By Bert Eljera
LAS VEGAS – In an afternoon barbecue with plenty of fun and memories, members of the University of the East-Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center Alumni Association, Nevada chapter, held a fund-raiser Saturday in Las Vegas.
The event at the residence of Dr. Paul Hamor was attended by about three dozen alumni and their guests, and raised over $2,000 that will be used to defray expenses for the repair of UERMMC equipment and facilities damaged by the recent floods in Manila.
Melocoton said that flood waters reached the second floor of the UE- RMMC in Quezon City on Aug. 8, destroying valuable medical equipment.
According to news report at the time, about 150 patients and 700 hospital personnel were trapped inside the building after Aurora Boulevard was inundated.
“We owe a lot to our school, and we still care,” said Nimfa R. Aguila, a board member of the association, “Our personality and character was molded there.”
Aguila, who came with some friends, collected the donations, and sold raffle tickets, in the intimate gathering, also attended by doctor-graduates from other schools.
One of the “guests,” was Arlyn Valencia, a neurologist, who graduated in 1986 from the University of Santo Tomas medical school.
Once a member of a band in Manila, Valencia, now based in Las Vegas, performed a couple of songs, and played on the piano to the delight of the crowd.
“It’s fun to be part of something like this, to perform before your colleagues doing a great cause,” she said.
Hamor, the host, is the president of the Las Vegas chapter of the UERM Alumni Association, and will be its national president, starting in 2014. The national convention will be held in Las Vegas in two years.
He said one of his group’s major projects is a clinical rotation system whereby the Las Vegas chapter will host UERM students for a six-month-to-a-year training under a member-doctor or a hospital.
“Medical students from Manila can come over and train further with us,” Hamor said, adding that details of the program are still being worked out with UERM school officials.
In addition to barbecue, lumpia and other Filipino delicacies, the gathering also featured wine-tasting.
“Whatever we can do to help,” said Hamor, who was assisted by his wife, Gloria.