you are best remembered
           for                                                                              
                 how you taught the human mind                        
          for                                                                                 
                how you touched the human heart                                                                                               
                                           and                                                                                                                    
         for                                                                                            
           how you allowed the mind and heart to
                         s ~ o ~~  a ~~~  
              
                                      benching

 
Dr. Romulo Guevarra, Jr. was our teacher, professor, mentor, disciplinarian, counselor, and friend. When he started as our teacher he would tell us about his life in Boston, how he worked in research and earned some pocket money dissecting rats, inculcating in us the dignity of labor. He was strict yet generous. One day he surprised me with an on the spot award of 5% increase in my grade for a good deed during the visit of professor Dameshek from the States. When we were interns,  Joven Cuanang and I were  invited by him to an exhibit of paintings. I declined, confessing that I did not know much about art. We were at the lobby of the hospital and he told me what to do,  demonstrating looking at a painting from different angles, getting close and moving away, rubbing his chin,and with his eyes always focused on the "painting". "Just do that Ernie" he said, "and you will be OK".  So I went, followed his advice and had fun. 
Dr. Guevara was very close to our class that we unanimously voted him an honorary member of Class 1962 and gave him a class ringduring our last year at UERMMMC. When I visited him on the 40th anniversary of our class he told me about his surgeries and said, Ernie, 
"my body is a magnet for surgeons". The last time our class visited him was in 2007, on our 45th class anniversary. There were about 30 of us and he was so happy to be part of our class reunion. Attached are 2 photos of the reunion with him in his office. Dr. Romulo Guevara, Jr. is the 17th "member" of our class to pass away. He is loved and will always be missed. Now our 2 professors (see the picture on the wall of our Pharmacology Professor Romulo Guevara, Sr.) are together once more.  Ernesto Chua, MD, FACC, FACP  '62

 
Thank you so much for updating us. I really prayed & said my daily masses for him. He was really a very good friend, mentor and counsellor. Once, while I was in my fellowship training in Boston, I wanted to return home for the work was very difficult. I wrote him a message that wanted to return home. He chastised me and said:  If you go back home without finishing your training, do not EVER show your face to me again. That really shook & woke me up. I just wanted some pity, but instead got a good awakening, so I completed my fellowship & will be very grateful for all his excellent advice & friendship. May his soul rest in peace. Benching, can you somehow send these messages to his wife & family, they will sure love to hear from his students and friends. Ruben E. Siasoco, MD, FACP/ASIM (Class '61)
(note: this series on Dr Guevarra is also sent to Dean Retta, Andy Borromeo, Romy Divinagracia, Albert Chua and Wilson Young. also, one of my classmates della gonzales wrote: Dear Classmates, Keep on saying things for Dr. Guevarra. I will have these printed and will give to the son. He is the prof of my daughter in Ateneo. One time my daughter asked me if I know a Dr. Guevarra from UERM. He is the father of his prof and according to the son he stays with Dr. G at night every tues and thurs. It's from her that I learned that Dr. G is sick. Makakarating ito sa familya niya. Della)

 
He was a great teacher and an outstanding academician who always kept the students interested in his discipline and field of endeavor. Our prayers go with Romy and his family. When I gave the Dr. Romulo Guevarra, Sr. Memorial Lecture in Pharmacology two years ago, Romy attended with all the children and grandchildren of Dr. Guevarra, Sr. and I was, indeed, deeply honored and pleasantly gratified and overwhelmed. The grandaughter who is a physician gave the family’s response after the Memorial Lecture. 
taken from Chairman’s Report, AFUSA-UERMMMC, Inc. 
2009 Annual Meeting, MARVADC Chapter, UERMMMC-MAAA, Inc. 
Benjamin M. Rigor, M.D., LL.D., UERMMMC ‘62 
Chair, AFUSA-UERMMMC, Inc.  March 1, 2009

 
Dr.  RG  was a true scholar, gentleman, friend and very few can ever attain his stature. I salute the man. JP Abrena '62

 
my fond memory of dr. romy g jr,  both as a mentor and a fellow physician. an excellent mentor, always on the money with the diagnosis on cpc's. remember it well during our clerkship when summoned to the coc office, apprehensive  that you might have done something wrong, and be given an 'extension', but leaving his office a learned student. many years hence on visiting our institution, take you on the side with no pretense, no air that he was once your t but a fellow physician. may he rip. mon alcala '63

