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Jeoffrey Mambucon: Story of Lumad Tribe’s First Doctor Goes Viral

JEOFFREY MAMBUCON – The story of the Tigwahanon named Jeoffrey Mambucon went viral on social media.

Tigwahanon-Manobo is among the Lumad groups in Mindanao. Some tribes are semi-autonomous from the Philippine government and they have their own practices, laws, and judgments given by their Datus.

Recently, a 31-year-old native went viral on social media for being the first Tigwahanon-Manono lumad to become a registered nurse and earn a degree in medicine. Based on a report from Philstar, Jeoffrey Mambucon said he after he finished high school, the Overseas Missionary Fellowship Scholarship Committee sent him to Davao for college.

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Photo Source: @Joeffrey S. Mambucon FB

Jeoffrey Mambucon said he initially wanted to take up education but he changed his mind after “one of the missionaries told me to take up nursing because they have a medical ministry and they only have one nurse.” He then decided to take up nursing at the University of Mindanao in Davao City. He passed the board exam in 2010.

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Photo Source: @Joeffrey S. Mambucon FB

According to the report, the missionaries then encouraged Jeoffrey Mambucon to pursue medicine. It took almost 2 years for him to be admitted to a med school with full scholarship.

“Sabi ko po sa sarili ko enough na maging nurse, malaking tulong na ito sa community ko at sa pamilya ko…”

But after working po sa Bukidnon Provincial Hospital-San Fernando, na-encourage po ng mga kasama kong doctor. Nag-decide na po ako na mag-med kasi nakikita ko po talaga na kailangan ako ng mga katribo ko,” he added.

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Photo Source: @Joeffrey S. Mambucon FB

Based on the report, the Tigwahanon-Manobo lumad said he couldn’t believe that he is now about to become a doctor. His family is staying in their tribe in San Fernando Bukidnon. His Datu father died in 2010. He said he’s planning to join Department of Health’s ‘Doctors to the Barrio’ program.

“Never in my wildest dream na mag-doctor since in our tribe, at age 12 usually nag-a-asawa na kami via arranged marriage,” he said.

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Photo Source: @PhilippineSTAR FB

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