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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.