 
Dr. Guevarra was quite a character but an excellent mentor. May he rest in peace. Thanks for letting us know. Mar (Alaan '63) 

 
Dear Benching,
      Thank you for sending us a cc of the compilation of “Remembering Dr. Romulo Guevarra”.  My memory of him is as follows:
Dr. Romulo Guevarra portrayed several roles to most of us.  To me, besides being a mentor, he is a generous, caring person and I was blessed to have him in my life.
He was aware that I was a self-supporting medical student and had limited financial resources after my father, who is also a physician passed away at an early age. Whenever there are social functions for students that needed fees to attend, he gave me some money and said “Attend the affair and enjoy yourself”.  During my internship, he help me by letting me read the ECG results of his patients and gave me the fee that he charged them.
After graduation, I was among those who were selected to teach Pathology in the Basic Science Department. Although I was not a resident in the Clinical Department of the hospital, he allowed me to accompany him when he made rounds of his private and charity patients. It was added clinical learning for me.  Besides, I had another incentive because it was a chance for me to see a nurse at 4th pay unit and usually handed her a note, i.e. "I’ll pick you up after work”.  The nurse became my wife.
Dr. Guevarra emphasized that I should aim to pursue further training in the United States.  I informed him about my acceptance and he told me to see him before I leave. I did, he asked me about the itinerary of my travel.  During the 1960’s it took several stopovers for refueling and 3-5 days to arrive to New York City.  To my surprise, he handed me $250 as my pocket money and to sustain me until I get my first stipend.
On summer of 1979, I dropped by his office when I visited the Philippines. He asked me when I will be going back to UERM and mentioned that I could be a Dean.  I replied that the country have changes since I left and I decided to settle in the United States for the sake of my children.  I sensed the disappointment in his facial expression.
Now that I am old, as I reminisce the early days of my life, Dr. Romulo Guevarra is a part of those scattered pictures that light the corners of my mind. He is a great influence of what I have become.
 
      Best regards and God Bless.
Take care,
El (Castro '63) 

 
I visited him in my last trip there in Dec. last year and  I do not know if he can hear or remember me but I talked to him, close to his ears,  and reminded him of my feature story on him and I thought that he had some response and the other times when I visited when he was still working. I really remember him well for the many stories we shared and his pride on my accomplishments post- grad. While most people thought of him as a Holy Terror, he really had been a good counsellor and friend to me all those years.While I am very sad that he's gone, I am at peace knowing that he is out of his suffering and disabilities and he is all well and hearty up there in heaven and with Bert and all the others who had passed on.
May he rest in peace. Thank you very much Benching for the info.  
Bernie (Dinglasan '64)

 
Dr. Romulo Guevarra Jr. was well known to us even as Freshmen that he was very strict and stern. To me, that was nothing to be scared about because we  started our first year with strict disciplinarians from the Dean and the Medical staff. In contrast , Dr. Guevarra, Sr. in Pharmacology was very fatherly according to our upper classmen. We had ample time to prepare ourselves to finally face Dr. RG Jr. during our Clerkship. He was a superb clinician and teacher without doubt. We wish we had the chance to "see" his other self years after we left UERM but may he rest in peace. He still lives in the lives of his former students who feel that they have been tutored well.  John L. Alipit(Class '64)
 
Dr. Romulo Guevara, Jr. will always be special to me- our neighbor, family friend & physician, and mentor. I did not hesitate to ask him and my aunt, Simona Alikpala, to stand for my parents (who were abroad) during my graduation from UERMMMC. The two of them were instrumental in my career choice and I have always tried to live up to their moral and ethical values. I always made it a point to visit him during my visits to Manila, because he embodied what is right with my Alma Mater. He will be sorely missed. 
Agnes Alikpala Class '67

 
Thank you for your continued updates and for letting us know what is current. Dr R Guevarra Jr or "RG" as we all called him was the best epitome of what a true doctor should be....professional in all ways, compassionate to his patients, and a model teacher to everyone who knew him and mingled with him. As Chief of Clinics then during my Residency Years in Pediatrics...he has upheld his position with so much respect from everyone most especially from me...but very few really knew that he was just as human as everyone else. His famous lines that I can remember him saying to me was..."Be true to yourself"!!! Ding Yoro, Class '68

