Breathe Easy With Omron CompAir Nebulizer

I did not come from a family of asthmatics, but I know a lot of friends who are suffering from this illness.  

My father--when he was still alive--had pulmonary problems due to his stroke.  There was a need to nebulize him every now and then to help him with his breathing.  I've told my father's story on my previous blog to tell everyone how difficult it is to take care of someone in the family who has pulmonary problems.  Since my father's lungs become weak due to his stroke, a nebulizer became a necessity.  We also had two standby oxygen tanks should he experiences difficulty in breathing.  

After my father passed away, I still use the nebulizer for my son.  Sometimes he would have difficulty breathing due to his colds and allergic rhinitis.  After nebulization, he would feel relieved and he would sleep peacefully at night.

Nebulizers can help a person with asthma or COPD or any pulmonary problems with their breathing.  It's really a lifesaver and a must-have medical equipment at home.

One of the trusted brands in healthcare is Omron.  Omron manufactures blood pressure monitors, activity trackers, pedometers, EKG, nebulizers, among others.  In the Philippines, Omron is a brand trusted by medical practitioners.  It became a household brand for healthcare.  Filipino families are very much familiar with the brand when we talk about accuracy and efficiency.

Last September 20th, I was invited to an intimate event together with other mommy bloggers to introduce Omron CompAir Nebulizer System NE-C801 to the Philippine market.  This event aimed to create an awareness campaign on the availability of efficient medication for asthma and COPD in the market.  

Just like what I've mentioned earlier, it is really difficult to manage the respiratory illness at home.  Mommies are expected to know how to treat simple respiratory illness at home.  Omron assures every Filipino mommies out there that they have a valuable partner in helping them in dealing with these concerns.

During the event, Dr. Anjanette O. Reyes-de Leon, MD, a pediatrician and asthma and lung specialist, shared valuable information about respiratory problems, management, and cure.  The information Dr. de Leon shared were very helpful in terms of providing us information on how to manage our child's respiratory illness at home.  Dr. de Leon also gave us different ways on how to manage respiratory illness at home, the available medication and treatment, and tips on making our homes allergen-free.

Nebulizers are the most popular way of treating respiratory illness but sadly, not everyone knows how to use it properly.  Omron Healthcare also taught us on how to use and to take care of the nebulizer at home so that it'll last.  There are cases that due to negligence and improper care, the warranty gets void.  Omron Healthcare reminded us that if we are not sure on cleaning or on doing basic troubleshooting, better to bring the nebulizer to the authorized service center.

Omron has different models of nebulizers, depending on your need.  During the event, they highlighted Omron CompAir Nebulizer System NE-C801.  The NE-C801 Compressor Nebulizer System was developed for the efficient management of asthma, chronic bronchitis, allergies, and other respiratory disorders.  The Omron nebulizer kit uses Virtual Valve Technology (VVT) which provides highly efficient nebulization with reduced medication wastage.  The compressor forces air to the nebulizer kit.  When the air enters the nebulizer kit, it converts the prescribed medication into an aerosol of microscopic droplets that can easily be inhaled, helping patients to breathe easy faster.  It boasts of an efficient nebulization rate of 0.3 ml/min.

The NE-C801 model is very light!  You can bring this with you anywhere you go.  In addition, it is very easy to use and to clean.  For mommies with kids who are sensitive to noise, this particular model is also very quiet.  It won't make your kids uncomfortable and fussy while being nebulized due to the noise it creates.  Omron truly aims to give every Filipino the best there is to offer.  Surely, we can #BreatheEasyWithOmron!

Omron Healthcare has an ongoing promo until October 15th!  Omron CompAir Nebulizer System NE-C801 is regularly priced at Php3,280.00, get Php300 off when you purchase this at all leading drugstore chains, appliance stores participating as dealers of the promo and infant stores.  For more information on Omron CompAir Nebulizer System NE-C801 and other products, you may visit  You may also follow their Facebook page for the latest activities and promotions.


Book Sale Shopping Tips

I love buying books.  I do believe that reading can take people to great lengths that is why I am also exposing my son to literature so that he would have a wide knowledge about the world.  I'm glad that my son was able to have the habit of reading even the littlest details. 

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I have already written in the past the book finds that I got during my book shopping (see my posts here and here) .  Our book collection is growing and I have a need to buy another bookshelf to accommodate new acquisitions.  

