HIGH SCHOOL students from a mountain barangay in Pinamungajan, Cebu who are receiving education assistance from a group were given a personality development seminar recently.

The experience was unique for the 23 high school students from Lut-od National High School because it was the first time they were given a chance to learn about themselves in a non-academic setting.

“Me Na Me: A Personality Development Seminar” was held at the Hidden Valley Training Center and Resort in Barangay Lamac.It was a weekend of learning and fun which they shared with the Tsinelas volunteers from University of the Philippines Visayas Cebu College (UPVCC).

The seminar, which was prepared and facilitated by UP Tsinelas, was aimed at making the participants discover and appreciate their potentials.

The high school students were hand-picked by the Tsinelas Association Inc. for the seminar. Tsinelas is a nongovernment organization that gives educational assistance to poor students from remote mountain barangays in Cebu Province.

As direct beneficiaries, the 23 students received trainings and seminars from Tsinelas, aside from the basic material assistance for their schooling.

They were selected through consultations between Tsinelas representatives and faculty members of the school.

The new batch of beneficiaries underwent a series of talks and activities during the seminar, which culminated with an event called “amazing race” prepared by the UP Tsinelas facilitators.

The seminar was sponsored by Eleanor Lesigues, a registered nurse from Pinamungajan. Though she’s now based in the US, she regularly finds time to visit her hometown. In her last visit, she decided to share her blessings with her fellow Pinamungajanons.

After the seminar, the participants were given school supplies. They will receive more assistance, like shoes, uniforms and allowances from Tsinelas.

Lorenzo P. Niñal, Tsinelas executive director, said the association will support the students until they will finish high school.

Tsinelas is also supporting students from mountain barangays in the towns of Sibonga and Asturias, and from a fishing village in Cordova town.

( Rachel Mae A. Sarmiento, UPVCC, SUN.STAR NEIGHBORHOOD, May 16, 2008 )