About Stef dela Cruz

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Stef dela Cruz 22 Comments

Stef dela Cruz is a writer. She is also a licensed nurse and doctor, graduating Cum Laude in both degrees at the University of Santo Tomas. She is a Dean Bacala Academic Excellence Award recipient at the same university. She received the Youth Leadership and Excellence Award from the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines when she was twelve.

Stef dela Cruz

As a child, Stef showed excellence in both academic and extracurricular endeavors. She consistently garnered honors from preschool all the way to medical school. She enjoyed her education through academic scholarships.

Stef loves the written word, enjoying her first full-length novel at the age of seven. She was the features editor of The Breakthrough, the official paper of Ednas School. Her essay on technology and the internet won first place during a citywide competition sponsored by STI Colleges. She then won first place for her unique feature editorial during the regionals of the National Secondary Schools Press Conference.

Her writing took a backseat when she studied medicine. However, after graduation, Stef pursued her writing once again. She started at the bottom, writing short pieces for foreign clients until she finally found her niche in medical writing.

Her advocacy is to spread awareness about health through the written word. Stef became a contributor to the now-defunct Big C, a cancer magazine. In 2011, she hosted a Christmas party for cancer patients in her desire to give back to brave cancer warriors and survivors.

Stef was a columnist for the now-defunct national newspaper, The Fortnightly. She now contributes to Manila Bulletin and is a columnist for two print publications and one website: Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene, Health.Care Magazine, and ExperienceTravel.PH. She was a news anchor for All Voices, an online news portal. She also contributed health articles to Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and Mom’s Today. (Read more about Stef dela Cruz in the media.)

Stef started blogging in 2010, slowly learning the ropes and realizing the great divide between blogging and writing for print. Her then-personal blog, Life and Fever, used to be a hodgepodge of her thoughts and ideas until it transitioned to a lifestyle blog. Together with her engineer brother, she founded Tech Envy.

She believes that there is always a kind way to speak one’s mind and that using public humiliation as a means of punishment is primitive and inhumane.

Stef encourages people to explore adoption instead of purchasing pets. She is the human of a two-year-old black cat who is quite happy to have her as his human. She confesses to have been a dog person before being enslaved by her cat.

Her value system is grounded on peace, transparency, and truthfulness to self and others. Stef dela Cruz is an optimist, claiming that it is perhaps to a fault – but it is this unshakable hopefulness in her that her friends and family know her for. To her, happiness begets happiness. And true to form, she is happily living her dream as a doctor and a writer. She wants others to know that following one's passion is the ultimate success, one that should be celebrated with humble gratitude as it is a luxury not everyone can afford.

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22 comments:

  1. Hi Stef. Im a newbie in blogging and would like to ask of ur assistance on making my own blog site. What blog site do u use? or host? I'd like to inquire directly from you so that i can have the most trusted webhost.

    Appreciate much of your assistance.
    Thanks and more power!

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  2. Wow! Do you still practice being a doctor po? hehe just curious. Thanks nga po pala for posting tips about the NMAT. GOD BLESS! <3

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  3. Jillian, thank you for visiting my blog!

    I have two parents who have hypertension and hypercholesterolemia, a brother with hyperglycemia and hypothyroidism, an aunt who lives with us who has cardiac arrhythmias, and 50 first cousins who have all sorts of ailments. So, to answer your question, I don't think I'll ever stop practicing as a doctor. Here in the city, I do home visits for friends (and even friends' friends).

    But don't ask me if I earn a single cent from my practice - for the past three years, all the work I do is pro bono! :)

    Good luck on the NMAT! I hope you come back after you've taken your test - let me know how it went for you. I love hearing from young doctors-in-the-making, just like you!

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  4. Hi Ma'am Stef! Happy New Year!

    Hi I'm Alfred Ken Chan, 1st year college taking BS Medical Technology at University of Perpetual Help System - Medical University.
    I'm one of the students aiming to become a doctor one day.
    Reading through all of your useful tips increase my nervousness in taking up NMAT. Haha! pero matagal pa po bago siguro ako magtake ng NMAT pagkagraduate na siguro o kaya kapag board passer na. . ;)
    I would like to congratulate you for what you have done. Thank God nakita ko ito while having a reseach about the NMAT. Siguro may mga 99% na akong idea about sa NMAT. Hahaha... Again Congratulations po, God Bless you.