Kib's bookshelf.  It has more books now

I also remind Kib to donate some of his books every now and then.  I ask him to check his bookshelf on which books he wants to give away so that others will also learn from those books.  Part of our growing book collection is from friends who gives their hand-me-down books to Kib, so I also wanted Kib to develop the attitude of sharing.

Years back, we donated books and toys at Philippine Toy Library

It's a fact that books are not cheap.  Most of the time I buy books in bulk during sale periods.  I have already tried buying books at warehouse sales, second-hand book stores, and book fairs.  I am always proud of my loot whenever I shop for books.  Book shopping can be both fun and tiring.  It can also sometimes overwhelm you because you have a desire to buy all the books that you can see.

To help you with your book shopping for you and the family, I'll share to you some tips to help you with your budget and to buy the best books for your collection.

1.  Dress comfortably.  There is no need for you to shop in stilletos.  Dress casually when you shop for books and wear comfortable footwear so that you can withstand long hours of walking and standing.  Book warehouse sales can bring you a lot of stress as most books are not arranged accordingly to type and shape.  It can also be dusty, so better bring wet wipes and alcohol to clean yourselves after shopping.  Book warehouse sales can be humid too because of poor ventilation.

I like wearing shorts and shirt whenever I shop

2.  Bring shopping bags. In warehouse book sales, most of the time they do not put the books you bought in plastic bags.  Either they just tie it up or put them in boxes.  Sometimes, they do not even have shopping carts or baskets for the books.  Better to bring your own shopping bag so that you can secure the books that you will buy and also it'll help save the environment by lessening the environmental footprint.  In book fairs, while each exhibitor has their own packaging, you do not want to carry several plastic bags while you walk around the exhibition area.  

You don't want dragging all your shopping bags, right?!

3.  Set a budget.  Shopping during sale period can be really tempting.  You have this desire to buy everything.  Try to set a budget when you shop for books.  In my case, I usually set a budget between Php2000-Php3000.  You can already buy lots of books at that amount because some books can be as low at Php25.  Bring cash with you because there are instances that the company doesn't have terminals for credit/debit cards.

4.  Plan your book shopping.  In book fairs, you might get overwhelmed with all of the books that you will see.  You may want to check the social media pages of your favorite stores/publishers so that you will know the books that will be on sale.  However, try to go around first before buying because one seller/exhibitor might give better discounts.  In book warehouse sales, grab the book that you are interested in and just decide when you're about to pay for everything, because most of the time there are only few books in stock.  You can bring along your kid with you so that he/she will know what books he/she likes, but remind him/her not to go far away from you especially during book fairs.  Books are wonderful gifts to friends and loved ones too, so better list down the names of your friends whom you want to give books as present so that you won't go beyond your budget.

Books galore!

Are you now ready to shop for books?

Legally Single....Again

A lot has been asking me about how I did go back to singlehood, so here it is!  But before that, kindly read my disclaimer:

DISCLAIMER: I am writing this not because I am pro-separation or breakage of marriage.  I am writing this to inform people how difficult it is to undergo a legal procedure, therefore, one must think thrice before getting married.  Do not get married if you have doubts at your partner.  Do not get married if you are thinking that you will eventually separate should marriage fails.  Marry because you want to spend a lifetime with the person and you are ready to embrace even his/her shortcomings.  Marry because you are ready to forgive and learn from your mistakes.  Most of all, let God be the center of your marriage so that it'll be successful.

Walang forever.

This phrase has been popularized by a movie starred by Jennylyn Mercado and Jericho Rosales.  I wasn't able to watch the movie but friends are telling me to watch it because of good reviews and good storyboard.  Well, I'm not really a fan of romance movies since I cannot bring my son with me inside the movie theater to watch it.  

It took me quite some time to tell my story because I have a son to protect.  Also, there was a point in time that people have judged me big time for making a stupid decision in my life and I really got hurt big time about it.  If I didn't do anything to make things right in my life, I guess people have the right to judge me and throw stones at me.


I got married in 2005 by civil rites.  It was like a Las Vegas-type of wedding--just went to the city hall to get married on that same day.  During that time, Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) wasn't a prerequisite to marriage.  My ex-husband and I really didn't live together for a long time because he was an OFW.  After we got married, he went back to Saudi Arabia and we were just reunited again during Kib's first birthday/baptismal celebration in 2007.  He again went back to Saudi Arabia again after a month-long vacation....or so I thought.