 
I want to thank you for keeping  us informed on the happenings of what's going on our holy ground where we had evolved. I come from Class 70 and I want to let everybody know we are truly very sad and sorry to hear that Dr. Romulo Guevarra, Jr. the Great has passed on. May the Good Lord show mercy and forgiveness on his soul and I will include him in our prayers. Today is Ash Wednesday- reminding all of us again that we will all return to our beginnings. My fond memories of the Great Romulo is not many but I will cite you one relating to how serious and intimidating his character could be. I was on my 3rd year Medicine and one afternoon on Medicine class, the Chief of Clinics, Dr. Romulo Guevarra happened to be the lecturer. He was already in a bad mood towards the whole class for not being able to give him the correct answer to his inquiry. And here I came-late. And he focused the whole class attention to my being late for the lecture and see if I can save the whole class by giving him the correct answer to his inquiry. I answered him "Vincent's Angina" Sir! Lo and behold he said, "that is correct!!!" Dr. Romulo Guevarra Jr., comes from a lineage of great mentors and academician. His father Dr. Romulo Guevarra Sr. like him is a UP Medicine Graduate. Through his mentor-ship and strict discipline he had molded many amongst us to be the best of the best!!! To lose a great mind is a lose for everybody. Now that he had crossed the line, May the Almighty God hold him and guide him to His heavenly kingdom...AMEN.
Sincerely, Sir Hermie P. Mendoza, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.A., AZKOR(Knights of Rizal)

 
Dr. Guevarra was well known as the "terror" consultant during our junior
internship (JI). I never had any bad or excellent encounters with most of my senior residents and consultants because I tried to "follow the rules" so to speak. The two-week rotation at the Pay Ward was supposed to be an easy haven to the rotating JI since most patients admitted were the garden variety of "cough and fever", abdominal pain, etc. But, as usual with my luck (not the Irish one) and being the jinxed I got several Acute M.I.s, several CVAs, bleeding peptic ulcers, complicated kidney disease, etc... One of the M.I. cases was patient of Dr. Guevarra. I tried to pay extra attention to this patient because I was afraid of Dr. Guevarra and because the family of the patient was also kind and appreciative of what the attention I gave to their loved one. He was already improving when I heard the code stating this patient's room. I left my other patient and ran to his room. He was sitting on the chair and I asked somebody to help me lie him down on the floor and I started the CPR while waiting for the rest of the code team. Despite of what the team tried to do the patient died. I was very upset, tears were on my eyes... Dr. Guevarra saw me and brought me outside of the patient room. He placed his arm on my shoulder and like a father tried to console me. 
He told me, "Iha, hindi natin maililigtas ang lahat ng ating pasiente (Little girl, we can not save all our patients)". I told him "Doktor, ito lang ang pasiente kong namatay (Doctor, this is my only patient that died)". And, like a patient father he told me "Bata ka pa at marami pang pasiente ang matutulungan mo (You are still young and you will have many more patients who will need your care)" "Opo, Doktor" (Yes, Doctor).
Since then, I have never feared Dr. Gueverra and any of my senior consultants. I know that all of them are physicians, teachers, fathers or mothers. I have brought this experience to my practice and my life. I will be praying for Dr. Guevarra's safe trip to our Lord. Irene (Manlapaz '75)

 
Dr. Romy Guevara was a remarkable mentor. Always spoke with authority and imparted lessons which remained in his students mind forever. I remember him saying to our class about "acquiring a clinical eye" which meant "already knowing the diagnosis just by looking at a patient"... to me this meant striving for "excellence within". I enjoyed the many times I had a professional and friendly talks with him. He made his mark on earth, a well lived life....thanks for the memories and now heaven is rejoicing to welcome another son. My deepest sympathies to Dr. Guevara's Family - Susan (Perez-Suntay '77)

 
I remember Dr. Guevarra with great fondness ... and sorrow at his passing. 
When I joined the UERMMMC faculty (short stint), he was the one who encouraged me to stick to my guns in the evaluation of students and the conduct of the teaching sessions when others were telling me I was too strict and to be more lenient even if the extent of that "leniency" was not in line with the distributed grading sheets. When I made the decision to leave the faculty, he and Dr. Carungin were the first ones I informed of my decision. Dr. Guevarra told me he understood why I had to do what I was doing - that he himself faced much the same flack for being an "outsider". He will always epitomize dignity and principle to me.  beng siasoco UP-PGH '79

 
Dr. Guevarra was one of my best mentors, and I had seen many great ones up to my neurology residency training in New York. He was a quintessential clinician and the pearls that he shared with us during his rounds could not be found in the textbook. They were the accumulation of many years of clinical experience making them invaluable to his students. That was why I trusted the lives of many of my relatives to his hands. But what I remember the most about this remarkable person was his uncanny ability to remember the full names of his students. For a relatively unknown student, it was a great feeling to hear your name being uttered by your distinguished professor every time you meet him in the hallway. It was priceless! :-D
Noel Reloj, Sr, M.D. Class 1979
Elizabethtown, Kentucky
from class '72...
the class '72 sends our warmest thoughts and prayers to Dr. Guevarra and family. 

