May 3, 2021
Prof. Arlan Dela Cruz, a faculty member of the Holy Angel University (HAU) School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), was the guest speaker in a webinar on intercultural communication organized by Kkottongnae University (KU), South Korea for its Nursing, Social Welfare, and Counselling Psychology major students on April 20 via Zoom. Prof. Dela Cruz’ lecture revolved around his ongoing outreach engagement as a participatory researcher and advocate for the promotion of the well-being of the indigenous Aeta college youth here in Pampanga which all began in 2015 when he, along with the HAU Office of the Community Extension Services (OCES), initiated the first Pamimilamu Aeta Youth Camp at theAetahanan Dormitory in Sta. Rita, Pampanga.
In his lecture entitled, “Building Bridges of Intercultural Understanding and Solidarity with Indigenous Aeta College Youth: Some Reflections and Insights,” Prof. Dela Cruz shared his experiences and recommendations as an organizer of youth camps and academic support projects for the indigenous Aeta college students. Prof. Dela Cruz who is due to obtain his doctoral degree in Applied Cosmic Anthropology from the Asian Social Institute this school year further shared in his lecture the research findings from his recent doctoral dissertation which explored the lived experiences of Aeta college students using Photovoice phenomenological inquiry.
This year, the HAU-SAS is set to launch its Pamimilamu Aeta Youth Outreach Project that will benefit some 37 Aeta college students and graduates through its free online board exam review (a tie-up project with the HAU School of Education), online “kumustahan” twinning project, academic tutorials, and enrichment webinars.
Kkottongnae University’s heart for the marginalized sectors is no stranger to HAU. Five years ago, KU forged an extension and research partnership with HAU, under which the two universities teamed up for community health extension projects which included the provision of health and hygiene facilities, health information campaign and participatory research that benefited the Aeta migrant residents of Sitio Pidpid in Porac, Pampanga.