Monthly Archives: August 2014

Roxas, Binay to attend the Bukidnon Centennial celebration

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Incumbent Vice President Jejomar Binay and Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas will both be in Malaybalay City on September 1, 2014 for the 100th founding anniversary of the Province of Bukidnon, Mindanao. Both Binay and Roxas are presumed standard bearers of their respective political parties for …

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PHOTOS: Bukidnon cowboys at Kaamulan Festival 2014 rodeo

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Not many know this but the Province of Bukidnon is home to the Philippines’ finest cowboys. In the municipality of Impasugong alone, a lot of Bukidnon cowboys (and cowgirls!) live the cowboy lifestyle ala Marlboro Country. The rolling hills, vast landscape and several ranches make it possible for these cowboys …

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LIMS: The Transcribers.

[Helpful for: All LUs/Year levels but not in all schools]
Assalamu Alaykum! (Greetings of Peace!)
Transcriptions or “transes” are the concise and summarized copies of the lectures by your professors. There should be some people who will do the dirty job of transcribing, and they are called the transcribers or in short: “Transers”
Your class will usually divide you into groups of transers with three members each (some schools will have only two) and you will be assigned to a scheduled lecture for you to transcribe. It is then your responsibility as the transers to get the necessary and significant information discussed in the lectures. You also have to do your best to persuade your lecturer to give you a copy of their presentations and handouts. Some professors are generous while others are just plain, nasty ones. So you have to be prepared if you have to start from scratch for the trans. But this (starting from scratch) does not happen very often as you will also be given a copy of the past transes where you can “pattern” your own transes.
But hey! DO NOT JUST COPY-PASTE THE PAST TRANS TO YOUR TRANS! All your classmates will hate this and you will eventually get the “Lazy Transers Award”. Just use the old trans as your guide, you can copy some parts of their trans but be sure to let it appear that you made some changes as well. Although you might get the same lecturer with the same topic and the same content from the past transes all throughout, you must as much as possible do some “revisions”. Add new notes discussed by your professors that were never mentioned in the past, and your group can decide if you will retain or delete those parts that were never mentioned by your professors (unless if he/she says “read the past transcriptions” which means it will appear in the exams).
As a group, you three must work together and divide the tasks equally. You have to agree first on how you divide the work: some would divide them by parts/pages while others divide it by “tasks” (revisions, formatting, final editing and uploading, printing and submission). Then you decide on the deadlines for each task so that you will be able to submit on time and avoid the sanctions.
All in all, a good team dynamics should play here. It will always be a pain if one of your group mates will not help in the transcribing especially if you are assigned in a very bad schedule—the last lecture before the exam. And because you will be grouped alphabetically according to your surnames, you really have no choice but to work with the ones next or before you. So you better get to know your trans-mates’ attitudes and skills, who is good at this and that, and who is more responsible and who is not. Know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and try developing a good working chemistry. You really have to find ways–no matter what—to make your team work effectively. Each one of you must be able to help in transcribing and be responsible with his/her task without sacrificing the quality of your transes.
Well, you will get used to your transmates later on. You HAVE to get used to it somehow for you really have no choice. Haha. I am honestly blessed to have great transmates from the very beginning 🙂 Hi Meggie and Karl! 😀
 Salam Kasilasa!
Anakiluh, MD
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After enduring a twenty-one hour turbulent flight, punctuated by a two-hour delay in one airport and…

LIMS: The Transes.

