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Sampaguita Ball 2017 and Annual Medicine Update CME

Posted by on March 6, 2017 in APPO Events, APPO News, Calendar of Events for APPO/PASO/PNAO, Events, Featured, News | 0 comments


Thank you to all the attendees and speakers for the CME and guests of Sampaguita Ball! It was a wonderful event and we raised funds for our next medical/surgical mission and for other humanitarian activities. Salamat Po!

Please click here to see the pictures on Facebook! Please tag yourselves .Thank you to Margaret V Photography for the wonderful photos.


The Association of Philippine-American Physicians of Ohio (APPO) Foundation will hold the Annual Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program and Sampaguita Ball at the The Embassy Suites in Beachwood, Ohio on Saturday May 13, 2017.

We would like to invite you to join us and enjoy the festivities. The theme this year is “Filipino Luau”, live music will be provided by DJ Music on the Move and the night will feature special guest performance by Clevelands own “Hula Fusion”! The ticket prices are $75 for adults and $25 for children under 12. We will have Chinese Raffle and Silent Auction.

The 40th Annual Medicine Update (5 hour CME) is back with new speakers and new topics. The cost of the CME is $50 for physicians, $35 for residents, fellows, NPs and RNs. Here is the schedule:

Program Schedule (7:00am-1:45pm)
7:00 Registration/Breakfast-viewing of exhibits
7:45 Opening remarks –Ferdinand Apolonio, MD, President APPO
7:50 Welcome address – Jessica Strasburg,MD
8:00 Renato Bosita MD—Spine Surgery Update
9:00 Joseph Africa MD: Tactful Renal Transplant Troubleshooting for the Primary Care Physician
10:00 Coffee break & viewing of exhibit
10:30 Mazen Hanna MD—Update on CHF
11:30 Brett Butler MD—Current Strategies for Peripheral Vascular Disease and Carotid Disease
12:30 Jen Solivas –Maluyao MD : Cancer Screening Update (boxed lunch provided)
1:45 Adjourn

PDF of the CME program appo 2017 cme brochure-osma

Please consider attending the CME in the morning and the Sampaguita Ball in the evening. Placing an advertisement in the Souvenir Program will be greatly appreciated.

You can purchase tickets for both Sampaguita Ball and the CME below.


If you cannot attend please consider  a donation:


there is  a 2.2% paypal fee

Or send payments/checks/registration to:
Eulogio Sioson
25310 S Woodland
Beachwood, OH 44122

Questions? Call Jessica at 216-287-7965 or email

Thank you for your support.

Cecile Lansang, MD, Mariquita Belen MD and Marcy and Eulogio Sioson, MD
Chairpersons, Sampaguita Ball
Jessica Strasburg, MD, CME Director
Ferdinand Apolonio, MD, President APPO

APPO Medical and Surgical Mission 2014

Posted by on March 31, 2014 in APPO Events, APPO News, News | 0 comments

Thank you to Jose Ronald Ong for creating the video below featuring highlights from the Medical Surgical Mission in Daet, Camarines Norte, Philippines that took place on Jan 19-24, 2014.

Thank you to to the Medical Mission organizers Carmencita and Armando Damian MD, mission volunteers,  and our local sponsors  – Vice Mayor Noel “Ahlong” Ong and the Ong family headed by the indefatigable husband and wife team of Drs, Kelly Salvador and Dr Susannah Ong- Salvador, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital owned and operated by the Palencia family and Congresswoman Catherine Barcelona Reyes and family, as well as all the other local organizations that volunteered their services.

View the official report from the Mission by Drs Damian »


APPO Annual CME & Sampaguita Ball 2014

Posted by on March 15, 2014 in APPO News, News | 1 comment

The Association of Philippine-American Physicians of Ohio (APPO) Foundation will hold the Annual Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program and Sampaguita Ball at the Beachwood Doubletree on May 3, 2014.

