#PhRheum2020 Opening Ceremonies

Kick off for the Big #REVEAL

Before we warm our seats to listen and learn about things Rheum, let us kick off the 26th PRA Annual Meeting #PhRheum2020 on the evening of February 20, 2020 with the Opening Ceremonies.

Following the Entrance of Colors, there will be a parade of the 2020 PRA Organizing Committee followed by the PRA Board of Trustees then the PRA Past Presidents.

Dr. Julie Li-Yu will then give her Opening Remarks and welcome participants to the convention. One of our beloved and respected pillars, Professor Tito P. Torralba, will then give an inspirational message to PRA members – particularly those who will be inducted that night.

The Induction of New PRA Fellows and Diplomates will then be handled by the Committee on Membership & Credentials and the Philippine Specialty Board of Rheumatology, respectively. Training Programs will then be recognized by the Association for their re-accreditation and for hosting the various CPD activities.

The evening will end with a industry-sponsored dinner symposium.

All PRA members are invited to come to the event. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Big #REVEAL during #PhRheum2020.

#PhRheum2020 #REVEAL

The Big #REVEAL this #PhRheum2020

Don’t expect a magic show or some masked person revealing his identity during the 26th PRA Annual Meeting (although the next PRA President will be revealed during the Fellowship Night on February 22, 2020!).

REVEAL or Rheumatology Evidence, Excellence and Leadership are the themes around which our convention sessions will cluster around. We have invited local speakers and international guests to provide us two days’ worth of material to ponder and reflect on.

Rheumatology Evidence

  • Updates to Guidelines on Anti-Phospholipid Syndrome and the Diagnosis of SLE
  • Emerging Therapies for Scleroderma ILD
  • Interstitial Pneumonitis with Autoimmune Features
  • Macrophage Activation Syndrome and ILD
  • Preventive Rheumatology
  • Treat to Target in Spondyloarthritis

Excellence In Care / Best Practices

  • Rheumatic Manifestations of HIV/ AIDS
  • Immunosuppression in Patients with HIV/ AIDS
  • Best Practices in Osteoarthritis Care
  • Best Practices When Transitioning Pediatric Rheum Patients

Leadership in Education and Healthcare

  • Medical Education & Rheumatology
  • Universal Health Care & Rheumatology
  • Leadership Despite Adversity (Dr. Lourdes Manahan Memorial Lecture)

The annual dues for PRA fellows and diplomates includes admission to the convention. PRA clinical members and non-members have a registration fee of P4,000 (P3,500 if they register on or before January 31, 2020). Trainees (fellows in training, residents, interns and medical students) can register for P2,000 provided they bring certification that they are still in training,

We look forward to everyone joining us at the Big #REVEAL during #PhRheum2020 !


R. N. has a new meaning… Rheumatology Nurse!

Well, that’s what we’re at least hoping our Filipino nurses would consider.

While there are ER nurses, ICU nurses, Diabetes Nurse Educators, Oncology nurses and Geriatrics nurse, I bet few have ever heard about Rheumatology nurses. A few articles from PubMed demonstrate the important role nurses play in the multidisciplinary care of patients with arthritis (Read them here, here and here). In fact, not a few organizations have released statements on the impact nurses have in improving care for patients with arthritis – like EULAR (read here) and Arthritis Australia (read here). The Philippine Rheumatology Association is one with them in calling for more rheumatology nurses involved in caring for patients with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

That’s why the PRA first had its Rheumatology Nurse Workshop in February 2018 during the pre-convention of the 24th PRA Annual Meeting. And we’re doing it again in 2020, when our annual meeting comes back to Manila, through the ASPIRE for Filipino Nurses workshop.

ASPIRE stands for the Asia Pacific Initiative for Rheumatology Nurse Educators – a project of the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR) to develop the foundations for rheumatology nursing in the region. The technical working group consisted of rheumatologists and rheumatology nurse specialists. And the initial focus of the modules is the care of the patient with rheumatoid arthritis.

The modules to be covered during the workshop on 20 February 2020 at the Boracay 1 & 2 Ballroom of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel are:

  • Patient Assessments in RA
  • Treatment and Self Management in RA
  • Disease Monitoring and Follow up Care

Activities include lectures followed by knowledge assessment sessions. Participants will then be asked to accomplish a post workshop evaluation a few weeks after to assess the retention of concepts learned.

Participants will be limited to at least 50 nurses with priority being given to nurses who attended the PRA Nurses Workshop in 2018. Registration fees will be waived for the first fifty registrants. However, should nurses wish to attend the rest of the PRA Annual Meeting (from February 21-22, 2020), they would have to pay a P4,000 registration fee (P3,500 if they do so on or before January 31, 2020.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit units have been applied for with the PRC Board of Nursing.

We look forward to you joining us during the Big #REVEAL AT #PhilRheum2020.

PRA Review Course 2020

Ready to Review Your Rheum?

Then join us during our pre-convention as we go over the management of frequently encountered rheumatic conditions.

The topics to be discussed include:

  • Approach to Joint Pains
  • Approach to Back Pains
  • Soft Tissue Rheumatism
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Spondyloarthritis

So whether your a sub-specialist managing the other medical problems of your patients, an internist/ family physician/ occupational medicine specialist treating patients walking in to your clinic, a generalist/ city health officer/ municipal health officer attending to the many patients coming in or a resident/ intern/ medical student learning internal medicine, then this review course is for you!

Registration fees for non-PRA physicians is P4,000 (P3,500 if you register before January 31, 2019) and for trainees it will be P2,000 (a certification from your consultant is needed that you’re still in training). These fees also include your participation to the convention proper of the PRA Annual Meeting (happening from February 21-22, 2019). You can register through bit.ly/pra2020. Instructions on how to pay are found on the registration site.

