Playing with Fire

A new medical facility opens in Dagupan

By Gonzalo Duque


AS we grow older, we start to notice a lot of changes in our life… health specially.

Parang providential ata etong topic natin ah, kasi while we were composing our thoughts on health matters, we received a text message saying our friend, former Dagupan City councilor Danilo “Pacoy” Torio has just died.

We thought we just saw him just sometime ago and swapped notes on, yes, our respective health.

You’re right, when one gets older, he or she gets to see changes in his/her health and well-being, the old jig is no longer around, replaced by sag and sad things.

Then we begin to be philosophical about life, that everything will pass.

Let’s first say a prayer for Pacoy who just left us for the Great Beyond… may he rest in peace.

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      Back to what we just described as a medical milestone. Well, it’s about the formal opening of City Doctors clinic along Arellano Street last Thursday.

      We’re glad that our super busy Mayor Belen Fernandez was there to cut the ceremonial ribbon. She was joined by the man behind the facility itself, Dr. Rudy Guibani, a US-trained doctor, and his great team, all specialistas, we heard, and former Water District chair Ramon Reyna.

      According to my informant, the inaugural was simple but dignified.

      Nandun din daw sina Fr. Reynaldo Domagas who blessed the facility, and also Pastor Tombok from the Evangelical group.

     Many of my friend-doctors from Region 1 Medical Center were there. I understand Dr. Guibani is a R1MC consultant.

     Mabuhay kayo!

     In case you don’t know yet, the man on top of the new health clinic comes from a big family in Dagupan and the Ilocos. His father was Leon Guibani, who owned a big hotel by the Bonuan beach before, and his mother was the former Trinidad Labbino. His sister Elizabeth was Miss Dagupan in the 60’s.   

     Congrats, Doc Guibani, may your tribe increase.              

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     Know what? We often take our health for granted… until we get sick.  It’s a wrong attitude, but we rarely change our attitude, even how wrong.  Kwidaw kayo mga abay ha?

Our preoccupation with health issues is not just because we do feel something of our need for upgrading our health system. As you well know, our family is dominated by doctors. Erpat, you know, was a great doctor, past health secretary, just like my brod Pincoy now, who is overseeing the department of health.

O, yes, para ngang mali ang timing ng pagka-appoint niya, because of the Dengvaxia controversy.

But on the other hand, his appointment in the health department is just perfect because it would signal the coming of much needed reforms for that facility.

Malinis ata si Pincoy, kaya perfect na siya ang nandyan para magkaron ng reporma sa Department of Health.

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      There’s a lot of loose talk about one’s faith or religion.

      The subject is mostly subjective and therefore personal. Let’s not over blow it. What matters is our pakikisama at pakikisalamuha sa ating kapwa.

      Let’s wish everyone all the good luck. Know what? What you do to your fellowmen will return to you a hundredfold.


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