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China & the Philippines 2009


Visited Wuhan, China, a vibrant inland industrial city reminiscent of Pittsburgh in the 1950’s era, relative to air quality. While there, I visited the 5,000 year old Guiyang “Temple of the Regained Perfection”, one of China’s oldest, and learned about the “3 Yellow Cranes” which is a biblical-like story of unselfish support. Was the Key Note Speaker at the IADR (International Association for Dental Research) Regional Meeting, PAPF/APR, organized by Wuhan University, September 22-25, 2009. My lecture was entitled “Consequences of an Unbalanced Oral Microbial World form Birth to Death” and integrated Age Specific Management Strategies.

Enjoyed Wuhan very much and could see it developing as a western hub soon.

On my way to Manila, cancelled China South flights caused me to wait outside the airport for 12 hours with no communication. I felt very isolated, and ultimately ended up travelling with the China National Volleyball Team. I arrived in Manila at 11:30PM, just in time for my 2:30AM live broadcast via Skype for the 20th JGT Microbiology Symposium back at Oglebay Park in Wheeling, WV.

I found myself totally mentally and physically unprepared for the next 48 hours, with the devastating Typhoon “Ketsana” or “Ondoy,” a Katrina-like Category IV, which devastated Manila and the Philippines. Authorities estimated 750 people drowned per day, effecting half a million people.

But… not to be distracted or discouraged, I still delivered my lecture to the Manila University School of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene and was the Key Note Speaker at the 101st Annual Convention for the Philippine Dental Association entitled “Encompassing the Emerging Trends in Dentistry.” The following morning was my closing speech back in the US for the 20th JGT Symposium at 3:30PM during the height of the Typhoon. It sounded like “a 1,000 car freight train” driving through my room.

I was very disappointed that I did not get to go to Batann and Carigidor (being a WWII history buff), but having no lights, electricity, water, or food, I did have my own JEEP-NEE and visited whatever I wanted in dark Manila. One location was the estate of President and Imelda Marcos (I did get to see her closet for 700 pairs of shoes!) and the famous sunset from Manila on my last day in the Philippines.

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