A beautiful arc rested in MHAM college of Medicine with a ribbon of entwined yellow and green as a crowd of students and members of the MHAM community gathered. In the hands of Celia Mabalatan and Juana Aznar, the representatives of Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center and the Aznar Family respectfully, the cutting of the ribbon signaled the beginning of Founders Day. A ceremony was soon conducted in an array of flowers. In an expression of our own devotion to the school and our own founder, Don Matias Hipolito Aznar II, a single pink rose was given by each person and laid upon his likeness.
The symbolism of our own dedication, the pink rose is both simple, yet encompassing in its meanings. Happiness, Regard and Esteem, the different variations with each its own meaning and implications, proudly displayed in a bouquet of devotion. From the palest of pink roses as a sign of joy, to the medium of pink in an expression of sympathy and admiration, then finally deep pink in a meaning of gratitude. The collective array of emotions are conveyed in a stunning presentation of our fidelity.
With the end of the flower giving, comes a blessing conducted by the Redemptorist Church throughout the school. Followed soon by the adjourning to the stage as the Signing of Memorandum of Agreement between MHAM College of Medicine and Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center was then conducted by Gerardo M. Aquino Jr., Medical director of Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Celia M. Mabalatan, Training Officer of Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Elma A. Sierra, President and Chairman, Board of Trustees of SWU-MHAM College of Medicine Inc., and Dr. Arlene M. Diaz, Dean of SWU-MHAM College of Medicine Inc.
With the purpose of an agreement between the two parties with the intention of granting the right of SWU-MHAM College of Medicine to use Vicente Sotto Memorial Hospital as their base training hospital from then on. With its conclusion, A meaningful speech was then conveyed by our Dean Dr. Arlene M. Diaz, on the history of MHAM College of Medicine, Its hopes and goals and what it strives for in the future. This was followed with closing remarks by the MHAM College of Medicine Head of Human Resource, Daniel P. Lariba Jr.
The end of speeches marked the beginning of festivities filled with competitions, programs and celebration in MHAM College of Medicine. Among these, a Literary contest would be held later that day, then following, a sport competition filled with spirit.