Many of us who have been patients in US hospitals know them as mundane places where our normal life has been placed “on hold”. Well this is not the case here at Memorial Hospital in Roxas City. The Uplift volunteers get a glimpse of what it is like living in a Filipino family. Life goes on much as usual in the wards. There is a real energy present as the patient’s family is their support staff. They provide all the food and care along with their own cots and bedding. At any moment in the ward, there are patients and their families reading, preparing meals, eatting, playing, visiting with Upift volunteers and learning how to provide care post surgery from local hospital staff. Just for a moment you feel as though you have been transported to a local baranguay!