UP CEBU ALIM GROUP TEACHES JOURNAL WRITING TO DRUG SURRENDEREES IN PASIL last Feb. 3, 2018

The ALIM Art-Life Group consisting of faculty members from the College of Communication, Art & Design (CCAD) and Guidance Services Specialists conducted an extension activity entitled “Communicating Life Stories of Change and Journal Writing for Healing” at the Don Bosco Youth Training Center in Barangay Pasil, Cebu City last February 3, 2018 from 1:30 to 5:30 in the afternoon. The extension activity is part of an extension program that will last from five to six months about teaching and learning different forms of art for healing and recovery of drug surrenderees. This extension program was formed as the output of the creative writing seminar-workshop held last December 6 to 7, 2017, on Poetry for Healing, expanded into Art for Healing.
In the said seminar-workshop with Prof. Vim Nadera of the UP Diliman Creative Writing Center as the resource speaker, a group of faculty members from CCAD, three guidance services specialists, and two librarians formed a group which they named as the ALIM Art-Life for Healing with the goal of teaching different art forms to members of the Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) care of the Sto. Niῆo Parish in Pasil. The word “alim” is Cebuano for healing, so it is most fittingly chosen as the group’s name. The different art forms identified by the ALIM members to be taught and experienced by the N.A. members are journal writing, short story writing, visual arts, theater, music, photography, and film making. ALIM is headed by Prof. Lilia Tio, the chair of the Creative Writing Program of UP Cebu.
The ALIM group organized its first extension activity with a Christmas Party for 35 members of the Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) in Pasil last December 9, 2017. The second activity was the one held last February 3, 2018 which was attended and participated in by 15 members of Narcotics Anonymous (most of the N.A. members already found jobs so they were not able to come) who first watched a video from 700 Club Asia about the story of a former drug addict whose life was changed when he turned earnestly to God in prayer, through the advice of his sister, to help him overcome his drug addiction. He then became a pastor ministering to the youth, especially those involved with drug addiction.
After watching the video, the participants were then grouped into five with three participants each plus a facilitator (or facilitators) from the ALIM group. In the small groups, they were asked to talk about themselves, their turning points, and their journey to recovery. After the group discussions, snacks were served followed by a lecture on journal writing by Prof. Belinda F. Espiritu and Prof. Jason Baguia. The N.A. participants were then asked to write or draw on their journals individually using the notebooks, ballpens, and colored crayons provided by the ALIM group. Then the participants went back to their small groups with their facilitators to share about what they have written and/or drawn on their journals. Assembling again as a large group, the ALIM facilitators asked the participants to share what they have experienced, enjoyed, or learned from the whole afternoon with the ALIM group. Four participants stood up who expressed that they were grateful for the presence of the UP faculty and reps, for the activities they have engaged in for the whole afternoon, and for the growth towards healing that the afternoon’s program have wrought into them. The post-activity evaluation was very good to excellent, and a few wrote down comments that they were grateful to the UP facilitators for the help towards full healing and recovery of their physical, mental, and spiritual health.

By Belinda F. Espiritu
ALIM Group Member
Feb. 5, 2018

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three alim members

three alim members

pre-test administration

pre-test administration

narcotics anonymous writing or drawing on their journals

narcotics anonymous writing or drawing on their journals

ALIM members loking on while Prof Baguia is talking.

ALIM members loking on while Prof Baguia is talking.