In keeping up with the mission to spread the humanistic culture of Tzu Chi in carrying out its missions of charity and medicine, Tzu Chi Philippines gathered local dentists and Tzu Chi volunteers to attend separate talks of Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital Superintendent Dr. Chien Sou-hsin on December 3.
Forty members of the Philippine Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (PAED) attended the session held at the Tzu Chi Eye Center in Sta. Mesa, Manila in the afternoon. Forty-two Tzu Chi volunteers and guests attended the session held at the Jing Si Hall in the evening.
At the Eye Center, the gathering was organized by Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) Dr, Cheung Lai Chun, who is also former president of PAED.
“We want to invite more people to join our team to give Great Love to our countrymen, especially to the less fortunate people,” explained Dr. Cheung.
PAED is a non-profit organization that aims to provide training through advanced education to professional dentists.
According to PAED’s current president, Dr. Avelyn Jahns, gathering her colleagues in Tzu Chi’s premises is a good start to introduce them to the patient-centered and humanistic medicine ideals of TIMA.
For the past four years, Dr. Jahns has been religiously attending the annual TIMA Convention.
“I saw for myself how Tzu Chi is and even here [in the Philippines], I see the good intention and good works of Tzu Chi. Someday, I hope that a lot of our members, and even not only the members of PAED but a lot of dental professionals, to come and join Tzu Chi because we see the need for medical doctors and dentists, even nurses and pharmacists, we see the need for all these professions to join Tzu Chi,” she said.
The gathering also served as PAED’s yearend seminar. In previous years, PAED held said events in hotels and restaurants where they serve meat and seafood dishes. This year, however, was special as Tzu Chi volunteers served them delicious vegetarian meals.
To further encourage the dentists to eat less meat and more vegetables, Tzu Chi volunteer Lu Lee Ching demonstrated how to make an all-vegetarian sushi. After her quick tutorial, the dentists were grouped into six for a sushi-making contest.
Dr. Ricky Gatbonton admitted that he is fond of eating Japanese food, sushi among them. “This is really quite amazing for all of us because instead of eating all those meat around, we can eat an amazing sushi made from vegetables,” said Dr. Gatbonton.
Dr. Evelyn Fernandez expressed that she would want to serve the vegetarian sushi she learned to make from the activity for their Christmas dinner. “It’s not very different from meat [in terms of taste]. It’s the same, actually and even more delicious. Most of all, it’s very healthy,” she said.
In the afternoon, Tzu Chi volunteer Judy Lao discussed the history of Tzu Chi Foundation and its various disaster relief efforts, focusing on Tzu Chi’s work in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013.
Apart from distributing emergency cash aid, relief goods, holding medical missions, launching a cash-for-work cum cleanup program, and donating prefabricated classrooms, Tzu Chi also built two Great Love Villages in Leyte for the displaced families. In the municipality of Palo, Tzu Chi is also providing a steady source of income for the typhoon survivors through a Livelihood Center.
Afterwards, Dr. Chien Sou-hsin of Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital, who flew all the way from Taiwan, shared his experiences and the wisdom he gained from serving as volunteer surgeon of Tzu Chi Foundation for years.
Dr. Chien’s presentation took the attendees to Haiyan-stricken Leyte, quake-hit Nepal, and war-scarred Syrian refugees in Jordan. These are just some of the places where Dr. Chien, alongside Tzu Chi volunteers, have been in the last two years to provide medical care.
As Tzu Chi volunteer doctors, they are among the first to arrive in disaster scenes in order to provide urgent medical attention to the injured.
In the case of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal, many injured survivors suffered from fractures and broken limbs. Tzu Chi doctors conducted bone surgeries and provided internal medicine treatment to the patients. An anesthesiologist from Tzu Chi Taiwan also helped deliver a pair of twins during an emergency caesarean section a week after the earthquake.
In each disaster-stricken place he has been, he witnessed the impermanence of life as well as how ordinary people create miracles and change the lives of those in suffering – the gift of the medical professional.
But disasters grow in frequency and intensity, and suffering continues to afflict the poor. Dr. Chien underscored the need for medical professionals who are willing to serve selflessly and unconditionally. With this, he encouraged the dentists present to take part in Tzu Chi’s future dental and medical missions.
“In Tzu Chi, dentists are not only confined to their clinics but they also get to experience and learn other things from the outside world,” said Dr. Chien. “This is a good opportunity to introduce Tzu Chi, not only its medical missions, but also the other aspects about the organization especially Tzu Chi’s contributions in the Philippines.”
Dr. Lillian Ebuen was moved by the example and wisdom of Dr. Chien. “It’s inspiring because despite his professionalism and high level of knowledge, he is still able to impart his services to the needy. If we also do the same, we professionals do the same work then we can make a very happy community,” she said.
“Not everybody is given the chance to take specialty work, or specialty studies like us professionals, so it is also important that we impart our services to the people,” she added.
One of the guest speakers during the seminar, Maria Jona Godoy, who is a board member of the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC), was also touched by what she heard and saw.
