It was a stress free night for nurses; no patients’ charts and medications to prepare. The angels in the sick room were not in their usual white uniform or scrub suits. Yes, it was the Socialization Night of the 2013 Philippine Nurses Association Regional Convention held at Pearlmont Inn.
Nurses from Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Oriental attended the event. These are the PNA chapters in Northern Mindanao.
The program started with opening number by the Misamis Oriental Chapter and dancers from Peak Review Center. It was followed by the welcome message of Mr. Neil Martin, PNA Governor of Region 10. The night was filled with talents. Mr. Kirt David Mercado and Ms. Rochelle Ubay-Ubay from Misamis Oriental Chapter impressed everybody with their extraordinary beautiful voices. But the most important part was the presentation made by the different chapters of PNA Region 10. The judges were Gov. Neil Martin; Mr. Noel Cadete, the National President of PNA; and Ms. Donna Ocampo, the station manager of ABS-CBN Northern Mindanao. I just knew that she is also a registered nurse.
Before the announcement of winners, Mr. Noel Cadete, PNA National President gave his message to everyone. After that, the crowd went wild when the music was played for the line dance. It was party time and everybody did not hesitate to shake and move their bodies.
Then, the moment of truth! For the collage making contest, Camiguin and Bukidnon were acknowledged as winners. For the presentations, the ethnic dance of Camiguin was declared champion followed by the Polymedic General Hospital who presented a song number. A special award was also given for the best dressed of the night. Guess who? Dr. Annie Jacalan of CUMC and ORNAP President Peter Clengen Sabandal of Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital shined the brightest with their outfits.
I am so glad that I was chosen as the host together with the iron lady Marivic Yamit Tabasan. It was a night of pure fun and the best occasion for us to be reunited with our colleagues. Miss Cagayan de Oro 2012 Greanne Mendoza and TV Patrol Northern Mindanao Star Patroller was also there to cover the event.
See you next year as the 2014 PNA Regional Convention goes to the Paradise Island of Camiguin!
Photo by PNA Misamis Oriental Chapter