The Philippine Hernia Society will be hosting the 8th International Congress of the Asia Pacific Hernia Society on October 11-13, 2012 at the Shangri-La Mactan Island Resort and Spa Hotel in Cebu, Philippines. This year’s congress theme of “Innovations and New Challenges in Hernia Surgery in the Asia Pacific” is indeed very timely as we all gather together to share expertise and experiences regarding recent advances in hernia surgery. We also would be expecting well known herniologists from Europe, the USA and the Asia Pacific Region to join and update us on the latest innovations and developments in hernia surgery.
We would like therefore to invite and welcome you all to the Philippines, as we offer you a well balanced congress of continuing surgical education made up of a Pre-Congress Workshop, Plenary Lectures, Satellite Symposia, Panel Discussions and Research Paper Presentations. This congress will also be supported by the Philippine Medical Association, Philippine College of Surgeons, Philippine Society of General Surgeons, and the Philippine Society of Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgeons.
We also would like to invite you all to enjoy the typical Filipino Hospitality and Culture as well as the various scenic spots and entertainment as we give you the best that the Philippines can offer!
See you all in Cebu, Philippines, Mabuhay!
Rey Melchor Santos
Congress President of APHS 2012
President of the Philippine Hernia Society
On behalf of the Asia Pacific Hernia Society and the local organizing committee, let me extend our warmest welcome to the 8th International APHS Congress in Cebu, Philippines. Since its inception in 2004 in Bali, our society has developed rapidly with near thousand members and continues to be recognized beyond the Asia Pacific region. Our annual congress has become the important platform to share knowledge among the hernia surgeons from the region and all over the world.Again this year, the special effort has been made by the organizing committee to offer wide-ranging scientific program with many advanced topics, it will give you the best opportunity to get and share with the world experts the latest developments in the field of hernia.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the members of the organizing committee for their hard-work and commitment to make this congress a great success. Cebu, renowned as a tropical paradise, rich in beautiful scenic spots, cultural history and landmarks will give you an enjoyable time during the conference.
We wish you a fruitful congress and very nice stay in Cebu.
President of Asia Pacific Hernia Society
Dear Members of the APHS,
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is a great honor and privilege to invite all of you to the 8th Annual International Congress of the Asia-Pacific Hernia Society that will be held in Cebu, Philippines on October 11-13, 2012.
The theme of the 2012 Congress is “Bridging Innovations in Hernia Surgery in the Asia-Pacific Region” and it reflects the rapid changing panorama of economics and standard of practice for hernia surgery in our region. Hernia repair as the most common surgical procedure is affected by social and economic factors, and also involves adequate healthcare strategies that in an evolving economic situation as experienced by our continent in the last year may affect and improve the above standard of practice.
Ultimately, we hope for the best of care for our patients. There is no one mesh or one simple technique for hernia repair. The cure for hernias should be tailored accordingly to several factors including patients, surgical techniques, surgical experience and biomaterials available.
This Congress will be an unforgettable occasion for all surgeons and allied healthcare that are passionate about abdominal wall and hernia surgery. This will provide everyone a chance to get together, exchange knowledge and expertise with worldwide experts, and to also reinforce friendships.
APHS boasts almost 1,000 members from 19 Asia-Pacific countries and bringing together all members to share ideas and experiences as well as friendship is one of the missions of our Society that we hope to achieve during our Annual Congress. Both the Society and the local organizing committee will strive to make everything unforgettable from the scientific to the social programme.
Looking forward to seeing all of you in Cebu and certainly with your presence and support, this Congress will be a milestone for APHS.
With Best Regards,
Founding Advisory President of the Asia-Pacific Hernia Society
Greetings from the Philippines!
On behalf of the organizing committee of the 8th International Congress of the Asia-Pacific Hernia Society, we would like to welcome you to Cebu, the noted “Queen City of the South”. This year’s congress adopted the theme “Bridging Innovations and New Challenges in Hernia Surgery in Asia-Pacific”, which aims to tackle the different developments in hernia surgery in terms of innovations, new techniques and biomaterials.
The program also aims to discuss challenges that the hernia and non-hernia specialist will face now and in the future. We have prepared an exciting scientific programme for you and we hope that this congress will be a fruitful one for all the attendees. It’s time to meet and renew old friendships and create new ones in the field of hernia surgery. See you all in Cebu.
Jose Macario V. Faylona,
Scientific Committee Chairman