Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The UP Asian Center will hold the seminar workshop AKO NAMAN MUNA: Understanding of Mental Health Towards Wellness on 5 June 2024, 2:00 PM, PST (GMT+8), via Zoom. The event is exclusively for the Asian Center Staff only.


The years of the pandemic will be remembered as a time of great challenges and difficulties. No one is spared from the pandemic – young and old, rich and poor, students and professionals. Fortunately, we are now in the flourishing new normal. This is the time to focus on self-care and to relight, revive, and renew our goals. Ako Naman Muna is an invitation to go back to the core of Self-Care and Self- Development as we continue to share ourselves to others.
•   The Four Life Principles
•   What is Mental Health?
•   Understanding Emotions
•   Wellness & Self-Care
•   Emotional Hygiene
•   Stages of Loss
•   Holding on and Letting go


     Motivational Speaker
     Guidance Advocate, Ateneo de Davao University
Nelson de Castro Magnaye is a licensed dentist by profession. He obtained his degree in Doctor of Dental Medicine from Southwestern University in Cebu City in 1988.  A team-building facilitator and resource speaker of the Philippine Dental Association (PDA), his practice of dentistry however, was only one of the “stopovers” in his journey. From 2000 to 2006, he took seminary formation at the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. He earned his Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry major in Family Ministry and Counseling in 2007 at the Loyola School of Theology – Center for Family Ministries (CEFAM) of Ateneo de Manila University. He was a recollection/retreat facilitator at De la Salle University from 2007-2017. In 2016, he was conferred a Gawad Lasalyano Award for Partner in Lasallian Formation. Currently a guidance advocate at the Ateneo de Davao University, Magnaye also writes a column for the Davao Catholic Herald and speaks on the topic of mental health and spirituality. He is the author of the book Life is a Journey published by the Daughters of Saint Paul. 
Reference: Daughters of St. Paul. n.d. "Nelson De Castro Magnaye." Retrieved 5 June 2024. https://paulines.ph/nelson-de-castro-magnaye/.
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The UP Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. The Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here.