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Bisaya Medical Association Welcome Party!
Written by:  May T. Mediano
October 18, 2008

Bisaya Medical Association’s 11th Annual Convention had its welcome night party in Arcadia, CA sponsored by Dr. Felipe and Erlinda Chu at their sprawling residence in Arcadia, CA.  This homecoming event, organized by Dr. Lorenz Alaan gathered “Bisaya” doctors from all over US and visiting guests from the Philippines whom were mostly medical alumni of Southwestern University, Cebu City.  It was a festive night of Visayan colleagues in the profession, singing and dancing, exchanging pleasantries, business talk, and an array of so much food.  The night was a prelude to Saturday’s Luau and main event which was the induction of incoming officers by Guest Speaker Hon. Hilario G. Davide Jr., Philippine Ambassador to United Nations at the Pacific Palms Resort and Convention Center in City of Industry, CA.  BMA’s projects include scholarships, medical-surgical missions in Talisay, Dumaguete, Negros Oriental servicing the poorest of the poor.  Originally formed in Orlando, FL with a small group of doctors, it expanded to become a national organization composed of Bisaya doctors all over the US. 
Gathered at the welcome night party were:  Dr. Mel Allego (Florida), incumbent BMA President, Dr. Jun Raffinian (Florida), BMA past president 2003-2005, Dr. Lorenz Alaan (Los Angeles), Dr. Halbert Capuy (Georgia), Dr. Juvenal Jabel (Kansas), Dr. Leonardo Malalis (Chicago), Dr. Warren Gabrillo III (San Bernardino, CA), Dr. Maderietta Cortes (West Covina, CA), Dr. Belinda Ortega (West Covina, CA), Dr. Joe Arroyo (Florida), Dr. AC Velasquez (West Virginia), Dr. Mary Mancao Tabanera (Georgia), Dr. Anita Cal-Jackson (Temecula, CA), Dr. Lani Quevado (Glendale, CA), Dr Boy Daphne Taduran (Kansas), Dr. Jess Ho (Virginia), Dr. Rano Bofill (Florida), Dr. Ed Bernardo (Anaheim, CA). 

BMA’s lifetime membership fee is $200.  For information, please email BMA President Dr. Mel M. Allego at
Luau Lunch Event at Pacific Palms Resort & Convention, City of Industry, CA
Hon. Hilario Davide and wife, Mrs. Virginia “Gigi” P. Davide with Dr. Procopio Yanong, Dr. Gregoria Yanong and visiting doctors from all over US

L-R Mrs. Virginia "Gigi" P. Davide, Mrs. Lorenzo, Hon. Hilario Davide, Jr., Sec. Luis P. Lorenzo (Agriculture Secretary--2002-2004)
Seated: Mrs. Virginia "Gigi" P. Davide, Hon. Hilario Davide, Jr.
Standing: A guest with Drs. Procopio & Gregoria Yanong (from Chicago)
Mike Mediano with doctors from out of state
Dr. Belen Ortega, Dr. Maderietta Cortes, Dr. Boy & Daphne Taduran
Dr. Maderietta Cortes, Dr. Mel Allego & guests

Dr. Maderietta Cortes, May Mediano, Dr. Lani Quevado & Dr. Belen Ortega

Dr. Jun Raffinian (BMA Past President 2003-2005), Dr. Anita Cal-Jackson, Dr. Halbert Capuy, Dr. Lorenz Alaan

Dr. May Mancao-Tabanera, Dr. Warren Gabrillo III, Dr. A.C. Velasquez with Dr. Mel Allego & Dr. Lorenz Alaan

Dr. Mel Allego & Dr. Juvenal Jabel
Mike Mediano with Dr. Jess Ho

Private Tennis Court for a backyard (Arcadia, CA)

Dr. Mel Allego, Dr. Leonardo Malalis & Dr. Halbert Capuy
Mike Mediano with Fr. Fred Quevado
Video of the Dancing Doctors