medical missionUMINGAN, Pangasinan — While the Province of Pangasinan’s bus inched through the town of Umingan in the evening of Feb 5th, four high school bands played heartbeat music as hundreds of the townspeople lined the streets to welcome the 61 missioners of the Philippine American Medical Mission Foundation of Michigan (PAMMFM).

The 30 other missioners were on their way via different routes.

The welcome party tendered at the community center by Mayor Eldred Tumbokon served sumptuous food complete with entertainment galore.

The whole town was ready to open their hearts for the missioners, holding cultural shows and folk dances with the choral group singing the haunting Pangasinense’s own “Malinac Lay Labi,” a song that capped the evening, welcome event.

Vickie Navarra and Annie Vista headed the missioners, with Bernadine Liganor as main coordinator. Bernadine is a sister of our own Dr. Ethel Villanueva.

Surgical cases were done at the Tayug provincial hospital, and the medical cases in the town plaza and gymnasium.

For five days, 93 major surgeries were done,177 minor surgeries, 502 dental cases, and 2,900 medical patients.

A farewell dinner was hosted by Pangasinan Governor Espino at the governor’s mansion in Lingayen. Rest and Recreation activities for the missioners were held in Bolinao, a resort town north of the city.

The next medical mission is scheduled on Oct 6-10, 2017 in San Jose, Nueva Ecija.