FYDP Students & Guides Celebrate Peace thru Pilgrim Walk

SAMSUNG CSC ??????????? SAMSUNG CSCTo 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.

IMG_1278 IMG_1291 IMG_1422Dubbed 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)

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)

Pagbabahagi Pasko 2014 Launched

IMG_8801 IMG_8765 IMG_8864 IMG_9006 IMG_8812 IMG_8954 pagbabahagi 2014 4This Christmas season, the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, formerly the Social Involvement Coordinating Office (SICO), through its Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP)—in partnership with the University Community Engagement & Advocacy Council (UCEAC), and in close coordination with partner offices and student organizations, such as the Community Engagement Team, the First Year Development Program (FYDP), and the National Service Training Program (NSTP) of the Arrupe Office; Campus Clubs Organization (CCO), the SAMAHAN Central Board, the Social Work Department, the Grade School Unit, the Engineering and Architecture Student Executive Committee (EASEC) and the Adecor Elementary School—once again launched the Pagbabahagi Pasko 2014 on 1st December 2014 at the Open Field.  The Pagbabahagi is an annual Christmas outreach project which focuses on responding to the varied concerns and needs among different sectors and communities in Davao City, and even beyond.

This year, the Pagbabahagi will be directed to the pupils and teachers of the Adecor Elementary School, in Brgy. Adecor, Kaputian, in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS).  The pupils (numbering around 298, predominantly belonging to the Muslim Sama tribe), and teachers (around 10) are identified in this project as the fitting recipients of this year’s annual Christmas gift-giving and sharing.  In the last two Christmases of 2012 and 2013, the Pagbabahagi assisted calamities-affected communities in Monkayo (due to Super Typhoon Pablo), as well as survivors from Leyte who took refuge in Davao City after the devastation wrought havoc by Super Typhoon Yolanda, respectively. Continue reading