Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Jarvis John Luga Arias Surriga

Jarvis graduated from University of Negros Occidental Recoletos with a BS in Medical Technology degree. He placed 15th when he took the Medical Technology Board Examination in 1992. He worked in Bacolod as a Medical Tehnologist for a few years and taught for 3 semesters in UNO-R. Subsequently, he decided to move to Manila and was accepted at the University of the Philippines, Manila for a Post Graduate Training. After the training, he was hired by University of the Philippines' - Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) as a Blood Bank Medical Technologist II, at the same time took Spanish courses at Instituto Cervantes and German at Goethe Institut. He finished Nivel Intermedio ( Intermediate Spanish ) and Deutsch Mittelstuffe ( Intermediate German ).

In June 2000, he applied for a job in the United States, left Philippines for Colorado in November of the same year, where he worked for eight years therafter as Med Tech and later as Lead Blood Bank Technologist. While in Colorado, he enrolled in an online masteral degree in Occupational and Public Health, which he almost finished pending thesis. He also finished his Spanish studies online with Instituto Cervantes New Mexico and got his Diploma de Espanol Como Lengua Extranjera Nivel Superior. During his spare time he volunteers for the Immigrant Resource Center as ESL ( English as a Second Language ) instructor. He teaches Mexican and Guatemalan immigrants English and in the process improved his Spanish language.

In June of 2008, when his green card was approved, Jarvis decided to move to Florida where the weather is like the Philippines where he works in two hospitals - as evening and night shift supervisor for Charlotte Regional Medical Center ( Punta Gorda ) during the weekends and as a part time Senior Technologist at Fawcett Memorial Hospital ( Port Charlotte ). He still do freelance translation whenever requested. The hospital often calls him to translate for patients.



1 comment:

Rene Tillo said...

Jarvis my name is Rene Mana-ay Tillo from Sta. Barbara, Iloilo, Philippines. I would to know if you know Mr. Elmer Surriga. He is the son of Mr. Eugenio Surriga. My mother, Paz Mana-ay Tillo used to be Mr. Eugenio Surriga's helper when his family was still residing in Iloilo City. My mom wants to ask them a very very important question. By the way, I am residing here in New York City and I work as a nurse. You can also find me in facebook with my name as Rene Tillo. If you know them please reply to my e-mail at or in my facebook account. I will call you if you can lead me to them. If Elmer is your father and Eugenio is your grandfather maybe you can ask them if they remember my mom.