From Roots to Wings: Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016

I love writing about homeschooling, and if there are activities related to homeschooling, I really try my best to go because I know I will learn a lot from it and my son will also enjoy and learn too.  Homeschooling indeed is the best option for us.

I've attended homeschool conferences in the past twice and had been one of the organizers in 2013 homeschool conference.  The Philippine Homeschool Conference (PHC) has become the annual 'must-attend' event of homeschoolers in the Philippines.  I agree that this is the best opportunity for rookie and veteran homeschoolers to mingle, to inspire, and to be updated with what's in in the homeschooling sector.  

This year, I'm honored be invited in the media launch of this year's homeschool conference.  This year conference is entitled "From Roots to Wings: Homeschooling Through the Stages".

This year's homeschooling conference is in cooperation with Philam Life and organized by Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI) and Educating for Life (EFL).  It is said that this year's homeschool conference will be bigger and better than the previous homeschooling conferences.

The line-up of speakers consists of international and local individuals who are passionate homeschooling advocates and are considered 'experts' and experienced in homeschooling their respective children.  There will also be breakout sessions where new and experienced homeschoolers alike will find something "fit" for their unique homeschooling situations.

Apart from the talks, there will be an expo area where participants can shop for homeschooling products and services which can help in enriching the homeschooling experience for their children.

Here are the activities for the children during the Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016:
  • Toddler's Area--SMILE Group will provide a toddlers' area for kids ages 1-3- years old
  • Challenge Island sessions--Older children (ages 5 and up) may also join the Challenge Island sessions by SMILE Group.  
  • Calligraphy classes--For kids ages 7 and up.  The morning session will be conducted by Ms. Marj Liwag of Little Ms. Printer and the afternoon session will be conducted by Meg and Maddie Barraca.
  • Crochet classes--This will be conducted by Ms. Marge Aberasturi of Crafted Crafts.
Please note that the slots for the classes for kids are limited, so better pay early for the slots.  For safety and security purposes, children should be accompanied by an adult at all times too.

Early bird rate for the conference is P1,000 per head.  This rate will be applicable until October 15, 2016.  Regular rates and on-site registration is P1,200 per head.  Should you wish to only visit the expo area, entrance fee is at P50 per head.  Should parents decide to tag along their children throughout the conference, regular rates apply (for children 3 years old and below, children are free provided that they will sit on parent's lap).

Wait, there's more!

Philippine Homeschool Conference has a mobile app!  Download Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016 on Apple App Store for free!  Be updated with the event's program, talks, speakers, expo, and kids' activities using this app.  This app will soon be available on Google Play as well.  

There will also be raffle prizes during the event!  All participants are encouraged to stay until the end of the day to be qualified for the major prizes.  One of the major prizes are scholarships from homeschool providers!

Want to get free tickets?  Join the "Share Your Inspiring Homeschool Story" contest!  Check out the post below on how to join this contest:

All homeschoolers are invited to join the Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016 “Share Your Inspiring Homeschool Story” contest, which we are now launching on Facebook and Instagram! :) The mechanics are simple: 1. Post a photo and share your inspiring homeschooling story on your personal Facebook and/or Instagram account. You can share about your child’s success stories – “success” not necessarily in academics but in other aspects too. Or just share any homeschooling-related personal experience that can inspire others to either explore homeschooling or continue homeschooling. Make sure your post is set to “Public.” 2. Include the hashtags #PHC2016 and #fromrootstowingsphc in your post/s. 3. Make sure to tag Philippine Homeschool Conference, HAPI (Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands), and Educating for Life on Facebook and/or @educatingforlife and @wearehapi on Instagram so we can check your entries. Other important details: 1. The contest will run for two weeks -- September 11 to September 25, 2016. 2. Winning entries will be announced on September 30, 2016. Three (3) lucky winners will be given two (2) all-access passes to the PHC 2016. 3. This contest is in no way endorsed by Facebook nor can it be considered an official contest run by Facebook. 4. Don't forget to follow the Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016 Facebook page for contest updates and announcements. Have fun, and thank you in advance for sharing the HAPI-ness of homeschooling to others! :) #PHC2016 #fromrootstowingsphc
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Contest is extended until October 1st, so submit your photo/story now!

