Willie T. Ong
|Born||October 24, 1963|
|Education||University of the Philippines Diliman (BS)
De La Salle Health Science Institute (MD)University of the Philippines Manila (MPH)
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Anna Liza Ong|
Willie T. Ong is a Filipino Cardiologist and Internist known for his presence on social media. He authored of several medical books, most notably the Medicine Blue Book. He is a columnist for The Philippine Star and Pilipino Star Ngayon. Ong also formerly served as a consultant for the Department of Health from 2010-2014"ONG, Willie Eleksyon 2019". GMA News Online. Retrieved 2020-12-05.</ref>. Ong gives free health tips online to help a wider audience. Currently, he has one of the highest following on Facebook and YouTube in the Philippines.
Early life and Education
Ong was born in Tondo, Manila. He attended Xavier School as a young boy and would later win the Xavier Award for Exemplary Alumni in 2013. After high school, he did his pre-medical course in the University of the Philippines Diliman where he graduated with a degree in Botany Upon graduating, he went on to the De La Salle Health Science Institute for his medical degree
Ong did his Internal Medicine Residency in Manila Doctors Hospital where he was the chief resident After his residency, he further pursued a Cardiology fellowship in the University of the Philippines - Philippine General Hospital where he was the chief fellow Ong also achieved the award for the highest academic performance when he did his Masters in Public Health in the University of the Philippines Manila
Medicine Blue Book
During his clerkship year, he started writing the Medicine Blue Book which would be published in 1995, during his first year of residency. To this day, it is one of the best-selling local medical books, selling over 400,000 copies.
Co Tec Tai Medical Museum
Ong created the Co Tec Tai Medical Museum in Pasay City which is the first medical museum in the Philippines. The goal of the museum is to inspire Filipinos to become health workers and to preserve our country’s medical history.
Television and Journalism
Ong gained some popularity on the ABS-CBN television show Salamat Dok as one of their resident medical expert and volunteer doctor from 2008-2018. Apart from that, he was also a regular columnist in The Philippine Star and Pilipino Star Ngayon writing about health.
In 2013, he started uploading health articles and videos on social media. Ong is known for his presence on social media where he shares health tips and advice. His main Facebook page is listed as the top 11 most liked page in the Philippines with 15 million followers (as of December 2020). His YouTube channel is listed as the top 23 most subscribed channel in the Philippines with over 5 million subscribers (as of December 2020).
Run for Senate 2019
Ong ran for senate in the 2019 midterm elections. He is the only doctor who ran against 62 other senatorial candidates. He ranked 18th in the senatorial polls, receiving over 7.6 million votes. His run for senate was considered notable due to the fact that he turned down donations from his supporters and only spent about P581,000 on his campaign. Ong ranked 2nd in OFW votes.
Ong is married to Anna Liza Ong, a Filipino physician as well. They were married in 1993 in Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Pasay City. Currently, they reside in Makati City with their two daughters.
- Xavier Award for Exemplary Alumni, 2013 – Given by The Xavier School Board of Trustees on March 15, 2013
- Excellence Award, 2009 – the highest award given by Philippine Federation of Professional Associations (PFPA)
- The Outstanding Filipino Physician Award (TOFP), 2007 – Awarded by Department of Health and JC International Senate
- Dr. Jose Rizal Award for Excellence in Medicine, 2006 – Awarded by Kaisa Museum (Bahay Tsinoy) and Manila Times
- Presidential Awards for 2005, Phil. College of Physicians
- Distinguished Fellow Award for 2004, Phil. College of Physicians
- Presidential Awards for 2003, Phil. College of Physicians
- "Pasay medical museum shows how epidemics shaped history". GMA News Online. Retrieved 2020-12-05.
- ""We should uplift the conversation. Should I change myself in order to please them to get the votes?"-Dr. Willie Ong, Senatorial Candidate". Esquiremag.ph. Retrieved 2020-12-05.
- Orellana, Cathrine Gonzales, Faye (2018-10-11). "Dr. Willie Ong files COC for Senate bid". INQUIRER.net. Retrieved 2020-12-05.
- News, ABS-CBN (2019-05-20). "'I could have won': Doc Willie Ong reflects on failed Senate bid". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2020-12-05.
- "Almost victory: Doc Willie Ong's OFW votes, social media support". Rappler. Retrieved 2020-12-05.