LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – A daughter of a former governor of Pangasinan was in awe on her recent visit to the Pangasinan Capitol, which served as her family’s second home few decades back.
“Impressive. Renovations are amazing,” enthused Dr. Grace Duque-Dizon, daughter of former governor Francisco Duque, Jr. while touring around the Urduja House, the official residence of the governor, on February 6.
Recounting the good old days, the awe-strucked Dr. Grace, a member of the University of the Philippines – Medical Alumni Society in America (UP-MASA), said: “The Urduja House was like a mansion then, now it’s a palace.”
In her journey back to her home province, the United States–based medical doctor was with her fellows from the UP – MASA and its partner, Ugnayan ng Pahinungod (UNP), the official volunteer organization of UP.
Executives of the UP – MASA and UNP, who were welcomed to the Capitol by a team led by 4th district Board Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario and Provincial Administrator Nimrod Camba, have expressed intent to conduct a medical, surgical and dental mission by the first quarter next year.
In a letter sent to Governor Amado I. Espino, III on February 4, Dr. Glenn Batiller, UP – MASA Chairperson, stated their intent to conduct the said humanitarian mission next year, particularly eyeing Bolinao and Alaminos City as target areas.
“The UP – MASA and UNP would like to conduct a medical, surgical and dental mission for the benefit of the indigent residents of Bolinao, Alaminos and the surrounding towns in February 2019,” the letter reads.
The team conducts humanitarian mission, performing general, pediatric and plastic surgeries for the past 23 years all over the Philippines.
Also present during the preliminary meeting between the provincial government and the UP – MASA and its partner, UNP, which was held at the Governor’s Office were: Executive Assistant Ramon Morden, Chief Administrative Officer Irmina Francisco, Senior Tourism Operations Officer Marife Acerit, Western Pangasinan District Hospital Chief Susan Merino, UP – MASA Past Chairman Val Dolorico, Dr. Edith Oliva, and UNP Coordinators Jovel Dacumos and Naomi Ramirez.
/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca
SENTIMENTAL VISIT TO A SECOND HOME Dr. Grace Duque-Dizon (2nd from left), daughter of former Pangasinan Governor Francisco Duque, Jr (left photo), listens to Jenny Joy Napolitano (left), a tour guide from the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, during a short tour at the Urduja House — the edifice which served as second home of the Duque family few decades back. A medical doctor based in the United States, Dr. Grace was with Dr. Edith Oliva (2nd from right), Val Dolorico (right), Past Chairman of the University of the Philippines – Medical Alumni Society in America (UP-MASA), and UP-MASA present chairperson, Dr. Glenn Batiller (not in photo) during the visit at the Pangasinan Capitol. UP-MASA executives (right photo) flash the Pangasinan number one sign along with a team from the provincial government led by 4th district Board Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario (6th from right) and Provincial Administrator Nimrod S. Camba (2nd from left) who welcomed them at the Capitol during their visit on February 6. /Photo by SGReyes/MGNO