In Pictures: And Here We Have 87 Glittering National Costumes of Miss Universe!

Miss Universe has been entertaining me the last few days. I still haven’t watched the National Costumes Event on YT, but it’s queued up! (Why am I not studying?)

Best costumes imo, in alphabetical order:
(Best = unique, eye-catching, representative)
1. Argentina
2. British Virgin Islands
3. Czech Republic
4. Dominican Republic!!
5. Ecaudor
6. India
7. Indonesia
8. Myanmar
9. Panama
10. Philippines
11. Thailand
12. Singapore
13. Sri Lanka
14. Venezuela
15. Vietnam!!
I am South East Asian trash! Haha.
And I feel like I need to comment on the costumes of Austria, Canada, Israel, Germany, Malaysia, Netherlands, Sweden… they took the word “costume” to heart.

The Kaleidoscope of Pageantry

Miss Universe 2016: National Costume Round

Every country has a glorious past and stories untold, and to bring those untold stories in a glorified way is the task of the beauty queen when she is representing her country in the most accomplished platform of the world, the Miss Universe pageant.

After a power packed swimsuit and evening gown preliminary competition, the eighty seven delegates competing for the ultimate title of Miss Universe showcased their country’s rich ethnicity and culture via their grand and uniquely carved national costumes. So what are we waiting for, let’s have a look at the beautiful National Costumes-

Miss Universe 2016 will be the 65th edition of Miss Universe pageant. Miss Universe 2016 is slated to take place on January 30, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. This year more than 80 countries will compete for the title of Miss Universe 2016, hoping to be crowned by Pia…

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Intraperitoneal organs and Retroperitoneal organs

Confessions of a Medical Student

For the Intraperitoneal organs remember SALTD SPRSS (Pronounced Salted Spursss):

S = Stomach

A = Appendix

L = Liver

T = Transverse colon

D = duodenum (only the 1st part, though)

S = Small intestines

P = Pancreas (only the tail though)

R = Rectum (only the upper 3rd)

S = Sigmoid colon

S = Spleen

For retroperitoneal, just remember SADPUCKER:

S = suprarenal glands

A = Aorta and IVC

D = Duodenum (all but the 1st part)

P = Pancreas (all but the tail)

U = Ureter and bladder

C = Colon (ascending and descending)

K = Kidneys

E = Esophagus

R = Rectum (Lower two-thirds)

For secondarily retroperitoneal remember ‘Pussy Cat Dolls“:

P = Pancreas

C = Colon (only ascending and descending)

D = Duodenum (only parts 2-4)

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College Graduation!!!

Well here’s a long overdue post.

Last May? 2016, I graduated from college with a Bachelor’s Science in Biology. I’d like to thank my mother, fam, friends, thesis partner, professors and the UP Manila community at large. And, of course, the Filipino people.

I didn’t post about it so much because it wasn’t the end-all be-all of my life. Graduating from college, while an achievement in itself that my mother and I should definitely be proud of, is only a step towards the greater dream of becoming a doctor.

So here’s a 1-minute Snapchat video.

  1. We stayed in Microtel for my college graduation in UP Diliman, and in Shangri-la for the university graduation in PICC.
  2. I don’t actually have a lot of photos of the event; I also haven’t bothered to scan any of the official documentation.
  3. Thank you to my Lola Doppie and to other members of the extended fam for celebrating with us.

It feels like a lifetime ago.

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Productivity Check

I tried to art my way through studying the back and lower extremities. I got the art part down; the anatomy, not so much.

More notes! Earlier this month, I blogged about my feels over the intersection of Anatomy and Art. This is just more of the same. With more ink.

When we get to internal organs next year, I’ll try my hand at inking even the outlines and muscles.

And in other news:

  • I went on a 1200 calories per day diet last week, with the help of the planned meal deliveries from Gourmet Kusina. I’ll try to blog about the merits and demerits of having meals planned out for you… some day.
  • My sister’s out watching a premier showing of Doctor Strange right now. I, on the other hand, am preparing for my customary post-whole-day-dissection-shower-back-pain nap.
  • You know, it’s strange to realize that my life literally has nothing going for it, except for some random chats with still irrelevant people, and friendships, and family, and love. These relationships might all die like my cactus.
  • (I’m seriously annoyed because when I was drafting this life update in my head, I had more things to say).
  • Duterte’s still making a mess of things.



#HistoryCon: the things people do

I took an ill-advised break from studying last Saturday, and had some fun at the first-ever #HistoryCon (tagline: Manila Makes History).

It was also my first time in the World Trade Center (in recent memory)! All the other conventions I’ve attended were in SMX.

I entered the convention with zero expectations. I don’t watch the channel, and I only said yes to the free ticket the day before. Luckily there’s a website.

First Impressions

There were exhibits you’d expect from the History Channel… like aliens and samurai.


