San Beda Comes Back For The Palarong Med Swimming at Ateneo de Manila

The swimming competition of Palarong Medisina 2019 started eight in the morning of February 17, 2019, at Ateneo Loyola Swimming Pool of Ateneo de Manila University with swimmers represented from various medical schools in Luzon. The swimming competition had 3 categories per swimming and two breaks of 15 minutes in between.

Ateneo Swimming Pool

The first category swimming sets were 200 m medley relay for men and women, 200 m freestyle for men and women, followed by 50 m butterfly for men and women and lastly, 4×50 m mixed medley relay. The Bedan swimmers who participated in the first set of events is Carlo de Leon from year level 2 for 50 m fly men and Jaenara Bitao from year level 1 section A for 50 m fly women.

As for the second category: the sets were 50 m breaststroke men and women, 100 m freestyle men and women and 4×50 m freestyle relay for men and women. The Bedan swimmers who participated in the events were Vielson Urriza of year level 1 – section B for 50 m breaststroke men and Anya Arceo from year level 3 for 50 m breaststroke women.

Finally, after the second 15-minute break was category three, the events were 100 m individual medley for men and women, followed by 50 m backstroke for men and women and 50 m freestyle for men and women and 4×50 m mixed freestyle. The Bedan Swimmers who participated in the last set of events is Carlo de Leon of year level 2 for 50 m freestyle men and Jaenara Bitao from year level 1 section A for 100 m individual medley women, 50 m backstroke women and 50 m freestyle women.

The swimming captain of San Beda is Carlo de Leon for men and Anya Arceo for women. Carlo de Leon said, “First of all its good to be back kasi nagskip tayo ng APMC last year, pero it was fun and mas okay para sakin yung APMC this year. Tough opponents pero kaya natin pumalag, kulang lang din talaga sa practice and players. Hopefully next year magawan ng paraan both, masaya nako kahit isa samin magkamedal bago ako gumaduate” upon interviewing him about the palarong med swimming competition. The Bedan swimmers were thankful for the experience despite the team not having bagged any medals from the said competition. They were also grateful for the managers of the team who gave them drinks and food to eat in between breaks and swimming sets.

Valentines 2019

I thought my day today would just be an ordinary day. But I was astonished. My guy classmates prepared a surprise for us girls of 1-A after our lecture in Anatomy: Pituitary glands and adrenal glands under Dr. Dagani.

They bought roses for us and chocolates! In addition to that they rendered a song number: Harana by Parokya ni Edgar. They sang all together and the guitarist was Kenno.

I received a rose and a chocolate today’s Valentines. I did not expect it. Thank you Kenno for personally giving me the flowers and chocolate. Thank you 1- A boys!

We appreciated your surprise, amidst our upcoming exams. You still made it. I’m proud of you guys.

After that, I had lunch with Alica, Imee, Kerstine, Clarice and Joyce at Jollibee. 🙂

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Happy Hearts Day

Support for anti-obesity campaign

It was a rainy day today. Imee, Clarice and Kerstine and I took a photo in support for the anti obesity campaign of section 1-B, after Histology Lab exam awhile ago. The exam that we had this afternoon was about Muscles, Nervous, and Integumentary system. (Notes: subtype of tissue, vesicles, type of epithelium, morphology, etc.) Thank you God.

This morning by the way, we had a short skit about immunoglobulins in Biochemistry. Guess what? Our group (3) won the best presentation among 11 groups in the class. Yay! Thank you God for the blessings. I’ll post the video on my next post. #happyday

Also, we had “The Pulse” meeting at Coffee Bean, near San Beda. I was with my classmates: Clarice, Michelle, Reba and Maleeha, from section A. We were given free coffee/tea care of “The Pulse”. We were with our Editors and Co-writers of the San Beda Medicine official publication. Our Editor in Chief is Miss DJ. She discussed our cover image for the newspaper and other agenda regarding the newspaper. The publication is to be released hopefully this December 7, 2018.

The photos were taken by Clarice Anjella Bigornia. 🙂 Thank you!

Clinical Relevance

Clinical Relevance: Upper motor neuron lesions are also known as supranuclear lesions.

