Biyernes, Hunyo 24, 2016

Mental Health Problems In The Philippines

By: Ver Garcia & Teddy Cho

In Photo From L to R.:  Dra. Rhodora Andrea M. Concepcion, MD and company of the Philippine Psychiatric Association posed for posterity in the showing of an inspiring  film 'Finding Dory' with Dr. Ver Garcia, ND of the Bloggers Association of the Philippines..

The Natasha Goulbourn Foundation, the Philippines Psychiatric Association, Globe and Ayala Cinemas who sponsored the showing of 'Finding Dory' a film about the importance of a Family as a strong emotional support that can lead to fortitude, wisdom, understanding family solidarity and friendship that transcends boundaries.

Finding Dory with her newly found friends beneath the seabed.

A short film review of the film showed the audience the importance of inculcating good, positive, sound and fundamental values in rearing children while they are young as they grow old. The tendency for them to nurture these positive values in life as inculcated early on their lives. Many of the characters include Marlin, Nemo, Turtle Crush, Hank the unforgettable Octopus played ala Superman, the savior in the life of Dory. Without Octo I think.. escape of Dory in the Marine cage wont be possible. Other characters that is equally amusing are Destiny, a near sighted Whale Shark and Bailey with an exciting radar telephatic x-ray that could read minds and find where Dory is. These symbolizes the claims that the parents laid on the sea bed to guide her child back home with pearls as her guiding light in Finding Dory. Heed your parents advice and listen to them.. it will lead you to a right direction when you grow old.

The Philippines Mental Health Problems

With the rampant drug addiction in our country The Philippine Mental Health had become the missing link in arresting the widespread drug addiction, Substance abuse as well. in  the fight against Drug abuse it's the victim who suffers the consequences of drug addiction aftermath and that is Mental illness. With the Mental health Bill now in Congress and the Senate. The youths chances of returning to a productive life after being exposed to the evils of addiction should be the number one priority of the Government.

The Objective of the Bills As Follows:

1. Ensure a community  of Filipinos who are mentally able to contribute to the development of the country and attain a better quality of life through access to an integrated well planned, effectively organized and efficiently delivered mental health programs in equity to their physical needs.

2.Promote mental health  protection of the rights and freedoms of person with mental health needs  and the reduction of the burdens  and and consequences of mental and brain disorders and

3. Provide the direction for a coherent rational and unified response to the nation's mental health problems, concerns and effort.

Various patient and family, professional, para-professional, legal, media, governmental and non-governmental, local and international groups have been consulted and their inputs have been incorporated and continues to consult other groups to be able to come out with a bill that is reflective of the mental health needs of the country. Yet the passage of the bill remains elusive. The Philippines lags behind and ranks itself among the minority of the worlds community of nations without the mental health legislation despite being signatory to a number of international covenants upholding the mental health of their population. Indeed no less than the holy book exhorts us all to do no less as it states"speak up for those who can not speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute" (Proverbs 31:8).

The Philippine Psychiatric Association (PPA), an affiliate of the Philippine College of Physicians. in total now has 495 members and still growing. Many thanks to Dr. Rhodora Andrea Concepcion and the rest of the officers and staff of (PPA) without them the success of the film Finding Dory won't be possible. Kudos also  with Dr. Ed Tolentino, Jr., Dr. Fareda  Flores, Ayala Malls and Cinema, NGF, Globe and Hopeline a 24 hour prevention on suicide and emotional crisis.

Sabado, Hunyo 11, 2016



English Proficiency Workshop at UP Diliman.