For awhile I thought that the students on field trips in the area would end up disappointed, because I wasn’t seeing anything truly historical inside the convention. But I got around and I saw cool deals like this —

Presidential limousines. Actual, honest-to-god limousine cars ridden by previous presidents like Magsaysay and Aguinaldo. Apparently there’s an initiative to create a car museum somewhere, and while I’m not a hardcore car enthusiast, I did love the sleek lines of the black cars.


World War II Veterans Exhibit. I think I shed a tear or two. The exhibit wasn’t spectacular by any means –as in, I feel like the layout of the photos and text could have been improved– but it was lovely still.


This one hit me right in the goddamn feels.

Cars and more cars. Apparently History channel, aside from peddling vintage finds and pawnshops, also deals in detailing cars. With celebrities.

A bunch of bikers with legit leather jackets vroom-ing away!
There were a lot of high quality bikes, cars, boats and even segues in the exhibit (but it was such a hard time trying to get a picture without random people in it). Lovely <3
And Celebrity Wars… celebrities.

And one of the most popular stops in the #HistoryCon was this booth on the popular Heneral Luna movie. In the background, they were playing the trailer for another (must-watch) film called Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo. 

This is a replication of the prop used in the film. In the background, awesome girl stuff is happening.

But that’s not all.

Making History

Honestly, what boggled and interested and entertained me the most during #HistoryCon were all of these attempts at breaking Guinness World Records.

Case #1. World’s Largest Serving of Sautéed Mushrooms.

I didn’t stick around long enough to know what it tasted like. But just. Why?

Case #2. World’s Most Quarterpounders In One Minute.

I’M SCREAMING someone actually broke the world record for most quarter pounders in 1 minute ??? #HistoryCon

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Case #3. World’s Longest Marathon Watching (Cable) Television.

Sponsored, inexplicably, by Piknik and Yakult. They had to beat a 96-hour record –so.

They’re all, like, a case for the complex and profound nature of man. That we can build cities and travel the stars… and eat one Zark’s Ultimate in under 15 seconds.

And, I think, something I loved as well:


TBH I just made this blog post to prove that I’m not just a med student. Jk. Love you.

Though I should have been studying that weekend.

Or not.

(Abangan the kwento).




Time flies. It’s only been a week, but I know if I’m not too careful, I’ll wake up to find that it’s already been five years.

I’ll make this update quick. In theory I should study for our first ever exam next Friday, and I also have a writing job lined up for tonight (freelance earning FTW!).


Still proving to be the literal best group!

Before the start of classes, we had a last-minute and hope-fuelled outing around Ortigas. Only half of us came, but it was still cool. We got to watch Suicide Squad (entertaining movie, by the way), eat good Japanese food at SumoSam, and hang out in Moonshine.

I collected a lot of good memories that night. I’m glad I was the only one really sober, haha!

There were a few other hangouts here and there: a before-everything-goes-to-hell /Mythical 7/ night and a spontaneous its-raining-hell night, both at M’s place. (THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HARBORING US!)

But the highlight of this life: BEST G12OUP in our white uniforms! 

(Are we not gorgeous? Brilliant? Literally shining bright?)


I’m screaming, the photos by X look so good!!!

(I also have a bunch of stickers made and in progress because Telegram is God’s gift to the millenial messenging community.)

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Actual Acads

I’m really, really having a hard time with the 8AM to 5PM sched. I can wake up early just fine (thanks to having a roommate plus the fact that it’s only the first week of school), but sometime around 10AM and around 3PM I get super sleepy.

I’ve resolved to bring apple slices to wake up. The internet says it works, so I’m pretty much gonna do it.

But in terms of what we’re studying, we’ve got our first module entitled Principles and Perspectives. It’s basically laying down the foundations for a biopsychosocial approach to healthcare, i.e. culture, society, psychology and many other factors aside from the biomedical matter when it comes to health.

It has been fun. It’s also always a struggle of deciding where to sit.


The day I sat in the back was the day I slept for two hours total. Life is so hard.

And anyway, I’ve been enjoying the whole process of fixing my school supplies, organizing my study materials, and so on –basically everything except the study part.


I sent this to E(/G? lol) ages ago when I was still fixing up my side of the condo. But the moodboard/whiteboard is cuter now!! And the desk will definitely be more messed up in the future. Continue reading “ASMPH MD/MBA: Week 1”

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Ballet: The Great Classics 2016 by PBT

LET NO ONE TELL YOU THAT BALLET IS BORING. I almost cried, I kept sitting in awe, I learned to believe in love again. Philippine Ballet Theatre’s The Great Classics was a good show and a fun time!

