The Center for Performing and Visual Arts of ADZU partnered with storytelling group Project Banig Zamboanga in a healing event entitled PAHINGALAY: Araw ng Paghilom at Pagbangon.
The event on January 25, 2014 served as a healing ritual for 127 orphans and children of OFWs who were living at the conflict areas of Sta. Barbara, Rio Hondo, and Sta. Catalina. Participants took part in letter writing, storytelling, and art making activities.
One of the target goals of CPVA for 2014 is to have more community development programs that use the arts as a medium for healing and social transformation and empowerment.
“We are very grateful that Project Banig invited the center to take part in Pahingalay. The event was a very enriching event for us in the center.” Said Tricia Manulong of CPVA.
Kiko Miranda of Project Banig Zamboanga explained that Pahingalay events were simultaneously organized last January 11, 2014 in Museo Pambata, UP Tacloban, Davao, Bohol, and other parts of the Philippines as part of a nationwide campaign by the Citizens Network for PsychoSocial Response (which Project Banig is a part of) to pray, heal, and move forward.
Miranda further shared that Project Banig Zamboanga will continuously be of service to the children of Zamboanga to empower them to become agents of social transformation and development. “We believe that we should invest in empowering and developing our children to be the best person they can be. And we, in Project Banig Zamboanga, believe that arts and stories are powerful tools in shaping the youth of Zamboanga.”
Project Banig Zamboanga also partnered with Zamboanga Esperanza, OWWA Regional Welfare Office 9, and the City Government of Zamboanga-Community Healing Cluster for this project.