[Helpful for: All LUs/Year levels but not in all schools]
 Assalamu Alaykum! (Greetings of Peace!)
We have our daily lectures, and we want a copy of the handouts and presentations by our lecturers as much as possible, but where do we get them? This is where the heroic term “Transcription” comes in handy.
The Transcriptions or shortly “Trans” (plural: Transes) are printed and/or electronic copies of the handouts, presentations, and other discussions in your past lectures. They are basically (and supposedly) the concise and summarized version of the whole lecture. These trances will always come in handy during exams so every medstudent must have a copy of these wherever they go (except the super nerd ones).
Transes are prepared by the assigned transcribers or “transers” (will be discussed on the next post) and it is their responsibility to get all the necessary and significant information from the lectures in their trans. Depending on the agreed schedule of deadlines of submissions by your class, the transes will be uploaded in your class’ online storage account or printed and be delivered to your respective transboxes.
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Should you Subscribe?
Usually, you will be given the choice if you want to subscribe to the printed transes or not. When you subscribe, the printed copies of the trans will be delivered into your transboxes after 1 or 2 days. But should you subscribe? Well it’s up to you of course, and it all depends on how effective these transes will be for you.
Some students prefer reading transes in paper. They would often say:
“We love the touch of paper wherein we can highlight and scribble some doodles, I mean, notes on them.”
“I can study better with printed transes than the e-copies in my i-pad/tablet. I get easily distracted when I have my ipad with me”
“Prints are better, you can keep them and send them as gifts to your future buddy :D”
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Some students on the other hand would rather opt for the electronic copies instead. Their reasons? “Printed transes are not colored, we can’t identify which is which in them!”,
“Would rather have an online copy, it’s easier to search the terms”,
“You pay for the printed copies and they come in late! What the fumbles is that!”,
“Too many bills to pay, can’t afford another set of fees.”
“I just want to feel that I am doing something because I downloaded the e-copies (and never actually read them until 2 hours before the exam).”
There might be more undocumented reasons by the students but it all boil down to one thing: It’s all about your study preferences. Do you perform well reading printed than electronic copies? Then subscribe. Do you hate papers and you have a readily accessible internet? Then don’t subscribe just download the e-copies.
The Trans Quality  
You now have ideas about the transcriptions and you have finally decided whether to subscribe or not. Now you feel you are well prepared and ready to face any exams that will come your way. But wait, is that the right thing to do?
No. An important reminder to all medstudent is that “Transes are not sure-win measures to pass the exams” and “not all transes have good quality”. They may be helpful because they are summarized and only the important bullet-points are there, but you have to remember that it can never replace your real references: the medical books. Transes are also prone to many errors and corrections and also subjected to the transcribers quality of making the transes—believe me there will be a few Trash-trans that you will read. And so the best way to maximize your learning experience here is by doing the following:
1)      Read in advance the past transes from last year’s class (you will be given copies by your buddies);
2)      Attend your lectures, listen and take notes;
3)      Have a reference book with you to check the infos in the trans;
4)      Get those transers who do a poor job in transcribing (not really required)
That would be all for this topic 😀 I do hope you are enjoying your first few weeks in medschool! ;D Welcome to the club!
Salam kasilasa!
Anakiluh, MD

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 By: Drieza A. Lininding

Salaam, Here is my thought on the Controversial Covenant of Prophet Muhammad PBUH to the Monks from St. Catherine of Sinai (Egypt). There are Among the Muslim Scholars who refute the Authenticity of this said Covenant (Below is an English translation).

The Promise to St. Catherine:

“This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them. Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them. No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate. No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants. No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).”

My Take on this: Let me Begin by Qouting some Verses from the Qur’an Surah Al-Anbyah 21:107 to 109:

(O Prophet?) ‘We have not sent you except to be a mercy to all mankind:” Declare, “Verily, what is revealed to me is this, your God is the only One God, so is it not up to you to bow down to Him?’ But if they turn away then say, “I have delivered the Truth in a manner clear to one and all, and I know not whether the promised hour (of Judgment) is near or far.”( Prophet Muhammad is sent as Warner).

In this Covenant Our Prophet Promised the Christian that there will be no compulsion for them to Accept Islam as revealed By Almighty ALLAH (SWT) Qur’an 2:256 “Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth has been made clear from error. Whoever rejects false worship and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that never breaks. And Allah hears and knows all things.”

The Covenant goes on saying that that Muslims will not hurt them or Treat them Unfairly: Some Muslims reject this part because of the Qur’anic Verse which Says: Qur’an 5:51 O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your protectors: They are but protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust. (Some Debates on the Meaning of “Awliya” some Scholars Suggest it mean “Friends” But Most Scholars Say it’s “Protectors” I go for the latter.) There are related Verses regarding not taking the Jews and Christians as Ally or Protector but most of these Verses are Applicable During a state of “WAR” (Darul-Harb) and Only to those Hostile to Muslims.

