"Let us walk with dignity and start 'one anothering'." - Dr. Honey Carandang (Truth-telling & National Healing: Claiming Our Dignity & Integrity as a People talk, June 30, 2011)

Countdown to A Day of Mindfulness, Compassion and Gratitude

August 11, 2017 Leave a comment

The countdown begins…


to register, you may fill up this form: https://goo.gl/forms/oRIEqLMMKaRgi3R32. 

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Together for Marawi: An MLAC Institute Partnership with San Miguel Foundation, Inc.

by Hannah Morillo

            On 27-28 July 2017, the MLAC Team led by Dr. Honey Carandang, facilitated a two-day workshop for the Armed Forces of the Philippines Reserve Command, entitled Training on Trauma Counseling, Mindfulness, and Self-Care, at the V. Luna Medical Center and Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Through the generous support of San Miguel Foundation, Inc., MLAC Institute was able to reach out to the AFP to equip the army reserve, mostly from the academic field, medical field (nurses, doctors, medical technicians, and psychologists), lawyers, and army officers, among others, with the essential information and tools for when they will be deployed to Marawi.

            The two-day training aimed to bring more awareness to their own processes, prevent possible burnout or trauma, and get to know the definition and nature of trauma more deeply by not only orienting the participants with the technical knowledge of trauma, but also sharing with them its nuanced forms based on clinical practice. In the end, the participants were able to get in touch with their selves before they face the war-stricken zones and offer help to their combat troops. The fruitful event was closed by VAdm. Narciso Vingson, Jr., AFP Deputy Chief of Staff (to represent AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año), through a lively and resplendent display of nationalism for our country and compassion for the troops in Marawi.


The opening ceremony of the two-day training at VLuna Medical Center, with the heads of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, San Miguel Foundation, Inc., and MLAC Institute


Dr. Honey Carandang delivers a talk to 111 participants from the AFP on the nature of trauma.


An activity with smaller groups after the talk of Dr. Honey Carandang.


The MLAC team clinicing and posing for a photo with San Miguel Foundation Executive Director, Camille Buenaventura.


            The participants learned about the significance of mindfulness and self-care especially when reaching out to others.


Expressive arts activity with the smaller groups. The participants were each given the book, Presence (by MLAC and Team), sponsored by TELUS International, Philippines.



The participants take a mindful pause and appreciate the importance of journaling.


Small group sharing and processing.


Dr. Honey Carandang was awarded a plaque for the training and workshop conducted with the MLAC Institute Team of psychologists.


All the people behind the successful training – from the organizers to the facilitators and leaders of organizations. MLAC Institute with our own “general”, Dr. Honey Carandang.


The participants of the training during their graduation rites.

“A Day of Mindfulness, Compassion and Gratitude”

July 19, 2017 2 comments


We would like to invite you to join us as we celebrate “A Day of Mindfulness, Compassion and Gratitude” on August 26, 2017 from 8:00AM to 4:00 PM at the ESI Conference Room, Miriam College, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.

Cognizant of your presence and active participation in our previous events, we would be delighted to once again share this day with you. I will be giving a plenary talk on mindfulness in the morning while the afternoon workshop sessions will provide ample opportunity for the participants to reflect and share their personal insights as we go along various activities such as meditation and gratitude practice and on mindful movement. Dr. Herrera will also be giving a talk on compassion.

However, although the small size of the venue allows us to have a more intimate gathering, it also means that we can only accommodate a limited number of participants. Hence, to accommodate walk-in participants, the online registration will only be open until August 21, 2017.

Should you want to register online, you may fill up this form: https://goo.gl/forms/oRIEqLMMKaRgi3R32. After which, we will be sending you an email to acknowledge your confirmation as well as to notify you on the payment details.  Fees are transferable but non-refundable.  For further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at (02) 573 2975 or mlac.institute@gmail.com.

Thank you very much and hope to see you there!

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A Day of Mindfulness, Compassion & Gratitude


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Welcome to our new home!

     Hello dear friends, the MLAC Institute for Psychosocial Services, Inc. would like to welcome you to our new home at the 5th Floor of the Value Care Health Systems Building, #33 Meralco Ave., Brgy. San Antonio, Pasig City.

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Doc Honey and Hannah V.


      The soft opening of the new office was held last April 19, 2017 and the occasion was marked by a simple yet solemn and intimate ceremony. Lead by Doc Honey, a prayer was offered by the team followed by the opening of gifts and a simple snack.


Some of the MLAC Team members (from left to right): Ms. Richie, Doc Honey, Mr. Chris & Harana, Ms. Hannah V., Joyce, Ms. Nine, Yaya Diday, Ms. Tess


Doc Honey, Ms. Richie, and Mimi

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Opening of gifts with the kids and kids-at-heart

     Inside the new office, old friends and frequent visitors would find themselves in a friendly atmosphere, as the lobby and therapy rooms are speckled with familiar memorabilia and art pieces which used to adorn the old office. Such as the banner of the Chinese character for love爱 (ài), which is also one of the principal values of the Institute.

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       Hopefully, the continuing presence of these significant pieces could also be perceived as symbolic manifestation of the Institute’s strong desire to be firmly rooted to its values and core principles; as we continue to grow and branch out to new areas as well as reach out to more people.

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A Day of Mindfulness

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“Are you raising a future terrorist in your home?”: Dr. Honey’s Interview on the effect of exposure to abusive behavior on a child


“When you are young, you do not have the critical thinking to discern whether your parents are right or wrong. If the mother is neglectful, you will not see your mother as unloving. Rather, you see yourself as unlovable…If a parent sends the message that you are unlovable, you carry that with you for a long time,”

– Dr. Honey Carandang


          With the seemingly growing prevalence of violence in our lives today, protecting our children from exposure to situations of abuse is no easy task. From videogames to social media, even the familial interactions that they witness, children are constantly being exposed to its various forms.

            Dr. Honey, in her quest to promote mindful parenting, shares with the Philippine Daily Inquirer the importance of a parent’s awareness of his/her behavior while also actively monitoring his/her child’s activities; and on how the quality of life at home plays a key part in the latter’s development.

For the whole interview, please click the link below:



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