less than 3,000 people flocked at the Plaza Independencia before
heading to the Fuente Osmeña Circle in support of the ninth run
of Moonwalk, an almost decade-long advocacy on breast cancer
Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.
October 16, 2012
CEBU CITY – More
or less 3,000 people in pink walked from Plaza Independencia to Fuente
Osmeña Circle last Oct. 2 for the 9th Moonwalk: A Walk for Breast
Moonwalk, which was
organized by the Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC) of Ramon
Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), in partnership with the Cebu City
Government through the Task Force Cancer of Cebu City and cancer
support groups, is one of the many activities set in observance of
Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Ronald delos Reyes, program
coordinator of RAFI's EJACC, emphasized to the "Moonwalkers" the
importance of early screening and early detection of cancer.
"Women should undergo breast
self examination at the age of 20 and clinical breast examination at
the age of 30 and regular yearly mammography screening for women aged
50 years old and above," he said.
The Cebu Provincial Police
Office and Cebu City Police Office, with volunteers from some
barangays, provided security and order during the walk.
Led by the Department of
Health-Region 7, Perpetual Succour Hospital, St. Vincent Hospital, and
Visayan Community Hospital supported the event.
Cancer support groups who
joined are Task Force Cancer of Cebu City, I CAN SERVE Foundation,
Cebu Cancer Fight Inc., Cebu Breast Association, CAN with GOD, Destiny
Medical Fund Inc., and Kahayag Network of Cancer Support Group.
There were also
representatives from organizations such as Cebu Nurses Association,
Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation, KALIPI Federation of Women, Pantawid
Pamilyang Pilipino Program Beneficiaries-Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu City
Daycare Worker Federation, Rotary Club of Cebu Fuente, Rotary Club of
Cebu Fuente-Community Based, Lihok Pilipina Foundation, and GMA Kapuso
Active participation from
the academe was made possible by Asian College of Technology, Cebu
Doctors University, Cebu Normal University, Cebu Institute of
Technology-University, Cebu Velez College, South Western University,
St. Paul College, University of Cebu Medical Center, University of San
Carlos, University of San Jose Recoletos, University of Southern
Philippines, and University of the Visayas.
Residents, who were mostly
women, from the the barangays of Sambag I, Sambag II, Calamba,
Guadalupe, Pardo, Cogon-Pardo, Quiot-Pardo, Sawang Calero, Mambaling,
Inayawan, Labangon, Buhisan, San Nicolas, Ermita, Kalubihan, Apas,
Kalunasan, Luz, Kasambagan, Banilad, Mabolo, Cogon Central Ramos,
Zapatera, Carreta, Sta. Cruz, Hipodromo, Kamputhaw, and Talamban came
The event's sponsors were
Destiny Medical Fund, DOH 7, She Matters, Goldilocks, Monde Nissin,
Hi-Presicion, Alcordo Advertising, and Rotary Club of Cebu Fuente.
During the closing program,
Destiny Medical Fund was recognized as Pinkiest Group; Cebu City
Daycare Worker Federation, as Liveliest Group; and Pamilyang Pilipino
Program beneficiaries - Lapu-lapu City, as Best Breast Chant.
These winning groups get to
choose a community of their choice where EJACC will conduct free
breast and cervical cancer screenings.
Moonwalk is an advocacy that
aims to promote a collective effort in fighting breast cancer through
a massive awareness campaign focused on the early screening and
detection of breast cancer, such as observing monthly breast
self-examination for women aged 20 years old and above.
For more information on
Moonwalk and EJACC and its services, please contact 254-6351 and look
for Gina Mariquit, or visit www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.oph.