Bi­b­lio­ther­apy

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My fel­low Basadours — mem­bers of the non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that ad­vo­cates love of read­ing through sto­ry­telling — are spend­ing time in the City of Naga this month to read sto­ries, make mu­sic and play games with chil­dren and stu­dents, who are di­rectly and in­di­rectly af­fected by the tragic land­slide.

The last two ses­sions were held at the CEPOC Cen­tral El­e­men­tary School last Oc­to­ber 4 and 11. To­day (Oc­to­ber 13), the Basadours will be at the Naga Na­tional High School. The Oc­to­ber 20 and 27 ses­sions will be held at the Enan Chiong Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter and Naga Cen­tral School, re­spec­tively.

To or­ga­nize the month­long ses­sions in Naga is a mir­a­cle of time man­age­ment and re­source al­lo­ca­tion since the Basadours — al­though a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion since mid2017 — is op­er­ated solely by vol­un­teers. The vol­un­teers are mostly young pro­fes­sion­als who have full-time jobs and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and yet still make time to wear funny hats to read sto­ries to chil­dren. I look at my fel­low Basadours and I am in­spired to be a bet­ter ver­sion of my­self be­cause they ex­ude pas­sion and com­mit­ment. I yearn to write the na­tional hero, Jose Rizal, back with the words, in re­sponse to,

which he asked in the novel El Fili­bus­ter­ismo. There was a lady with the Face­book name “Dhee Vhee” who left us a mes­sage in our of­fi­cial page about the pos­si­bil­ity of the Basadours ex­tend­ing help to the chil­dren in Naga through sto­ry­telling ses­sions. We were look­ing for a contact then in one of the evac­u­a­tion cen­ters and Dhee Vhee’s mes­sage came at the right time. She even­tu­ally con­nected us to pub­lic school teacher, Don­nah Teresa Cabaca, who has since been our main contact in or­ga­niz­ing the ses­sions.

The us­age of books in treat­ing men­tal and psy­cho­log­i­cal dis­or­ders falls un­der a generic term: bi­b­lio­ther­apy.

Sev­eral stud­ies point to the ben­e­fits of utiliz­ing bi­b­lio­ther­apy in ad­dress­ing the spe­cific needs of each stu­dent in the fields of prob­lem solv­ing and self-aware­ness. I wish we have the time and the re­sources to do this for an ex­tended pe­riod — at least foroneyear—and­con­duc­tas­tudyabout­theim­pactofthese ses­sions. This re­mains in the list of tasks that I seek to ac­com­plish for the com­mu­nity through the Basadours.

The Naga sto­ry­telling ses­sions was shaped in less than a week af­ter the Basadours elected the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee direc­tors last Septem­ber 29 in a cer­e­mony held at the Cebu City Mu­seum with Louella “Tita Loy” Alix as our in­duct­ing of­fi­cer and guest of honor. She was joined by the love of her life, Tito Rudy.

We had a per­sonal and heart­felt Gen­eral As­sem­bly and In­duc­tion Cer­e­mony at the Cebu City Mu­seum. We ex­tend our heart­felt grat­i­tude to the Cebu City gov­ern­ment through the Cebu His­tor­i­cal Af­fairs Com­mis­sion and the Cebu City Pub­lic Li­brary for the sup­port and as­sis­tance. Coun­cilor Mar­got Os­meña, Anna­beth Cuizon, Jess dela Cruz, Ruth Chua and the CCPL staff, Mike Braga and Bryner Diaz,

The story of the Basadours is one that I will never grow tired of retelling. This is be­cause the bond that con­nects each sto­ry­teller in the group is filled with pas­sion and ser­vice.

We started our tran­si­tion as a non-profit, SEC-reg­is­tered or­ga­ni­za­tion for a year now. We are still en­coun­ter­ing birth pains from this trans­for­ma­tion. We have a Board of Trustees, in which I sit as chair­per­son. The Ex­e­com Direc­tors lead the Vol­un­teer Corps, which is, to be truly hon­est, is the heart that pumps the blood in our op­er­a­tions.

We have been truly blessed with part­ners such as Jol­libee, led by Nel­son Ju­daya and Leah Sausa, for be­ing like our ex­tended fam­ily mem­bers. Jol­libee has been ex­tra gen­er­ous in pro­vid­ing meals for our barangay and li­brary ses­sions as well as in our Gen­eral As­sem­bly pro­vi­sions. On Septem­ber 29, a Mommy chef, Kria Padilla Roleda, who runs Mary Muffins, gifted us with lit­er­ary-theme cup­cakes and cake which in­spired us more to dis­cuss ac­tiv­i­ties that will make the chil­dren and the com­mu­nity happy.

Look­ing back, the Basadours started out as a group of vol­un­teer sto­ry­tellers who read value-laden sto­ries to chil­dren at the Cebu City Pub­lic Li­brary. We have lawyers, nurses, teach­ers, writ­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers, artists, stu­dents, en­gi­neers, com­mu­ni­ca­tors, en­trepreneurs, li­brar­i­ans, among oth­ers, in our cir­cle.

We hope to ex­pand that cir­cle. Let us know if you are will­ing to be part of it.

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