Sunday, January 18, 2009

The UP College of Dentistry will celebrate its 94th Foundation Day on February 6, 2009 Friday at the UPCD Auditorium.

UPCD 94th Foundation Day
UPCD 94th Foundation Day

UPCD 94th Foundation Day Program

8:00-8:30 Registration

8:30-9:15 Holy Mass

9:15-9:25 Opening Ceremonies National Anthem

Welcome Remarks………Dr. Elizabeth G. de Castro Dean,

UPCD Message from the Chancellor………Dr. Ramon L. Arcadio Chancellor,

UP Manila Introduction of Dignitaries & Alumni…...Dr. Olegario Clemente,Jr. President,



Introduction of 1st Speaker………..Dr. Dina de Jesus-Campos


Lecture 1 Finance and Spreadsheet Analysis in your Dental Practice……...Mr. Dennis Lim

9:50-10:00    Open Forum
10:00-10:25      Snacks
10:25-10:30      Introduction of 2nd Speaker...…………Dr. Dennis Francisco
10:30-10-50      Lecture 2

 Applying the Principles of Marketing………………………………..Mr. Oliver Darvin

 Intermission Number………………………….College of Dentistry Choir

10:55-11:00          Open Forum
11:00-11:05           Introduction of 3rd Speaker………….Dr. Fay Sevilla-Dizon
11:05-11:50           Lecture 3

Love Your Calling with Passion, It’s the Meaning of your Life…………Prof. Onofre Pagsanjan

12:00-1:30           LUNCH
2:00               College Party

For inquiries, please call 302-6360 or 302-3983


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

by Dr. Michelle Sunico

One of the pillars of the UP College of Dentistry is Dr. Natividad C. Gervasio. This formidable-looking yet gentle lady with Castilian features and deeply-ingrained Caviteña pride has led the College into several triumphs.

Today’s students may know her as their awe-inspiring teacher in Oral Pathology who can enumerate the symptoms of all oral lesions and neoplasms with such expertise, or remove impacted or fractured teeth in the blink of an eye.

The Harvard University and Worcester City Hospital-trained (Massachusetts, U.S.A.) Professor served two terms (1991-1997) as the first lady Dean of the College of Dentistry. Her greatest achievements during her six-year term as Dean:

•Made possible the construction of the new College of Dentistry building at Pedro Gil St. by soliciting donations amounting to around Php56M.

•Formalized the linkage Nippon Dental University in Japan in 1995. Under this, 3 faculty members were able to undergo graduate studies in Japan.

After serving as Dean, she was appointed as Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs during Chancellor Alfredo Ramirez’s term (1999 – 2002). She also served as the Head of the Department of Dentistry of the Philippine General Hospital. She is currently the Chairperson of the Technical Committee for Dental Education (TGDE) of the Committee on Higher Education (CHED). Two years ago, she was conferred an honorary degree (PhD) by the Nippon Dental University. Best known for her professionalism, no-nonsense administrative style and sound judgement, she is the epitome of a hardworking, disciplined leader who led by example. Punctuality is one of her trademarks (aside from her Oral Pathology exams) and she has been known to lock those habitual latecomers out of the lecture room.

However strict or how high her position is though, people always find her approachable, exchanging jokes, stories or advice with almost anybody, no matter how humble their position is. After all her success, she has managed to keep her feet on the ground. We thank her for the many years she had selflessly shared with the College and for the inspiration she gave us; not to mention, the stories, advice and the occasional cup of brewed coffee and slice of that delicious taisan bread; most of all, for being one of the reasons why we are proud to say that we are from the UP College of Dentistry.


One of our retirees this year needs no introduction. For at one time or another, she may have been your teacher, your mentor, thesis adviser or just a friend. Dr. Lago has been in the service of the university for a good number of years now. She graduated from UP in 1965 and obtained a certificate in Orthodontics from the Osaka University in 1972. On December 11, 1967 she began her teaching career as an Instructor at the College of Dentistry. She is now a full professor. Married to Engr. Vicente, M. Lago, Jr., the Lagos are blessed with two children namely: Leinard, now a physical therapist practicing in New York and Vivienne, a dentist practicing in Southern California, UPCD batch 2000.

by Dr. Sandy Hernandez

Dr. Lago’s career is highlighted by her various high positions in the university. In 1977-1989 she was Faculty-in-charge of the Orthodontic Section at the College of Dentistry. She concurrently held the position of Department Chair of the Basic Sciences (1981-1984) and College Secretary (1981-1989). Along with Dr. Luz C. Macapanpan, she was the main proponent to develop a graduate program in Orthodontics. It was in 1989 when this program finally began and she sat as its first Chair. In 1995-1997 she held the position of University Registrar and in 1997-2000 she was Dean of the College of Dentistry.

