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Announcing the

3rd Annual Convention of the AACE Philippine Chapter : A

Joint meeting with AACE US on

 August 13 to 16, 2009 at Mactan Shangrila, Cebu

Endocrinology Without Borders: Navigating Toward New Fronteirs in Patient Care

For Inquiries: Please contact AACEPC Secreatariat:

917-836-2568 or 9220840-2568


AACE Philippines’ 2nd Annual Meeting and Clinical Congress

Marquis Tent, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa

August 15-17, 2008


“Untying the Knots of Endocrine Issues and Controversies”


August 15, 2008

11:30 – 1:00 PM:                                    Luncheon Symposium Merck

        11:30- 12:10        Lunch  

        12:10-1:00         Minimizing The Glucose Fluctuations Post Meal:

                The Role of Glucovance                                   Augusto D Litonjua, MD

                Chair: Gerry Tan

                Moderator: Jimmy Aragon


1:00 – 1:50 PM:       Merck Philippines

                                Challenges in Thyroid Hormone Therapy:

                                                                                        A Case-Based Presentation                                                Hossein Gharib, MD (USA)

                                            Chair: Joey Miranda

                                            Moderator: Joy Fontanilla 


1:50 – 2:40 PM:       GSK Symposium 

                                                                        Cardiovascular Safety of Rosiglitazone                                          Mark Kearney, MD (UK)

                                         Chair: Honolina S. Gomez

                                         Moderator: Carol Montano


2:40 – 3:30 PM                                   JJ Philippines

                                            Uses and Pitfalls of Blood Glucose                                                                         Darryl Nomura, MD (USA)

                                                                Monitoring Devices

                                Chair: Yvette Rosales-Amante

                                Moderator:  Grace Alferos


3:30 – 4:20 PM                                 Abbott International

                                Weight Reduction Drugs:  Issues

                                                                                  and Controversies                                                 Gary Ko, MD (Hong Kong)

                                         Chair: Estrellita Lopez, MD

                                         Moderator: Melanie Valdez, MD


4:20 – 5:10                                         Novo Nordisk Symposium                                                              

                                FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE: 

                                       Refining Basal Insulin Therapy                                          Michael A. Bush, MD  (USA)

                                         Chair: George Tan

                                         Moderator: Gerry Tan                                           



5:15 – 5:45 PM                                    OPENING CEREMONY


5:45 – 6:25                                Plenary Lecture 1

                                                            Glycemic Variability & Its Clinical

                                                                Implication                                                                           Augusto D Litonjua, MD

                                Chair: Marsha Tolentino


6:25 – 7:15 PM         Symposiun Nestle Phil

            Nutrition Experts’ Panel Discussion        


7:30 PM                                 OPENING RECEPTION


AACE Philippines’ 2nd Annual Meeting and Clinical Congress                                  August 15-17, 2008

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8:10 -9:00 PM                                2nd Dinner Symposiun LRI 

                            Fenofibrates  in the Mnagement of

                                     Diabetic Dyslipidemia                                  Mohann Badgandi,MD(India)

                                            Chair: Joy Fontanilla

                                            Moderator: Gail Magtolis


August 16, 2008:


6::30 AM                                            Breakfast


8:30– 9:10 AM                                            Plenary Lecture 2

            Antidiabetic Agents: Do they increase the

                    Risk for Cardiovascular Disease?         Mark Kearney (UK)  

                                                    Chair: Floranie Paredes


9:10–10:10                                             Symposium 1:  Diabetes Infections: Recurrent UTI

    9:10-9:30    Recurrent UTI: Why? How?    Gerry H. Tan, MD

    9:30- 9:55    Recurrent UTI: What to Do?    Elfreda Hernandez, MD

    9:55 – 10:10                     Q and A 

                                                Chair: Arlene Gana

                                                Co-Chair: Melanie Valdez


10:10-11:15     Symposium 3: Uses and Abuses of Glucocorticoids

    10:10 – 10:30                      Glucocorticoids: How the Good Turns Bad    Jimmy Aragon, MD

    10::30 – 11:00                         Glucocorticoids: Maximizing the Benefits;

                                            Minimizing the Harm    Mahan Badgandhi ,MD (India)

