'It Gets Better' Campaign: Senior High creates 48 videos in less than 2 weeks



In less than two weeks, students of the University of Baguio Senior High School were able to produce 48 infomercials which tackled one of the most neglected and stigmatized health concerns in the country: mental health. The clips specifically covered the following themes among others: depression, stress, bullying and substance abuse.


Part of the “It Gets Better” depression awareness campaign of the University, the clips were screened and narrowed down to 13 entries, which were submitted for competition. The winners are as follows:


First Place

 Jillian Paula Dandan

Kahlila Kindipan

Irvin Ace Angelo Logronio

Aizel Salagma



Second Place

Jared Kristoff Amio

Kianne Buned

Aphrael Maryan Ele

Jae Hyeon Han



Second Place

Sophia Lee Codilla

Karel Cassandra Cruz

Amielyn Malia

Eeña Cassandra Mercado



The competition is in consonance with the proposed Mental Health Act or Senate Bill No. 1190 being pushed in the Senate and Congress, which seeks to include mental health services and programs in the public health system.


In a panel discussion with students the day after she filed the bill in 2016, Sen. Risa Hontiveros underscored the significance of mental health discourse.


In her speech, Sen. Hontiveros said, “‘Emo,’ ‘malungkutin lang,’ ‘tahimik,’ ‘‘di pala-kaibigan,’ ‘moody,’ ‘masungit,’ ‘mahiyain.’ Sa kabilang dako naman, ‘hyper,’ ‘sobrang masayahin,’ ‘mainit ang ulo,’ ‘abnormal,’ ‘maluwag ang turnilyo,’ ‘may sayad,’ ‘baliw,’ ‘adik.’ These are some of the labels given to people who have mental health needs.”


“These labels, which stem from the lack of understanding on mental health and mental health rights, stigmatize many people including young people, and prevent them from getting the proper treatment out of shame and embarrassment,” she said.


In her proposal, Hontiveros together with former Sen. Letty Shahani, said the Philippines is one of the few countries in the world and the only country in the ASEAN region without an existing mental health law.


While there is no legislation yet, a national mental health program was signed in 2001 by former Department of Health secretary Manuel Dayrit.


“It’s time we give [sic] voice to people with mental health needs who are silently suffering in the dark due to a lack of mental health law,” stressed Hontiveros. – With report from Merryll Phae Red Carao



 Representatives of the group behind the winning entry receive their certificate and cash prize from  Aubrill Faye CayatCariaso, who initiated the activity together with the UB Media Affairs and Publications. Part of the competition’s objectives is to help the students increase their understanding on the concepts of well-being, thereby enabling them to identify their own vulnerabilities and make a plan on how to stay mentally healthy at home, in school and in relationships. (Photo: Rene Pascua/UB Media Affairs and Publications)



Larisse Kiel Alamo of the UB Chamber Orchestra renders a song during the awarding rites, held on May 10. 

(Photo: Rene Pascua/UB Media Affairs and Publications) 



The representatives of the groups who worked on the top 13 entries with Aubrill Faye CayatCariaso of the UB Senior High School Department and Ronalyn Banaken of the UB Media Affairs and Publications (MAP). The Senior High School Department and MAP organized the activity.

(Photo: Rene Pascua/UB Media Affairs and Publications)






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