We would like to invite you to join us and enjoy the festivities. The theme this year is “Pintados” which is a celebration that takes place in Tacloban, one of the areas hit hardest by typhoon Haiyan. We decided to pick this theme in honor of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The party will be featuring the  band called Soul’d Out. The ticket costs for the party are $70 for adults and $30 for children under 12.

Win an iPad Mini!


We’ll be raffling a 16 GB iPad Mini with Wi-Fi (valued at $299)
Tickets are $5 (purchase below, winner does not have to be present to win)

The CME registration cost is $50 for attending physicians and $35 for residents, fellows, nurses and allied health professionals. The CME features a variety of topics. We have partnered with OSMA and this activity has been designated for 5 CME hours. Featured speakers: Tricia Bravo MD (Infectious disease), Jennifer UI MD (Neurology), James Bangayan DPM (Podiatry), Toribio Flores MD (ENT) and Henry Ng, MD (Internal medicine). Please see the CME program attached for details.

Please consider attending the CME in the morning and the Sampaguita Ball in the evening. Placing an advertisement in the Souvenir Program will be greatly appreciated.

Purchase Tickets

If you’d like to add more than one selections, you’ll have to return to this page to add to your selection. Please enter the names of guests in space provided. You will need a PayPal account to use this option.

Purchase Sampaguita Ball and CME tickets

Or send payments/checks/registration to:
Jessica Strasburg, 23919 Shelburne Road, Shaker Heights, OH 44122
Questions? Call Jessica at 216 287 7965 or email

Thank you for your support.

Dr. Cecilia Lansang and Dr. Hazel Veloso
Chairpersons Sampaguita Ball
Jessica Strasburg, MD
CME Director
Rumilia C. Tolentino-Nogueira, MD
President APPO


Sampaguita Ball 2014 Flyer »
Sampaguita Ball 2014 Advertisement Form »
APPO CME 2014 Registration Brochure »


APPO – New Officers Inducted for 2013

Posted by on December 4, 2013 in APPO News | 0 comments


The Association of Philippine-American Physicians of Ohio (APPO) held the annual induction of new officers on Sunday Nov 24, 2013 at the Doubletree in Independence.

In addition to welcoming the new leaders of the organization, a mass was held by celebrant Father Kit Mendoza to pray for the victims of Super-Typhoon Yolanda that hit the Philippines on November 7th of this year and caused widespread destruction. As a act of solidarity, the newly elected Mayor of Brunswick for 2014, Ron Falconi, inducted the officers. (more…)

Sampaguita Ball 2013

Posted by on July 31, 2013 in APPO News, News | 1 comment


Thank you to the chairs Rumilio Tolentino-Nogueria and Cecilia Lansang. The theme was Philippine Mardi-Gras  MC: Hubert Fernandez. We raised funds for our next medical/surgical mission in January 2014. We enjoyed the Columbus Band, Phil-Am Band and the Chinese Auction. We enjoyed the the Itik-Itik dance performed by the APPO youth dancers and an updated modern Tinikling by the APPO/PASO dancers.

View Image Gallery of The Sampaguita Ball 2013

APPO featured on Medwish blog July 10, 2013

Posted by on July 11, 2013 in APPO News, News | 0 comments

We are so proud of Drs Carmencita and Armando Damian for their leadership for over 30 years leading successful medical and surgical missions to the  Philippines. Please read the latest Medwish blog featuring APPO and interview with the Damians. Please read the interview here:

Dr  Rumilia Tolentino-Nogueira, a family physician from Metrohealth and volunteer for the 2013 Medical Mission to Olongapo City, examining a child at the outpatient clinic.


APPO Update 2012

Posted by on December 26, 2012 in APPO News, News | 0 comments

Dec 25, 2012

To the members, friends and supporters of APPO: thank you for visiting our site! I have updated the site to include pictures from our last few events.

I would also like to update you on APPO News.

