Saying goodbye to Intercon (December 31, 2015 – January 1, 2016)

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When I first got word that the InterContinental Manila (colloquially known as Intercon) was closing its doors at the end of 2015, my heart literally sank. It was as if I had found out that I was going to lose a distant relative—one with whom I had shared many precious childhood moments with. That was the Intercon for me. I considered her family.

To me, the InterContinental Manila (also referred to as “The Grand Dame”) was more than just a five-star hotel, I always saw it as one of Makati’s emerging centerpieces. I remember seeing old pictures with a newly built Intercon surrounded only by smaller structures and tall grass. A proverbial Ayala Avenue bookend with the Intercon standing on one end and the Makati Medical Center on the other. My family and I had many, many, gatherings there and we would usually end up in the Café Jeepney[i] which had several jeepney’s retrofitted with long tables. Unsupervised, I also recall the many times that I would take one of their elevators to the top floor in order to see the aquarium that they had there.

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Talk on “Benefits of Sports Psychology with Injured Athletes.”

Immediate and Post Surgical Management of Sports Injuries
My talk on Sports Psychology is set at 2:00 PM.

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Makati Medical Center (MMC) has invited me to speak on the “Benefits of Sports Psychology  with Injured Athletes” (2:00 PM to 2:45 PM) during their Lay Forum on Immediate & Post Surgical Management of Sports Injuries.

The lay forum is free to all interested parties including coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and graduate students of physical therapy and physical education.  It will be held at the MMC Auditorium, 8th Floor, Tower II, Makati Medical Center, Makati City on October 4, 2013.

Talk on The Role of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Pain Management (2013)

The Role of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Pain Management (July 30, 2013)
The Role of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Pain Management (July 30, 2013)

As part of their two-day conference on Pain/Palliative Care, the Makati Medical Center (MMC) Pain Control Clinic has invited me to talk on “The Role of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Pain Management” on July 30, 2013 (12:30 PM to 1:00 PM).

This event will take place at the MMC Auditorium, 8th Floor, Tower II, Makati Medical Center, Makati City.

Sidebar Feature: “Age Is Not An Issue” in the May 2013 issue of Women’s Health Philippines

Age Is Not An Issue: Dr. Villasor's tips for upping your self-esteem at any age.  Photo credit: Ms. Regine Rafael
Age Is Not An Issue: Dr. Villasor’s tips for upping your self-esteem at any age. | Photo credit: Ms. Regine Rafael

Awhile back, I was interviewed by one of the editors of Women’s Health Philippines’ and my good friend Regine Rafael for a sidebar piece on the subject of self-esteem.  Highest marks Reg!

The sidebar (and more) can be found in the May 2013 issue of Women’s Health Philippines that is out now wherever magazines are sold.

Grab your copy today!

Makati Medical Center’s Computerized Information Kiosk

Despite seeing it every single day on the way to work, I never got around to trying out the MMC Information Kiosk until today.

Among the many 21st century innovations that I have seen around the Makati Medical Center (MMC), one of the more prominent ones are the computerized information kiosk’s strategically located around the hospital.  The purpose these kiosks–among other things–is to assist patients in finding the right physician for them.

It includes a search engine containing all MMC active consultants (including yours truly), their respective specializations, and their consultation hours.

It’s nice to know that these things actually work!  That said, stop by and try them out the next time you find yourself in the Makati Medical Center.

Psychtunities: A career talk with BS Psychology students of the Makati Medical Center College of Nursing

Challenges and Psychtunities.

The Makati Medical Center College of Nursing (MMCCN) has invited me to give an inspirational message to their freshmen BS Psychology students during their Orientation Program on June 16, 2012 (8:00-10:00 AM) at the Makati Medical Center (MMC) Auditorium.

Entitled “Psychtunities,” I will be sharing with students some pointers on how they can best navigate through academic challenges and future career opportunities.  I will also be discussing the critical importance of certification and licensure in Philippine Psychology.

Talk on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Pain Management (2012)

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Pain Management Promo (June 20, 2012)

As part of a psychoeducation lecture series, the Makati Medical Center (MMC) Section of Psychiatry and the MMC Cancer Center have invited me to talk on the topic “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Pain Management” on June 20, 2012 (10:00 AM to 11:30 AM).

This event will take place at the MMC Cancer Center Conference Room, 1st Floor, Tower I, Makati Medical Center, Makati City.

Talk on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Pain Management

The 6th Annual Pain Symposium 2011 will be held in the 8th Floor Auditorium, Tower II, Makati Medical Center tomorrow (April 12, 2011).

