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June 2013
Free Medical Clinic
by Mareta Prill
The PCCCF's Free Medical Clinic continues to grow not only in the number of patients that we service, but in the number of volunteers who have stepped up and shown interest in helping out. Imagine, we even have to turn volunteers away as there is not enough for them to do and our operating space is limited.
    Our upcoming clinic dates are March 9th, March 23rd, April 13th and April 27th.
The Philippine Center is located at the Zablocki Park Pavilion
3717 W. Howard Avenue, Greenfield, WI.
Ifyou are a nurse and would like to help with triage, please contact Zen Edralin at 414 840-1682 as she coordinates our nursing staff. All other interested volunteers can contact Mareta Prill, Volunteer Coordinator, at 262-255-4548 or mdprill@philippinecenter.com.
    Our center has hosted several meetings for the FC3 which is the cooperative of all the free medical clinics in the Milwaukee metro area. All of the representatives of these clinics have only positive comments on our facility and the extent of the renovations that have provided us with such a great clinic.
    Currently the Free Clinic staff is working on organizing a Health Fair for this upcoming summer. Please watch for announcements on the free screening services that will be provided and the programs that will be held for the community during the event.
     For complete schedule of the Free Clinic, please visit the Philippine Center website at www.philippinecenter.org

Solo Benefit Concert by
Michael Hey sponsored by UPAAW
By Apol Ortiguera
Michael Thomas Crisostomo Hey, a local-grown talent of the first caliber, performed a solo piano benefit concert on October 5, 2012 at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Helen Bader Hall. He performed before a sold-out concert audience, playing without any musical score, works of Jean-Philippe Rameau, Ludwig Beethoven, Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt.
 The piano concert was sponsored by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Wisconsin Ltd (UPAAW) for the benefit of its community programs particularly scholarships awarded to college students in Wisconsin and the U.P. in Diliman, Quezon City.

     Michael currently is in his fourth year at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, studying organ performance. He is the son of Tom and Christine Hey (a U.P. alumna) and grandson of Louis and Amy Crisostomo.
     Michael grew up in Waukesha and was the piano accompanist for the Simbang Gabi choir during high school. He offered to perform in this solo concert, citing the desire to give back to his community for the scholarship grant he received from the UPAAW in 2009. He is a full-tuition scholarship recipient at Juilliard and has been accepted in the elite accelerated Bachelor of Music/Master of Music program. For up-to-date information about Michael’s concerts, visit www.michaelhey.com.

