Gabrielle P. Flores, Φ2017, Class 2021
Last September 26, 2017, the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority and the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity brought ‘Kabanata para sa Kabataan’, a storytelling event, to the Cancer Institute of the Philippine General Hospital. The event was hosted by Gabriel Paulo Candongo Orosco (Phi 2017A) and Alyssa Louise Aquino Uy (Phi 2017).
At ‘Kabanata para sa Kabataan’, the brods and sisses brought the story of superhero Sinag, played by Manuel Angelo Terania Griño, Ф2017A, and brothers Prince Peter, played by Safrollah Muti Guinal Ф2017A and Prince John, played by Jeune Keith Galicia Mabanag Ф2017A, to the pediatric patients of the Institute through a short skit and games. Sinag, the Filipino word for “ray” or “beam”, shone as a beacon of hope and optimism for the patients struggling with the plethora of problems that a chronic illness can bring. Through this skit, Sinag, Prince Peter, and Prince John aimed to show the room full of patients that their diseases do not define them, and that a little hope can go a very long way.
In addition to the skit, games, and giveaways that the patients enjoyed, the parents and caregivers were also given an informative and inspiration talk on how to be a caregiver of children with chronic illnesses by Angelita A. Jaya, R.N., M.D., M.P.H., D.F.M.. The brods and sisses capped of the event by giving away loot bags full of prizes from the event’s sponsors: Chateau 1771, McDonalds, Magnolia, Chocolait, and Fibisco Marie Biscuits.
Annemarie Pamela V. Torga, Φ2017, Class 2021
Last September 18, 2017 at Ibarra’s Garden, the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority was formally introduced to the ladies of the UP College of Medicine Class of 2022 in the annual InPhinite Possibilities. The event was hosted by Dr. Angeli Victoria Gervasio de Jesus (Φ2011B, Class 2016) and Gabrielle Pagdilao Flores (Φ2017, Class 2021).
As dinner was served, Ф2017—PHIreflies—performed musical numbers to entertain the guests. The PHIreflies sang covers of Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield and How Far I’ll Go from the movie Moana. They also performed the traditional speech choir piece centering on the diversity and inclusiveness of the sorority.
After dinner, Sister Prior Ana Beatrice de Vera Constantino, Φ2016 Class 2020 welcomed the sisses and the ladies of Class 2022. This was followed by a series of talks from esteemed alumnae sisses on the four core values—Excellence, Leadership, Service, and Sisterhood.
Dr. Geraldine Tong Zamora-Racaza, Φ2000B Class 2005 spoke of excellence, particularly that of the academic sense. She recalled being filled with pride not from standing out on her own, but rather in excelling alongside her outstanding sisses.
Dr. Esther Alinsunurin Saguil, Φ1986 Class 1991 highlighted how the value of leadership is translated in the various facets of one’s life, inspiring one to take the initiative to lead wherever she may be.
Dr. Florence Volante Tienzo, Φ1985 Class 1990 shared her experiences in service within and outside the borders of the hospital. She emphasized that through the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority, she was given more opportunities to serve the underserved.
Dr. Julianne Francesca Flores Reyes, Φ2009 Class 2014 amusingly narrated her story of finding sisterhood in medical school. She recounted that her journey to attaining an M.D. was not defined by the stress of academics or work, but rather by the fond memories she shared with her sisses.
Superior Sister Exemplar Natasha Bernadine Guytingco Abela, Φ2013 Class 2018 gave the closing remarks to conclude the evening.
True to its title, the inPhinite possibilities in the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority were presented that night. As such, the ladies of Class 2022 have surely been evoked to take a chance, make a choice, and embrace the change.