After he had gone back to Saudi Arabia, our communication lines were open until March 2008.  To cut his communication with me, he fabricated a story that he was in jail.  While I'm a bit worried about his so-called incarceration, my friends were already doubtful of his story.

Fast-forward to February 2009, I am still looking for some answers on my ex-husband's 'disappearance'.  I searched him on Google using his alias, and a motorcycle forum appeared on the search.  I checked on the link and yes, it was really him, telling on the forum that he will be back in the Philippines on November 2008!  My heart was beating so fast that I called overseas.  His officemate answered the call and confirmed that he already resigned.  I was crying incessantly at that time, confused and hurt.  

The following day, when I already felt a bit fine and came back to my senses, I asked help.  I confirmed if my ex-husband was really in the country.  The next day, I got an answer confirming that he's in the country.  From there, I claimed that the Lord will help me in my situation.  

The following days and weeks, I went to several government agencies asking for his possible whereabouts.  I always bring our marriage contract with me so that they will entertain me.  While waiting for a clear answer, as per instruction of a lawyer, I already requested for CENOMAR.  It was in POEA I found out that I AM NOT THE DECLARED WIFE and he has other kids.  My son wasn't even declared as his dependent.  My hands became cold and I almost fell on my knees after knowing this bitter truth.

I filed for a criminal case against my ex-husband, because I am also criminally liable for what he did.  After filing the criminal case, I filed for absolute nullity of marriage because without this, I can still be sued by wife number 1.

The criminal case concluded in 2013 and the nullity in 2016.  I got the decision in March 2017 and started doing the paperworks in May.  I finished the paperworks (up to NSO/PSA) in July and now I'm in the process of changing my status to government agencies.

The legal battle was long and emotionally tiring.  I also encountered problems with my lawyer too, but that's another story.

If only I can keep my marriage, I would do so.  I don't have any choice but to let go.  Who wants to have a broken family? 

After posting my status on Facebook that I'm already legally single last February, several people have sent me a message, asking me how did I do it and how much I spent.  I've also asked their reasons for separating.  I got sad on the responses of some people, but I cannot judge them for having that bitter feelings toward their estranged partner.

Anyway, for the sake of answering the inquiries I got, I will tell how I did it:

1.  Consult a lawyer.  The lawyer will tell you if you have a case or not.  However, not all lawyers are honest and has integrity.  They will convince you that you have a case even if he/she knows that your situation is a hopeless one.  Try to talk to 2-3 lawyers before deciding if you will pursue your case or not.

2.  When you have already chosen a lawyer, the lawyer will discuss to you the fees that you will incur.  Initially, you have to pay your lawyer acceptance fee.  The acceptance fee for annulment cases is Php150k and up.  Some lawyers will already shoulder the filing fee in court, but if your lawyer will not shoulder it, it costs P1000+.  Every time your lawyer represents you, he/she will ask for appearance fee.  Appearance fee costs Php2000 and up.  Some lawyers ask for transportation allowance apart from appearance fee.  Your lawyer will represent you during preliminary hearing (at least 3x), during actual hearing (this happens 3-4 times a year.  Your lawyer will still ask for appearance even if the hearing got postponed on the day itself due to the absence of the judge).  Annulment cases can run for a minimum of two years. If your annulment case is due to psychological causes, you still have to hire a psychologist to give you a behavioral assessment.  Hiring a psychologist can cost Php50,000+.  The psychologist also has to stand as a witness in court.  In my case, there is no need to hire a psychologist.

During preliminary hearings, the fiscal will assess if your annulment case has a probable cause.  If the fiscal deems that you do not have a probable cause, your case will be dismissed and will not escalate to the court.  If there is a probable cause, formal hearing will be set.

3.  Attend all hearings.  While you are represented by your lawyer, your lawyer will still require you to attend hearings.  Dress casually during hearings (the court implements a dress code).  Civil cases like annulment are also being heard and tried together with criminal cases so don't be shocked to see criminals with handcuffs on your hearing day.  Sadly, there are only few family courts in the Philippines.  Hearings are scheduled 3-4 times a year, sometimes it gets postponed due to some activities in the court.  Most of the time, postponement happens on the hearing day itself.  