Establish the roots of your children so that in time they'll soar up like eagles when you release them to the world.  Hope to see you there!

To know more about Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016, visit for registration process, program, speakers' profiles, etc.  Follow them on social media (Facebook, Instagram) or look for hashtags #PHC2016 or #fromrootstowingsphc

How Do You Keep Your Child Healthy?

It is very important to take care of our child's health.  I thank God for keeping me and my son healthy always.  So far, my son has never been hospitalized.  I always tell my friends that the Lord knows I don't have money to spend for hospital expenses that is why He is keeping us healthy, hehe.  I am also glad that Kib isn't a picky eater and he eats vegetables--all kinds of vergatables.  He also likes spicy dishes, ahihihi.  

Kib likes cooking these days.  However, sometimes he would just cook instant food because that's the easiest to prepare.  I get worried that Kib isn't getting the required daily nutritional intake because of his habit of eating instant food.

I'm glad that someone has introduced Nutri-10 Plus to me.

Nutri-10 Plus is a food supplement recommended for children ages 1-12 years old.  It helps promote overall immunity, maximize physical growth, and enhance brain development.  Nutri-10 Plus comes in ponkan flavor which my son really loves (he compared the taste with another food supplement which I won't mention anymore, haha).  Here are the amino acids and minerals that you can get from Nutri-10:

To make this review a fun one, I let my son Kib to do the review since he is the one who will take it.  I documented his review on Instagram.  Check out my posts there:

Kib enjoyed taking Nutri-10 Plus.  Whenever I tell him to take it, he does it willingly.  I don't need to be mad at him just to take his vitamins.  I've observed that my son is more active, energetic, and creative! Check out this video for his one month observation after taking Nutri-10 Plus: 

I would recommend Nutri-10 Plus to all my mommy-friends.  Money-wise, it is also more affordable and your kids will surely love the ponkan taste of it.  You will never have a battle with your kid on taking his vitamins for his daily-needed dose of nutrition.

To know more about Nutri-10 Plus, you may visit their Facebook page at

9th Gabay Guro's Teacher Tribute: Building the Nation One Teacher at a Time

I am not sure if I have already mentioned on my previous blogs, but I am a teacher by profession.  Before I became a teacher, I was an HR practitioner.  I attended graduate school and took up Master of Arts in Childhood Education in 2001 and I graduated in 2005.  In between those years, I also had short teaching stints.  I also acquired my professional teaching license in 2002.  Presently, I am no longer teaching in a regular school but I'm teaching English to foreigners for the past ten years.  

I love being a teacher.  I love being able to inspire people to be good in what they do.  I love being able to give knowledge that they can use for their future.  I love being able to encourage people to explore beyond their limitations.

I am so glad that PLDT is recognizing the efforts of teachers through Gabay Guro initiative.  Teachers are considered as unsung heroes and shaper of future.  Without teachers, there will be no lawyers, doctors, politicians, etc. in the world.  Gabay Guro pays tribute to the teachers all over the country--and nearby countries--by bringing attention to their heroic deeds and at the same time, providing them with the necessary tools to contribute to the change in the lives of their students and their families.  There are a lot of teachers in their country who put their hearts into their profession and yet their efforts are not fully recognized.  Gabay Guro aims to uplift the morale of our teachers by giving them trainings, modernizing the school facilities, giving scholarships, providing livelihood and housing programs, and by even giving them entertainment and tribute to their efforts.

Gabay Guro

Gabay Guro started nine years ago through the initiative of like-minded PLDT executives who bonded together over coffee for an advocacy for teachers.  With a common dream of being a catalyst of change in the lives of teachers, Gabay Guro was born and became the CSR arm under PLDT-Smart Foundation.

