By Hanna Jillian Ho (Class 2022)
The Regionalization Students Organization (RSO) celebrated RSO Week 2018, entitled Agkadwa, an Ilocano term for “companionship” or an “event of gathering”. This annual celebration was held last February 19-24, 2018.
The opening ceremonies commenced on February 19 with the ribbon-cutting and unveiling of the exhibit. The exhibit showcased a tree wrapped in different intertwining colors, coming together and blooming into simple white flowers — an homage to this year’s theme of togetherness.
The boodle fight followed in the evening. Members and applicants of the organization enjoyed a speed-dating icebreaker, performances from different batches, and a spread of rice, danggit, and other meats and vegetables at Buenafe Auditorium.
The quiz show Tagisan ng Talino was held on February 20. Medical students from different levels formed teams of three in hopes of winning the cash prizes. Competitive spirits ran high, with teams betting points Jeopardy-style, cheering as they win their gambles, and laughing it off when they lose. The team of Karen Amora (Class 2022), Aldrix Anarna (Class 2022), and Chryz Bagsic (Class 2022) emerged victorious. The team of Jenalynne Chua (Class 2022), Liza Laroco (Class 2022), and Andrea Reyes (Class 2022) came in second place, and in third place was the team of Ruben Valeza (Class 2020), Patrick Uygen (Class 2020), and Riem Teves (Class 2020).
Laro ng Lahi was held on February 21. Applicants and members of the organization came together to play their favorite Philippine games, some of which were given new twists. The event kicked off with a game of patintero, followed by sisiw at lawin and cadang-cadang. The night ended with a game of Ice-Ice-Water vs. Ice-Water-Ice-Water — a nod to the ongoing Twitter war of which is the “correct” name for the classic game of every Filipino’s childhood.
Harana sa Wards followed on February 22, where applicants and members sang to patients of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). The harana was performed first in the PGH Atrium at noon and second at the Cancer Institute in the evening. The team sang “How Far I’ll Go” (Auli’I Cravalho & Lin-Manuel Miranda) and “Let It Go” (Idina Menzel, Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez). Renditions of Yeng Constantino’s “Hawak Kamay” and “Salamat” were also performed to boost the patients’ morale and lift their spirits.
On February 23, the talk series Timpuyog: Specialists in the Community was held to shed light on the life of a medical specialist in the province. Dr. Jennifer Ann Mendoza-Wi and Dr. Zenaides Wi gave inspiring yet fun-filled talks about how taking up specializations before going to work in the regions can help in diagnosing diseases better. They advised students to study hard and learn as much as they can during their stay in the College of Medicine. According to them, students should make it a goal to solidify their bonds with other UPCM students so it would be easier to team up to work in the regions.
The week’s culminating event, held on February 24, was the outreach project in the Hospicio de San Jose. Rice, toys, and giveaway bags were donated, and the team spent time interacting with people with special needs. Speech therapist Steven Tan (Class 2022) shared his skills by demonstrating how to give oropharyngeal massages to children with cerebral palsy, and imparted his message of his hopes that everyone continues the advocacy for inclusive development.
Agkadwa: RSO Week 2018 was a platform for the organization to help spread its goals and mission of service: “For the nation, through the regions”.
photos courtesy of Isabella Rosello (Class 2022)