Mabuhay CL readers!

Today, Wednesday, Aug. 12, starts the first day of classes in AUP for the First Semester Academic Year 2015-2016. However, for the AUP College of Medicine, the 18 pioneer students began their classes two days ago, immediately after the historic inaugural program last weekend. This new academic calendar is inevitable. The top universities in the Philippines adopts the same scheme; others school started even earlier. Eventually, all educational institutions in the Philippines must abide by this school calendar change, based on the mandate of the government. Let us praise God for AUP, for His enduring Providence allows our academic leaders, faculty, and staff comply in stride to carry on the Lord’s work of Christian education.

In this issue, I am featuring the highlights of the three-day weekend inaugural program of the AUP College of Medicine. We have witnessed the Lord’s miracle and grace for bringing together the key people of the Seventh-day Adventist worldwide Church, the high officials in the government, the leaders of AUP sister institutions, our alumni, donors, sponsors, faculty, students, and people from all walks of life to celebrate God’s goodness for the opening of the AUP College of Medicine. All glory and praise to God!

 AUP College of Medicine opens with 18 pioneer students

Eighteen students, who are topnotch BS graduate students, were formally presented during the final day of the 3-day inaugural program of Adventist University of the Philippines – College of Medicine, Sunday noontime, August 9, 2015 at the central ground floor of the Alumni Hall (College of Medicine Building). They are the cream of the crops chosen from hundreds of applicants who will consist the first batch of medical doctor-missionaries of the first ever Adventist College of Medicine in Asia, and sixth in the world: AUP.

 The 18 pioneering students include: Jessly Rose Acoba, Joy Belarmino, Alexzan Benardino, Janina Bianca Cabili, Christopher Dale Chua, Lexan Erdin Cordial, Paul Rothwel De Jesus, Vanda Charisse Dejolde, Weamirson Estrada, April Rae Garces, Eimarlouyd Mansaguiton, Aedrian Rodriguez, Andy Graham Rosas, Julienne Rowelie Sanchez, Nim Franzio Salazar, Se Eun Jang, Jon Sergei Aclan, and Alain Justin Berbano.

This first batch of AUP medical students were officially initiated through a white coat ceremony which symbolizes their privilege to serve and to heal people through Christ.


Highlights of the 3-day COM inaugural program

A worshipful weekend marks the 3-day inaugural program of the AUP College of Medicine last August 7-9. Hundreds of guests consisting of prominent medical personalities, government officials, heads of AUP sister institutions, alumni in the US, donors, SDA world church leaders, faculty, and students have come together to celebrate God’s goodness for making the medical school a reality. A God glorified weekend was set in the campus by the AUP administration calling it a “health ministry weekend” for the people to glorify God who is the Great Physician, and Great Healer - from which the credo of AUP College of Medicine was framed: “Through Christ, Healing and Wholeness.”

August 7, Friday 5:30 a.m. – Fun Run/Walk for a Cause

During the first day, at dawn, the AUP Family and guests gather at the University Gymnasium for a spiritual devotion led by Pastor Moises de Ocampo of the College of Theology. Then the whole community engaged in physical fitness exercise - many joined the 5K fun run, some jogged, while others simply walked around the campus.


August 7, Friday 7:00 p.m. - Vespers Service

Sabbath evening worship at the Philippine International Church was never the same when the AUP administrators testify God’s leading and faithfulness, and how God manifested through them His Will for the College of Medicine. Pastor Abel Vergara, director of AUP Spiritual Life Development was the moderator of the live feature, “Celebration on God’s Guidance.” The panel includes Dr. Francisco Gayoba, AUP president, Dr. Miriam Narbarte, VP Academics, Dr. Robert Borromeo, VP Finance, and Dr. Doris Mendoza, founding dean of AUPCOM. The latter opens her statement saying, “I feel nervous on the thought that I am part of the Divine plan for the College of Medicine.”