Damage to the Corticospinal Tracts

The pyramidal tracts are susceptible to damage, because they extend almost the whole length of the central nervous system. As mentioned previously, they particularly vulnerable as they pass through the internal capsule – a common site of cerebrovascular accidents (CVA).

If there is only a unilateral lesion of the left or right corticospinal tract, symptoms will appear on the contralateral side of the body. The cardinal signs of an upper motor neurone lesion are:

Hypertonia – an increased muscle tone

Hyperreflexia – increased muscle reflexes

Clonus – involuntary, rhythmic muscle contractions

Babinski sign – extension of the hallux in response to blunt stimulation of the sole of the foot

Muscle weakness

Damage to the Corticobulbar Tracts

Due to the bilateral nature of the majority of the corticobulbar tracts, a unilateral lesion usually results in mild muscle weakness. However, not all the cranial nerves receive bilateral input, and so there are a few exceptions:

  • Hypoglossal nerve – a lesion to the upper motor neurones for CN XII will result in spastic paralysis of the contralateral genioglossus. This will result in the deviation of the tongue to the contralateral side.
    • Note: this is in contrast to a lower motor neurone lesion, where the tongue deviates towards the damaged side.
  • Facial nerve – a lesion to the upper motor neurones for CN VII will result in spastic paralysis of the muscles in the contralateral lower quadrant of the face.

Damage to the Extrapyramidal Tracts

Extrapyramidal tract lesions are commonly seen in degenerative diseases, encephalitis and tumours. They result in various types of dyskinesias or disorders of involuntary movement.

Notes to remember:
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease(MND), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a specific disease which causes the death of neurons controlling voluntary muscles. Some also use the term motor neuron disease for a group of conditions of which ALS is the most common.

  • The outer ear includes: auricle (cartilage covered by skin placed on opposite sides of the head), auditory canal (also called the ear canal), eardrum outer layer (also called the tympanic membrane)

  • The middle ear is the part of the ear between the eardrum and the oval window. The middle ear transmits sound from the outer ear to the inner ear. The middle ear consists of three bones: the hammer (malleus), the anvil (incus) and the stirrup (stapes), the oval window, the round window and the Eustrachian tube.
  • Inner ear. Inner ear, also called labyrinth of the ear, part of the ear that contains organs of the senses of hearing and equilibrium. The bony labyrinth, a cavity in the temporal bone, is divided into three sections: the vestibule, the semicircular canals, and the cochlea.

Law library

I studied awhile ago with Clarice, Alica and Imee at the library of the college of law.

I’m glad that I have finished reading my transes for Histology, but I need to review more.

Here’s a quote from the law library: “Success does not happen by chance but a reward to a careful planning, determination, cooperation and good motivations.”

Facial muscles of expression in action

Module 2 exams is finally down. I did not perform well. I need to double time next module. I hope that I can make this.

These are my feels for this module.

Here’s a photo of mine with Kerstine Bumanglag taken by Clarice Anjella Bigornia. The facial muscles being used as lead by Imee Batugal during our Neuro lab class.

Facial muscles of expression is innervated by cranial nerve 7 Facial nerve.

Medweek 2018: San Beda Med Swimming

The competition started nine in the morning of September 30, 2018, at San Beda University Pool, with swimmers represented for each year level: first year section A, first year section B, 2nd year and 3rd year. There were four events for 25 meters swim in each men and women category: namely Butterfly, Breaststroke, Backstroke and Freestyle; and one event for relay medley.

The winners for 25 meters Butterfly Men are the following: 1st place, Mackie Tolosa from third year having an official time of 16:24 seconds; 2nd place, Carlo de Leon from second year having 16:31 seconds; and 3rd place, from first year B, Raf Torralba with 22 seconds. In addition, the winners for 25 meters Butterfly Women are the following: 1st place, Jaea Bitao of first year A, having an official time of 29:65 seconds; 2nd place, KC Tan of second year, having 35:11 seconds; and 3rd place, Nicole Lim from third year having 46:55 seconds.

