The members of the UP Manila community extend deep sympathies and condolences to the family and other loved ones of Dr. Manuel P. Macapinlac who passed away on March 6, 2021 at the age of 90.
From the barrios to the global stage, Dr. Macapinlac led with vigor, modelling the example of the heart and soul of the UP College of Medicine that unified science, culture, empathy, healing and heroism.
He was an astute and bright medical student from Mayalin, Pampanga who graduated at the UP College of Medicine in 1955 and never stopped evolving and learning to become the passionate educator, brilliant researcher, erudite physician, competent administrator, and leader that he was.
After obtaining Master of Science in 1961 and Ph D in 1967 from Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA, the first Filipino to have a Ph D in Biochemistry, he returned home to share his expertise with medical and graduate medical students, faculty, and health workers.
As professor and mentor, he has helped generations of medical students who became leaders in biochemistry here and abroad. His devotion to teaching left students in awe, influencing them to learn and love biochemistry, a major building block of medicine, and nurturing and honing them to be the future exceptional leader-physicians.
He brought to the university important pedagogical initiatives like using the novel conceptual framework in teaching biochemistry and led an important international seminar on nutrition, health and disease.
As a faculty for 41 years of the UPCM Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and its chair for 9 years, he is one of its pillars, enriching the department and contributing greatly not only to its growth but also to the development of biochemistry in the Philippines.
His pursuit of biochemical education paved the way for the establishment of the Nutritional Biochemistry in the Philippines through his significant researches in nutrition and nutritional biochemistry. He contributed significantly in the development of the DBMB and the care of Filipino children with malnutrition and other nutritional deficiencies. His exceptional brilliance as a researcher paved the way for most of what we now know on food and nutritional requirements for Filipinos that contributed immensely to improving the health of Filipinos.
He served as a consultant for major organizations and foundations such as the World Health Organization and pharmaceutical companies such as United Laboratories. Near his retirement, he founded the United Physicians Educational Center (UPEC) in 1988, which prepared medical doctors from various medical schools in the Philippines for the medical board exams.
While serving at UP, he continued to provide healthcare to his townsfolks of Pampanga, never leaving those in need of his care.
He is a loving husband to wife Letty and a great father to his sons, three of whom are doctors, in laws, grandchildren and great grandchildren. #