Philippine Heart Association – Southern Tagalog Chapter

About the Association

The Philippine Heart Association – Southern Tagalog Chapter was organized in 1977 by Dr. H.B. Calleja, then Vice-President of the PHA. Under Dr. Calleja’s term as President in 1978, the founding officers were inducted at Fernando Air Base, Lipa City which included the following: Vicente Magsino, President; Ernesto Malabanan, Vice-President; and Leonardo Exconde, Cesar Reyes, Hilarion Buaneventura, and Antonio Gonzales.

During its early years, the chapter participated in the Clinicopathologic conferences of the Philippine Heart Center for Asia. The chapter also played and active part in numerous scientific conferences by acting as speakers, panel reactors, and resource persons in various topics including hypertension, coronary artery disease, and rheumatic heart disease, among others. Associate fellows who were accepted by the chapter were Drs. L. Hernandez, Nora Villa, Esperanza Ilagan, and Roger Marcial. Associate members included Drs. Buenafe, Lucas, De Guia, and C.P. Reyes.

An annual mini-symposium was initiated during the term of Dr. Cesar Reyes in 1989 and 1990, held in Lipa City, Batangas. This was followed by a two-day symposium at the Development Academy of the Philippines in Tagaytay City on November 24-25, 1990. The first Raymundo Katigbak Memorial Lecture entitled “Circadian Rhythm in Cardiovascular Disease” was given by the incumbent PHA President Adolfo Bellosillo.

Aside from the various continuing medical education activities, the chapter also rendered community services. Lectures on cardiopulmonary resuscitation were done annually for the lay population. Topics of interest such as Coronary Risk Factors were discussed especially among teachers, government employees, and members of the Barangay.

Under the leadership of the energetic President Romeo Ariniego, various scientific activities were conducted in Cavite, San Pablo, Lipa City, and Lucena City. On January 18, 1992 the second Katigbak Memorial Lecture was held at FAB, Lipa City with Dr. H.B. Calleja, the founding father of the chapter and President of the PMA, as the guest speaker.

Dr. Victor Mendoza, then subsequently Dr. Jaime Pacifico succeed Dr. Romeo Ariniego. They continued various community-based activities in the region initiated by Dr. Ariniego.

Dr. Juliana Gomez-Tamayo was the first woman president of the PHA-STC, from 2002-2004, during which the Chapter celebrated its 25th year which coincided with the 50th anniversary of the PHA. To support the numerous continuing medical education activities for the members as well as to carry on with the medical missions and health services in the community, the charter in cooperation with the mother society sponsored a major fund-raising project via a fashion show featuring cardiologists as well as their friends from the different pharmaceutical companies. The affair, aptly entitled “The Golden Heart with Silver Trimmings”, was a huge success not only in raising funds bit more importantly because of the camaraderie that it fostered. One of the major beneficiaries was the Tahanan Ni Maria, a home for the abandoned aged in Carmona, Cavite. Likewise, it also funded the educational activities of the chapter as exemplified by the Post Graduate Course held on January 25, 2003 entitled “Current Views in Cardiology”.

Dr. Delta Canela succeeded as president from 2002-2004. During her term, various continuing medical education activities, lay fora, and medical missions in various areas were held.

Dr. Nannette Rey became the longest chapter president after the term of Dr. Canela. She held the position from 2005-2010. She continued various continuing medical education activities, lay fora, basic life support and advanced cardiac life support courses, and hypertension screening in the Southern Tagalog region. A post-graduate course entitled “Landmark Trials in Cardiology” was held in Tagaytay City, which was well attended by members of the chapter and other specialties in the region. The chapter also actively participated in the annual painting, essay writing, and oratorical contest for the PHA annual celebration of Heart Month. Additionally, during her term, the chapter actively participated and was consecutively included in the top three performances during the Chapter’s Night of the PHA Annual Convention.

Near the end of the term of Dr. Rey, Las Piñas area was finally included among the members of the PHA-Southern Tagalog and membership had expanded to include cardiologists from Las Piñas and Muntinlupa.

This was followed by the term of Dr. Lilibeth Maravilla as president from 2011-2013. With the number of members at this time reaching a total of 97 adult and pediatric cardiologists and thoracocardiovascular surgeons, Dr. Maravilla focused on strengthening the chapter by encouraging active participation of members. Continuing medical activities are regularly conducted including the First Lipid Forum held at Tagaytay, Evidence-based research workshop for the members and trainees at Naval, Sta Rosa, Arrhythmia workshop with Dr. Anthony King and member electrophysiologists at Tagaytay, the Second Lipid Forum, Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Workshop for doctors and nurses at Sto. Tomas Batangas, Second Echocardiography Workshop with Dr. Loewe Go. The chapter also held non-medical activities such as Wealth and Financial Management Workshop, participation in the FLEHD musical at Perpetual College, Biñan Laguna, Introduction to Landscape Photography and Maximizing your Laptop, and the chapter’s recollection with Fr. Manoling Morato at Perpetual College, Biñan Laguna.

The chapter celebrated 2011 World Heart Day with a fun run on September 25, 2011 at the Greenfields City Sta Rosa, Laguna, followed by lay fora and medical missions at Laguna and San Pablo City. The chapter also participated in the PHA Council on Hypertension project for teachers in Calamba, Laguna last December 17, 2011. The celebrated the Heart Month with a medical mission held at Daniel Mercado Medical Center. This was followed by the post-graduate course entitled “Cardiology Simplified” at Acacia Hotel done March 9, 2012. The one-day course included lecture reviews on common cardiovascular disease diagnosis and management in the morning and lectures on evidence-based updates in Cardiology and Peripheral Vascular Diseases in the afternoon followed by the fellowship night.

The chapter got 2nd place at the 2012 Chapter’s night presentation during the PHA Annual Convention in May. By far, the largest medical mission and risk factor screening in cooperation with the PHA community advocacy committee was held at Tanauan Batangas last August 30, 2012 with a total of 312 patients.

The flagship project for 2012 was the first PHA-STC Musical Show held last September 8, 2012 at the Sylvia P. Lina Center for Performing Arts at De Las Salle Zobel, Alabang entitled “Showstoppers Straight To Your Hearts”. This musical showcased the singing and dancing talents of PHA-STC members, doctors from other subspecialties, and members of the pharmaceutical companies in the region. Special guests from the PHA were Dr. Joel Abanilla (PHA Secretary) and Dr. Marinella Francisco Mallari (chair of the Council on Congenital Heart Disease of the PHA). The show was conceptualised and directed by Ms. Pinky Marquez Cancio. The performance was well attended and had garnered very good feedbacks from the audience. The 2012 World Heart Day was celebrated by a fun run followed by Zumba and competitive games for the mothers and the children. This was held at Naval Sta Rosa last September 30, 2012 and was attended by 650 participants from all over the region.

Through the years, all these medical and social activities have made the Southern Tagalog Chapter a truly strong organisation to reckon with. Several PHA Presidents have given testimony to the chapter through its recognition as Most Outstanding Chapter. Time, effort, trust, and camaraderie have nurtured the chapter, making it truly one of the mother society’s most established and active unit. 


We advocate to provide holistic and quality cardiovascular care to the people of Southern Tagalog through the collective, proactive and collegial efforts of our members and allied health partners.  We want to make a positive impact in the lives of the communities we serve.


The Beacon of Cardiovascular Care in the Southern Tagalog Region