As for the 25 meters Breaststroke Men category, the winners are: 1st place, Vielson Uriza of first year B having an official time of 23:28 seconds; 2nd place, Jericho Ronquillo from second year with 30:13 seconds; and 3rd place, Jandel Adriano from third year having 34:41 seconds. On the other hand, the winners for 25 meters Breaststroke Women are the following: 1st place, Anya Arceo from third year with 30:01 seconds; 2nd place, Lara Acuba from second year with 33:66 seconds; and 3rd place, Jaea Bitao from first year A with 34:3 seconds.

The winners for the 25 meters Backstroke Men are the following: 1st place, Justin Ramos from first year B having 23:92 seconds; 2nd place, Paolo Bitao from third year having 26:44 seconds; and 3rd place, Pat Dionisio from second year with 26:84 seconds. Meanwhile, the winners for 25 meters Backstroke Women are the following: 1st place, Jaea Bitao from first year A with 26:38 seconds; 2nd place, Lara Acuba from second year with 30:35 seconds; and 3rd place, Erika Serrano of first year B with 32:52 seconds.

Moreover, the winners for 25 meters Freestyle Men are the following: 1st place, Mackie Tolosa of third year with 15:65 seconds; 2nd place, Michael Virata from second year with 21:94 seconds; and the 3rd place is Vielson Uriza from first year B with 22:17 seconds. Also, the swimmers who won for 25 meters Freestyle Women category are: 1st place, Jaea Bitao from first year A with 25:04 seconds; 2nd place, Bea Go from second year with 26:85 seconds; and 3rd place is Nicole Lim from third year with 30:14 seconds.

Finally, the winners for relay medley are the following: 1st place, the second years with a time of 1:28:84; 2nd place, the third years with a time of 1:42:44; and for the 3rd place, the first years section B with a time of 1:46:75.

Medschool: Sleep and medication

It’s been three weeks now since I entered medical school again. I am feeling tired yet I know that I am learning. I am struggling of sleep every night. My classmate Ato Collantes told me that he observed that I always get asleep in class. He added, whether I have a problem or am I just feeling tired. Well, I won’t deny it. I am finding a hard time falling at sleep at night. Sometimes I only get 2-3 hours of sleep at night time, which is so much lacking from the 7-9 hours of sleep needed by an individual.

I don’t have a big problem now, except the anxiety of failing in my exams. I don’t want to fail, that’s why I study at night time. Although, I feel that it is still not enough, because I feel like I have so many things to learn and to catch up. I don’t like to cram anymore just like what I did in 2014 as a first year student. In addition, I am still a first year student by now, because I took a leave of absence in the middle of second semester last 2014.

We have not taken the module 1 exams for this year yet. We are preparing for it. I hope to pass my exams. I have this fear of being average. I don’t want to just become an average student because I have always been at the top of the class since High school, where I graduated Valedictorian and Cum Laude in college. However, due to some circumstances, I am now having a hard time doing what I was doing before. I am still adjusting with my habit of studying. Adding up to that the medication that I have been taking in since 2013. I am under brain medications because of my sickness. I got mentally ill because of being heart broken. Since then, I had a difficult time sleeping at night. So, I took a medication for sleep.

I wonder, is my sleeping pattern affected by my medication? I don’t know. This was also my problem before when I was working. I am often caught sleeping or taking a nap. I hope that this won’t affect my work someday as a doctor when I graduate. I hope that my future mate someday, would understand and accept that I am taking a medicine.

It has been noted that stimulants like coffee and energy drinks, alarm clocks, and external lights—including those from electronic devices—interferes with our circadian rhythm or natural sleep/wake cycle. I only drink coffee when it is really needed, but I am not a coffee drinker. However, I have been drinking coffee lately. Maybe, this is also the reason why I find it hard to sleep at night.

Don’t worry, my neurologist/psychiatrist told me that I am a highly functioning individual, despite the fact that I am taking up a medication. I will do my best to study so I can give the proper care that my future patients need someday. I am a registered nurse and a physician in the making. My goal is to become a medical doctor by 2022. I hope to make it. All glory to God in the highest.


