Welcome Message from Congress President


It was in 1993 that the Philippines last hosted the prestigious Asia & Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology Congress (AOFOG).

Much has happened since then and in 2019 it will be time to return to Manila for the 26th AOFOG Congress. This will coincide with the 73rd Annual Convention of the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS) on November 10 to 14, 2019.

AOFOG 2019 promises to be an intriguing blend of intellectual discussion and momentous social interaction. The scientific sessions will center on conventional and likewise controversial approaches to women’s health. We will ensure a varied roster of distinguished international speakers.

We aim to highlight the striking contrasts in various specialties in our craft. We will provide an outstanding learning experience and find opportunities to enjoy ourselves along the way. We Filipinos are warm and friendly people known for our hospitality and sense of humor. We are fun loving and easy going, but much more, we know how to entertain our guests and make them feel truly welcome.

Our Fellowship Night will be referred to as “Festival of Festivals”.  It will be a joyous experience that will be difficult to forget. Our guests will be expected to dance and sing along with the merrymaking while feasting on the sumptuous buffet traditionally prepared for these events. This will be a truly memorable experience of the charm and mystique of nostalgic Philippines.

POGS has hosted many local and international conferences. Our society can guarantee at least three thousand (3,000) delegates. Manila is an excellent convention destination. With its strategic location, it is a vital point of major international routes. There are 28 international airlines presently operating in Manila.  The Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) made history as Asia’s first international convention center, setting a trend that led other countries to build their own. World-class hotels that will cater to any kind of budget are all over the metropolis.

Come to the Philippines and experience everything we have to offer. Explore our culture and arts that are truly ours. Appreciate our history through our heritage destinations and admire our tropical landscapes. Shop in bargain malls and town centers and enjoy exciting night-time activities.

Discover the finest hospitality and tranquility in the most beautiful mix of 7,107 islands in the Asia-Pacific Region that is absolutely beyond the ordinary…

Ride with us! Sakay na!

Make it Manila in 2019!

Our theme:

Strengthening the Road to Women’s Health
Reaching New Heights

Christia S. Padolina, MD

Overall Chair
AOFOG 2019 Organizing Committee

Welcome Message from AOFOG President

Mabuhay! Welcome!

On behalf of the m Council, it gives me immense pleasure in inviting you to the AOFOG Congress 2019.

Despite the geographic, socio-political and linguistic diversity of our region, the Asia Oceania Federation continues to grow from strength to strength and we now boast 28 National Member Societies with a total membership exceeding 22,000. The AOFOG Congress gives us a unique opportunity to meet every 2 years to update and share our knowledge on women’s reproductive health and to explore the way forward in improving their status in our region. In the words of Helen Keller “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”.

The Philippines Obstetrical & Gynecological Society that has been tasked with organising this Congress, has been doing a marvellous job in line with the Congress tag line of “Strengthening the road to women’s health ……Reaching new heights”. While addressing cutting edge technology and concepts, the “bread and butter” stuff of our specialty will not be neglected especially with regard to its application in low resource countries. To help us in this endeavour, we have enlisted the help of luminaries in our specialty and a casual glance at the Speakers list reads like a who’s who of Obstetrics & Gynaecology in the world.

This edition of the AOFOG Congress will be held in the exciting city of Manila. Our hosts are internationally acclaimed for their hospitality and fun loving nature and the Organising Committee is pulling out all the stops to make this the best ever AOFOG Congress. We are expecting a turn out of over 2000 delegates – so don’t miss out on this opportunity for scientific advancement against a background of fun and adventure.

Mabuhay literally means “come alive” so please do come and join us this November 2019 at what promises to be a lively event and partake of all the best that this region has to offer. You will not regret it!

Ravi Chandran
President AOFOG 2017-2019

Welcome Message from POGS President

Dear Fellow POGS Members and AOFOG Members,

It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you the Asia-Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2019 Congress to be held in Manila. It is with great pride that the congress will be in our country. We thank the Asia-Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology for giving us the opportunity to host the event. We promise to make this an outstanding and momentous congress for us and our neighboring colleagues.

This congress will have the theme “Strengthening the Road to Women’s Health, Reaching New Heights”. We will have exchanges of ideas and expertise as we learn new knowledge that will make our mission of giving the best of health for women. We will further enhance our capability to pave the way for a strong and solid means of reaching our goals. Join us, as we journey to the world of women’s health as we empower ourselves, our community, our region and contribute to a better world.

As we share and enhance our knowledge in obstetrics and gynecology, do enjoy the company and hospitality of the Filipino people, the camaraderie of our fellow Asia-Oceania neighbors, and the beauty and culture of the Philippines. Our country boasts of a variety of culture, food, beautiful beaches, and most of all beautiful women as attested by our international beauty queens. We invite you to extend your stay, savor our food and enjoy our hospitality.

So, “Tara na!” (Let’s go!) “Mabuhay!” See you!!!

Mario A. Bernardino, M.D., FPOGS
President, 2019
Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society