The Cultural Center of the Philippines
in cooperation with Petron
Philippine Ballet Theatre 30th Season
The Great Classics 2016
Featured Guest Artists are JARED TAN of Atlanta Ballet and JOSEPH PHILLIPS of Mariinsky Theatre, Primorsky Stage.
Artistic Director: Ronilo Jaynarion
Accompanied by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Herminigildo Ranera.

As always, we can’t take photos or recordings while the show was ongoing.

Showing in Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, The Great Classics features a selection of ballet’s most celebrated dances, including pieces from the Swan LakeFlames of ParisRomeo and JulietDiana and Actaeon and Paquita. 

I loved how the narratives and emotions can be clearly felt from a combination of the dancing and the music (perhaps thanks to the live orchestra, which is unfortunately not a mainstay in the show’s run). The emotional resonance in the first Swan Lake and in the Romeo and Juliet balcony scene were particularly moving.

When the story is lost, when it becomes a succession of technical moves, I find it more difficult to follow or to appreciate. This might be the reason why out of all of the featured dances, I liked the wedding scene from Paquita the least.

That, or I was just beginning to feel that a 2+ hour run-time was too long.


But kudos to everyone! As I said, I didn’t get bored or disinterested at any point during the show. While the performances weren’t flawless (with a few unfortunate costume or set disturbances along the way), it was still an excellent show of what the CCP’s resident ballet company could offer.

Every time someone leapt, I kept wondering how people could transcend the laws of gravity and physics. It looked like they were flying.


Here’s a round of applause for all of the artists who made the show happen!

And another round of applause to C, for coming with me (or for inviting me?), and to my sister, for getting us orchestra center seats (!!!). It’s like appreciating ballet is also about the company you’re with. I feel the need to suddenly brush up on my technical knowledge of ballet, since C is an actual fan! Missed you, M!

I think there are still tickets available for the shows later tonight and tomorrow! I’m so helpful I’ll link to TicketWorld! Haha.

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I’m kind of interested in watching PBT’s Darangan ni Bantugen, when it shows in September. As far as I know, it’s a highly regarded epic in Maranoa.

So you should also watch out for that!


ASMPH MD/MBA: Transsum

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The long journey’s at its formal start — five years of MD/MBA (what’s that? why is it relevant?), a couple of years residency, and a million or two moments of crying. I’m so excited. I’m also afraid I’ll forget things (half of my college experience now seems like a haze in my memory), so here’s a new blog series post thing.

Road to Medicine

If you asked me when I decided to go into medicine, I don’t think I’d be able to give you a clear answer. My only actual Career Moment as a child was deciding I’d be a lawyer (Harvard Law, of course), thanks to the inspirational queen that is Elle Woods.

But sometime in the last ten years I just woke up knowing that I’ll work to become a doctor. By third year high school, there was no question.

Sometimes I try to justify this choice by thinking of my dad, who died of cancer 1.5 decades ago. I’d think of the times I play-acted at nursing him back to health. I’d think of revolutionizing the world with medical research.

Today, I offered a thanksgiving lunch with my family. Everything that allowed me to achieve anything came from the strength of my mother, family and friends. One of my greatest sources of inspiration might not have been physically there, but he lives in all our hearts. It’s a big thing to go all the way from the small town of Nagcarlan, to eventually graduate AB Economics Honors from AdMU, rise up the corporate ladder, help raise a family. In many ways, he inspires me, albeit in a different way my mother does. I have very few memories of him. But I distinctly remember playing doctor with him as a child. He’d lay down on our couch and pretend like my plastic orange stethoscope was the real deal. And someday, I hope to be a real doctor, making changes in health research and service. And I hope to make him proud. (Especially since, finally, magiging Atenista na rin ako!) Happy Father’s Day, papa! I hope you had fun as well today.

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In any case, I’d keep getting inspired throughout the years, and I’d keep committing. I’ve immersed with communities in Pampanga, Manila, and more recently in Rizal.

And I realize in debate and discussions, again and again, that any right we enjoy in life are premised first on the right to health, and that there’s no sense fighting for feminism or progressive nationalism or equity in general when only a meager percent of the world can choose to enjoy it.

Education, transportation and right to liberty. But health first.

By the time I was inexorably moving towards medicine as a career, I already fixated on the idea of helping people access quality services. The most beautiful thing in the world is the sight of people who could choose to live their lives well. That’s a kind of art I think more people should appreciate.

Making the Right Choice

I’ve never had a dream school, but if I had one, Ateneo would come pretty close.

Ateneo was the school of my dad, brother, sister and a handful of other relatives. The Ateneo Way –whatever that is– was sold to me heavily that summer of 2011 (?), during the Ateneo Junior Summer Seminar.

I wouldn’t trade what I experienced in UP Manila for the world, but I always wondered “What If?”. Ateneo, after all, was my only other choice for college.

Come med school, I guess I won’t have to wonder. In a way. (Though now I’d keep wondering, what if I got into UPCM instead?).

But why Ateneo?

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