Town & Country (Philippines) - - GIVING - By Maria Mi­la­gros G. Agustines

Carelle Man­galiag is a neuro-lin­guis­tic pro­gram­ming ex­pert and pres­i­dent and CEO of Train­Sta­tion, a mo­ti­va­tional mar­ket­ing com­pany that helps com­pa­nies em­power peo­ple through cor­po­rate and pub­lic train­ing work­shops. “Since we help peo­ple through train­ing and coach­ing, as well as or­ga­ni­za­tions of all sizes here and abroad, I have al­ways wanted to reach out to peo­ple who can­not af­ford our ser­vices. It has al­ways been my ad­vo­cacy to of­fer free talks for stu­dents, com­mu­ni­ties in need, and gov­ern­ment agen­cies,” she shares.

It was dur­ing a pro­gram for pub­lic school stu­dents and teach­ers where the seeds of ChangeStation, Train­Sta­tion’s ad­vo­cacy arm, be­gan. “The pro­gram opened my eyes to how thirsty so many peo­ple are to learn. I wanted to make a dif­fer­ence and to help re­write their sto­ries,” Man­galiag con­tin­ues. “I re­al­ized that we could do that through mak­ing neu­ro­science and lin­guis­tics re­lat­able through laugh­ter, fun, and games.”

To help launch the ad­vo­cacy, Man­galiag’s friends and clients chipped in. Things be­gan to snow­ball af­ter the Typhoon Yolanda calamity in Quezon, which then be­came the site of ChangeStation’s first project. “The singer Aiza Seguerra went to Ta­cloban to vol­un­teer and she was in touch with peo­ple who needed our help,” Man­galiag nar­rates. “We flew our coaches to Ta­cloban a few weeks af­ter the typhoon and we were able to coach peo­ple who ex­pe­ri­enced great loss and tragedy. That ex­pe­ri­ence changed us for­ever.”

The or­ga­ni­za­tion’s ap­proach is largely based on Man­galiag’s train­ing. Neuro-lin­guis­tic pro­gram­ming is a method of in­flu­enc­ing the way peo­ple think through the use of lan­guage and other forms of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, which en­ables them to change the way they re­act to dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions or stim­uli. “We coach in­di­vid­u­als suf­fer­ing from trauma and pho­bia—de­pres­sion, fear of fly­ing, sui­cide, sex­ual abuse—to help them move for­ward with their lives.” Af­ter ChangeStation’s ex­pe­ri­ence in Ta­cloban, its plat­form ex­panded to other ar­eas. Seguerra, who is cur­rently chair­per­son of the Na­tional Youth Com­mis­sion, tapped ChangeStation to cre­ate pro­grams tar­get­ing per­ti­nent con­cerns among the youth, in­clud­ing teenage preg­nancy, drug ad­dic­tion, HIV, sui­cide, and de­pres­sion. “Upon re­turn­ing to Manila, we opened our doors to sur­vivors re­lo­cated in Manila through Project Yakap. An­other project, Usap Tayo, be­came a plat­form for the young peo­ple to have con­ver­sa­tions with their par­ents, cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment where com­mu­ni­ca­tion can be easy and fun. Par­ents are also equipped on how to talk about sub­jects that may be taboo so they can guide their chil­dren and be there for them even be­fore is­sues arise.” For

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