    11:00– 11:15                       Q and A

                                                    Chair: Jane Doctora

                                                    Co-Chair: Carol Montano


11:15 – 1:15 PM :   Lunch Symposia

    11:15- 12: 05               1st Luncheon Symposium Otsuka

                                                    “Up-to-Date Anti-platelet Treatment 

                                                      on PAD”         Samuel Money, MD (USA)

         Chair: Gail Magtolis

            Moderator: Estrellita Lopez




    12:05 – 12:25          Lunch Served (Sit-Down)


    12:25 – 1:15                    2nd Luncheon Symposium Novartis Philippines                                           

                                       Galvus: Advancing Diabetes Treatment Through

                                                    Islet Cell Enhancement         Soon Puay Choy, MD

            Chair: Rey Rosales

            Moderator Joey Miranda


1:15 -2:15 PM         Symposium 2: Management of Obesity: Lifestyle vs. Medical?

    1:15– 1:45        Lifestyle Intervention          Sanirose Orbeta

   1:45-2:05         Pharmacotherapy for Obesity:

                                                    What agent? Which Patient?          Estrellita Lopez, MD

    2:05-2:20                         Q and A

            Chair: Jubi-Balderas de Guman

                                            Co-Chair: Lyn Bilar


2:20 – 3:00        Plenary Lecture 3

            Thyroid Disease in Pregnancy                         Hossein Gharib, MD (USA)

        Chair: Rey Rosales

AACE Philippines’ 2nd Annual Meeting and Clinical Congress                                  August 15-17, 2008

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3: 05- 5:45        Opening of Exhibits/Exhibit Break

4:30 – 6:00        Lifestyle lecture  –  “ DRESS ME UP…  THE NEW GENERATION MDS”

                                                    BENCH FASHION SHOW / Raffle




6:45 PM        Dinner

            Induction/Oath Taking of New members

            Induction of 2008-2009 AACE-Philippines Board of Directors


8:30 PM-10PM        Fellowship Night and Raffle


August 17, 2008


6:30 AM         Breakfast


8:30-9:20                                Eli Lilly Symposium

               Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus:

                                                    Time to Change the Paradigm                     Augusto D. Litonjua, MD

            Chair: Yvette Rosales-Amante

            Moderator:  Bien Matawaran


9:20-10:35           Symposium 4: The Diabetic Foot

9:20-9:40                                     Basic/Case Presentation        Joy Fontanilla, MD

9:40-10:05                                   Controversies in Diabetic Foot Management           Arnold Tan, MD

10:05-10:20                                 Q and A   

                                                    Chair: Dennis Lumabi

                                                    Co-Chair: Evelyn Paraan


10:20 – 11:10 AM             State of the Art Lecture

            Stem Cells in Endocrine Disorders        Soon Puay Choy, MD

                                                                                        Chair: Ma. Leisa Magboo


11:10 – 11:50        Plenary Lecture 4            

                                        Power of Prevention Through Fitness

                                                    and Nutrition          Florence Santos, MD

            Prevention of Diabetes:        Ricardo E. Fernando, MD 

                                                    What is the best modality? 

                                                    Chair: Fatma Tiu         


11:50-1:20 NN          Servier Sympposium

    11:50-12:40                             “Glycemic Controversies in Type 2 Diabetes

                                                            and the ADVANCE Results”                                Augusto D. Litonjua, MD

Carolyn Narvacan, MD

                                                Chair:  Grace Alferos 

                                                Moderator: Jimmy Aragon


    12:40-1:20 PM                       Lunch


1:20 PM                            Closing  Ceremonies


2:00 PM                              Post-Convention Analysis        AACE-Phil Board of Directors

5 PM (or 6PM)                Flight for those going back to Manila!


AACE Annual Convention: August 15 to 17, 2008,

Shangrila Mactan, Cebu

Please mark your calendars for this yearly event. A gathering of experts in the field of endocrinology.

As head of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Co Chair of this year’s symposia, I am pleased to inform everyone that the program is all set with so far 7 confirmed foreign speakers including Dr Hossein Gharib of the Mayo Clinic, Dr Bush, Dr Money and DR Learson all of the USA plus distinguished speakers form Korea, India ,Singapore and of course from our own country: Dr Augusto Litonjua and Dr Ric Fernando: both pillars of Philippine Endocrinology.

Please feel free to write me a note if you want any information of the event for early registration.

Pre registration deadline: July 15, 2008

Pre registration Fee: P 800

Registration Fee: P1,000

See You all in Cebu!!!!!


