HUMSS uncovers truth about society

To be exposed on different aspects of society, the Humanities and Social Sciences Strand took part in a series of exposure trips and seminars in the first semester of this school year.

Numerous topics have been tackled and a variety of environments have been explored in a continuous search for knowledge and experience.

Highlighting the rich culture of the province of Batangas, students toured the Museo Putong Batangan wherein they viewed the different sections that describe the history of Batangas City, Aug 10.

Each section in the museum was given a particular word associated with the heritage of the Batangas City. Some of these where Kumintang, Kalumpang, Bulanglang, Punto and Pangulo.

Moreover, on two separate dates, HUMSS 1 – Mother Domitilla Larouse and HUMSS 2 – Mother Elizabeth O’Dowd visited the Acosta-Pastor Ancestral House where they were welcomed by Atty. Antonio Pastor. Remnants of the past were seen there together with a storytelling of the life during the Spanish Era to the Japanese Colonization.

On September 2, the whole HUMSS Club journeyed to the Heritage Town of Taal wherein they travelled the Basilica of St. Martin de Tours, the oldest Catholic church in Asia; Galleria Taal, which featured a collection of cameras since then; the Don Leon and Galicano Apacible Museum, and the Felipe and Marcela Agoncillo Museum, which presented the lives and legacies of notable Batangueno patriots; and the Our Lady of Caysasay Shrine and Miraculous Sta. Lucia Well, where students were given time to find serenity and cleansing. On a separate note, as a response to the rising number of Mental Health and Depresion cases, HUMSS strand conducted a seminar on Mental Health awareness and Executive Dysfunction last Nov., where practicing psychologist were invited. Ms. Victoria Nicole Lualhati and Ms. Tamara Subido, alumnus of Miriam College shared their knowledge on the topics relating to a person’s minds.

Ms. Lualhati gave an introduction to mental health disorders with emphasis on the problems connected with anxiety and its effects on person’s day to day activities. She also discussed the different disorders and complications it could bring to a person. Ms. Subido, meanwhile, stressed the importance of awareness to remove the stigma which continues to trivialize our perception with mental health. She also give ways on how people can cope up with the different struggles they are facing together with a reminder for the youth to “be there” for those in need of support systems.

Meanwhile, in commemoration with the National Statistics Month last October, employees of the City Civil Registrar’s Office organized a talk for HUMSS students as part of their “Bisita eskwela, Kaalaman sa talaang sibil and dala” program at Rooms 102-103 of the SHS Building, Nov. 6.

Mr. Papo Lardizabal, Head of the Marriage division, gave an orientation on the different projects of their office. He also disclosed the undertakings of their office which include Oplan Tala Tama, Oplan Kamalayan, Pre-nuptial Mentoring and free mass weddings among others.

As part of their project, they also asked students if there are errors in their birth certificate so that they could correct them immediately. Mrs. Josephine Maranan, City Civil Registrar, also explained the basic information regarding Civil Registry which include matters on the birth, death and marriage certificates together with the different laws supporting it.

To open the eyes of young students on the judicial proceedings, HUMSS students also visited and attended sessions at the Regional Trial Court.

Cases of murder, drugs, estafa and physical injuries were heard by the different court branches. This exposure trip aims to encourage the youth to participate in this measures which are relevant to legal matters.

It can be noted that there were strict guidelines needed to be followed inside the Hall of Justice.

To make these activities possible, off-campus and on-campus committees of the HUMSS club coordinated with various offices and groups with Mr. Angelito Jareño, HUMSS Coordinator, as he spearheaded the said activities.

By: Tristan Joseph Alcantara