Arrupe Finalizes Plans for this Summer’s ASEP

Preparations for this year’s Ateneo Student Exposure Program (ASEP), an annual summer exposure conducted by the Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP) of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (AOSF), are well under way. The Arrupe team, headed by its Community Engagement Officer (CEO) Karl Anthony Ebol and SSLP coordinator Noriel Rogon, started the spadework as early as January 2015 to prepare for the implementation of this summer’s ASEP.

On 29-30 January, the team travelled to Cabanglasan, Zamboanguita and Bendum for an area scanning. They did a courtesy call and close coordination with the local Jesuit priests who are assigned in the parishes of Cabanglasan and Zamboanguita. Another trip to Bukidnon (this time including Miarayon) on 26-27 February was also conducted inorder to do a community profiling of the possible areas where the ASEP participants will be deployed. The team then interviewed probable foster families who consented to participate in the program by agreeing to house ASEP participants for the whole duration of the implementation.

The Arrupe team will again travel to Bukidnon on 18-19 March 2015 to facilitate the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) and Fr. Francisco “Koko” Parilla, SJ, the parish priest of Our Lady of Mediatrix of All Graces in Zamboanguita, and Fr. Jomari Manzano, SJ, the parish priest of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Cabanglasan.  Both Jesuit priests act as ADDU’s primary partners in this year’s ASEP implementation to be done in Sitio San Vicente of Brgy. Poblacion in Cabanglasan, Brgy. Zamboanguita proper, Brgy. St. Peter, as well as Sitio Bendum in Brgy. Busdi, areas which formed part of the Jesuit mission stations in the Province of Bukidnon. These locations are specifically chosen inorder to align the program’s thrust in observance of the bicentenary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus (1814-2014).  Aside from the MOA signing, the team will also meet with local stakeholders to provide briefing and orientation regarding ASEP, such as the City Mayor of Malaybalay, the Municipal Mayor of Cabanglasan, the local government units (LGUs) of Zamboanguita, St. Peter and Cabanglasan, the 403rd Infantry Battalion of Philippine Army (PA), and the Malaybalay City Police Office.

Prior to the actual deployment of ASEP participants in Bukidnon, the team will head back to the abovementioned identified areas on 26-27 March to conduct an orientation among participating families.  Two to three participants will stay in the house of foster families (some of whom are Lumad) for the whole duration of their exposure

Earlier this month, the AOSF conducted a well-attended Parent’s Meeting on 1 March 2015.  In that meeting, the office headed by its director Lilibeth L. Arcena explained to the parents (of those who have expressed interest to join ASEP) the nature of the program, its history, its design for this year’s implementation, as well as its objectives, by way of locating them to ADDU’s overall social formation thrust.

This summer program is designed to provide the new corps of Arrupe volunteers and other invited student leaders an experience of immersion by staying with some Lumad families for a period of ten (10) days between 30 March until 8 April.  So far, around thirty (30) Arrupe volunteers constituting batches 43 and 44, and invited student leaders from different student organizations, have expressed interest in joining the program. The final clearance of their participation will depend on their procurement of parents’ consent and medical clearance. (By Arrupe Communications & Advocacy)

FYDP Reintroduces Exposure in Its Day of Engagement

IMG_0786 IMG_0866 IMG_0886 IMG_0977 IMG_0995 IMG_0967 IMG_1114In the current module of the First Year Development Program (FYDP), it reintroduces exposure as an integral component of social formation especially that the program is now lodged under the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (AOSF).  It may well be remembered that this external engagement component (i.e., exposure and outreach) was removed at a certain point in the program’s evolution (i.e., the program undergoing different name changes from Behavioural Development [BD], to Freshman Christian Formation [FCF], to First Year Christian Formation [FYCF], then to its current name, the FYDP).

Thus, on 28 February 2015, the FYDP under the coordinatorship of Ms. Gina Villagonzalo conducted an Exposure Day/Day of Engagement in several marginalized areas in the city.  The module for the half-day exposure was designed to emphasize the use of the five senses by seeing, noticing, smelling, hearing, tasting and feeling concrete life situations/realities as application of  the topics/themes which the students learned in FYDP sessions, as well as to awaken social consciousness by way of exposing them  to the multiple realities of life.

