, RN, Lillian Lau, RN, Paring Cezar, RN, Lydia Nantes, RN, Aida Ramirez, RN, Nora Corres, RN, Pat Pundavela, RN, Honor Cezar, Roy Espino, Tony Ramirez, Dan Nantes, Priscilla del Rosario, RN, Myrna Bayona, Oly del Rosario, Charmaine dela Torre and Mellow Pundavela.
Our Optical/Optometric team, headed by Mr. Leo & Mrs. Narcing Cruz, were composed of the following: Mr. Fred Tsai and Letty Tuazon, DO. Mr. Leo and Mrs. Narcing Cruz brought 500 reading glasses per day of our mission for a total of 1,500 reading glasses for all three days of the mission.
The outpatient service had a total of 1,058 patients, mostly children. I would go back and forth to the outpatient area and the hospital depending on where I am needed. Mrs. Nora Tsai brought the EKG machine, however, the EKG machine would not work. Together with Bridgette Batac, they helped in reading blood sugar. Our dinner was at Island Cove resort, Aguinaldo Hall, Sangley Point restaurant, courtesy of the governor.
Jan. 28, 2014: Our driver had to look for the site of the mission. It was about 30-40 mins. from where I was born- General Trias town proper, 96th Street. The site facilities were not very sanitary as many people who lived in the area use the toilet facilities because their houses do not have proper working toilets. We served a total of 1,490 patients, also mostly children. Dr. Letty Anzures, an FEU 1974 alumnus and ENT specialist, drove all the way from San Pablo, Laguna and joined our team for the whole day, taking care of many ENT patients. She brought her instruments with her. Engr. Wilfredo Anzureas, her husband, helped in the pharmacy. That evening Mrs. Ferrer, Gen. Trias Mayor's wife, joined us for dinner at King Bee restaurant where we had dim-sum and Chinese food. She gave each missionary a souvenir mug and a box of polvoron to show their appreciation.
Jan. 29, 2014: During breakfast, considering that it was the last day of the mission, I have asked everyone to introduce themselves. Dr. Ramon Lopez, an OB-Gyne specialist and incoming president of PMAC, talked about his relation to Dr. Jose Rizal. Taking this vantage point as his platform, Dr. Israel Labao joked about being the grandson of Andres Bonifacio. This started all kinds of Philippine hero-relation by the next introductees to the non-stop laughter of the audience, leaving our two American father-daughter missionaries (Dr. John and Elizabeth Strom) confused. On our way to Talaba, people started chanting to the Cavite-born missionaries what they want for snack time. My wife and I sponsored banna cue and Drs. Elenita and Nunilo Rubio sponsored Digman “halo-halo,” which was later paid for by the Bacoor Mayor Strike Revilla. At Bacoor ABC Hall, we saw and treated a total of 1,549 patients, again mostly children. Dr. Manolito Reyes (FEU 1984 alumnus, Chairman of Ophthalmology Department at FEU-Hospital, my classmate and Beta Sigman brother) joined us in the morning and took care of the optometric/ ophthalmologic patients. He was accompanied by his uncle who also assisted him. Mayor Strike Revilla visited the mission site and personally thanked us for the mission. There were several times where we ran out of medicines so we have to run to the nearest big pharmacy to buy medicines in bulk. Cough medicines and multivitamins were the most in-demand. Before we left back for Island Cove, I tried to settle the account at the hospital but they only accept cash. I went to the bank for cash, but the bank closes at 3 PM. I have to come back the following day. During the last day of the mission, we again had dinner at Island Cove. Ms. Matchie Figueroa, Administrative Assistant to the governor, presented the certificates of appreciation to all the missionaries.