The HEU Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs (ADSA) and the HEU Family Council, in coordination with the Environmental Studies Institute (ESI) organized an eco-walk and talk for parents last February 18, 2017.
The activity began at the Henry Sy Sr. Innovation Center with Trixie Sison, chairperson of the Department of Child Development and Education and HSSIC coordinator for the HEU, giving parents an orientation on the center’s different laboratories. “Amazing”, was how one parent described the center with its state-of-the-art learning tools.
From the HSSIC, Eric Buado, project assistant of ESI, led the group to a nature walk through the green campus starting from the Zone of Peace marker beside the HSSIC to the Loreta Castro Peace Garden at the SMT grounds. The group also explored native trees and plants found at the ESI Atrium, Mollie’s Garden, Calachuchi Walk, and Science Garden.
Mr. Buado gave interesting facts on the birds found inside the campus such as the Philippine Hanging Parrot, Olive-Back Sunbird, White-Crested Myna, Long-Tailed Shrike and Zebra Dove, and pointed to these birds perched on the trees to the delight of the parents.
After the one-hour nature walk, the group listened to a talk and participated in exercises on Mindful Parenting conducted by Sunshine Excel Cariño, an alumna, faculty at the Ateneo Grade School, and advocate of mindfulness for well-being. Cariño has been giving seminars at the HEU through the Guidance and Counseling Office.
Angelina Bayaua Alcazar, associate dean for Student Affairs, said that the activity was a way for parents explore their daughters’ second home as well as a way of engaging them in the 90-year long history of the institution.