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Fe del Mundo Bio, Wiki, Cause of Death, Family, Pediatrician, Google Doodle

27th November 2018, Google dedicates a doodle to Fe del Mundo on her 107th Birthday Anniversary.

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Fe del Mundo Bio

Fe Villanueva del Mundo, (born Fé Primitiva del Mundo y Villanueva; on 27th November 1911 and died on 6th August 2011. She was a Filipino pediatrician and the first woman admitted as a student of the Harvard Medical School. She was the founder of the first pediatric hospital in the Philippines. Her pioneering work in pediatrics in the Philippines in an active medical practice that spanned 8 decades won her international recognition, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 1977. In 1980, she was conferred the rank and title of National Scientist of the Philippines while in 2010, she was conferred the [[Orde r of Lakandula]].j
Fe del Mundo Born She was born 27th November 1911, in Intramuros, Manila, Philippine Islands
Fe del Mundo Died She died on 6th August  2011 (aged 99)  in Quezon City, Philippines
Fe del Mundo Cause of Death Heart Attack
Fe del Mundo Nationality Filipino
Fe del Mundo Education University of the Philippines Manila
Boston University
Fe del Mundo Occupation Pediatrician
Fe del Mundo Known for National Scientist of the Philippines
Fe del Mundo Google Doodle On 27th November 2018, Google dedicated a doodle to Fe del Mundo on her 107th Birthday Anniversary.

Fe del Mundo Early life and education

Del Mundo was born at 120 Cabildo St. in Intramuros, Manila, on 27th November 1911. She was one of eight children of Bernardo del Mundo and Paz (née Villanueva; d. 1925). Her family home located just across the Manila Cathedral. Bernardo was a prominent lawyer from Marinduque, serving one term in the Philippine Assembly and representing the province of Tayabas. Three of her eight siblings died in infancy,  while an older sister died from appendicitis at age 11. It was the death of her older sister, who had made known her desire to become a doctor for the poor, that spurred young del Mundo towards the medical profession.

Del Mundo enrolled at the University of the Philippines, Manila (U.P. Manila) in 1926 and earned her medical degree in 1933, graduating as class valedictorian. She passed the medical board exam that same year, placing third among the examinees. Her exposure while in medical school to various health conditions afflicting children in the provinces, particularly in Marinduque, led her to choose pediatrics as her specialization.

Fe del Mundo Harvard Medical School and post-graduate studies

Del Mundo was offered a full scholarship to any school in the United States for further training in the medical field of her choice by President Manuel Quezon after her graduation from U.P., del Mundo. She accepted the offer and chose to go to Harvard, arriving at Harvard Medical School in 1936. She was unwittingly enrolled in Harvard Medical School, an institution which did not yet then admit female students.  Harvard Medical School began to accept female students only in 1945, nine years after del Mundo was enrolled in the school.

Del Mundo remained in Havard Medical School until 1938, completing 3 Pediatric courses. She then took up a residency at the Billings Hospital of the University of Chicago, before returning to Massachusetts in 1939 for a two-year research fellowship at the Harvard Medical School Children’s Hospital. In 1940,  She also enrolled at the Boston University School of Medicine, earning a Master’s degree in bacteriology.

Fe del Mundo Medical practice

Del Mundo returned to the Philippines in 1941, shortly before the Japanese invasion of the country later that year. She joined the International Red Cross and volunteered to care for children-internees then detained at the University of Santo Tomas internment camp for foreign nationals. She set up a makeshift hospice within the internment camp, and her activities led her to be known as “The Angel of Santo Tomas”. After the Japanese authorities shut down the hospice in 1943, del Mundo was asked by Manila mayor León G. Guinto Sr. to head a children’s hospital under the auspices of the city government. The hospital was later converted into a full-care medical center to cope with the mounting casualties during the Battle of Manila, and would be renamed the North General Hospital (later, the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center). Del Mundo would remain the hospital’s director until 1948.

Del Mundo joined the faculty of the University of Santo Tomas, then the Far Eastern University in 1954. She likewise established a small medical pediatric clinic to pursue a private practice.

Fe del Mundo Establishment of the Children’s Medical Center

Del Mundo had desired to establish her own pediatric hospital due to Frustration by the bureaucratic constraints in working for a government hospital. Towards that end, she sold her home and most of her personal effects and obtained a sizable loan from the GSIS in order to finance the construction of her own hospital. The Children’s Medical Center, a 100-bed hospital located in Quezon City, was inaugurated in 1957 as the first pediatric hospital in the Philippines. The hospital was expanded in 1966 through the establishment of an Institute of Maternal and Child Health, the first institution of its kind in Asia.

Having sold her home to finance the medical center, del Mundo chose to reside on the second floor of the hospital itself. As late as 2007, she retained her living quarters at the hospital (since renamed the “Dr. Fe del Mundo Children’s Medical Center Foundation”), rising daily at five in the morning and continuing to make her daily rounds even though then wheelchair-bound at 99 years of age.

As early as 1958, del Mundo conveyed her personal ownership over the hospital to a board of trustees. In July 2007, the Medical Center Foundation reported to the Department of Labor and Employment that it would cease operations after having incurred losses of more 100 million pesos. Reports soon emerged that a joint venture composed of the management and consulting firm Accent Healthcare and the STI Colleges had offered to lease, manage and operate the institution, thus precluding it from shutting down.  Concerns over the employment status of the rank-and-file hospital employees following the takeover led to a strike that forced the temporary closure of the hospital in August 2007. In September 2007, the hospital announced its re-opening under the new management of the joint venture management firm Accent/STI Management, Inc.  As per a statement released by the hospital, under the 20-year management lease agreement contracted with Accent/STI Management, Inc., the latter agreed to absorb the outstanding debts of the hospital.

Fe del Mundo Death and Cause

Del Mundo was still active in her practice of pediatrics into her 90s. She died on 6th August 2011 after suffering cardiac arrest. She was buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Fe del Mundo Google Doodle

On 27th November 2018, Google dedicated a doodle to Fe del Mundo on her 107th Birthday Anniversary.

Fe del Mundo Google Doodle
Fe del Mundo Google Doodle

Fe del Mundo was First at

Fe del Mundo was the first at many things, an accomplished doctor who never failed to impress. Chua lists some of those firsts.

  • Fe del Mundo was the first female to be accepted in the Harvard Medical School in 1963
  • Fe del Mundo was the founder of Children’s Home in Manila and the Institute of Maternal and Child Health
  • She was the first Filipino Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics
  • The first lady president of the Philippine Pediatric Society
  • The founder and first president of the Philippine Woman’s Medical Association
  • The first woman to be elected president of the Philippine Medical Association in its 65-year history
  • First Asian to be voted president of the Medical Woman’s International Association.

She was also remembered lovingly by her family as “a gentle and affectionate sister, cousin and aunt.”



Moses Njoroge is the Senior Editor at Glob Intel, a news and IT service provider company. He has a wide range of experience in freelance writing, Web/System Development and other related IT services.

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