4.  After the last hearing, wait for the decision.  It will be mailed to you via registered mail, but there is no harm on making follow-ups at the court.  Usually, a court decision is being made 90 days after the last hearing, but some courts take longer time to come up with a decision.  In my case, my last hearing was June 2016, the decision was made December 2016, and got the formal decision in March 2017.

5.  Get a certified true copy of the court decision, at least three sets.  You need it to process the change of your civil status.  First, you have to go to the civil registry where your case was tried.  They will issue another set of documents you needed for the annotation in your marriage certificate. I spent around Php2000 for this.  Next, you have to go to the civil registry where your marriage contract was filed.  I spent around Php700 here.  After getting the annotated marriage contract, you can now go to PSA/NSO to secure an authenticated copy of your annotated marriage contract.  Bring all the documents you got from the civil registry at PSA/NSO and check CDLI on the form.  You have to pay Php140 for each copy that you will get from PSA/NSO.

6.  Once you already have an authenticated copy of your PSA/NSO, you can already change your status (employment, government IDs, etc.).  This is the final step that you will do to fix your civil status.

Whew!  It's a long and tedious process, but after I got my authenticated marriage contract, it was worth all the wait!  

Now, what's your reason for separation?  

While I have given you information on how a nullity case was being tried and heard, I would still advise you to still try to reconcile with your partner.  Pray to the Lord to give you wisdom in your decision-making, and if you think you have fallen out of love, pray that the Lord will rekindle the fire in your marriage.  Consult a marriage counselor to help you and your partner sort out your differences.  You may check out for this kind of service here.  The Philippine court is also into reconciliation, so better think carefully if you will pursue the annulment case or not.  Lastly, learn to forgive.  While it is difficult to forgive especially if your partner made a huge mistake in your relationship, ask the Lord to give you the grace to forgive your partner.  The Lord has forgiven us in your sins, why can't we also forgive the shortcomings of our partner?

I may not have my forever in my previous relationship, but I know that I have an everlasting love of God.  I still pray that the Lord will give me my forever and even if I had failed marriage, I still believe in marriage.


Homeschool to the Future: Educating for the World of Tomorrow (Philippine Homeschool Conference 2017)

My son is a homeschooled child. He never had an experience studying in a regular school.  There have been several times that my decision to homeschool him have been questioned and criticized.  I know what's best for my child and this kind of set-up works for us very well as we are always on the go.

I attended several homeschool conferences in the past and I can say that I had a lot of takeaways during the event.  It's a wonderful feeling to be surrounded and inspired by your co-homeschooling families, encouraging you to just continue on your homeschooling journey.  Last year, I was only able to attend the pre-homeschool conference because on the conference day, I had work.  Hopefully, this year, nothing will hinder me from attending the conference.

The Philippine Homeschool Conference 2017 is scheduled on October 7, 2017 at Treston International College, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.  Treston International College is a school which openly supports and accepts homeschooling, and HAPI (Homeschooling Association of the Philippine Islands) is grateful for their partnership on this year's conference.  This year's event is organized by Educating for Life.

This year's theme, "Homeschool to the Future: Educating for the World of Tomorrow", was inspired by the idea of educating our children to prepare them for the future.  The world we live in has changed drastically and everything is now happening in a fast-paced manner.  Now that we are living in the Internet Age, all the information that we needed can now be readily available with a click of a button.  

These changes also affected the educational field.  Educators--and parents alike--are now beginning to realize that beyond rote memorization and spewing out of data, students today must learn what to do with the information that they have.  With these changes happening around us, the more valuable skills to be learned by children are critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving.  These skills are what homeschoolers can embrace easily and promote in their respective homes and community.  Children are taught to learn how to learn--and love how to learn--as they make use of the technology and resources available to them.

The annual homeschool conference is a venue where parents can learn about the latest trends and technology in education to equip them on their homeschooling journey.  The homeschool conference is also a venue where parents can shop for the educational materials the needed to enrich their children's learning.  Moreover, the homeschool conference is a good venue to meet fellow homeschoolers and to gather as one community.


This year's conference topics have the good old 'basics' of educating one's children in mind, while also helping them to prepare for the future.  The topics were also prepared with different kinds of parents in mind: those who are curious about homeschooling, those who are just starting with their homeschooling journey, those who are already homeschooling, and those who like the idea of homeschooling but can't do it for some reasons, yet still want to be hands-on with their child's education.

