A few weekends ago, I went to Baler, Aurora for a Medical Mission. It was organized by the Industrial Pharmacy Honor Society (IPHSoc), an organization in my college, in partnership with UP Pahinungod and Senator Angara.
Sen. Angara, dead center (in black), with the whole group (composed of students and professionals)
All in all, the experience was fulfilling, in a sense that you could really feel that you were helping these people. BTW, the beneficiaries were the indigenous groups of the Igorot and Ilongot, living in the mountains near Baler. Well, yeah, all I did was take the patients’ blood pressure all day, as I am only a student and not a registered professional, but I’m telling you, even that job is no joke. The guy on the first 3 photos of this post actually came back thrice to me, because his BP was unusually elevated for a seemingly healthy guy. I asked others to take his BP for double checking but it really was that high, I dunno what the doctors prescribed, but I hope he’s okay. He really seemed like a great guy (His reason for having elevated BP was because he was the main man setting up the place for the med mission, roof, chairs, everything). So there. After the long day, the community had a small cultural presentation. I wasn’t able to take photos, but it was nice getting in touch with your country’s ethnic background.
It was a two day thing, leaving Manila on a saturday 1pm, getting there at around 7pm, eating, settling down in the Municipal Hall quarters, and off to the medical mission proper on Sunday, ending at around 3pm, and arriving Manila at around 12 mn.
Baler, Aurora is a beautiful sight, the beaches, the huge waves, and the natural greenery, ahhhh nature. So yeah, the trip was well worth it. 🙂
favorite shot, from my trusty point and shoot
Click read more for more awesome sights and scenes, and about the medical mission
this view is from one of the foot bridges we had to cross before getting to the community we were going to help
one of the stations of the missions is the minor surgery area.
the walls of the municipal hall.
The dentist who came with us was awesome. I mean, she was just by herself, and she went through a lot of patients! All of them with one or more teeth extractions!
the doctors stations
with the cultural dancers
spot me with the wild hair. LOL
the waves. 🙂
photos by Cza Fortuno, L Gonzaga, and yours truly. 🙂