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JULY 21, 2015

VOLUME 1 ISSUE NO.03

Pursuing
the

Vision
Article by Lean Adeline Bacay

N

earing the end of its
3-day Ruby Anniversary
alumni homecoming, the
West
Visayas
State
University - College of Medicine
(WVSU-COM) and the College of
Medicine Alumni Association held the
luncheon convocation on July 17, 2015
at Room 201, Roxas Hall, WVSU.
Present were the WVSU-COM
alumni, the faculty and staff, and
medical students from the college. The
event kicked off with the doxology,
Philippine National Anthem, and the
college hymn led by the college’s very
own Med Symphony.
Dr. Dave Endel R. Gelito III, vice
president of COM Alumni Association,
gave the opening remarks and
welcomed everyone to the assembly.
Meanwhile, Dr. Douglas B. Budok from
Batch 1995 presented the introductions
for the guest speaker.
Also from Batch 1995, Dr. Erwin
Lloyd D. Guillergan flew in from

overseas to be this year’s convocation
speaker and to share his stories
and experiences as part of
the
French-founded
international
humanitarian aid non-governmental
organization,
Medecins
Sans
Frontieres (MSF) or Doctors Without
Borders.
Having first worked as a physician
for the Voluntary Service Overseas, Dr.
Guillergan
talked
about
his
life-changing experience in Vanuatu
where he realized his value as a
doctor. Despite his proficient training in
pediatrics, he claims that his core
knowledge of medicine still came from
the college.
After spending three and a half
years in Vanuatu, he decided to join
the MSF which allowed him to work
in war-torn and impoverished areas
in Africa and the Middle East.
Currently residing in Amsterdam,
he has already visited over 45
countries.

Dr. Guillergan captivated not just his
batchmates but also the medical students
in the audience as he shared anecdotes
about his life working for the MSF as he
took the road less travelled or as he
fondly calls it: have a stethoscope, will
travel.
Before the awarding of certificate
from Dr. Joselito F. Villaruz, dean of the
College of Medicine, and Dr. Marcos D.
Bito-onon, president of the COM Alumni
Association, the symposium was graced
with an intermission number from Med
Symphony—an a capella presentation
similar to those from the films Pitch
Perfect and its sequel.
To the delight of everyone, the
alumni began to pass around a clear
plastic bag with their donations for
Med Symphony for them to be able to
purchase a piano for their organization.
The closing remarks were given by
Dr. Villaruz and the event ended with a
joyful and inspired note as everyone
shuffled out to the luncheon. #


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