Me On Weekends

by Anna Katharina on September 3, 2014

in Journal

Time flies so fast. I am in that stage of life where I am mindful on how to spend my weekend the way I like it. Let go of the usual tasks and routine and make my day more than the usual,add fun and spend quality time with my kids.

Out of town trips, hobbies, reading pocketbooks, cooking, crocheting, recycling, heritage tours,walking tour, basketball games at the Dome,  CCP PPO concerts, Bayanihan etc… these are some of my #MeOn Weekend activities.



One of my favorite , me and my kids visiting Manila Zoo. After 20 years, this the first time I have brought them to the zoo. Mali the elephant in the background is more than 30 years old.The best part is I don’t have to prepare anything since they are all grown ups. Its never too late to bring your kids to the zoo and I had a great time!

More to come #MeOnWeekends…

Transnational Nursing Program at Arellano University

by Anna Katharina on December 14, 2013

in Nurse Quad,School

Study in the Philippines, Graduate in the USA, Earn a US BSN Diploma: Nursing Education Partnership between Arellano University and Alderson-Broaddus University (USA)

The Transnational Nursing Program of Arellano University conducted a free seminar entitled “ Nursing Education Beyond Borders: The Transnational Nursing Program leading to an American BSN Degree” last November 20, 2013 at AU Legarda, with the speakers from Alderson-Broaddus University (West Virginia, USA). Some 200 students, parents and faculty members participated in the seminar.


Speakers were President Richard Creehan of Alderson Broaddus University (ABU), Dr Joan Propst and Prof. Lea Jordan. President Creehan gave the latest updates on the new facilities at ABU campus and the opportunities awaiting the students.

This seminar was made possible also through the partnership of Arellano University and Alderson Broaddus University. The partnership with Alderson Broaddus University enables a student to earn an American Bachelor of Science in nursing degree, with three years of study at Arellano University in Manila then the final year at Alderson Broaddus University in the United States.

An open forum was also held during the seminar. Parents and students asked questions on student’s entrance requirements, school fees, academic support opportunities, US BSN curriculum, student aid and the school’s performance in the NCLEX.

Chairman PV Cayco , CEO of Arellano University talked about the uniqueness of the nursing education partnership and expressed his thanks and appreciation to the ABU school officials.


For more information about the Transnational Nursing Program of Arellano University.  You can email the TNP Director

Dr Emerita Mendoza at , (+632) 734-7371 loc. 225 .

Arellano University – International Nursing Program

2600 Legarda Street, Manila NCR 1008, Philippines

Telephone: 734-7371  Loc219/225

International: +63 734 7371

Website: : Fifth year

by Anna Katharina on July 22, 2013

in Blogging,Journal


My blog on its 5th year

I thank my children for encouraging me to blog. Though I have failed to blog as I used to, I still get emails from my readers  local and abroad thanking me for the content of my blog  which has been helpful for them.  They have even cited some of the blogs as a reference for their research and as tool in teaching other students.

A lot of things have happen since I have this blog.  Aside from getting older and at the same time getting into a new world (that of the internet), this will be part of me as I go through life in my 50’s and 60’s.

I noticed that I spent an average of 2 hours a day with the internet, checking my email, reading Facebook, knowing what’s the latest news, browsing my friend’s status and photos and reading my children’s latest blogs, report, Twitter and Instagram aacounts.

My podcast show Online Doktora is still up. From time to time I get to receive (local and abroad) medical  inquiries through emails. Its heartening to note that through this medium, I am of service to others.

Another online podcast that I was involved with is Awit at Papuri, a pastoral undertaking by our family to spread the word of God in Filipino.

Once in a while I do field reporting for Jeric Pena Reports, where I helped my son to interview people for his news report. He gets amazed on how I blend with the crowd and the spontaneous questions that come out of me. It goes with my training as a doctor and nurse.

My readers, colleagues, students .. thank you.

Send your email at



Come May 13, 2013 I have to be at my voting precinct by 8 AM to avoid the long queue, heat of the sun and to accompany my youngest daughter as a first time voter. One of the legacies of my Dad passed on to us was to exercise our right to vote.

The choices for me are as follows:
Member, House Of Representatives – First District
Echiverri, Enrico (Lp) (Liberal Party)
Guanzon, Bobby (Independent)
Malapitan, Along (Una) (United Nationalist Alliance)

Candidates For Mayor
Asistio, Macario Jr. (Independent)
Echiverri, Rj (Lp) (Liberal Party)
Malapitan, Oca (Una) (United Nationalist Alliance)

Candidates For Vice-Mayor
Asistio, Maca (Pmp) (Pwersa Ng Masang Pilipino)
Malonzo, Rey (Independent)
Varela, Tito (Lp) (Liberal Party)

Councilor – First District (** Incumbent Councilors District 1, the six candidates with the highest amount of votes wins the seats per district.)

Africa, Jay (Una) (United Nationalist Alliance)
Aguilar, Tiffany (Independent)
Alonzo, Cielo (Independent)
Asistio, Andrew (Nup) (National Unity Party)
Asistio, Dean (Una) (United Nationalist Alliance)
Bacolod, Gualberto (Independent)
Cammayo, Henry (Lp) (Liberal Party)
Corpuz, Lolit (Una) (United Nationalist Alliance)
De Leon, Tyrone Driving (Independent)
Engaño, Josue (Independent)
Gatchalian, Ruben (Independent)
Guino-O, Tina (Independent)
Henson, Onet (Una) (United Nationalist Alliance)
Ling, Jun (Rcp) (Reform Caloocan Party)
**Mabagos, Andy (Lp) (Liberal Party)
Mayor, Cenon (Independent)
**Nubla, Alou (Lp) (Liberal Party)
Padilla, Leonardo (Pmp) (Pwersa Ng Masang Pilipino)
Prado, Patrick (Lp) (Liberal Party)
**Punzalan, Susana (Lp) (Liberal Party)
Quizon, Obet (Una) (United Nationalist Alliance)
Roll, Princess Nathalie (Independent)
Teh, Karina (Una) (United Nationalist Alliance)
Trillanes, Jay (Independent)
Vallega, Cherry Sarmiento (Np) (Nacionalista Party)
Note : Incumbent City Councilors In District 1

For the mayoralty race, it’s a toss between Congressman Oca Malapitan (UNA) and Councilor RJ Echiverri (Liberal).

In one of their interviews at DZMM last February 2013, Congressman Malapitan a 3 timed lawmaker in congress boasts of his accomplishments in education (National Science high School) ,health ( Dr Rodriquez Hospital as a tertiary hospital) and establishment of the 4 branches of the trial court.

On he other hand, Councilor RJ Echiverri, has the advantage of being dynamic and energetic because of his age. He is the youngest Liga ng mga Barangay president. His advocacies include violence against women, disaster risk management, alternative learning, and values formation.

It’s been 3 years after the last elections; my request in my blog then was to have a clean Monumento area, free from dirt and sidewalk vendors. It is still the same, the Grand Central area is still in chaos between 6 to 8 pm. So many people are at this area as they alight the LRT trains. Garbage, trash , sidewalk vendors are all over the place,

To the next mayor, can you please command the barangay captains of these areas, to make it a clean and better place?

May I also remind all candidates that a lot of people are still asleep in the mornings due to the work schedule at night e.g call center agents, nurses and those working in BPO’s. Please your loud campaigns jingles are not effective. They are a lot of times, a nuisance. Sabi nga “Serbisyo Hindi Perwisyo”.