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UP alumni in Hong Kong donate over 200k to protect medical frontliners at PGH COVID 19 center

The UP alumni in Hong Kong donated over 200k to protect medical frontliners at the PGH COVID 19 center and to honor UP alumna and Ambassador Bernardita Catalla who succumbed to the coronavirus disease in Beirut. Photo from UPAA-HK.

University of the Philippines (UP) alumni in Hong Kong raised $32,501 to help protect health workers at the UP-Philippine General Hospital in Manila.

The UP Alumni Association in Hong Kong (UPAA-HK) reported on April 15, 2020, the amount raised and had already sent the donation to help fellow alumni working at the PGH, a designated COVID-19 referral center in the Philippines.

The UP-PGH had been seeking donations of personal protective equipment (PPEs) for its workers who are battling the COVID-19. A UP administration report had earlier listed 15 UP doctors and medical workers who have succumbed to the disease while caring for patients.

The fund drive was also intended to honor UP alumna Ambassador Bernie Catalla who succumbed to COVID-19 in early April while in Beirut, Lebanon. Catalla served as consul general in Hong Kong from 2014 to 2017.

Ambassador Catalla was an active member of the UPAAHK. The association also offered online masses in her memory.

The UPAA-HK sends out this message to the Philippines:

“To all our kababayan and to PGH personnel: You are all in our thoughts and prayers that we can all overcome this pandemic the soonest. We are all inspired by your bravery and commitment in fighting against COVID19 that has been affecting the world and we are in high hopes that our countrymen are taken care of with your dedication and perseverance. We are optimistic in sharing your cause and extending our support throughout this battle and emerge victorious. May God guide and bless you all!

The Bayanihan Na! UP-PGH Operations Center Hotline has been set up to address calls and donations for the COVID-19 center.

The UP College of Medicine Choir had also posted a video singing the PGH Hymn to encourage their fellow doctors to keep fighting COVID-19.

The UP Pep Squad sent Unibersidad ng Pilipinas cheers to boost the morale of the UP PGH doctors.

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