Have You Ever Wanted to be a Student Volunteer?
There are plenty of ways one can give back to society. It could be by aspiring to become a lawyer, an architect, or even the next president. It could also be through volunteering. Sometimes, people find it scary, even intimidating, to start volunteering, but this shouldn't be the case.
We were able to ask a couple of student volunteers; namely, Dominique See, Jean Bactat, and Patricia Chua, about their experiences with The Heart at Play Foundation.
This foundation is a non-profit organization that provides free dance movement therapy to persons with special needs. "They've been doing this since 2011. We meet every Saturday in the Sacred Heart Parish," explains Patricia Chua, an incoming senior at the Immaculate Conception Academy.
The Heart at Play gives them an avenue to express themselves. "That's what's fun about it. It isn't just a therapy session for them. At the same time, this helps them physically, others even verbally! They were able to say certain words through this therapy as well," adds Jean, a third year college student from Ateneo de Manila University.
Dominique, Jean, and Patricia all had different stories to share of how they started volunteering, but one thing they had in common was the reason behind their continuous hard work as student volunteers of The Heart at Play Foundation.
"The fulfillment that I receive from being with the kids, working with different volunteers… It's kind of a stress reliever from school. I don't have orgs this year, so this is like an avenue for me to share my creative juices," says Dominique See, a fourth year student from Ateneo.
Having to juggle both academics with their volunteerism isn't always a walk in the park. All three admit that it takes much patience, sacrifice, and discipline to be able to do both. "To be completely honest, it's not only the kids benefiting from this. We do too, the volunteers and humanity in general. This foundation is one step forward in terms of spreading awareness," adds Jean.
And the advice these students have for those who are still hesitant to enter the world of volunteering?
"Everyone has a heart to help, it's how far you want to take it. You have to establish, from the very beginning, just how far you want to go because you are forming relationships, and you can't just leave in the middle. It's a commitment. You can't just leave when the going gets tough. But for me, this sector is the most worthwhile for me." - Jean Bactat
If you're looking for a sign to start volunteering, you might want to join The Heart at Play Foundation this June 18, 2017 at the Ateneo de Manila University's Henry Lee Irwin Theater for their third annual benefit event: The Runway Speciale: A Story of Beauty. Doors open at 6pm. Visit their Facebook page for more details.
You never know, this might just be your calling.
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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song
By: CJ Reyno
Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?
Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.
You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.
As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”
I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend
Here's a fan art that I made for Lee Joo Young of Itaewon class! I've been making digital illustration since last year and I'm happy that I was able to see my improvements. I'm also happy to see people's reactions and support for my craft even though all of it are made through my phone (adobe illustrator) only ????. You don't actually have to use expensive or complicated medium as long as you know how to be creative and like what you're doing, then you can do it. ????