Monday, April 11, 2016

LONDON, England - There are only a handful of Filipino Dentists in the United Kingdom who have graduated and partly practiced their dentistry in the Philippines but are now included in the British Dentist Register.  In the past, dentists who studied overseas and hoped to practice had to take the International Qualifying Examination (IQE).  All that has been changed into the ORE (overseas registration examination).

One of the few Filipinos who managed to pass the ORE in the UK and make it to the British Dentist Register is Marilou Villaver-Denosta, DMD.  Marilou is originally from Cebu and prior to her moving to the UK, practiced as a dentist for almost 4 years.

Right after passing the board exam way 2001, Marilou volunteered as a community dentist in Mandaue City Health Department. Afterwards she joined Macrohon Orthodontic Centre for 2 years, and then moved to the Bernal Dental Clinic where she became the principal dentist.  Simultaneously she was also asked to become a Reliever Dentist for PAGCOR Mactan located in the Waterfront Hotel Mactan.

When she moved to the UK, she wasn't able to practice her dentistry immediately and could only do associate jobs in the Philippines during her vacations. After a long wait, she said she finally had the guts and money to take the exam to allow her to practice dentistry in the UK. She recently passed it last September 2015 and was registered two months later. She is currently looking for a Dental Foundation Training Post for her to work in the NHS.

Dr. Denosta says that basic dental education in the Philippines is on a par with other dental professionals abroad.  At the moment while waiting for her training post, she keeps herself busy revising for the MJDF (Member of the Joint Dental Fellowship) run by the Royal College of Surgeons in England.

She envisions that once she has successfully finish my vocational training, she plans to pursue a specialization in Cosmetic Dentistry and open her own Dental Surgery.

In her free time I do online revision courses to other ORE candidates so they too can pass the exam (these are candidates of different nationalities).

Marilou says, "It's about time that community of Filipino dentists should be acknowledged the Philippines is amongst one of the best producers of dentists in the world and most of those who find themselves abroad are just settled doing assistant/dental nurse jobs thinking that these qualifying exams are so impossible to pass. Actually, it is very doable!". 

Dr. Denosta continues, "I wasn't a practicing dentist for 10 years but I took the exam with no formal course in manikin (phantom head) and I passed it!"

She says there are a lot of Indian, Pakistani, Nepali dentists who pass because they help one another.  On the other hand, Filipinos hardly know any other Filipino dentists taking the exam until the exam day itself when they see each other at the testing site.

In the entire northwest of England Dr. Denosta seems to be the only Filipino dentist allowed to practice  She adds, "Imagine how many Filipinos are here who have a dental degree but would rather work as in other medical disciplines just to get by.  However, I am sure that they would rather work as a dentist if given the chance and encouragement.  I hope my story inspires other dentists to take the exam too so that there would be more Filipino dentists practicing in the United Kingdom".

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Isn't it about time the Philippines achieves a NHS like in Britain?

Have been thinking this morning, how fortunate we are to have a National Health Service here in the United Kingdom. An NHS which offers treatment based on clinical need and not whether you are rich or poor.

In fact, even if you are a millionaire, you would be offered the same treatment as a person who is homeless and on benefits. We are so lucky not to have to base the decision on whether to have treatment or not on financial considerations. Whether or not you can afford to even stay in hospital or afford to see a doctor?

Now compare this to the Philippines, which incidentally has a first class, highly skilled workforce and professional healthcare system, however unlike the UK, its not free. I know this through personal experience, which I believe gives me the right to share my experience. A few years back, I became sick and was fortunate enough to have private medical insurance. I was transferred from a provincial hospital to Makati Med. I got fantastic treatment, however I had to pay a bill. Luckily this was covered by insurance, however it was still stressful having to sort out the insurance and see the bills mounting up. I do remember distinctly the wife of the guy in the next room, telling me, following her husband having suffered a heart attack, all their savings, business and properties had been wiped out to pay the costs.

Of course if you were lucky enough to have been born into a wealthy family or political family, you would end up also in Makati Med ot probably more likely St Luke's. However the difference is, your bills would be covered. In fact even if you were a prisoner awaiting trial, you might still be housed in St Luke's free of all costs.

Just wondering how nurses from the Philippines feel here, when they know they can offer advice or support to their patients here, knowing they can have access to the best healthcare without having to ask the patient to pay for it. I expect it must be much better.

You see right now, I have my own situation and experience to draw from, my own worries... So once again, we are so fortunate to have a free NHS, long may it continue.

Hoping and praying also that just one day, the Philippines and Filipino people could achieve a NHS of their own, so that scenes like that in the photo would be a thing of the past.

After all, we owe the Filipino people that much after relying on their skills for so many years abroad.


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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Dear Sir,

I am writing to as a massive life long and devoted fan of Miss Saigon. I have seen Miss Saigon over 60 times including attending the opening night in London, the UK tour, on Broadway, the 10th anniversary at Drury Lane, the closing night at Drury Lane and of course the recently held 25th Gala performance.