In this Covenant Muhammad (SAW) and the Muslims is the Protector not the Other way around, Islam Only Prohibit us in taking as Friends those who wage War Against us or those that Persecute the Muslims like (ISRAEL Regime). In another place in the Qur’an, Allah Almighty says:

“Allah forbids you not with regard to those who fight you not for your faith, nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them. For Allah loves those who are just. Allah only forbids you with regard to those who fight you for your faith, and drive you out of your homes and support others in driving you out, from turning to them for protection (or taking them as wali). Those who seek their protection they are indeed wrong- doers.” (Al-Mumtahinah: 8-9).

The Prophet Muhammad Also Promised to Non-Hostile Christians that their House of Worships will not be Destroyed i found some relevant hadiths regarding this and i Qoute : “Do not kill the monks in monasteries, and do not kill those sitting in places of worship. (Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal)

“Do not destroy the villages and towns, do not spoil the cultivated fields and gardens, and do not slaughter the cattle.” (Sahih Bukhari; Sunan Abu Dawud)

In this Covenant also Our Prophet Muhammad Promised the Christian Women in case of Marriage by a Muslim Man that their Consent will be Sought first this is Clearly expounded in Surah Al-Maidah verse 5: “… And [lawful in marriage are] chaste women from among the believers and chaste women from among those who were given the Scripture before you, when you have given them their due compensation, desiring chastity, not unlawful sexual intercourse or taking [secret] lovers. And whoever denies the faith – his work has become worthless, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.”

In Sum, Muslims will not Fight those who Do Not Fight them and Keep their Covenant to the Muslims Firm and Upward or Those who respect the Muslims(Respect begets Respect)–Muslims are Enjoined to Fight only those who Fight them because of faith or those who Uproot them From their Homes or those who Aid or Connive Against them- Like What is Happening in Gaza. The Exemptions in Surah Taubah is Very Clear Qur’an 9:4 Excepted are those with whom you made a treaty among the polytheists and then they have not been deficient toward you in anything or supported anyone against you; so complete for them their treaty until their term [has ended]. Indeed, Allah loves the righteous [who fear Him].

So with this, I can say that with regards to the Claims of this Covenant this is Authentic. (Only ALLAH (S.W.T) knows the Truth and May He Forgive me, am Just his Servant.

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By: Drieza A. Lininding

 Libyan Hero Omar Al-Mukhtar once said: “They Are not our teachers” referring to the Italians. His followers urged him to kill Italian Prisoners  for reason that the latter killed Muslim Prisoners under captivity.

Prophet Muhammad PBUH is known for his Chivalry, some authors attribute chivalry to him.

Today in our Modern World, Chivalry is a word long forgotten. Right infront of our TV Screen, We witnessed and continue to watch the Brutality being shown by Israel’s regime as they systematically destroy “GAZA” and it’s People. they are targeting Civilians (Non-Combatants) Children, women and elderly were not spared.

Gone are the Days of Salahuddin Bin Ayubbi and King Richard the lion Heart of England, The latter also known for his barbarity he came to Trample upon any Place his foot set in, a Conqueror in his own Right but Charmed by Salahuddin Bin Ayubbi’s Chivalry.

When Richard became ill, for instance, Salahuddin, himself a sufferer from malaria, sent his own doctor to cure the English king. (In Some Account Salahuddin Himself brought Medicine to Richard) Another time, when the fighting was at its fiercest near Jerusalem, Richard’s horse was killed and the King was forced to continue fighting on foot. A little while later a Muslim emissary wended his way through the battle melee, leading two fine Arab steeds which he presented to Richard.

“They are from Salahuddin,” the emissary explained. “He does not think it proper that a noble King should fight on foot.”

Salahuddin’s Chivalry is Perhaps one of the Reason why King Richard entered into treaty with him after the “Battle of Ursuf” in June 1192. Under this Treaty Jerusalem would be under Muslim Control.  However, the city would be open to Christian pilgrimages. For centuries the Muslim, Jews and Christians Co-Existed in Jerusalem under Muslim Rule. But Since the Inception of “Israel State” everything has Changed.

