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The meaning behind birthdays | p.11

Dean Paris: an inside scoop | p.3

PMT’s new recruits | p.6

Glass half-empty or glass half-full? | p. 4

PIA Seminar-Workshop Starring: the‘Keia | p.9

PAMET International Conference | p.8

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Medical Technology at 50: An Epoch of Bountiful Harvest by Elyn Grace Gallenero and Francis Gerald Scott Gonzales HAIL to the glorious years! The Department of Medical Technology of the College of Pharmacy and Medical Technology celebrated its 50th anniversary last September 22, 2012, with the theme “PMT at 65: Looking Back… Building IT Forward: Celebrating Golden Years of Bountiful Harvest in Medical Technology.” The two-day celebration was attended by the alumni, faculty, and students. It started with a mass presided by Rev. Fr. Donato Ellezar, OSA, Regent of the College of

Pharmacy and Medical Technology, along with the University of San Agustin President, Rev. Fr. Frederick Comendador, OSA, and ten other priests at the USA gymnasium. After the Holy Mass, the department showcased its productivity as the alumni had their motorcade around the city. Upon returning to the campus, the alumni of the college paraded together with their respective batches, and the students welcomed them with cheers and yells led by the participants of the cheer-dance competition

last August 2012. The motorcade was then followed by Zumba-thon, an open dance gathering at the USA outside court. The alumni and students put on their dancing shoes and grooved to the rhythm of every song played. Mr. Rodolfo “Rudi” Yap, an alumnus, actor, and batch mate of Dean Lerma Paris, choreographed the said event. Following the Zumbathon was a “salo-salo” inside the USA gymnasium. Soon, the program commenced to page 8 | MEDTECH

THE MORE, THE MERRIER Apo assists Bombo Medico PMT Faculty orients Freshies by Abigail Perez and Beatrice Guzman

by Airelle Rose Cagatin BOMBO MEDICO, a Medical-Dental Mission was done simultaneously in the different provinces and cities here in the Philippines, last July 15, 2012. Bombo Radyo spearheaded Bombo Medico in cooperation with Queenbank Foundation, Unilab, Pfizer, Generika, and other local and national partners. The said program has been done for five years now, as part of the radio station’s public service. In Iloilo, Bombo Medico was held at the University of the Philippines, Iloilo City campus. Doctors, dentists and other health professionals from different institutions were to page 8 | APOTHECARIAN

STUDENTS wearing purple were seen huddling up through the doors of the USA Gymnasium last June 22, 2012. Joy & smiles were flashed by students entering the gymnasium. The gym was fully packed with College of Pharmacy and Medical Technology (CPMT) students coming to

witness the 2012 Freshmen Students’ Departmental Orientation. The program started off right with a meaningful prayer and with the singing of the Philippine National Anthem and the University Hymn. A very heart warming welcome was then given by the department’s

current dean, Dean Lerma Paris, RMT, MSPH. Her words of welcoming were so insightful that every student also welcomed her with open arms. Following the dean’s words of welcome were the introduction of the department’s entrance to page 8 | ORIENTATION

Rites of Passage: the PMT way by Kenny Magbanua DESPITE heaven’s tears, there was no stopping of the CPMT Initiation 2012. The entire school roared as the sea of enchanting characters lorded the campus’ streets. Terrifying yells from the freshies ignited the action-packed CPMT

Initiation 2012. They were all dressed-up with their assigned costumes, specially designed by their manongs and manangs from the sophomores, with the likes of Hunchback of Notre Dame, Shrek, Lilo and Stitch, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, among others

paraded with style. The most anticipated part of the day was definitely the “MasterApprentice Event”, where in the master (sophies) had the ability to command his/ her apprentice (freshmen) to page 9 | INITIATION


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Patron Saint’s Day 2012 #VivaSanAgustin by Ana Christiana Joy Arroyo, Trisha Marie Tarrazona and John Ernest Tolentino




ORATION (English)

Zabdiel Reyes

2nd Place


Gerlie Paminto

3rd Place


Diane Danica Dy Nikki Angelique Keng Ted Muriel Canonicato


Mary Rose Cartagena


Cassandra Gayle Luis


Sharlene Mae Quiliquili & Ma. Lyneth Solidarios

1st Place

3rd Place

April Jardeleza, David Santillana, Donna Enano, Eina Regional, Florin Romero, Fredrik Lipardo, Frenz Mejica, Juan Carlos Magallanes, Jemuel Cuarte, Josef Nava, Katrina Taclas, Nicole Manderico, Nikko Cachila, Reance Epacta, Ruchelle Aguirre, Tomas Falconite & Jim Jaralene Porquez


Leo Anthony Zaldivar, Deborah Panela & James Moises


John Ilderalf Miedes

3rd Place

3rd Runner Up

MS. INTRAMURALS 2012 Paula Taleon

Ms. Photogenic 2nd Runner Up

HINAMPANG (Marathon)

Reynaldo Tabang, Lovely Desire Pacete, Mharvie Capundan, Richard Laurence Gaboy & Mr. Michael Medez

HINAMPANG (Sackrace)

Dennis Redilla, Reah Deita, Russel Basinillo, Mary June Villaluna & Mr. Ramon Sinco

HINAMPANG (Kadang-Kadang) HINAMPANG (Chinese Garter)

Eugene Pojas, Eleanor Deita, Jay Villalobos, Khen Mexie Obaredes & Ms. Ricci Besana


Davis James Secapuri

3rd Place


Michael Josan Artates, Precious Ara Bulilan & Joyce Gem Cañete, Breann Katrina Chaplin & Sunrise Love Salvador

3rd Place

list of athletes on page 9

EVERYTHING is fresh and thrilling upon entering a university. The bittersweet flavor of independence is exhilarating. Meeting new people and finding your way around can be frightening, however once you begin attending classes and get used to the atmosphere, you will start to hear different opportunities on campus to get involved with, thus being able to build your selfesteem and social circle. Every year, the University of San Agustin commemorates its Patron Saint’s Day celebration. In this said event, the university is not only commending our patron saint, but it allows students to continue their education outside of the four walls of the classroom. From the different corners of the campus lies the spirit of unity, camaraderie and the

determination and courage to represent one’s college confidently and triumph over the other colleges. Last August 24 and 28, 2012, the University of San Agustin held its Patron Saint’s Day highlights with the theme “St. Augustine: Our Inspiration on Unity Amidst Diversity”. This year, a new fad went viral throughout the university. A great number of students were so perseverant in tweeting “#VivaSanAgustin”, particularly on the 28th of August. Efforts weren’t put to waste as the hashtag “#VivaSanAgustin” actually made it to the Top 10 Philippine Trends on Twitter. Despite the time constraint in preparation for the contests, everyone managed to bring their A-game. You can’t

help but notice how motivated participants and their supporters were. Sportsmanship prevailed and kept the team solid. Mentors and coaches of the College of Pharmacy and Medical Technology (CPMT) never failed to give their words of advice and time to support and keep the liveliness going. The CPMT surely did a job well done in various categories such as the Musical, Literary and Cultural contests. The brave and talented representatives made the activities a must-support and a must-awaited competition. Though the CPMT didn’t grab all the titles, with the personality that all of the participants put on show, we know we’re all winners at heart.


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FEATURE by Breann Katrina Chaplin “Dynamic. Hardworking. Inspiring.” These three words are how Dean Lerma de la Llana-Paris, RMT, MSPH describes herself as a mentor. I took the liberty of interviewing CPMT’s new leading lady, and I can surely conclude that she is more than ready to set the college ablaze. Committed and driven by God’s grace, Dean Paris is paving the way for a bigger and better department. 1. What was your initial reaction when you were chosen as the incoming Dean of the CPMT? I was overwhelmed and I got excited, but honestly I had my doubts so I prayed hard for God to clear my mind so that I can discern well and decide with conviction. I realized the big work and challenges ahead but I guess God works in mysterious ways and I believed He will be there to always guide and support me. 2. How does it feel to have been given the opportunity to lead your alma mater? I had mixed feelings about it at first. For one, I feel blessed and privileged for not everyone gets the chance to be called to serve as Dean of the prestigious CPMT. I have been faithful in serving the college and the university for the past 22 years already but this one is such a big challenge because I know the sacrifices it will cost me and my family. Then after initial talks with my husband and children, I got the push and the support so I accepted it. 3. What can the CPMT expect from you as Dean of the College? As I take on the challenge, CPMT can expect that I will do everything in my capacity to keep the college focused in its mandate to mould students into becoming Excellent Augustinian professionals who live the values of truth, charity and love in serving God, country and fellowmen. I shall remain committed to always work hard to keep the CPMT family dynamic, innovative and ever ready to face the challenges of a fast-changing world. 4.

After a hard day’s work, what are your perfect stress relievers? I am a simple person with simple pleasures. My stress release is to be with my family- to share and enjoy the simple pleasures of being together at mealtime and to talk about almost anything. I love to cook and I cook a lot. I also enjoy a good movie, ”teleserye” or talk shows. I always keep inspirational books handy. And of course I pray... the tougher the day, the harder I pray before I rest for the night and before starting work for the day. I give our pet dog a nice bath on weekends and when distressed enough, I pamper myself with a relaxing body massage.

