NEW P.M.A.M. PRESIDENT. Dr. Rosemary Aquiler-Angeles (left), outgoing president of the Philippine Medical Association of Michigan (PMAM), hands over the gavel, a symbol of authority, to Dr. Esther Aoigan-Guevarra, new PMAM president, during PMAM’s golden anniversary celebration and 49th inaugural ball held on Sept. 20, 2014 at The Henry in Dearborn. (Photo by Percy Antonio)
NEW P.M.A.M. PRESIDENT. Dr. Rosemary Aquiler-Angeles (left), outgoing president of the Philippine Medical Association of Michigan (PMAM), hands over the gavel, a symbol of authority, to Dr. Esther Aoigan-Guevarra, new PMAM president, during PMAM’s golden anniversary celebration and 49th inaugural ball held on Sept. 20, 2014 at The Henry in Dearborn. (Photo by Percy Antonio)

[box type=”default” size=”large”] Video about group’s 50 years of service to public presented [/box]The Philippine Medical Association of Michigan (PMAM) marked last Sept. 20 the celebration of its golden (50th) anniversary with the holding of its 49th inaugural ball at ritzy The Henry in Dearborn.

One highlight of the milestone event was the presentation of a video about PMAM’s 50 years of service to the public.

Another highlight was the induction of the new PMAM officers led by new President Esther Aoigan-Guevarra. They were sworn in by Dr. Lourdes Andaya, past president of both PMAM and the Wayne County Medical Society.

Doctor Andaya also inducted into office the new officers of the Auxilliary to the Philippine Medical Association of Michigan (APMAM) led by new President Dante Espiritu.

Still another highlight of the event was the turnover of the gavel, a symbol of authority, from outgoing PMAM President Rosemary Aquiler-Angeles to Aoigan-Guevarra.

Aside from Aoigan-Guevarra, the new PMAM officers who took their oath of office were Gilbert Roc, MD, president-elect; Jacqueline Fabello-Gamiao, MD, vice president; Marjorie Alvir, DO, secretary; Cesar Solarte, Jr., MD, treasurer; Fidelina Barraceros, MD, auditor; David Villanueva, MD, business manager; Bernardo Pacris, MD, public relations officer; and Isidro Almeda, Concepcion Ty-Ancog, Maria Angela Catapang, Ruth Diaz, Aylmer Evangelista, Michael Gamiao, Robert Garcia, Robert Go, Chona Lastimosa, Virginia Pacis, Ruby Roc and Hernan Tansuche, members of the board of directors; Cecilia Astorga-Switzer, parliamentarian; and Rosemary Aquiler-Angeles, immediate past president.

Aside from Espiritu, the other APMAM officers who were sworn in were Ada Choba, vice president; Linda Jarenunpoon, secretary; Del Almeda, treasurer; Ed Guevarra, auditor; Remy Solarte, press relations officer; Vil Morales, business manager; Delia Rayos, parliamentarian; Dr. Ching Ancog, Lavinia Mateo, Emma de Leon-Pacris and Pining Tabbilos, members of the advisory council; and Ferdie Angeles, Mila Barreto, Lisa Caoili, Wayne Chang, Ling Hidalgo, Becky Legaspi, Marina Macatangay, Loida Moses, Virgie Nasol, Dr. Lib Pantig, Josie Reyes, Letty Santiago and Myrna Tansuche, members of the board of directors.

With Doctors Gilbert Roc and Doree Ann Espiritu serving as emcees, the golden-anniversary celebration opened with the presentation of the “Presidents’ Waltz” which was participated in by past PMAM presidents and their spouses and partners.

This came after past PMAM presidents were honored with special awards and the golden jubilarians were presented.

The PMAM-APMAM choir sang the US and Philippine national anthems. Singer Dennis Colonia was the choir master.   

PMAM was officially organized in 1964 with Dr. Noberto A. Sugayan elected as founding president.