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Bukidnon Centennial concert to feature Vice Ganda, KathNiel, Tim Yap

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Visiting the Province of Bukidnon for the Kaamulan Festival and for its 100th founding anniversary? Here’s more reason for you to come! The provincial government of Bukidnon is bringing in popular comedian Vice Ganda and today’s hottest loveteam KathNiel – Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla as well as TV host …

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Very first Make Your Own Havaianas event in Butuan

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The biggest flipflops customization event in the Philippines is finally heading to Butuan! The very first Make Your Own Havaianas – Butuan or #MYOHButuan2014 event is happening on September 26 to 28, 2014 at the Main Atrium of Robinsons Place, Butuan City. A Make Your Own Havaianas event is where …

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LIMS: The Kodachrome Exams.

[Helpful for: LU3 and LU4 (1st and 2nd Year)]
Assalamu Alaykum! (Greetings of Peace!)
We will jump from the topic on “lectures” to one of the dreaded yet fun type of exams: the Kodachrome exams!
This was supposed to be in the later part but knowing the schedule of the exams is already near, I have to push this post up the schedule in hopes of it to be of use somehow. Disclaimer! I am not the best guy to give you these tips, but because no one is doing it, then what’s the trouble of doing it instead? Haha!
So what is a Kodachrome exam? This one goes back in time immemorial when medstudents are still using the real kodachrome machine where pictures of specimens (usually tissues) will be projected on a white screen. (In LU4, you will experience using a real kodachrome machine thru Dr. Dimacali’s lectures in pathology :D). Nowadays we are using the overhead LCD projectors with the ever-so-convenient MS Powerpoint presentations where digital copies of the specimens will be projected and the students will be asked to identify them or answer certain questions in a limited allotted time. The term “kodachrome” is still being used for these kinds of exams.
So how do you nail these exams? Here are some helpful tips:
1.       Never miss the Histology lectures!
Attend all your histology classes especially those by Dr. Mantaring. Just by attending her lectures, you will eventually feel like a genius who knows it all and you would never have to read the transes again. Nothing beats the experts in teaching you how to identify which is an epithelial tissue and which is not.
2.       Attend the Histology Reviews!
There will always be Histology reviews conducted especially for the LU3 students. The histo-review is usually conducted by the Medical Student Society (MSS) every year. This year’s first Histo-review was held last August 22 in BSLR-E and I hope the LU3s attended that one.
Exam Reviews are really helpful in giving you more ideas and tips on how to top or at least pass the exams. They would more often give you sample exam questions that you can try answering and see for yourself how ready you are for the exam. Never, ever miss the chance to attend any exam reviews. You will be really grateful to these guys later on when taking the exam.
3.       Read your books!
Refer to your Histology books (printed or electronic) and master all those seemingly similar images. They may look all the same to you, but try looking for “key points” in distinguishing which tissues you are looking at. Does it have more adipose, soft or skeletal tissues? Are there more mucous or serous layers? Are we looking at a keratinized or non-keratinized tissue? How do neutrophils differ from basophils, eosinophils and macrophages? Don’t rely on one image only, look for different images and see how you can distinguish them one from the other.
Of course, read the details in each image as well. There will be some questions in the exams that will require you to identify the function or the location where you can find these cells. Master them like how you master the faces and names of each pokemon and their powers. I’m serious!
4.       Review your notes/transes!
Same as your books, transes can also be handy. Important points are far easier to find in your transcriptions as they are already in summarized bullet form. I would prefer the online copies or colored printed copies because you could distinguish which is which (compared to photox copies which are terribly horrible).
5.       Test yourself in online sample quizzes.
If you still have some spare time, go online and find some student-friendly sites where you can test yourself in answering sample questions in histology. They are more often than not similar to what your professor will ask. Take note of your wrong answers and learn why you got it wrong and then immediately review your notes (unless if the topic was not included in the lectures).
6.       Pray.
Perhaps the most important one is this: Pray.
Our lives as medstudents are full of challenges and surprises. And there certain things you are not able to take control of. So first, do your part and study your lectures AND put your trust in God that He may make things easier for you during the exams. Do this every night before your exams and minutes before the exam starts, send a silent prayer, and start with Bismillah (In the name of Allah).
Now here’s what you should do DURING THE EXAM: 

