by Dr Iris Panlilio-Law
The Association of Philippine Orthodontists scheduled its 9th General Meeting on June 1, 2016 at One Shangri-la Place, Ortigas Center. This meeting was also set, as mandated in the Association's Constitution and By-Laws, as the election of officers for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.
In place of the 8th general APO meeting, members were encouraged to attend two lectures last May 29, 2016 at the 107th PDA Annual Convention held at the SMX Mall of Asia in Pasay City. The earlier lecture (Non-surgical Management of Vertical Discrepancies in Orthodontics) was by APO’s own President Elect, Dr. Martin Reyes. It focused on two types of vertical discrepancies, open bite and deep bite, and dealt with its classification, diagnosis and management. The later lecture (The Age of Digital Imaging in our dental practice) given by Dr. Jean Galindez was a basic introductory piece about Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT).
The topic on vertical discrepancies gathered a sizeable audience and a number of APO members showed up to lend their support. Before the lecture, the attendees were asked to come up on stage. A shy group of people shuffled onto the platform for what was in store -- a souvenir picture!
By Dr. Ruby “Boon” Lopez
Several weeks before the 3rd of February 2016, text messages were forwarded inviting all members to attend the 7th Association of Philippine Orthodontists (APO) general meeting for fiscal year 2016-2017. The program was held at the Mayumi and Dalisay function rooms of One Shangri-la Place Ortigas. This particular general meeting was special. It served as both a means for APO members to be updated with the latest trends in Orthodontics, and also to help raise funds to support the chemotherapy expenses of APO’s beloved immediate past president, Dr. Laarni Serraon.
As expected, the 7th APO general meeting was a success. This was evident from the number of attendees. Dr. Glenn M. Gonzales served as the program’s moderator. An inspiring opening prayer was delivered by Dr. Santy Mulles. APO matters were then discussed by current APO president Dr. Diana Lim, who mentioned several upcoming APO related events, including the upcoming APOC (Asia Pacific Orthodontic Congress) meetings and the next Orthodontic symposium of the Philippine Dental Association (PDA).