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Drs. Felicisima David-Quines and Emilio Quines (both at center) in a Filipino Reporter file photo.


By L.P. PELAYO
Exclusive to the Filipino Reporter


Felicisima David-Quines, M.D., a modern-day Mother Teresa, passed away to pancreatic cancer on June 26, 2019.

She was 75.

She is survived by her husband Emilio Quines, M.D.; their children Emilio III, Alan and Lisa Hulse; and their spouses and partners Christine Quines, Lorraine Glorig and Timothy Hulse, respectively.

She is the grandmother of Brandon Hulse, Ryan Hulse and James Quines.

Her parents are the late Alejandro and Angela David.

Her siblings are Alejandro David, Leodegario David, Teresita Reyes and the late Diego David.

Quines, of West Islip, N.Y., was born in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.

In 1968, she completed her Doctor of Medicine at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay (UERM).

She also came to the United States that year.

She then attended the New Jersey College of Medicine where she finished her U.S. training in medicine, as well as her residency and fellowship for geriatric psychiatry at Downstate State University of New York (SUNY) Brooklyn and Kings County Hospital.

Up until her retirement three years ago, she was an attending physician at the Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry SUNY Downstate-Kings County Hospital.


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The Quines Family.


Amongst Quines’ impeccable community, charitable and volunteer service include numerous medical missions to her homeland, spearheaded by the Philippine Medical Association in America (PMAA).

She and her husband served as former presidents of the PMAA.

According to Linda Pelayo, DMD (publisher of the Filipino Reporter), “Fely is the kindest person you will ever meet. She is sweet, humble and caring. You will fall in love with her genuine friendship the moment you encounter her.”

A dear friend to the late Bert Pelayo (publisher and editor of the Filipino Reporter emeritus), Quines had a tree and bicycle donations named after him in the Philippines.

She was also close to the Fil-Am media in the tri-state area.

The Quines couple were Grand Marshals of the 2014 Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York.

Former Consul General Mario Lopez de Leon, Jr. said after they were named Grand Marshals as “true models” being an “accomplished, charitable, yet modest couple.”


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At the Grand Marshal Ball in New York. Standing, l.-r.: Bert and Dr. Linda Pelayo, Drs. Fely and Boy Quines, and Consul General Mario Lopez de Leon, Jr. Seated, l.-r.: Reuben Seguritan, Esq., Aris Francisco, Esq., Dr. Alice Francisco and Eleanor de Leon.  (Rolan Gutierrez Photography)


There was an outpouring of social media comments following her death.

“Our dear friend and colleague Dr. Felicisima David Quines, we will miss her very much. May her soul rest in peace,” commented Nely Recano.

“We are all saddened by the passing of our dear friend and colleague Dr. Fely David-Quines. Condolence to Dr. Boy Quines and family. May she rest in peace,” said Francisco Rabadam, M.D.

From Luz Sapin Micabalo, “Awww...may you rest in peace Fely. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to Dr. Boy and family. Mike and Luz.”

Nena Lozada Smith: “What a big loss to the Filipino community. You will be missed Fely. Our heartfelt condolences to Boy and family.”

DocAlice Sta Maria: “I met Doc Fely during the first PRI-MED Conference at Javits Convention Center in 2007/2008. I wasn’t active yet in the Fil-Am Community. She was so friendly and even asked me to sit next to them the succeeding days. She invited me to attend a PMA gathering in a Chinese buffet resto on Long Island, introduced me to the group, and attempted to recruit me but I was too shy at that time. I will never forget her kindness. May she rest in peace.”

Last comment simply sums up the kind of person Felicisima David-Quines, M.D. was — a modern-day Mother Teresa.


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Visitation for Felicisima David-Quines, M.D. will be at Fredrick J. Chapey & Sons Funeral Home, Inc. (1225 Montauk Hwy, West Islip, NY 11795) on Friday, July 5, 2019 at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Funeral Mass is on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s R.C. Church (39 North Carll Avenue, Babylon, NY 11702).

Memorial donations may be made in her name to the UERM Medical Foundation Inc. c/o Dr. Jose Quiwa, 18 Hart Place, Dix Hills, NY 11746.


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At Fordham University in the Bronx during the visit of Cardinal Luis Antonio “Chito” Gokim Tagle. From left, Cardinal Tagle, Consul General Mario Lopez de Leon, Jr., guest, Dr. Fely Quines and Bert Pelayo.


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A tree marker donation by Dr. Fely Quines which was dedicated to the late Bert Pelayo.


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Drs. Boy and Fely Quines meet their new adopted kids at Dr. Fely Quines’ hometown in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija during their recent medical mission to the Philippines. So far they have adopted more than a hundred children to send to school.