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Guidance Program “L.O.V.E.” cultivates students’ communication skills

June 19,2020

Students from Grades 5-12 took part in a mental health program entitled L.O.V.E or “Living Out Vulnerability and Empathy” last December 19, 2019 to develop interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. 

Sponsored by the Guidance Office, L.O.V.E. consisted of four learning sessions—SCHO Talk, Kulasa Moments, Spoken Word Poetry, and Music and Storytelling—that encouraged the students to interact, connect, and resonate with the people they came across. 

Each session was held in different venues including the Sr. Kuniberta Hall, Audio-Visual Room, Social Hall, and Sr. Ehrentrudis Hall.

The SCHO Talk, which was facilitated by former Scholasticans Ms. Kathleen Velasco and Atty. Renee Valerie Fajardo taught the students how to perceive and manage stress and pressure as they grew older. 

In Kulasa Moments, speakers Ms. Regina Vida Quiambao, Ms. Chelsea Anne Lee, who were also former Scholasticans, and UST graduate and English teacher Ms. Irish Van Fidel shared their experiences in the adolescence stage and the lessons they had learned since then. 

A college student from De La Salle University, Mr. Carl Jude Gabriel Siongco’s Spoken Word Poetry session encouraged the students to express their love for others and appreciate themselves through writing. 

Music and Storytelling was about finding God through music amidst the problems in life, and it was facilitated by Mr. Michael Shimamoto and the Talinghaga Band.

According to Denise Yu of 8-Ora, the Music and Storytelling workshop was both enlightening and entertaining.

She said she learned that music has no bounds; it is for everyone who wants to show their skills, and that the talk achieved its goal to help students express themselves through music, as it can be another way of uniquely showing who they are.