Reignite The Fire! Batch ’83 visits the AFP Medical Center

by Richard Sy-Facunda (XS '83)

We live in a society sheltered in a bubble. We get up every morning, go to work, come home in the evening and enjoy the food and the comfortable life. We are a generation where war is but a computer game, a figment of our imagination. Can you envisage what our battle-scared brothers have gone through to protect that safety net we live in?

Xavier School Batch 83 Foundation took time out to visit the wounded soldiers at the AFP Medical Center at V. Luna, Quezon City last December 10. The AFP Medical Center is a government hospital where all the heavily injured soldiers from all over the Philippines are treated. A Christmas gift giving event together with a program of song, with the participation of the Thomasian Chamber Choir, and a dance number from the hospital’s nursing staff were presented. After the program at the auditorium, XS ’83 officers led by Sec-Gen Richard Sy-Facunda, incoming President Jojo Nolasco, Vice President Everson Go Tian, Allan Cotaoco and their respective families visited the bed-ridden soldiers in the different wards. Allyn Go Tian, wife of VP Everson Go Tian, and Administrative Assistant for the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) of Xavier School, even got to interview a couple of soldiers and inquire about their status.

Together with Brigadier General Edwin Torrelavega, Commander of the AFP Health Service, and our very own Brigadier General Peter Suchianco, we inspected the facilities of the hospital, in particular the beds that are in dire need of replacement. BGen. Torrelavega said that only 500 beds have been replaced in this 1200-bed hospital through the initiative of BGen Peter Suchianco. I also noted that most of the rooms in the hospital are not air-conditioned and the families have to bring their own electric fans. The MRI machine of the hospital is new – surprising, for a facility that relies so much on information it can give to save a life.

It was heart wrenching, to say the least. This serendipitous occasion, however, has reignited a fire within us – that Ignatian spirit ! Let this be a moral compass to other Xavier alumni. Wake up! It’s time we do our share.

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