 
Dr Guevarra quipped once: It is not how expensive your stethoscope, it is what is between the earpieces. He was a very good mentor and also"tormentor".  He  produced clinicians. 
God bless his soul.  Jun (Chua)

 
IT IS SAD,  WE ALL OWE OUR "CLINICAL EYE " FROM HIM.  DELAY (de Leon)

 
May you rest in peace, Dr. "Guevs"!! You made us what we are today and more... 
If not for you there would never have been "The Wild Bunch" of Class '72!!!
We Salute you, The WBA (manny vivero)

 
delay, you have a unique one liners. how about this from dr G, when asked? why  do you smoke when smoking is cancerous? his response: who wants to live forever. thanks dr G for our clinical eye...it works and still helps me over and over again. Dr. A (armand wiltz)

 
Ditto; Great Man, I believe he loves Scotch too. Mingoy (poksy seldera)

 
i remember, i was a clerk at that time and my group s to t first lesson with him at his office was the proper way to check the blood pressure and how to listen to ours and classmates heartbeats using our new Littmann or Sprague~Rappaport stethoscopes that we proudly hanged over our shoulders. that was our first meeting with him and we were nervous, but we learned.   benching (tan) 
                  
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                 y*

 
...down below the surface of a quiet pond, lived a little colony of water bugs...they were a happy colony, living far away from the sun...for many months, they were busy, scurrying over the soft mud on the bottom of the pond...they did notice that every once in a while, one of their colony seemed to lose interest in going about...clinging to the stem of a pond lily, it gradually moved out of sight and was seen no more...
 
"look!" said one of the water bugs to another...
"one of our colony is climbing up the lily stalk.
where do you think she is going?" 
up, up, up it slowly went...even as they watched, the water bug disappeared from sight...its friends waited and waited but it didn't return...
 
"that's funny!" said one of the water bug to another.
"wasn't she happy here?"  asked a second...
"where do you suppose she went?"  wondered a third...
 
no one had an answer...they were greatly puzzled...finally, one of the water bugs, a leader in the colony, gathered its friends together...
" i have an idea...the next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk must promise to come back and tell us where he or she went and why."
 
                    "we promise", they said solemnly.
 
one spring day...not long after, the very water bug who had suggested the plan, found himself climbing up the lily stalk...up, up, up, he went...before he knew what was happening...he had broke through the surface of the water and fallen onto the broad, green lily pad above...
 
when he awoke...he looked about with surprise...he couldn't believe what he saw...a startling change had come to his old body...his movement revealed four silver wings and a long tail...even as he struggled...he felt an impulse to move his wings...the warmth of the sun soon dried the moisture from the new body...he moved his wings again and suddenly found himself up above the water...he had become a dragonfly!!!
 
swooping and dipping in great curves...he flew through the air...he felt exhilarated in the new atmosphere...by and by, the new dragonfly lighted happily on a lily pad to rest...then, it was that he chanced to look below to the bottom of the pond...why, he was right above his old friends...the water bugs!...there they were scurrying around...just as he had been doing some time before...
 
the dragonfly remembered the promise...
"the next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk, will come back and tell where he or she went and why."
without thinking...the dragonfly darted below...suddenly, he hit the surface of the water and bounced away...now, that he was a dragonfly...he could no longer go into the water...
 
"i can't return!" he said in dismay...
"at least, i tried. but i can't keep my promise. even if i could go back, not one of the water bugs would know me in my new body. i guess, i'll just have to wait until they become dragonflies too. then, they'll understand what has happened to me, and where i went."
 
and the dragonfly winged off happily into its wonderful new world of sun and air...
 
