As the first activity of the year, a symposium on Pahinungod’s Immersion Service Program (ISP) was held on Jan 13 at the CAS Auditorium.
The symposium entitled, Reflections, provided a venue for Pahinungod faculty and student volunteers to share their insights and experiences about ISP held on Oct 25 – Nov 3, 2013 in identified underserved areas of Padre Burgos, Quezon; Sagada, Mountain Province; and Calawit Island, Palawan.
ISP is a Pahinungod program that aims to enrich the volunteers’ understanding of community realities by deploying them to selected sites for 10-14 days and conduct service-oriented activities according to the community’s needs.
In their respective messages during the program, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Oscar Zamora and Pahinungod director, Prof. Katrina Ross Tan, encouraged the students in the audience to volunteer. The symposium was attended mostly by NSTP students from different colleges. The Office of NSTP Coordinator under Prof. Rolando Panopio co-sponsored the activity.
During the event, immersionists from different sites talked about their memorable experiences. The speakers included faculty volunteer from the Institute of Chemistry, Ms. Rochelle Saracanlao, and BS Nutrition student Marjohn Reglos, who both immersed in Sagada, Mountain Province; BA Sociology students Paolo Bedro and Rajee Florendo, who both immersed in Padre Burgos, Quezon; and BA Communication Arts student
student Millen Jesuitas and BS Development Communication student Khrisma Soliven, who both immersed in Calawit Island, Palawan.
Their stories were grounded on common important points reiterated in the presentation of the last speaker, Khrisma Soliven, called “Pitong P”:Pagkukusa, Pakikilahok, Paghahanda, Pakikisama, Pagtulong, Pananalamin at Pagpapaalam. She endedher presentation with an additional important P: Paglilingkod.
Soliven said that “when you go out of your comfort zone, you realize the importance of things that you used to take for granted. Matututo kang magtiis, makibagay, at makiisa para makipagkapwa, para maglingkod.”
An open forum soon followed after the speech of the last speaker. The audience had the chance to ask questions about how the immersion had inspired the volunteers and the community.
It was then followed by the launching of Baliktanaw: Mga Kuwentong Pahinungod. Mr. Glenn Lubuguin, editor of Baliktanaw, explained the concept of the journal that features articles written by volunteers containing their insights and experiences while participating in the different programs and activities of Pahinungod. Afterwards, Jonathan Ubiña and Christian Dave Bermudo, Pahinungod student volunteers, read excerpts of their respective articles in the journal. MRJesuitas