5. What mantra do you live by? “Let love be the reason why we do the things we ought to do...passion its driving force.” I am always passionate about the things I love to do. I take on the challenge, one day at a time ... and in everything I do, I put God first. 6. As the 8th Dean of the CPMT, what legacy can you leave behind? The legacy of “building a home”. A building in the material sense that shall be home to nurture young aspiring hearts and minds into becoming professional Pharmacists and Med. Techs., and to continue the legacy of building each PMT student into persons of knowledge, skills and character through the concerted efforts of the administration, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. The legacy of a CPMT family getting better and best to last the tests of time. 7. If given a chance to instantly change or improve one thing in the CPMT, what would that be? A perfect system (a ready remedy) that will ensure a 100% passing percentage in the licensure examinations for both the B.S. Pharmacy & Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science programs.

What is

by Danica Jaranilla

Super powers are cool, but making a difference is way cooler. This is what I have learned after talking to Ms. Remi Charlene Maravilla Salvilla, MSPharm, the new head of the Pharmacy Department of our college. She has proven to me that you don’t need to have super powers in order to be powerful; instead you can be powerful in your own way. 1. Give me an insight of your feelings as the new head of the Pharmacy department of this college? Overwhelmed is an understatement. When the post was offered to me, I gave myself some time to think about it, because I know that big tasks are ahead of me. 2. What do you expect from yourself as the new head of this department? And what do you expect from the CPMT family? I just expect myself to be able to face the challenges coming my way with strength and perseverance. I would like to lead by example and it would be great if I won’t get sick while there are classes. I expect from the CPMT family to continue with our usual way of working together harmoniously for the common good. 3. What you think of this post? Do you think you are worthy of becoming the head of the College of Pharmacy? This post is a venue for me to be able to help more into achieving our department’s goals. I have been in this post for roughly seven months now and I know I still have a lot of challenges to face and things to learn. So maybe when I’ve already step down from the post, that’s when I can see if I was indeed worthy of it. 4. What are your future plans for the department? The plan is to continue producing skilled professionals of good character. We are blessed to gain the trust and confidence of our students and their parents; therefore, we have the responsibility of providing them with quality education. We can do this by making sure our instructors are equipped with knowledge and skills through continuous education and that our facilities and equipment are likewise up to date. 5. In relation to the previous question, what do you think is the number one problem of our department? What are your plans regarding this issue? Our problem that needs immediate attention is the lack of facilities and instructors. Our department is growing in number as we need more classrooms and laboratory rooms in order to better serve our students. Our instructors are also overloaded, so we need additional persons as well. Plans have been presented and requests have been made to the administrator, so let us help and pray that these plans will be put into action soon.

by Clarissa Joyce Tiu

Strawberries against UV radiation

PROQUEST is an online collection of authentic information and scholar publications. It allows access to the full texts of thousands of journals, newspapers and magazines with detailed abstracts and indexing for thousands of other publications. It contains 9 databases of various fields making it a useful tool for providing you with up-to-date information making your research sources genuine and current. It is presently used through a consort of 15 schools including the University of San Agustin as the only member in Iloilo. Other schools that use ProQuest are LaSalle University (Misamis Occidental), Xavier University (Cagayan De Oro City), Ateneo de Davao University and San Jose Reoltos (Cebu city). Our membership began in 2010 and needs to be renewed annually. However because of the other schools, we are able to access the database for a lesser price; 50% of the original price. According to the Annual Report compiled by the library, the College of Pharmacy and Medical Technology (CPMT) has the greatest number of users (7415) for the school year of 2010–2011, followed by the college of Business Administration and Accounting and the College of Nursing. The latest edition updated by the Library is

by Calvin John Espino

the ProQuest 5000 which has the following new features to make your search easy: (1) you can make your own Private account that records all your research for easy and organized retracing, (2) you can automatically send the publication to your account to read later, (3) you can change the language for better understanding, and (4) it is now in a “Google” like format to narrow down articles that fits your specification. The URL of the ProQuest is search.proquest. com. The username is usalibpmd for CPMT as there are different usernames for different colleges to access the particular database that suits their field. Since the library changes the password annually to protect the students’ welfare, you can ask the library for the password anytime. The Director of Libraries and Instructional Media Center, Ma’am Epifania A. Paclibar said, “Since it is the students that pay for the ProQuest, they must be aware and use it to their advantage. They must be made conscious that they can avail this service.”

COMPOUNDS extracted from strawberries demonstrated an ability to protect cell culture against DNA damage from ultraviolet (UV) radiation, raising the possibility that they could help produce creams to protect against melanoma and other skin cancers. UV radiation is potentially harmful to the skin when exposed for a long period of time. To prevent damage, the skin defends itself in efficient ways. One way is the utilization of important defense mechanisms including antioxidant enzymes (super oxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase) and nonenzymatic antioxidant molecules (vitamin C, vitamin E, glutathione, and ubiquinone). European researchers hypothesized topical or systemic treatments with antioxidant-containing agents to human skin. Having known that strawberries are naturally high in antioxidants, the researchers looked to see whether the fruit could be clinically useful.

The researchers extracted viable chemical constituents from frozen strawberries, yielding a slurry of phenolic compounds containing flavonoids, ellagitannins, hydrolysable tannins, phenolic acids, and antracycline pigments. Then they applied the extract to a UV-exposed cell culture and found that strawberry extracts provided photoprotective effects to dermal cells in vitro; cellular viability increased, and DNA damage decreased.


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Limitless Opportunities



The World’s Got Billions and Still Counting

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

“Population growth is a good thing for the world because it adds diversity to society, creates more responsible and moral citizens in the world, and it contributes to the maintenance of order in society.” – Thea Theresa English POPULATION growth has been and will always be a subject of argument in one’s country, state, or society where people may tend to see and that population growth is essential or an obstacle. Unfortunately, a minority have fallen back and have taken the reprehensible view where population growth is addressed as a burden experienced by others, rather than taking it as an opportunity to enrich one’s self and see them as hope for a brighter tomorrow. Although I believe that the increase in population is positive, the stand of each and every one remains to be subjective, varied and complex. Rather than stressing on the problems that population growth might offer, giving importance on its positive effects is worth acknowledging instead. There are a number of positive things that man should consider when the issue on a worldwide increase in population is concerned. First, an increase in population growth would inculcate in us the lives of people in different cultures that would then teach us to appreciate, respect and unconditionally love the rest of mankind as much as we deserve. Second, with some of our brightest minds fading each day due to misfortune or the natural aging course, it is fundamental that the world has a new generation of people to ensure future progress in society. Third, population growth is important because we need to push through innovation; a need for a new generation of people who can think immense and construct ways to keep society strong. Fourth, population growth could make experience a more humane happiness. Happiness is one thing we only get when we mingle with one another face-to-face or even by calls or Internet due to the advancement of technology, thus it is with an increase in population that we are able to see, experience and live life to its peak in a relishing and satisfying way. Lastly, it is a fact that population makes up the economy of one’s society. An increase in population makes one’s society economically stable, where poverty is least likely to be felt and therefore should not be seen as an obstacle to achieve such. Thus, economy plays a vital role in the upbringing of one’s country as a whole. Population growth on the economy can be that it would provide a lot of manpower. If used properly, the economy can develop at a faster rate compared to the present, which would definitely then eradicate poverty associated with population growth. After all there is no such thing as a poor or rich country, it is merely how the population makes use of what they have to uphold their status and not be enslaved by the poverty they long to do away with. It is just based on how people within the community see their population, as the key to development- for the people within would always be the greatest gem of one’s society. It will then lie upon how would one see himself- as a burden or not, for we, ourselves are one of the billions that the world cherishes and we are the same people who would likewise make this world count for more.

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Population Increase:

Glass half-empty or glass half-full?


he saying “glass half-empty, glass half-full” is indeed a cliché, but nonetheless an analogy of the truth based on different perceptions. It speaks of change; and with it, comes benefits to enjoy and problems to solve. In the past, the College of Pharmacy and Medical Technology (CPMT) has produced few graduates compared to other colleges. Few have surpassed, and it definitely resulted to the demand of Pharmacists and Medical Technologists citywide and nationwide. However, based on the present time, we can surmise that competition in the medical field is greater than ever. Currently, numerous students dream of becoming health care professionals. These aspirations can only be made a reality through education. With the sudden burst of Pharmacy and Medical Laboratory Science students in the past couple of years, the faculty of the college was overwhelmed. The student population is apparently breaking through the roof (of the college and the University, too!) In fact, the CPMT population has outnumbered all the other colleges in the University. Obviously, this fact represents that we finally have enough manpower for loud supporting cheers during interdepartmental games during Patron Saint’s Week or University Week. The more students enrolled in the college, the greater teamwork and chances of triumph in extra-curricular activities. With a rise in population, expenses to be paid would most likely be a lot cheaper. Also, the celebrations would be livelier. Sending representatives for contests would no longer seem like a hunt for the pot of gold. Most especially,

there will be more future professionals to serve and lead their respective fields. Another positive outcome of population increase is the capability of our department to improve and develop the things we already have. It is an advantage to have a number of minds whenever there is a need for brainstorming, a number of working hands to finish those things that need to be done, and a great number of competent graduates each year who will be labeled as the CPMT’s pride. However, we can never avoid the negativity a large population brings. You know what they say, where there is good, there is also evil. The overwhelming number of students caught the University and college by surprise. Shortage of classrooms continues to occur since the Urdaneta Hall no longer houses the college. The quality of teaching may diminish over time due to overloads on teachers. Students’ access to facilities namely the Pharmacy Laboratories, Medical Technology Laboratories and Research Laboratories would be limited, the same goes with the apparatus. Communication might also be compromised. It will be difficult to pass around information immediately. Getting to know each student in the college is as well deemed impossible. The abovementioned are without a doubt the pros and cons of our existing population. Nevertheless, we cannot end this without sending out potential solutions to these cons. Organization is the key to success. It is known to make everything easier and somehow cleaner. A systematic enrollment should be developed to avoid chaos, similar