by Mina Vitangcol, MD 

On the historic day of June 12, 1981, the USTAAW of Wisconsin was formally founded by Dr Miguel Galang, who became its first President. Thirty two years later, the Association is thriving well, under the able leadership of Dr Rodrigo Mata (2012-2013 President), a retired Family Practitioner from Kenosha. The association recently received a burst of new energy with its 2013 President-Elect, Dr Remedios Poe, a local practicing Pediatrician.
     La Naval - a Marian devotion, has been celebrated annually in October in keeping with the Thomasian tradition. It commemorates our Blessed Lady’s miraculous intervention in protecting the Philippines against a naval  Dutch invasion in 1652. It consists of a Mass, a Rosary Procession followed by a Potluck dinner. Last year it was celebrated at St Dominic Parish in Brookfield.
     Philippine & US Scholarships - was initiated by USTAAW to give back to the community in the spirit of generosity and caring. The Philippine arm has helped educate teachers throughout college, for them to pass on good values to the next generation. The US arm awards $1000 and $500 to deserving high school seniors as they transition to college. We have had 6 Philippine scholars and 9 US scholars so far.
Visit the Philippine Center Website for their complete programs/activities schedule at www.philippinecenter.org
Philippine Nurses Association Of Wisconsin Happenings
By Gem Cubos
Greetings from the PNA! We  welcomed the New Year with a big bang as our organization hosted the New Year’s Eve  party recently at the Sheraton Brookfield. It was a well attended, festive affair with dancing and games for the young and adult alike leading to the countdown. PNA members led by Mercy Violanda rendered carols. Dance numbers from Robyn Cabigting and Jed Violanda entertained the crowd. The Annual Reward and Recognition Awards were drawn and winners were Milda Cabigting and Marilyn Mallari for their exemplary services during PNA activities in 2012. Highlight of the affair was a successful raffle fundraising for victims of Typhoon Pablo in southern Philippines.
This year ushered lots of opportunities  starting with all the initiatives and programs in the national level. We’re sending delegates to the 34th PNAA National Convention hosted by Philippine Nurses Association of Ohio ( PNAO)  and its subchapter PNAO Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky ( PNAO CinNky) in the heart of Cleveland, Ohio on July 24 – 28, 2013. This year’s theme is “ Strategic, Synergistic, Social Action – Empowerment and Collaboration”. Nominations for 2013 PNAA Nursing Excellence Award is being accepted. Our chapter’s  Annual Leadership award recipient will also be announced on said event. The PNAA/PNAAF 5K Walk/Run Wellness Challenge is also underway and will culminate on July 27 at the convention. Funds raised will financially support education, research, scholarships and community service of both organizations. One can register as participant or donor. We also support the PNAA Kababayan Emergency Preparedness Funding ( KEPF), which was created as a humanitarian relief mission for nurses to do fundraising initiatives for calamity victims back home. Just recently, victims of typhoon Pablo had benefited from this program. There is the Filipino Cancer Network, initiated to address the need for further education about the plaque and support cancer victims within the PNAA  and their families. We also have the Balik-Turo Program , a “teach back “ program where nurses from US go to the Philippines, particularly their Alma Mater, to impart their knowledge and subject expertise in a series of lectures and presentations. And there is a Faculty Mentoring Program by PNAA in partnership with nursing schools in the Philippines. The PNAA Mentoring Committee coordinates with a school, assigns a mentor from the US to assist an eligible candidate or mentee in their educational and professional development.
     On the local scene, PNA - WI has sustained a presence strengthened by community partnerships and activities. On April 6, we will partner with FAAWIS to host the annual bowling event and proceeds to benefit the PCCCF Free Medical Clinic.  PNA – WI nurses through our community outreach committee, are regular volunteers of the free clinic. On August 19, we are again hosting our signature event, the PNA Brewer Tailgating Party, with the home team playing the St. Louis Cardinals. Details to follow. October 6 is slated for our Fall Educational Conference and General Assembly. We are actively engaged in membership recruitment as we strive to unite Filipino-American nurses in Wisconsin to promote the highest standard of professional practice and cultural advancement. For prospective members, you may contact Maria Yumang, our current president at msyumang@yahoo.com  or you can like our Facebook page, “PNA – Wisconsin“. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone, the executive board and all the members for striving hard to promote the goals and missions of our organization. And best of all, special thanks to the general public for your continued support of the Philippine Nurses Association of Wisconsin.

     Annual Dinner Dance - a formal affair usually held in the Christmas season, has always been studded with fun and entertainment. We had a “Curacha” folk dance presentation, a Christmas carol mini-concert, 2  banduria players, vocals, a raffle ending with lots of dancing at the recent one held at the Marriott Hotel.
Annual Summer Picnic - an excellent venue for camaraderie, is held at Mitchell Park in Brookfield. It starts with a Mass, as a sign of the faith deep in heart of every Thomasian, followed by a sumptuous mini-fiesta of a potluck, games for all and announcement of the year’s Scholars.

     Simbang Gabi - USTAAW has hosted a night, for each of the past 2 years. The Fellowship comes from generous hearts of Thomasians and friends.
     Fundraising Campaigns - have varied through the years has included poinsettia and T-shirt sales, concerts by Raul Sunico, UST Singers, etc.
     USTAAW has evolved into an association of friendship, camaraderie, and community spirit, in short, dynamism with a vision!! To all Thomasians, and friends, we welcome and invite you to join us in all our exciting future events!!

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