The keynote topics will be given by passionate homeschooling leaders and committed advocates of education:

  • Back-to-Basics Parenting in the Technological Age -- To be given by Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, an ardent supporter of homeschooling community in the Philippines.  Earlier this year, Sen. Pangilinan filed Resolution 308, expressing his full support in the celebration of the first National Homeschool Day, which was held last March 3, 2017.
  • Unconventional Education: Empowering the Youth of the Future -- To be given by Mr. Efren Penaflorida, founder and head of Dynamic Teen Company.  Dynamic Teen Company offers Filipino youth an alternative to street gangs through education, recreating school settings in unconventional locations such as cemeteries and trash dumps.  Efren's inspiring work and passion to educate the youth has been recognize both locally and internationally.  He was named CNN Hero of the Year in 2009 and was among the top five finalists for the CNN Superhero of the Decade Awards in 2016.
  • The Best Option for Education in the 21st Century: Homeschooling.  Know Your Kids. Discover Their Passion. Learning Happens -- To be given by Marissa Leinart, a veteran homeschooling mom, Emmy-award winning broadcaster, Great Homeschool Convention Speaker, narrator for Apologia books, and founder of
  • The 21st Century Learner -- To be given by Sheryl Genuino See, M.A., an educator, award-winning social entrepreneur, experienced keynote and motivational speaker, and advocate of excellence and ethical leadership in business and the workplace.

Similar to the past homeschool conference, this year's conference will once again have break-out sessions so that parents may choose which topic to attend to fit their current homeschooling journey.  Parents may choose two (2) topics to attend during the break-out sessions.  There will be seven (7) simultaneous topics for each session, a total of 14 break-out topics to choose from.


  • We want to Homeschool! Now what? (Michelle Padrelanan) -- This session is specifically designed for parents who have decided to homeschool their children but do not know where or how to begin their homeschooling journey.  While getting information is as easy as clicking an online research button, the sheer number of results that the search yields may overwhelm the parents.
  • The Juggling Act: Home Management for Teacher Moms (Sigrid Perez) -- Most homeschool moms wear tons of hats--wife, mother, daughter, teacher, chef, driver, coach, among others.  It's a bit overwhelming and tiring for a mom to fulfill all her duties on a daily basis.  So how do we fit all these roles plus manage our homes too?  Sigrid Perez, a mom of eight, will share how she homeschools five of her eight children while helping the other three children in their regular schoolwork, manage their family's businesses and oversee their charitable foundation.
  • What I Learned in My Rookie Year of Homeschooling (Jen Mayuga-Cruz) -- A lot of parents begin their homeschooling journey with the most idealistic notions, only to be discouraged upon learning that it's not all that easy.  The kids still hate school.  Mom loses her patience. The house is chaotic.  Beginning the journey is not always easy, but knowing what to expect may help alleviate discouragement and fears.  Businesswoman and homeschooling mom of two Jen Mayuga-Cruz shares her experiences during her rookie year of homeschooling.  This is for those who are about to begin their own journey and those who think that they are simply doing it all 'wrong".
  • Raising Financially-Literate Kids (Joey Tayaban) -- The foundation of learning about the value of money begins at home.  In this session, homeschooling mom of five and multi-awarded finance advocate Joey Tayaban will give us tips and tricks that we can use to teach our children to become money-smart.  Perhaps we can learn a thing or two for ourselves, too.
  • Narration 101 (Gina Guerrero-Roldan) -- Classical and Charlotte Mason homeschoolers gush about narration.  It is a wonderful way to assess what children have picked up and an effective way to start discussions about lessons and ideas.  But what exactly is narration? How can you use it in your homeschooling? Can you use it even if you're not following the Charlotte Mason philosophy?  Gina Guerrero-Roldan, homeschooling mom of four and long-time Charlotte Mason practitioner, will shed light on the nitty-gritty details of this fascinating educational tool.
  • No Fear! Homeschooling through High School (Racquel Guevara and Mariz Dearos) -- Physics, Chemistry, Trigonometry, among others--can I really teach these subjects to my homeschooling teenage kid?  How can I help my children discover what course to take in college--or if attending college is even for them?  What about peers and socialization which are crucial on their teenage years?  In this mini-panel discussion, let homeschooling moms Racquel Guevara and Maris Dearos, moms to high school graduates who are both thriving in their respective universities, answer your questions, ease your fears, and encourage you as you homeschool your own high schoolers.
  • The Treston Way: Excellent Education in a Caring Community (Treston International College) -- Looking for options for 11th and 12th grade, or maybe your highschooler is checking out options for college? Let Treston International College introduce their community and educational beliefs to you in this break-out session.  Treston is very much in support of the homeschooling community in the Philippines.


