The Philippine American Association of Nevada spearheaded two medical missions in the Philippines early this year, an annual project organized by Danny C. Fabito, MD, FACS, FPCS, PAAN president and former President of the Association of Philippine Physicians in America.

Co-sponsors of the missions were Phil-Am Charity Foundation (PACF) and the Nevada Chapter of the FEU-DNR-School of Medicine Alumni Foundation.

The tandem 2018 annual medical missions in Alaminos, Laguna (Feb. 4-8), and at Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban, Quezon (Feb. 8-12) ministered to almost 2,000 patients.

The back-to-back missions provided surgical care (150 minor surgeries, including circumcisions) and adult medical and pediatric care, distributing free medications and giving personal health education to the community people, patient by patient.

Dr. Dan Fabito and Philip S. Chua, MD, FACS, FPCS, chairman of the Filipino United Network-USA, led the team of 25 missionaries from various institutions, several of them PAAN members.

Held annually, this project is funded by the missionary volunteers of these two missions themselves, and this year supported by Mayor Loreto Masa of Alaminos, his wife, and his cousin, Mrs. Lily Starkman of Illinois, and Fr. Joey Faller, the Healing Priest at Kamay ni Hesus Pilgrimage Shrine.

“Partnering with healthcare volunteers from different universities, and working as a team in this humanitarian endeavor to help our less fortunate fellowmen back home, provides a deep sense of inner joy and satisfaction,” according to the missionaries.

The medical missionaries included: Melinda A. Fabito, MD, Farida I. Chua, MD, Napoleon Santos, MD, Carolina Santos, RN, Rudy Almase, MD, Thelma Cepedes, MD, Zosimo Micabalo, MD, Luz Micabalo, RN, Rodrigo Farrales, MD, Elouisa Farrales, MD, Bert Galang, MD, Ruth De Peralta, MD, Gerry Reyes, MD, Maria Salud, RN, Filemon Oligario, MD, Josie Olegario, RN, Mark Panganiban, RN, Marissa Panganiban, RN, Cynthia Deriquito, RN, Antonio and Angie Bolinao, Resty Lopez, and Dante and Veronica Fontimayor.