Message from the President of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology



Dear All:

The APSR has been historically weighting the importance of education for respiratory field to both local researchers and sometimes the public in Asian Pacific region. As the name ESAP; Educational Seminar of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology indicates, the purpose is to improve and disseminate contemporary state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in the study and practice of respiratory medicine in the region by inviting the top class specialists from various respiratory fields, and organizing educational seminars.

I am very much delighted that ESAP Manila will be held at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria Hotel in Quezon City, Metropolitan Manila, Philippines at 6-7 August 2014 to be hosted by the Philippine College of Chest Physicians; PCCP, one of our en bloc member societies we are closely working with. The theme of the ESAP; “State of the Art Pulmonology: Convergence of Practice” highlights the rapid advances in this field and the need for proper collaboration among different disciplines which deal with various respiratory ailments. The PCCP and the APSR are confident that all of participants would be satisfied with scientific programme of the ESAP.

On behalf of the PCCP and the APSR, I look forward to your attendance at the ESAP Manila.


Sincerely yours,

Arth Nana

President, APSR

diplomates 2014

New Diplomates of the PCCP

diplomates 2014

The following Associate Members have successfully completed the written and oral parts of the examination for Diplomate of the Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP) conducted by the PCCP Specialty Board on January 12 and February 2, 2014:

ATIENZA, Rhodora P., MD
BAUTISTA, Emelie Grace J., MD
CAMIGUING, Catherine O., MD
CARTAGO, Reinalyn S., MD
CORRALES, Michelleen D., MD
DE GUZMAN, Richelle C., MD
DE LEOZ, Josephine B., MD
DEPAYSO, Marbe Joy A., MD
DIZON, Rodolfo Jr. V., MD
GERON, Eleanor B., MD
GONZALO, Dominetta S., MD
GREGORIO, Richmond L., MD
IGNACIO, Victoria M., MD
LETIGIO-UY, Merci Angelie J., MD
LIM, Ma. Susan G., MD
MAGPANTAY, Fatima Kathrina B., MD
MENDOZA, Mary Joy P., MD
MERIN, Edelweise G., MD
MONTEJO, Yvonne Bettina E., MD
PARAGUAS, Stefanni Nonna M., MD
SEMPIO, Earl Louis A., MD
TAN, Sue Kimberly M., MD

As such, they will be conferred the title of “Diplomate” of the College (certifying specialty in the field of pulmonary medicine) in the induction ceremony to be held during our 33rd Annual Chest Convention on March 5, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.



Convention Venue

Where is SMX Taguig?

SMX Convention Center Taguig is located at the 3rd and 4th levels of SM Aura Premier. The complete address is 3rd & 4th Level, SM Aura Premier, 26th Street corner McKinley Parkway, Taguig City.


How far is the airport from the SMX Taguig Convention Center?

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport as well as the domestic airport is about a 30-45 minute car-ride away from SMX.


What are the modes of transportation available in SMX Taguig?

There are two public transport going to SM Aura:

Jeepneys from EDSA Ayala Station going to Mckinley which could unload passengers right across SM Aura. The East Route The Fort Buses also unloads passengers in 26th Street, by the side of SM Aura. Cabs also service to this location.

In addition, the Mckinley Parkway is less than two kilometers away from the central train stations of Metro Rail Transit (MRT).

Private Vehicles can reach the place from EDSA or C5, whichever’s the nearest.


Where can I park?

SM Aura has 3 levels basement parking facility.


Which hotels are closest to SMX?

About three minutes away from SM Aura is a partner hotel of SMX, Seda Hotel. However, SMX has several 3 to 5-star partner hotels located in prime spots within the metro.



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