Feb 2, 2008:

AACE Philippines just held our 2nd CME Update in Hongkong last January 25 to 27, 2008. Do check my post on what transpired during the meeting: AACE Philippines 2nd CME Update: A Success!


Succesful Launch of the POFTFN Program:

1112_00.jpgANGARA SIGNS MOA BY THE AACE: Senator Edgardo J. Angara signs a Memorandum of Agreement by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) – Philippine Chapter in support of its advocacy campaign dubbed “Power of Prevention through Fitness and Nutrition” which aims to enlighten Filipinos about this serious health menace that is silently killing children and young adults.

Power of Prevention through Fitness and Nutrition is a project that aims to curb the obesity epidemic through awareness campaigns at elementary PE classes in an initial 25 participating schools around Metro Manila and nearby provinces. The program teaches 6th grade children of the importance of proper nutrition and regular exercise through a 5-day module to be included in their PE classes. Students who are found to have made significant improvements will be awarded at the end of the term.

During the launching of the program, keynote speaker Senator Edgardo J. Angara pledged an amount of P500,000 yearly for the next five years to be used solely for the education of the public on diabetes and ways to prevent it.

________________________________________________ 8/24/07

First Annual Meeting of AACE-Philippine Chapter Report of Hossein Gharib, MD, The President Elect of AACE in First Messenger

Dr. Augusto Litonjua joined AACE in 1995 and was recognized as a Fellow of the College in 1997. Dr. Litonjua was an early admirer of AACE for its mission, vision, and dedication to clinical endocrinologists as well as endocrine patients . Dr. Litonjua had been a member of many endocrine organizations both in Philippines and elsewhere. In his country he is remembered as the “Father of Endocrinology,” has been a founding member and President of the Philippine Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism, as well as President of the Philippines Diabetes Association. Thus, his appreciation of AACE was based on long experience in endocrinology and the recognition that AACE was different.

Between 1995 and 2005, Dr. Litonjua encouraged many Philippine endocrinologists to join AACE. In 2006, under his leadership and with the help of AACE Staff in Jacksonville, a group of AACE members developed the charter and mission of a new organization: the Philippine-AACE Chapter. The Chapter now has 120 members.At the AACE Annual Congress in Seattle earlier this year, 40 Philippine Chapter members were in attendance.

The First Annual Meeting of the Chapter was held August 10-12, 2007 at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, ten minutes outside Cebu City. This is a spectacular resort with several hundred sleeping rooms, multiple restaurants, several swimming pools, a spa, and a private beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The theme of the Congress was “Nurturing the Seeds and Polishing the Pearls of Endocrinology.” Program chair was Dr. George Tan, President of AACE Chapter, and the local host was Dr. Gerry Tan, a Mayo-trained endocrinologist in Cebu, and Assistant Secretary of the Chapter. The meeting was well-received and very successful.Among390 registrants, there were surgeons, family physicians, primary care doctors, endocrine fellows and IM residents. Some 80 endocrinologists, 60 AACE members, attended the meeting.

Topics included thyroid cancer, osteoporosis, adrenal hypertension, diabetes and pregnancy, and new treatments in diabetes mellitus. Speakers included, from the United States, Drs. James Gavin III, Hossein Gharib, Cecilia Lansang, and Steven Petak; from the Philippines, Drs. Augusto Litonjua, George Tan, Gerry Tan, Ricardo Fernando, Ramon Caceres, Grace Alferos, Estrellita Fernando-Lopez and Victor Adalbert de Villa; and from Singapore, Drs. Jagat Mukherjee and Melvin Tan.

Scientific presentations were of high quality and at the end of each one there was adequate time for interaction with the audience; audiovisual system was superb; and the meeting hall and food unparalleled. The gala dinner included music, drinks, dancing, and a pig roast. At the conclusion of the meeting, Chapter President Dr. George Tan, thanked speakers and attendees, and announced that plans were already underway for the second annual meeting in the Philippines. Dr. Tan extended an invitation to his AACE colleagues in the U.S. to join Philippine Chapter meeting in 2008.

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Dr Joey Miranda just posted some pictures of the First AACE convention highlights. Check it out: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcendoc/



Check my Post on The Success of Hard Work… my views on what transpired during the First Annual Convention of the AACE…

The members of the organizing committee thank all our sponsors for the great success of the event…. There were 400 registered guests both from Manila and neighboring provinces of Cebu.


