MSGC batch 2013


Christian Leandro (Yayo) S. Monieno completed his B.S. in Nursing from the Angeles University Foundation. Yayo served as a Project Development Officer, follow-up nurse and research assistant at the Newborn Screening Center-Central Luzon for almost 3 years. Yayo is interested in the integration of genetic counseling in the National Comprehensive Newborn Screening Program through its follow-up, referral and management processes.

Danalyn (Dana) R. Echem finished her B.S. in Nursing from Western Mindanao State University of Zamboanga City. She pursued a nursing degree as she saw the need to improve the quality of care given to patients. Dana plans to contribute to the health care delivery system especially in the improvement of management of children and their families with identified genetic disorders in Philippines’ Region IX, and hopefully in the entire Mindanao region. Dana is mainly interested in the psychosocial aspects of genetic counseling when dealing with various clients, situations and, of course, with oneself.

Debei (Debei) C. Cargando received her B.S. in Biology from the University of the Philippines – Manila in 2013. Intending to eventually pursue a medical degree, Debei believes that training in genetic counseling will help hone her skills into a compassionate physician that sees patients beyond their disease. A genetic counseling degree is also one way through which she believes she can maximally serve her fellow Eastern Samareños. As such, Debei aims to assist in the expansion of the program throughout the country especially in far-flung provinces. She plans to relate healthcare and psychosocial issues, particularly for genetic diseases which exist as a by-product of the cultural diversity in the country.

Eva (Eva) Felipe Dimog finished her diploma in midwifery at Ifugao State University (IFSU), Lamut, Ifugao in 2006 and her BS in Public Health (BSPH) at the University of La Salette, Santiago City in 2011. She served as a midwife and a midwifery clinical instructor for four years. Eva plans to integrate the importance of genetics and genetic counseling in the midwifery curriculum while focusing on prenatal genetic counseling in the far-flung areas of the country. Eva’s main research interest is to study the factors of non-compliance of couples to newborn screening with the goal of improving its educational tools for the community.

Graciel (Grace) Mae R. Canoy completed her B.S. in Nursing at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University in March 2013. She recently took and passed the June 2013 Nurses Licensure Examination. Grace is pursuing a graduate study that focuses on the reduction of infant mortality and morbidity and desires to become a part of the management team for the Newborn Screening Long Term Follow – up Clinics. She previously attended the Philippine Society of Medical Oncology Outreach Education Program entitled, “Kanser Ating Alamin, Ating Agapan” which gave her motivation to increase awareness on the associated risk and heredity of cancer.

Isidro (Sid) P. Lauron Jr. obtained his B.S. Nursing degree from Mindanao State University-Main Campus Marawi City in 2012. In the same year, he worked as a staff nurse at a private healthcare institution for nearly 6 months until finally being accepted as a MS Genetic Counseling DOST scholar at UP Manila. Hailed from the picturesque highlands of Bukidnon, Sid is ginormously interested in integrating the novel potential of bioinformatics and genetic counseling. Pursuing a genetic counseling degree provides him an eloquent opportunity to fulfill his interests, and to foster genetic counseling as a sub-field with enormous significance in the Filipino healthcare delivery system.

Jonathan (Than) D. Cura completed his B.S. in Nursing at Holy Angel University, Angeles City in 2008 and obtained his M.S. in Nursing, major in Adult Health nursing at UE-Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Inc. in 2011. Than’s thesis focused on the transition from adolescence to adulthood among patients with End-Stage Renal Disease and published in the Journal of Renal Care (JoRC) in May 2012.  As a registered nurse, Than works as a guest lecturer in the graduate school of Nursing at the Holy Angel University. And his main interest is on the expansion of research and genetic counseling services on Adult-onset genetic related disorders or diseases, as well as the implications of genetics and genomics in nursing practice.

Leniza (Lia) G. De Castro-Hamoy is a graduate of the 7-year integrated liberal arts and medicine (INTARMED) program of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Lia successfully completed her pediatric residency and chief residency at UP Manila – Philippine General Hospital, and recently started her clinical genetics fellowship in the same institution. Lia is interested not only in holistic management of pediatric genetics and metabolic patients but in public health genetics as well.

Marian Teresa (Maan) Cuenca accomplished her B.S. in Nursing from Pamantasanng Lungsod ng Maynila. She currently works as a University Research Associate I at the Institute of Human Genetics. Maan is in-charge as secretariat for Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health- Phils (NCR-South Luzon Cluster) and as nurse coordinator for the Birth Defects Surveillance Project- NCR-South Luzon Cluster. As a registered nurse, she has a heart for advocacy and for her, pursuing a masters degree in genetic counseling is the continuity of her support to patient’s well-being. Nonetheless, she aspires to contribute in the proliferation of genetic counseling as part of the Philippine healthcare delivery system and intends to be a mentor for future genetic counselors.


