Photos: Rommel and Tala’s Wedding

“Marriage is not about two perfect people…but it is about two people who are not perfect, but realize that they need each other.” (paraphrased from the homily)

I was in Manila very recently for my friend Rommel’s wedding…he had asked me to go almost a year ago before it happened, and I had promised, so I went. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a very nice, intimate wedding, with the entourage all clad prettily in pink, and happy. Quite small a wedding for a big family, but it was the kind where people knew each other, and the guests all knew the couple’s story.

Rommel and Tala had a sweet little love story…he was an intern in the hospital, and she was a nurse in Ward 3, while he was rotating there. He had a crush on her, and was mesmerized by her smile. This story, he told me before, but when he told it again to the family and friends who were there to wish them well, it sounded even more amusing. Well, they eventually became friends, and then, they became a couple, and then they decided to get married.

It is one of those love stories where you know that they were matured enough to just focus on each others’ needs and making each other happy. They never bothered anyone, and they obviously didn’t have any drama. Very nice and clear cut, all the way.


I have no doubt that this couple’s marriage will last, there’s love, effort and the desire to make each other happy… in their own special way. ๐Ÿ™‚


Aww…this is cute. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 
Dr. Tronco giving a heart-warming impromptu speech.
Tita giving her emotional Mother’s speech. ๐Ÿ™‚


Pink and white balloons for good fortune.
“So this is what grown-ups do in a wedding…” – little girl. ๐Ÿ™‚
Rommel chose Paco Park because it had a special significance….they had dates here, and he proposed here. ๐Ÿ™‚
Flower girls
Little flower girl wants to play with her balloon…but the grown-ups are too busy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Photos: The Patient Stories Track

Last month, I was very fortunate to have had a chance to participate in the #healthxph and Philippine Center for Health Research and Development’s collaborative 2nd Philippine Healthcare & Social Media Summit, health at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, ย in April 21, 2016.

I was tapped to speak on “The Psychology Behind Patient Narratives” , where I talked about how people grappled with telling their health and wellness journeys in the form that was most suited to their stage in their illness, and how it benefited/affected them and their families.

It was concise, and set the groundwork for the other lectures. The topics were interconnected, as what followed was a talk on “The Different Patients on Social Media” followed by “The Patient Manifesto”. What followed after was an intense brainstorming, and workshop activity that had the participants actively giving their own two cents worth to contribute to making social media a veritable tool in helping bring about better health care and research.

It was a momentous event, as it was the first summit with the #PatientsIncluded certification, meaning, the participants were not only just physicians and HCP’s talking to each other, there were also participants from different sectors in society. Most importantly, there were patients of different conditions, supported by organizations of the different conditions…and they all came together.

It was a heady feeling, to be in amidst the buzz of enthusiasm for connecting, and improving health care through a different kind of media, which could foster change where we really need it, in a form accessible to almost all.


I feel honored and humbled to be part of your activity. Thank you, Dr. Remo Aguilar, Dr. Narciso “Buboy” Tapia, Dr. Iris Thiele Isip-Tan, Dr. Gia Sison, and Dr. Helen Madamba! ๐Ÿ™‚ You deserve a round of applause for your hard work, and innovative approach to promoting healthcare for all! ๐Ÿ™‚