Resource speakers for the event included Rossel Audencial, a professor of language and literature at MSU-GenSan; Michael Jude Tumamac, a writer and reading advocate from Southern Mindanao and the chairman of the publishing company Aklat Alamid; Hannah Adtoon Leceña, a spoken word performer and poet, and author of "Jonas: Nobela sa Wikang Sebwano"; and Carlou Barroca Espedillon, author of "Takoyaki Boys and Other Stories."
"On behalf of Sarangani Writers League, we thank the SK and the Katipunan ng Kabataan of Alabel for partnering with us for this cause. For years, the mental health of our youth is set as the least priority. But this workshop is considered a stepping stone to many more projects and programs that will seek to address the mental health issues and conditions of the Sarangan youth.
“Writing and reading are just two of many coping mechanisms that may help us deal with our emotions. Of course, we still recommend seeking professional help,” SWL Chairperson Xaña Angel Eve Apolinar said.
Select outputs from the workshop will be compiled into a zine and will be featured in the upcoming SOX Zine Fest that will be held at the Veranza Mall atrium on November 30, 2022.
This event will be organized by the Valoræx Readers Club of MSU-GenSan in celebration of National Reading Month. (Genory Vanz Alfasain/Voice of the Youth Network)