Working hand in hand to create a difference to connect and onward together as One Medicine in Central Visayas Association of Philippine Medical Colleges-Student Network (APMC-SN), the Matias H. Aznar Memorial College of Medicine, Inc. student leaders once again exemplified leadership in action as the host school for this year’s Medlympics season held at Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu, Mandaue City, Cebu last January 26-27, 2019.
Aimed to build promising connections and unity among medical students in Central Visayas, the 2-day sporting event with its meaningful success was trail-blazed by the organizing committee composed with several future doctors in MHAM who initiated the concept of breaking the barrier of intense rivalry among member schools by presenting the ‘TAKDO-themed’ tournament.
Rooted from a vernacular language which means to connect or to become united or interconnected, ‘takdo’ signifies unity and interconnection that APMC-SN member schools should shape up in the spirit of sportsmanship and to onward together with the same goal and yearning with the heart to serve.
This year’s Medlympics was vibrantly participated by MHAM College of Medicine, Inc., Cebu Doctors’ University College of Medicine, UV-Gullas College of Medicine, Cebu Institute of Medicine, University of Cebu School of Medicine and SWU Phinma School of Medicine.
A symbol of oneness in the field of Medicine, the cross emblem all arms of equal length in a form of an intersection represents the six participating schools with corresponding colors where the gold at the center represents MHAM being the host. The concept was a defining attribute by the Matias student leaders led by the current President of the Student Council, Bryan Jay Carlo A. Paña, who also served as the Overall Head of Medlympics 2019.
Well-started by the committee this year, there shall be a relevant theme onwards to bring out One Medicine, One Central Visayas to continue the mainspring and relevance of the yearly celebration among future doctors in the region.
Performing their designated roles and responsibilities with the sense of pride and honor in hosting a grand tournament this season, the MHAM student leaders composed with the committee heads, program committee, secretariat committee, registration committee, sports committee, and chess, scrabble and trivia committee translated their mission into a reflection of team effort and leadership in action.
As a participating and a host school at the same time, the MHAM organizers were divided into two teams; one for the overall Medlympics and one for the MHAM delegation, in order to cater the needs of the overall activities from the opening to awarding and closing ceremonies.
In an interview with the Program Committee Head during the opening ceremony, Clarinda Surpia said that it took two to three weeks of preparation for the committee to deliver their all-out endeavor and optimum effort to boost the athletes’ energy and enthusiasm.
“This event is very challenging for us, for the committee, because it’s the opening event so it will boost the mood of the athletes. As the opening committee team this is very significant for us in as much as we have to make a good impression aside from bringing the name of MHAM being the host school and we have to give them the best that we can”, Surpia said.
Creating a difference in this year’s Medlympics, the event committee also pioneered the yell competition by each school right on the bleachers during the opening ceremony. Primarily proposed as an exhibition event to add fun and to motivate the athletes’ performance, the yell competition was not included in the overall ranking.
Surpia, who is the current Student Advocates for Public Health and Environment (SAPHE) vice president for Programs, Events and Advocacies, is also the class president of batch Resiliere. She was joined by Keshia Angelie Baltazar, Frenzy Antonette Tadle, Ken Jesryl Caballero, Denzel Paragas and Gervie Flor Batucan who served as members of the Medlympics Program Committee.
In addition, the MHAM-led ecumenical prayer which was done for the very first time in Medlympics history created a meaningful and a heartwarming opening ceremony in response to the diversity of religious beliefs and practices of the participants.
Officially opened in behalf of the APMC-SN National Executive Board by another Matias student leader and current National Executive Vice President for APMC-SN, William C. Tiu Jr., the annual sporting event was one of the much-awaited major activities among aspiring doctors to create moments and fun without having to open their books.
Known with its grand hosting with something else to impart, MHAM hosted the Medlympics 2015 with estimable leadership in action. This year’s theme was centralized on “TAKDO: Onward Together, One Medicine, One Central Visayas to celebrate camaraderie, sportsmanship, and unity in the light of sports”.
Moreover, unlike the previous Medlympics where awards were only given to the top 3 winners, this year, the committee handed out medals to runner-up participants to acknowledge each player’s unique effort and contribution to bring out a fun-filled tournament. Certificate of recognition and plaques were also handed to the participating schools, event judges, and guests who made the ‘takdo-themed’ Medlympics a year to remember.
To complete, personalized and engraved trophies were awarded to the top 3 overall winners who excelled and gave their best shots in the name of sports. Uniquely designed and ordered outside Cebu City, the high-quality trophies were donated by MHAM and shall use them as perpetual trophies to be held by the current winners until the next Medlympics season.
Capping off the yearly event with the sense of pride and fulfillment, the annual sporting event concluded with a blast of overwhelming victory among the overall winners coupled with fireworks and a fun-filled celebration of friendship and beyond.
As the highest calling of leadership is mirrored through the willingness and the heart to serve without counting the cost, the MHAM student leaders who served with passion and commitment spearheaded the Medlympics 2019 with grace and honor. Just as trophies mark victories in sporting events, the committee created another historic and momentous legacy that the Matias student leaders are known for. An enduring reminder of a significant achievement, the MHAM-led Medlympics truly embodied the flagship leadership to create more leaders with the heart to serve throughout the seasons. (Ana Liza Abao)