Perhaps that is the very reason why Yahoo! OMG! Awards existed. Entertainment has greater influence in the lives of Filipinos today as opposed to talking about good news like Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga, a pediatric immunologist from the University of Massachusetts.
CNN reported on March 4, an incredible news that a baby was cured of HIV, as announced at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta. The baby girl from Mississippi is the first child to be ‘functionally cured’ of HIV. It was a Filipino-American, Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga, who was part of the all-woman medical team responsible for the such a medical breakthrough, which Filipinos the world over should be proud of and should be talking about such achievement as opposed to talking about Vice Ganda and Charice.
The two celebrities may be newsworthy, but there is nothing more newsworthy and at the same time inspiring like Dr. Luzuriaga.
Luzuriaga’s father is Filipino (and who still does, in fact, speak Filipino)—was responsible for the first cure of a baby with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), its cause of which is AIDS.
Time Magazine’s 2013 listing of the 100 most influential people in the world included two Filipinos: President Benigno Aquino and Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga. Luzuriaga is with pediatrician Hannah Gay and virologist Deborah Persaud.
Watch an interview of Dr. Luzuriaga.
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