I left home today after I had lunch with my sibling. Then, I rode the tricycle from Xevera, Neo Calapan. The fare was P10 from the house up to Roxas road. Then, another 10 pesos up to any place of destination inside the city proper for a total of 20 pesos. I went to BPI bank today to check my account balance in my ATM card. I withdrawn money of about 1000 pesos.

Then, I went to my mother’s office with my brown shoulder bag, a maroon umbrella while holding a MSA NMAT practice test for Chemistry. I am wearing a blue dress with wine red heels, a wristwatch on my left hand, a pony tail on my right hand and my hair was in a bun with a clamp.

After I greeted my mother, I told her that I would review for NMAT again, because I haven’t really reached the score that I need to be qualified to a certain medical school in Manila. And since I don’t have any pencil with me, I went to a mall, beside my mother’s clinic to buy a pencil.

I went inside the mall. The escalator was not working. It was stagnant and in place. I went upstairs traversing the escalator up to the 2nd floor. Then, I went to shop items at the department where I stood. I took a walk and placed the following inside my cart: Cattleya filler no. 02, A4 plastic envelope, mechanical pencil with 12 leads, ID card holder, rubber stamp for assignment, excellent, fair and practice writing; standard push pin box with 50 pins, 5 card rings, a dust free eraser, drawstring pouch, a printer envelope short and a stick-ee tissue tape.

While I was walking around, I decided to go inside the Zaza store. It has a cashier inside and they have beauty and wellness products. I added these items inside the cart: colgate plax fresh tea 60ml, baby bench bubblegum 50ml, manicure set, color scrub, cleene absorbent cotton, Nivea sun protect lotion SPF 50 75ml, Giggles baby wipes, and a Carrie pure acetone 60ml, plus an Oreo original mini of 23g.

A few minutes after I had all the items in my cart, It’s already time for me to pay for the things I got. I decided to pay via debit from my BPI Expressteller card. But, the cashier inside Zaza does not have the machine for the ATM card. And so, I handed out my ATM card from my wallet to the cashier who was wearing a red dress.

What she did was she called the attention of the lady from another cashier having the same colored red dress too, because they have the swiping machine for the ATM. This two cashiers are located of about 20 foot steps away from each other.

I was standing inside the Zaza store cashier (A) waiting for the mini machine to be transfered from Cashier (B). I asked the lady in red, “Shall I go to Cashier (B) to press my pincode? Or shall I wait here?”. The cashier (A) replied, “Yes, you may opt to go to cashier (B) instead.”

And so, I went to Cashier (B), while my items shopped were at Zaza. Not long before I reached cashier (B), I saw it’s lady cashier responsible for the ATM machine, running towards Zaza store. I was startled. She came back walking to where I was standing. She told me that I already placed my pin code in the machine, where in fact I did not remember placing my pin code in the swiping machine!

To cut the long story short, I did not see her swipe my ATM card and we had an argument together with her supervisor that I already placed my pin code on the swiping machine, and that my items are already paid. Where in fact I did not type my pin code. Seriously. The supervisor wearing a yellow polo shirt had goosebumps. How can I be in two places at the same time? How can I type my pin code, if I haven’t even touched the machine. The lady cashier told me, that she was affirmatively sure that I was the one who typed the pin code.

So what happened was, I was in fury. I reprimanded the cashier, and that next time, she should swipe the card immediately after the customer handed his/her ATM card from the wallet, without delay to avoid this kind of arguments.

Furthermore, there was an observant buyer who saw the angry me while talking to the cashier. She sided with the cashier not knowing the whole story and my side. And so, she got in trouble by stating her opinion.. I told this observant to quit minding other people’s business and just focus on her own. I ended up leaving the cashier with my PRC license ID, so as to check if my remaining balance in the ATM card was really deducted. I walked via J.P.Rizal street from Citimart to BPI bank.

And true enough, my remaining balance had a deduction of 1,128.70 pesos. But, who placed my pin code in the swiping machine?! Was it really me? Am I that forgetful? Does my mind plays tricks on me too?

The moral of the story: If you will review and study, make sure you have a pencil with you before leaving your house.