She is credited with authoring a book, written in Filipino, entitled, "Morfologia at Pisyologia ng Ngipin" published in 1998 by the UP Sentro ng Wikang Pilipino.

She is active in the profession through her membership in various organizations such as: fellow (since 1990) and vice president (from 2004-to the present) of the International College of Dentists RP Section, Philippine Dental Association as a member of the speakers’ bureau, chaired the 97th and 98th annual convention and scientific meeting in 2005 and 2006 and chaired the free communications from 2000-2004, and 2006.

Dr. Lago was awarded the UPCD Alumni Association’s Most Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2004; UP Manila Alumni Association, Inc.’s Professional Award in Dentistry in 1984, International College of Dentists Achievement Award in 1997, UPCD Outstanding Service Award in 2000, UP Manila Service Award for 30 years of service in 1999 and for 35 years of service in 2003.

Dr. Lago remains down to earth, approachable and friendly. With her retirement drawing near, we will miss her.

Global Health Concerns

Pat Robles

UP Manila College of Medicine together with Community Oriented Medical Education Unit, Social Medicine Unit, and Center for Gender and Women’s studies came up with the five-day "2nd UP Global Health Course" held April 4-9, 2006. Workshops and mentoring sessions were intended for Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and other allied health professions students in Southeast Asia and the Western-Pacific region.

Health issues discussed were global burden of disease: prevention, management and control; global trends in injuries and accidents; impact of war and conflict on health; natural disasters and calamities; dynamics of health and the environment; reproductive and sexual health; health of indigenous peoples; and children’s rights and health.

Health educators recognize the need for an integrated, interdisciplinary approach and global cooperation for promotion of health. The challenge of achieving equity and "health for all" is continually confronting us, and the university, being a socially-responsive community-based institution, would like to address both local and international health issues. Global health problems were presented, including medical practices in different countries with solutions based on the Alma Ata Declaration or Rights-based, because quite a number of practitioners have become socially insensitive brought about by the rise of capitalism.

Dr. Jean Marc Olivé, WHO country representative to the Philippines, made participants aware of the health situation of the Philippines. One of the major problems seen here is the situation of health professions. Statistics of students getting into medical education has been going down for the past few years except for nursing. Most graduates are flying abroad for greener pastures, leaving the country lacking in manpower.

Partnership was discussed – highlighting on choosing the right sponsor or "partner" for a project (e.g.: not getting tobacco companies to sponsor sports festivals). Technology plays a part in the health situation and a talk on Informatics and choosing references over the net were presented to help in recognizing quackery articles – which could be very misleading.

The seminar presented to the group the reality of health worldwide. Awareness is the first step in developing solutions to problems. This is a very long process but by working hand-in-hand, all health professionals, including dentists, would be able to deal with them. After all, there is more to being a dentist than just saving the world from cavities.

Hu-friedy Grants Instrument Award to UPCD Clinician

In February 2005, Hu-friedy gave a set of periodontal instruments to a deserving senior clinician of the University of the Philippines College of Dentistry who showed excellent clinical performance in accomplishing requirements in Clinical Periodontics. The grant was awarded to Glyne M. Arevalo, Jr. who earned the highest rating in Clinical Periodontics 32.

This award clearly shows that hard work and enthusiasm do not go unnoticed.

UPCD Student Captures SCFDS Scholarship

The Southern California Filipino Dental Society (SCFDS) awarded Willard Belen a scholarship after ranking first in its fourth annual scholarship competition held last April 18, 2006 at the Philippine Dental Association Building, Makati City.

Belen, a fourth year student of U.P. College of Dentistry, was awarded a plaque and a check worth $1,400 (Php70,000).

Sixteen dental students from all over the Philippines joined the competition composed of a 40-point multiple choice question and a 150-point essay question. Dr. Ed de la Vega, executive director of SCFDS, served as the quizmaster.

Belen got 116 points, followed by a student from Fatima University with 104 points and a student from Centro Escolar University with 95 points. The second and third prizes were given Php1,000 and Php500 respectively. All the participants were given Php1,000 for joining the tilt. The awarding ceremony was held right after the grading of exam sheets.

