By Dr. Jose Manuel R. Rivera
APOC 2018 Organizing Committee Chairperson
The 11th Asian Pacific Orthodontic Conference or APOC 2018, with its theme Culture of Smiles, was successfully held last March 5-7, 2018 in the beautiful island of Boracay, Philippines. This momentous event hosted by the Association of Philippine Orthodontists (APO) was attended by more than 800 delegates (404 International Delegates, 326 Local Delegates, 47 VIP Guests of the Asian Pacific Orthodontic Society and 21 Speakers) from more than 20 countries.
Delegates to this historic first international orthodontic conference in the Philippines experienced first hand the hospitality of the Filipinos and the smiles from our people, known as the warmest in the world, plus the different Philippine cultures and fiestas which were all part of this joyous occasion of the 11th Asian Pacific Orthodontic Conference.
The Organizing Committee of APOC 2018 worked very hard to make this once in a lifetime event an affair to remember. Renowned orthodontic speakers from all over the world were flown in to grace this event plus the participation of more than 80 posterboard presenters. A well attended pre-congress 2nd APOS Residents’ Forum on March 4, 2018 was also created so that orthodontic graduate students could actively participate in sharing their clinical cases and research work. Moreover, an extensive trade exhibit of 33 companies were set up to cater to all of the delegates’ orthodontic needs. Included in this conference were social events for all delegates such as a “fiesta themed” opening ceremony, a breath-taking beachside gala dinner-show and an entertaining closing ceremony.
As host country we were able to showcase to all the delegates from across the globe our warm hospitality and local talents. Not only was this conference an opportunity for continued learning but also for some rest and relaxation with colleagues, friends and family amidst the beautiful setting of Boracay.
Our warmest appreciation to everyone who joined us in APOC 2018 and for being a part of the biggest event in Philippine Orthodontic history.