A Tribute featuring Exemplary Nurses of our time

Clarita Miraflor, PhD, RN

 Unifying Filipino Nurses in the United States

Clarita Miraflor was elected as the First President of the Federation of Philippine Nurses Associations in the United States (FPNAUS), later renamed as the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA), after presenting a topic on The Unification of Philippine Nurses in the United States at the PNA-New Jersey (PNA-NJ) convention held in East Brunswick, NJ, on April 21, 1979.


       Her dauntless leadership skills were attributed to her previous roles in professional organizations in Illinois and California. She was a President of PNA-Chicago (PNAC) now known as PNA-Illinois (PNAI) for five years, a Board Member and Vice-President of the Illinois Nurses Association (INA), and President of the State Nurses Active in Politics in Illinois (SNAPI), the political arm of INA. Later on, she became a member of the California Nurses Association and held positions as Chair of the Human Rights Committee and Commissioner in Nursing Practice. She also became a member of the Advisory Council of PNA-Southern California.


       She continues to serve the profession by teaching as an Adjunct Professor at West Coast University and by providing consulting and travel seminars for MIRAFLOR and ASSOCIATES.


~Antonio B. Jayoma, RN


Potri Ranka Manis, MA, RN, Recipient of 2010 Presidential Awards


Congratulations to our very own, Potri Ranka Manis, MSA, RN, for her 2010 Presidential Banaag Awards, one of the highest presidential awards for community service bestowed by President Benigno Aquino on December 14, 2010 in Malacanang Palace, Manila.


Her works portrayed a vision to assert, preserve, reclaim, and re-create the traditions of dance, music, martial arts, storytelling, and orature of the indigenous peoples of the Philippines, particularly the Maranao, T'boli, Yakan, Higaoonon, Tausug, Bagobo, Tiruray, Manobo, Mandaya, Iranun, Talaandig, Samal, Igorot, and other tribes.

To validate this special recognition, the group marks the 18
th year of their untiring commitment and support to their cause.  (
www.kindingsindaw.org )


~Myrna D. Santos, RN


Potri Ranka Manis, MA, RN:

A nurse in search of the role of ancestral arts and culture in healing


A nurse artist conceives, choreographs and directs Pandibulan (bathing by moonlight), a cultural presentation featuring dances, music, and folktales from the Yakan people of Southern Philippines. This is scene 1.


Potri Ranka Manis is a literary genius, artist, and foremost a nurse who have served for over 30 years, a portrait of a knight and hero, a Modern Nightingale. She has recently obtained a Masters degree in nursing. She continually explores through qualitative searches on the role of ancestral arts and culture in the science and art of healing.


She is a Board Certified Medical- Surgical Registered Nurse, member of Philippines Nurses   Association of New York, Board of Director of Kalusugan Coalition, and Board of Director of New York City Community Health Network.

With a multi-talent and a kind-hearted, yet a brave woman activist like Potri, she is always around and involved. She has both feet between two jobs. While as a director of this theatrical magic of a world-class performance, she too, has to wear the scrubs and work her way to the hospital and live her second life, if not her first: taking care of her patients. This is scene 2.

~Myrna D. Santos, RN






      Phoebe C. Andes is the 2nd President of Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA), initiated its founding on April 21, 1979 in Ramada Inn, East Brunswick, NJ, during the PNA-NJ.convention, its incorporation on October 2, 1981, and its change to PNAA, in Trenton, NJ. She is the Founding President of PNAA Foundation in 2001.


     Phoebe calls herself a “dreamer”, a “go-fer”, go for this…do this…and that” for a good cause. Friends and colleagues calls her visionary, doer not a talker, slave driver, assertive, aggressive, hard worker, classy, quiet, funny, and “loves”  meetings. She has been a president of distinguished organizations.  She admits “a little bit of the above”. Investment of 30 years to the PNAA is worth the money, time and effort.  “I met the most beautiful, awesome, intelligent people who share my passion for advancing the nursing profession and improving the image and quality of life of the nurse.”


