The graduating class of 2018 successfully held a Filipiniana-themed Graduation Ball at the Casino Español de Cebu, Cebu City last June 16, 2018 from 7:00 to 11:30 in the evening.
Promoting the Filipino culture rooted from a diversed past as well as the Filipino spirit that manifests in each of them, one hundred forty-six ILLUSTRE batchmates dazzled the night event including the international students of their batch who have already embraced the Filipino way.
Hosted by DJ Tom Candy of Magic FM 92.3 Cebu, the memorable night also marked their last major event as a class before they will march the processional aisle and be conferred as Matias doctors.
Gracing the 4-hour dazzling graduation ball includes School Registrar, Dr. Luditha Lumapat Pe; Chief of Clinics, Dr. Axel Elises; Chairperson of the Department of Physiology, Dr. Rainelda Veloso; Chairperson of the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Ma. Luisita Caturza; Department of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology faculty, Dr. Abelardo Alera; and Department of Biochemistry faculty, Dr. Vanessa Fajardo-Nery.
In her welcome address, Dr. Luditha Lumapat-Pe expressed her gladness to see the graduating class who looked so gorgeous and elegant in their best Filipiniana attire.
A night filled with fun and laughter including a video presentation capturing their memories and bonding moments as a batch, the graduation ball was also delighted with a variety of traditional Filipino folk dances performed by a contemporary cultural dance troupe.
According to Dr. Abelardo Alera who started his teaching career in MHAM eleven years ago, the batch ILLUSTRE did well in his Pathology class when they were still in the second year.
“I feel happy for them because after how many years of sacrifices and sleepless nights here they are as a class, ever ready to conquer their future as doctors. Finally, and at the end of the day, they made it”, Dr. Alera said in an interview.
A dedicated professor and mentor rolled in one, Dr. Alera cited that he fervently hope for a hundred percent result in the Physician Licensure Examination for batch ILLUSTRE. “My advice to them is be to keep on going and to keep on improving towards their residency training and especially for the board exam”, he added.
Over the years, some of the MHAM graduates eventually paid back to their Alma Mater in order to teach and became part of the line-up of faculty-doctors. To date, a roster of traditionally committed and passionate faculty is mostly from its alumni.
Known by his exemplary performance and contribution in the Student Council during his governance, Nur-Jhun Salik, in a separate interview stated that he was extremely happy for their batch with such colorful journey rooted from their sacrifices, collaborative effort and cooperation in the realization of their dreams.
His legacy in the Student Body and in keeping the MHAM mission and projects in the service of humanity ever alive and active have been praised by those who have known him as a selfless student leader. Forever grateful for having been able to serve without counting the cost, his leadership is often channeled from an innate charism that he possessed. With pride and honor for handling the Student Council with honest, transparent and productive service, Salik, as he is fondly called, has been commended by the school administration for his valuable efforts during his term.
“I am very overwhelmed and feeling blessed for having been able to realize this special event of our lives prior to our graduation even with the fact that some of our batchmates went home already right after we finished our clerkship but they came back just to be here tonight. As a batch, we aim to deliver a one hundred percent passing rate in the board exam although we may not be able to produce a topnotcher from the class”, 30-year old Salik said.
Expected to graduate with one hundred seventy-four future doctors from the class, Salik could not contain his heartache and sadness as one of their batchmates and a competent physician-to-be, Amy Therese G. Cabataña, passed away with such untimely and gruesome death that shocked the whole MHAM community. “We look forward to attach the two signifying letters after our names as our ultimate achievement but as a batch we are not 100% happy for our graduation because we know the fact that we lost Amy but somehow we can feel that she is happy in the afterlife to see her batchmates during our graduation day”, he concluded.
As a tribute to the undue passing and in acknowledging her part with the rest of the graduating class, a video presentation was shown for their beloved Amy, who could have been a possible topnotcher as accorded by many.
Meanwhile some of the ILLUSTRE future doctors shared their experiences and sentiments from the last four years in MHAM and recalled their journey according to their respective sections. With hearts overwhelmed, they recalled good memories they have experienced driven by a much-desired dream towards a noble future as life savers.
Aiming to become compassionate and committed medical doctors bearing the identity as MHAM products, the night event also featured special awards and acknowledgement to some of their batchmates who excelled in particular areas especially during their clerkship period. The awardees came up after they were chosen by the whole class through online voting.
Dazzling the event with ever vivid smiles and delight, the class of 2018 seized the night with a heartwarming intimacy as they are set to conquer the real world as medical doctors in their own field of specialization and lifelong career.
From the latin word “Illustris” which means to shine brightly, the batch ILLUSTRE aspires to become an inspiration by all as they put it into words in a form of a song titled, ‘Instruments of Grace’, becoming their graduation song. United with goals within reach, the class of 2018 will soon become the instruments of grace with one true purpose in the service of humankind. (Ana Liza Abao)