DR. ISRAEL BACTOL

BY GELMARK OLIVARES | COLLEAGUE

When I received the news about Doc B’s passing, I felt quite disheartened. Bigla kong naalala itong ginawa namin na short film 3 years ago for the hospital’s anniversary. This clip was an excerpt from the final draft I edited back then and si Doc yung isa sa mga ginawa namin na bida.

The whole film talks about the daily struggles of a healthcare worker. Everyday we put ourselves on the front line to treat our patients regardless kung ano man ang sakit and we sacrifice our own safety for the greater good.

Napalunok ako kasi hanggang sa dulo ng buhay mo, yun parin yung ginagawa mo. Saludo ako sa heart of service mo Doc! And to think na marami sa mga Doctors and Nurses (and other Healthcare Workers) ang ganito rin ang dedication nowadays amidst the battle of Covid-19 outbreak.

While saving people’s life, we put ourselves last. We tend to sacrifice everything – even our own health and our own family. Why? Because it’s our calling to help the people in need in this uncertain times.

This is a very challenging season for all of us. Pero laban parin tayo. You will be missed, Doc B. Thank you for your unending passion, hard work and extraordinary service. Thank you for being a good doctor and a good friend as well sa aming lahat.

Photo taken from the Facebook page of Israel Bactol.

DR. ROSE PULIDO

BY MOB BRIONES | FORMER PATIENT

Way back year 2007, you were my oncologist doctor at UST. You treated me for almost two years. Six months of chemo sessions, one year of trial study, and months of follow up and check up.

Those months and years of treatment were very difficult and depressing. But you made it easy for me. You are a very kind and loving doctor. You always have a ready smile. You laugh a lot. Your smile and laugh are very contagious.

That’s the reason why I finished my trial study happily. You vanished my fears by giving me strength to fight my cancer. God wonderfully made you as an instrument, not only to cure me of my illness but also to care for other patients. You touched our lives, and I am very grateful to you, Doctora Rose Pulido.

I will never forget you because you my hero. Salamat sa pagmamahal. Rest now, doctora, in the hands of our Lord. My heartfelt condolences to the Pulido family.

Photo taken from the Facebook page of Rose Pulido.

DR. GREG MACASAET

BY A.D.D. | COLLEAGUE

Such a great loss for the ORC. No more “good morning, good morning!” greetings would ever be heard again. Nor a pair of white (his preference) latex gloves that we used to serve him when he got geta cases. He has the kindest heart in giving his meals to his circulating nurses after a tiring operation.

For these all, we appreciate you, Doc Mac. You’ll be missed by the Operating Room Complex-Manila Doctors Hospital. And to the other deceased doctors, we thank you for the selfless acts.Photo taken from the Facebook page of Evalyn Macasaet.

DR. RAUL DIAZ JARA

BY PHILIPPINE HEART ASSOCIATION

It is with profound sadness that we announce the loss of one of the great pillars of Cardiology, PHA Past President Dr Raul Diaz Jara. He was a great father, teacher, mentor, poet, author, singer, colleague, friend.

One who has spent his life teaching. One who never got tired to impart knowledge and wisdom. One who made you sweat as he bombards you with questions but would suddenly make you feel at ease as he breaks into a smile.

Each trainee he encountered and had taught always has a story to tell about him. Rest in peace Dr Jara as we remember you in our hearts and the teachings you have imparted to us. We deeply mourn for your loss but we want this more to be a celebration of your life. Philippine Cardiology will not be the same without you.Photo taken from the Facebook page of Philippine Heart Association.

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