Posts Tagged ‘Mindfulness Based Expressive Arts Therapy’

MLAC Partnership with Consuelo Foundation

by Hannah Morillo

One of the most fruitful projects that the MLAC Institute has started in 2016 and continued to this year is its partnership with Consuelo Foundation, Inc. True to living to its motto, “Giving hope”, Consuelo Foundation with MLAC, was able to provide psychological intervention to at-risk youth and survivors of trauma and abuse, to its partner organizations, Messy Bessy (House Foundation) and Purple Centers Foundation.

The MLAC Team (Uzi Araneta-de Leon, Rory Catipon, Bless de Asis, and Hannah Morillo) led by Dr Honey Carandang, set out to the production house and office of Messy Bessy in Pasong Tamo, Makati, and to the school of the children in Purple Centers Foundation, Tondo, Manila to provide individual therapy sessions, group and family therapy, and group mindfulness-based expressive arts and play therapy. Being able to reach out especially to people where psychological intervention is not readily available is one of the most gratifying ways MLAC offer psychosocial support. We look forward to continuing partnerships such as this, and to extend our services to those who need them most.


Tita Honey during one of our group mindfulness-based expressive arts therapy sessions. (Photo by Hannah Morillo)


Traversing Tondo: on our way to Purple Centers Foundation. (Photo by Rory Catipon)


Looking out from Purple Centers Foundation in Tondo, Manila. (Photo by Hannah Morillo)


The final session of the girls from Messy Bessy was a culmination through their music therapy, among others. It was a “treat” to witness a live and intimate performance from the artist (Dr. Chris Carandang) whose original compositions have touched their hearts throughout their therapy sessions. (Photo by Hannah Morillo)


A visit to the MLAC Institute clinic: The children of Purple Centers engage in free play and a jovial exchange of stories and experiences. (Photo by Hannah Morillo)


One way of sifting through one’s experiences is through art. (Photo by Uzi Araneta-de Leon)


MLAC at the Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health 2015

October 3, 2015 Leave a comment


Last August 24-27, 2015, the Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health 2015 was held in the Philippine International Convention Center. The theme of the forum this year was “People at the Center of Research and Innovation for Health”. That Wednesday, August 26, President and Founder of MLAC Institute for Psychosocial Services, Inc., Dr. Ma. Lourdes A. Carandang, took part in a panel session entitled “Enhancing Resilience in Times of Crisis and Catastrophe”. The panel presentation is geared towards addressing the gap between the human dimensions of the impact of disasters and orients the audience towards an array of issues, practices and directions in enhancing resilience among individuals and families in disaster-stricken communities.


“Play and Mindfulness Based Expressive Arts Therapy for Healing and Resilience of Children” – Dr.Carandang



The other topics and speakers of the panel session were:


Haiyan – Lessons Learned and Yet to be Learned – June Pagaduan Lopez, MD


Assessing Needs and Resources for Resilience – Nephtaly Joel Botor


Creative Pedagogy for Community Recovery – Emma Rose Medina

At the end, an indigenous music jam was facilitated by Leo Emmanuel of Hibla Sanghabi where musical instruments were distributed and participants were instructed to play on the basis of “pakikinig” and “pakikiramdam”.




Participants moving with the beat


Dr. Carandang with MLAC Team Members, Jaymee Leonen & Criselda Yambao.