August 8, Saturday 10:00 a.m. - Hour of Worship

The Bread of Life message of Dr. Peter Landless, director of Health Ministries of the General Conference, is the core of the inaugural program of the College of Medicine. His message, “The Healing Ministry in the Last Days.” He was introduced by Pastor Abraham Carpena, SSD director of Health Ministries department, while Bro. Hector Gayares Jr., Adventist Medical Center Bacolod president, led the pastoral prayer. The following are excerpts of Dr. Landless’ Divine Hour message:


“As each one of us sits in this Church this morning, we each have the responsibility for the success of this College of Medicine. I want to urge you to fill this school with Seventh-day Adventist trained physicians, or teachers, leaders, and professors to make a university College of Medicine a distinction right from where you are. How do we do the healing ministry in the last days? I’d like to urge each one to serve God right where you are planted.


“I’d like to send out a warning to those of us who had been blessed to have a training in medicine, have an opportunity to have influence, to make money, and to have a wonderful career…don’t think that your responsibility ends with the giving of the offering…The healing ministry has to be done not for the church.  It’s going to be done with the church.  It’s going to be done as in these last days move into opportunities, challenges, and to give ourselves to the ministry.


“Your challenges are just beginning. The celebration this weekend, the joy, the culmination, of what is being prepared of the more than three or four decades of planning, of praying, of having been refused, of now being given the ‘go ahead.’ But the travail is beginning…that God is with us. I know He is good in this school.


“I’m going to make a confession, and no apology.  I feel an urgency in my ministry as I have never felt before.  And that’s for a number of reasons. Not least of which, as I see my graying hair, I see the responsibility of time running by so quickly…We don’t have time to play games.”


August 8, Saturday 2:00 p.m. – Special Thanksgiving Service

The venue was at the central ground floor of the Alumni Hall (College of Medicine building) in a more intimate and informal setting. The gathering was purposely to share testimonies, stories, and appeals by donors, supporters, sponsors, and prime movers of the College of Medicine. Here are selected quotes from that Sabbath afternoon service:


You see, I have a wife (Mrs. Loida Moya Miguel) who is supportive, loyal, steadfast, and committed…There were many occasions when we got so discouraged… but if you know how to look back where the source of everything come from, you will know exactly where you will go. By being the past president of the alumni organization for six years, and for almost 40 years of private practice in general surgery and thoracic vascular surgery, the Lord has blessed us.  He has given us opportunity to be good steward in supporting AUP COM. – Dr. Alfonso Miguel, Donor


Dr. Alfonso Roda did not live long enough to see his last dream to come to reality.  However, God’s Spirit empowered people to have the same passion Dr. Roda had. God works mysteriously in many ways.  I appreciate my wife, my son Edmund, and those, who in one way or another, have generously helped in raising funds for AUP College of Medicine. – Dr. Alberto Bagingito, Donor


After medical school I got married.  My wife and I went to the states.  It was a struggle to pass the US medical board, it was not easy.  But with God’s blessings we both pass the medical board, and receive our training…family practice.  I finished my internal medicine at Loma Linda University.  God has blessed our family, and with His blessings we’re able to share it with the AUP School of Medicine…For the upcoming medical students, my advice is always have God as your partner in everything you do and “He will crown your effort with success.” – Dr. Wilson Lao, Donor


I graduated from Loma Linda University. They really taught me a lot about medicine, and how ‘to make man whole.’ That is really important in our education…So I’m back now in the bandwagon. I’m back being excited about this inauguration…about this medical school opening up! I believe in the next several years, not only this could be the best medical school in the Philippines, but the best medical school in all Asia. – Dr. Edmund Bagingito, Donor


The Lord has impressed in my heart: If ever a college of medicine will be established in the Southern Asia-Pacific Division, it should be at AUP.  It is the most prepared institution throughout the Division as far as educational institution is concerned . – Pastor Alberto Gulfan, SSD Immediate Past President


