Monday, December 02, 2013

1st sem AY 2013-14 Sports Fest

           PAN-Alpha held its sports fest event on September 3, 2013 for the applicants and the members. The games were played in the parking lot of the College of Home Economics. The primary objective of the event is to promote fitness and nutrition. The secondary objective is to promote teamwork and camaraderie among the applicants and members.
            The members and applicants were divided into 4 groups before the games started. It was made sure that the members and the applicants were equally distributed into the different groups. Several games were prepared for the members and the applicants. The major games, Sack Race and Catch the Dragon’s Tail had much participation. The members and applicants formed 2 big groups for each game. The goal of the sack race is for all the members of each group to hop in a sack to the finish line. The first group to finish will be the winner. On the other hand, for the catch the dragon’s tail, each group will form one line and must be linked to each other. The goal of the game is to get the egg attached behind the last person in the line or break apart the line to get points. The group with the most number of points wins.
        After a few hours of playing, finally, the winners of the game were decided. The event was indeed successful. The games promoted physical activity and fitness as the members and applicants competitively raced their way to the finish line and grab the egg attached to the tail of the opposing group. Teamwork and cooperation were evident in each of the groups and closer relationships were built among members and applicants as they were able to interact with each other while carefully planning their strategies and communicating with each other. The skills and talents of the applicants were seen as each of them gave their best in the games.

Internal Affairs committee dividing the applicants and the members into their respective groups

Applicants and members lined up and getting ready to race to the finish line for the sack race

One group strategizing their moves for the “Catch the Dragon’s Tail” 

One group lined up and getting ready for the “Catch the Dragon’s Tail"

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ACLE 1st sem AY 2013-14: Hunger Graves

“Will the odds be ever in our favour?” This was the tagline used for the semester’s ACLE entitled “Hunger Graves” because this was used as a tagline in one famous movie and to relate it with the current problems faced by the Philippines, this ACLE aimed to answer the question whether if there is still a chance in resolving the country’s hunger problem considering the multi-faceted nature of the whole hunger and malnutrition and food security situation.

Malnutrition and food insecurity are two pressing problems present in the Philippines and because of these reasons, Philippine Association of Nutrition Alpha (PAN-Alpha) Chapter has chosen to discuss this topic in the 1st semester A.Y. 2013-2014 Alternative Classroom Learning Experience (ACLE) held last August 29, 2013 at Gusali 2D, College of Home Economics. Ms. Marilou Enteria, Nutrition Officer IV of National Nutrition Council (NNC), was invited to deliver the talk.

ACLE is a university wide activity held every semester where the students are encouraged to attend discussions about issues, problems and other interesting and relevant information that are on top of what can be gleamed from their courses. PAN-Alpha discussed the malnutrition and food insecurity using video films, games, discussion and open forum.

The objectives made by the Academics and Research committee are: to give a lecture regarding the definition of hunger, its clear indicators or how it is being measured, its contributing factors along with its consequences, and the actions done by the government as well as the specific role of the Filipino people in alleviating the state of hunger and malnutrition intends to inform the target group and increase their consciousness on the hunger issue; to show a documentary video entitled “Kalam” aims to show the real scenario of hunger and malnutrition in the Filipino setting and to give an interactive game which aims to serve as a tool for evaluation of learning gained by the participants and to help them recognize their specific role in alleviating hunger in the country.

The event started with a game of charades of words related to nutrition. Everyone enjoyed the game as this engaged the attendees to have an idea of the topic that is going to be discussed in the ACLE. After the game, the PAN President opened the event with a short message to welcome all the attendees followed by a brief discussion on the occurrence of malnutrition and food insecurity in the Philippines by Vice President for Academics Kathleen Mae de Guzman. A documentary film entitled “Kalam” was shown to present a glimpse of the real scenario of hunger and malnutrition in the Filipino setting. Mrs. Marilou Enteria discussed the definition of hunger, its clear indicators or how it is being measured, its contributing factors along with its consequences, and the actions done by the government as well as the specific role of the Filipino people in alleviating the state of hunger and malnutrition. The National Nutrition Council and PAN Alpha both work towards increasing their consciousness of more people on the hunger issue and food security problems of the Filipinos. After the discussion, students were able to ask questions from the guest speaker.

