The Pioneer

Filed Under (Stories) by maripipi on 10-03-2010

The FriendsThe first nurses who graduated from the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center College of Nursing (UERMMMC) in Quezon City, Philippines, came from the different parts of the Philippines. There were no familiar faces around them, so they bonded with each other. Forty eight years after having graduated, they are still close, closer than blood relatives.

Because they were the first class in the College of Nursing they were named “The Pioneers”. The name stuck. The Pioneers look forward to their annual reunion just so they can be together. And when together, it is all fun. Most of them are now retired. The PioneerIn the early ’60’s most of the Pioneers migrated to the United States to answer the demand for their profession. They married, raised their families and settled here in America for good.

One Pioneer, Eusebia Gaviola Leto, returned to the island where she was born to do community work upon retiring in 1996. She wanted to make a difference in the lives of others.  This commitment has been challenging and rewarding. These are the journals of her sojourn.

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