Recent development of the COVID-19 outbreak in Davao City brought fear and distress to everyone in the community. With confirmed COVID-19 cases increasing in the news and negative information spreading online, the community is bombarded with terror. Hence, the virus may be attacking us physically, but we also should be mindful of how it greatly impacts our emotional well-being.
The University of Southeastern Philippines, in its desire to be of service to the community in this difficult time, decided to conduct Online Music Therapy Sessions to provide comfort and encouragement through music. These sessions are held through Facebook Live.
The first online music therapy session was an online violin concert by Asst. Prof. Alshamir Bryan Barrera Aripuddin, Deputy Director of Cultural Affairs Unit and College of Education Faculty, on March 29, 2020 at 7:30 PM. An online piano concert by Ms. Carmencita E. Zamora, Institute of Languages and Creative Arts Director and College of Arts and Sciences Faculty was held on 5 April 2020 at 7:30 PM. Both very talented musicians believe that by sharing their music they are helping the community rise above the crisis we are facing. More members of the USeP family are expected to share their talents in the coming days.
These efforts are initiated by the University to give a message of hope to everyone and to encourage the spirit of unity amidst adversity. (EMRBardoquillo)