Dr. Aquiler Angeles
Dr. Rosemary Aquiler-Angeles

Dr. Rosemary Aquiler-Angeles, newly installed president of the Philippine Medical Association of Michigan (PMAM), announced that PMAM’s outreach program will be expanded to benefit more poor people.

Delivering her speech during the organization’s well attended inaugural ball held last Sept. 29 at the Somerset Inn in Troy, Angeles said the outreach program will benefit not only poor people in the Philippines but also unfortunate Filipinos in Michigan.

To achieve this goal, she said, her administration will intensify PMAM’s fund-raising activities. She appealed to the PMAM members to support the fund-raising drive, saying “every little bit that you can afford (to chip in) would help.”

“We appeal for your kind assistance to augment the funds for our charitable projects not only for poor people in the Philippines but also for our hard-up ‘kapamilya’ and ‘kababayan’ in Michigan who don’t have health insurance,” Angeles said.

She said she had been informed that PMAM’s first fund-raising event last August 12 chaired by Doctors Arnel Clarin and Gilbert Roc “made over $20,000.” She thanked the generous people who supported the fund drive, announcing that part of the proceeds will be used to fund PMAM’s medical mission to be conducted in Iriga City, Camarines Sur in 2014.

Talking about the job of PMAM’s president, Angeles said the symbolic title is a big responsibility. She noted that the past presidents, in the discharge of their responsibilities, hurdled the challenges “with relative ease and excellence. I personally admire all the past presidents who served in the past 47 years, and I strongly wish to follow their foot prints.”

She said that it was “their leadership, guidance and perseverance that made PMAM what it is today.”

The new president said she is “surrounded by many past PMAM presidents who have been giving me much needed advice.” She made special mention of Dr. Orly Sison, “known to us as Manong Orly,” saying “you are one of the most dedicated, pro-active and chronologically gifted persons I ever met.” She also lauded Dr. Claire Perez, whose help “went far beyond I hoped for.”

She congratulated Mrs. Tessie Son, the newly inducted president of the Auxiliary to the Philippine Medical Association of Michigan (APMAM), saying “I am looking forward to working with you.” She also thanked her husband, Ferdie Angeles, who was the outgoing APMAM president.

Meanwhile, outgoing PMAM President Sonia G. Fernando, delivering her valedictory message, said “with your help and generosity, we turned our bottom line from red to black, and at the end we had money to spare for a second anesthesia machine for future (medical) missions.”

“Donations to our cultural center, PACCM (Philippine American Community Center of Michigan), and the poor people in our community will be offered,” she said.

Fernando also said, “I wish to thank all of you, especially our treasurer of 15 years, Dr. Cesario Solarte, Jr., the executive council and all the hardworking committee chairs.” She added, “it has been my privilege to serve PMAM as president for the past two years.”

The other newly inducted PMAM officers are Dr. Esther Aoigan-Guevarra, president-elect; Dr. Hernani Tansuche, vice president; Marjorie Alvir, secretary; Dr. Moneta Carliston, treasurer; Dr. Ceasrio Solarte, Jr., auditor; Dr. David Villanueva, business manager; and Dr. Bernardino Pacis, public relations officer.

The newly sworn-in members of the board of directors are Doctors Cesar Alcid, Feliza Alcid, Maria Angeles Catapang, Ruth Diaz, Aylmer Evangelista, Jacqueline Fabello-Gamiao, Michael Gamiao, Robert Go, Virginia Pacis, Celine Rivera, Ruby Roc and Concepcion Ty-Ancog.

Also inducted were Dr. Efren Platon, parliamentarian; and Dr. Sonia Fernando, immediate past president.

The inducting officer was Philippine Honorary Consul General Jose Evangelista. Dr. Gilbert Roc was the master of ceremonies.