by Rex Godinez Ortega, Office of the Chancellor
Institute scholars from the Expanded Student Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) were treated to art and music lessons as wellness promotion and empowerment exercises on Saturday (October 8) at the College of Science and Mathematics building.
The Lecture-Workshop on Therapeutic Intervention in Various Forms consisted of lessons in drawing/painting, dancing, and music. It also included spoken word poetry – an oral art that includes the popular Hugot Lines.
The activity was conducted by the Department of Psychology of the College of Arts and Social Sciences in partnership with the ESGP-PA Coordinating Team.
Prof. Odessa May D. Escalona of the Department of Psychology served as the resource person for art therapy, while her daughter, Kim Ashley, an AB English alumna, handled the session for spoken word poetry and hugot lines.
The other resource persons for the lecture-workshop were Prof. Rebecca Alcuizar of the College of Education for ballroom and classical dances; consultant Mr. Jobe Aiko S. Acas for hiphop and modern dances; and Mr. Joshua M. Paquingan and Mr. Christian Romeo Kyle B. Cada from the Cultural Development Office for guitar playing and singing, respectively.
The objective of the Saturday activity, according to Special Order No. 1911 issued on October 6, is to “provide closure and promote safe and secure mental wellness, and to develop resiliency and student empowerment to properly address aggression, violence, and harassment.”
Prof. Priscila B. Cada, chair of the Department of Psychology, served as the activity’s coordinator.
The activity was supervised by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA), in coordination with the ESGP-PA Coordinator, Dr. Gaudencio Petalcorin, and the program’s Personal Enrichment Program (PEP) Coordinator, Dr. Evelyn I. Dominguez, head guidance counselor.
The ESGP-PA is a government program that provides funding for the education of poor but deserving college students belonging to indigent households under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).