I don't know if I might be inherently lucky with interviews, but so far, all of them had been entirely pleasant. Click here for my FEU-NRMF interview experience)
I arrived at PLM about forty minutes before my schedule. Personally, I consider all interviews as equal, whether it may be for a job or for my medicine application. First impressions, although it may not exactly last a lifetime, are crucial (technically we are selling ourself here), so it is important to be there early and dress the part. Professionalism is key here future doctors!
While passing time, we met Carla, a very nice first year med student who entertained and eased our nerves before the actual interview. During her time, she told us that they were given an essay due to the teeming number of applicants. The topic was, 'Among the many applicants, why should we choose you?', which only meant a self-concocted sales pitch for themselves. However the most interesting she told us about was how low the tuition in PLM could get. All PLM students are practically scholars of Manila, thus the socialized tuition fee. For someone who was not born in Manila, a Manila graduate, voter or resident, and whose parents earn considerably higher than most, the fee would be about 46,000 thousand pesos. This is still lower compared to other reputable or prominent med schools (like the one in Espana *cough* or in Fairview *cough*). However, if you are a true blue Manileno, meaning you were born in Manila, a graduate in Manila, residing and a registered voter in Manila, your tuition would be whopping... 7,000 pesos! I myself have been flabbergasted that my eyes practically rolled on the floor. Unfortunately, I'm not a 'Manila-all' student, so I'm guessing I would slightly be on the higher range. Once you are accepted, Carla told us that PLM shows you how your tuition is computed (e.g. Manila born= *** pesos) so you'll know why you are being charged such and such. All in all I think PLM is a great deal, considering PLM's reputation as a competitive med school (see their board passing rates). I have not learned of the entire low down on this yet, so I'm afraid I cannot give definitive answers should you have more specific questions.
So far this post is taking longer than expected, and veering farther than my intended topic. Next stop: The actual interview.