EVERY time we would have a Graded Oral Recitation in class, commonly referred to as G.O.R., my classmates and I would tell one another, “May the odds be ever in our favor!” (It’s our way of saying good luck.) We got this phrase from the book-turned-movie entitled “The Hunger Games”. In the movie, there is a part called ”The Reaping”, an annual event where tributes (participants) of the upcoming Hunger Games are chosen. Each district’s escort randomly chooses the name of one male and one female tribute from two separate glass bowls. Those who are chosen should then fight through battle to be the winner of the Hunger Games. I find this similar to the G.O.R. A teacher randomly selects a student from the class to answer a certain question. The selected student should answer the question correctly in order to get a perfect score. Most of us dread the experience G.O.R. brings. It gives a lot of negative and bad energies. There is the feeling of uneasiness in anticipation of who will be chosen to answer the question. There is anxiety knowing that nobody is certain what the question will be. There is a sense of panic, especially if you know you’re unprepared. Despair is also unavoidable if you were chosen and your answer was wrong. Similar to the movie, The Hunger Games, each participant of the Games hopes to survive and win. In the G.O.R., every student hopes to answer the question correctly and get a high grade. Hope is external, so be determined! Fellow students, let us strategize. Here are some tips on how to survive the ever-dreadful G.O.R.: First, be prepared. Don’t be lazy. Study your lessons very well. Secondly, don’t panic. Be confident. Nervousness and lack of self-confidence may lead to mental block. And lastly, don’t forget to pray. Pray to God that you’ll be the lucky one, which means your name won’t be called or you’ll be able to answer the question successfully. May the odds be ever in your favor!

to what usually happens throughout every enrollment time. Everybody dreads to face the crowd they have to fight through just to get enrolled. Rules or a new procedure needs to be implemented to avoid delays on both parties. Student leaders should be more efficient in relaying information, especially pertaining to events within the college or University. This also requires a systematic technique wherein majority of the population would be up to date with whatever message needs to be conveyed. It would take an extra effort, but it would definitely help everyone and keep the students more aware of what’s going on in school. Amidst the unfeasibility of being able to get to know every single student in the college, students can try joining college or University organizations and groups that suit their personality. This is a great way for meeting new friends and expanding their social network. Activities wherein the different year levels are able to interact and collaborate with one another may also be an avenue in order to get to know one’s colleagues better. The increase in number of students is directly proportional to the increase of success our college may achieve. Unity in diversity is the secret. If only every student and faculty does his or her part in the name of progress and development for our college, the growing population may be a glass half-full after all.


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Academic Competition: Greater than Ever in the Medical Field EVERY form of life on Earth competes in order to survive. Competition occurs naturally between living organisms co-existing in the same environment. It may be highlighted by how animals compete over water supplies, food, mates, and other biological resources or how humans compete for food and mates; though when these needs are met, deep rivalries often arise over the pursuit of worldly pleasures. Competition is basically everywhere, but if we further dissect it, there is a certain thing called academic competition. This is a consequence of increasing population wherein not just anyone can be accommodated in the search of a good education. We are called to be globally competitive in everything we do in the work place. Take for example, who would be prioritized over the other, Student A with a General Weighted Average

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(GWA) of 1.5, extra-curricular activities to match and a clean record or Student B with a GWA of 2.4, no such extra-curricular activities and a clean record, too. Apparently, it is obvious that Student A would be prioritized over Student B. Yes, academic grades are absolutely not a judge of intelligence, however it will forever remain the universal basis for acceptance into top internship companies or institutions for further education and in landing an outstanding job someday. The aspiring doctors of our generation have become too many to count. Gone were the days when only BS Biology students dreamed of becoming doctors of the future. Presently, almost every Bachelor of Science graduate can enter the field of medicine. BS Pharmacy, BS Medical Laboratory Science, BS Nursing, BS Public Health, BS Physical Therapy, etc. have equal opportunities in becoming medical doctors. Whether you’re seeking to pursue further studies such as M.S. Pharmacy, M.S. Medical Laboratory Science or Medicine proper, competition will never cease to exist. Even in the field of courtship, you can’t do away with rivalry, whether it be friendly or just plain messy. Thus, each hopeful needs to work hard and work smart. Each hopeful needs to give his or her very best. Dreaming and fantasizing of being a distinguished health care professional someday isn’t enough. You need to make it happen through your actions. After all, actions speak louder than words, right? The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, as the old saying goes. First of all, you can start with your academic standing in class. Take studying seriously and who knows, you might just make it to the top of your

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class. Determination and hard work have the capacity to outweigh laid-back smarty-pants. To understand what you’re studying by heart is the real challenge. Secondly, keep your eyes on the prize. When you put your mind to it, be consistent. Come up with a personal motto to keep you motivated all throughout. It’ll certainly be tough to see all your other high school or college classmates working, earning and spending the fruit of their labor while you’re still stuck in school pursuing further education. Complain if you must, it’s human nature. Just never allow giving up to become an option. The medical field is no joke; it’s a continuously challenging and demanding world to live in. Even the four-year education and board examinations we all must go through are already a nightmare. However we must bear in mind that each one of us chose this path (even if you were a teensy bit forced into it), to become future health care professionals and to be of service to others in the most competent way possible. The need for competence in one’s field of expertise is essential everywhere. Academic competition is in fact healthy. It stimulates the mind and tugs at one’s heartstrings to bring out the best in themselves. As the population increases, especially in the College of Pharmacy and Medical Technology, we students all just become identical fishes in a huge pond. The choice to shine and make yourself known lies in the palm of your hand, and so does your future. Let me end with one of my favorite quotes by Dr. Seuss, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose! You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go...”

this fact that the world will be able to feed itself without even ploughing the land!


Cheer up! It is better NOW than ever! MANY have come to believe that our generation would be the last to enjoy the necessities that have been taken for granted such as fresh supply of water, food, trees, etc. This conclusion was drawn from reports of over population, scarcity of resources and the increase in various forms of pollution. Others have even concluded the world would end this year and some have been preparing for it as you can see from the “Doomsday Preppers” series aired on the National Geographic channel. Despite all these pessimistic views, one man begs to differ. Matt Ridley, the author of “The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves” is a science writer and a zoologist who has been a foreign correspondent, financier and economist. He said, “It is not insane to believe in a happy future for people and the planet.” He pointed out 16 reasons why today is a great time to be alive! 1. We’re better off now. The population has doubled since 50 years ago. Within the time span, an average human earns money 3x more, eats 1/3 more calories, lives 1/3 longer and buries 2/3 fewer children. 2. Urban living is a good thing Living in cities takes up less space, uses less energy and have less impact on natural ecosystems compared to living in the countryside. Other environmentalists may disagree but the world’s cities houses half its people yet uses only 3% of the land area. 3. Poverty is nose-diving As the rich climbs higher, the poor aren’t lagging behind. The percentage of world poverty has dropped by over half. The UN estimates poverty has reduced more in the past 50 years than the last 500. For example, the Chinese have become 10 times richer and lives 25 years longer. Nigerians are twice as rich and live nine more years.

8. Oil is not running out There were 550 billion barrels of oil reserves in 1970 and in the next 20 years that followed, the world used 600 billion! So what must’ve happened was an increase of 50 billion more barrels. But then there were reserves of 900 billion, excluding tar sands and oil shale which contains 20 times more than the official reserves of Saudi Arabia. This will lasts us for centuries, which by then, people will have find alternatives to the finite source of fuel. 9. Population growth is not a threat The world Population may have steadily increased but international births have been falling for 50 years. Even in the developing countries where birthrate has roughly halved. This is happening despite people living longer and infant mortalities dropping. 10. This depression is not that depressing The Great Depression of 1930 made a dent in the history but by 1939, the worst affected countries namely the US and Germany became richer! All kinds of products and industries were formed during the Depression that growth was able to resume. Every day, there is someone somewhere testing or making something that will make life easier or more fun. 11. We are the luckiest generation This is because we have experienced more peace, freedom and leisure time. Compared to our ancestors, we are able to attained more education; have discovered many types of medicine and have traveled more too many places. In fact, we had “more” of everything than any time in the history. 12. The good old days weren’t Mostly, it is the wealthy people who missed the past because of its “simplicity” and “tranquility”(also, of sociability). Well, it was easier to miss then the elegant lifestyle when you didn’t have to live in an outhouse. 13. Great ideas keep coming There is an endless supply of ideas, discoveries and inventions to be made by humans. The more, the merrier life can be! The more we prosper, the more we can prosper. The more we invent, the more inventions are possible. The increasing exchange of ideas would increase the rate of innovations.

4. The important stuff costs less Food, Clothing, Fuel and Shelter have become cheaper which consequently made us richer, healthier, longer-lived and freer. For example in 1880, it takes six hours to make a candle but produces only one hour’s light. Later on, the same light from a kerosene lamp took 15 minutes of labor. But now, we can get light in half a second. Therefore in this fact, we actually are 43200 times better off than in 1880.

14. Storms are not getting worse The climate may have warmed since the last century but the cyclones and hurricanes fell. Global annual death by weather related natural disasters has actually declined by an asto=population has been through - wars, climate catastrophes, financial problems, the human race have become a “problem-solving machine”. We adapt, we improve as the world changes in time. We solve problems by changing our ways.

5. The environment is better than we think The environment management improves overtime. For example, a parked car with leaks in the 1970s causes more pollution than a car today speeding at full capacity.

15. We can solve all our problems After all the events the human population has been through - wars, climate catastrophes, financial problems, the human race have become a “problem-solving machine”. We adapt, we improve as the world changes in time. We solve problems by changing our ways.

