The SUGPAT Alternative School for Peacebuilding and the Arts fellows bid goodbye to the first term of classes. To end the first term of classes, the SUGPAT ALSPA Fellows took their first term final exams prepared by their coaches.
During their term break, the fellows participated in SUGPAT HeART Intensives: Photography and Digital Storytelling Workshop, a back-to-back creative arts workshop.
The photography workshop was a 5-day workshop where they had Ralph Eya, an art director and renowned photographer, as their workshop master. The participants were taught the basics and fundamentals of photography using the theme “modern heroism”. The workshop culminated with a week long photo exhibit at the Gallery of the Peninsula and the Archipelago.
The Digital Storytelling workshop was also a 5-day workshop. The fellows were mentored by award winning filmmaker, Xeph Suarez. The fellows were taught script writing and development, cinematography, and the different roles in a film. Their 5-minute short films had the themes hope, justice, reconciliation, solidarity, and resilience. The fellows’ short films were showcased on September 29 at the Gallery of the Peninsula and the Archipelago.
The fellows also attended SUGPAT Youth Talks 3 on October 2 at the Subanen Room, Garden Orchid Hotel. The SUGPAT Youth Talks 3 tackled youth vulnerabilities in violent extremism in ARMM; SUGPAT partnered with Ateneo de Zamboanga’s Social Development Council (SDC). The half-day talk was given by Dr. Ofelia L. Durante, a researcher from the Institute of Autonomy and Governance. She presented the institute’s paper entitled, “Research on Youth Vulnerability to Violent Extremism (VE) in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).”
Meanwhile, the ALSPA fellows underwent recollection on October 6 at La Vista Beach Resort as part of their curriculum. Their recollection was led by Paul Vincent Miole, the Director of Campus Ministry of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University. The fellows looked back on their memories of what makes them happy and how the SUGPAT Program helped them in their formation.
The SUGPAT ALSPA fellows will be back on October 19 to welcome their second term of classes, with new subjects and coaches.