God is not summoned to do what human power can do. As fund-raisers…we could not just be praying and claiming the promise, doing nothing.  God is waiting for us to do something.  Remember at the tomb of Lazarus, Jesus said to the people around, “Roll the stone!”  What does it mean? Christ has not commanded Lazarus to come forth.  He asked human strength, human power to roll the stone.  I praise God that these are the people who rolled the stone – that this building has been blessed because God is with them as human instruments. – Mrs. Beth Casel, Former AUP Philanthropic Director


Like Dr. Alfonso Roda, we did not stop dreaming of having our own medical school.  When the go-signal was received by the AUP administration to open a medical school, and solicitation of funds started, I did not hesitate to help financially when the ups and downs and the uncertainty of the final opening we have experienced in the COM, I have been silently watching, praying, and hoping it will still be a reality…I don’t want to miss this day, this weekend because this is a dream come true for me.  I praise God to have been part of this reality.  To God be the glory! – Dr. Elma Lou Roda, Donor


I represent the AUP Family. When our leaders announced the plan to push through the College of Medicine, my heart burned with enthusiasm and had the desire to support. As part of the AUP family of workers, I’d like you to know though how humble our income may be or how small our contributions may be, we can say that we have sincerely given what we have. This edifice testifies how the AUP family unite in prayer, in supplication, in soliciting…And we will continue praying for you, our donors and supporters that will bless you abundantly. Not only financially but blessings of contentment and peace because you have done your mission God had entrusted you. – Mrs. Tess Jael, AUP Donors’ Representative


I am happy that the College of Medicine has opened up in my lifetime…How did I get involved in the College of Medicine? Being elected as president of AWESNA for the next three years.  This was passed on to me…Can you imagine the three presidents of the AWESNA being here this afternoon? Is there any doubt in your mind of the support the AWESNA will give to AUP, not to mention the College of Medicine? We are all here to make a vow. (Calling the members.)We are here to echo the voice of support of our Alumni. Let’s push forward…onward for the AUP. – Dr. Elmer Bangloy, AWESNA President


This led me to Loma Linda Medical Center…This was a good day because by then, I would now understand what my Adventist medical students were fighting for.  My medical students taught their teacher something eternal.  They didn’t realize it but they gave what they had. They taught me lesson I would not heard otherwise. – Dr. Doris Mendoza, Founding Dean, AUP College of Medicine


August 9, Sunday 8:00 a.m. – COM Inauguration and White Coat Ceremony

At the Alumni Hall, as soon as the guests were all seated, the traditional processional march of the pioneering students with COM administrators, faculty members, and platform party ensues. Dr. Miriam Narbarte, AUP VP Academics, warmly welcomed and acknowledged the presence of everyone in the hall.

“The road to this very day has been full of challenges, disappointments, and doubts,” VP Narbarte said. “It was not an easy route; it was not a walk in the park. But with God’s continuous guidance, this day has come,” she continued. So she made a challenging appeal to the audience: “Let us make AUP my school, your school, our school.  A breeding ground for the best physician-missionaries who will bring the everlasting Gospel to the world.”


Then President Francisco Gayoba narrated the COM history calling it the “A Journey of Faith. “You are the beginning of the DNA of the missionary,” President Gayoba used his metaphor to challenge the first batch of medical students. ”The DNA coming from your mentors, transferred to you will be replicated in the years to come. May you be faithful to that vision,” he said.  He individually thanked, and mentioned the name the COM prime movers and supporters. “…You are all here – the God’s instruments.  We thank you for being part of the AUP COM story,” Gayoba conveys his gratitude. Your decision to come is a statement of faith, too.  We have prayed for you. We believe that God will see this project through.”