6. Shopping fuels innovation Even though there are those experiencing poverty, our generation has easier access to food, electricity, horsepower, gigabytes, land area, fuel and money than those before our time. This will continue as we use these things to create more things. The more we specialize and exchange, the better off we’ll be. 7. More farm production=more wilderness Aside from the population, many things have also increased such as the area for crops (which is by 30%) and harvests (by 600%) since the 1990. At the same time, more than two billion acres have become tropical forests ever since farmers went to the cities. Ridly predicts, basing on

16. Optimists are right For 200 years, many people have predicted the end of the world would happen last century, this century; have spout enough doomsday claims to dare Fate. But so far, optimists have far more been right. Over the years, being a pessimistic had changed form a point of view into an invested venture. If you think about it, there would be no charity to raise money for a cause that’s getting better. There would be no journals to write if a disaster would less likely occur. All these media feeds on the tiniest sense of doom despite what cheerful statistic results show! Don’t be beaten to the ground, Dare to be an Optimist!


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Presenting the new Let’s

by Kim John Villa and Roma Ledesma

Sir/ Ma’am, congratulations for making it. So, how does it feel to become a PMT faculty? Great! Actually, I was a MedTech for several years, and I practiced as a manager in Medicus. So, being a PMT faculty is a breath of fresh air. It is a whole new environment for me. I’m proud and at the same time pressured. PMT is top college in the university and we, the new faculties, are expected to maintain this status. After how many years, I think this is the longest time that I stayed in the university again. I am so glad to be back to my Alma Mater which had made me to who I am today. I am happy and proud. I felt honoured and privileged to be accepted as a faculty member of this university knowing that not all alumni are given the chance to teach in our college.

What made you pursue in applying as a member of the faculty? Did you feel confident that you would be accepted? Why? When I was in 3rd year college, I am already interested to teach. It was unexplainable after passing the board. Then last summer I was invited by two teachers, the former dean and one of my teachers, Mrs. Deanna Jolito. Because of the lack of faculty during first semester, so I decided to pursue it…no, I did not feel confident. I felt that I need something to develop. Actually, I didn’t apply. I was offered to teach here if I was interested. The good thing is that my kids are in school and so I was free. I accepted it as a clinical instructor in blood banking for a new fresh environment.

In your own opinion, what makes a teacher, a teacher? What makes a student, a student? How should a teacher and a student coordinate with each other? In my opinion, if you’re a teacher you should also be a student wherein you’re teaching a student and at the same time you’re learning from them. Also, a teacher has to learn and develop new qualities and new attitude. It should not be one sided. Both should contribute to one another. I’d like to believe that, “A good teacher develops good students, as well as good students develop a good teacher.” A teacher must be a willing student and students be perceived as teachers if one wants to be a good educator. Teachers and students learn daily and this learning must be together. Both should be receptive of the other, in greatness and in flaws. A teacher should be respected by a student, the same way that a student deserves a respect from a teacher. A teacher is a good teacher if he learns how to empathize with his students. In other words, he knows what his students truly need to learn well as he puts himself in his student’s shoes. On the other hand, a student is an efficient one if he is open-minded and pro-active in participating with class activities. Student and teacher coordination should be bounded with respect and willingness to learn from each other.

As far as you can recall on the first day of class, how did you prepare? How can you describe your students? What do you think were your students’ first impressions of you? Honestly, I had no preparation at all. I told myself just to just go with the flow. Well as expected, mga freshmen medyo energetic pa. You got the feeling that they’re excited for their first day of in college. First impression kuno nila skon, strikto ako! We don’t have a class. They work on the laboratory in preparation for their work.

I have been wanting to be a faculty of PMT. But continually deferred it, thinking I was not ready. Spending 3 years as a stockroom assistant sort of prepared me in becoming one. When the chance finally arrived this summer, I grabbed it and hopefully I am doing well for the Department and students.

I was, honestly dumbfounded, not knowing how to act on the first minutes of class but somehow, I was able to pull through. I think it was a bad impression on my part but hopefully I was able to change that impression of me to a positive.

I wanted to share the knowledge and experience I gained in the laboratory. Being an Augustinian, yes, that gave me the confidence to apply and pursue the teaching career.

On my first day, I’m a little nervous. I don’t know how to act in front of the students since this is my first time to teach. For the students, I know how they are expecting a lot from me.

I always wanted to teach besides working in the laboratory. I am confident because currently I am taking my Master’s in Medical Technology in the University, and it gave me a push since it is one of the qualifications for the job.

I did not prepare at all. As far as I can recall, I was rushing from the hospital to school just to attend my class at 4:00 pm (My duty that time is from 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.). They probably never expected me as their teacher because at that time, I was still wearing my hospital uniform. What could have been their first impression on me? I’m strict? Nice? Funny? I have no idea.

I felt so lucky that it seemed everything just goes into place. When I inquired for a possible job in the college, it just happened the department is needing for someone to teach subjects Genetics and Pharmacology. Eventually, I got accepted.

Well, my familiarity with the subject matter helped me a lot during the first day of class. My students were then very eager to learn more about the subject matter. Regarding about their first impressions on me, there was this instance

Mr. Michael A. Medez

Ms. Ma. Benneth Palec

Mr. Fernando Christian Jolito

22 years old, Single Teaches Introduction to MLS w/ ST, Clinical Microscopy

Married with 2 children Clinical Instructor on Blood Banking

Married Teaches Clinical Microscopy Loves blue, Chinese food, 70’s and 80’s music, ‘Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)’, ‘House’, Sports

Why did you choose the University of San Agustin and not the other universities in Iloilo City?

when I overheard some of my students saying that I am someone whom they could easily approach anytime they encounter difficulties with the subject.

I’m an alumnus. I told myself if ever I work in a school, it would be USA. It is one way of showing my appreciation for my alma mater.

What were your expectations in the class? So far in your stay in PMT, can you see the potential of the students meeting your expectations? Please qualify.

Dati na daan, fresh grad ako naga delay na ako sa school. Bal-an ko na nga nami ang environment. Daw dira ka gid man makadto tuod. Wala kanaman kadtuan nga iban actually. I am an Augustinian by heart. I became a part of the university since 1993 as a student. Me and my wife are educated the Augustinian way. My children are enrolled n the USA BED. I am just hopeful to give back to my alma mater and contribute in the Augustinian education. Being an Augustinian made me choose to teach here. Being also an alumnus of the University made me choose to teach here. Besides, the university is the only one I know that hires a MedTech instructor for AY 2012-2013. Having finished my college (pre-med) course in this university, I have already become familiar with the Augustinian way of teaching. I felt I will need only few adjustments in the teaching force as I already know the people that I will be working with.

I expected them to be good, diligent students. I’d like them to always pay attention and learn from discussions. So far, I have noticed that most students did very well. However, some students need to cope up or exert more effort based on their performance in prelim and midterm. I believe that there is something great in each individual. Whether you’re on top or below of your class, each day you always have a chance and choice to be better. I always expect greatness from the PMT faculty and students because that is what others are expecting from us. If we do not expect the best, then we are not in a position to be the best. I usually don’t make expectations because expectations can only give person disappointments. I expect my students to be more interactive during class discussions. This is an indication that they are indeed interested and willing to learn the subject matter…yes, as days passed, I have seen that the students become more mature and education-oriented.

In your own opinion, what is the ideal classroom environment? You were given a professional course to teach. Why did you choose to teach that particular subject? Well, I’m confident with myself teaching those subjects (MLS 101: Introduction to MLS w/ STS, and MT 6: Clinical Microscopy). In fact, being comfortable with these subjects is one of the one of the reasons why I got accepted. I’m an off-campus instructor. No one handled the blood bank in school, so I was needed to teach it. Teaching is a dual thing. I want to share what I have learned, to further practice on my craft, and to learn at the same time from my students. Teaching professional subjects is an encouragement and pride for a new faculty like me. The Department actually chose it for me. but I’m glad that Clinical Chemistry was given to me because this is one of my favourite section when I was still working in the laboratory. I have learned to love Bacteriology when I was working in the laboratory for almost 2 years at St. Paul’s Hospital. As a matter of fact, Bacteriology was my weakest subject when I was in college. Precisely, I chose to teach it because the subject itself challenges me. I have two reasons. First, I love subjects that I am teaching. Second, I love to share the knowledge that I learned with my students, hoping that this could be could help them become successful professionals someday.

There is a mutual understanding between students and teacher. I should always be a jo-jo division. We try teach and the students should work to learn. It should create opportunities for students to engage in collaborative activities involving listening, thinking and understanding (the procedures) based on their interests and experiences. Both the teachers and the students should learn from each other. Respect tops the list. There should be respect so that everything will be in proper order and the discussions become smooth-sailing. The students should also be more interactive during class discussions.

What is your teaching philosophy/strategy? As much as possible I would make my lectures relatable and understandable. I’d like my students to comprehend and highlight only the concepts that need to be understood. On my part, I’m more on coordinating/managing the students. I had my personal basis. I do it one-on-one but not as a group.


recruits of the College of Medical Technology for A.Y. 2012-2013. get to know them a little deeper and more personal. The students are mirrors of how I teach. I am only as a good teacher as the students work in the lab. Medical Technology is a profession of application. If we know what to do in our work, then we have been taught well.

It is a job well done if in the future, you see one of your students successful in their chosen fields.

Theories in the laboratory should be incorporated with real laboratory set-up. I usually give examples based on laboratory experiences.

A job is well done if my students truly understand my subject matter, and they get high scores during examinations.

