The UPLB Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, in partnership with the Tubig Kanlungan Foundation Inc. (TKFI), conducted an Ecological Camp, at Casa Real, Pakil, Laguna, September 14-15.
A total of thirty student, faculty, and alumni volunteers joined the said event. The activity aims to equip the volunteers with skills and knowledge on the basics of an EcoCamp. The experience is expected to guide the volunteers in facilitating and coordinating their own camping activities.
The activity also served as an opportunity for the participants to socialize with their fellow volunteers, and engaging them in activities that benefit the environment. Speakers from TKFI also shared their knowledge and experiences on agroforestry, watershed management, and biodiversity conservation. In addition, TKFI facilitated a tree planting activity, which served as the highlight of the EcocCamp.
The EcoCamp is part of the month-long 20th anniversary celebration of Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, with the theme, "Honoring Heritage, Building Legacies."
Student, faculty, and alumni volunteers showcased their talents in the Pagpapasundayag ng mga Boluntirs, at Continuing Education Center (CEC) Auditorium, September 13, 2013.
The presentations included song and dance numbers, band performances, and declamation pieces. The short skit presented by batches 20 and 21 bagged the Director’s Choice award for best talent. Alexis Lapresca (BS Forestry) of batch 20 was also recognized as Best Dressed in the said event.
Moreover, Ma. Khrisma Soliven (BS DevCom) and Patricia Marie Taglay (BS Devcom) of Batch 19, and faculty volunteer Jickerson Lado were acknowledged for their notable efforts as volunteers for this semester.
Pagpasundayag is a Visayan term meaning “showcase”. The event is in line with the month-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, with the theme, “Honoring Heritage, Building Legacies.”
Pahinungod kicked-off its month-long anniversary celebration with an exhibit and forum anchored with the theme "Pahinungod at 20: Honoring Heritage, Building Legacies", last September 6, 2013 at the UPLB Student Union Building.
UPLB Chancellor Rex Victor O. Cruz emphasized the importance of strengthening UPLB's volunteer corps in his keynote message. He also presented a glimpse of Pahinungod’s history and how volunteerism has become UPLB’s culture and heritage. Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Oscar B. Zamora and other distinguished guests also graced the event.
Three Pahinungod volunteers shared excerpts of their volunteer experiences. Ms. Rochelle Saracanlao, Instructor in the Institute of Chemistry was emotional in her speech saying “Hindi pa akomaka-get over sa experience.” More volunteer stories will be featured in the upcoming Pahinungod Reflection Journal.
The kick-off event will be followed by the Pagpasundayag ng mga Bolunteers (Volunteers’ Talent Night) on September 13; Ecology Camp in Pakil, Laguna on September 14-15 and the Awarding Ceremony of the 20 Icons of Pahinungod on Sept 27.