The Health Exemplars
The first and biggest medical sorority in the Philippines and in Asia, the Mu Sigma Phi Sorority has consistently shown its zeal in fulfilling its mission of serving the marginalized and promoting positive health-seeking behavior in the public
By Ma. Vanessa L. Estinozo
For 82 glorious years, the premier medical sorority in the country has proven to be a shaping force in the landscape of medical practice, service, research, and education in the Philippines.
The Mu Sigma Phi Sorority has to date more than a thousand five hundred lady doctor-members from the University of the Philippines, College of Medicine. Formed in August 27, 1934 with their core objectives of scholastic excellence, cultural accoutrement, self-denying service, and camaraderie, Mu Sigma Phi links its members through their Four Pillars: Sisterhood, Service, Scholarship, and Leadership that have been consistently realized for eight decades.
The Mu Sigma Phi Sorority inculcates in its members that one way they can show that they’re worthy stewards of their blessings is by fulfilling their social responsibility of serving their marginalized countrymen. The Sorority has its flagship projects serving and empowering communities.
It conducted an extensive vaccination campaign dubbed as “ImMUnity: An Ounce of Prevention.” It was an awareness campaign that promoted the importance of immunization. The Sorority provided free vaccines including tetanus toxoid, influenza, hepatitis B, and typhoid vaccines. Thousands of vaccines were given benefiting more than 7,000 individuals. Part of the campaign was the holding of several forums on immunization updating medical practitioners and allied healthcare professionals.
Healthy lifestyle campaigns
The MU Health Caravan: Women Empowerment and Literacy through Health Education (W. E. A. L. T. H.) Campaign was another public education project, wth comprehensive lectures and workshops for teachers, mothers, and health workers on women’s health issues such as breast and cervical cancer, menopause, osteoporosis, and stress management. The campaign promoted the importance of a healthy lifestyle in preventing common causes of morbidity and mortality among women.
The forums encouraged the women to be responsible for their own health and empowered them with basic knowledge to enable them to make the right decisions. The outcome was a commitment for a healthier lifestyle and a positive health-seeking behavior in all their forum participants.
To address the needs of mothers and children, the Sorority has The Sayuntis or Sayaw ng Buntis—an invigorating and relaxing workout through belly dancing, yoga, and other dance forms for mothers-to-be to help ease labor pains and promote a healthy pregnancy. There is also Alay sa MUsmos, a once-a-year arts and crafts activity for the students of UP Manila Creche and Child Development Center. Finally, the Sorority conducts a two-hour long activity at the Bantay Antayan area of PGH called Bantay Day, a stress management talk coupled with fun activities for the patients’ watchers or bantays.
In line with the spirit of Christmas, fund-raising projects for the benefit of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Pediatrics Ward is regularly organized. Called the Parol Para sa Sangol (PPS) and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Christmas lanterns and ornaments, which will be used to decorate the College and the PGH entrance are sold to generate funds for the needs of the Pediatrics ward.
The Mu Sigma Phi Sorority has indeed gone beyond the sisterhood which other similar sororities typify. It exemplifies the adage that everyone must strive to be good stewards by being her poor sister’s keeper.
“The Mu Sigma Phi Sorority has indeed gone beyond the sisterhood which other similar sororities typify. It exemplifies the adage that everyone must strive to be good stewards by being her poor sister’s keeper.”
March 2017 Health and Lifestyle