*taken from water bugs and dragonflies - 
explaining death to young ones by d. stickney 1977
                                            /]===/]

 
some people, you meet them, they quickly come and go
 
some people, they teach you so many wonders
and put wonderful footprints in your heart
and you are never ever the same!

 
many thanks to all...esp on our tribute/memories of 
Dr. Romulo (Romy/RG) Guevarra Jr., the "Great Mentor"...
here's more...
bench

 
"i remember Dr. RG for his courage under fire...we are proud that you have touched our lives." ~ class 1969

 
"so farewell to you my teacher...a true intellectual with a clinical eye...
you have touched so many lives and you will not be forgotten." ~ class 1970

 
               "among our teachers, Romy was really one of a kind... 
he was a great role model and a great symbol of perfection in academic medicine." ~ benjie rigor 

 
2/25 ~ from Class '69...
I remember Dr. RG for his courage under fire. 

 
1970 was the height of student activism. Some  medical interns started a bonfire in the UERM hospital quadrangle using anything including their bed foams. Dr. RG arrived. This happened past midnight. With the classic stance of a great leader, we ROD's (Manoy de Jesus, remo Gaudiel, chito Salumbides, danny Campos, fred Marte, edsel Dureza, etc) accompanied him to the quarters. I was awed by the way he handled the situation. He was like a father talking to his 'confused and misguided children'. The crises was resolved peacefully.

 
Of course we were ready for any eventuality. 

 
Lest i forget, that lighted cigarette was always in between that small and ring finger.

From batch 69, we will miss your Bostonian accent. 
We are proud that you have touched our lives.

Bay n Hedy Coruna

 
From Class 1970...

 
It’s befitting to remember a pillar of our UERM… a true intellectual with a clinical eye.
 
If I may, just a few words about our class.  Ah, our class of 1970! We were not the “confused and misguided children.” Yes, we had the bonfire in the middle of the quadrangle!  Way back then, we were rebels WITH a cause and we were all fired up against the establishment run by a few residents without regard.   Hey Bay, my friend, 1970 was different from 1969.  As they say, that’s water under the bridge.  Our theme song then was “Born Free.” After then, our residents were more humane in their ways.  Tong Agcaoili, Rey Villanueva and Delfin Ventura all became Surgical residents.  Doding Bacani was an Eye resident.

 
Following a year stint in Physiology after graduation, I joined the Dept. of Medicine for 2 years.  Briggs Carandang, ‘68 and Nestor Alabarca ’69 were the senior residents.  We would join RG strutting like troopers on his regular rounds.. him with stethoscope hanging by his ears, at times with arms akimbo, at times smoking his unfiltered cigarette, deeply inhaling and blowing out smoke with a silent hiss through his typical upper teeth hugging on to his lower lip. 

 
Before our graduation, Class ‘70 had a skit entitled the “Super Intern.”
We had stage props loaned to us by a TV station.  Nestor Alabarca was the intern.  Rey Villanueva took the role reading an EKG strip with a classic Dr. Patacsil stance.  Gilbert Talabis was a sport wearing short pants as a patient holding his hand on to Nick Venzi, supposedly his father, and Delfin Ventura played a role too.  And of course, I played the role of RG.  I combed my hair like RG, I put on a short sleeved white shirt like RG, I held an unfiltered cigarette between my left ring and little fingers like RG, and with his seal of approval, RG himself lent me his pencil thin necktie for authenticity.  He even added the fun by placing his eyeglasses onto me.  What a guy!

 
I do remember the show was a blast.  I can still visualize Dr. Alikpala, pediatrician sitting in the front row, in tears laughing aloud at our antics.

 
In closing, RG was a very interesting personality, a great teacher, a confidant, fatherly, and magnanimous.  Thank you RG for letting me see your patients on some of your Saturday office hours… and against my silent refusal, letting me keep the cash.  Here is one more line.  In one CPC meeting, he was asked if the patient’s condition bothered him with all the worsening complications and what not, he responded, with his stance on a side-view angle, “Nothing bothers me.” That’s RG!

 
So, farewell to you my teacher.  You have touched so many lives and you will never be forgotten. Sleep tight.

 
All the best,

 
Angelito D. Tan, M.D

 

 
When I gave the Romulo Guevara, Sr., M.D. Memorial Lecture at the UERMMMC two years ago, Romy, his wife, all the siblings and relatives were there and I was elated and deeply overwhelmed.  Romy is my "kinakapatid" because Dr. Guevarra, Sr. was one of the sponsors on my wedding when I married my wife, Letty Taa-Rigor.