1.       Stay focused.
Relax. Listen well to the instructions. Know how much time you have for each item. Don’t panic after knowing that you will be given only 30 seconds for each item. You have to stay focused all throughout the exam. Each item will only be shown once, so you have to maximize your limited time and focus on each item/question to identify or answer. 
2.       Find a good seat.
Do not sit in the back or the side-most part of the room! You will have a hard time identifying the image! DO NOT BE LATE so that you can choose where to sit. If you are free to sit anywhere, choose the 3rd or 4th seat from the front and a bit in the center and be sure that nothing is blocking you. But if you are arranged by surnames or student number, then you better hope and pray that you will have a good seat with a good view of the slides. If you are still unfortunate, then curse the seating arrangement. 
3.       Identify what you are looking at.
Upon your first view of the slide/image, immediately identify WHAT you are looking at. Is this a lung tissue? A skeletal tissue? A bone tissue? Or just your common adventitious tissues? For LU4/Patho students, is this a normal or an abnormal tissue? I usually do this before reading the question and it should only take you 3-7 seconds to decide. This will give you an idea where to find your answers. If it took you longer than that, then proceed to the question. Usually some questions will already tell you what tissue it is. 
4.       Read the questions carefully.
There are outright simple questions and there are also very hard ones. But the most errors we students commit are giving wrong answers because they read the questions wrong! Read the question twice; be sure that you really know what is being asked! There will be tricky questions with key terms as “EXCEPT”. Always read the questions carefully before answering.
5.       Believe in your first instinct.
This may not apply for all, but more often than not, your first answer will be the right one. After seeing the image and understanding the question well, you must already have a working answer. If your answer is among the choices, believe in your first instinct and choose that one.
6.        Cross out the choices.
If choices are provided, but your first answer is not among them, cross out the most farfetched answers. If there are two choices in your mind, weigh them in and choose the one closest to your first answer. If you are still not sure, take a mental note of which answers you have to choose from and return to this item later on. Remember you have only a limited time for each item, use your time wisely.
7.       Go back to your “undecided” items
If there are still time left after the last item, go back to your undecided items in #6. This is the time that you have to decide and choose among the two answers you have. Or just believe in your “guessing powers”.
Okay! I think this ends my “How to barely pass the Histo/Kodachrome Exam” tips haha. If you think something important is missing in this post, please don’t hesitate to inform me thru 
Goodluck on your exams guys!
Salam Kasilasa!
Anakiluh, MD
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==this is done by a non-professional blogger, so expect a lot of typo and grammar errors :D==


written by: Drieza A. Lininding

On Saturday, 16 August 2014 1:24 PM About 300 delegates composed of pastors of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, United Methodist Church and the Iglesia Filipina Independiente and from various parishes of the Diocese of Iligan City and Lanao Del Norte gathered to discuss the Bangsamoro issue.

It was held last August 13, 2014 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center at the compound of the Inahan sa Kanunayng Panabang Seminary at the Seminary Road, Pala-o, Iligan City.

The Bangsamoro forum was initiated by the Ecumenical and the Interreligious Dialogue Commissions of the Diocese of Iligan headed by Fr. Rodulfo M. Galenzoga. The theme of the gathering was “Understanding the Bangsamoro: A Way Forward to Lasting Peace in Mindanao”.

The main objective of the forum is to make the clergy, religious brothers, sisters and lay leaders understand the Bangsamoro and overcome fears and even prejudices and able to work for peace in solidarity with Muslims and Lumads.

Among those invited as resource speakers were Mr. Drieza A. Lininding, Lead Convenor of Free the Bangsamoro Movement (FBM) who explained the Historical Perspective of the Mindanao Conflict, Mr. Gaima Masbud II, Legal Staff of the Bangsamoro Transiton Commision (BTC) who gave Updates on the On-Going GPH-MILF Peace Process and Mr. Agakhan M. Sharief, Chairman of the Bangsamoro National Movement for Peace and Development (BNMPD) who delivered a solidarity message to the participants.

Mr. Sharief explained that Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him) treated the People of the Book as his own constituents. The People of the book enjoyed protection from the Muslims during the reign of ISLAM in Madinah Al-Munawarra as enshrined in the “Madinah Constitution” crafted by no less than Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

The most Reverend Msgr. Elenito Galido, Bishop of the Diocese of Iligan, delivered a short message of peace and stressed the importance of justice in achieving peace.