The art of conversation takes practice and is not as hard as you might think. It will take some knowledge, practice, and patience, and you can learn to relax and enjoy a great conversation.
With these tips you will be well on your way to having a good, meaningful and entertaining conversation with anyone!
Make a good first impression. Smile, ask questions that require more than a yes/no answer, and really listen. Maintain eye contact and keep as friendly and polite as possible.
Listen. This is the most important part of any conversation. You might think a conversation is all about talking, but it will not go anywhere if the listener is too busy thinking of something to say next. Pay attention to what is being said. When you talk to the other person, injecting a thought or two, they will often not realize that it was they who did most of the talking, and you get the credit for being a good conversationalist – which of course, you are!
Find out what the other person is interested in. You can even do some research in advance when you know you will have an opportunity to talk with a specific person. Complimenting them is a great place to start. Everyone likes sincere compliments, and that can be a great ice-breaker.
Ask questions. What do they like to do? What sort of things have they done in their life? What is happening to them now? What did they do today or last weekend? Identify things about them that you might be interested in hearing about, and politely ask questions. Remember, there was a reason that you wanted to talk to them, so obviously there was something about them that you found interesting.
Forget yourself. Dale Carnegie once said, “It’s much easier to become interested in others than it is to convince them to be interested in you.” If you are too busy thinking about yourself, what you look like, or what the other person might be thinking, you will never be able to relax. Introduce yourself, shake hands, then forget yourself and focus on them instead.
Always listen and have ears so that you will not skip some important notes about the topics.
Practice active listening skills. Part of listening is letting the other person know that you are listening. Make eye contact. Nod. Say “Yes,” “I see,” “That’s interesting,” or something similar to give them clues that you are paying attention and not thinking about something else – such as what you are going to say next.
Ask clarifying questions. If the topic seems to be one they are interested in, ask them to clarify what they think or feel about it. If they are talking about an occupation or activity you do not understand, take the opportunity to learn from them. Everyone loves having a chance to teach another willing and interested person about their hobby or subject of expertise.
Paraphrase back what you have heard using your own words. This seems like an easy skill to learn, but takes some practice to master. Conversation happens in turns, each person taking a turn to listen and a turn to speak or to respond. It shows respect for the other person when you use your “speaking turn” to show you have been listening and not just to say something new. They then have a chance to correct your understanding, affirm it, or embellish on it.
Consider your response before disagreeing. If the point was not important, ignore it rather than risk appearing argumentative. If you consider it important then politely point out your difference of opinion. Do not disagree merely to set yourself apart, but remember these points:
It is the differences in people–and their conversation–that make them interesting.
Agreeing with everything can kill a conversation just as easily as disagreeing with everything.
A person is interesting when they are different from you; a person is obnoxious when they can not agree with anything you say, or if they use the point to make themselves appear superior.

Try to omit the word “but” from your conversation when disagreeing.. as this word often puts people on the defensive. Instead, try substituting the word “and”, it has less of an antagonistic effect.
Do not panic over lulls. This is a point where you could easily inject your thoughts into the discussion. If the topic seems to have run out, use the pause to think for a moment and identify another conversation topic or question to ask them. Did something they said remind you of something else you have heard, something that happened to you, or bring up a question or topic in your mind? Mention it and you’ll transition smoothly into further conversation!

Graduation Pictures at UPISSI.

Know when the conversation is over. Even the best conversations will eventually run out of steam or be ended by an interruption. Shake hands with the other person and be sure to tell them you enjoyed talking with them. Ending on a positive note will leave a good impression and likely bring them back later for more!

Linggo, Hunyo 5, 2016


By: VerGarcia & TeddyCho

Silvana with foreign guest visual artist. Photo by: Teddy Cho

Showing the Map of Galeria Duemila.

Iliac Diaz leads pleasantries with guests at the Galeria Duemila.

In The Aesthetics of Silence, Susan Sontag’s seminal 1969 essay, Sontag investigates how silence reconciles art’s function as a form of spirituality in an increasingly secular culture, she writes, “The art of our time is noisy with appeals for silence. A coquettish, even cheerful nihilism. One recognizes the imperative of silence, but goes on speaking anyway.” In a parallel purview Junyee attempts to estimate his ruminations on silence in The Silence of J, his solo exhibition at Galleria Duemila, wherein approximations of light, space, and perspective are modified, diluted, to a conflicting yet visually decisive investigation on his very own aesthetics of silence.

Artist plays the flute..

In The Silence of J, the walls are seamlessly hung with sparse four-sided woodworks, evocative reliefs made from sturdy jointed T&G (tongue-and-groove) planks, whitewashed in ivory, snow, and eggshell—tonal values that have determined the depth and perspective of Yee’s muted permutations. Presenting a flowchart of processes and traces of quaintly discontinued paintjob, he reveals the architectural and utilitarian qualities of the medium, while non-descript shapes—slivers of flaked off paint, and linear dents hint at a feeling of Fontana’s iconic post-object slashes. Much in the way in which his sparse compositions seemingly manifest as diagrams or blueprints of a utopian construct—in the heady technological apocalypse of the now, silence makes perfect sense.

Revered for his use of indigenous resources throughout his practice, Junyee constantly gives weight to the “endless vitality of nature, through inventive art-making”. He pioneered installation art and outdoor installation festivals in the Philippines. He is the sole contemporary bamboo artist in the ASEAN region. An accomplished artist he was nominated for a National Artist Award in Visual Arts in 2012. He won numerous awards and accolades, such as  the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 13 Artist Award in 1980, Grant Award – Israel Philippines Monument Design Competition for the Holocaust Memorial in 2007, UPAA Distinguished Alumni Award for Arts and Culture and Tanglaw ng Sining Award for Outstanding Alumnus of UP College of Fine Arts in 2013.