It was a Saturday night full of happiness and cheers, despite having started with some technical difficulties as Typhoon Odette has just started its landfall in the Visayas. The USTMAA Pamaskong Handog showcased alumni talents in music and dance as we were treated by original compositions, interpretations, and even covers by our alumni here and abroad.
The event was centered around “Paskong Filipino”, as it showed videos of different USTMAA Chapters from Luzon to Mindanao, each region showcasing Filipino Christmas traditions, the semblance of “Simbang Gabi”, “Aguinaldo”, gift-giving and Christmas goodies is undeniably “Paskong Filipino”.
One highlight of the program was Dr. Norberto Martinez explaining the rationale of the project “Let the light of the Simulation & Research Center shine bright this Christmas night”, a donation drive by USTMAA in cooperation with AFI. Aimed to support the fundraising efforts for the Sts. Cosmas and Damian Simulation and Research Center that is set to break ground early 2022, it was warmly greeted by the audience, earning 147k on its first night. A special mention to Class ’82 for providing the seed money and sponsoring 40 stars to commemorate their Ruby Jubilee Celebration.
AFI is truly grateful for the constant support of the many Thomasian doctors, especially its partnership with USTMAA. We hope to do this with other alumni organizations, and philanthropic groups to help us realize this dream.
As of now, what we have gathered is a long way from our goal, and we hope an event like this would encourage alumni to share,1,000PhP or $25, as when added together, is a substantial amount for us to build the future of FMS.
Just imagine, if each alumni give 1,000PhP or $25—we shall make this new edifice a reality soon enough.
This donation drive is still ongoing until January 6, 2022. Donation channels are listed in the website; there is no limit as to how much you may donate. You may just click on this link to see the tree and donation channels.