Fr. Deomedes Cabiles, Vicar Forane of the Vicariate of Sto. Nino gave his final words of thanks to the assembly. This was followed by Fr. Rodulfo M. Galenzoga, convener of the forum who reiterated the theme of the forum and stressed that this is the challenge and commitment of all believers.

There were many positive feedbacks on the forum and there were those who expressed to have this kind of dialogue at the parish level.

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Inspiring Monday: Always Inflict Positivity in Life

An inspirational something for each of us who, once in a while, undergo some form of distress.

The world is cruel. Life is unfair. Everything seems wrong. This is what we always perceive in our everyday life. I am not saying that we are all bound to being pessimistic. A  few some are luckily gifted of being optimists their whole life. For the rest of us, it is the same story.

Whether it is about fortune, health or our relationship with people, others always take the blame. It is not as if they deserved the blame. It is due to our self-centeredness that we always put the blame on others rather than taking it. This is where the meanie in us emerges. You put the blame on everything else than yourself. Worst scenario is blaming God for the meaningless life you live.

This week, my good reads queue as if each wants to be read at the same time. A blogger friend sent me two novels by John Grisham: The Client and The Last Juror. Then an officemate also handed me his book, Success through a Positive Thinking, to read. Though I am a fan of crime fictions, I had to lay down the John Grisham and start with the latter. This book by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone is a striking slap on my face. The funny thing is that it is not hurting me. It is awakening me.

The book commences with a statement, “We are poor – not because of God.” It is similarly saying that you are sad – not because of God. You are in distress – not because of God.

It talks about incorporating positive thinking into how we live our lives and eventually succeed in whatever we do. It is a motivational book that would inspire everyone. I highly encourage everyone to read this book to get a doze of happy thoughts. Everyone undergoes stress once in a while, and when you’ve read something like this book, you would get ahead of stress, thereby, forbidding it to control our conscious and subconscious mind.

How mean are we to think that God has wanted us to live a sad and unfortunate life? 

How many times have we asked ourselves if being poor or being in deep sorrow was really our destiny? And how many times have we stood up and said to ourselves that God does not want anything less for us?

God has given us a mind to think, a body to work, and reasoning to ponder with. If we ever think that God sends us trials just so He can see us so down, we are indeed wronged. Those trials that we despise? Those are the means that will lead us to success. If we use our mind, body and reasoning, we can, of course with flying colors, achieve success.

Before blaming God or the universe for your difficulties in life, start by asking yourself first the reason why it had to come to this point. What steps have you taken to overcome those? Are you willing to take action? Or are you just going to be sober and blame it on others which will lead you nowhere?

Again, ask yourself. Keep on asking yourself. Keep on looking for answers. Keep on taking action. And good heavens, stop blaming God.

If you have come to an answer, it is time to put that reflection into its effect: action. What are the things that are needed to be done to be able to attain positive mental attitude? We can go on forever with this list. In the end, it is how you implement them that would matter. However, the main question is, would you be tough enough to change what you are now?

As the book said, “you are a mind with a body.” It all starts with your intention and your thinking. Tweak your thoughts. Your body will do what your mind tells it. 

As the hadith of Rasullallah goes: “Tie your camel, and trust in Allaah.” 

It means, you have to do your part first. Then, Allaah will take care of everything else. Your life is what you make it. The Almighty Allaah may put you in so many trials. But, it is with your perseverance, patience and character that you will win over them. 

Always remember, Allaah will never put you in a situation that you can’t handle. You just need to get up and work hard to win it. If you let negativity rule over your mind, you will not go anywhere. But, if you look at the brighter side of the situation and do whatever you can to overcome the situation, you will win. And you always will. 

Keep the faith. Keep doing your part. Success in this world and in the hereafter will be easy if you just keep going forward. 

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LIMS: Attend your Classes!

