“Buhay Positibo” is a documentary that serves as an informative medium to raise awareness about HIV and Aids to end stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV. The documentary features a series of interviews involving HIV/ AIDS positive and advocates: Elena Felix (Diagnosed with HIV, and an HIV advocate) talks about her story on how she faced the world with HIV for more than 20 years; Darwin Tenoria (Program Director at Project Red Ribbon Care Management Foundation and HIV positive) talks about ways on how to avoid and prevent the transmission of HIV and AIDS; Simon Abalos (Volunteer at Project Red Ribbon and HIV positive) will talk about her experience being an OFW who tested positive with HIV.
Social Media Addiction
Shania Garcia, Thea Garcia, Caroline Gaweco, Carmelle Gindap
The researchers aim to increase awareness about social media addiction to avoid its threat to one’s well-being and to promote good mental health among adolescents and young adults. Random social media users in the University of Santo Tomas, Manila were interviewed about the social media networks they mostly use, total hours spent online, and impact of social media to their lives. The researchers also consulted some professionals regarding the management of the so-called social media addiction to provide possible solutions to the problem brought by the issue. Social media has advantages and disadvantages. Social media connects people but also isolates. It feeds knowledge but drains minds as well. Lack of sleep, loss of appetite, poor concentration, poor eyesight and vulnerability are some of the effects of social media to people. Results revealed that people addicted to social media needs affirmation. Social media is indeed helpful to humans. However, too much of anything is bad. The best way to address this situation is to find alternatives in expressing ourselves to maintain optimal health.
Older Adults of Manila
In the Philippines, as the population of older people is increasing, so are the issues about them that are unresolved. Erik Erikson once said that older adults tend to face the crisis of ego integrity versus despair which involves reflecting about one’s life, going back through the most important achievements, memories, failures, dreams, and, etc. Older people are struggling with poverty, but, aside from their financial needs their health is also important. We interviewed random elderly people here in Manila with different economic activities and immerse ourselves in their situation to experience and understand the reason/s of what and why they are doing these things. At this stage, people reflect on the events of their lives and take stock. Those who look back on a life they feel was well-loved will feel satisfied and ready to face the end of their lives with a sense of peace.
Mental Health Among Students
Brisbane Escalada, Alyssa Escalante, Mari-Clariziel Espinosa, Jeian Facun, Beatriz Florendo
Mental health affects us all. How we think and feel about our lives and ourselves have an impact on our behavior and how we cope in tough times. They say there is “No health without Mental Health”. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. But issues regarding mental health are always kept in the dark. Mental disabilities have been stigmatized and discriminated inside and outside of this country. If college students were to choose between good grades, sleep, and mental well-being chances are, they won’t pick the last one. While this appears to be normal for some, this mentality is a manifestation of the lacking importance given to mental health. Through this documentary, we will hear their stories, their struggles in their everyday. We will also be interviewing a Psychiatrist and guidance counselors to ask for their expert opinions regarding the topic. Even though mental health has been given little priority it’s starting to make noise in the youth and in schools now.
Antonio Florendo, Martina Fortuno Florida Francisco, Rikki Francisco, Vincent Francisco
In this documentary, the researchers wanted to learn more about the new type of diet that was being used by a lot of people called “ketogenic diet” They went to a hospital to interview a nutritionist in order to acquire more information about the diet and tried the diet themselves.
Gio Gamboa, Clynt Ganzalino, Denzel Garcia, Gemcee Garcia, Norayda Garcia
In this documentary, the researchers went to different schools namely San Beda, University of the East, Far Eastern University, . The main topic of this documentary is to know whether these students from various colleges and universities were aware of the health issues when it comes to street food. Street food in the Philippines is accessible to almost everyone especially students. Going out to have 1 or two sticks of fishballs is enough to satisfy the appetite. The results of the documentary were as follows: 1. Most students were aware that the food that they were eating are not properly sanitized. 2. Since students were on a budget, they have to seek food that is cheap. 3. Even if some of their friends had already been sick due to street foods, they continue to eat. 4. Most of the students interviewed knew that street food is dirty but they believe in the concept of “sanayan lang yan”. The bowel will eventually will get used to these foods. In conclusion, with its health risks, street food is a culture that will be forever in the palette of student in the Philippines.
Madeleine Gaac, Patricia Gabriel, Gremar Gadgude, Alynna Galicia
Each of us is practicing self-medication every day in the form of self-care of our health. Traditionally, self-medication has been defined as “taking of drugs, herbs or home remedies on one’s own initiative or on the advice of another person without consulting a doctor” (Bennandi, 2013). Why do people self-medicate? Though various factors such as education, family, society, law, availability of drugs and exposure to advertisement can influence self-medication, the relatedness of health and poverty is well-supported. Paul J. Gertler, professor at the University of California Berkeley’s School of Public Health, said for the Washington Post, “Delaying medical care is a characteristic of poverty. For people living close to the edge, taking off a day to visit a doctor or staying home sick is literally taking food out of their mouths.” In the Philippines, poverty is a great dilemma that most of the Filipinos are experiencing. And this remains unresolved up until now. In fact, according to SWS survey, it has worsened in the last quarter of 2017 to about 10.9 million families. With poverty, many people are moving to the cities with the hope of finding jobs and earning enough money for their family needs but only to find out that nothing good awaits them. As a result, the number of people living in “iskwater” areas increases. As population increases, congestion of people in “iskwater” areas poses a big problem on health especially on the transmission of communicable diseases. People facing such circumstances seek healthcare where they can get it cheaply, or worst, not seek health-care at all. It can result to self-medicating or not completing a full-dose of a prescription so that it can be saved for another rainy day. Major problems related to self-medication are wastage of resources, increased resistance of pathogens and causes serious health hazards such as adverse reaction and increased suffering. In our documentary, we chose Tumana, Marikina City as our local of focus. Tumana under city ordinance no. 70 series of 2005 was created the 16th barangay of Marikina City coming from the Barangay concepcion Uno on March 4, 2006 plebiscite.
Elica Evangelista, Bernice Fabula, Raniela Feratero, Cassey Ferrer, Lauren Florencio
Stress is an inevitable part of our lives. It touches all social groups, all categories and no one can truly escape from it. In today’s society, we thrive on competition and perfection which leads to insidious increase in stress. In this documentary, we interviewed two students about their experiences in dealing with stress and its effects to their everyday life. We also asked random students around the campus on what are their different coping mechanisms when experiencing stress. The top three overall stressors of students were academic difficulty of subject, matter workload, and time management. Stress is a social phenomenon that should be closely examined and evaluated. In reality, these students are silently struggling against pressures of academic life. While this appears to be normal for some, this mentality is a manifestation of the lacking importance given to overall health.