AACE-Philippines’ Annual Meeting
“Nurturing the Seeds and Polishing the Pearls of Endocrinology”
Shangri-La Hotel, Mactan, Cebu
August 10-12, 2007


9 AM-5:30 PM Registration

11:30-1:30 PM LUNCH Symposium: Novo Nordisk
Ballrooms 2 & 3 Satellite Symposium 1
“Starting Insulin Therapy Using The Right Insulin in Diabetes” Gerry H. Tan, MD
Chair: Estrellita F. Lopez
Reactor: Joy C. Fontanilla

1:30-:2:45 PM Satellite Symposium 2 Bayer
Ballroom 4
“Testosterone Replacement in Male Hypogonadism” Jagat J Mukherjee, MD
Chair: Jimmy B.Aragon
Reactor: Robert Michael Gan, MD

2:45-4:00 PM Satellite Symposium 3 Abbott
Ballrooms 4
“Advancing Nutrition in Diabetes Management:
Achieving Better Outcomes” Estrellita F. Lopez MD

Chair: Florence Santos
Reactor: Victor Adalbert de Villa, MD

4:00 – 6:30 PM FREE TIME

6:30-9:00 PM DINNER SYMPPOSIUM Eli Lilly
Rosal; Room Satellite Symposium 4
GLP1- Augusto D. Litonjua, MD

Exenatide- James Gavin, MD, PhD
Chair: Honolina S. Gomez
Reactor: Jubi Balderas


Ballrooms 2 & 3
The ABCs of Osteoporosis Victor Adalbert de Villa, MD
Satellite Symposium 5 Osteoporosis: An Update Steven Petak, MD

Chair: Jane Doctora
Co-Chair: Kevin Cimafranca

Ballrooms 2 & 3
National Anthem
Opening Remarks
President’s Address, etc

9:30-10:10 AM Plenary lecture 1
Ballrooms 4 Update in the Diagnosis and Management of
Endocrine Hypertension: J Jagat J Mukherjee, MD
Chair: Yvette Amante

10:10 AM Opening of Exhibits/Break

10:30-11:15 AM Meet the Experts Session1 Thyroid Gland: FAQ Hossein Gharib, MD
Ballroom 4
Panelists: Florence Santos
Rey Rosales
Chair: Gerry Tan
Co-Chair: Warrren Cheng

11:15-12:00 Meet the Experts Session 2 Diabetes in Pregnancy James Gavin, MD, PhD
Ballroom 4
Panelists: Floranie Paredes
Fatma Tiu
Chair: Joy C. Fontanilla
Co-Chair: Leo Gallardo

12:-2 PM LUNCH SYMPOSIUM: Sanofi-Aventis
Ballrooms 2 & 3 Satellite symposium 6
“A Call to Action! Improve Outcomes with Timely Initiation
of Insulin” Auguto D. Litonjua, MD
Chair: Florence Santos
Reactors: Honolina Gomez/Gerry Tan

2:00-2:40 PM Plenary Lecture 2 Advances in Diabetes Care Ricardo E. Fernando, MD
Ballroom 4
Chair: Gail Magtolis

2:40-:3:40 PM SNACK SYMPOSIUM Solvay
Ballroom 4 Satellite Symposium 7
“The Role of Anti-Platelet Therapy in the Prevention
and Treatment of Atherosclerosis” Estrellita F. Lopez, MD
Chair: Loewe Go, MD
Co-Chair: Arlene Gaňa

3:40:-4:10 PM BUSINESS MEETING (AACE-Philippine Chapter members)

4:10-6:00 PM EXHIBITS/Break

6:00-8:00 PM DINNER SYMPPOSIUM Novartis
Ballrooms 2 & 3 Satellite Symposium 8
Incretins Augusto D. Litonjua, MD
Diovan Melvin Tan, MD
Chair: Gerry Tan
Reactors: Jimmy Aragon/Gertrude Santos

8:00-8:30 PM AWARDING: Pillars of Philippine Endocrinology/Diabetes c/o Yvette Amante, MD

8:30 PM FELLOWSHIP c/o Gail Magtolis, MD


Ballrooms 2 & 3
The ABCs of Thyroid Cancer Management Grace. Alferos, MD
Satellite Symposium 9: Controversies in Thyroid Ca Hossein. Gharib, MD
Chair: M. Tolentino
Co-Chair: D. Black

