University of Santo Tomas Faculty member poetry commended at the 2017 Hippocrates Awards

The Philippines QS WOWNEWS Issue 26: p48. August - October 2017

A Faculty member at the University of Santo Tomas College of Rehabilitation and Sciences, Dr Ma Arlene Lee-Ledesma, received a commendation for her poem, Grandfather’s Dementia, under the Health Professional Category of the 2017 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. She was the only Asian and Filipino among authors of the 29 poems which received commendations. The awards ceremony was held on 6 May 2017 at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. 

Ma. Arlene Lee-Ledesma

Dr Ma. Arlene Lee-Ledesma

The 2017 Hippocrates Awards were organised by the Hippocrates Initiative in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Initiative of Harvard Medical School. They are composed of three categories, namely the Open Category, the Health Professional Category and the Young Poet Category. Currently in its 8th year, the Hippocrates Prize has attracted over 8,000 entries from over 60 countries all over the world. 

All winning and commended poems in the Hippocrates Prize are published in the annual Hippocrates Prize Anthology. When asked about her inspiration for her poem, Dr Ledesma mentioned that “Memory and recall have been a favourite theme in my poems. I have correlated dementia, a medical condition which intrigued me, with the visual imagery of sky at dawn, and fascinated me as a child.” 

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