The inaugural message was given by Dr. Lisa Beardsley-Hardy, Education Director, General Conference worldwide Church of Seventh-day Adventists. She was introduced by Pastor Houtman Sinaga, SSD Chaplain. Dr. Beardsley-Hardy’ message was addressed to the 18 pioneering medical students, saying:


“You are the pioneering class of AUP College of Medicine.  He has called each one of you in such a time as this.  Today we stand on the silvery light of the road that stretches before us. There will be twists and turns ahead, and as pioneer students, I ask you for your patience because there will be mistakes when something is done for the first time. But keep in mind, you are pioneers and you are blazing the way. After 35 years from now, you will be looking back and you will say, ‘I was part of the pioneering class.’ And you have stories to tell…”


The felicitations were overwhelming. Commendations and congratulatory messages reverberate throughout the program.  Among those who gave their felicitation include Pastor Leonardo Asoy (SSD President), Representative of Hon. Jon Vic Remulla (Governor of Cavite), Representative of Hon. Omil Poblete (Silang, Cavite Mayor), Dr. Emmylou Yanga (CHED Region IV-A Director), Pastor Nepthali Manez (NPUC President), Dr. Ramoncito Magnaye (Batangas Medical Center Chief), Dr. Salcor Quines (EASNAC President), Dr. Elmer Bangloy (AWESNA President). On the other hand, Dr. Robert Borromeo, AUP VP Finance, presented the financial report for the COM project.


The most remarkable part of the program was the first white coat ceremony for the first batch of AUP COM. Dr. Roger Hadley, Dean, Loma Linda University School of Medicine gave his meaningful insight about white coat ceremony. He was formally introduced by Dr. Bibly Macaya, President of Adventist Medical Center Manila. “White coat means trust, competence, empathy, and hope.” Dr. Hadley explained. “For a doctor, it means privilege to serve. In the eyes of patients, white coat means taking ownership of their problems.  That their needs will supersede your needs. And you remain diligent in providing service for your patients. Because one wrong action on your part could take away the trust forever,” Hadley emphasized.


Dr. Jan Idalyne Carbajal, Department Chair of AUP COM officially introduced the pioneer class, following the ceremonial white coating. Leading the ceremony is Dr. Peter Landless, assisted by AUP COM administrative officers, namely: Dr. Demuel Berto, College Secretary; Dr. Bienvinido Tamano, Dept. Chair, and Dr. Prudencio Sta. Lucia, Jr., Academic Coordinator. The Christian Physician Oath was led by Dr. Linda Varona, Faculty. While Pastor Max Cadalig, AUP Advancement Office Director, led the Litany of Dedication.


The inaugural program ended with the dedicatory prayer of Dr. Peter Landless. Followed by the ceremonial ribbon-cutting and unveiling of the COM edifice and room markers. (RMB/DEVCOM)


 Sharing Time

Reva Lachica Moore

A Bank Account

         A few years ago, I read a story about an old woman living in a shack. She lived meagerly and often did not have food. One day, a minister visited her and saw her impoverished situation.

         As the minister chatted with the woman, his eyes suddenly focused on her shabby wall. On the wall were tacked small papers (money orders) with dollar amounts. The minister was puzzled and asked, “Did you not know what these are? These are money orders sent to you. You could have cashed them and did not have to live like this.”

         Needless to say, the old woman had no idea that the papers she had received in the mail were money she could have put in a bank and used on whatever she needed.

         Not everyone has a bank account, much more a hefty one. If we all did, there will be no poor folks on this earth. Imagine if someone left you a huge inheritance – a bank account that keeps making money for you for the rest of your life. That would be awesome, right?

         However, I am not talking about a money bank account. I am talking about a bank account that you can tap into many times a day, or whenever you have a need. A bank account that was given for you to use. A bank account you cannot exhaust. I’m talking about PRAYER.

         A friend lamented the other day about losing his cool and blowing up over a simple misunderstanding he had with his wife. “It was really bad! I lost it!” he said.

         Quite concerned, I asked, “How is your prayer life? When you started to feel it coming, did you send out a quick prayer right away?” In the past, he told me he was able to pray on the spot and things would get better instantly. He answered, “No. I’ve slacked off in my prayer life.”

         “Let me tell you, if I knew then what I know now, I would have been a better person and not get upset over trivial things. How about trying my method?” I asked my friend.