I am also a big fan and supporter of the Philippines and Filipino people. I believe that the Philippines and Filipino people are incredibly talented and have so much to offer on the world stage.

I first watched Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane shortly after the opening when Lea Salonga was playing Kim with Monique Wilson. I am so glad that out of all those who auditioned you chose two Filipinas to play the lead roles.

Not only that, as you know many of the original cast were Pinoy. Including of course Pinky Amador, Cocoy Laurel, Robert and Isay Alvarez Sena and of course the late, great Junix Inocian who took over as the first ever Asian lead Engineer at Drury Lane and developed the role as we know it today. May he rest in peace.

As you are no doubt aware, many of the original Filipino cast decided to settle in London, some cast members ended up marrying and of course having their own families, so of course generations of Filipinos were in some way established thanks to Miss Saigon and your support and vision in believing in them, such is its legacy.

Of course with Jon Jon doing an incredible job playing the Engineer at the Prince Edward who was of course in the original production some 25 years ago as well as your most recent casting of the incredibly talented Eva Noblezada as Kim, the legacy continues. They will go on to Broadway of course as the magic continues there. Both Eva and of course Rachelle Ann Go, who both will be in Les Miserables both here and in Manila respectively.

So I just wanted to personally thank you for supporting the incredible talents of the Filipino cast of Miss Saigon, many of whom I have become friends with, thanks to the advent of social media and Facebook.

My own life has in some way been influenced and shaped through Miss Saigon. In fact when I first watched the show, I didn't even know where the Philippines was until I became a fan of Monique Wilson and travelled to Manila to watch her in a local production. In fact Monique has gone on to do great work and campaign for women's rights globally as well as of course helped to bring international theatre to the Philippines.

So, although with a deep sense of emptiness and profound sadness over the closing of Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward theatre, I would just like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving Filipinos worldwide the chance to shine on the West End as well as international stage.

Maraming salamat po,

Best regards

Malcolm Conlan



Malcolm Conlan is a British Man with a Pinoy Heart.  He works with Emergency Services.


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Monday, January 25, 2016

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino Heritage Artist Dante Hipolito has passed on into the next life.

While Dante's works have been around for many years and his body of work quite immense, Dante's work received much attention due to a work created in time for the arrival of Pope Francis in Manila.

In the 29”x24” oil on canvas painting created by visual artist Dante Hipolito, Pope Francis is seen with Marian Rivera, Kris Aquino, Coco Martin, Gary Valenciano, and Sen. Grace Poe.

My sincerest condolences to the Hipolito Family.

Filipino Heritage Painter Dante Hipolito Passes Away

Friday, January 22, 2016

From the time I started working in the ambulance service, I have seen many people with health problems attributed to weight.  On myself, I have put on 2 stone gone from 15.7 to 17.

As 2016 set in, I have decided to shed off the excess weight

I am trying and since last Friday, I have lost around 5lbs going from 110.7 kg to 108.89 kg in 5 days.

Join me in the journey.

My 2016 Weight Loss Journey

Monday, January 11, 2016

LONDON, United Kingdom - Today, January 11, 2016 an important day in Filipino Cinema. Erik Matti, who directed the acclaimed crime thriller “Honor Thy Father,” is determined to expose the alleged scandal that plagued this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

Today, "Direk" Erik Matti, Dondon Monteverde and John Lloyd Cruz shall go before the House of Representatives to further the fight beyond social media.

"Direk" Erik Matti said the MMFF executive committee unfairly disqualified his film from the Best Picture category (which went to “Walang Forever”) after it alleged that producer, Dondon Monteverde, failed to disclose their participation at the Cinema One Originals 2015.

I met Erik Matti here in London, as well as John Lloyd Cruz, a number of times and I believe that Philippine Cinema deserves a bright future given all the talented directors, actors, and actresses.

"Direk" Erik also claimed that some members of the committee of the last MMFF had closer ties with producers of certain films and were getting favorable treatment not only in terms of nominations but theater distribution,as well.

In a long article written by Erik Matti, published in the Philippine Star, "Direk" Erik said, “I’ve come a long way ever since I started in this industry. I’ve gone through so much hell and I can’t imagine how I managed to still stay alive all these years. I’ve been shunned, banned, blacklisted, judged, shamed and laughed at by so many in this industry but I am still here surviving,”

He continued by noting that he has been labeled so many things even by people who haven’t worked with him only because they’ve heard stories about how he is when working with films. “Arrogant. Rude. Indulgent. Cocky. And I’m still here happy to be doing films,” he said.

Meanwhile, Matti stressed that in everything that happened to him he never backed down on what he believed was right even to the point of losing a mentor, suing a studio or cursing an actress publicly.