I give lectures after each lab activities performed. I have to study the discussions that I have to tackle before my classes begin.

How do you relax? Do you follow any specific stress-relieving activities after a long hard day at work?

Teach, set examples and apply on common situations. This will help students to easily grasp even the most complex ideas.

In support to the previous question, how do you engage students to actively participate and perform excellently? So far, have these strategies been effective? Please qualify.

Having night shifts from my previous work, most of my free time is spent at home. I read books and then I take a good, quality sleep. I read books, especially self-helping books, I watch movies, and I have to incur a good sleep. Listening to music and watching movies at home are enough to help my mind relax after a day’s work.

During the recourse of my lectures, I relate my personal experiences, or if not, any situations related to my discussion. It was effective in such a way that it is my students are eager to also share their experiences.

What did you do on your first pay day?

I give lectures for the students to study. I also give them quizzes weekly and exam monthly. This is in preparation in the board exam.

Parts of my first pay day were saved. and some were spent on food. Colleagues of mine were asking for a treat, so I can’t say no to them.

I teach a laboratory subject so I let my students work on their own with a watchful eye. They learn from both the right and wrong things that they make. I always encourage them to do the procedures again and again .More practice equals better results. Hopefully, I have been helpful to the students, that they have learned the procedure by heart and that they’ve gained confidence in their works.

I saved it. :D

I encourage them to speak out and to ask questions in cases where they find them difficult comprehend. This strategy seems to be working well. I have to say that lately, my students became more inquisitive and more interactive during class sessions.

I bought books/additional references which I could use to further improve my teaching.

How do you see yourself 10 years from now? How much growth will you probably have both as a professional and an individual? Ten years from now, maybe I go back to the laboratory world. Successful, of course! Laboratory experience plus teaching experience will bring a bid change in me as an individual and a professional.

How do you evaluate student performance? How will you respond to those students who pass and to those students who fail?

After 10 years, I will be doing part-time teaching and by that time, I hope that I will be a much better and more effective teacher to my students.

As much as possible, I would assess all of my students’ (from MLS 1A-H) capacities, abilities and attitudes based on classroom performance and behavior. By doing so, I will have an idea of how to grade them and adjust my teaching style…Some advice would do.

Hypothetically speaking, you were not a PMT faculty. Where would you probably be right now and what would you probably be doing?

80% coming from the section head and I only have 20% to evaluate their grades.

I would probably be working in the laboratory, doing routine lab works, encountering with different kinds of patients.

I always give chance to students to pass and to those who really learn. If in case students fails, then I advice them that this might not be the right course for them. Students work for their own grades, we compute them. Whatever or however students are evaluated are based on their own works. We help in their development but it is still up to them how well they want to become.

I would be spending majority of my time at the clinic to focus more on the clinical aspect of my medical profession.

Ms. Grace Hope Anacita

Mrs. Shanalyn Tubiano

Mr. Peter Bryan dela Cruz

28 years old, Single Teaches Clinical Chemistry (Lab), Histology (Lab) Loves pink, ‘The Notebook’, ‘Mobbed’, Photography, Reading, Side A, Christian music

24, Married Teaches Bacteriology (Lab) Loves reading, ‘It’s Showtime,’ red, pink and white, rice

36, Married Teaches Cytogenetics, Anatomy and Physiology (Lab), Pharmacology Loves fried chicken, pop-rock music, green and blue, Supernatural, Smallville. ‘Over the Top’ (starring Sylvester Stallone)

Student evaluation based on laboratory activities, their attitudes, and overall student performance. Student evaluation is based on their oral and written results as well as their behavior. Students who pass are admired to maintain their good performance, while those who fail are encouraged to work-harder.

When you were a kid, did you honestly dream of becoming a teacher? If you could go back in time and were asked to give advice to that kid, what would you tell him/her? No, I wanted to become a doctor. I am suddenly tired of studying, so I proceeded to work. I was satisfied for what it is and I forgot of wanting to be a doctor.

Do you believe in ‘teacher factor’ that seems to affect student performance? Why?

No. As a child, I wanted to be a priest, but my calling probably is to be a teacher. As for the advice it would be, “follow your heart and leave everything to God. Life is very difficult but rewarding.”

Yes, I do. It places a big role in student learning, because there are some students that are intimidated, so it affects learning. In some ways teachers should be considerate with the feelings of the students. You can only give effective lessons for students to understand kung nami ang mood mo bala, approachable ka para indi ma huya ang mga students.

No. When I was in elementary days, I always wanted to be a teacher. But things shifted when I entered high school. Well, we don’t hold our future. What I would advise to the kid is that “Just let HIM direct you to the path according to HIS will.”

Teacher’s factor is very minimal. Why do others get high grades and others get low grades? The comparison should be placed on how hard you’ve worked to be where you are.

No, I did not want to become a teacher. If I could go back in time and give advice to myself, I would tell her “It’s a nice experience to be able to share. Use your expertise and knowledge, especially for naïve minds.”

Either. I have to say yes because it may depend on the effectiveness of the teacher, and no because it may also depend on the interest of the student to learn.

No, I always dreamed of becoming a physician treating sick patients and making rounds in the hospital all the time…I will tell to that kid to pursue what he believes he is at his best, to pray hard so that God will help him realize his dream.

Yes. It is one of the reasons why students pass or fail. Teachers are considered to be the students’ “second parents.” As a parent, teachers must guide their students’ learning. and they should also be good examples. By doing so, students are inspired and motivated to become successful professionals someday.

As what a Nescafé commercial asks, ‘Para kanino ka ba bumabangon?’ What motivates you to work every day?

How do you resolve conflicts in the classroom? So far, have these methods been effective? Please qualify.

The thought that there is something that I can contribute or I can do to help. I believe “why waste it by not doing anything, even in some small ways I can help and I can contribute into something.” My family and my children.

I have not experienced any classroom conflict and am prying that it would never happen. Just in case it does, listening to all sides would really help and resolution should be made that is acceptable to all.

God and my family. What is more rewarding than seeing the appreciation of others and the smiles and laughter of my family.

So far in my stay here in PMT, I have never encountered any conflicts. But I do believe that, being a teacher, one should have long patience since he/she deals with a student of a young mind.

For other people. Life is too short to be focusing on yourself. We have a responsibility to share the things that others deserve to know.

I always emphasize respect. If there is respect, conflicts are easily resolved in a civilized manner. So far, I have not encountered actual conflicts within my class.

Family and my husband.

In line with your teaching, when can you say that a job is well done? A job is well done if you can see the students excel in lessons. I feel happy and contented about it. It means to say that as a teacher I didn’t lack, but I did almost everything.

Family is my top motivator. Next are my patients who are regularly visiting my clinic, and lastly, my students.

In a sentence or in a phrase, what do you want your students to remember you by when you retire?

A job is well done if they could pass the board exam. But first and foremost they should pass their internship program before the comprehensive exam and then board exam.

I want them to remember me, the way I remember them by name. I have more or less 260 students, and based on my experience it really feels good that if one day, after how many years, the teacher recognizes you by your first name. :D

It is never for me, to say how I’ve done in my work, but when someone comes to you and says they’ve done good in their work and somehow it makes me think that I must be doing something right to have helped them.

When I retire, I want to be remembered as ‘kuya’ to my students: someone whom they can approach to anytime they need help.


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MEDTECH... and both the alumni and the students paid attention as the prominent people of the department gave their messages. It was then followed by giving of certificates to the faculty members who had given their untiring services to the college. Among those who were given the certificates include: Former Dean Flora S. Salas, Mrs. Ferly Peñaverde, Mrs. Helen Samson, Mrs. Evelyn Sorianosos, former Dean Gilda R. Rivero, Mrs. Ma. Deanna Jolito, Mr. Jose Perez, and former Dean Victoria A. Sustento. The event climaxed when the Med Techs went “Wacky.” The students along with the alumni showcased their talents as they stepped on stage. The teachers also gave a surprise performance for everyone to witness. The first day was surely fun with games and enjoyment as everyone “gangnam-ed” their way towards the end. The second day proceeded with the International Conference at Midtown Hotel, Iloilo City, where the alumni shared their expertise together with the members of the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET). The following were the speakers during the International Contest: Former Dean Victoria Sustento, Victor & Nomi Lim from the United States of

America, Dr. Melanie Hanson & Mila Golmayo from Australia, Leoven Devilles, Ronaldo Puno (PAMET National Vice President) and Dean Lerma Paris. In addition, one of our very own teachers, Ms. Jeremay Campos, MSPharm, presented her thesis in this said event. Her presentation was entitled “Multidrugresistant Tuberculosis: A Public Health Problem.” By night time, the affair was concluded with the “Barrio Fiesta Alumni Night” at the outside court of the University gym. The alumni gathered together once again and feasted for their successes. As what Dean Paris emphasized, “Our feet only left the University but our hearts remained.” The alumni agreed and promised, “we shall return!” Golden Jubilee Awardees include: Dean Emeritus Flora Salas, Former Dean Gilda Rivero, Former Dean Victoria Sustento, Dean Lerma Paris, Dr. Melanie Hanson, Mr. Rodolfo Yap, Ms. Ellen Sy, and Dr. Edna Medez. Dean Lerma Paris, the current dean of the College of Pharmacy and Medical Technology, affirmed that the preparation for the Golden Jubilee Celebration started a year ago. She said, “The actual preparation though, was seriously considered only few months prior to the date of the celebration.


there to be part of the medical-dental mission. The Apothecarian Council, together with some of the

Everything went well because everybody gave their best to make it all work from the preparation to the actual days of celebration.” In the end, the event was a great accomplishment. “Considering all the feedbacks from the alumni themselves, the whole celebration was a success”, Ma’am Paris confessed. “First it was successful because

aside from the pageantry and the variety of activities, we were able to come together as one big family contributing all efforts with a common goal – that is to make everything work as planned and as expected. Second, in the culmination of the two-day affair, we hear alumni, guests, and friends being thankful, having nothing to say but positive

remarks. Finally, it was because everyone was given the chance to be part of the event, and many contributed to the success of the event.” Because the Celebration of the Golden Jubilee was very triumphant, Ma’am Paris wishes to thank, “those people who love the Department with all their hearts, whose participation and contribution have

made the college bountiful throughout the years.” Indeed, the celebration is an epoch of the bountiful harvest: a testament of legendary remark and burning excellence. The Department is proud of what has been done, and wishes to continue the legacy. Moreover, the success lies in the hands of the future Med Techs to come.

number of their own for the student’s delight. Five of our young male faculty members performed One Direction’s hit song “One Thing.” This performance made the students cheer and yell. Obviously, everyone enjoyed such a presentation. But fun didn’t stop there as more performances from students were presented. There were singing from a band and even dancing. An energizing performance led by the CPMT’s own dance crew “2DMax” got the groove in the air. Their performance was purely exhilarating. Several students could no longer sit still on their seats and joined the crew’s slick and awesome dance moves.

