Working it

Manila from my hotel room

I WOKE UP this morning with this view from my hotel room––a huge one, and all to myself. I was picked as one of the participants to the 8th National Writing Workshop and 1st Writeshop for Young Researchers at Sofitel, Manila.

I was with the contingent from PGH. We ate together at the Breakfast Buffet.

Alex Dy from Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.

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Rhain de Roxas from Neurology and Joti Tabula from Internal Medicine.

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I spent the entire day in the workshop facilitated by editors of peer-reviewed journals in the Asia-Pacific Region. I love how simple and practical the lectures were.

Our group facilitators were Dr. Tyler Coupal from the University of British Columbia

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and Dr. Rajeev Kumar,  editor of the Indian Journal of Urology.

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Over dinner, I spoke with Dr Wilfred Peh, past editor and advisor of the Singapore Medical Journal. I told him, as we were getting our drinks at the Banzai Buffet at the Mall of Asia, that I had just been to Singapore. "Oh, was it your first time?"

"Yes, I liked it. There wasn't heavy traffic."

"Yes, unlike here," he said.

I also got to meet Dr. Mae Catedral, a medical oncologist and a long lost relative. We traced our roots back to Iloilo. Her father is from Panay. I said mine is, too. She offered to host me when I visit Batangas, where she is practicing. "Just text me," she said.

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