We were very saddened at the loss of one of our Board members, Johnny Brawner MD who was a retired general surgeon from St John Westshore. He will truly be missed!

We are currently in the process of planning Sampaguita Ball and CME for May 4, 2013 Saturday. It will be held at the Beachwood Hilton. Please put a note in your calendar and join us for our biggest fund-raising and social event of the year. I am pleased and delighted that Romy Tolentino and Cecelia Lansang, both board members, have agreed to chair the event. In addition, Roy Flores will chair the CME. We are also recruiting speakers for the CME and hope to make this CME rewarding, educational and informative.

Mission news 2013: The next mission is set for Olongapo City, Philippines for Feb 4-8, 2013. We have close to 100 mission volunteers including physicians, CRNAs, nurse practioners, and non-medical personnel. Under the leadership of Carmencita and Armando Damian, the mission plans are finalized and 40 boxes of supplies (most from Medwish) have been shipped. We are all excited and looking forward to this humanitarian mission!  if you want to help in anyway, you can do so by donating a small amount of $25. any donation will help us cover all the pre-op costs and additional costs of tests that patients may need during the week. Donation information here.

Election/officer information:  there was no formal election this year. Due to changes in our bylaws, the officers are finishing their 2nd year terms until 2013 and only a few board members needed to be replaced. We had 3 vacancies this year. I am happy to report that Ferdinand Apolonio MD, Annie Tan MD and Hazel Veloso MD have agreed to serve a one year term. They are relatively new members to APPO who can provide a new and different perspective to our organization. In November 2013 , we will have a formal election for only board members and from the board members, the officers will be chosen. Everyone will serve a 2 year term. This is a big change from previous election processes. please email me at if you’re interested in running next November 2013!

I would also like to invite you to help support PNAO (Philippine Nurses Association of Ohio) in their next endeavor. They will be holding the PNAA National Convention here at the Renaissance hotel:

July 24-28: Wednesday to Sunday
Theme: “Strategic, Synergistic Social Action”
 This is extremely exciting for PNAO and we are proud of Pina Deleon, 2013 President and officers for being selected to host such a huge event. APPO has been invited to sit on some of their panels on health care reform and other topics and we plan on having a booth at their event.
We are also on facebook so please like our page!
I would like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Jessica Strasburg MD
APPO President

APPO Auxiliary Fashion Show Nov. 4,2012

Posted by on December 24, 2012 in APPO News, News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

APPO would like to thank the APPO Auxiliary led by Cancio Castro, President of the Auxiliary and the organizers of this very fashionable event. The chairs included Aimee Castro, Fely Bangayan, and Marcie Sioson. The emcees Bing Jugilon and Michelle Bangayan did a wonderful job! Most of the gowns were borrowed from Marcy Sioson and featured prominent Filipino designer gowns. All the models were family, friends and children of APPO.  Thanks again to the Auxiliary to help raise for the medical mission in 2013

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Medical Mission Meeting December 2012

Posted by on December 23, 2012 in APPO News, News | 0 comments

Thanks to the new and seasoned medical mission volunteers that attnended the informational meeting held at the Damian house on December 16, 2012. The medical mission plans to Olongapo City are complete, 40 boxes of supplies shipped. We are also planning a short educational CME for the medical and surgical residents at James Gordon Memorial Hospital.

see below for pictures from the meeting!
Thank you to GG Lloyd for the pictures.


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A day at Medwish September 27, 2012

Posted by on December 22, 2012 in APPO News | 0 comments

Thank you to the volunteers who sorted and boxed 12 boxes to be shipped for the APPO medical mission Feb 4-8, 2013. We are eternally grateful for the Medwish organization for all the medical and surgical supplies which will be put to great use in the Philippines.

Volunteers: Armando and Carmencita Damian, Jorge and Zeny Jandi, Rose Carandang, Tes and Sol Tabora, Jessica Strasburg,Marilyn and GG Lloyd, Annie Gomos

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