         It isn’t easy to think about “praying” during disagreements since we easily get hurt. We tend to have a “fight or flight” response. Depression usually sets in and we either fight back, or mope, or give up. If we can only tap into our prayer bank account, problems will have better outcomes.

         Two months ago, on our way to West Virginia, my husband and I received bad news. Our little granddaughter fell off the bed and cried for a long time so her father took her to the “After Hours” clinic. Prayers went to heaven right away. Two hours later, we learned that she broke her arm and needed a cast. I had to tap into my bank account (prayer) and pleaded with God for fast healing. God heard our pleas. A cast was not needed, and 3 weeks later, the fracture was healed. It could have been worse had I not tapped into my “prayer” bank account.

         It is natural for us to pray only when life gets very difficult - when we are at our rope’s end and have no other options. It seems prayer is our last resort. However, I believe that prayer should be our first and only option because there is Power behind each prayer.

         It feels good to have someone (another party) to talk to about our relationship problems. It makes us feel good. We like to hear a voice of agreement and hear comforting words. However, our action could end up as “gossiping,” which is wrong. If we could talk only to God about our problems, He will hear us and fix them. Although, if we want God to hear us, we have to give Him our hearts and ask for forgiveness of our sins. We have to ask Him daily to recreate us through the workings of the Holy Spirit.

         I have had experienced the goodness of God innumerable times and so, when problems arise, I just tap into my prayer bank account and talk to God about them.

         We each have a bank account that we can withdraw from anytime we need to. Those who are not taking advantage of this bank account are truly missing out. Every day, I withdraw small and big amounts from my bank account of prayer. I learned that it can never be depleted. It is always there each time I need to withdraw from it. There are times when I do not withdraw but just check it and acknowledged and give praises and thanks to the One who gave it to me.

         Isaiah 59:1-2: Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear .




  Benny’s Corner

"Benjamin Banaag" <>

 Friends , don't look down!

Psalms 98:1 O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.

Years ago, a young sailor went to sea for the first time. Not long after setting sail his ship encountered a heavy storm and the sailor was commanded to go aloft and trim the sails. About three quarters of the way up, the young sailor made the mistake of looking down. The roll of the ship combined with the tossing of the waves made for a frightening experience. The young man started to lose his balance. At that moment, an older sailor underneath him shouted, "Look up, son! Look up!" The young sailor did as he said -- he looked up, and regained his balance.

Similarly, when our focus is on the circumstances that we face, the waves of life, we can easily lose our balance and our direction. But when we change our focus and simply "look up", our internal spiritual compass fixed on the Lord will restore our stability, and enable us to finish the assignments we’ve been given and get to the top! 

Friends, are you feeling unstable today? Look up! The Lord will steady you. Heaven is your goal and God will provide the power and direction to bring you safely there! "Keep looking up!" as the song says.

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

Kuya Benny



Prayer for AUP and Alumni

Charles Fegarido


Romans 2:12-17, NLT, All caps added

12 When the Gentiles sin, they will be destroyed, even though they never had God’s written law. And the Jews, who do have God’s law, will be judged by that law when they fail to [OBEY] it. 13 For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is [OBEYING] the law that makes us right in his sight. 14 Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively [OBEY] it, even without having heard it. 15 They [DEMONSTRATE] that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. 16 And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.

Let's PrayEternal Father in heaven,

1.Thank You for sending Your Eternal Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to free us from the penalty of sinning and breaking Your Ten Commandments of love, so that You can freely and graciously declare that we are righteous. Thank You that we can be made right in Your eyes, when we truly BELIEVE that Christ sacrificed his life and shed his blood for us (Rom. 3:24-25). Please write our Lord Jesus' Law in our hearts, and by His grace, demonstrate our faithful heart-obedience Of His wonderful Law of love. Teach us daily to be humble and to rely only in His divine strength for overcoming our evil desires and nature. In these closing days of earth’s history, help us to become more and more like our Lord Jesus in character, thinking, speech, and action; and in our love and unity for one another in His church, and in caring for others, especially the poor and needy.