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  5. Hi, Alfred! Thank you for taking the time to leave a message. Don't worry; getting anxious about a test isn't necessarily bad. Having mild anxiety actually makes us more productive, or so my psychology textbook says. :)

    Good luck on your path to medicine! Let it not only be a career, but a true calling. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

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  6. Hello doc stef! you're a registered nurse too! I'm really inspired to see a registered nurse like you to pursue medicine. I'm planning to take the nmat the second time. took the first one last dec 2012, never expected to have that percentile rank i was expecting like 30s but i got 54, I was at the verge of preparing for the licensure exam that time and i was also preparing taking for the nmat. hahaha. i had a difficult time juggling both exam prep. But this i think im ready? hahaha. hopefully i will get my most coveted score so i can get in to the medical school i really wanted by God's grace. Thanks for your blog.been reading a lot from here. such an inspiration! God bless you!

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  7. Hi, Jo! Yes, I was a nurse before I took up medicine. :) Thank you for dropping by and good luck on your NMAT! I hope my silly blog posts help you. Again, best of luck!

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  8. Carol, apologies for approving your comment just now - it got lost in spam!

    Anyway, you can use either Wordpress or Blogger. Blogger is easier to use. Wordpress is better in terms of SEO efforts. Your choice. :) Best of luck!

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  9. I am grateful I stumble upon your blog. Very educational. I have a question though, I dont have any medical background but I want to pursue medicine. Any advantage or disadvantages? tips?
    Thanks.

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    1. I don't see non-medical premed courses as a stumbling block. Medical pre-med courses do offer a certain advantage, but if you learn quickly, it shouldn't be an issue. :)

      In terms of pre-med courses, do take a look at this blog post. Good luck!

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  10. Hi po doc stef
    Mahirap po talaga mag med?can you some advice how to survive med school? Thanks po God bless po

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  11. Jumdiya, thank you for dropping by and Happy New Year!

    Feel free to read the many articles on being a doctor which I published here on my blog. You can read about how many students try to become doctors because of their parents and how that affects their careers.

    There's also a list of tips after you have already passed the NMAT and when you're getting ready to be a medical student.

    Hope all these links help you. Be smart with your decisions and good luck!

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  12. Dear Stef, I am retired Chief of Surgery from Veterans Health Care Systems in USA. I stumbled upon your blog and must congratulate you for your passion to help others. Keep up the good work

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    1. Oh, I'm very much humbled by your comment, Vijay! Wow, that's a wonderful achievement, being Chief of Surgery.

      Do come back every once in a while - I would love to read more of what you have to say about the other stuff I'll be writing about. Good day to you!

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  13. what an inspiring story you have there.

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    1. Thanks, Mary! I hope it continues to touch others.

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  14. Hello Dr. Stef!

    Good day! I just want to share something. I found out that I really want to be a physician someday. I am a 28 y/o registered nurse and I keep asking myself if it is good for me to pursue this ambition. Is it too late or not? wew! But you know this kind of path is like a calling. If I weigh things, my mind always tells me that I must pursue it. I am also aware that medicine course requires a lot of money and time but I know after the completion of this course it will mean a lot more than anything.

    Thank you and God Bless!

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    1. Hi, Nhoel! If I told you it would be difficult, would you stop? I hope not! I hope you keep pursuing your dream.

      You're right about it being a calling. Listen hard, and heed the calling if you can.

      Good luck! Let me know how it panned out for you. I would love to hear about what happened to you.

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  15. Doc stef I am grateful for your blogs regarding aspiring NMAT applicants pursuing medicine. I am a nursing student aspiring to be a military medical doctor, are there any schools offering military training while studying medicine like in the U.S ?

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    1. Hi, Anna! I wouldn't know the answer, sadly. Have you tried googling it? In case you find the answer, please share it here so that others will know, too. Thanks, Anna, and good luck!

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  16. Hello Doc Steph! I am a CPA who is very interested in medicine and health! I love your blog! Makes me want to go to medschool! Hehe I am amazed by your extracurricular endeavors and how you have maintained such excellent scholastic standing. I hope you'll continue to inspire people through your writings. I can actually feel the optimism and warmth in your letters and words. Kudos!

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    1. Hi, Era! This bio is actually badly written, now that I look at it. Hahaha.

      Thank you for your kind words! I'm glad you're interested in medicine - anybody, including accountants and engineers, are welcome to take an interest in a field that cares for life and health!

      I also hope to continue to write until my last days on earth. It is a passion. I hope we all find our passion - we are here to share it with the world, after all. Thank you for connecting! (If you're on Instagram, do connect with me there, too, okay?)

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