IMG_1024 IMG_1040 IMG_0984The conduct of this simple half-day exposure, in a way, serves as the culminating activity of students’ learnings in their FYDP classes during the second semester. Through this initial contact with identified communities—the university’s external partners in its various outreach and engagement programs—it is hoped that the students will be better prepared in their formation when they take the National Service Training Program-Civic Welfare Training Service (NSTP-CWTS) class on their second year.

Using the spiral Pastoral Cycle of See-Judge-Act (i.e., experience, analysis, reflection and praxis), the student who participated in the exposure then went through processing and reflection sessions in the classroom through the assistance of their FYDP guides.

IMG_1038 IMG_0939 IMG_1033 IMG_1041The communities in Davao where the exposure took place are the following: GK Samahan ng may Iba’t Ibang Kakayahan sa Dabaw (SAKADAB) in Los Amigos, Tugbok District, as well as in Barangay Mintal proper.  The conduct of the exposure was through the assistance and coordination of Mintal’s Punong Barangay, the Hon. Ramon Bargamento. Mr. Karl Anthony Ebol, AOSF’s Community Engagement Office (CEO), facilitated the preparation for the conduct of the exposure. (By Arrupe Communications and First Year Development Program)

FYDP to Observe Pilgrim’s Day to Highlight Jesuit Restoration

The First Year Development Program (FYDP) of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (AOSF) will mark 14 March 2015 as “Pilgrim’s Day”—the program’s own way of highlighting (and culminating) the university’s celebration of the bicentenary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus (1814-2014).  The university officially closed its bicentenary observance with a mass on 8 January 2015.

This “Pilgrim’s Day” celebration will commence with a “Pilgrim’s Walk for Peace” from 5:15 a.m. to 6:15 a.m.  For this purpose, the FYDP students and guides will congregate at Roxas Gate for a community prayer, with special invocation to pray for peace in Mindanao. They will then pass by some of the major thoroughfares in the city and proceed directly to Ateneo Matina campus for a Holy Mass. While walking, they will sing Jesuit-inspired songs as they carry banners, placards and posters with messages and prayers about peace. The Eucharistic Celebration immediately following the early morning walk will be presided by Fr. Dan McNamara, SJ.

The second part of this celebration (dubbed as “Meeting with Other Pilgrims”) will kick off with an interfaith prayer at 8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. to be led by chosen representatives from the Muslim, Lumad, Christian, and Buddhist faith.

A “Musikahan at Sayawan” will then follow thereafter, featuring a festive cultural music and dance expressing the unique art of Mindanaoans.  The Teatro Humanidades and other local artists will be invited to share their musical and terpsichorean talents.  In his portion, some FYDP volunteers will also be invited to participate. The entire Pilgrim’s Day celebration is expected to end at 9:00 a.m. (By Arrupe Comunications & Advocacy)

Service-Learning Expo Opens

IMG_0226 IMG_0224 IMG_0225A Service-Learning (S-L) exhibit which bears the theme “Pagpakigdait: The SLP Expo 2015” opens today, 4th March, at the Thibault Atrium fronting the Finster elevators. This exhibit is under the auspices of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation’s (AOSF) Service Learning Program (SLP) and features the products from the community-based businesses of the university’s external partners in the SLP, as well as the outputs of the different academic departments that partnered with AOSF in the conduct of this year’s S-L initiatives.  The participating departments that endeavoured to integrate S-L in their academic curriculum (in selected courses) and are featured in this year’s Expo are the following: Mass Communications Department, Industrial Engineering Department, Architecture Department, and Communications Engineering Department.

The S-L Expo is the culminating activity of the semester-long implementation of S-L curriculum integration among participating academic departments.  It aims to present to the university what SLP is, what it does, what its accomplishments are, and what it could offer.  The Expo also intends to promote SLP to the whole university community and the other academic programs, thereby building a stronger linkage between and among SLP partners and further encouraging these academic programs to tie up with AOSF’s SLP.  Through the Expo, the products of community-based businesses of external SLP partners are exhibited, side by side with the outputs of the students representing different participating departments.

The Expo is implemented in coordination with the deans of participating schools, and endorsed by the Office of the Academic Vice President (AVP).  This whole-day activity will culminate with a short program to be facilitated by Arrupe volunteers. Heads of the different academic programs as well as external partners (i.e., participating communities involved in the implementation of the SLP) are invited to attend the program during the Activity Period.  (by Arrupe Communications and Service Learning Program, AOSF)