Gabay Guro has five project pillars: Scholarships, Trainings, Housing and Educational Facilities, Livelihood Programs, Broadbanding and Computerization, and Teacher's Tribute.  Gabay Guro is trying to reach all teachers from North to South.

PLDT Gabay Guro executive volunteers Gary Dujali and Chaye Cabal-Revilla talk about the upcoming activities which will help build the nation one teacher at a time.

Presently, Gabay Guro has over 1,100 scholars in various state colleges and universities nationwide.  As of August 2016, there are 496 active scholars and 167 are projected to graduate by next year.  More than 300 have passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).  137 scholars of Gabay Guro graduated with honors (112 cum laudes and 25 magna cum laudes).  For further teacher education, Gabay Guro has partnered with the local government.

Gabay Guro has already conducted trainings for over 16,000 teachers.  At present, it runs eight training programs for teachers around the country, namely: Teacher's Treasure Chest, English Proficiency Training, Computer Literacy, Emotional Intelligence, Teacher's Armor, Leadership Training, IT Sustainability and Literacy, and Unleashing Creativity in Teaching.  Moreover, Gabay Guro answers to the needs of the times by doing grassroots anti-drugs trainings in schools.

On Gabay Guro's initiative on Broadband and Computerization, this project has made a great impact nationwide.  All partner-schools were recipients of either computers/laptop or internet connectivity from either PLDT or Smart.

In addition, Gabay Guro recognizes the shortage of educational facilities as one of the major disaster area in the Philippine education system.  Gabay Guro has taken cudgels in the construction of classrooms in the provinces, mostly to those provinces that have been hit by debilitating calamities.  More than 40 classrooms have been constructed and donated in Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, and Capiz.

If your school has a particular need (e.g. classroom, computers, etc.), the school principal must write a letter to Gabay Guro for a request.  The Gabay Guro team will then evaluate the request.

Gabay Guro team is also proud to announce that the membership is increasing.  They are now seeing more than 20,000 members by the end of 2016.

Teacher's Tribute on September 25th

 Every year, Gabay Guro is holding a tribute to teachers at MOA Arena in line with the World Teachers Day celebration in October.  Organizers make sure that in this event, teachers will be treated like royalty.  For the past eight years, raffle prizes have grown to be the staggering house and lot and vehicle showcases and livelihood opportunities.  

For this year, the Teacher's Tribute will be the biggest.  It will bring the biggest celebrities all in one event to pay tribute to our beloved teachers.  This will be held on September 25th, 2016 at MOA Arena.  Some of the country's biggest celebrities who will be in the show are Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Ogie Alcasid, Gary Valenciano, Pops Fernandez, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Lea Salonga, and Sharon Cuneta.  There will be other surprise guests on this special day for teachers. Take note: celebrities will perform for free!

Jona V. rendered a special song to the media during the press conference.  She will also be performing on September 25th at Gabay Guro's Teacher's Tribute

Gabay Guro's Teacher's Tribute is the day when our beloved teachers get to let their hair loose, meet the biggest celebrities, be treated to a whole day of entertainment and huge raffle prizes like house and lot and vehicles.  These raffle prizes are well-thought of as a way of recognizing the efforts of our hardworking teachers and as a reminder of their invaluable presence in our lives.

This year's Teacher's Tribute is supported by Perry's Group of Companies (house and lot sponsor), Foton (vehicle sponsor), Intel, Devant, Motorlandia (Honda and Suzuki motorcycle sponsor), Ropali, Penshoppe, National Bookstore, Enchanted Kingdom, Splash, Tempra, Flanax, Bonamine, Vivalyte, Mundipharma, Gardenia, Bic, Art Attack, Microsoft, SmartBro, PLDT Ultera, Talk N' Text, and 51 Talk.

This event is exclusive for teachers only, and teachers can attend for free!  Check out Gabay Guro's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts or visit their website for more details.

