Silver Nightingales Awardees 2007

The Notre Dame International Nursing Alumni Network (the nursing alumni association of Notre Dame of Dadiangas University), and the Philippines Nurses Association General Santos City Chapter have jointly come up with a project aimed at recognizing nursing practitioners in General Santos City. The major criterion for this awarding is at least, 25 years of active practice.


Here are the profiles of the maiden recipients of the Silver Nightingales Awards





A class on her own right, Minerva Lumawag RN is formerly the chief nurse of Ricardo Limso Hospital in Davao City and today is systems officer at St. Elizabeth Hospital

Long-time nurse leader, Belen Polintan RN is the grand dame of occupational health nursing practice in Cotabato region. She is has more than three decades of occupational health nursing experience from Dole Philippines

An alumna of Mountain View College, Leila Lapidez RN is currently the chief nurse of R.O. Diagan Cooperative Hospital. She brings with her more than twenty years of OR and DR experience.

Georgina Lopez RN is past PNA chapter officer. Prior to her present job as administrative officer of General Santos City Hospital, she was a supervising nurse of the latter for more than a decade. She is the daughter of a renowned nurse leader of the city, the late Belen Lopez

Tessie Osoy, RN MAN is the chief nurse of General Santos City Hospital as well as a visiting faculty member of Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, Notre Dame of Marbel University, San Pedro College, General Santos Doctors Medical School Foundation. She is a past PNA chapter officer.

As a chief public health nurse, Edna Togon RN has more than two decades of public health nursing experience in the city. Currently, she is the chapter president of National League of Philippine Government Nurses in the Sarangani Province and General Santos City area.

A graduate of Chung Hua School of Nursing, Prof. Helen Sestina RN MAN brings with her more than two decades of experience in nursing education. She is currently the dean of the College of Nursing at NDDU and a member of the Regional Quality Assurance Team (RQUAT) for nursing education.

A veteran hospital nurse and now a clinical instructor at NDDU, Rebecca dela Cruz RN has close to 30 years of nursing practice experience. She has an overseas hospital experience having worked in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

A long-time school health nurse from the Department of Education, Rebecca Martinez RN was the immediate past president of the PNA General Santos City chapter.

Leadership is her main factor, Marilyn Aponesto RN was chief nurse and now a administrator of the Howard Hubbard Memorial Hospital. A well-travelled nurse, her leadership was instrumental in enhancing her hospital’s corporate image as among the best in Mindanao.

A wellness advocate and practitioner, Prof. Ethel Apuzen, RN MAN is the dean of Brokenshire College SOCCSKSARGEN. She used to work as an RN for years in the United States of America. She is among the first MAN graduates in the country. She received both her BSN and MAN degrees at Silliman University.

Nellie Canda RN RM is a nurse leader for most of her professional life. Aside from her active involvement in community-based organizations, she is an administrator of Nikkie Louise Hospital. She was the recipient of the Mari Immaculees Award for Professional Nursing Leadership last December 2007

Caridad Sucia, RN is the past chapter president of the PNA General Santos City. For the last twenty-five years, she works as a supervising nurse at Jose Catolico Puericulture Center.

A long-standing nurse educator at the College of Nursing, Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, Prof. Leila Garcia RN MAN is currently a level 2 coordinator.