Unify and diversify. Our battle cry for the year.
It took me eight years as an officer of the Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine to become your President for one. I believe it prepared me well enough to face any challenge during my term.
And so, a year has gone by, filled with triumphs and trials, laughter and tears, accolades and adversities. But through it all, we have seen a diversified group, united in making the Academy, stronger and better than ever.
It was the thrust of my Presidency to involve every PARM member, alongside with the Physical and Rehabilitation Team, to foster a more fruitful, and symbiotic professional relationship for the betterment of our patients. We also implemented a well-planned, year-long scientific program, that is relevant to the current scenario in our ever evolving practice. And so, it is only fitting that, we conduct a multidisciplinary convention to culminate this year.
I would like to thank the Organizing Committee of the PARM 28th Annual Convention led by Dr. Maria Luisa Palabrica as Overall Chair, and the Scientific Committee Chair, Dr. Consuelo Suarez. I know how challenging it is to plan for an event of this size. An unprecedented one in recent history of the Academy no less. Needless to say, I am truly grateful to have each and everyone of you, working tirelessly, to ensure the success of this convention.
Let me also thank the Executive Board for the unconditional support, and vote of confidence to realize the plans I have laid out for my term. Without them, all these would not be possible.
To all our invited speakers, it is truly an honor to be learning from the best of the best in the world. Our sincerest appreciation for taking the time and effort to share your expertise with us. Your knowledge in your respective specialization will prove to be invaluable to all the participants for years to come.
Last but not the least, to all the delegates of this convention whose interest was piqued by the smorgasbord of diverse topics. May you continue to crave learning and pursue studies in sports medicine just in time for the Southeast Asian Games and Para Games that the Philippines will host in 2019.
I am deeply humbled by the overwhelming response for the PARM 28th Annual Convention. Your attendance prove that there is unity in diversity.
With the success of this event, the nine long years I have served the Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine, is all worth it. I would do it again in a heartbeat, for the love of the Academy.
Daghang salamat kaninyong tanan!