Done And Gone


Last week for 4 days volunteers from PMSNEF, Inc,PMSNEF, Inc Auxiliary, Visayas Mindanao Association, Ilocano Association, Palm Coast Group and several other good hearted individuals came and spend their weekends helping load hospital beds, dialysis machines, surgical equipments, and medical supplies.With one truck and 2 trailers, we were able fill up 3 (40ft) container vans up to the brim.

Three  of the hired workers gave up on us on Sunday evening and thanks to the children of Drs. Patrick and Grace Bunyi for stepping into the plate. Kyle, Roman, Marie and their friend Ashley stayed with us up to late Sunday night and completed the work with a smile.

Thanks to Chris Ordonez who has always been with us since we started our Medical Mission in 2005. She drove a limping 26 ft Penske truck with a lift. The truck was so lame that it can only run up to 25 miles/hr  on I-10, 295 and 95 highways transporting the goods from the Westside farm of Roman Paje where we stored them for free to the parking lot of Patrick. The truck barely made it out at the backyard of Patrick. She complained to Penske with her South Georgia Farm lady manners and got a break. Instead of paying over $600 for the 4 day rent we paid $215.94.

The rainbow over the 3 container vans on the last afternoon made all our efforts worthwhile.

Dr. Francis Ong

New volunteers for the Cebu Medical Mission


I would like to introduce new volunteers for the Cebu Medical Mission.
Dr. Matthew and Mrs. Rebecca Barros from New York
Ms. Maya Flores from Jacksonville.
Dr. Eden Nuval from California
Attached is a photo of Michael and Deborah Byerly, avid supporters of our Medical missions and GK houses. They donated $250 for the Cebu Medical Mission.Mr. Greg and Rose Dimayuga donated $500.
The final accounting on the Pain Management Seminar held last month will be released when all payments are received from the sponsors. Dr. Bernard Canlas had a good program that was well attended and Memorial Hospital of Jacksonville expressed their interest to host it again next year.
Dr. Betty Mina is busy preparing for our 2nd fund raising event with our Hawaiian Night on July 25, 2015. We have wonderful Friday nights with the children and grandchildren rehearsing their dances with Ms Lally Ferro. If you have teenagers and younger ones (at least 5 yrs old) this is a fun activity for the summer. Also Joe and Rose Romero from West Virginia is our newest couple volunteers to the Cebu Medical Mission.

Share with the group any info about discounted airline fares to Manila or Cebu. international flights are available to both airports. Our mission date is Feb 7-14, 2016, Arriving and departing on a Sunday. But you can come earlier or depart later on your own schedule if you want to explore Cebu and other surrounding islands.
I would like to ask the hosts and the volunteers from Visayas to give us some ideas about places to visit and events happening around that time next year.
Let’s make this a Voluntourism Trip

Francis Ong

Pain Management Seminar

Dear Friends of the Mission,

I cannot wait to tell you the great news today. Dr, Bren  Canlas and his Florida Institute of Pain Medicine Staff conducted a good seminar for the whole day.
Dr. Mel Barros highlighted well the PMSNEF mission works and our Cebu Mission 2016. The estimated funds raised from today’s seminar is $15,000.
We also received the check of $1000 from the President of Read Philippines
Ms. Doreen Flippin.
Last night, we had a fun night with the children rehearsing their Hula dance for the Hawaiian Night for  July 25. We thank Ms Lally Ferro for the dancing lessons. This is
our second fund raising event.

Visayas Mindanao Association (VMA) Collaboration

Dear Friends of the Medical Mission,
For those who are just getting into the circle, The Medical Mission is in Cebu Island. This is one of the islands of Visayas in the middle part of the Philippines. This is the second largest city with lots of history. This will be on February 7-14. 2016. Be ready to spend your Valentine’s day in the mission.
JiJi Gullas one of our hosts in Cebu is visiting us in Jacksonville and has seen the equipments and supplies to be donated to the medical mission area. This may take 3-4 (40 ft) container vans to ship them. We have a continuing discussion with him and the rest of the team what are our needs. I am requesting that for our accomodations we need air-conditioned rooms and a hot shower. We are working with the Governor’s Office and the Rotary Club
Most of the communications and discussions will be done through the email. And when the team is being formed we will meet each other for those who can. We have volunteers from California and New York.
We would like to thank the donations of Drs. Ben & Virgie Samera ($1000), Drs Joe & Minnie Hernandez ($1000)
and the pledges of Visayas Mindanao Association ($1000), Read Philippines (Doreen Flippin) $1000, Art Gandionco $500
Our goal is to raise $60,000. Not including the above donations and pledges we have $28,000 in the bank, $1,700 in paypal,
$500 in credit card account. So we pass the 50% mark and every month we will have a fund raising activity.
May 30 Sat, Dr. Brent Canlas is conducting Pain Management Seminar for Primary Physicians and all proceeds will go to the mission. July 25 the Luau Night, Aug 22 – Formal Ballroom Dancing, Sept- Bowling, October- Filipino Pride Day.
Save the dates.
If you are free tonight, join us at the Maharlika Restaurant at 142255 Beach Blvd Jax, Fl 32250. VMA(Visayas Mindanao Association) is having a dinner entertainment night for Doreen Flippin, She is running for Mrs Philippines. Let us support our friends of the medical mission.

Dr. Ong