  • Homeschool for Free (Marissa Leinart) -- That homeschooling is a more alternative to traditional schooling is a myth, as some homeschooling families have discovered.  The fact is, it can mean requiring one parent to leave the workforce to focus on educating their children; this translates to the family having to live on a single income.   Marissa Leinart was in the same predicament when she started on this journey.  So, she spent 17 years researching on how she can educate her children at home at almost entirely for free!  In this break-out session, she will share resources that helped her in this mission to make homeschooling accessible to everyone.
  • The Working Homeschooling Mom (Denise Pena) -- Homeschooling is a tough job and some moms take on an even more difficult one--juggling the demands of working while educating their children.  How does one do it?  What is a working homeschool mom's day like?  Is it even possible to work out of the home and homeschool?  Working homeschool mom of two Denise Pena will answer these questions and share tips about how she is able to balance these two things that matter to her.
  • 7 Tips for Teaching Multiple-Age Students Without Losing Your Mind (Jen Wi-Bellosillo) -- homeschooling is a daunting task--one that is made even more challenging when you are teaching several children in various age groups.  The sheer volume of available materials to sift through, lesson time management, and scheduling can make any homeschooling mom feel overwhelmed.  In this session, homeschooling mom and former preschool teacher Jen Bellosillo will share her best practices that enable her to peacefully homeschool her four children.
  • Carving Out Me-Time for Busy Homeschool Moms (Milona Barraca) -- Moms thend to always put their family's needs before their own.  From sitting down for lessons, shuttling our children to their activities, managing the household, and running a business or working on the side, we tend to sacrifice time for ourselves.  Moms are selfless indeed.  Milona Barraca, homeschooling mom of four, will talk about the importance of slowing down and carving out our own 'me time'.  She will share tips and ideas on how she enjoys her many hobbies and how doing so benefits her family too.
  • Technology in Your Homeschool (Donna Pangilinan-Simpao) -- Technology is the bane and boon of this generation of students.  What exactly are the pros and cons of using technology in the homeschool?   How can parents utilize the online resources available to everyone while maintaining a balance with offline learning?  How can teacher-parents make use of technology to make homeschooling easier?  Homeschooling mom Donna Pangilinan-Simpao talks about this as she shares her favorite tech resources, which she used for more than 10 years of homeschooling.
  • That Thing Called 'Gap Year' (Leni Yusay) -- There's this new buzzword in homeschooling community--the 'gap year'.  What exactly is a gap year and why is there a buzz about it?  Is it even legal in the Philippines?  Homeschooling mom Leny Ojano-Yusay, who also took her own 'gap year' in college, will share her own experiences, plus the experiences of her son Miguel, who is currently doing his gap year after graduating from the 12th grade.
  • The Treston Way: Excellent Education in a Caring Community (Treston International College) -- Looking for options for 11th and 12th grade, or maybe your highschooler is checking out options for college? Let Treston International College introduce their community and educational beliefs to you in this break-out session.  Treston is very much in support of the homeschooling community in the Philippines.


An early bird rate of Php800 is applicable until September 30th for each attendee.  This already covers the keynote talks, break-out sessions, and access to the expo area.  After September 30th, Php1,100 per head will be charged to each attendee.

Philippine Homeschool Conference 2017 is a kid-friendly event.  However, certain guidelines should be observed when you decide to bring your child with you:

  • Children 3 years old and below who will be joining their parents in the keynote talks and break-out sessions can get in free but with lap seating privileges only;
  • Children 4 years old and above who will be joining their parents all throughout the talks and sessions should pay regular fees (Php800 for early bird rate until September 30th, Php1,100 after September 30th);
  • Parents can also let their kids join the children's activities in a designated area but has to pay for each activity (details of these activities will be posted on website and each session will only hold certain number of children).  Should parents decide to let their child attend these activities while they attend the talks, they should assign a trusted adult to look after their child at all times.

