ABS-CBN Cebu holds Kapamilya bloodletting
By VERA LEIGH LASAM
Last Saturday saw the biggest yet Kapamilya Bloodletting staged by ABS-CBN Cebu.
Bloodletting centers were installed in four major malls: Gaisano Fiesta Mall, E-Mall, Gaisano Mactan, SM City Cebu.
And, for the first time ever, three of the biggest private hospitals joined the widely-launched activity. Perpetual Soccour Hospital, Chong Hua Hospital, and Cebu Doctors Hospital put up their own bloodletting centers and screened walk-in blood donors. Cebu Doctors Hospital also gave out certificates to 81 of its blood donors who would be able to avail themselves of a 35% discount in all medical services for one year.
Singer and actress Donna Cruz Larrazabal was a first-time blood donor who showed up in support of the Run for Sight Foundation headed by her husband, Dr. Yong Larrazabal.
Worthy to note were families who showed up in groups, two of which are the Lipatan and Igong-igong family. Dindin Igong-igong, mother of two, made sure her two children who are already in their 20s learned the value of sharing blood to save lives.
In all, 525 bags were collected in all four malls and 209 more from the private hospitals.
A day after, an Operation Tuli (circumcision) was launched inside University of the Philippines Cebu Arts and Sciences Building in partnership with the U.P. High School Cebu Alumni Association, Inc.
Over 100 boys from neighboring barangays Lahug and Camputhaw were able to avail themselves of the free operation, including free feeding services. Other key partners were the Philippine College of Surgeons - Cebu Chapter, Run for Sight Foundation, Cebu Doctors Hospital, and Ms. Cebu.
1st runner-up Ms. Cebu 2008 surgeon trainee Kathy Lynn Atuel attended to some of the boys herself.
Atuel said she feels very fortunate to be able to help in activities that provides services to barangays. The Operation Tuli is one of the series of activities Ms. Cebu is scheduled to participate.
ABS-CBN Cebu for its part was grateful for the massive support from its partners.
The free medical services over the weekend were part of ABS-CBN Cebu's celebration of its 20th year of broadcast and services to the public.