The first medical sorority in the Philippines and in Asia.
An unbroken line of over a thousand lady doctors from the University of the Philippines Manila.
Birthday: June 24, 1932
Favorite color: pink
Brand of music: soft - old favorites
Hobbies: gardening, cooking, album-collection for pictures, scrapbooking, souvenir collecting
Describe yourself in three words: devoted (to my family), loving (to everybody), dedicated (when it comes to profession/work)
Where do you see yourself ten years from now: God only knows; hopefully living and well, God-willing
Dr. Aurora Salegumba-Genuino is a pediatrician-neonatologist, professor, researcher, inspirational speaker and volunteer worker based in Manila. Despite assuming all these roles, she has been married to an equally accomplished anesthesiologist with whom she actively raised five children who grew up to be successful physician-specialists themselves.
Aurora, or Auring to family and friends, graduated with a Medical Degree from the University of the Philippines (UP) in 1957 and thereafter underwent residency training in pediatrics at the UP Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH). Being the zealous learner and visionary that she is, Auring pursued post-graduate specialty training in various medical centers in Connecticut and New York. While in training, she and Biyong (Virgilio Trias Genuino) got married and began their colorful lives as loving parents. Their two eldest sons were born in 1959 and 1961, a time of both struggle and joyous persistence for Auring as she continued her pursuit for her two greatest aspirations: being a scientist-healer and a mother, both on foreign soil, away from family and friends. Despite all these difficulties, she earned her sub-specialty degree in neonatology, one of the most challenging fields of pediatrics and child care.
Though numerous clinical job offers came her way in the USA, the temptation of fulfilling the so-called great American Dream was easily overcome with Auring’s love for the Philippines. Despite being aware that financial stability is easier to achieve abroad and that establishing practice in the Philippine would yet be another struggle, she was determined to go back home with her husband and children. She turned down the offers given to her abroad because of a greater dream to serve her countrymen and further the status of health care and education of her native land. Upon arriving in the Philippines, Auring wasted no time and immediately started her clinical practice and teaching career by being a consultant at the UP-PGH and a professor at the UP College of Medicine (UPCM). She did all these as she raised three more children. In 1997, Auring retired with the rank of Full Professor from the university which is a testament of her dedication to being an educator to a whole new generation of physicians. During her stay at the University, she was more than a clinician and educator as she also held different administrative posts in committees for paramedical personnel training, research, medical admissions, and pediatric specialty units.
Auring excelled not only in teaching but also in clinical practice and was appointed as a pediatric consultant in various hospitals and medical centers in Metro Manila at a time when such appointments were based solely on merit and expertise. These institutions included the UP-PGH, Makati Medical Center, Lungsod ng Kabataan, Medical Center Manila and the Dr. J.P. Rizal National Foundation Medical Research Center. She also maintained her illustrious status as Diplomate of different national and international pediatric societies.
In 1976, at the prime of her career, she presented a research paper on the management of asphyxia neonatorum, a work that not only contributed to medicine’s body of knowledge but more importantly, saved the lives of many newborn infants. Proving her commitment to improve the health status and health education in the country, Auring has authored a number of instructional materials in neonatology, in addition to publishing works in pediatric journals. She has also been a regular member of the UP National Science Research Council, Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and The National Research Council of the Philippines. Auring was also an active member of various national and international medical societies. In 1979, she became the first representative of the Philippines as council member of the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies in Southeast Asian Countries. She has also been invited as a guest speaker on various topics in neonatology, pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. Auring also espoused the application of Christian values and faith in the practice of medicine and has given talks on this and different bioethical issues. Her holistic take on medicine ensures that the care she gives to her patients ensures that not only do they get cured but that they also get healed in body, mind and spirit
Auring is also known as a generous benefactor of and a volunteer worker in different socio-civic organizations. She occasionally gives inspirational talks to the elderly, retired, disabled and sick nuns of La Consolacion College. One of her best received talks is on “How to Age Gracefully.” She also visits and distributes gifts to nuns of the Religious of Virgin Mary of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, and St. Theresa’s College as her thanksgiving for teaching values, instilling genuine spirituality and persistently praying for her and her family. Auring has also made it a “panata” to visit and distribute gifts to the retirees, disabled and sick members of Christ the King Seminary and military hospitals with her grandchildren. She does these with the intention of alleviating their aches and pains and help better their general state of well-being. She also participated in projects jointly held by the Lioness-International/Philippines and the Makati Medical Center Department of Pediatrics that provides eyeglasses to elementary students.
Despite all her accomplishments, Auring has always considered her family as her living wealth. Quality and quantity time were spent with her husband and her five children who grew up to be accomplished individuals themselves. For her family, she is an abiding wife, doting mother and grandmother, all-around doctor, ever-assuring teacher, and spiritual guide. As recognition for her and her husband’s accomplishments as physicians and parents, they were awarded the Family of the Year Award by the Alumni Society of the University of the Philippines in 1996 and the Family of the Year Award of the Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity, Inc of the UP College of Medicine in 1998.
Auring speaks very fondly of her Mu family. She joined Mu in order to experience the Sorority’s legendary sisterhood and camaraderie and also to take part in the countless socially empowering activities pioneered by the institution. Auring is actively involved with the Mu Sigma Phi Sorority. She participates in the outreach programs, medical missions and vaccination services for various sectors such as the students and employees of the UPCM and the UP-PGH. She discloses that her active participation in the Sorority’s projects is inspired by her two daughters and a daughter-in-law who are all sisses. She also has a deep respect for doctors Julieta Ramoso-Jalbuena, Esperanza Cabral and Marilyn Ruaro for being well-accomplished and for being very much involved in the sorority. When asked how she sees Mu in the future, she gave out two simple words: par excellence. A model of excellence, beyond comparison – Auring definitely embodies the Mu spirit from within.