VPAA on Mental Health: ‘Be engaged’ 

By: Roni Mae Serrano
October 08, 2019

Photo by Christelle Haro/The LANCE.

"Be engaged with every Letranite."

THE VICE PRESIDENT for Academic Affairs (VPAA), Assoc. Prof. Cristina Castro Cabral, PhD., encouraged the students to ‘be engaged’ as she gave her opening remarks for the celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week.

"Ang nais ng Letran ay tunay siyang maging tahanan. Pagpasok niya pa lang sa talampakan ng Letran kahit na ang bigat-bigat ng dinadala, mayroong yayakap at tatanggap sa kanya," she said.

“Home is not a place, home is not a structure rather home is memories," she added.

She also expounded that home is sharing of memories, be it good or bad and stories of pain, jubilation, struggles, grief, and anger.

“When you walk along the corridors of Colegio de San Juan de Letran, and there is no one that could comfort you and share with you, it is homelessness," said VPAA.

VPAA also shared that home means moving forward and forgiving those who caused pain in a person's life.

"If anyone has caused you pain, I hope and I pray you will have one moment in time where you will learn to forgive," she said.

“Learn to forgive because it is in forgiveness and asking forgiveness that you are home," she concluded.

Earlier today, Letran launched the campaign for anti-bullying, led by the Office of the Guidance Council Center.

The Letran Student Council also conducted, #JustICOMM, Untagged: Removing Labels from People with Autism through Correct Media Representation at the St. Thomas Hall as well as Let’s LEAD: So Are You which was participated by the College of Business Administration and Accountancy Students at the Mabini Hall.

The Letran Peer Facilitator’s Association also launched their booth, Hug-a-bear, located in front of the Finance Office.

Furthermore, the seminar for the Senior High School students entitled “Misconception of Media on Developmental Disabilities", The Real O.G, (Outdoor Games) for the Basic Education, Building a Culture of Well-being in the Workplace, and Letran Student Council’s project, PAWject Runway will happen tomorrow, October 9.