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The Heritage: PNASD Newsletter 
September 2015
Newsletter Editor: LTJG Trishia Carinio, NC, USN
If you have any interesting PNASD events/activities that you would like to be included in our future newsletter issues, please send articles with pictures with “The Heritage” or “PNASD Newsletter” in the subject line to Trishia (, Marlon (, and our President, Maria Luisa (Merlie) Ramira ( Maraming Salamat!
Please Attend Our Upcoming PNASD BOD and Members Meeting
Sunday October 4, 2015
Past Events
  • Meeting the Operation Samahan Interim CEO
    (September 2)
  • “The Delano Manongs”
    (September 19)
  • PNASD meets PMA of San Diego
    (September 24)
  • 3rd Semi-Annual Medical Device Packaging Conference
    (September 25)
Upcoming Events
Past Events
Dr. Emelina Quisumbing (Interim CEO of OS), Linda Mascardo (PNASD Vice-President), Mayor Morrison of National City, Elvie Magsarili (Board of Director), Dr. Merlie Ramira (PNASD President), Jose Samson (PNASD Parliamentarian).
PNASD meets the Operation Samahan (OS) Interim CEO

Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego County (PNASD), Inc. officers led by Dr. Merlie Ramira (PNASD President), Erlinda Mascardo (Vice-President), Elvie Magsarili (PNASD Board of Director, also a Board Member of OS), and Jose Samson, (PNASD Parliamentarian and OS FNP) attended the community partnership meeting on September 2, 2015 at Operation Samahan Administration in National City. The Operation Samahan Board invited local and community leaders to receive OS updates from their management team in an effort to enhance their service to the Filipino community.
Dr. Emelina Quisumbing, the Interim CEO of OS was introduced to the various community leaders. Dr. Quisumbing presented new initiatives and programs of OS and invited the community leaders to suggest approaches and strategies in providing health care services to the diverse clients with focus on Filipinos. She presented a short history of “Samahan” (a word that means working together) stating that it was founded in 1973 by a group of doctors and other health professionals as well as community leaders with the goal of assisting ailing Filipino elders to access healthcare. She further stated that started in a small barbershop in downtown San Diego, the name developed to OS. Health screenings and informal health care education classes were provided to Filipinos and other under-served ethnic groups. The OS was officially incorporated in 1973 as non-profit freestanding community clinic.
Currently, OS has multi-family health centers (6 community clinics) serving low income families and individuals from culturally diverse groups of Filipinos, Latinos, Laotians, Asian and Pacific Islanders, African-Americans, Caucasians, and refugees from Middle East and other countries. Among the guests of the OS partners meeting were Honorable Audie de Castro, Philippine Honorary Consul of San Diego, and the mayor of National City, Mayor Morrison.
It was a well-attended community leaders meeting and the PNASD was honored to participate in the exchange of ideas that will definitely benefit the Filipino community.
PNASD attended “The Delano Manongs” Special Screening Event

Larry Itliong
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Delano Grape Strike, PNASD members joined other Filipinos for a special screening of the powerful, Emmy-Award winning documentary, The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers, produced by Ms. Marissa Aroy, on September 19, 2015 at the San Diego Central Library, Neil Auditorium. California Assembly Honorable Rob Bonta was also present at the event. This event was co-sponsored by Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) San Diego Chapter. Ms.
The documentary film presented the untold story of the Filipino farmworkers who initiated one of the biggest labor struggles in American history — the Delano Grape Strike of 1965. Larry Itliong, led the movement, accompanied by Philip Vera Cruz and Pete Velasco, the Manongs (a Filipino term of respect for an older man). Their group was joined by the Chicano farm workers, led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, to create the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). Filipino Labor organizer, Larry Itliong organized a group of 1500 Filipinos to strike against the grape growers of Delano, California, with the support of Chicanos, and other ethnic groups. Filipinos played a pivotal role with the creation of the workers labor movement.
The film, combined by interviews and archives collection sheds light on the lives of these Filipino farmworkers from their arrival into the United States in the 1920s and ’30s highlighting their many struggles and achievements. The legacy created by the Manongs explored the desire for basic equality and humanity is a significant history renowned by thousands of Filipino Americans today (

