Children from Brgy. Sapa, Miagao were the recipient of the 2017 gift-giving activity organized by the UP Visayas Library. The gift-giving which went with the theme “Give Love on Christmas Day” was held on December 19, 2017 at the Museum Lobby, Main Library, UPV Miagao campus.
The program started with a prayer led by Ma. Tita Noble. It was followed by the words of welcome from the University Librarian Ms. Analiza Linaugo. The children were then treated to a cartoon movie and a story-telling activity. They also played games, shared snacks and received their gifts courtesy of the library head and staff. Ms. Ninfa Bandorio was emcee during the activity.
Former Lady Maroons Nicole Tiamzon flew to Iloilo for a leg of her ‘Spike and Serve’ clinic at the North Fundidor Gym, Molo, Iloilo City and the Leon Multi-Purpose Covered Gym in Leon Iloilo on December 16-17, 2017, respectively.
With volunteers from the University of the Philippines Visayas, the University of San Agustin, and her staff of two – Allen De Guzman of the FEU Tamaraws and Marvin Soriano of the Siena College of Taytay, the team conducted a half-day volleyball clinic for kids of different ages.
Representatives from the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) - Iloilo Chapter, UP Visayas High School Class 1991, UP Visayas Office of Alumni Relations, and The SM Store Iloilo visited and distributed gifts to residents of Cuartero, Capiz on December 9, 2017.
Residents gathered at the Cuartero Civic Center and welcomed the group that distributed gift items such as apparels, bags, shoes, umbrellas, and toys. The total worth of the distributed items was over Php 300,000.
The event has become an annual gift-giving program organized by the group. It has been going on for three years. Recipients of previous activities included residents from barangays around UP Visayas Miagao Campus, Tigbauan, Iloilo, and Morobuan, Guimaras.
After several months of serving their adopted communities through various projects, UPV Tacloban College (UPVTC) students of Psychology 195 (Special Topics in Psychology: Disaster and Mental Health) organized a culminating activity entitled “Celebrating Community Resilience” on 1 December 2017 at the Multipurpose Building of UPVTC.
Five groups of students presented their accomplishments, which included the conduct of psychological first aid training for barangay leaders and volunteers; implementation of the resilience program called Katatagan; integration of psychosocial awareness into a coastal cleanup; mental health awareness sessions; and other psychosocial activities for children, adolescents, and adults. The group that served the barangay where UPVTC is located (Barangay 2, Jones) successfully lobbied for the passing of a barangay resolution recognizing the importance of mental health during disasters.