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Next to being a ninja or an astronaut, becoming a doctor has got to be somewhere near the top of every kid's what-I-want-to-be-when-I-grow-up list. It pays well (not that it would matter to a five-year-old), you get to help people, and it comes with a pretty snazzy uniform to boot. What more could you want?

Well we learned that some doctors get to own pretty cool rides, too. We joined the Philippine Society of General Surgeons (PSGS) at Sofitel, Pasay City, for the organization's first-ever motorcade two weeks ago. It turned out that patients aren't the only ones they attend to with passion and care.

Dozens of members, friends and supporters rolled into the venue in their rides. Among the cars in attendance were a scene-stealing bright orange Audi R8, a Lamborghini Aventador, a Peugeot RCZ, and a handful of Mustangs courtesy of some doctor-members of the Mustang Club of the Philippines. Two-wheeled vehicles were well represented too, as members of the Ducati Club of the Philippines and the Bikers MD motorcycle club brought their bikes along for the event.

The motorcade was a prelude to the organization's main convention, where members would be discussing matters a little more serious than their respective rides. This motoring event was a great way to unwind and socialize before getting down to real medical matters.

PSGS chairman of sports and socials Dr. Rouel Azores said that the activity was organized as a way to bring doctors together. "A lot of surgeons are actually car enthusiasts; they're into motorbikes and sports cars. That's why we came up with this event, to promote camaraderie among doctors nationwide," he said.

"Surprisingly, it was well attended. All the doctors we called to participate are here, and we're happy with the turnout," he later added.

Frankly, we weren't too surprised with the turnout. Car lovers—regardless of their profession—will always find the time to bring their rides out for a day with fellow enthusiasts. This was just made more impressive by the fact that PSGS members do so in between saving lives.

There's talk that next year's motorcade will be even bigger and be held on a Sunday (this one happened on a Wednesday morning—not very ideal, to be honest) with more participants, more supercars and a hell of a lot more room to play around. But the real kicker here is that the group might use this forthcoming event as a platform to promote road safety. And if it's an MD talking about safety, we'll definitely listen.

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Drei Laurel
Online Editorial Assistant
Drei's passion for driving began not behind the wheel of a car, but in front of a keyboard and computer screen, playing 'Need For Speed' for hours on end with his twin brother.
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