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Highlights of the 41st PDS Annual Convention
By Carolina A. Carpio, MD, FPDS
The recently concluded 41st Annual Convention was a true collaboration from two long-time societal friends in the vast world of dermatological societies, the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS) and the International Society of Dermatology (ISD). Aptly themed, “Conquering Diversity: Joining Forces in the Advancement of Dermatology”, the convention was held at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel last November 7-9, 2018.
WELCOME CEREMONIES, MEMORIAL LECTURE & THE SKIN MUSEUM OPENING. The Traditional March of our esteemed PDS officers and Board of Directors, Heads and Chairs of PDS institutions and PDS Chapters, marked the commencement of the convention.
The very “Welcoming” messages from the Presidents of the two societies, Dr. Ma. Angela Medina-Lavadia of the PDS and Dr. George Terry Reizner of the ISD together with that of Dr. Ma.Purita Paz-Lao, Vice-president and Over-all Convention Chair, officially opened the annual conference.
“The Dermatology I Know”, delivered by this year’s Perpetuo Gutierrez Memorial Lecturer, Dr. Filomena Legarda-Montinola, enthralled the listeners, as she journeyed back in time and delighted the audience with her anecdotal experiences, memoirs and lessons learned.
The SKIN MUSEUM was also formally opened by the PDS Officers and Board Members at the SM Megamall, with the ISD Officers and international speakers bearing witness to this PDS project meant for public awareness and consumption.
CONVENTION PROPER. For three days, the delegates were immersed with a broad range of interesting topics from Male Aesthetics, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatologic Potpourri and Pearls and Professional Development. The society was honored by the presence of brilliant local and foreign speakers. ISD was represented not only by its President, Dr. Reizner, but also by its Executive Vice President, Dr. Marcia Ramos-e-Silva, Secretary-general, Dr. Nellie Konnikov, and Immediate Past President, Dr. Evangeline B. Handog, all of whom delivered talks on their fields of expertise. The other foreign speakers who graced our conference were Dr. Pin-Chi Chiu, Chair of the Department of Dermatology of the National Taiwan University and Dr. David Luk Chi Kang, President of the Hong Kong Paediatric Society and of the Hong Kong Paediatric & Adolescent Dermatology Society.
Our partners from the pharmaceutical industry also paved the way to several symposia on cosmetic dermatology, lasers and dermatologic surgery.
FELLOWSHIP NIGHT. A PDS Fellowship Night is a celebration not to be missed. For this year, it was another commemoration of our cultural heritage celebrated with songs, dances and local delicacies. It was indeed a feast for the senses! Delegates and guests, in their best modern Filipiniana attire, filled the entire ballroom! Multi-talented students from the Philippine High School for the Arts based in Mount Makiling, Laguna indulged everyone to a night of wonderful music and graceful balletic dances. Topping the performances, however, were several gifted PDS members who surprised the audience with their marvelous song, dance, and instrumental numbers! This celebration marked another unforgettable comradeship among the society members and its friends.