(May 24, 2016) DUBAI- At first, Mabie Amirah Bangsoy Alonzo and Virgilio Lichauco simply enjoyed volunteering for promoting cancer awareness and supporting fellow Overseas Filipinos Workers (OFW) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates ,who are undergoing cancer treatment through a Facebook page. But now, they are holistic therapy practitioners.
They started barely three months ago and has shown passion and dedication in community services ranging from massage for a cause, Zumba for a cause, rummage sale for a cause, coin for a cause, and who would have thought of a “selfie for a cause?”All these done with no qualms for the sake of a cancer patient. Time, money and effort did not matter at all.
Primarily, the main focus of their crusade was to help raise money for chemotherapy until they chanced upon a different kind of volunteering project, the Reaching Out With Reiki Middle East (ROWR ME) – an organization that provides free Reiki treatment to cancer patients in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates during spring and winter.
They have no clear understanding of what this project was all about but they were willing to do anything for cancer patients. However, Alonzo already had an inkling about Reiki. The first time she heard this alien word, her curiosity persisted. ” When I heard a lady named Marissa shared to Ate Mia (that’s me, the owner of this blog, who happens to be a Reiki level 1 and 2 practitioner), her experiences from the distant Reiki extended to her by one of her officemates, an Indian guy, I could not get over it,” she said.
Alonzo personally requested for a Reiki session. Lichauco, on the other hand, was always teased by Alonzo to undergo Reiki, as this guy, one of our dearest friends and classmate in Photojournalism class seems to be always in a hurry, stressed, hyperactive, inattentive, in short, restless.
Cutting the story short, they assisted during the Reiki with cancer patients and survivors. Alonzo was very excited and Lichauco was in his usual mode, playful.
(Photo by Lapis Mia)
Kasey Conrad, organizer of ROWR ME and a Reiki Master was set to conduct Reiki attunement to those interested to practice “universal energy” approach for him/herself or to others the following month. Alonzo had put her heart into it while Lichauco, still clueless but was willing to join as well.
On May 20, 2016, after two attunement sessions with Conrad, an American Reiki Master with 20 years of experience, Alonzo and Lichauco were among the six Reiki Level 1 certified to practice Reiki, (including me, who had the chance to be attuned again after my first in 2005.)
(Photo by Lapis Mia)
Three Filipinos (two ladies and a gentleman, two Indian ladies and one Arab lady taught by Reiki master Conrad are the latest addition to holistic therapy practitioners promoting emotional, mental, physical and spiritual balance for a healthy being.
With the knowledge of Reiki, the three OFWs are glad to further extend support to all people battling cancer and also to their distressed fellowmen who are experiencing work-related trauma, family concerns, and personal issues, under stress and other dilemmas.