9:00-9:40 AM Plenary lecture 3 Vitamin D: Bones and Beyond Steven Petak, MD
Ballroom 4
Chair: George Tan

9:40-10:15 Agape for the Endocrinologist I
Ballroom 4
The Fundamentals of Thyroid Ultrasound Cecil Lansang, MD
Chair: Bien Matawaran, MD
Co-Chair: Fe Hilado, MD

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:05 Agape for the Endocrinologist 2

Percutaneous Ethanol Injection (PEI) for Complex and Cystic Thyroid Nodules Ramon Caceres, MD
Chair: Thelma Crisostomo, MD
Co-Chair: Melanie Valdez, MD

11:05-11:45 PM Plenary lecture 4 Diabetes and Hypertension Melvin Tan, MD
Chair: J. Miranda




The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Philippine Chapter is a professional organization of physicians specializing in the art and practice of endocrinology. It upholds the mission and vision of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in the United States – its mother association.

The eight founding Fellows of AACE Philippines all possess excellent academic backgrounds and impressive achievements. They have attained distinction in the field of endocrinology, the main reason for their acceptance as International Fellows of the American College of Endocrinology. They are leaders with very active involvement in many aspects of Endocrinology – a mixture of medical college professors, writers, researchers and community leaders from all over the Philippines who are pillars of endocrinology in their home turf. The members of AACE had seen in AACE an opportunity by which theories may be well applied in clinical practice, many were inspired by the success story of AACE battling against many odds for its survival as a distinct association giving voice to clinical endocrinology in America.

We exists based on the following principles:

1.AACE Philippines was established to give face and recognition to Filipino endocrinologists who are members of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

2.AACE Philippines is willing to share its resources towards the attainment of the common goal of better endocrine care and practice in the Philippines.

3.AACE Philippine Chapter has maintained its highest respect to the Philippine Society of Endocrine and Metabolism (PSEM) as the sole Endocrine Society in the Philippines where members of the chapter are also proud to be members of PSEM. Though, projects may be distinct from each other because AACE

4.AACE Philippine chapter is an arm of AACE Organization in the United States similar in structure and function to other existing chapters like the American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Surgeons, American Association of Family Medicinewho have established their chapters in the Philippines extending advocacy projects for clinicians and patients as well.

5.The chapter also envisioned itself to collaborate with other medical societies with interest in the field of endocrinology in the Philippines for a holistic endocrine healthcare.

There may be one goal, but the more organizations there are with people who are willing to work towards that goal, the better and faster the goal is achieved. Moreover, each organization has its own charisma. AACE, in the words of its President Steven Petak, is first and foremost an advocacy association for the clinical endocrinologist. This statement has been issued in order to explain our existence and its entry to the Philippine Medical scene.

12 Responses to “About AACE Philippines”

  1. Ike Amor Says:

    See you in Cebu!

  2. Elizabeth Soliday-Naui Says:

    Dear Officers of AACE;

    Greetings from Nice, France.

    I am Elizabeth Soliday-Naui, a Phd communication student from the University of the Philippines. I am here in Nice, France writing my dissertation about health communication and my area of research is diabetes communication campaigns; how it is done here in France and how can we learn from them.

    In the course of my research, I came across Dr. Peter Schwarz, a Diabetologist and founder of the network “who are active in diabetes prevention”, which is based in Dresden, Germany. I am working closely with him spreading information around the world regarding diabetes prevention and management. I was tasked to come up with a 4 pages newsletter to be posted online in our network and it would be a situational analysis of diabetes in the Philippines. I am writing to you to ask permission to allow me to get data from the things posted in your website. I will surely acknowledge where these data came from.

    I have a personal experience with AACE because we are part of the team that launched this organization at the Ayala Museum. I have worked closely with Dr. George Tan. i don’t know if he remembers me though.

    I would appreciate it if you would give me a confirmation that you are allowing me to get data from your website. Thank you very much and I hope to hear from you.

    Respectfully yours,

    Elizabeth Soliday-Naui

  3. Elizabeth Soliday-Naui Says:

    Dear Doc Gerry,

    This is a very late thank you note. I have not seen your reply. My sincere thanks to you and to the officers of AACE.

    Mabuhay po kayo.

    Beth Naui

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