Philippine Dermatological Society

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Raisa Celine Rosete, Val Constantine Cua, Jay-V James Barit, & Winlove P. Mojica, MD, FPDS


NOW: Connecting the Timeless and Timely in DermatologyUP-PGH Dermatology 25th Postgraduate Course


May 8, 2019


Makati Diamond Residences


Jolene Kristine G. Gatmaitan-Dumlao, MD, FPDS

Welcome Remarks

Winlove P. Mojica, MD, FPDS


Belen L. Dofitas, MD, FPDS
Edsel Maurice T. Salvaña, MD, FPCP, DTM&H, FIDSA
Maria Christina Filomena R. Batac, MD, FPDS
Winlove P. Mojica, MD, FPDS
Iris Thiele Isip-Tan, MD, MSc, FPCP, FPSEM
Arunee H. Siripunvarapon, MD, FPDS
Evelyn R. Gonzaga, MD, FPDS
Cynthia P. Ciriaco-Tan, MD, FPDS
Ma. Socorro W. Toledo, MD, FPDS
Ma. Lorna F. Frez, MD, FPDS
Ma. Gia B. Sison, MD, DPCOM
Chandra Meghrajani-Co, MD, FPDS
Francisco DC. Roa, MD, FPDS
Michael L. Tee, MD, MHPEd, MBA
Hanna E. Lucero-Orillaza, MD, FPDS
Eileen Liesl A. Cubillan, MD, FPDS

Total Number of Attendees

230 Attendees


The University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital Section of Dermatology, in cooperation with the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS), hosted its 25th Postgraduate Course last May 8, 2019 entitled “NOW: Connecting the Timeless and Timely in Dermatology” at the Legaspi Hall, Makati Diamond Residences. Dr. Winlove Mojica heads the course for the second year as part of the preparations for the Section’s centennial celebrations.

The course was divided into seven sessions exploring a diverse set of topics, ranging from well-established but less-utilized drugs in dermatology to new technology that can be used by dermatologists in their clinics. For instance, in her lecture entitled “At Your Fingertips”, Dr. Arunee H. Siripunvarapon presented numerous mobile applications that could reinvent the way we conduct our clinical consultations. Emerging issues with a global impact such as antibiotic resistance was addressed in the lecture of Dr. Edsel T. Salvaña entitled “The Plaque of a New Era.” Dr. Chandra Meghrajani-Co shed light on how we can practice environmental responsibility in her lecture “Developing a Green Practice.” The day was capped off by the lecture of the UP-PGH Chief of Section Dr. Eileen A. Cubillan, “Weeding Through Controversy”, an eye-opening discourse on the therapeutic utility of topical cannabis in dermatology.

The UP-PGH Section of Dermatology remains true to its promise of being relevant to the needs of the society and  “NOW: Connecting the Timeless and Timely in Dermatology” continues the Section’s legacy of excellence in medical dermatology.

Figure 1. Dr. Gia Sison, a breast cancer survivor and host of CNN’s G talks, gave an inspiring and enlightening talk on the value of introspection.


Figure 2. Dr. Tin Batac discussed the role of the fungal microbiome in preserving our health. Here she tells a story about restoring balance in a forest with the reintroduction of wolves.


Figure 3. The UP-PGH Section of Dermatology consultants, residents, fellows, and alumni after the event.


Skin Contact Pearls

  • Zero waste: a principle for lessening environmental impact by being mindful of your choices, wherein whatever you produce or consume does not have waste as an end product; simplified into 5 Rs: refuse (single use plastic), reduce (mindful consumption), reuse, recycle, and rot (composting).
  • The Journey to End AIDS in 2030: Dermatologists can immensely contribute to the success of the Fast Track Strategy by detecting cutaneous manifestations of HIV prior to progression to  AIDS. In doing so, the Philippines may hopefully reach its 90-90-90 targets, which is 90 of those with HIV know their diagnosis, 90% of those who know their diagnosis are linked to care meaning they are taking ARVs, and 90% of those taking ARVs are virally-suppressed.
  • Tetrahydrocannabinol is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis and is associated with the sensation of getting “high.” This “high” is due to the fact that THC is not degraded by human enzymes. In comparison, anandamide, a cannabinoid inherently found in the body, does not produce the same high because it quickly undergoes enzymatic degradation. This may be a pathway to use cannabinoids in topical therapy in Dermatology. The type and amount of cannabinoids a product contains dictates its ability to treat certain ailments as well as its potential for abuse.