My Family’s Lived Experience of Appreciative Resilience During the Covid‑19 Pandemic

November 2020
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This article describes the authors’ experience as they survived the challenges brought by Covid-19. Their journey depicts the three elements of appreciative resilience: 1) despair, especially when Kelly tested positive of Covid-19; 2) forgiveness, from initially blaming Kelly and her study tour organizers until finally Emely was able to accept the situation; and 3) hope as Emely refocused and counted every blessing, big and small. True enough, appreciative resilience has guided Emely and her children through this pandemic.


Author: Emely Dulig Dicolen

Emely Dulig Dicolen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, National Teacher Training Center for the Health Professions (NTTCHP), University of the Philippines Manila (UPM); Program Chair, Diploma/Master of Social Work and Women Development, UP Open University; Affiliate Professor, University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB); Appreciative Inquiry advocate.


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Author: Racquel Helena Dicolen Abagat

Racquel Helena ‘Kelly’ Dicolen Abagat, graduate of Master of Public Management, University of Potsdam, Berlin, Germany and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) scholar; Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB); licensed environmental planner; former Legislative Staff Officer, Senate of the Philippines; and Intern, United Nations University, Dresden, Germany.


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