The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) marked its second year as National COVID-19 Referral Center last March 30 with the unveiling of three paintings by renowned artist Roberto Sanchez.
The paintings depict the struggles of PGH frontliners who responded to the onslaught of the pandemic thru their knowledge, dedication, and zeal for the medical profession. Dr. Gerardo “Gap” Legaspi, Director of PGH, received the 7x9 feet artworks donated by Batch ‘96 of the Upsilon Sigma Phi and Sigma Delta Phi as part of their 25th year celebration.
“The murals depict a huge part of the emotion and the experiences that all of the frontliners went thru over the last two years,” Dr. Legaspi said in a short ceremony in one of the referral center wards. “Engraving them in long lasting murals will remind us that whatever difficulty can be surpassed if we work together, stay committed and dedicated to the ideals that our profession has set for us."
Also in attendance during the turnover were Upsilon Sigma Phi Alumni Association trustee Jon Javier, Dr. Teodoro Herbosa, adviser to the National Task Force Against COVID-19, Angelo Serrano of Batch 96 and the artist, Roberto Sanchez.
The PGH National COVID-19 Referral Center was a joint effort by the University of the Philippines, the Department of Health and the private sector. Since its inauguration in 2020, it has served thousands of Covid patients in the country largely thru the service rendered by PGH medical frontliners.