Right after the performance, the different areas of the school were introduced to the students. The different coordinators of each area gave their welcome to the freshmen students and provided policies and guidelines of the respective areas that they were responsible of. This was one of the most important parts of the program, especially for the freshmen, since this celebration was accomplished specially for them to be oriented on the different areas of the university as well as the policies of the college. Later, the three student organizations of the CPMT were introduced, namely the Epsilon Chapter, as the

main organization of the whole college, the JAMLS, the student organization for MLS students and the Apothecarian Council as the counterpart of JAMLS for pharmacy students. Past officers and present officers of the three organizations were then introduced to everyone. To sum it all up, the whole day celebration was a success. The students both gained knowledge regarding the policies and guidelines of each facility in the university and were entertained by the songs and dances performed that day.


Faculty members, took part as volunteers in assisting for the pharmaceutical needs of the patients.

scholars coming from various and vibrant schools. Surely these students have a long way ahead of them to become successful graduates of the CPMT. Awarding of the college’s Dean’s List Scholars also took place in which the students were introduced and awarded by Dean Paris. The program wouldn’t be complete without the presentation of the college’s fun, responsible and respectable faculty and staff. Students loudly cheered after seeing familiar faces of teachers as well as new ones. It was also an opportunity for the freshmen students to become accustomed with the whole faculty and staff of the CPMT. After the presentation of the faculty and staff, a song number was performed by Cassandra Gayle E. Luis, a third year MLS student. She was a contestant of the Augustinian X-Factor Contest last February 2012. She sang Lady Gaga’s song entitled Edge of Glory. After the the powerful song number, the CPMT faculty and staff members gave a surprise song


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PharMed conducts Keia staffers excel at PIA Seminar-Workshop

orientation for Freshmen parents by May Geriane

THE College of Pharmacy and Medical Technology (CPMT) conducted the Freshmen Parent’s Orientation at the USA auditorium last July 7, 2012. The CPMT faculty and parents participated in the activity as partners in upholding Agustinian education. The event turned out a success with the help of the Freshmen Council officers. The objectives of the said activity were to inform parents regarding the university and college’s policies, procedures and

upcoming events where student’s learning may optimize and develop personal growth. An oath taking ceremony was also done for the elected Freshmen Council Officers. According to Sir Michael Medez, Freshmen Council adviser and Master of Ceremony of the activity, “In my observation, it was a successful first Freshmen Parent’s Orientation of the department. A number of parents came and showed concern for their children. In general, it was great.”


to do almost anything from singing and dancing to tasting weird substances and playing with frogs. Others might have found this event unfair as every master has their own style, some only let you do cool stuff while others ask you to do the weirdest thing you have ever done in your life. Some commands can even lead to embarrassment, but for sure you will find it funny after you made it, especially when everybody does it as well. The freshmen were also given the opportunity

by Breann Katrina Chaplin

PHILIPPINE Information Agency (PIA) Region VI, in cooperation with Smart Communications held its annual Campus Journalism Seminar-Workshop at Casa Real, Iloilo Grand Hotel last July 25–27, 2012. The Pharmakeia had the privilege of participating in this threeday event with the theme “Convergence Journalism.” “This is a re-aligning of our program to respond to the interplay of emerging journalism forms: print, broadcast, photography and Internet forms,” wrote Atty. Janet C. Mesa, the PIA Regional Director, in her invitation to college publications to take part in the seminar-workshop. The event began with a keynote lecture given by Atty. Mesa regarding Development Communication (DEVCOM) and the Reform Agenda of the Aquino Administration followed by lectures in Filipino, News, and Feature Writing.

Day Two was dedicated to Sports Writing and Photojournalism. Opinion Articles such as Editorial and Column Writing were also tackled, in which the Executive Editor of the Daily Guardian, Mr. Francis Allen Angelo, gave the lecture. Copy reading, Headlining and Page Design were discussed on the last day. Over hundreds of student writers were present at the said event. This year, the seminarworkshop revolved around emerging journalism forms to enhance the basic skills, journalistic competence and paper management skills among the participants. The principles of convergence and online journalism were introduced and sponsored by Smart This gave way to the training of student writers on how to apply modern media proficiently. The Pharmakeia sent five representatives

namely, Breann Katrina Chaplin (Ph IV), Calvin John Espino & Richard Laurence Gaboy (Ph III), Beatrice Guzman (MLS I) and Kenny Magbanua (Ph I). Our very

own Keia staffers bagged “Promising Writer” awards in Editorial, Column, and Feature Writing and Copy Editing, all of which belong to the English category.





Ianniel Eddyn Hosillos Joseph Emmanuel Bano Seth Arcel Escanillas Kyle Alcala Ernest Pe Paolo Emman Diodel Delfin Charles Jovero Perry Emmanuel Lumauag Geross Guzman Kenneth Bauer Paul Elevenchone Evelio Ezpeleta Christian Banderedo

Jim Jaralene Proquez Rhea Bulan Gracia Fuentes Karen Besana Patricia Marie Distajo Reah Joy Deita Thea Frene Marie Bertomo Johonna Mae Patiño Gwen Kay Bandojo Keshia Lozare Aileen Toreno Marie Amada Patricia delos Reyes Aireen Cofreros Joyce Cabrillos Chloe Garrucho Fredrik Lipardo


to showcase what they’ve got, shared their impeccable moves that drew a lot of students in the higher levels to watch their new schoolmates being impressive on the floor. A glimpse of joy, faces of happiness proved that the event turned out the way it was expected. The real score of the whole event was to welcome and allow the newcomers to experience the life-long tradition of the college, which is their abode, where they will spend the next 4 years at least of their lives.

BASKETBALL GIRLS Rae Catherine Asuncion Gwen Kay Bandojo Thea Frene Marie Bertomo Patricia Marie Distajo Rosse Angelie Gabo Mechelle Irish Jelua Ramy Rose Merallosa Judy Ann Nacaya Johonna Mae Patiño Frances Carmel Rada Irish Claire Salubre Edwina Tupaz Nikki De Juan

VOLLEYBALL BOYS Luigi Panes Bemy Yerro Jay Villalobos Davis Secapuri Russel Basinillo Myrbert Alba Renz Lorriega Fred Dale dela Pena Renato Dasmarinas Mark Jurilla Emir Dureza

BADMINTON Lorenzo Dominick Cid Raymund Estaris Zabdiel Reyes Matthew Tan Giana Isberto Mary Chua MM Jelua Eleanor Deita

TABLE TENNIS Richel Montecarlo Axyl Murguia Christine Mesinas Julian Paul Baguio Patricia Marie Alicante Rhea Lou De Asis Justel Abayon Mark Seville Kristel Almira Jan Marr Carlo Armada Kristine Asis Reah Joy Deita

Carmela Latoja Mary June Villaluna Pearl Joy Tauro Marie Ariane Shayne Lao Julie Nette Villaret Jennylyn Velasco Ma. Jeca Baldeviso Blessie Riano Gaudilla Acurantes Carla May Hortillosa Helinda Marie Muleta Crissa Nobleza Ria Tuvalles Diel Danzel Gail Tagamtam Mindy Perez Mary Femini Brito Jade de Leon

Noel Christopher Belleza Nestor Alitao Tamara Deinyefa Favour Andie Spencer Umah Roberto Monje Jr. Paolo Jimenea John Cyril Zaragosa Rodel Parangan Erjune Ilaya Joram Dominic Batallones Marvin Cleo Alvarez Shan Fuentes Timothy Jucaban EJ Villanueva Rex Palmares Steven Lyndon Uy Mike Estrellanes RB John Flores


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Apothecarian Council Officers President: Julie Anne Bernales 1st Vice President: Juneday Radan 2nd Vice President: Patrick Lester Ong Secretary: Pauline Joy Lequillo Asst. Secretary: Marie Ariane Shayne Lao Treasurer: Airelle Rose Cagatin Asst. Treasurer: Mharvie Capundan Auditor: Cyrus Chad Tutor Asst. Auditor: Roshenie Santillan Business Manager: Khen Mexie Obaredes Asst. Bus. Manager: Alyzza Herrera P. R.O. 1: Lorenzo Dominick Cid P. R.O. 2: Mailyn Bajon P. C.O. 1: Reance Epacta P. C.O. 2: Ma. Joery Delight Berja 1st year Level Representative: Krysthel Marie Caalam 2nd year Level Representative: Chrisly Dumaguete 3rd year Level Representative: Shecaniah Bersaba 4th year Level Representative: Julienne Adele Lao

