Pag-asa Medical Missions began in November 1982 as an incidental activity when Dr. Felipe Manalo's family wandered into
a remote village in Candelaria, Zambales, Philippines during a vacation with his wife's sister and her husband. A cluster
of 3-4 Nipa huts housed several poor families who were poorly nourished and had symptoms of tuberculosis, and no available
medical care. Unfortunately, we were unprepared for the encounter. It was a difficult moment.
PMM and MVPMM have had annual missions since, with two permanent mission sites in Zambales and Laguna. Volunteers from
Madison, WI and from the local communities in the Philippines work together in this humanitarian enterprise. Pag-Asa serves
200-300 patients a day over 2-4 days depending on the size of the mission, travel distance, road conditions, etc.