To complete the learning experience, an interactive game was played at the end of the event. Each group made programs or actions that would help solve the problem of malnutrition and food insecurity in the Philippines. The groups all called for suggested appropriate budget allotment for nutrition programs and proper implementation, practice of theory and initiative. This showed that the attendees were able to recognize the government’s roles as well as their roles in solving nutrition problems in our country.

One group sharing their plan of action in order to address malnutrition and food insecurity

A total of fifty-six (56) people attended the event and a majority of them were BS Community Nutrition majors and some came from the College of Economics and College of Science.

The ACLE served as an eye-opener to the different issues in our country. That is why, as future nutritionist-dietitians and as future graduates of BS Community Nutrition, collective action is needed in order to awaken the people that these problems are present and that it is our role to help most especially those who are less privileged.   

Ms. Marilou Enteria with PAN-Alpha adviser, Ma’am Rhea De Leon, Reginna Lat and the members of the Academics and Research Committee

The attendees waiting for the ACLE to start

PAN-Alpha president gives a certificate of acknowledgment to the guest speaker

Ma’am Rhea De Leon concludes the ACLE with the closing remarks

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Applicants' Talents Night: Broadway Prom Night

             The applicants of Philippine Association of Nutrition-Alpha chapter (PAN-Alpha) for AY 2013-2014 1st Semester, organized a Prom Night, a night long event that showcased their talents and entertained the members of the organization. The event was held on September 6, 2013 at Gusali 2B and 2C as a part of their application process.  
The general theme of the event is Prom Night with a motif of Broadway. The program started with the applicants dancing their way through opera music. It was then followed by several performances that were prepared by different groups. Singing, dancing, and acting were the main talents featured by the applicants. Buddy presentations were also featured to showcase the bond between applicants and members. To conclude the event, food was served and there was an open dance floor for everyone to enjoy. The objective of the activity was to strengthen the bond between the members and the applicants and to help them feel welcomed by the organization which was successfully achieved.

Despite the struggles that were faced beforehand, the event was successful in obtaining its goals. Positive feedbacks were received from the members of the organization and even from the alumni that came and visited. Although there were consequences that have to be dealt with after the program, this even made more interaction between the applicants and the members, bringing them closer to each other. It is recommended to continue doing such activities in the application process because it allows the applicants to get to know their co-applicants better and even the organization they chose to join. 

Applicants during their practice for their dance number

Applicants pose for a picture after asking out the member to prom

Applicants with their buddy member performing a song together

The applicants with their prom dates during the Prom Night

Applicants and members pose for a picture after the Prom Night

Applicants' Quiz Bee 2013

Before the application process approaches the end, last August 23, 2013, Internal Affairs committee facilitated the PAN applicants’ Quiz Bee. It was held in the tambayan of the Organization. The objective of this quiz bee is to test the applicants’ knowledge of the Organization, its constitution, activities, history, mission and vision, and more information.
        The quiz bee was composed of two parts. For the first part, the applicants were asked to answer a questionnaire regarding the Organization, its members and their perspective about PAN-Alpha. Meanwhile, for the second part, the applicants were divided into different groups among themselves. The goal for the second part of the activity is for the groups to answer the questions given by the Internal Affairs committee regarding the Organization and its members, basic principles of nutrition and anything related to the course, Community Nutrition.  The top five winners for the first part of the quiz bee and the winning group for the second part were recognized after the event.
 The applicants’ quiz bee ended well because the activities intended for the event were executed and also, the objectives were met for the members were able to gauge the applicants’ knowledge regarding the Organization from the questions answered by the applicants. The members of the Organization saw that this activity should be done every application process because it will help the members evaluate the standing of an applicant in the process and determine the kind of help they need to complete the application process. The Organization commends the Internal Affairs committee for hosting a successful event for the applicants.

Applicants answering the questionnaire for the first part of the quiz bee

Applicants waiting to be divided into their respective groups for the second part

Applicants divided into their groups, getting ready to answer the second part of the quiz bee

Applicants pose for a picture after the quiz bee

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