Despite the odds that his film has gotten through, Matti was proclaimed this year’s MMFF Best Director.

Expressing concern over the future of his career should he choose to pursue the fight against an established “giant institution” such as the MMFF, he said while other people in the industry can choose to stay silent, apathetic or scared he cannot just let go of things too easily.

“We are not too many in this fight. We produced the movie with hard-earned money hoping to get fair treatment with MMFF and the cinemas so that at least our movie can be seen. We’ve been robbed,” Matti lamented.

In addition to this, Matti cited with full conviction that this fight is the only thing he can hold on to that can relieve him with the anger he has deep down inside.

“I think I am out of my mind for doing this but what the hell?I love this industry. I love making films. I love every up and down I’ve gone through here. I love everyone who keeps this industry alive,” he said as he concluded with: “I hope that you, my industry friends and colleagues share this love with me too enough to do something about this.”

I support you, Direk Erik.  More power to you, Dondon Demonteverde, and John Lloyd Cruz.  While I do love romantic-comedies, the Filipino audience deserve the high quality films you guys produce.


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Saturday, January 9, 2016

An Open Letter to the Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Home Office, UK
Dear Theresa,
This year, I will be campaigning against proposed new immigration rules which are due to come into force in April 2016, which would mean that Non-EU migrants including Filipino Workers who have spent more than five years in the country would be required to earn £35,000 per year or face deportation from the UK.

The UK relies on Overseas Filipino Workers as well as migrants from other non-EU countries to work in our care homes, schools, hospitals and even private homes, taking care of our elderly, young people, people with disabilities and others who require care they often selflessly provide. I am very much aware from my contact with the healthcare profession and also meeting many families up and down the United Kingdom and overseas, that Filipino workers are very much relied upon and highly trusted for their caring attitude and hard work.

According to a report in the Guardian in 2014, 'The Philippines provided the highest number of qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff with a total of 8,094 out of 309,529, I am sure the figure is now much higher. This does not include the thousands of Filipino workers in people's homes and indeed care homes providing care 24/7, according to British Government rules, from April 2016, we face losing them, which I believe would be a great tragedy for the people of Britain. If you visit any hospital or care home all around the UK, you will often see many Filipino workers, in fact our British Student Nurses are often mentored or coached by Filipino health care professionals, we need to act now to save them and indeed the potential collapse of the National Health Service if it is to lose its Non-EU migrant workers.

I am calling on the British Public to join me in my campaign to fight any deportation of any Filipino worker due to these new immigration rules.

Yours Sincerely,

Malcolm Conlan
(Concerned British Citizen, UK)


Malcolm Conlan is a British Man with a Pinoy Heart.  He works with Emergency Services.


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Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, denied any rumors that she was dating the Philippine President in an interview on New York's WPLJ-FM, in the Todd and Jayde morning program. 

Asked about rumors of her dating the President of Philippines, she answered, "That's, no,  That's so funny.", obviously finding absurdity in the statement.

Asked by Jayde, "Is he cute?  Do you want to date him?", Pia implied that she's too busy and doesn't have the time for it with all her duties as Miss Universe.

Click below to watch the full interview


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Why do I love the Philippines and the Filipino people so much? Last week I was asked what was it that I love about the Philippines so much and her people. Got me thinking why I seem to have this fascination and deep rooted love for the country and people. It all started when I was around 19. I went to see Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and fell in love with the show. I quickly discovered that most of the cast just so happened to come from a country called Philippines. So, I decided to make the 7,000 mile trip to meet one of the cast members and discover more about the country. When I arrived in the capital city, Manila, I was struck by how friendly and welcoming everyone was. Nothing was too much trouble. I also felt incredibly safe. In fact in over 37 visits back home, I have never felt out of place, never been robbed or hurt, always been treated with nothing but respect and kindness. In fact, I would describe the Philippines as one of the most amazing, friendliest and safest countries in the world. Thank you to everyone I have met along the way, for your kindness, friendliness and hospitality. Philippines, I love you from the bottom of my heart.


Malcolm Conlan Tells Filipinos Why He Loves The Philippines

Friday, January 8, 2016

A timely winter reminder to all my friends and readers.  Parents can also make mistakes which may end up costing the lives of their children. In the video below, you will be learning one of the things to avoid during winter.

As someone working in Emergency Services, I see a lot of crashes every now and then.  Please take note of this.  There is a danger when you let your small kid in the car with a winter jacket. That is according to crash tests which were done and revealed that a lot of space if left by a kid wearing the jacket, something that is so dangerous.

If your worry is about the kid getting cold while in the car, then an answer has been provided for you. Just strap the seat belts while kid is not wearing the jacket and then cover him using a small blanket or the jacket to keep him/her warm. Please watch the simulations provided in the clip below and see the supporting facts.


Malcolm Conlan is a British Man with a Pinoy Heart.  He works with Emergency Services.


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