Historical Perspective on the Creation of Focal Point
Dr. Reynaldo E. Santos, upon the suggestion of the then PSO President (1989-1990), Dr. Rudolfo U. Chuanico took the initial steps in creating a forum that resurrected the concept of the PAAO Newsletter during the incumbency of Dr. Gloria D. Lim as PAOO President (1977-1982). The maiden issue of the generic PSO-PAOO Newsletter came out in 1990 during the mid-year meeting in Baguio. The aim was to bring to the members of the PSO and PAOO, Council news, institutional announcements, PBO communications and other related matters that interested members. The black & white issues, consisting of 4-6 pages, were put up on a quarterly basis with the help of industry partners, chiefly Allergan, Philippines. Dr. Santos made timely use of this print forum during the resistance movement of the PSO & PAOO against the infamous “Optometry Bill of 1992” to alert members on the developments in Congress and the Senate about this legislative agenda – during the time that he became the official spokesperson of both organizations in dealing with the print and broadcast media relative to the protestations against the onerous provisions of the proposed bill that seemed to encroach on the practice of medicine. Thru the media, PSO & PAOO were able to successfully rally other professional medical organizations, the DOST, NAST, DepEd, DOJ to their side – to effect an eventual presidential veto to the bill during the first few months of President Fidel V. Ramos as the newly elected president of the Philippines.
After sometime, Dr. Santos, launched the “Name Your Newsletter Contest” but it generated only one (1) entry from the membership during the contest period. In 1996, he finally gave the name of “Focal Point: PAO Highlights & News Reviews” with Dr. Santos & Dr. Rene Edgar Mendoza as its founding editors. The publication this time was made possible with the generous support of Ciba Vision and in 1999 by Pharmacia & UpJohn. With little manpower to run the newsletter, Dr. Santos took on the additional task making news worthy items from the Executive Council Meetings, writing some feature items, collecting contributions from various institutions and acting as the copy editor while Dr. Mendoza - being the more senior person, took on the task of writing the editorial for the issues. With the combined efforts of the founding editors & contributors from various institutions - the newsletter soon evolved over time with the creation of a formal editorial staff, business manager and correspondents that led to a more structured format with banner headlines, improved & timely coverage of Council activities, the PAO President’s Diary, international news, better and more interesting features, more regular contributions from participating institutions, more colored photos and better paper quality. Later on, associate editors were nominated and named (Dr. Princess de Leon-Fermin, Dr. Ma. Evelyn Ambrosio, Dr. Cynthia Domingo, and Dr. Jacqueline H. King – among others) to help in the further improvement of the news forum. Dr. Carlos G. Naval became its first managing editor. The sponsorship of the publication of the Focal Point was later taken over by Pfizer, Philippines in 2004 and after sometime the cost of production and courier services of the newsletter to members were becoming too prohibitive for the sponsors and the Academy – so that the electronic version was soon conceived and en-fleshed into its present format and medium sometime in 2010.
Jubaida M. Aquino, MD
Jubs started in eFP as an Institutional Correspondent when she was a 1st year resident at EAMC Eye Department. She loves taking selfies, though she never posts the pics. An advernturer and free-spirit at heart, she enjoys long road-trips even to parts unknown.
Marie Joan V. Loy, MD
The Managing Editor of eFocalpoint. She is a vitreo-retina specialist and a self-confessed nerd, with passion for teaching medical students and residents. When she's not busy with clinics, PAO Council, CCEO and VRSP duties, she enjoys traveling, having massages or simply playing with her dog.
Yvette Marie B. Santiago, MD
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Dr. Yvette Marie Santiago is an Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who has been a part of the eFP editorial staff since 2012 and was editor-in-chief from 2014-2015. Apart from being passionate about anything that has to do with the orbits, she is a shopaholic in denial and an obsessed gastronome with an indomitable wanderlust. She dreams of someday enrolling herself at the International Culinary Center in New York, so that she can learn how to cook all the fine food that she wants.
Emil Andre R. Jaca, MD
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Charl Marlo A. Jimenez, MD
Dr. Marlo is a semi-frustrated science fiction writer and historian at heart. He has set his mind to wander now that he is done with residency and is now actively pursuing his childhood pasttime, playing video games until wee hours of the morning, up all night to finish Grand Theft Auto 5 and Metal Gear Solid in a month's time.
Eleonore B. Iguban, MD
Eleonore Iguban is an External Diseases/Cornea and Vitreo-Retina Specialist. She has an insatiable love for dogs, books, and travel. A self-confessed nomad at heart, she wishes that she can someday traipse around the world. At present, she is trying her hand in yoga and meditation.
Peter Paul T. Ronque, MD
Peter Paul Ronque is a Cornea and External Eye Diseases specialist. Fondly called Pipo, he has been with the editorial team of EfocalPoint ever since it has changed into the electronic, online format. Pipo loves the good things in life, and strives to see the good in the world daily as he meets people from his various professional, corporate, and personal undertakings. He is a natural conversationalist.
Ryan C. Rodriguez, MD
Ryan is a dedicated ophthalmologist by profession but is a self proclaimed techie at heart. His passion lies on tinkering with your latest Apple gadget, flying a drone, and taking apart your slitlamp, indirect ophthalmoscope, other electronics and putting them back again, though most times there are extra screws and parts left behind. He is fascinated with God's wonderful creation of the planets and stars, and wants to become an astronaut when he grows up.
Anna Liza Angco-Tovera
Anna has been one of the PAO Secretariat staff since 2006 and has been part of the eFocalpoint from 2014. She loves bonding with her children, watching movies, road trips, beach, beautiful sceneries, and dreams to visit the rest of the Philippines and, if given the chance, other countries. She wishes to learn another foreign language, the art of photography, how to sew dresses, and more cooking.
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