by Juliet N. Tero

The Department of Physical Education (DPE), College of Education-Integrated Developmental School- Integrated Rural Development Academy (CED-IDS-IRDA) hosts a Virtual Zumba and Yoga Fitness Class originally scheduled every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:00 to 11:00 A.M., starting May 12, 2020. Participants are invited to join the group via Google Meet posted at Facebook CED Wellness Lounge, re-scheduled to 5:00-6:00 P.M. on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. This is open and free to all MSU-IIT Faculty, staff, students, and other interested individuals.

Prof. Leo Santillana (Zumba Instructor) works with DPE Chairperson Prof. Rovie Gretchel Bucad (Yoga Instructress), and Dr. Rebecca Alcuizar (project proponent). Active participants include Dr. Josefina Tabudlong (Director of Office of Residential and Food Services), CEd Faculty Dr.Roxan Consolacion, Dr. Cesar Miguel, Profs. Avril Joy Ramayan, Vanessa Zabala, Juliet Tero, Giselle Dangdang, J-Roel Semilla, Nestor Cuevas, Vienna Lou Carbonnell, Cristy Noelle Arteta (IDS), Amado Guinto, Jr. (CASS); administrative staff: Meggie Rea J. Balingan (OVCSS), Jaypee Yongco (PPD), Nenen Borinaga (MICEL), Victoria Panes (PSD), and Renalou Bontilao (Guidance Office). Some guests from the Department of Education in Iligan City; and far-flung places: New Zealand, Vietnam, and Qatar are also participating.

At the height of this pandemic, when residents are ordered to either stay at home, or work from home, this virtual activity helps to ensure physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness, as prayers culminate the session.

Upon the recommendation of Dr. Amelia Buan (Dean, College of Education), Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Dr. Jinky B. Bornales, and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Franco G. Teves, this fitness program was approved for implementation by the Institute Chancellor Dr. Sukarno D. Tanggol.