2. Thank You that we can come boldly to His throne of grace (Heb. 4:16) and DAILY receive the Holy Spirit’s power to become Your chosen people, Your royal priests, a holy nation, and Your very own possession (1 Pet. 2:9) showing others Your goodness and interceding on behalf of our children, grandchildren, relatives, friends, neighbors, communities, and nation. 

3. Thank You for life, health, and spiritual and material blessings for all alumni, AUP members, and our families. Help us not to take these blessings for granted, but to humbly acknowledge that ALL these gifts come from You because You love us dearly. Give us grateful hearts to demonstrate our thankfulness for Your blessings by sharing these with the poor among us.

4. Please DAILY protect all our Alumni, AUP Members, families, and loved ones from accidents, natural disasters, and violence as they go to school, work, or play. Help us financially as we invest in our children and grand children's eternal future by sending them to Your Christian schools (or home-schooling), where they will experience a personal and saving relationship with our Lord Jesus and remain faithful to Him, His Word, and His Church.

5. We pray for our dear AUP alumni, AUP members, and families, who are grieving the loss of loved ones who recently passed away, and for those still with pain in their hearts these many years. You know these dear families and their emotional and spiritual needs. Please send Your Holy Spirit to personally comfort each grieving family member. Strengthen them with the sure promise of our Lord Jesus in 1 Thes. 4:16-17, that we will see and join our loved ones, who precede us in death, on that great Resurrection morning.

6. We pray for all our alumni, who are sick, troubled, and having health problems, whether at home or in hospitals. Please ease their pain, suffering, and loneliness. Grant them physical and emotional healing according to Your will so that our Lord Jesus' name may be exalted. Bless those who have problems at work and financial difficulties trying to make ends meet; give them assurances that our Lord Jesus will provide their daily bread.

7. Give us divine wisdom to choose healthy habits and lifestyle (as in "NEWSTART"). Help us to: eat a healthy diet of fruits, nuts, grains, legumes and vegetables; do healthy walking exercises; be temperate in the things we do, eat and drink; and partake lots of pure water, sunshine, air, and rest. Help us to continue avoiding meat, dairy products, and other substances detrimental to our health so we may live longer and glorify our Lord by telling others of His saving grace.

8. Bless our celebration this week, August 7-9, 2015 for the Inaugural term of our College of Medicine (AUP-COM), that our Lord Jesus name will be lifted up, that our first Freshmen group of medical students will continue to serve Him to be medical missionaries to the sick, the poor, and the needy in the Philippines and all over the world. With His grace, help us all, Alumni, AUP Members, and friends, to boldly move forward united in the financial and prayerful support of our new COM. Also bless our AUP administrators, teachers, students, AUP workers in their daily tasks and activities. We pray for a peaceful and joyous atmosphere, harmonious working relationships, and financial prosperity for all departments and occupants in our campus.


Health Corner                                    

Edited by Romi Talento,

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Recipe’s link: Vegetarian, Best Ever Vegetable Recipesby Bay Books

(Editor’s Note: The week, we will start on a new topic: The Human Brain, the mind and intelligence. For starters, we will look at the features and structures of the human brain.)  

  The Human Brain

Features. The human brain is the main organ of the human nervous system. It is located in the head, protected by the skull. It has the same general structure as the brains of other mammals, but with a more developed cerebral cortex. Large animals such as whales and elephants have larger brains in absolute terms, but when measured using a measure of relative brain size, which compensates for body size, the quotient for the human brain is almost twice as large as that of a bottlenose dolphin, and three times as large as that of a chimpanzee. Much of the size of the human brain comes from the cerebral cortex, especially the frontal lobes, which are associated with executive functions such as self-control, planning, reasoning, and abstract thought. The area of the cerebral cortex devoted to vision, the visual cortex, is also greatly enlarged in humans compared to other animals.