Merlie Ramira, Lorna Herce & Elvie Magsarili
PNASD meets PMA of San Diego
On September 24, 2015, Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego Officers Vivian Sanderlin (President-elect), Erlinda Mascardo (Vice-President), and Trishia Carinio (Newsletter Editor) attended an event with the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) of San Diego through the invitation of its President, Dr. Gil Ungab. This was the first time PNASD has been invited by PMA. The venue was at the fabulous Omni Hotel Downtown San Diego right across from San Diego Petco Park. The view on the 22nd floor poolside was breath-taking, with views of building skylines, San Diego Bay, Coronado Island, and the San Diego Padres who were playing that night at Petco Park.
There were about 25-30 Filipino doctors present and Pharmaceutical companies, Novartis and Biotronics who sponsored the lavish spread of buffet-style food. There were steaks, sushi rolls, sandwiches, pastas, salads, fruits, desserts and drinks and lots of introductions and conversations with everyone. Dr. Ungab requests that PNASD participate on some of PMA’s upcoming events such as a Wellness Fair to be chaired by Dr. Tess Mauricio, medical missions in the Philippines and other collaborative projects they are planning in the near future. We extended an invitation to Dr. Ungab and his officers to attend PNASD’s General Board meeting on October 4, 2015 to meet with PNASD’s President, Board of Directors, Officers and members of PNASD.

(L to R) PNASD Vice-President Erlinda Mascardo, Trishia Carinio, Dr. Purification Banner, Dr. Tess Mauricio, Vivian Sanderlin, Dr. Violeta Martel

(L-R) Trishia Carinio, Linda Mascardo, Vivian Sanderlin, Dr. Tess Mauricio

PNASD participated as End Users on Medical Packaging Conference

On September 25th, the PNASD nurses attended the 3rd Semi-annual Medical Device Packaging: Innovations in Design & Testing held at the Hilton San Diego Del Mar. It was very interesting to note that with the myriads of changes in the healthcare industry companies now recognize the importance of the nursing feedback to test the efficiency of packaging of products in the market. For nurses in perioperative services, ease of use, sterilization, other medical devices included in each case take into consideration the possible errors in preparation of the case. Innovation has really come a long way when Engineers communicate with Nurses at the panel discussion to get feedback of their products. Our thanks to Nathalie Davis from Q1 Productions for inviting us to this conference.

The "hands on" packaging of Orthopedic Medical Device were evaluated by Chona Lutap, RN (Retired Perioperative Nurse Manager, UCSD), Emeline Yabut, RN,OB GYN (Faculty at Concorde College), Dr. Merlie Ramira, DNP, FNP-BC,CEN (ER NP, Faculty & FNP Program Director at US University ), Maricel Dela Cruz, RN,OB Department, Trishia Carinio, BSN, RN (MS Unit, Naval Medical Center San Diego),Vickie Berbano, MHA, RN, LTC Consultant and the other nurses were from Scripps Memorial Hospital, Grossmont Plaza Surgery Center, and VA Medical Center respectively. Ms. Davis provided us the feedback of the participants giving us the rating of 4.6 out of 5 which made the panel session one of the top 2 sessions of the entire program. Some of the comments were; "love the nurses panel, very informative, always an excellent opportunity to interface" to name a few.

What an awesome experience, in promoting PNASD visibility!

Vickie Berbano (PNAA EB, PNASD BOD, Nathalie Davis (Production Manager, Q1 Productions), Dr. Merlie Ramira (PNASD President), Chona Lutap (Chair-BOD), Maricel Delacruz (PNASD Member), Emeline Yabut (PNASD member), LTJG Trishia Carinio, NC, USN (PNASD Newsletter Editor)

Maricel Delacruz, Emeline Yabut, LTJG Trishia Carinio, NC, USN, Dr. Merlie Ramira, Vickie Berbano, Chona Lutap.

Breakfast post conference

Upcoming Events

Hello Current Members of PNASD, we are issuing you a challenge!

This year of 2015, the PNASD is striving to gain at least 50 new members into the PNASD before the end of this year.  

We are working toward our Association’s transition into a 503c tax status for our San Diego Chapter.   The PNASD accepts members who are of any race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. 

We are strongly encouraging each of you to reach out to a minimum of TWO:

Co-workers   -   Colleagues   -   Nursing students   -   Retired nurses
  • Both non-Filipino and Filipino nurses 
  • LVN – ADN  – BSN – MSN – Ph.D. – DNP status
  • Any field of nursing practice
  • Anywhere in San Diego County
Provide them a hard copy membership form or this PNASD website link and encourage them to join.

We want to see an increased number of members and for all members to volunteer, attend business meetings, join committees, and attend our functions throughout the year.

Please keep track of what nurses you refer.  A special treat will be given to the current PNASD member who recruits the most new members!

Thank you to everyone,

Mollie Nunn, RN                       Merlie Ramira, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CEN
PNASD member                       PNASD President 2014-2016, 

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