]Helpful for: All LUs/Year levels]
Assalamu Alaykum! (Greetings of Peace!)
Being a medstudent means attending to seemingly endless classes: from boring lectures to eye-popping histo-labs and neck-breaking cadaver dissections. What is the purpose of the word “student” anyway if you don’t attend those classes that will—ehem—prepare you in your future professional career? And so, as much as we lazy students want to skip all those classes, we cannot deny the fact that we really need them—badly need them.
But hey! Not all classes will be full of boring 100+ presentation slides; there will also be some cool professors with cool ideas to make their lectures livelier. Ever attended a class where you played games all throughout? How about a whole 3 hours of lecture while standing? Or just sitting back and watch a good movie? (Although I hate the “reflection papers” after those films). And how about professors that suddenly throw firecrackers inside the room to wake you up? Haha! You will experience them once in a while, only here in medschool. The idea here is you must attend your classes regularly! Not just for signing that attendance sheet and just doze off later on. Attend them so that you will learn and discover new things. Some may be not so interesting, but they will still be helpful.
There are some students who prefer reading the books and transcriptions (lecture notes) than attend their classes, while others would prefer attending their classes then review their notes. It’s all up to the student actually if he can really handle it that way. But for me, I believe attending the classes and listening to the experts during their lectures would really make a change. Missing a class and just reading the notes after means you will be missing the key points the lecturer might have highlighted in class the transcribers may have failed to include.
So the very first thing that a student in the Medical field should learn is that Medicine is a life-long process of education. You have to keep on learning and learning, study and discover new things. It never ends with the exams and the agonizing results. Our learning journey only stops when we finally breathe our last. (Meaning until the end of our lives).
And that, my friend is my advice: If you really want o survive in medschool, attend your classes regularly. There may be times that you have to miss them for some very, very good reason, but as much as possible avoid missing the important lectures. Believe me, I have missed a couple of lectures and I regret missing them. (Of course there will also be some exceptions here, but let’s not talk about them haha).
Salam kasilasa!
Anakiluh, MD

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LIMS: Your Classmates: Your Future Colleagues

[Helpful for: All LUs/Year levels]
Assalamu Alaykum! (Greetings of Peace!)
So you made it to the most prestigious Med-school in the country. Congratulations! And say, Alhamdulillah (All praise is due to Allah)! And now you are part of a class composed of the selected crèmes among the crèmes of the crops; you all came from brilliant pasts, young minds who had very amazing accomplishments, those who graduated with flying colors in their past academic career (be it in college or high school). And yes, believe it or not, you are now part of that team!
Yeah. That was too much praise I think. Not a good thing to do. Huhummm.
Being the most prestigious school with the highest standard and the hardest “way to enter”, you can expect no less from those who really qualified and got accepted in each class. They are usually the Laudes (Suma, Magna, etc.) from the famous schools around the country. There will even be some who came from abroad. There are also the young geniuses who skipped high-school and went straight to medschool: The 40 IntarMed Direct entrants. You will meet them every day in class, be amazed by them, and you would never even believe that you are part of the class (Well, at least that was how I felt then).
But hey, do not be intimidated (like me). You were there because you were chosen as well. You went through the same screening processes, and among the thousand great minds and souls who applied, only 160 were chosen for each class, and you are indeed one of them. So be thankful to Allah for that opportunity to grow and train in this institution. And never ever be arrogant.
Meet new friends from your class. Look for those who have the same dreams and aspirations as you. Find those whom you share a common interest. Believe me, these guys might be geniuses but they are still humans: they love to watch movies, Korean series, play guitar, draw, sing, dance or just do nothing but sleep. Just explore and you will surely find a lot of good buddies among them.
It might be hard to remember all their names in the beginning and you will end up confused who is who. But by the end of the year you will surely get by. Be open and learn new things with them. Your Class will be your team throughout your academic medical career. And they will also be your future colleagues when you become doctors one day. So start building your network now, start from your classmates, start from your colleagues.
After spending more than two years in Medschool, I have met a lot of new friends in my class. All of them are pretty awesome with their own unique stories and characters. I have worked with my group-mates for years and we already know each others’ strengths and weaknesses and we always try to help each other. This is indeed important in medschool as you will be indulged in so many group works, and having a good team dynamics is a crucial thing.
So, make it a mission to meet and know all the names and faces of your 159 classmates 🙂 You will always end up working with most of them in one of your future rounds somehow. And you never know, you might find that “special someone” among them. Haha.
Any suggestions? Email me. My new email address for non-professional, non-academic purposes is
Salam Kasilasa!
Anakiluh, MD

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Life in Medschool: The Series

