ABOUT US               MISSION               HOME                 EVENTS               PROJECTS             SERVICES                      CONTACT US        

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Let Their Voices be Heard : World Ostomy Day Celebration

Six-months of caring from the moment we discovered that she was already suffering from the disease at its final stage,   I was able to kiss her in the forehead and whispered to her ears: “you have to rest now”  . . .  its time to say goodbye.  It was the last time I kissed my Mother.   It was an agonizing experience, which I hope others shall not suffer, especially the children and for those who survived, we only hope that they are being taken care of by their love ones celebrating life by letting their voices be heard. It is very difficult to let go your love ones.  We owe to them and to God our talent, which we must share for others to appreciate that life  is still worth living.  Although we might have not enough of what we have, it is the essence of sharing what we can, for others to appreciate the meaning of living and the true meaning of loving and caring.  


Thursday, 4 October 2012


(From left: Greg Oculto, President, Ostomate Association of the Philippines (OAP); Luningning Siarez, President Stoma Nurses Core Group; Dr. Ramy Roxas, President of the Philippine Society of Colorectal Surgeons and the Asean Society of Colorectal Surgeons; Dra. Rachel Rosario, Executive Director and Romy Marcaida, Director, Philippine Cancer Society; Lolly Acosta, Moderator, Balitaan sa Aloha Hotel; and, Colorectal Cancer Survivor, Fernando Lazaro, Vice-President, OAP) 

Colorectal Cancer is now plaguing our country! Who are these people we call Ostomates? “The truth shall set us free”, said Lolly Acosta during her opening statement at the forum. In furtherance of its mission, the Philippine Cancer Society and Balitaan Sa Aloha Hotel in a joint project, launched a quad media, i.e., television, radio, print and the internet, campaign to advocate for the eradication of Colorectal cancer in the country on October 3, 2012, in celebration of the World Ostomy Day on October 6, 2012.

“Statistics shows that Colorectal Cancer is the third leading cancer in the Philippines today. Consequently, pursuant to the mission of the Philippine Cancer Society, there is a need for the society to disseminate information concerning the disease to lessen if not totally eradicate all kinds of cancer in our country”, said Dra. Rachel Rosario of the Philippine Cancer Society, the lead convenor of the forum at Balitaan sa Aloha Hotel on October 3, 2012.  

 “Colorectal Cancer is one of the most common cancer in the world today and the number of those suffering from the disease is growing, said Dr. Ramy Roxas, President of the Philippine Society of Colorectal Surgeons and the Asean Society of Colorectal Surgeons. “Data gathered by the Philippine Cancer Society shows that the survival rate of those suffering from the said illness in our country is only forty percent (40%), while those in the  United States is more than  60%”, said Dr. Roxas. He further added that, “the disease can be eliminated if earlier detected and curable”.

And what are the remedies?   Hear it from them personally.  Join us in our Talakayan at Balitaan sa Aloha: