13th AOMC Annual Scientific Meeting and 20th PNA Midyear Convention



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Please Mark New Dates: November 21-24

Planning and organizing for ASNA 2017 started as early as the first quarter of 2016. Originally, Iloilo was thought of as venue. But because there were no aligned flights with short layovers to and from Iloilo and the ASNA Executive Committee requested to hold it in Manila, the organizing committee explored on the option of holding it in Manila. Well aware of the ASEAN Summit which will be held on the third week, the ASNA organizing committee decided to have our convention on November 8-11, 2017.

The scientific program has been crafted. 54 speakers have confirmed. Contract with Conrad Hotel has been signed. Pledges from our pharmaceutical partners have been formalized. Just this end of April, an advisory from the ASEAN Summit Technical group was cascaded to the organizing committee. The ASEAN Summit is blocking off the dates,  November 4-17, 2017. The security will be 3 to 5x more than APEC or the just concluded ASEAN activities because of the attendance of President Trump and other world leaders from Russia, Canada, Australia, China, Japan and Korea aside from the ASEAN leaders. During this time, flights will be delayed, rerouted if not cancelled. Road closures from the airport to the bay area will be strictly enforced. This scenario will affect attendance of delegates. While our speakers have confirmed their availability, their trip to our country up might be a nightmare. Just like Murphy's law, what can go wrong will  go wrong.

After weighing the pros and the cons of either retaining or changing the dates, the organizing committee decided on moving it to November 21-24, 2017. And just like Murphy's law written by an optimist, what will go right will go right.

See you all on November 21-24, 2017.

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