In keeping with the tradition of steadfast pursuit of learning and excellence, the Philippine Urological Association held its annual convention which offically launched on November 7 2020; Amidst the global threat which has afflicted us all, the Philippine Urological Association launched its first ever online convention with great fervor under the banner of One PUA.
Heralding the start of the 63rd Annual PUA convention, the opening ceremony was aired and was heared not only in the archipelago but on all corners of the globe.
It began with the recognition of the esteemed members of the PUA Annual Scientific Committee as follows
Ernesto L. Gerial, Jr., MD – Overall Chair, PUA Annual Convention 2020 Organizing Committee
Patrick H. Tuliao, MD – Chair, Scientific Committee
Mark Joseph J Abalajon, MD
Juvido P. Agatep, Jr., MD
Constantino T Castillo, III, MD
Rudlofo I. De Guzman, MD
Mark Jason Y. Dequina, MD
Paulo Jesus F. Fernandez, MD
Godofredo Victor B. Gasa, MD
Apolonio Q. Lasala, Jr., MD
Neddy L. Lim, MD
Patrick Joseph Matias, MD
Karl Marvin M. Tan, MD
Joseph Michale A. Ursua, MD
Acknowledgment was also given to the PUA Subspecialty societies as represented by their respective presidents as follows
Samuel Vincent G. Yrastorza, MD – President, EAU Philippine Chapter
Jesus Benjamim L. Mendoza, MD – President, Philippine Alliance for Urolithiasis
Jose Vicente T. Prodigalidad, MD – President, Philippine Endourological Society
David T. Bolong, MD – President, Philippine Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons
Carlos Ramon N. Torres, Jr., MD – President, Philippine Society for Pediatric Urologists
Nelson A. Patron, MD. – President, Philippine Society of Uro-Oncologists, Inc.
The Philippine Urological association executive council 2020 was also acknowledged as follows
Jose Antonio Salud, MD – President, Philippine College of Surgeons
Harry G. Longno, MD – President, PUA Inc.
Ernesto L. Gerial, Jr., MD – Vice president, PUA Inc.
Samuel Vincent G. Yrastorza, MD – Immediate past president of the Philippine Urological Associated, Inc.
Eufemio Michael L. Macalalag, MD – Member, PUA, Inc.
Juvido P. Agatep, Jr., MD – Member, PUA, Inc.
Diosdado C. Limjoco, MD – Auditor, PUA Inc.
Eli Paulino F. Madrona, MD – Treasurer, PUA Inc.
Aristotle Bernard M. Roque, MD – Secretary, PUA Inc.
A meaningful invocation was then delivered by Dr Diosdado C. Limjoco which was then followed by the Philippine National Anthem and the Philippine Urological Association hymn.
It is at this point when Dr Ernesto L. Gerial Jr, the overall chair of the PUA Annual Convention 2020 formally presented to Dr Harry G Longno, President of the PUA the programme of the 63rd annnual PUA convention meeting and with the presentation of the topics for presentation, the President of the PUA officially launched the convention proper.
Truly, amidst the pandemic and the global crisis, this convention which launched under the banner of One PUA is a testament to the resolve and dedication of this society to the tradition of excellence and pursuit of knowledge.
Mabuhay ang PUA!
Ray Raphael Tan de Guzman, MD
Urology, First Year Resident, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Cebu City, Philipines
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