This has been the third consecutive year that a UPCD student got the said scholarship. Rosa Maria Wilhelmina Gener was awarded in 2004; Irene Rodriguez in 2005.

UPCD Graduates Make a Clean Sweep in May 2006 Dental Licensure Exams

by Sheila May Lao Dee

An impressive victory was achieved by the May 2006 board examinees from UP College of Dentistry when, not only did 100% (18 out of 18) of them pass, but 11 out of the 18 examinees got the Top Ten highest scores.

Dr. Jett Chua led the group with the score of 81.13%, followed by former College Student Council Chairperson Dr. Laarni Mendenilla (80.89%) in second place, Dr. Abegail Bongat (80.41%) also a former council officer in third, Dr. Anna Oliva (80.29%) in fourth, Dr. Carol Lam (80.22%) in fifth, and Dr. Angela Reyes (80.16%) in sixth. Drs. Glyne Arevalo, Jr. and Mary Charlotte Ayam tied at seventh place with the grade of 80.13%. Dr. Katrina Tan was eighth (80.11%), Dr. Effie Tan was ninth (79.88%) and Dr. Paula Gran (79.77%) was tenth among those who brought this overwhelming glory to the College.

The other successful examinees for this licensure examination are Dr. Catherine Chia, Dr. Rosabelle Cruzat, Dr. Abbie Dycoco, Dr. Ma. Aileen Ong, Dr. Lorraine Sison, Dr. Pamela Sy and Dr. Arlene Veluz.

The Bioethics Experience

by Winston Y. Cham, DDM

Dr. Winston Y. Cham and Dr.Arlissa D. Aguiluz finished courses for Diploma in Bioethics.

A Master of Science in Bioethics Program jointly offered by UP Diliman s College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) and UP Manila s College of Medicine was approved by the Board of Regents in May 2006. The project director, Dr. Leonardo de Castro and the academic staff started to offer Bioethics training as a one-year diploma course in June 2004. It has since spawned the interest of many in the health professions, as well as other professions involved not only in the care of patients but also those engaged in research involving human participants.

What exactly is bioethics? In a nutshell, it refers to a general interest in ethical issues arising from health care and the biomedical sciences. This includes issues on treatment of patients and inclusion of human participants in biomedical or social science researches. Bioethics involves a deeper understanding of the socio-cultural, legal, as well as medical issues and demands more critical thinking and reflection. It is not purely dependent on established codes of ethics but involves appreciation of human life as well as a more profound understanding of the significance of being human.

The Diploma Course in Bioethics helps professionals deal with ethical issues arising from medical practice, biomedical and social science researches, in a comprehensive and systematic manner. Core subjects delve into the understanding the value of the human being, the evaluation of risks to patients, the maximization of benefits to parties concerned and the carrying out of social justice and fairness in the distribution of benefits and risks. It emphasizes the legal system s role in the direction and regulation of science. This is an important consideration when evaluating or reviewing research protocols that involve legal issues. Appreciation of cultural diversity is stressed to emphasize the impracticality of applying a single ethical standard to all cultures within our country and the rest of the world.

Students learning is maximized through small group discussions, case analyses, presentations of oral and written reports and mini research works, which may involve interviews and group activities. There are film showings and lectures from both the faculty and guest lecturers from local and international bioethics organizations and ethical review boards. Learning opportunities are not only limited to in-school activities since students join the intensive training courses held in key cities around the country. These involve the students not only as participants but as facilitators/moderators and lecturers as well. It is espoused that the best way to learn something is to teach it.

For the author, the bioethics experience is a journey of revelations and never ending discovery. Bioethics training helps us realize that there are deeper issues involved in dealing with patients and research volunteers. Genuine patient care is never limited to delivery and reception of basic health care. A lot of it has to do with empathy to the people involved with the treatment or the research process. Though bioethics deals with concepts of right and wrong, it should not be a venue for moralizing. It should be about keeping an open mind for possible issues that may arise and handling each situation appropriately.

June 2006 is the first time that the Master of Science in Bioethics was offered by the two UP units. This marks the beginning for interested parties to learn more about PEOPLE the ones who are in need of medical aid, their health care providers, the families of the ailing parties, the society where they belong and the research volunteers who risk more than their lives to help bring benefit not only to themselves, but also to the rest of us.