“I really appreciate what Tzu Chi has done for our fellowmen. I already informed Dr. Cheung Lai Chun that I would want to be a member. It’s pay-back time. We also have to help other people who are less fortunate than us,” she said.
The inspiration continued to flow and spread in the evening at the Jing Si Hall in Quezon City.
As Dr. Chien shared about the medical cases he and the Tzu Chi Hospitals in Taiwan handled over the years, Michelle Sy sat, listening intently. From the doctor’s presentation, she saw how an illness can afflict a person any time.
“I want to become a Tzu Chi volunteer, too. I realized that we should not wait until we cannot do anything anymore before we understand how important it is to start helping people,” Sy ended.
While waiting for the program to begin, Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) dentist Dr. Cheung Lai-Chun introduces her fellow dentists to Tzu Chi’s Jing Si products. 【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Dr. Lillian Ebuen, a member of Philippine Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (PAED), buys several Jing Si noodles and Instant Rice. She appreciates the wisdom behind every Jing Si product and wishes to help others.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Tzu Chi Philippines CEO Henry Yunez welcomes the members of the Philippine Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (PAED) to the Tzu Chi Great Love Campus. He introduces Tzu Chi Foundation as well as its Mission of Medicine, expressing his hope that the dentists present will someday join Tzu Chi’s medical missions.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Philippine Academy of Esthetic Dentistry President Dr. Avelyn Jahns (left) presents a token of gratitude to Tzu Chi Philippines CEO Henry Yunez (right).【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Maria Jona Godoy, a board member of the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC), is also a guest lecturer during the seminar. She stayed until the middle of the event and was moved by what Tzu Chi has accomplished in terms of helping the ailing and disaster-stricken people through the years.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Tzu Chi volunteers prepare the vegetarian meals for the members of the Philippine Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (PAED).【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Hoping to encourage them to try vegetarian dishes instead of meat and fish, Tzu Chi volunteers serve vegetarian lunch for the dentists. The guests enjoyed the meals, lauding the volunteers for a tasty and healthy meal.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
To give the attendees a deeper understanding about Tzu Chi Foundation, volunteer Judy Lao shares about Tzu Chi’s relief work in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Leyte.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Everyone participates as Tzu Chi volunteers perform a sign language of the song “Nice to Meet You. 【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Tzu Chi volunteers lead the dentists in a sign language of the song “Nice to Meet You.”【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Dentists participate in the sign language performance. 【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) Dr. Cheung Lai Chun introduces guest speaker Dr. Chien Sou-hsin to her colleagues. Dr. Cheung organized the gathering to inspire more local dentists to join Tzu Chi as a volunteer.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Using his own experiences as an example, Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital Superintendent Dr. Chien Sou-hsin hopes to inspire Filipino doctors to join Tzu Chi and serve their poor and ailing countrymen.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital Superintendent Dr. Chien Sou-Hsin shares about the many stories he encountered and lessons he gained from years of serving as volunteer doctor for Tzu Chi. Forty members of Philippine Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (PAED) attended his talk on December 3 at the Tzu Chi Eye Center’s auditorium room in Sta. Mesa, Manila.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Officers of the Philippine Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (PAED), including its president Dr. Avelyn Jahns (rightmost) and founder Dr. Cheung Lai Chun (fourth from right), present a token of appreciation to Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital Superintendent Dr. Chien Sou-Hsin (second from right).【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Thanking Tzu Chi for hosting Philippine Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (PAED)’s yearend scientific seminar, officers of the Philippine Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (PAED), including its president Dr. Avelyn Jahns (rightmost) and founder Dr. Cheung Lai Chun (fourth from right), present a token of appreciation to Tzu Chi Philippines CEO Henry Yunez (second from right).【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
As a way of promoting Vegetarianism, Tzu Chi volunteer Lu Lee Ching demonstrate how to make vegetarian sushi among the dentists present.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Tzu Chi volunteer Lu Lee Ching (right) is assisted by Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) dentist Dr. Cheung Lai Chun in demonstrating how to make vegetarian sushi.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Dentists work together in making their version of vegetarian sushi during the Sushi Making Contest.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Dr. Evelyn Fernandez enjoys making the vegetarian sushi. She considers serving such dish for their family’s Christmas dinner.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Dr. Ricky Gatbonton is fond of eating Japanese food and is happy to know that there is now a healthier alternative for his favorite Japanese dish – the sushi. 【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Tzu Chi volunteer Lu Lee Ching gives her comments about the sushi presented by every group.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Tzu Chi volunteers pose for a photo with the group of dentists who won the sushi-making contest.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Forty-two Tzu Chi volunteers and guests attend Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital Superintendent Dr. Chien Sou-hsin at the Jing Si Hall on the evening of December 3.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Before Tzu Chi Philippines volunteers, Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital Superintendent Dr. Chien Sou-hsin shares about the medical cases he has handled and the wisdom he has gained over the years that he spent as a volunteer surgeon of Tzu Chi.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】