Epsilon Chapter Officers President: 1st Vice President: 2nd Vice President: Secretary: Asst. Secretary: Treasurer: Asst. Treasurer: Auditor: Asst. Auditor: Business Manager: Asst. Bus. Manager: P. R.O. 1: P. R.O. 2: P. C.O. 1: P. C.O. 2:

Advisers: Ms. Mary Anne Corpus Ms. Jeremay Campos Ms. Jacqueline Blancaflor Mrs. Nilita Sirikit Villanueva

September 1 & 2, 2012 Released September 5, 2012 USA Passing Percentage: 95.56% National Passing Percentage: 81.55% USA 2012 Graduates Percentage: 100%

35. Frances Anne N. Nufuar 36. Cheena Maree E. Pecaoco 37. Stephanie Marie C. Pollentes 38. Charmaine M. Querri 39. Maridi T. Santamaria 40. Jel Ann J. Suclan 41. Iris Isobelle E. Sumaculub 42. Graceal S. Tuzan 43. Joie Francine Y. Yu

New Augustinian Pharmacists July 4 & 5, 2012 Released July 12, 2012 USA Passing Percentage: 61.54% National Passing Percentage: 63.10%

1. Jenyl P. Atadero 2. Jonna Mae J. Burgos 3. Jenny Marie G. Dalman 4. Daisy Jane A. Diamante 5. Febb N. Eco 6. Klint Jun S. Ganancial 7. Ma. Laurie J. Gertos 8. Anne Marven L. Juluat 9. Ronelyn B. Magapa 10. Lornie T. Palma 11. Aimee Lyn C. Peñaflorida 12. Edgardo Edwin A. Segaya 13. Denise Joy F. Tubiano 14. Mary Caroline C. Vargas 15. Jocelyn A. Villa 16. Fiona Marie C. Villareal

Joey Zandrew dela Cruz Kenneth Fabricante Katrina Ann Capalla Jaspher John Jacar Ma. Thresia Clavel Jessica Pollientes Yi-Chen Lin Ana Christiana Joy Arroyo Leo Zaldivar Kristina Apol Barnuevo Earl Sicad Joshua Villagracia Kristine Marie Asis Geross Guzman Eleanor Deita

President: Ma. Leonily Alolong 1st Vice President: Dan Paul Amiscua 2nd Vice President: Ana Lourdes Regalado Secretary: Diane Danica Dy Asst. Secretary: Mary Leslie Eregia Treasurer: Jazzmin Marie Blasurca Asst. Treasurer: Christille Lindy Caluyo Auditor: Nicole Cauyonan Asst. Auditor: Ric Martin Libo-on Business Manager: Jazon Harl Hidrosollo Asst. Bus. Manager: Jasmer Blando P. R.O. 1: Kevin Nomer Ganzon P. R.O. 2: Alexander Suplico Jr. P. C.O. 1: Crist John Quema P. C.O. 2: Ted Niño Orlina

Advisers: Ms. Rosario Barrido Mr. Richie Bayuran Ms. Jacqueline Blancaflor Mrs. Zesil Grace Gelle Mrs. Jesusima Monserate

New Augustinian Medical Technologists

1. Louie Ceazar U. Altamia 2. Ellen Mae C. Amarante 3. Danita M. Ambungan 4. April Gayle M. Armada 5. Paul Eugene B. Avelino 6. Mischel Laika B. Bernil 7. Lanz Darwin S. Brasileño 8. Lory Ann J. Braza 9. Christie Gil R. Bucayan 10. Excel B. Cagay 11. Arra Aleena P. Carvajal 12. Cassiopeia D. Casio 13. Maricel Sheenna Jade E. Danque 14. Deary Gee T. De La Cruz 15. Fatima Grace B. Emberga 16. Allin Joy G. Emboltura 17. Niña Mariella R. Encarnacion 18. Greg Anthony E. Estorque 19. Joy Carmi P. Fortich 20. Kevin Bryce L. Fullo 21 Niño C. Genona 22. Lyza Lee A. Genzola 23. Magnolia May G. Gil 24. Ma. Annette A. Guyos 25. Ma. Allysa Joy V. Haro 26. Francis Marie D. Japitana 27. Arriane Marie G. Lagon 28. Mary Joean Christine V. Laurente 29. Diane Lorraine C. Loreña 30. Jessie Christopher F. Mahinay 31. Beatriz Alexandrina C. Mecenas 32. Anawin C. Montaño 33. Ryan Rae M. Namo 34. Noelle Anthony M. Narte

Junior Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists Officers

Advisers: Mrs. Maria Deanna Jolito Mr. Reynan Rolle Mr. Michael Medez Mr. Raymund Joseph Sorgon


MED. LAB. SCI. I 1. LAPASCUA, Alera Maristel 2. BANIAS, Jan Alvin 3. VILLANUEVA, Justine Mikah 4. DOROMAL, Rochelle Louise 5. SARDINA, Jesheil Grace 6. CASTILLON, Faybee SOMPIA, Jefferson 7. DELANTAR, Jan Michael Renz POSADAS, Aiken Micah Jay 8. SANTILLANA, Charmaine 9. CAELIAN, Ma. Wennie Pauline 10. CERVANTES, Maria Gaye 11. BILLONES, Therese Mae SIMPAS, Ma. Isabelle 12. BERMUDO, Maegan FERRARIZ, Jefferson HAN, Seulgi 13. FABIAÑA, Angelica Florence RAMOS, Christine Joy RASO, Jack Niel VILLANUEVA, Aizyl Mae 14. ADUANA, Ronelyn 15. RAMOS, Nicole Edrique YSUNZA, Collins 16. VALENZUELA, Naser Martin 17. PEÑAFIEL, Oliver Jason 18. BAXINELA, James Kennith IRREGULAR: 1. LEGASPI, Leandro Miguel MED. LAB. SCI. II 1. PEDREGOSA, Barby Ann 2. EMPIL, Rizlyn Mae 3. BATAQUE, Mary Keziah PELINGON, Esshairah 4. DOROMAL, Grace 5. APORTADERA, Mary Hyacinth DOROMAL, Hannah Marie

1.40 1.41 1.46 1.48 1.50 1.51 1.51 1.53 1.53 1.56 1.57 1.58 1.59 1.59 1.61 1.61 1.61 1.62 1.62 1.62 1.62 1.63 1.65 1.65 1.67 1.68 1.69 1.69 1.31 1.47 1.49 1.49 1.50 1.51 1.51

6. ARNIBAL, Eden BIDIONES, Jessa Mae CELAJES, Hannah Christelle 7. DOMINGO, Fritz 8. QUILIQUILI, Sharlene Mae TAN, John Matthew 9. ARMENDARES, Yocha Belle ZERRUDO, Keeshia Ana MED. LAB. SCI. II 10. JIRO, Ayro Carl LAPAC, Kathleen Chris 11. CALUYO, Christille Lindy Joyce 12. LIMA, Meridie 13. GONZALES, Ma. Isabel Regina 14. DAZA, Jenikka Mae PANAGUITON, Krizel Joy UMADHAY, Mary June 15. GAVAN, Janne Marie MED. LAB. SCI. III 1. PANES, Marcel Luigi PHARMACY I 1. JINON, Jea Belle 2. GUSTILO, Stella Rowse 3. TUPAS, Ines Concepcion 4. BLANCAVER, Arflor IRREGULAR: 1. PORQUEZ, Eunice PHARMACY II 1. CELENDRO, Anne Lizette SOBREDO, Kristine Ann 2. CAÑETE, Joyce Gem 3. BAYOBAY, Marielle PHARMACY III 1. CAPALLA, Katrina Ann 2. DALUMPINES, Lady Mae PALMA, Claire

1.53 1.53 1.53 1.56 1.57 1.57 1.59 1.59 1.60 1.60 1.63 1.64 1.66 1.67 1.67 1.67 1.69 1.59 1.44 1.57 1.59 1.61 1.55 1.57 1.57 1.61 1.70 1.57 1.64 1.64


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by Jennifer Nufuar The synthetic biological cell “Synthia” is the first living organism whose parent is not a living thing but a computer.

Humans share 60% of DNA with a banana.

The femur (thigh bone) is the largest and longest bone in the human body.

The jaw is the strongest muscle in the human body in terms of exerting force. An adult Mayfly’s life is as short as a few minutes, but its body hatches for about a year. The nails on long fingers grow faster than short fingers; and fingernails grow four times faster than toenails. There’s about 1.8 meters (6 ft) long DNA inside every cell nucleus in our body, and an average adult body contains around 50 trillion cells. Some migratory birds have a magnetic compass in their body (a sense called Magnetoreception) to help them navigate using Earth’s magnetic field. The catfish father keeps the eggs in his mouth until they are ready to be hatched. The tiny Water Bear (Tardigrade) can survive environments extreme enough to kill any other animal - with temperatures as low as -273°C close to Absolute Zero to as high as 151°C. Corneas are the only tissues that don’t require blood. Dolphins only “sleep” half awake keeping one eye open while consciously breathing and floating on surface. The lightest organ in the human body is the lung. A kind of jellyfish (Turritopsis nutricula) upon reaching adulthood can transform itself back to childhood by converting its cells. It may repeat this to live forever.

To avoid predators, a mother Slow Loris licks its offspring with poison before sending them off to search for food.

Chameleons often have tongues longer than their bodies.