     She describes her tenure as challenging, exciting, colorful and productive. Her officers were inducted in the Philippine Embassy, Washington, DC, by Officer de affair Lonides Caday, that included dialogue on problems encountered by Filipino Nurse in the United States. Officers were: Marie Couper, Ist VP, Virginia D. Stivers, 2nd VP, Dula Pacquiao, Recording Secretary, Lily Sabinay, Corresponding Secretary, Maria Publico, Treasurer, Maria Lapid, Assistant Treasurer. Board of Directors: Rosario de Gracia, Esther Cash, Delia Goggins, Seny Lipat, Trini Lum, Dr. Clarita Miraflor, Emma Nemivant, and Edna Rodis. Adviser: Dr. Purita F. Asperilla, Legal Adviser: Wilfredo Panotes, Jr. Esq. Agenda at Board Meetings revolved around recurring problems: low board exam rate, discrimination practices, CGFNS, by-laws revision, and membership drive.


    Her utmost contribution is the creation and publication of newsletter, “The Philippine-American Nurse” with editorial staff, Trini Lum, Dula Pacquiao and Oddie Tablit. Other achievements include: Criteria for Awards, Human Rights Committee; inclusion to the ANA 1984 Biennial Convention program in New Orleans: “The Asian Nurse in the Health Care Delivery System: Issues and Trends in the 80’s” and operational administrative activities to conform to the standards of professional organization.


    Phoebe is a recipient of many awards, including the Philippine Presidential “BANAAG Award”, Don and Diva by the NJ State Nurses Association, UP Distinguished Professional Award in USA, and also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.  She is a doting grandma, Kate12, Aviel 9 from son Edwin and Sheila, Aris 5, Sean 15 mos. from daughter Pam and Daren Phillips. Hobby: traveling. She received BSN from University of the Philippines, College of Nursing and Master of Arts (MA) from Columbia University, NYC.

~Antonio Jayoma, RN

Divina Grossman, PHD, RN

 Moving up to the next level of Engagement

 Divina Grossman has served as dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University (FIU) since its creation in October 2006.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas (Philippines), a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Miami, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is a Clinical Specialist in Medical Surgical Nursing and is a licensed Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in Florida. She has conducted research in the areas of blood pressure rhythms and fever management.

 Her leadership has been recognized nationally and locally.  She currently serves as Chair of the American Academy of Nursing’s Health Disparities Task Force and co-chaired the Academy’s national health disparities project that was funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  She also serves on the National Advisory Council of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Nurse Faculty Scholars Program and is chairwoman of the Florida Association of Colleges of Nursing, chairwoman of the Board at Kendall Regional Medical Center, and vice-chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Health Foundation of South Florida. Among her other service appointments, she has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Nursing.


Makilala TV Host Rachel Ocampo interviews Dr. Zal Velez, 2015 Sampaguita Awardee

The Sampaguita Award

Like the lovely white Sampaguita, our national flower of purity of intent

Symbol of pristine love of country and our glorious past,

Like the mystical and enchanting fragrance of the Sampaguita flower,

Emanating from our profound Sense of Identity, hidden in the ashes of colonial past,

A strong boisterous Spirit arises to declare that WE ARE FILIPINOS,

Ready, Willing, and Able to stand with our kindred in America n all Nations.


As a major mission of Las Islas Filipinas organization to celebrate Philippine Renaissance, we have collaborated with Kinding Sindaw to award the Parangal: Ginto at Bulaklak (Honoring Our Roots) on the Finale show of "Pagbabalik"(Tracing the path home) at La Mama Theater, April 27, Sunday at 2 pm.
We  are  glad to inform you that you are all invited to participate and give your support to honor our Mano Po tradition. We are giving 6 Awards, mostly to our Seniors, honoring them for their silent contribution to the development of our most valuable national treasure, the Filipino people, the Filipino Family. If you have any candidate in mind, any ideas let us know.

Remember, Las Islas Filipinas.Org, where you always have a part.


 Pagbabalik, portrayed by Potri Ranka Manis, in this dance ensemble presentation mean tracing the path home, a piece that explores the migratory experience of displaced indigenous peoples of the Southern Philippines through live music, dance, storytelling, and videography. This is a response to the plight of these indigenous peoples and the experiences of Filipinos in the Diasporas. Indigenous communities are facing extinction due to the modern forces of displacement, deforestation, mining, and globalization.

Pagbabalik depicts these through the stories of migrating indigenous communities and how their oral traditions, which include storytelling, music, and dance, have in turn become fractured as communities are dispersed worldwide. While dislocated communities strive to reclaim their identity, the piece explores the question of whether one can ever really return home.


The Nursing Office/Las Islas Filipinas Joy Abraham, Myrna D. Santos, Ludy Resurreccion and Parangal Awardee, Alberta Gabest



Filipinas Lowery