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Nurse Kath, Becoming Who She Is

by: Abigail Sabido | July 6, 2019 | Culture ,VA Stories
As soon as a nurse finishes school, they have to take on a supporting role in their family. Hospitals have an oversupply of nurses so there aren’t many paid positions available in the country. That’s why Kathrina looked for other professional areas before deciding to pursue a nursing career. Different Jobs; Same Goal In the…

Iloilo City: From Textiles to BPO Services

by: Rey Palmares | June 28, 2019 | Culture
Iloilo City is quickly growing to be an industrial center in the Philippines. The Business Process Outsourcing industry has flourished over the years through proper governance, marketing, and private-public partnerships. Last 2016, Iloilo City was established as a hub for Information-Technology Business Process Management operations by the Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department…

Rainy Season Trivia: The Filipino Love for Kulambo

by: Abigail Sabido | June 15, 2019 | Culture
Countries in the northern hemisphere now enjoy warm days of summer. But in the Philippines, June is the onset of the wet season that lasts until October. Other than typhoons, flooded streets, and damp laundry, mosquitoes are major rainy-day woe. Dengue is a fatal disease and cases usually spike in the rainy months. The Department…

The ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Medical Practitioners and its Impacts

by: Rey Palmares | June 3, 2019 | Culture
Since the Philippines was integrated into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2015, there have been significant improvements to its healthcare system. This is largely due to an important document entitled the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Medical Practitioners. The concord serves as a binding treaty among the members of the ASEAN. Ratified…

Meet Your VMA: Nurse Jelmar, Answering the Call to Action

by: Abigail Sabido | May 31, 2019 | VA Stories
Nurse Jelmar witnessed  the glaring reality in his city’s slum areas. He has resources: time, knowledge, and equally concerned peers. He knew he could do something. The Call to Action While it’s a highly urbanized city, Iloilo (where our VMAs are based) has depressed areas that show the disparity between progress and poverty. People in…

The Mangoes of Guimaras

by: Rey Palmares | May 24, 2019 | Culture
Guimaras Island is recognized as the Mango Capital of the Philippines, farming and researching export quality mangoes for the past several decades. Alongside this, a rich and storied culture has flourished, including  The Manggahan Festival celebrated in May. Directly translated as The Mango Festival, it is a cheery event that means much to the locals.…

Meet Your VMA: Nurse Rey, Man with a Mission

by: Abigail Sabido | May 23, 2019 | VA Stories
Sharing the same story with many nurses in the Philippines, Rey entered nursing school though it was his last option. It’s common for Filipinos to be forced by folks to take up nursing. But his was a story of liberty to choose the course of his choice, on one condition: abandon his military ambition. It…

Meet Your VMA: A Look Into the Lives of Our VMAs

by: Abigail Sabido | May 20, 2019 | VA Stories
We owe our success to the diverse and dynamic Virtual Medical Assistants that make up the bulk of our staff. In a series of articles, we are highlighting their stories and celebrating their lives. Here is a preview to some of them: Nurse Irish "On my days off, I supervise my online business. It started…

Nurses’ Week: Nurse Alexa, in the Service of Others

by: Abigail Sabido | May 11, 2019 | VA Stories
May 12 is International Nurses Day, which culminates the International Nurses Week, celebrating one of the most trusted professions in the world. To make it far in nursing entails commitment, compassion, and a bunch of stories to tell in the unconditional service of others. Our Virtual Medical Assistants (VMAs) also have their own experiences during…

Filipino Treats to Beat the Summer Heat

by: Abigail Sabido | May 1, 2019 | Culture
It’s hot in the Philippines all year and it only gets even hotter comes summer. Going to the beach, taking a dip in the pool, or going somewhere cool might be the brightest ideas to deal with the sweltering heat. But for Filipinos, summer will never be complete without these thirst-quenching, traditional treats. Halo-halo Halo-halo…