PRC-BOD recognizes 59 APO members as Orthodontic Specialists

by Dr. Diana Dorothy Lim

On the occasion of the oath-taking of the new dentists last June 23, 2012 at the Manila Hotel, the Philippine Regulation Commission-Board of Dentistry presented the recognition award to 59 members of the Association of Philippine Orthodontists which singles them out as “bona fide” specialists in the field of orthodontics. Also awarded specialists were the members of the Philippine Prosthodontic Society.

The event was graced by the presence of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who addressed his keynote speech to the newly inducted dentists. It is truly poignant to watch the young dentists march with their accompanying parent or guardian to receive their hard-earned professional certificates. This is especially true of the board top-notchers who did their parents proud. Interestingly there were prominent dentists which include PDA President Dr. Arturo de Leon, Dean Giuan and others whose children were inducted on this day.

The second part of the event was the historical awarding of specialists by the PRC-Board of Dentistry. It has been over a year ago when the PRC-BOD accredited the APO as the only orthodontic specialty group in the Philippines. The awarding of pins and certificates to individual APO members by the board headed by Chairman Dr. Gloria Bumanlag is an integral step that marks the stamp of approval on the fellows and diplomates of the association who are now duly recognized as orthodontic specialists with adequate training and good moral and professional standing and whose practice are limited to orthodontics. We look forward to more APO members receiving this same recognition in the near future.


Below is the complete roster of the awarded specialists:

01 Adriano, Elizabeth 21 Kwan, Grace 41 Quismundo, Cynthia
02 Adriano, Sandra 22 Laureta, Cristina 42 Reyes, Ma. Victoria
03 Africa, Renato 23 Lazaro, Marie Joy 43 Reyes, Martin
04 Aguilar, Danilo 24 Leung, Marilyn 44 Rivera, Jose Manuel
05 Atienza, Corazon 25 Lim, Bernadette 45 Salonga, Lorenza
06 Bejasa, Christine 26 Lim, Dennis 46 Samaniego, Laura
07 Bergonio, Melanie 27 Lim, Diana Dorothy 47 Sanchez, Eleanor Jane
08 Casipit, Susan 28 Llavore, Lotus 48 Santayana, Crissie
09 Castaneda, Juanito 29 Locsin, Ramona 49 Serraon, Ma. Laarni
10 Centeno, Angela 30 Maranon, Joanne 50 Sia, Rosemarie
11 Claparols, Patricia 31 Naranjilla, Marian 51 Sison, Rocelie
12 Duterte, Arnold 32 Ng-Chu, Helen 52 So-Keh, Stevie
13 Eustaquio, Robert 33 Ong, Katherine 53 Tan, Jocelyn Genevieve
14 Evangelista, Victoria 34 Panlilio, Iris 54 Tan, Marina
15 Fernandez, Leticia 35 Pastor, Margarita 55 Tan, Roberto
16 Galang, Ermelinda 36 Perez-Hernandez, Marianne 56 Tuano, Cecile
17 Goduco, Ma. Teresa 37 Piamonte, Karen 57 Vergara, Ronaldo
18 Gogna, Lallaine 38 Pike, Rosabelle 58 Yang-Lim, Rachel
19 Juliano, Catherine 39 Ponio, Mildred 59 Yu, Irene
20 Kopio, Annabelle 40 Punzalan, Gloria