The 6th Annual Pain Symposium, a program sponsored by the relaunched Makati Medical Center (MMC) Pain Control Clinic, will be held tomorrow (April 12, 2011 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM) at the 8th floor auditorium, Tower II, Makati Medical Center, Makati City.

As one of the symposium’s nine speakers, my topic will be an introduction to “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Pain Management.” (Click here for the handout)

Registration is free.

Programme Schedule:

  1. Introduction to Pain Management and Pain Control Clinic Overview – Henry Lu, M.D. (9:00 – 9:30 AM)
  2. Updates on Fibromyalgia – Jose Paulo Lorenzo, M.D. (9:30 – 10:00 AM)
  3. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Pain Management – Ramon Eduardo G. Villasor, Ph.D. (10:00 – 10:30 AM)
  4. The ABC’s of Headache – Regina Macalintal-Canlas, M.D. (11:00 – 11:30 AM)
  5. Post-Operative Pain Management – Merle Odi, M.D. (11:30 AM – 12:00 NN)
  6. Image Guided Pain Management – Ramon Santos-Ocampo, M.D. (1:00 – 1:30 PM)
  7. Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty – David Cabatan, M.D. (1:30 – 2:00 PM)
  8. Updates on NSAIDs – Josephine Lu, M.D. (2:30 – 3:00 PM)
  9. Neurosurgical Intervention in Pain Management – Eric Flores, M.D. (3:00 – 3:00 PM)

“Terminator” themed photographs to be exhibited during the 2nd Mental Health Week of MMC

2nd Mental Health Week “Hand in Hand, Body and Mind”

Upcoming Exhibit

Recently, a representative of the Makati Medical Center – Department of Neurosciences, Section of Psychiatry has asked me to exhibit several of my photographs during their 2nd Mental Health Week which runs from September 28 to October 2, 2010.

The exhibit hopes to showcase a variety of works from a number of artists and photographers including several paintings from my mom, Dra. Ma. Teresa Gustilo-Villasor as well as four of my own “Terminator” themed photographs.

The eclectic-themed exhibit will be held at the 8th Floor Auditorium, MMC Tower 2 of the Makati Medical Center from September 28 till October 2, 2010.

Hope to see you there!

Photo Write-ups:

Title: “Where did it come from…
Model: McFarlane Toys T-800 Endoskeleton from the Movie Maniacs toy line (2002)
Date Taken: August 10, 2010

One of my best memories of Terminator 2: Judgment Day is when Miles Bennet Dyson, Director of Special Projects at Cyberdyne Systems Corporation and a young lab assistant named Bryant look at two separate sealed containers inside a vault at Cyberdyne.

The smaller of the two containers is home to a domino-sized rectangular chip.  While the much larger container features a metallic forearm and hand…the remnants of the terminator which Sarah Connor destroyed in Terminator (1984).

NECA’s T-800 {Man or Machine} from the Terminator 2:Judgment Day toy line (2009)

Title: “Now listen to me very carefully.”
Model: NECA’s T-800 {Man or Machine} from the Terminator 2:Judgement Day toy line (2009)
Date Taken: August 24, 2010

Prompted by John Connor, the T-800 proceeds to reveal his true identity to Miles Bennet Dyson and his wife Tarissa by flexing its servo-hand to “almost the exact position of the one in the Cyberdyne vault.”

Hey, it’s not everyday that you find out you’re the man most directly responsible for Judgement Day.

Title: “It’s out there…”
Model: NECA’s T-800 {Battle Across Time} and T-800 {Man or Machine} (Head) from the Terminator 2:Judgement Day toy line (2009)
Date Taken: September 11, 2010

Reflection.

“Listen.  Understand.  The Terminator is out there.  It can’t be reasoned with, it can’t be bargained with…it doesn’t feel pity of remorse or fear…and it absolutely will not stop.  Ever.” – Kyle Reese (Terminator, 1984)

Title: “T-800.”
Model: McFarlane Toys T-800 Endoskeleton from the Movie Maniacs toy line (2002)
Date Taken: September 16, 2010

Perspective shots of the T-800.

“Alright. Listen.  The Terminator’s an infiltration unit.  Part man, Part machine.  Underneath, it’s a hyperalloy combat chassis, microprocessor-controlled, fully armored.  Very tough…but outside, it’s living human tissue.  Flesh, skin, hair…blood.  Grown for the cyborgs.” – Kyle Reese (Terminator, 1984)