See you at the Mactan 1 & 2 Ballrooms of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel on February 20, 2020.

We’re sure that a lot of things in rheumatology will be #REVEAL-ed this #PhRheum2020.

PRA 2020

Ready for the Big #REVEAL this 2020?!

The Big #REVEAL is happening during the 26th PRA Annual Meeting from February 20-22, 2020. Themed “REVEAL” or Rheumatology EVidence, Excellence And Leadership, this year the convention is coming back to Metro Manila and will be held at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong.

There will be four tracks for #PhRheum2020:

  • ASPIRE for Filipino Nurses Workshop (Pre-Convention, 20 February 2020) will be the local implementation of the Asia Pacific Initiative for Rheumatology Nurse Educators
  • PRA Review Course (Pre-Convention, 20 February 2020) to refresh and update physicians on the management of commonly encountered rheumatic conditions in practice.
  • Convention Proper (21-22 February 2020) sessions will cluster around the themes of evidence review/ guideline updates, excellence in practice/ best practices and leadership in education and healthcare.
  • Patient Support Group Meeting (21 February 2020) to provide patients and their caregivers a perspective of local policies on disability, organizing support groups and introducing mindfulness as a self-care tool for patients.

Continuing professional development (CPD) credit units have been applied with the Professional Regulations Commission, Philippine Medical Association, Philippine College of Physicians, Philippine Academy of Family Physicians, Philippine Pediatric Society and the Philippine College of Occupational Medicine.

Registration channels for physicians had been opened since December 2019 through here.

List of Successful Examinees 2019

Congratulations to our PSBR Passers!

The Philippine Specialty Board of Rheumatology (PSBR) is pleased to announce the successful examinees of the written certifying exams held last September 30, 2019 at the UST Hospital, Espana, Manila:

  • Chan, Charlie Jr.
  • Chua, Katrina Joy
  • Cuenco, Francis Martin
  • Dañes, Mardi
  • De Vera, Ronaldo
  • Dela Cruz-Tan, Cheryl Anne
  • Diwa, Jerome Kristofer
  • Estrella, Ana Monica
  • Frio, Mika Ana
  • Navarroza, Rodeo

The above board certified members will be inducted as Diplomates during the PRA Annual Meeting in February 2020.

Congratulations! And welcome to the Philippine Rheumatology Association…


We have SIX (6) rheumatologist in RIZAL for your musculoskeletal and rheumatic concerns!


    Address : RM 403
    Schedule : Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 1:00 PM -3:00 PM
    Address :  RM. 305, MAH, Antipolo City
    Tel. No. : (02) 722-3208 loc. 3305
    Schedule : Monday, Wednesday and Friday 03:30 PM – 05:30 PM


    Address : 4th Floor FUMC Clinics, Km.28 Sumulong Highway Sta. Cruz,Antipolo City
    Tel. No. : 727-8845
    Schedule : Wednesday and Friday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Address :  RM. MO7, L. Sumulong Memorial Circle Antipolo, Rizal
    Tel. No. : 6959435/ 6959480 loc 227
    Schedule : Monday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Saturday 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM
  • Hospital : Manila East Medical Center
    Address : Room 207 MAB, 2nd Floor, Manila East Road, Dolores, Taytay Rizal
    Schedule : Thursday and Saturday 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Tel. No. : 660-0000 loc 7207; 09287983006


  • Hospital : APEX CLINIC
    Address : San Roque, Antipolo
    Schedule : Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Tel. No. : (02) 696-4448
    Address :  RM. 305, MAH, Antipolo City
    Schedule : Monday, Wednesday and Friday 03:30 PM – 05:30 PM
    Tel. No. : (02) 722-3208 loc. 3305


  • Hospital : Cainta Municipal Hospital (Free Clinic)
    Address : Municipal Compound Cainta Rizal
    Schedule : Tuesday 8:00 AM -11:00 AM
    Tel. No. :  696-2604
    Address : Km.23 Sumulong Highway Sta. Cruz,Antipolo City
    Tel. No. : 727-8875 loc. 4003
    Schedule : Monday and Wednesday 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Friday 10:00 AM – 12:00 NN
  • Hospital : IL Centro Sta, Lucia Residenze Mall
    Address : Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall
    Schedule : Saturday 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM
    Tel. No. :   532-2557/532-2651


  • Hospital : Andramedix Clinic
    Address : Tanay, Rizal
    Schedule : Monday 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Thursday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Hospital : Amvill Clinic
    Address : Morong, Rizal
    Schedule : Monday 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Saturday 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Hospital : Amvill Clinic
    Address : Morong, Rizal
    Schedule : Monday 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Saturday 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Hospital : St. Therese Hospital
    Address : Teresa, Rizal
    Schedule : Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 AM – 12:00 NN
  • Hospital : Mediko Kapitolyo Clinic
    Address : Antipolo City
    Schedule : Wednesday 8:00 AM – 12:00 NN


We have one (1) rheumatologist in CAPIZ for your musculoskeletal and rheumatic concerns!


  • Hospital : Capiz Emmanuel Hospital
    Address : Roxas Avenue, Roxas City
    Schedule : Monday, Thursday and Saturday 12:00 NN – 3:00 PM
  • Hospital : The Health Centrum
    Address : Banica, Roxas City
    Schedule : Tuesday and Wednesday 12:00 NN – 2:00 PM
  • Hospital : Capiz Doctors Hospital
    Schedule : Visiting Consultant (No Clinic)