To symbolize the significance of finding meaning in one’s journey particularly in specific moments of life (in this case, the meaning of one formative aspect of the learning process that first year students undergo in their “journey” through college), as well as to highlight the culmination of the university’s observance of the Jesuit Restoration, students of the First Year Development Program (FYDP) of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (AOSF) numbering close to a thousand, accompanied by their FYDP guides, marched from the city’s People’s Park to the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) Jacinto Campus in the early morning of Saturday, 14th March 2015. Changes were made as to the assembly and destination points (as announced earlier), which were originally set from ADDU’s Roxas Gate to the Matina Campus.
Dubbed as the “Pilgrim’s Walk for Peace,” the short march commenced at 5:00 a.m. and ended an hour later. Participating students and guides carried placards, tarpaulins and banners that expressed and articulated strong support to promote the culture of peace in the wake of the outbreak of hostilities that erupted in central Mindanao between government forces and rebel troops from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF)—skirmishes that ensued after the infamous Mamasapano incident in late January).
The walk ended with a mass held at the Jacinto Campus Open Field presided by Fr. David John delos Reyes, SJ, the Executive Secretary of the University Research Council (URC) and a Guide of the FYDP. After the holy mass, a community celebration followed through the “Musikahan at Sayawan.” This musical extravaganza featured local school talents such as Mr. Norman “Nonoy” Narciso and Mr. Peter Paul Elicor of the Humanities and Letters Cluster of the School of Arts & Sciences (SAS). (By Arrupe Communications)
This year’s thirty (30) ASEP participants are the following: From the corps of Arrupe volunteers Batch 44—Alvan King P. Abayon (AB Philo 2), Fiona Samanta M. Ajoc (BS EnviSci 2), Lynmark B. Altres (BS Acc 2), May Roselle Joyce Ang (BS Acc 3), Mariel E. Arro (BS Chem 2), Sunshine Marie A. Borrega (BS Acc 3), Jeson Paul B. Cabug-os (BS BM 3), John Rey N. Cañete (BS Acc 2), Mary Rose E. Catalbas (BS Bio 2), Mary Grace E. Chew (AB IS 2), Abegail Jaf B. Del Mar (AB SW 2), Lorraine B. Estor (BS EnviSci 2), Tricia Angelika B. Firman (BS Eng Educ 2), Jerome Vincent S. Ferraris (BS IE 2), Wilfredo A. Gabriento, Jr. (BS Ind Eng’g 2), Sheen Frederick M. Gatchalian (BC Acc 3), Derriza Giselle B. Laburada (BS Ind Eng’g 3), Edison Edgar B. Laure (BS Chem 2), Klein N. Magdaraog (BS Civ Eng’g 3), Ma. Tricia D. Marañon (AB Psych 2), Myka Julia T. Nuñez (BS Ind Eng’g 2), Neilizza May R. Salcedo (BS Ind Eng’g 3), Jaeson Leigh A. Ulangkaya (BS Acc 2), and Jessmar Viola (BS Mech Eng’g 3); from Batch 43—John Chin (BS IE 3), Michael Zachary Leyson (BS CS 3), who is the incoming SAMAHAN Central Board President, and Ella Marie Madoginog (BS Acc 4), the incoming Accountancy Representative. Other students leaders who will also be joining the Arrupe volunteers are the incoming SAMAHAN Secretary General Amara Abrina (BS IS 2), the Hosting Coordinator of the American Field Services (AFS) May Fiel Divino (AB Psych 2) and the Spiritual Concerns Committee chair of Sub-Dominant 7 Karlo Jade Alfaro (AB Philo 2).
The areas of deployment are in Sitio San Vicente of Brgy. Poblacion in Cabanglasan, Brgy. Zamboanguita proper, Brgy. St. Peter, and Sitio Bendum in Brgy. Busdi. The names of participating foster families are the following: Ricky Andrade, Nida R. Basoy, Nora Pizaña, and Nelio C. Velas of San Vicente; Rizalie S. Aclub, Silvenia E. Halang, and Pacita Halasan of Zamboanguita; Rubencio Organiza of St. Peter; and, Alberto Limbaga, Saturnino Limbago, and Annaliza Tiongson of Bendum.
The ASEP design is divided into three phases. The pre-exposure/immersion (first phase) will begin on 30 March at Manresa-by-the-Sea in Talomo. Participants are expected to attend this one-day orientation as this will set the tone for the actual exposure (second phase) on 31 March until 6 April. A post-exposure reflection/processing (third phase) is set from 7 to April 8, ending with a commissioning ritual and a special Thanksgiving Mass. As in previous years, the duration of this summer’s ASEP coincides with the observance of the Holy Week.
The ASEP started thirty-three years ago (1982) and was considered as the brainchild of the then dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Fr. Gorgonio Esguerra, SJ. Through the years, the ASEP has evolved in terms of its design, structure, duration and even the location of identified exposure areas, however, its overall objective and thrust—in function of providing a concrete venue for social formation for student leaders—has remained the same. (By Arrupe Communications & Advocacy)
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)