PHILKOFEE-Han! The first Online Kapihan among members filled with Love, Hope, and Positivity. – April 16, 2021
It was both a sentimental evening when Philkofa members gathered together in an online open forum where stories and problems were shared in light of Covid 19. There were mixed emotions, surprises, games, and self-care talk in the first virtual Kumustahan and Kapihan session held on a Friday, April 16, from 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Medical front liners Dr. Mike Marasigan shared his experiences with tending Covid patients, his fears, and the challenges he faced in keeping himself safe while serving the community. Meanwhile, Nurse Emily Rivera narrated a terrifying ordeal when one of her family members got infected with the virus and how frontliners like her experience discrimination in their village.
Philkofa members based abroad gave updates of their situation in their respective countries – Didith Tayawa Fugracion in New Zealand, Omy Conde in Singapore, and Ray Sator in Canada. The atmosphere became even more emotional when Philkofa members and Covid survivors shared their experiences of battling Covid and how they survived the frightening experience. LGU frontliner, Jonas James Agot, recounted his loneliness while being away from his family during quarantine. Philmech and former Board member, Genaro Tolentino, spoke about how he got reminded to always take care of his health and the struggles of being away due to the quarantine. NCDA officer Rizalio Sanchez became emotional while sharing his son’s near-death Covid experience, life lessons, and realizations during those difficult times.
The highlight of the Kapihan session was a 30minute lecture on “Caring for your Mental Health Amidst Covid 19 Pandemic” by Gabrielle Jade B. Llamzon. Llamzon is a Program Officer of the Youth Life Enrichment Program of the Philippine Mental Health Association – Education, Advocacy and Research Department where she implements school mental health programs for students in different levels.
In her talk, she emphasized the importance of mental health and the adverse effects that Covid causes on mental health and well-being. She also gave tips and strategies on how to take care of one’s well-being during the pandemic. An open forum followed after the lecture that was actively participated by members.
On a brighter note, the Kapihan was made even better with the short games and quizzes that brought out the laughter and happiness from the members. Indeed, it was a night of listening, sharing, learning, and most importantly of giving comfort over a cup of coffee.