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The Philippine Blood Center (PBC) of the Department of Health (DOH) awarded the Lapu–Lapu and Antonio Luna Awards to the Adventist University of the Philippines at the Hotel Rembrandt in Quezon City last January 25, 2019. The awards were received by Mrs. Merbeth L. Pedro, the coordinator of the blood drive, and Dr. Orlex Yllano. These awards were given by the PBC, DOH to AUP in recognition of the institution’s unwavering commitment to the cause of voluntary blood donation.

The partnerships of various organizations and institutions with PBC, DOH enabled them to provide safe, adequate and accessible blood for countless patients all over the country.

Through the annual voluntary blood donation program of the Biology Department, College of Science and Technology, the National Service Training Service, Philippine International Church, and Community Extension Service of AUP in collaboration with PBC, DOH, students, faculty, staff, and volunteers exemplify one of the core values of AUP that is to exemplify the character of Christ through unselfish service toward humanity.

The coordinators of this annual program — Ma’am Merbeth Pedro and Mr. Jeff Pedro would like to thank our numerous altruistic volunteers for sharing their blood to our fellowmen who are in dire need of lifesaving blood. The next blood drive activity on campus is scheduled on March 17, 2019 in celebration of the Global Youth Day.