Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Saturday, July 11, 2015
All counselors are invited to sign up for free and attend the 4th LoveYourself Counselors’ Convention to be held at Amelie Hotel, Bocobo St., Malate, Manila City.
Register here for a guaranteed slot.
The convention welcomes counselors from all LoveYourself batches. Spend a fun Saturday building your counseling know-how and forging stronger bonds with your fellow counselors.
Refresh, Revive, Reach OutThis year’s theme is “Counselors’ Convention 4 The Win: Refresh, Revive, Reach Out,” and aims to energize the ever-growing family of LoveYourself counselors.
The convention will be a whole-day event from 8AM to 6PM. Counselors will get to interact with expert speakers, gain new knowledge, and discover insights to improve their counseling skills.
Convention ScheduleBelow is the full day schedule, including sessions and expert speakers:
7:30 AM - Registration
8:30 AM - Opening Prayer
8:35 AM - Opening Remarks
8:45 AM - RA 8504 Redux: Revisiting Confidentiality and Ethical Standards in Counseling
10:00 AM - Morning Snacks
10:30 AM - HIV Response in the Philippines: Outlook and New Programs in the Horizon (Dra. Annie Ditangco)
12:00 NN - Lunch
1:00 PM - Caring for Carers: Dealing with "Counselor's Burnout" (Dra. Kate Leyritana)
2:30 PM - Afternoon Snacks
3:00 PM - Simulation/Group Facilitation: An Interactive Session On Counseling "Difficult" Clients (Rolin Obina)
4:00 PM - #Ask4TW: An Open Forum On Counselors' Concerns and Client Feedback (Ronnievinn Pagtakhan or Chris Lagman)
5:15 PM - Closing Remarkds (Ronnievinn Pagtakhan or Chris Lagman)
5:30 PM - Awarding of Certificates of Attendance
Feedback ForumThe 4th LoveYourself Counselors’ Convention will also become more interactive through a new feedback discussion forum. Concerns and issues that have been raised regarding LoveYourself’s testing and counseling services will be addressed in this dedicated forum.
Register now for a guaranteed spot in the convention.
Early registration will also help the organizers prepare for the number of potential attendees.
Thank you and see you all on July 25!
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
(Note: The opinions expressed in this review do not necessarily reflect the views of LoveYourself.)
BEN: Agreeing that you were born just the same as I was born isn't gonna save your dying friends.
NED: That is exactly what is going to save my dying friends!
The Normal Heart is set in the past, but doesn't belong comfortably in the past. It is set in New York City, but is as relevant to its Manila audience.
To Bart Guingona, the local production's director and lead actor, Manila 2015 is not so different from New York 1982. With an alarming increase of reported HIV cases in the country, we may be losing the battle that started in the early 80’s.
The Normal Heart though is more than just about AIDS. It is about the medical industry, research and access to healthcare; it is about activism, politics, power and the conflict between personal and political agenda; it is about family and friends, and the differences that break them apart; it is about leading an ethical life and how one would want to be defined either by convention or conviction. The Normal Heart is a war story and like all war stories, it is about the human spirit’s desire to survive.
Ultimately, The Normal Heart is about love. About finding and keeping it and being changed by it. We may or may not agree with the play’s protagonists Ned and Bruce, with how they behaved and acted, how they argued about finding a way to stop the gaping hole that is the AIDS epidemic from gobbling up all their friends and lovers. What was true for both was that both experienced love and fought hard, even against each other, because of that. These characters are fictional but who they are and what they stood for is very real.
There was a storm during the last night of the production's very limited run but theater enthusiasts all over the metro braved the rain to see the play. They know it is important that they see it and support it, as The Normal Heart is one of the plays you do not merely watch, but experience. In the end, the play deserved the standing ovation it received but what it truly deserves is funding and sponsorship as it is one of the most relevant plays ever mounted at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium.
In one of the play’s final few scenes, Felix, the one whom Ned didn't manage to scare away, turned to him and said “you cannot force the goddamn sun to come out!” But we cannot just drown in the rain and not try to do anything.
Jay Fernando is a writer and loving father to two cute dogs. He is also a volunteer for LoveYourself, an advocacy that offers free HIV testing in the Philippines. It also champions the values of self-worth and positive change to galvanize the community against the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country.