Philippine Medical Society of Greater Philadelphia
Nieves De Castro, MD | President
The Philippine Medical Society of Greater Philadelphia is only 28 years old from when it was conceived by a pioneering visionary in the person of Albert S. Salvador, MD. He has retired from active medical practice, but his influence and contributions continue to reverberate amongst us. The Society will always be thankful to Dr. Salvador and to the founding members, too numerous to be mentioned here, but all too genuinely magnanimous to be supportive of our goals.
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Our goal is primarily to enrich each other, socially, educationally, and more importantly, spiritually. The various administrations knowingly and even unknowingly promote activities which are the reflection of the society’s goals. The commonest thread that weaves through the hearts of our members is the desire to help and extend that helping hand both here and back home.
I am proud to mention here the chronology of the PMSGP Administrations and Accomplishments:
1989 – 1991 Albert S. Salvador, MD – Founder; then served as CEO. Organized scientific meetings, raised funds, and donated money to the seven major medical schools in the Philippines. He was instrumental in starting the Summer Sinulog for Sr. Sto Nino at the Olde St. Augustine Church, in Philadelphia., PA, instituted free flu vaccination, blood testing, and participated in countless medical missions in the Philippines. These activities were similarly promoted by the successive administrations in various capacity.
1991 – 1993 George Q. Manalo, MD – Continuing medical education for the members, and fund raising through annual Charity Balls, and Valentine’s party. The Summer family picnics continue to strengthen the camaraderie among members.
1993 – 1995 Leopoldo G. Zapata, MD – ” Best Charity Ball”, with sumptuous buffet, elaborate ambiance and flower arrangement, flowing red and white wine, Chilean sea bass, steak dinner, and the Mummers Band… simply the best.
1995 – 1997 Consolacion A. Alcantara, MD – The Philippine Consulate Outreach Program was started under her administration. With the help of Drs. Venerando and Angelina Jaurigue and Dr. Salvador the Filipino Community Center opened in North Philadelphia. The center served as a free clinic for the neighborhood in this under served area.
1997 – 1999 Manolo V. Mempin, MD – The tenets for this administration were guided by its namesake “PMSGP”…P arating M asaya S a sayawan G awang makatao at P agtulong sa mahirap at nangangailangan. Medical mission in Batangas, donation to the Rizal Monument in Cooper River Plaza, Camden, NJ, CMEs, and fund raising kept everybody engaged under Dr. Mempin’s leadership.
1999 – 2001 Orlando Z. Maloles, MD – Senator Juan Flavier inducted the incoming officers, and was the recipient of P50,000 donation for his humanitarian project in the Philippines. The medical school Charity Ward of FEU, UST, UP, UERM, CIM, and MCU each received $500 donation.
2001 – 2003 Minda B. Magundayao, MD – Senator Juan Flavier was guest speaker at the fund raising ball. The prevailing topic at that time was Dual Citizenship. Under her administration monetary donations were made to seven medical schools in the Philippines. Dr. Magundayao laid down the foundation for Mental Illness and Drug Abuse Programs in the Philippines.
2003 – 2005 Miguel A. DeCastro, MD – Monetary contribution to medical schools UST, FEU, and UERM. Medical and Dental missions in Agdangan, Quezon. Charitable donation to the Filipino Apostolate Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and to the ANCOP Foundation for the poor.
2005 – 2007 Jose G. Tiongson, MD – Under his administration, PMSGP donated $12,000, which were used to build 5 Gawag Kalinga homes, in Baranggay Concepcion, Sariaya, Quezon, Philippines. The project was completed and inaugurated on January 30, 2008, named under the FECGP Gawad Kalinga Village.
2007 – 2009 Evacueto P. Tangco, MD – Provided free cataract surgery and donated 20 hospital beds and one operating microscope to the Quezon Memorial Hospital, in Lucena, Quezon. Medical and Dental mission in Agdangan, Quezon. Relief to Aetas in Lopez, Quezon, Tahanan ni Maria, in Carmona, Cavite, and to landslide victims in Nacar, Quezon.
2009 – 2011 Lakambini Recla-Lebita, MD – Continued program for Flu vaccination, Continuing Medical Education, relief funds donated to typhoon victims and to local hospitals in Negros, Oriental. The Honorable Vice President Jejomar Binay made presentation for the “Pagibig Fund”.
2011 – 2013 Jose M. Maquilan, MD “I want to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of Drs. Ben Jaurigue and Nen Largoza posthumously. These members deserve special mention along with Drs. Catalina S. Valle, Ruby Padolina, Pura Penaverde, Vicente Dinoso, Eusebio Nunez, Leo Arevalo, Rudy Etorma, Mr. Ralph V. Dumaran. Their dedication and participation to the Society always came willingly and with a big smile. May they rest in peace.”
2014 – Nieves De Castro
A very special mention can never be said enough for the “King Makers” of our Society who prefer to work in the background. They are none other than the Drs. Lynn and Lewis J. Dunn!
May we all flourish and prosper into the next 100 Years.
Nieves DeCastro, MD
Arelyne Pacho-Ramos, MD
Rommel Rivera, MD
Eliseo Saldivar, MD
Abellane Mempin, MD
Amelita Manguba, MD
Board of Directors
Lourdes Ramos-Tarampi, MD | Chairman
Ferdinand Aczon, MD
Jocelyn Austria, MD
Lewis Dunn, MD
Rodolfo Etorma, MD+
Domingo Java, MD
Bing Javier, MD
Vicky Largoza, MD
Rhodora Mangaser, MD
Eileen Pelaez, MD
Aida Rivera, MD
Jose Samson, MD
Alex Valdellon, MD
Continuing Medical Education
Nemesia de Castro, MD
Adelina Dunn, MD
Marietta Galvez-Java, MD
Mamerto Lebita, MD
Eleanor Tiongson, MD
Kathleen Maloles, Esq