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In the Fullness of Time

Article and Photos by Ma. Lourdes Maglinao, M.D.

I received an invitation earlier this year from Dr. Gerry Flores to attend the USTMAAA Convention & Grand Reunion to be held in San Francisco, California on September 1-6, 2021. The 2020 Convention and Grand Reunion was cancelled due to the pandemic and with the current record-breaking reported COVID cases, my apprehension was apparent, but this never made me decide otherwise to attend the 2021 event. Proudly, I was a celebrator myself, being a member of Class ’86, excited to see my classmates, and as in previous years that I have attended USTMAAA Homecomings, the eagerness to meet, greet, update, and express my gratitude is an event I would not want to miss. Meeting our US-based alumni in-person is the least I could do to express our profuse gratitude for the support they have given our Alma Mater.

I attended the meetings of USTMAAA/F and presented FMS updates, provided copies of Anargyroi: FMS Foundation, Inc. Annual Report and rendered a presentation at the Town Hall. I was joined by Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., UST Rector Magnificus, via Zoom, and Rev. Fr. Julius Paul Factora, O.P., the new CEO of the UST Hospital, who was also in the United States for a UST Nursing Alumni event. Aside from the annual FMS St. Dominic’s Scholarship fund, USTMAAA/F spearheaded by Dr. Stella Evangelista, Dr. Gerry Flores and Dr. Jess Chua, was able to raise the pledged $1 Million for the Sts. Cosmas & Damian Simulation & Research Center. The weekly (Sunday) Zoom meetings which started at the height of the pandemic in July 2020 with Dr. Gerry Flores, Dr. Jess Chua and myself, actively rallying for this project, have gained momentum, increased awareness and engagement of our alumni classes directed towards this lofty and most noble project. Special thanks to the Class of 1962 through Dr. Anselmo Unite, who donated $151,725 for the project. I am very eager to know all the classes or individuals who made the $1 Million a reality, to acknowledge their contribution and to extend our heartfelt gratitude on behalf of our medical school.

Gratitude also to the UST Medical Alumni Association in Southern California (USTMAASC), through Dr. Sal Abiera who gave towards our UST FMS Community Project; Tau Mu Sigma Phi Foundation for the gracious invitation to speak at their business meeting and reiterated their pledge and full support to the Simulation and Research Center Project; Theta Lambda Phi Foundation (my very own beloved sorority), for the “sisterhood” breakfast gathering in San Francisco. They have conscientiously raised, donated, and are still working towards further augmentation of their target donation.

I had the great privilege of meeting with the Anargyroi: FMS Foundation, Inc. founders, Drs. Peter and Linda Fang, the foundation for and which exclusively supports the projects and programs of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Its establishment is by far one of the best things that had happened to the medical school.

Acknowledgement goes to every person who by far has supported us and I appreciate every Thomasian alumnus who shared and believed in this Simulation and Research Center project, being faithful in their commitment, sharing their blessings, untiring in their support and magnanimity for the advancement of Thomasian medical education to keep us at par with the world’s best. I earnestly hope to be able to personally thank each and everyone of you!

The Sts. Cosmas & Damian Simulation & Research Center will soon be a reality, a milestone that will usher us to a future that will perpetuate the Thomasian brand of excellence in Medicine. WE WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN!

We are set to break grounds anew for this landmark project in early 2022. AFI will publicly launch our campaign in the coming weeks. To those interested in sharing or giving, you may reach us at Development Office, the implementing arm of  Anargyroi: FMS Foundation, Inc., located at  Room 118 St. Martin de Porres Building, University of Santo Tomas, España, Manila, Philippines 1008, at (+63 2) 8553 1611 loc. 8566, or email at developmentoffice@anargyroifoundation.org look for Annette Ward, Executive Director of the Development Office. Naming opportunities are available to commemorate/immortalize or pay tribute to an individual or class.

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