A decade of service worldwide


Davao City, PH (18 April 2015) – Ateneo de Davao Univcersity’s pioneering batch in Nursing celebrated a decade of health care services that knew no boundaries–a hallmark of the Jesuit education that has been the strong foundation and moving spirit of Batch 2005.

The 10th Year Anniversary celebration of the Nursing Pioneers with the theme “Pioneers 2005: A decade of Service Worldwide” kicked off on April 10 with a charity event. The Pioneers converged at the break of day at McDonald’s Bajada for a breakfast meeting before proceeding to a motorcade that snaked through the city’s main thoroughfares.
First stop was the Archdiocesan Nourishment Center (ANC) where a mass was celebrated by ANC founder and spiritual director Msgr. Paul Cuison. At the center, the ANC children were treated to entertainment and sumptuous lunch courtesy of McDonald’s Davao. The event was graced by McDonald’s mascots who engaged the kids with intimate meet and greet as well as fun-filled games and entertainment witnessed by ADDU School of Nursing Dean Dr. Patria V. Manalaysay.

There were also health teachings and handover of school supplies, shoes and bags from Crocs Australia thru the initiative of the Alumni President, Ms. Mae Sia who’s based in Sydney.

Next stop was the drop off of donations to IPMB formerly known as Davao Mental Hospital followed by the turnover of play area project at the House of Hope at the Southern Philippines Medical Center. SPMC Chief Nurse, Mrs. Vilma Comoda, RN, MAN represented the hospital for the play area project launching at the House of Hope, the McDonald’s mascots provided fun and games while the center’s patients were treated to McDonald’s meals and were given toys as well.

After the day-long charity event, the Pioneers rolled up their sleeves and let their hair down on Day 2 for the Denim and White Ball at the Apo View Hotel’s Top of the Apo.
The Ball was graced by Dr. Patria V. Manalaysay, ADDU Alumni Affairs Director Fr. Renato C. Ocampo and ADDU Senior High Director, Ricardo Enriquez who gave the inspirational message. Jonicel Tiu-Caralos RN, offered the opening prayer while Batch president, Mae Cathleen Sia RN, formally welcomed everyone and showed an AVP presentation of the Pioneers.

Dr. Manalaysay gave her message with an AVP clip on the topic “Charity Event: To give love, to care and to be men for others.”

Significantly, the Ball was highlighted with the launching of the Ateneo Nursing Alumni Association Inc. by Marie Joyce Gacon RN, Leianne Ancheta RN, and Jigger Givela RN. The formal passing of the key of responsibility was then turned over to Batch 2006 representative Jap Dureza Aldevera RN.

Testimonials were given by Paolo Cadalzo RN, Ma. Wella Chiu RN, Dichl Adanza RN, Marwitz Baldeo RN and Cesar Balan Jr. RN led the fellowship toast and as the night wore on, the party turned up the heat with DJ Torch Gacuma providing the beats while alumni Jaja Jimenez RN and Angelica Porticos RN belted some tunes. The program was hosted by Melba Irene Gabuya RN MN, and Noeh Jani RN MN.

The ANAAI Interim Board of Directors were Mae Cathleen Sia, Ma. Wella Chiu, Noeh Jani, Nicel Tiu-Caralos, Joan Sia, Leianne Ancheta, Marianne Lorico Martinez, Paolo Roberto Cadalzo, Alalaine Viduya-Martin and Angela Rovie Villareal.

The International Point Persons are Gladiola Perez (Australia), Jackie Batuigas (Canada), Ivan Jeric Digamon (Europe), Christella Dae Julian-Tenebre (Japan), Jomarie ANN Climaco Moran (KSA), Melissa Tan Yu (New Zealand), Caezar Jay Mamburam (Norway), Alalaine Martin (Philippines), Louise Ann Dolor-Dicaleng (Singapore), Tina Obero Carracedo (UAE) and  Maricirs Carr-Aballe (USA).

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