The 4 Best People You Will Meet in Your Medicine Journey

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You do not journey in this path alone – that’s a fact. But the great news is, on your way to becoming the Doctor you’ve always dreamt to be, you will always meet a couple of riveting people– those that will impact positive changes in your life. They come in different forms, I assure you, but almost always, they have a common goal in mind – and that is, to bring out the best in you as you tread on this path of becoming a better doctor.

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12 Realizations on My First Month of Residency


Batch love: Marian, Chennie, Me, Donnah, Ikay

It’s January 27, 2019, meaning, I have only been officially 27 days into my Residency Training, yet it has been overwhelmingly crazy for a noob like me.

I’ve come up with a Passion Project to monthly document the little wins and losses of my Residency. And to start with this month: Here are 12 Realizations On My (Almost!) First Month of Residency: Continue reading

2018 Closing Remarks

To Mon of 2018To Monica of 2018,

This is the year you became a Doctor. Officially.

You will look back at this year as the year you legitimately became the 11th doctor of the family. There’s Lolo Mando, Tito Biyong, Tito Joe, Tita Ciony, Kuya Mark, Kuya Clyde, Ate Iris, Ate Hanisah, Aaron, Justine, then you. The struggle to find your own niche will take its toll but the people before you shall stand as your North Stars – they’re there to shed light on your unchartered path. Look up to them.

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Viva La Manika x Moni


For anyone who knows me so well, it already goes without saying that I love art so much.  At the end of the day, when the World of Medicine gets a bit too cold, making art or staring at one has become my burning furnace. I have channelled all possible human emotions (rage, depression, ectsasy, anxiety, bereavement, love… everything!) into collages, illustrations, poetry, blogging, practically anything that needs the inner workings of my right brain.  To oversimplify this, I have survived one too many ordeal because of art.

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PLE protips, finally


Digital illustration by: Monica Cope

I made a deal with myself that as soon as I pass the board exams, I will be duty-bound to give the blessings right back where they are due. And by giving back, I meant helping other future board-takers tread the path of the most awaited, most dreaded, and most anticipated examination in a med student’s life – the Physician’s Licensure Examination (PLE).

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