Don't forget to thank our teachers for what we have become right now :)

I'm a Certified #LysolMaxiMom! Introducing Lysol Maxcover to Philippine Market

This is the third time that I got invited to attend an event of Lysol and I really feel honored because we really use Lysol at home.  I'm proud to say that I'm a Lysol Mom, weee!!!!

We started using Lysol religiously in 2008 because my father got sick and bedridden.  We need to disinfect his bed and his room regularly.  In addition, I had a toddler then so I also needed to disinfect his things too.  

The latest Lysol event that I attended was the launch of Lysol Maxcover.  This has been launched in the United States early this year and yes, Philippines is the first international launch of this product because based on the statistics, Filipinos use Lysol most of the time.

I super love what is written on this tarp, "Embrace motherhood with the beauty, style, and grace of MaxiMom"

The launch was held at La Creperie in Makati and it was led by 100% Whole Mom ladies (Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio, Cheska Garcia-Kramer, and Marilen Faustino-Montenegro).  100% Whole Mom is a passion project inspiring moms to make happy homes, embrace her beauty, and nurture her heart.  This trio conducts workshops that ascertains self-care for moms, filled with practical advices, beauty basics, writing exercises guided by reflective questions, connecting and sharing stories with other moms, yummy food (yes!), and exciting prizes!

Meet the 100% Whole Mom ladies--Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio, Marilen Faustino-Montenegro, and Cheska Garcia-Kramer

Marilen talked about organizing our living rooms.  Since the living room is the central part of our house where it also serves not only as a place to receive guests but also as child's play area, entertainment area, study area, among others.  Marilen suggested the following to organize our living room:

  • Use decorative trays 
  • Use decorative baskets
  • Clean and organize immediately
Marilen talked about how to organize living rooms.  Marilen is an interior designer by profession

Cheska talked about acquiring the habit of cleanliness at home.  I found out that for one to develop a particular habit, it takes 66 days to do so.  And yes, cleanliness is an acquired habit.  To develop a habit of cleanliness, Cheska devised a 3-step process:

  • Step 1: Set a reminder (place reminders on each area of the house with cleaning instructions)
  • Step 2: Start with something easy to start (provide cleaning materials needed for cleaning and disinfecting, NEVER use cleaning materials intended for bathrooms to kitchen sinks; there should be a separate set of cleaning materials for each section of the house)
  • Step 3:  Reward yourself and your family members (commend each family member for keeping up the good habit)
Cheska also stressed that it is important that the cleaning materials are also properly organized (she admitted being an obsessive-compulsive mom, hihihi).  She gave out these practical tips:

  • Organize cleaning materials in a pail (medium-sized pail with disinfectant spray, toilet bowl cleaner--if the pail is for toilet and bathroom use, rag, utility sponge, tile brush, mop)
  • Place each pail on different parts of the house that needs regular cleaning (toilet and bathroom, kitchen, garage, etc.).  
  • Post a reminder on an inconspicuous spot on each part of the house to clean the room everyday. It is also recommended that a task chart is made to check if each task is accomplished on a daily basis.
Cheska talked about acquiring the habit of cleanliness.  Being an OC mom herself, she really taught her helpers at home how to clean their houses.  Yes, she knows how to do house chores!

Rica talked about having a clean heart.  It is also very important that we keep our heart clean (not only our surroundings) because it also shows our character.  Rica mentioned that whatever we put to our hearts also radiates from the outside so it is better to put in good things in our hearts.  If we put good things in our hearts, we usually release these things:

  • Encouragement
  • Confessions
  • Forgiveness
  • Apology
Rica talked about having a clean heart

Their talks were really inspiring!  Although allotted time was short, I was able to go home with a lot of takeaways from their talks.

To introduce Lysol Maxcover, we played a game, Family Feud style.  We were asked to identify the top ten things in the house that is difficult to clean.

