The People Behind BMI

ADELE C. JOAQUIN

Founder & President

Musician and tour guide by profession but being a caregiver to her mother with vascular dementia became her full-time job. Being so, she saw the need to share her own knowledge and experience in caring for the elderly through Bantay Matanda and other venues like medical conferences, tv and radio programs.

A graduate of Communication Arts at the University of Santo Tomas and has served as Vice-President in the Alzheimer’s  Disease Association of the Philippines. Presently, she is the alternate sectoral representative for the elderly of the ABSNET(Area Based Standard Networks) Central Cluster under DSWD. 

 

RHONA A. RUFO

Vice-President

Born a writer and teacher to both children and old alike is a caregiver to her father with vascular dementia. Her interest and concern for the good of the elderly is her priority.

A graduate of AB Communication Arts at the University of Santo Tomas and has a certificate in Teacher Education.

DEANA SANTOS-RINGOR, MD

Health Director

A graduate of medicine from De La Salle University and had fellowship training in geriatrics at St. Luke’s Medical Center. Her genuine love for the elderly has made her sought after by various organizations to give talks on the needs and concerns of the elderly.

She is currently affiliated with St. Luke’s Medical Center and Manila Doctor’s Hospital.

EMMANUEL GATCHALIAN, MD

Past Adviser (In Memoriam)

A well-known cardiologist but later devoted his life to learning all about geriatric medicine and later founded the Philippine Society of Geriatric Medicine. He is fondly called “Tatang” by many medical practitioners as he was like a father to them. He has served as adviser to Bantay Matanda in the first two years never missing to attend our lay forum as it was his joy to impart all that he knew about geriatrics.

ANTONIO KOSCA

Director

A Chemical Engineer by profession with management training at the Asian Institute of Management, but with the formation of the family as his foremost advocacy. Together with his wife Tita, they now give talks which inspire the old people to live a good quality life even in their golden years.

REX BAYANI

Director

Finished B.S. Management at Ateneo de Manila University and now a managing director of Centennial Trade Corporation. Apart from his business background, he also has his own experience of caring for the elderly through his parents.