Registration and other details of the Philippine Homeschool Conference 2017 can be found at

This one-day event for homeschoolers is a must!  Learn more about homeschooling, equip yourself to prepare your child for the future!

Follow Philippine Homeschool Conference on Facebook.  You may also check out the conference's Event Page on Facebook for updates as the event day comes near.  You may also follow Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands on Facebook.  Look for hashtags #PHC2017 and #homeschooltothefuture.


Future City: An Interactive Digital Park on September 9-10, 2017

While all of us are dreaming of a bright future for our children, there's still a bit of uncertainty within us if the future will bring something good or something bad.  Most of the time, we base what will the future look like on how we live the present.  We have seen a lot of futuristic movies and for sure, there is one movie about the future that we like.

Future Park: An Interactive Digital Park is an event by The Future Park sponsored by Nestle NANKID Optipro Four will be open to public on September 9-10, 2017 from 10AM to 9PM at the SMX Convention Center at SM Aura, Taguig City.  This exhibit will only be for one weekend so I encourage everyone to make time to see this together with your kids to see what future beholds the Future City.

Welcome to Future City!

Future City is primed to offer an experiential and immersive way of giving us a glimpse of the future with the latest creative media technologies and innovative artistic experiences from all over the globe! It'll be an extraordinary learning experience for kids and parents!  Discover how Future City can help reshape your child's future today through one-of-a-kind interactive installations that will put your eyes and minds in awe.

At the main entrance of Future City at SMX SM Aura

Kib talking to Cenon.  You will find him at the lobby

Some reminders about Future City

Furthermore, this pioneering interactive educational experience offers enriching sights and activities that gives kids and kids-at-heart a glimpse of the world of tomorrow with its spectacular six (6) unique and engaging stations--from a dome that will take you to the far future in an instant, a sketch village that will make your visions come to life, to interactive games, 3D wall art installations and so much more--all are dedicated to promote self-directed learning and explorations that will surely open the mind.

The Future Dome, the first thing that you will experience as you enter Future City

At the dome, participants will be oriented on what they will experience at Future City

At the first activity, children were to choose which career they like in the future and color it

Kib's career: to be a pilot

The image will then be scanned....

You can see the image on the giant LED screen!  Did you see Kib's drawing?

Children will use their feet in stomping on the junk food

It's a team effort!  Children must stomp all the bad food to gain points

Kids will throw soft balls on the wall so that the children won't be able to eat junk food

It's a team effort hitting the bad food!

Different kids of food fall. Hit the junk food before the child eats it

Part of this interactive digital park is a Family Health Screener where parents can assess future health of their children.  As parents, our child's health is one of our major concerns and family history plays a big part in determining what diseases and conditions our child can inherit from us.  By knowing these, educating ourselves about what can be done to prevent these from being passed on is the key to ensuring our child's better future health.  

Station where parents can enter basic info about them and predict their child's future health

Parents encoding their information to the tablet computers provided

This is Kib's future health

Towards the end of the exhibit, parents and children will be ushered into a room that highlights an interactive wall demonstrating the evolution of science for nutrition and development, and how scientific advances have helped secure a child's healthy future.

Interactive digital wall where it tells about the history of Nestle and its mission to provide good health

Kib tapping on some images so that he will learn more about Nestle Health

More information about Nestle Health

In whole, Future City is a fitting fusion of interactive material and abstract concepts demonstrated in a visual and engaging way for kids and the kids at heart to appreciate and enjoy.  What we can learn from this experience is that we, as parents, can build a better future for our children and to provide the best for them, from giving them proper nutrition and supporting their dreams and aspirations so that they will live a happy and fulfilled life.  As we explore the science behind the different elements that drive our lives--the environment we move in, the food we eat, the activities we do--it helps us understand just how relevant all these in securing a brighter, safer, healthier future for generations to come.

Let's work hand-in-hand to reshape our child's future!

It's just for one weekend!  Spend this coming weekend with your family at Future City!

To learn more about this exciting pop-up interactive park, visit  Limited slots available so hurry and pre-register online at  As I checked the registration site, there are no more available slots.  You may try to walk-in but it is not guaranteed.