Assalamu Alaykum!
This would serve as my introductory post for the next series of post I plan to work on. (Don’t ask me how I can find time to work with these given the fact that I am a medstudent. It’s a top secret 😀 )
So what is this all about?
Well, basically it’s what this blog is supposed to be. I know, I know, this blog has a wide variety of topics from personal stories to history of Sulu, to politics and even about a cat that gave birth (no, I did not publish that one). And the author is a medstudent! And there’s so few topics about medschool! So I decided to catch up and fill in the gaps or holes or whatever was missing here: My life in medschool.
(Note: Some aspiring applicants to medschool also kept bugging me to share life in medschool, so I am giving him/her this treat.)
Again, I am not an expert in writing. Not even in blogging: I do have lots of blogs with full of grammar and typo errors. I have long accepted those facts and so sorry to disappoint you guys 🙁 But in sha Allah (God willing) I will try my best to share some experiences I and some of my friends’ had in medschool: What to expect, how things work, How to prepare for exams, how to eat lunch secretly in class, how to keep your eyes open while actually dozing off on a boring lecture… and many more.
Those things that we could consider somehow significant and worth a post will be posted here. Something to inform those who are really planning to enroll medschool to already change their mind and save their hopes and dreams, I mean, no, erase erase… To give you guys an idea on how we, despite the pressure and everything, can still survive and be humans 😀 (Oh, I hope that one statement went well)
So, what would I expect from you guys? (Come on, let’s make it interactive, not just me talking here).
I hope some of you (who got lost in the world wide web) would share your ideas, post your comments below, or email me your suggestions or complaints, rest assured that we, my team (which is composed of a single person now typing these words here) will work on them. My new email address for non-professional, non-academic purposes is
By the way, all posts with “Life in Medschool” or LIMS will have a Tag-Title of “LIMS: Topic” Example: “LIMS: The Books you need”, etc. I will also include a short info if the post would be helpful for which learning unit (LU) or year level. For the list of future posts under this section, you can just click the tag: LIMS.
I am pretty excited for this, how about you ?
Have a great day ahead! Salam kasilasa!
Anakiluh, MD

Hot Nights 2 – a must-attend #HigalaayCDO CDO fiesta show

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Come join me as I live loud this Cagayan de Oro fiesta 2014! Come and party at the most-awaited “LIVE LOUD – Hot Nights 2” on August 27, 2014, 8 PM at the Limketkai Mall Parking Lot D, CDO! Fueled by Petrol Jeans and presented by CDO’s most dynamic high …

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Excited to be a part of US Ambassador Goldberg’s first ever webchat

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So I just arrived at my office yesterday, still feeling a bit blah because of the really warm weather when a friend who works for the U.S. Embassy Manila invited me to join a really special event tomorrow – the first ever webchat of U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip …

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Why do we love strong women

And so say the men, It is hard to love strong women….   Like Eve (as), they were created tender, With hands and countenance  much gentler…..   But  for men of strength and character, God made women more nobler……   For if not for them who have inner strength, Men would never be great without them at […]

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Miss Bukidnon Centennial or Laga Ta Bukidnon 2014 winners

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A Filipino-American beauty bagged the Laga Ta Bukidnon 2014 crown last night, August 17, 2014 during the Miss Bukidnon Centennial coronation night held at the Kaamulan Open Theater in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Miss Malaybalay 2014 Marah Smith won the Laga Ta Bukidnon 2014 title. Smith, a student of Central Mindanao …

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Photos: Sponge Cola and Up Dharma Down for Globe #WonderfulMindaNOW

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Aside from Sarah Geronimo, popular Filipino bands Sponge Cola and Up Dharma Down also rocked the stage during the recently concluded Globe Wonderful MindaNOW awards night. The Globe #WonderfulMindaNOW campaign aimed to find the coolest spots around Mindanao and to encourage Globe users to share cool things via social media …

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Photos: Sarah Geronimo for Globe #WonderfulMindaNOW @JustSarahG

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After she graced the ceremonial turnover of the first mobile laboratory to a public school in Mindanao, Pop Princess Sarah Geronimo then headlined the awards night of the Globe #WonderfulMindaNOW campaign held last August 8, 2014 at the Limketkai Atrium, Cagayan de Oro City. She sang a few songs and …

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