On August 17, 2016, Agape held its opening fellowship and first installment to the series “The Keys to Success.” The event began with the opening prayer led by Daphne Tiam-Lee, followed by a short time of praise and worship led by the second years Charmaine Badon, Oliver Perez, and Sharmaine Bungabong. The instrumentalists were Jelene Macabasco (lead guitar), Cheridan Collado (bass guitar), Tedy Ang (keyboard), and Faith Co (percussion).

Christian doctors from St. Luke’s Medical Center then gave a series of inspirational talks. First off was a testimony by Dr. Tin-Tin Linay-Porto, the Batch 2011 valedictorian who recently finished her Neurology residency, passed the boards, and is now a hospitalist at the NCCU of the medical center. She shared about her struggles as a first year medical student, and how God instilled more strength, faith, and perseverance in her via the struggles she initially faced during that time. She also talked about how our character should always be stronger than our circumstances.

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Next to speak was Dr. Danilo C. Del Rosario, who is currently a consultant in General Surgery and in clinical rotation in the medical center. He talked about the importance of recognizing what, or who, controls your life as it would determine how we define success. He also talked about the humble beginnings of Agape, and how the success of one can bring out long and lasting success of others.

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Last, but not least, was Dr. Michael Cheng, from Batch of 2009, who became chief resident of Pathology and chief hospital resident of the St. Luke’s Medical Center. Dr. Cheng ended the event by talking about the true meaning of success, what drives us to succeed, and how we ought to view life and success through a different lens. He talked about the Parable of the Talents, which teaches us that we work not for our selfish purposes, but for a greater purpose.

The event concluded with a closing prayer led by Paulene Ombao.