As a medical student, I did not have any summer vacations because Dr. Guevara, Sr. asked me do research with Drs. Ruben Bunag and Domingo Aviado.  He will come to the Research Laboratory and question me about my research, the goals and objectives the methodology, the statistical analysis, how we arrive at the conclusion, etc. and it was like a revalida.  After the questions and answers, we will go and play pool or billiards and I will pursposely make him win because he is not a good loser and it means we have to play again until he wins!!!  
In between his shots, he will inhale his cigarette and this went on for the summer because I think he carpooled with Dr. Guevarra, Sr.

When he was confined, I was invited to give a talk at the UERMMMC and I purposely visited him in the ICU.  I am one of the luckiest alumni because although he was intubated and on a respirator, he was very conscious and he smiled on some of my corny jokes and will squeeze my hand if I tell him I was leaving, telling me to stay longer and talk more about the good old days!!

Among our teachers, Romy was really one of a kind.  He was gentle, intelligent, understanding, loyal, assertive, fair, and was always concerned about our welfare and if we were learning.  He was a great role model and a great symbol of perfection in academic medicine.  I know someday our paths will cross again!!!

Benjamin M. Rigor, M.D., LL.D.
Emeritus Professor
 and Chairman
Dept. of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
School of Medicine
Univ. of Louisville Health Sciences Center
Louisville, KY, USA
Past President, UERMMMC-MAAA, Inc.
Past Chairman, BOT, UERMMMC-AFUSA, Inc.

 
One quote I remember Dr. Guevara said to me was the day of the Funeral for Ninoy Aquino.  It was a very long procession on Quezon Blvd, all the residents were in UERM Hospital, we were watching the funeral on TV and it was raining. It was at the corridor outside his office facing the quadrangle, he looked out it was raining, he said "The gods are crying" .  It was true what he said. I can still remember / hear his voice.
Elma Abella '80

 
                                    one of our sUnDay's best....

The Dash

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The following is a poem by Linda Ellis 1998.  
Consider the implications for your own life's choices

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning to the end.

 
He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

 
For that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth...
And now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth.

 
For it matters not, how much we own; the cars .... the house... the cash.
What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

 
So think about this long and hard ... are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left. (You could be at "dash mid-range")

 
If we could just slow down enough to consider what's true and real,
And always try to understand the way other people feel.

 
And be less quick to anger, and show appreciation more,
And love the people in our lives like we've never loved before.

 
If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile...
Remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

 
So, when your eulogy's being read with your life's actions to rehash...
Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spend your dash??
                                                                   /]===/]
 
Thanks for all you have done, Bench...  JT (James Tagle '75)

 
Thank you for being so faithful in keeping the Alumni Group current on almost everything. You are truly one great bosom friend & co-league. What a blessing indeed !!
Your dedication is truly awesome and the compilation you just did for Dr RG is beyond words. Warmest regards,
Ding:-)always... (yoro '68)

 
Dear Benching -
           Thank you for THE DASH - SUNDAY WISDOM.  
It's a good food for thought.    ... - Mar Alaan

 
You are a Renaissance man, my friend. Many of your e-mails have moved me. 
You are a true healer of people's suffering. Keep on doing what you are doing.  
Oscar S. Giron, Class 64

 
Thanks for these beautiful quotes, bring me down to my  senses and be grateful to the LORD. In our busy and hectic  lives, sometimes we overlook the “small” but very important ones; ie ~ being nice, considerate to each other, humble, forgiving. 
Read all the testimonial about Dr. R. Guevarra; I remember I was always in awe to this man. Be well, more enertia to you for updating us about our beloved Alma Mater. trip artienda Schneider class '62

 
Thanks for sharing. I always admire your forwards and outstanding editorial creativity. You are one of a kind Gifted Individual, An Understatement!! .... 
Keep on your mission to serve.... My Salute to you! 
ben & auring maldonado '63
 
Thank you very much for your compilation of RG Memoirs. He's a Holy Terror and I really learned a lot from him, about him, and the medical discipline he enforced. He always managed to remember my feature story on him and I will keep trying to get a Xerox copy of that from our Library. I have no knowledge of any copy in my home but then I have not really looked for things in my home when I visited there. You have been an angel doing all this. Thanks again.
Bernie Dinglasan

 
note: i've asked several of you if it's Dr Guevarra or Dr Guevara (one r or double rr). some said it was one, some replied two rr...
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