By Carla Lazara, The Pharmakon
Being a much-awaited event where students are cloaked with white coats as a symbol of the profession, the White Coat Ceremony was also given the theme “For the Nation, For the Future: Revitalizing the Heart of Every Pharmacist in Service of the Filipino People”.
Dean Monet Loquias gave her opening remarks by revisiting the core meaning of why the students are being trained with excellence to be great pharmacists.
Multi-awarded alumni Roderick Salenga came as the guest speaker and congratulated the students on pursuing the pharmacy profession. He reminded them of the importance of the pharmacist in the healthcare team. In his speech, he said, “I am here to tell you that being ‘just a pharmacist’ is not a bad nor an inferior choice. In life, you have two options – you can choose to be great or you can choose not to. Greatness does not come from others. Greatness is an internal phenomenon.”
UP Manila College of Pharmacy’s annual White Coat Ceremony was started in 2010 and has been continued up to this year’s 7th ceremonies, where the ceremony marked the transition between student life and the professional world. UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita Padilla, Philippine Pharmacists Association President Yolanda Robles, and College Secretary Jean FlorCasauay also gave messages congratulating those who had attended the said event.