Me and my co-mommy bloggers are brainstorming about the things that are difficult to clean inside the house, I'm their secretary, hihi

Based on the survey, here are the results:

Do you agree with the results? Thanks to Mommy Roxi Santiago for allowing me to use this photo

Lysol Maxcover is designed to cover and disinfect larger soft spaces because of its mist-type spray.  Unlike the regular Lysol canister, Maxcover has 2x wider coverage.  It has wide-angle spray which completely and evenly covers large areas, such as King-size matress!  The ultra-fine Micro Mist can uniformly reach crooks, crannies, and crevices with no overwetting (yes, it dries quickly compared with the regular Lysol canisters).  Lysol Maxcover has the same formula that kills 99.9% of bacteria while eliminating odors to leave behind a surprisingly fresh scent.

Lysol Maxcover comes in two scents: Garden After Rain and Lavender Field.  It also comes in just one size, 15 oz. (425g).  It is now readily available in the market, you can buy it in supermarkets, hypermarkets, club stores, groceries, and drug stores.

Here's the newest addition to Lysol family, Lysol Maxcover.  See the nozzle? It's different from the regular Lysol canister

Check out the TV commercial for Lysol Maxcover:

Let's keep our houses clean, organized, and tidy!  Don't forget to also clean our hearts too!

Class picture with Lysol team, 100% Whole Mom ladies, and my co-mommy bloggers

Hobbies to Business: An Event I'm Proud Of

This is my second time to help out Marge Aberasturi (also known as The Happy WAHM) on her workshop.  The first time was held November last year and her talk is about becoming a virtual assistant (VA).  She said that it'll be her last to talk about virtual assistance because she is gearing into talking about entrepreneurship.

A photo posted by Donna Donor (@donababe) on

As early this year, I've been asking her for her next talk.  She said she is still busy with her family and work.  I just again asked her about her workshop by June.  I asked if she would like to have her next talk at The Parenting Emporium.  She said yes, so I immediately coordinated with The Parenting Emporium for available dates.  The date given to me was August 27th, which is barely a month after it was given to me.  Marge was a bit hesitant to push thru because she said that the preparation time is short.  I assured her that a month is enough to do promotion and invite possible sponsors to the event.

So, she immediately made a website for the event,  Originally, the event title was "Passion to Profit", but there's already a website with the same name.  While the event website is on the works, we were already promoting the event on Facebook.  We've already started contacting possible sponsors to this event too.  

As the event day comes near, inquiries about the event started to come up.  The Hobbies to Business website was updated every now and then to make it appealing to the interested parties.  Sponsors also confirmed their commitment to support the event.  

Twelve participants attended the talk.  It was very intimate, the participants were relaxed. The venue was styled by one of the sponsors, Crafquitec.  We had a shabby chic theme, a table was set-up to display all the goodies from sponsors, the tables and chairs for the participants were also cozy to sit on.  

Participants were sitting cozy during the talk and they're all eyes and ears to Marge

Participants were all eyes and ears during Marge's talk and they were really taking down notes about the topic.  They all went home with a lot of takeaways from the event, planning their game plan for their own businesses.  Hopefully, sooner than soon, these people will eventually promoting their own businesses online and I'm excited to see them thrive and fly.

I was also encouraged to put my own business after the talk.  I'm praying to God to give me the best opportunity for me to be able to share my talents and knowledge to others as well.

I felt so accomplished after this talk, weee!  I've met new people and encouraged them to really push thru with their dreams to become an entrepreneur.

I would like to thank those people who helped in making this event successful:

Yummy salted egg potato chips by Bites of Love and felt flower ref magnets by Jaz Arts and Crafts

Delicious Spanish bread by Mamachows and mango-melon-carrot juice by Bites of Love

The table runner giveaway by Crochet by Mrs C. given to the early bird!

To all those who will read this blog, I would do encourage everyone to check out their products and inquire from them!  Let's support these entrepreneurs especially that the holiday season is coming near :)

Yes, you read it right, there will be a rerun of this talk very soon!  Watch out for it!