Dr. Ernestina de los Santos-Mac, president of the Filamcco Foundation, was honored with an award by the UST Medical Alumni Association of America (USTMAAA) during the association’s medical convention and grand reunion on July 1-5, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.
Doctor Mac, a member of UST class 1965, received the award “for most outstanding alumna for community service.” Also receiving the same award was Dr. Anthony C. Leachon (class 1985), who is based in Manila.
Two other UST medical alumni from Michigan were also honored with awards during USTMAAA’s gala dinner held at JW Marriott, Grand Lakes Resort, Orlando. They were Dr. Ananias C. Diokno (class 1965) who received the award “for most outstanding alumnus for academic achievement,” and Dr. Adoracion Palacio-Chang (class 1955) who got the award “for most outstanding diamond jubilarian.”
In honoring Doctor Mac for outstanding community service, USTMAAA took into consideration her many charitable undertakings. These include the following:
Supporting an orphanage in the Philippines; donating supplies to schools in Bicol; extending financial support to school children in Uganda; regularly donating funds to Paaralang Pilipino in Michigan where Philippine culture, traditions and value are being taught to children; establishing a scholarship fund in her hometown, Ligao, Albay; serving as patron of the arts in her capacity as co-executive producer of two theatrical shows, “Music and Motion” and “Opening Doors;” giving financial assistance to the Our Lady of Fatima Center for Human Development in the Philippines; and serving as volunteer at the SAY Clinic in Highland Park, Michigan.
Also taken into account are the various positions she had held in different public and private civic organizations. These include: Commissioner of the Michigan Asian Pacific Affairs Commission; board director of the World Medical Relief; president of the Philippine American Cultural Center of Michigan; president of the USTMAA of Michigan; president of the Philippine Medical Association of Michigan; and advisor of the Council of Asian Pacific Americans.
Doctor Mac also received numerous awards, including Most Outstanding Physician for Community and Humanitarian Service given by the Beaumont Hospital System; Woman of Substance Award given by the Province of Albay; and selected as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the World by the Filipino Women Network based in California.
In her capacity as incumbent president of Filamcco Foundation, Doctor Mac spearheaded, together with then FILAMCCO president Ryan Rosario, a fund-raising campaign for the victims of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Her latest achievement is her being one of the authors of a book, “Disrupt,” which is a compilation of stories about successful Filipino women leaders.