Sunday, April 22, 2012

Medical mission in June

There is going to be a medical mission on June 3-6 at the Gubat Distrcit Hospital. The surgical operations will be done by doctors from the UP Ugnayan ng Pahinungod  Corps of Volunteers. The mission is co-sponsored by UGAY,  Gubatnons of Australia, Rotary Australia World Community Services (RAWCS), Care and Share Army (CASA) and GNHS Class of 1992. The Municipality of Gubat and the Office of Congressman Ramos are supporting the medical mission.

Patients who are interested to avail of the free surgeries and free medication are advised to immediately contact Dra Carino of the Gubat District Hospital to sign up. There will be no circumcision and consultations. The medical mission will perform the following surgeries:

Major surgeries:
Hernia (Luslos)
Gallstones (Bato sa Apdo)
Goiter (Bukol sa Leeg)
Bukol sa Matris (Myoma)
and any other specific cases

Minor Surgeries:
Lumps and bumps (cysts)

Dental Extraction (Bunot ng ngipin)

China in Ten Words

I am extremely fond of reading about China's Cultural Revolution. I think it is one of those rare episodes in human history when changes were of such speed, the break from the past so abrupt and dramatic, that human emotions and relationships were tested to their very limits. Hence, giving birth to many, many interesting stories of tragedy, inspiration, absurdity and comedy.

The stories of American-based exile Ha Jin are some of my favorites. Ha Jin presents his stories, funny and tragic at the same time, as works of fiction, but I suspect they were all loosely based on real people and events. Dai Sijie's Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, about two city boys sent for re-education to a remote mountain village and their discovery of forbidden French authors, is another book that comes to mind.

Now, if you are like me, I strongly recommend you read Hu Yua's China in Ten Words. Yu Hua discusses different aspects of China by using ten Chinese words as take-off points for his essays. There are amazing stories in this book, and the essay on how difficult it was to read books during the Cultural Revolution is heartbreaking to anyone who has fallen in love with reading. I wish I could tell some of the stories from the book here, but I fear I would do them no justice.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Delfin Fresnosa Municipal Reading Recovery Program

We are needing volunteers for the Delfin Fresnosa Municipal Reading Recovery Program. If you volunteer, we are going to assign you as a reading partner to an incoming Grade 2 pupil in your barangay to improve his reading skills.