Hot water freezes faster than cold water (the Mpemba effect.)

The fungus Cordyceps is able to “mindcontrol” other insects like ants to climb plants and attach there to become its food.

Armadillos spend about 80% of their lives asleep.

Astatine is the rarest element on Earth (approx. 28g in the Earth’s entire crust.)

The biggest egg in the world is the ostrich egg. It could take as many as 30 chicken eggs to equal its volume, and up to 2 hours to hard boil.

Rafflesia arnoldii is the largest flower in world, and can grow as big as an umbrella.

When the queen of a clownfish school dies, a male clownfish changes its gender to become female and takes her place.

The world’s smallest frog – The Little Grass Frog - is no bigger than a housefly.


Gallium is a metal which melts on palm of the hand, due to its low melting point (29.76 °C).

With more than 80,000 arms, the Basket Starfish has the greatest number of arms.

The Horseshoe crab has blue blood.

Gold and Copper are the only two non-white metals.

The electric eel of South America (Electrophorus electricus) can generate over 600 volts, and can paralyze even a horse.

The Golden Poison Dart frog in South America is the most poisonous vertebrate in the world.

Chalk is made of trillions of microscopic skeleton fossils of plankton (a tiny sea creature.)

Tabletop “volcanoes” can be created using ‘Vesuvian Fire’, compound Ammonium dichromate.

The acceleration rate of a flea’s jump is 20 times that of a space shuttle during launch.

The burning sensation we get from chili peppers is because of a chemical called Capsaicin.

The eight ‘Noble metals’ — ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver, osmium, iridium, platinum and gold — do not rust.

The Brazilian “railroad worm” has a head that glows with a red light, and has a green light on its side.

Each time lightning strikes, some Ozone gas is produced, thus strengthening the Ozone Layer in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Just one atomic layer thick, the ‘miracle material’ Graphene is a better conductor of electricity and heat than any material.

The world’s smallest flowering plant is the Wolffia, whose one full bouquet of flowers can fit on the head of a push pin.

Graphite can be transformed into diamond by applying a temperature of 3000°C and pressure of 100,000 atm.

Dolphins cannot stay long underwater because they breathe through their blowholes above water.

Honey does not spoil.

There’s enough gold in the Earth’s crust to cover the entire land surface knee-deep.

The coldest state of matter —BoseEinstein Condensate super fluid — defies gravity and instead of flowing down, it flows upward.

The most poisonous snake in the world is Belcher’s Sea Snake or the Faint-banded Sea Snake (Hydrophis belcheri).

The metal with the highest melting point is tungsten, at 3410°C (6170F).

The element Californium is often called the most expensive substance in the world (as much as $68 million for one gram.)

The little Alaskan Wood Frog is capable of reviving itself back to normal life after staying completely frozen for months, during which its heart, brain and other organs stop functioning. Some species of earthworm can have as many as 10 hearts.

Aluminum is the most common metal in the Earth’s crust (8 percent of its weight.)

Mosquitoes like the scent of estrogen; hence, women get bitten by mosquitoes more often than men do.

Unlike any other element, Helium does not solidify.

A rubber band shrinks when heated and expands when cooled because of the change in its Entropy state. Source:


Joyce by Clarissa

Talc is the softest known substance.

o you believe in destiny? Do you believe that there exists an invisible thread that connects each of us? If so, it is amazing how fate manages to influence the lives of 7,069,499,401 people in this world! But it would be more amazing to know what fate has in store for each one of us. Actually, you can - with the help of Numerology! It literally means the study of numbers. It is an ancient analytical technique that dates back to the Babylonians and Egyptians. It was used as means of understanding human psychology. Even religions such as Judaism and Christianity show the significance of numbers in its traditions. In one’s life, what could be a more important celebration if not one’s birthday? In Numerology, the date of your birth is known as your Birth number.

It reveals your “Life Path”. It shows what your talents and innate skills are, defining your “Inner Potential.” To calculate your Birth number, simply add the date. For example: Feb. 14, 1989 is solved as 2+1+4+1+9+8+9=34; wherein 3+4=7; your Birth number is 7! Below is a table that summarizes YOU!


Strong, Ambitious, Active


Artistic, Gentle, Thoughtful


Disciplined, Controlling, Independent


Practical, Enduring, Isolated


Lively, Impulsive, Quick–Tempered


Reliable, Trustworthy, Loving


Spiritual, Introverted, Intuitive


Obstinate, Intense, Rebellious


Determined, Quarrelsome, Dangerous

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HP -/-

HP -/-

HP -/-

HP 100/100

HP 100/100

students, i choose you!... students caught by surprise.

A wild teacher appears! preemptive strike! TEACHER


HP -/-

HP -/-

HP 100/100

teacher uses “pass hard copy report!”

game over! HP 0/100 HP 0/100

critical hit! instant k.o.!

students fainted you are out of pokemon!

THREE D’s by Allysa Grace Daguro

ARIES (March 21 - April 20)

The year 2013 would be dynamic for you throughout in all phases of your life. Your role in society and family shall get reinforced for the better. You shall turn out to be a helping hand for those around you. Your relationships shall be taken to a higher level. A kind of solitude might set in your life but make use of this to find your inner peace and freedom. Be sure that you give in some sort of concessions in your relationships for the betterment of your future.

TAURUS (Apr 21 - May 21)

Life would be a song with not much troubles for you in this year of 2013. Make full use of your creativity to come up in life this period. In general, peace and tranquility would prevail inyour life. Your status in life WILL IMPROVE and you shall be able to get the comforts in life you HAVE yearned for all THIS time. Pleasures occupy much of your time for year 2013. Better opportunities come in your way without much effort. More freedom and independence shall also come for you.

GEMINI (May 22 - Jun 21)

You will be able to consolidate your plans and efforts this year of 2013. You shall be able to reach the crown of your ambitions this year. The planetary positions shall help you in this regard, helping you to reach your targets in life. New avenues seem to open up and it shall bring you closer to achieving your set ideals for life. Some agitations might come on your way, but do not lose your heart. Move on a practical note and you shall be blessed with a better lifestyle than the previous years.

CANCER (Jun 22 - Jul 23)

Your toils in previous years shall bring forth good results in this year of 2013. There would be a general growth in all areas of your life. Success shall come in packets for you much to your delight. Your resolutions would be able to take wings now. There would be many opportunities for you to show off your intelligence to the world. Most of your projects be it personal or professional shall have a happy ending this year. Do not be nostalgic about the past, instead live in the present and plan for the future which is as bright as the Sun.

LEO (Jul 24 - Aug 23)

Events shall flow with a better spark and schedule this year for you. Relationships shall enter into new deals and you shall be able to reap the fruits of your previous year’s projects. Some moments of uncertainty and melancholy might creep in during the middle part of the year, but do not lose your cool. You shall have many occasions to delight yourself as the year moves on . You might be able to comeback with a big bang. Let your creativity soar to a new level and let the world see it. Follow your ideals and ambitions in life and this year will be much better for you than you had anticipated.

VIRGO (Aug 24 - Sep 23)

Your pace this year would be very speedy in all your endeavors. Things shall start to consolidate in your life. Some sort of security threat shall bother you. In general all your areas shall see a better performance than the previous few years. You are likely to shed your materialistic nature and go in for some sort of spiritual or charity pursuits which might give you the much needed peace of mind and tranquility. Much constructive actions are in store for you this year, though the environment around you might seem a bit slackened and hazy.

LIBRA (Sep 24 - Oct 23) This year 2013 shall see many of your long term plans and ideas taking wings. Your conscience and values might be put to test as the year progresses. There would be a period which would be devoid of any sort of inspirations as well. Much of your personal and financial needs shall materialize now. Do get in touch with those around you, the near and dear ones. In times of need, communication shall come in handy.

SCORPIO (Oct 24 - Nov 22) Year 2013 shall help you to resume the works you had done in the previous years. The planets are lurking around ready to harm, though. In this period, you will be going through a period of much trials and temptations. Relax, retreat and rejuvenate for your betterment. Towards the end of the year, your ambitions might materialize. Your creative side shall come to the fore. Phases of intense work pressure and relaxation shall alternate in your life for now.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23 - Dec 21) This year 2013 shall bring in a new leash in your life. All the obstacles and hindrances you faced in the previous years shall vanish into thin air. You shall put into a better optimistic phase of your life. All restrictions and constraints in your life shall fly away. But you ought to bring about some sort of security for yourself and those around you. Towards the end of the year, some slowdown in your general life would be experienced.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 - Jan 20) The year 2013 shall help you to see life in a new light and it shall diversify your priorities in life. There would be more time for you to relax and rejuvenate than the previous year. However much tolerance ought to be exercised in life. A more serene atmosphere is in store for you this year. The planets promise much materialistic benefits this period that you can venture into social and charity fields with ease.

AQUARIUS (Jan 21 - Feb 19) This year of 2013 would be much more peaceful and serene than you had imagined. It would be a period of huge possibilities with vast growth opportunities for the future. Situations calling for much actions on your side would be met now. Make sure that your impulsive actions do not bounce back on you. There would be conducive relationships with those around you in all aspects of life. A much demanding period awaits you in this year.

PISCES (Feb 20 - Mar 20) There would be good progress in your life this year. There would be much action and new ventures coming up in your life. You shall be able to get the good connections of people higher up in the society. Your confidence level would be boosted up and you would be able to live up to your ideals. Much freedom is on the cards and you would be able to weed off any obstacles that might come in your way this year with much tact and diplomacy. Source: &

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The Pharmakeia Volume 36, Issue 1 December 2012

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