Having been unleashed the true spirit of being a good sportsman during this year’s MHAMurals dubbed as KIDLAP 2018, the winning teams and players received their certificates, medals and plaques during the awarding ceremony held at AVRs 2-5 last August 14, 2018 in the morning.
A Cebuano term which means flash or sparkle, ‘KIDLAP’ also signifies the astounding effort that the Student Council current officers put forth to organize and spearhead the 4-day MHAM Days Celebrations in honor of the founder, Don Matias Hipolito Aznar II.
Bringing unity with the MHAM way excelled in strength, the winning players from INSIGNIS, VITALIS, RESILIERE and NEXUS teams gathered together to receive their rewards with cash prizes as well.
This year, the roaring RESILIERE was hailed as the overall champion as they dominated most of the events during the MHAMurals’ recreational sporting activities that challenged their body, mind and spirit in the name of camaraderie and sportsmanship.
College Dean, Dr. Ma. Socorro Manaloto; Associate Dean for Basic Sciences, Dr. Allan Librando; Research Director, Dr. Jose Oclarit; College Registrar, Dr. Luditha Lumapat-Pe; Department of Preventive and Community Medicine Chairperson, Dr. Rodolfo Berame; Department of Physiology Chairperson, Dr. Rainelda Veloso; Department of Pediatrics Chairperson, Dr. Ma. Luisita Caturza; and Department of Biochemistry faculty, Dr. Charles Cabataña, graced the rewarding moments among student-winners who epitomized the MHAM spirit of togetherness for the love of sports.
Ignited with a burning desire to uphold unity in variety, the aspiring doctors who engaged in various recreational sporting activities also highlighted the essence of sportsmanship along with their athletic skills.
Based from the official results released by the office of the Student Council, team RESILIERE garnered ninety-three (93) total points followed with Insignis with sixty-four (64) points, fifty-one (51) for Nexus while Vitalis earned thirty-nine (39) points respectively.
Imbued with knowledge and his expertise in research, MHAM Research Director, Dr. Jose M. Oclarit presented the Ten Most Outstanding Researches for the academic year 2017-2018 to recognize the academic achievements of the student in the field of research.
Having been excelled in an open-invitation tilt on Poster Presentation in the 30th Philippine Association for Laboratory Animal Science (PALAS) Annual Scientific Conference and Workshop held last May this year, MHAM lead researcher-winner, Daniel John “DJ” Bokingo was also awarded for besting other researchers in the country and some from abroad with his research study titled, “Lidocaine like Anaesthetic Activity of an Alkaloid Extracted from Datura Stramonium (Katchubong) on Bufo Marinus (CaneToad): A Peripheral Nerve Blocking Mechanism”. DJ will compete for the International Scientific Congress Poster Research Competition in India on November this year.
Alexander Heralde of Resiliere was awarded as the Best Researcher of the Year with the rest of the winners whose diligent research papers were thoroughly selected by the Research Department.
Meanwhile this year’s MHAM Days Celebrations were headed by the energetic executive and working committees composed with faculty members, administrative personnel and student-leaders who made the events more meaningful and a year to remember.
Among the student-winners who exemplified excellence in academic and extra-curricular activities was a first year aspiring doctor who won this year’s on-campus Extemporaneous Speaking competition. A graduate of BS in Medical Technology (Medical Laboratory Science) from Liceo de Cagayan University, Gio Paolo Lerin Plete, bested other extempo-speakers during the MHAM Days Celebrations Literary Contest.
A consistent academic achiever who believes that ‘opportunities may knock only once, so never miss every single chance’, Gio, as he is fondly called, finished grade school with a second honorable mention award and graduated as class salutatorian during his secondary years.
A native of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, 24-year old Plete finished his Medical Laboratory Science degree as Magna Cum Laude. Moreover, he was conferred as the Outstanding Intern of the Year, Mayor Oscar Moreno Academic Excellence Awardee and Del Monte Foundation Academic Excellence Awardee for being a full scholar recipient of Del Monte Foundation for four years.
“My participation in the MHAMurals 2018 events has actually paved way for me to be able to appreciate the culture of this new school I am in and it was an opportunity for me to meet new people. It made me realized that the school gears not only for academic competence but also initiates activities like this to allow the medical students to become well-rounded individuals. To be a successful doctor, again, you need to be a well-rounded individual in order to be able to properly address the needs of the community. Sports does not only promote wellness in the physical aspect of health, but also with the fact that in sports, you deal with different types of people and you need to think of strategies and game plans, as well as project proper attitude. It will actually let one develop critical thinking, interpersonal relations, communication skills and also apply the core values, which are very essential for one to become a competent physician”, Plete said in an interview.
This year’s champion in extemporaneous speaking added that he also participated in the Quiz Bowl competition with his batchmate Josef Tomakin and bagged the bronze award.
Driven by his inmost goal to become a competent and committed physician like the rest, Gio was one of the full scholar recipients of Don Matias Aznar Scholarship (DMAS) grant for academic year 2018-2019 and was also chosen to become part of the MHAM Return of Service Scholarship (RSS) grant. Being a lifetime lover of color green that often associates life, energy and nature, which is also the color branding of the school, he chose MHAM among other medical institutions in the country because of the scholarship grant and the traditional learning system that MHAM has kept over the years.
“I chose MHAM because I believe that this institution will make me become a great physician especially that this school was able to produce great doctors for the past decades and has been producing topnotchers in the licensure examinations. This school practices traditional method of teaching that I preferred most compared to the style of other schools. In addition, MHAM has provided me with a great scholarship grant, that despite being financially unprivileged, this school has given me hope that I can finally pursue medschool and reach my goal as I am fulfilling a lifelong dream. Aside from that, many people have believed that I have what it takes to make it in this field. Seeing the financial struggle of my family and of having been witnessed my late parents who became ill without enough medical resources have become my driving force to become a medical doctor in order to help my family and to the people who seek medical help. With the scholarship that this school has granted, I am motivated to pursue this degree”, he concluded.
Unwavering to offer free medical education to deserving students with its pursuit to continue to provide professional advancement with ethical standards in response to the current health needs in local and global community, MHAM, as a medical school takes pride of its current scholars who are enjoying full tuition fee coverage excluding miscellaneous and other fees.
To complete, the winning teams will represent the school for the upcoming 2018 Association of Philippine Medical Colleges-Student Network (APMC-SN) Central Visayas Medlympics. In 2016, the MHAM athletic team emerged as the second placer in the overall official tally.
Hosted by Snem Austin Bellosillo who also served as the Sports Chairman, the awarding ceremony ended with an inspiring message from the Chairperson of the Executive Committee for MHAM Days Celebrations 2018, Dr. Rainelda U. Veloso, who expressed her gratitude to the Student Council for a successful and eye-popping celebration in memory of the founder together with the MHAM community.
Designed to promote healthy lifestyle in the name of sports, the MHAMurals 2018 was one of the most rewarding experiences in medschool within the academic year. A sporty endeavor and a time to bring forth unity among teams during the literary contests, board games, pinoy games and ball games with fun-filled memories, this year’s sportsfest was another perfect opportunity to show teamwork and collaboration and improved social relations among future doctors. (Ana Liza Abao)