By: Jennifer C. Tilos
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) — ‘Healing through Music”, a musical concert ,is set on May 9 sponsored by the Erwin P. Cabanag Adult Leukaemia Memorial Foundation in the Philippines (EPCALM) to support people who are experiencing grief as well as individuals who are journeying through Leukaemia.
EPCALM executive director Atty. Riodil Montebon said the concert is part of series of events of EPCALM in Dumaguete City from May 9 to 11, 2014.
With the theme “DGTEBOUND: Journey to Wholeness,” it will be a weekend-long celebration with activities including grief management seminars, ultramarathon, and fun run.
In a press conference held recently, Atty. Montebon said the concert will be at Luce Auditorium, Silliman University featuring Martin Nievera, the choral group of Ating Pamana Inc. with director Elizabeth Susan Suarez among other local talents.
“The emphasis is that they are all coming together for God’s glory to offer their special gifts in music, to give us the opportunity to experience the healing of our mind, body and soul,” Montebon said.
Grief management conferences will be held for two days, May 9 and 10, at the Silliman Hall with inspirational speaker Mary Ellen Erickson of Grief Works USA together with Filipino celebrity Boy Abunda.
“My calling is to equip people to walk beside those who are broken hearted because of pain,” Erickson said.
She also hopes that the people would gain understanding of the process of grief itself and then obtain tools and strategies as they go through it.
According to Montebon, “this grief management forum is the first activity for Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental, and a pioneering event for Silliman University as well.”
For his part, Silliman University President Dr. Ben Malayang III said he can relate with individuals who are in grief because his mother also died of said disease.
Dr. Malayang hopes that people would be able to join the said events, particularly for the grief management so that the people can have the ability to feel the grief of others.
“This partnership with EPCALM is an opportunity that we are really grabbing because for the first time, EPCALM has made a decision to introduce its programs in our community,” Malayang said.
Through these activities, he expects that the people would be able to shape up a kind of educational service that would incorporate in the total education of the university.
For the ‘Gentle Mile’, EPCALM’s ultramarathon and fun run promotes healthy lifestyle and creates awareness for leukaemia patients.
On May 10, the 50 kilometer run will start in the evening of May 10 from Bais City and will finish the following day at the Freedom Park, Dumaguete City. (rmn/JCT/IAT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)