Mark (Mark) Lenon O. Tulisana is a graduate in midwifery and a registered nurse by profession. He completed his B.S. in Nursing from Surigao Education Center (SEC) of Surigao City. Mark previously worked at CARAGA Regional Hospital, an active tertiary hospital which strictly implemented the Newborn Screening Act. Learning has always been Mark’s passion and having a master's degree in genetic counseling will provide him a fertile ground to handle his future counseling cases. Mark's main interest is on the assessment of various coping strategies of parents whose children are diagnosed with a metabolic and genetic disorder in the country.

Ramonito (Ramzy) B. Nuique, a registered nurse hailing from Dumaguete City, finished his B.S. in Nursing at St. Paul University Dumaguete in 2011. He also received a National Certificate-II (NC-II) in Medical Transcription and an NC-II for Training Methodology-I. Ramzy is an active member of the Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health (VYLH) – Philippines, an organization that advocates for Newborn Screening, Folic Acid Supplementation, Birth Defects Surveillance, and for the Rare and Orphan Diseases. Ramzy’s strong foundation on faith and spirituality encourages him to focus on researches involving Pediatric Neuro-oncology and the intersection of faith.

RoemelJeusep (Roemel) B. Luna is a Manila-born graduate of the University of the Philippines – Diliman with a B.S. Degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. He is a researcher at the Microarray Core Laboratory of the Institute of Human Genetics, NIH, UP-Manila and currently works on DOST-funded projects dealing with the genetic basis of lung cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and type-2 diabetes mellitus in Filipino population. He is interested in genetic counseling issues pertaining to multifactorial genetic disorders and personalized medicine. Roemel aspires to educate not only his future patients and their relatives but also the Filipino society in order to increase understanding of the genetic contributions to diseases and the need of genetic counseling in the country.

Starlene Joy (Star) Z. Plaga graduated from Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (NDDU) in 2013 with a B.S. in Nursing. A registered nurse is a profession which embeds the art and science of caring for humanity. As a genetic counseling student, Star is enlightened to be trained and equipped in terms of counseling of patients having metabolic and chromosomal alterations in order to provide safe and quality care. Star intends to be an effective advocate to alleviate one’s suffering to prolong life in the Philippine setting. Moreover, she desires to increase awareness on the significance of genetic counseling, as well as to train and build efficient nurse leaders for the benefit and progress of the country.

Janelyn (Jan) De Vera graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Doctor of Medicine at Ateneo de Cagayan-Xavier University. Jan completed her residency training in pediatrics at Maria Reyna Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City and eventually decided to pursue a fellowship training in Genetics at UP Manila – Philippine General Hospital. Jan’s main interests are on cancer genetics and pediatric dysmorphology. She plans to contribute and be a crucial member of the expansion of genetic services in the country.

Abegail Jane (Abe) P. Amorato, a registered nurse, obtained her B.S. degree in Nursing at the University of the Philippines Manila. In pursuit of her goal for personal growth and her hopes to aid in the development of healthcare services in the country, Abe decided to study genetic counseling. Her main interests involve genetic counseling issues associated with adult onset disorders, as well as concerns in relation to emerging fields such as those on pharmacogenetics and neurogenetics.

Maris Hazel (Maris) A. Cura completed her B.S. Biology degree majoring in Genetics from the University of the Philippines - Los Baños. Her interest in human genetics inspired her to pursue a master's degree in genetic counseling. She wants her future research to deal with brain disorders particularly late-onset neurogenetic disorders and diseases.

Rozel (Rozel) DR. Tomaneng finished her B.S. in Nursing from New Era University, Diliman Quezon City in March 2012. She took and passed the December 2012 Nursing Licensure Examination. Aside from being a full time genetic counseling student, she is currently volunteers at the Philippine Red Cross, Quezon City Chapter (Blood service). Rozel intends to be a member of the pioneering genetic counseling team in order to provide appropriate genetics education, awareness and support for patients with genetic disorders, as well as their family members.

Rufus (Tom) Thomas Y. Adducul obtained his degree in B.S. Biology majoring in Genetics from the University of the Philippine Los Banos in 2013. As an alumnus of the UPLB Genetics Society, his interest in human genetics started when he became an active member of the Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health and attended several activities that involve interaction with patients diagnosed with genetic disorders. Tom is highly determined to contribute to the advancement of genetic counseling in the Philippines.