Are We ‘Flattening the Curve’?

Don’t believe anyone who says the curve is flattening based solely on the reduction of new cases.

Total Lockdown

Update: President Rodrigo Duterte enhanced the community quarantine into a total lockdown, fighting COVID-19 with more police and military visibility. It’s also the entire Luzon island now and not just Metro Manila. There is work suspension and only basic services can resume operations. But the restricted access resulted in more gatherings of people instead of…

Tuberculosis: Beyond Drug Resistant Bacteria

Inaccessibility to treatment and drug resistant bacteria are not the only factors that make tuberculosis challenging to address. This is what I’ve learned when I was deployed in 2017 to Zhytomyr Region, Ukraine as Project Medical Referent for Doctors Without Borders or Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). Zhytomyr is one of the regions in Ukraine with…

Words of Wisdom for Turning 30

For my 30th birthday, allow me to share words of wisdom from family, friends and teachers. May you also find them helpful the same way I find relief, comfort and assurance when reminded of them.  1. Remember, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.  Misfortunes exhaust themselves. – Lolita Lutanco 2. We have to…

Abortion in the Philippines: A True Story

10:30pm. Three girls were about to meet in a fast food chain. A girl in a jacket arrived with her boyfriend, planted a peck on the boy’s cheek and wished him a safe ride home. The other girl was carrying a box of blueberry cheesecakes with a note: “It gets worse before it gets better.” The…