A Filipino TikToker who has been educating more than a million followers with entertaining but useful medical advice is now a certified doctor!
According to "Unang Balita" on Friday, Winston Tiwaquen passed the 2020 Physician Licensure Exam after finishing medical school at Saint Louis University.
He rose to fame on the internet for his viral TikTok account, "Dr. Kilimanguru" (@dockilimanguru), where he uses a comedic approach to make it easier for his followers to understand what they can do in the face of common medical issues.
The aspiring doctor would start his videos with lines like, "Anong gagawin mo pag nagnosebleed ka? Una, kumalma ka lang dahil nandito naman ako. Char!" then follow it up with actual medical advice.
And now, "Doc Char" can finally serve the public as an actual doctor.
"Masaya po [ako], proud na proud ako sa sarili ko, at hindi parin ako makapaniwala hanggang ngayon," he told GMA News.
Apparently, Winston was raised by an actual doctor, and it has always been a dream of his to follow in his mom's footsteps.
"Napakasaya, kasi at least wala akong sinayang na efforts lalo na sa efforts ng nanay ko na suportahan ako," he said.
Winston has over 1.6 million followers on TikTok as of this posting, and his videos have been viewed more than 40 million times.
But even as a licensed physician, Doc Char said he's still determined to continue doing community health education on TikTok.
"Bilang isang doktor, hindi lang namin trabaho ang gamutin ang mga may sakit, kung di i-prevent ang mga sakit," Winston said.
"Kaya mahalaga rin ang tamang impormasyon ang nakakarating sa mga kababayan natin para tamang desisyon din ang gawin nila para sa kanilang kalusugan," he added. —Margaret Claire Layug/JCB, GMA News