Crispina Unabia Arnan, R.N.
No Slowing Down for Cris …Just Yet

By Yoly Tumangan Tubalinal

Just like many other strong women I know, Crispina Unabia Arnan wears many hats. But no one that I know of, wears them as well as she does. A nurse, business entrepreneur, leader, church volunteer, wife, mother, grandmother and more, she seems to have mastered the art of juggling responsibilities without losing herself in the process. Her chic look, classy style and confident demeanor belie the pressures associated with a busy health care business and an active lifestyle of a woman constantly on the go.

But Cris, as she is fondly addressed by friends, colleagues and family, doesn’t seem to mind the demands of her career, social obligations and a vast network of professionals and business associates with whom she interacts almost on a daily basis. She is used to the fast-paced environment and has grown adept to the art of human relations. Read more »

Maria Dolores ‘Dolly’ Agduma Engracia
Dolly’s World

By Gloria E. Mata

“A life of spirituality, love, caring, compassion, creative expression and authentic being is a life of greater meaning and purpose.” Dolly

Nicknamed “Dolly”, Maria Dolores Agduma Engracia, leads a life with a purpose rooted in faith in God. It is faith that rises beyond the limit of just believing and moves on to living and acting , yielding to a caring, loving, compassionate and creative expression of self for others. Dolly’s world today is a long way and years away from the life she knew in her hometown of Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat, where she was born.

Her parents, Don Felipe Engracia, a farmer, and Leticia Agduma., a Grade school teacher taught her to dream big, to find her purpose in life, uphold the value of compassion and keep in mind that everything happens for a reason. And from her maternal grandmother, she inherited the business acumen that would later prove crucial to holding her family together and helping everyone achieve his or her goal. Being the eldest of five siblings, she has grown to be responsible and caring early in life. Read more »

Jose Limjoco Evangelista M.D., FACC, FACP, FACCP, FRCP ©

The Amazing Dr. Joe

By Ting Joven Giovanelli

An Asian Journal article “Best of Both Worlds” described Dr. Jose Evangelista as “one of those rare men who not only excel in whatever they do, but also serve to make a positive impact wherever they are.”

Dr. Jose Evangelista wrote in his bio “We will pass through this world only once; we ought to be sure that in that passage, we can leave footprints in the sands of time that would serve as an eloquent reminder to those following us that at one time in the past, there journeyed thru this world, men and women whose spirits were as generous as their characters were noble.”

“To be successful, you have to be willing to fail. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” “Hard work, commitment and the pursuit of excellence are the essential elements to success in life and remember, whatever you do, always give it your best shot and always give people more than what they expect to get.” Read more »

Dr. Paz Buenaventura Naylor
Pioneering Spirit Profile: Dr. Paz Buenaventura Naylor

By Eduardo Navarra

To mark the 112th anniversary of Philippine Independence from Spain we are featuring Dr. Paz Buenaventura Naylor who is related to the first President of the Philippine Republic, General Emilio Aguinaldo.

Pat, as her close friends call her, is not without provenance. On her maternal side, she is the grandniece of Aguedo Velardo who fought in the revolution against Spain and subse- quently became the Minister of Education in Aguinaldo’s cabinet. He was also a member of the three man Consejo de Guerra (Council of War) against the takeover of the American forces in the country. Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo was the first president when the Republic declared its independence from Spain on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite. Read more »