Tanghalan UPLB team facilitate the workshops and final presentation during their culminating night. (Photos by PJ Ibasco and Harold Medina)
Tanghalan UPLB Samasining, in coordination with the UPLB Ugnayan ng Pahinungod and Dumingag Organic Culture office, conducted a three-day workshop last June 22 to 24 at Dumingag, Zamboanga.
Prof. Joey Ting of the Department of Humanities led the Tanghalan UPLB delegation in Zamboanga. The rest of the team included Prof. Rudyard Pesimo, Prof. Nikulous Aranas, Neil Raagas, Sarina Sasaki, KC Abila, Clark Banaag, Pj Ibasco, Harold Medina and Jillian Santos.
Dumingag Mayor Nacianceno Pacalioga Jr. requested the three-day workshop for the advancement of the organic culture in their organic farming town through theater arts. Teachers and students from the local school attended the event.
The first day was spent for getting acquainted, doing warm-ups and giving a brief run-through of the events that would take place in the next few days. Meanwhile the participants spent the second day for rehearsals of their culminating performance that was to take place on the final day.
According to Prof. Ting, the participants were enthusiastic to learn from their activities.
“An elated and passionate group showcased their performance with all their hearts, turning it into a performance to remember,” he added.
To sum up their experience from their mission in Dumingag, Prof. Ting claimed that they gained very positive feedback from their partner institution, the mayor and their participants.
“We all headed back home in the afternoon carrying more than what we had at first – not just because of the tokens or the sacks of rice or the gifts or the souvenirs, but also because of the experience and the love of the Dumingagnons,” he said. DMSoriano
ADSC staff engage in teambuilding activities such as relay races, word games, and other group dynamics. (Photos by Therese Ann Medina)
Pahinungod volunteers facilitated the first off-campus team building activity of the staff of Animal and Dairy Sciences Cluster (ADSC) of the College of Agriculture (CA) last June 18 at the Caliraya Resort Club in Laguna.
Over 50 members of ADSC, including College of Agriculture Dean Dr. Enrico P. Supangco, ADSC Director Dr. Elpidio M. Agbisit, Jr., Professor Emeritus Dr. Carmencita D. Mateo and other instructors, professors, and administrative staff, participated in the event.
Mrs. Ester O. Santiago, an Administrative Officer IV in ADSC who joined the event, said that the activities helped them relax and de-stress.
“The event was successful and the volunteers were good in assisting us,” she added.
The team of volunteers led by Department of Humanities instructor Ms. Katherine Gonzales, together with senior volunteers Therese Anne Medina, Marjohn Reglos, Donna Paz, and Luis de Belen, designed a teambuilding program aimed to foster and reinforce camaraderie among ADSC faculty members and staff. It was also intended to be a fun activity where they can unwind and relax.
The program, which started from 8am and lasted until 3pm, included activities such as relay races, obstacle courses, mind games and other group dynamics.
According to faculty volunteer Ms. Gonzales, “compared to my other teambuilding activities, this one was very challenging [because we] were handling people [with] different age range.”
She also mentioned that this was her most memorable experience in facilitating seeing how all faculty members and staff, despite their age and status, worked competitively and cooperatively at the same time. EJSumayod
UPLB Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and NSTP Director Dr. Portia G. Lapitan assigned the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod to take on roles in the college-based implementation of National Service Training Program (NSTP) 1 and 2 classes starting first semester of AY 2015-2016.
This was part of the efforts to constitute an integrated framework drafted during the NSTP Planning Workshop last June 23-25, which was attended by around 60 participants composed of college deans, faculty, and REPS.
During the workshop, Dr. Lapitan emphasized that the cooperation with Pahinungod would help foster the potential impacts of NSTP projects for community development.
“After those many years of implementing the program by the different colleges, I think it’s high time that we come up with an integrated framework, so that we will be able to concert our effort, not duplicate efforts, and that we will have more impact on the community and the people we would like to serve,” said Dr. Lapitan.