Category Archives: Education


Helicopter parents take away a child’s character and his ability to do things on his own. This type of parenting is backfiring. – Lisa Hein I only heard of term, helicopter parenting from Cookie when I asked for suggestions on topics. I did a little research and found out that helicopter parents are so named Read More →

present at gabay guro 2013

I felt the excitement as I looked around at the MOA Arena in Saturday’s biggest gathering of teachers. I had glanced through the list of celebrities and prizes that PLDT-Smart Foundation’s Gabay Guro prepared for this biggest tribute to teachers. Wow, this amazing production considered the diversity of the teachers’ age and interests. I call Read More →

My younger sister sent me an SMS to watch the movie “Disconnect” which tackles the issues surrounding the internet from Webcam sex shows, identity theft, and cyber-bullying. Only Robinson Galleria was showing the movie. As an advocate for kids’ web safety, I thought of watching it to see if there is anything new. I won’t Read More →

“Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.”Lawrence Kasdan ““Grades matter,” I often told my little girls, ““but only as a stepping stone to getting to your college choice. Those grades are yours, not mine.” I often reminded them as they poured over their books. When my eldest Read More →

A long time ago when my children were still in school, M, my second daughter showed me her grades. She seemed happy and proud of herself, with good reason. Before you think that I am bragging about my daughter’s grades, I have a point to make. Let me tell you that once upon a time, Read More →

Technology in the classroom is not a new idea. You can see from the video on ““The history of technology in education” at how advancements in technology have impacted teaching and learning over time. Parenting in the digital age ““Technology has advanced, but the message is still relevant!! It shows how technology may transform delivery Read More →

My children mean the world to me.  I gave up a career to take care of them, teach them to be good and kind to others, and supplement their education at home. I loved watching my girls sing, laugh, and play together and eventually turn out to be beautiful, smart and compassionate persons. I will Read More →

Parents are so blessed these days. There is a growing awareness that bullying in schools are not tolerated anymore especially after the Department of Education announced a landmark policy last May that aims to protect children against bullying and other forms of violence in schools. Twenty years ago, I fought a lonely battle with the Read More →

A few weeks ago, Japan Broadcasting Corporation , a TV and Online program on NHK, contacted me to participate on their monthly international debate program called “Global Debate WISDOM”. This month’s topic is about “What can the world do to stop bullying?”. I agreed to join this volunteer interview and let the Japanese audience hear Read More →

A few years ago….In the nineties, bullying seemed insignificant at least for social bullying. Even if I fought it out in school, I was the only parent who complained. My daughter continues to add “The sad part is that guidance counselors, teachers, and even some parents don’t think much of bullying. They pass it off Read More →

What does education mean to most of us in the cities? When my kids were then going to school, it meant yelling at them at 5:00 AM to wake up so they wouldn’t be late for their school bus when it arrives at 6:00 AM. Sometimes, I would drive them to school especially during exam Read More →

Updated May 17 , 2012- I recently appeared on Talkback with Tina Palma on Bullying. This is my updated post on Bullying in Philippine Schools and added the latest Department of Education policy on bullying. This is a guest post by my daughter, Lauren. I’ve always wanted to tackle the topic of bullying for a Read More →

Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. Plato I had known all along that my two girls are unique in their own right. Read More →

““To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.” – Josh Billings I was excited despite the short notice. Russel C Patalinghog invited me to be the guest speaker at the 8th Leadership Awards of Eton International School . They were launching their new 3D Read More →

Update April 1: Is STC Cebu placing itself above the law by defying the TRO? Check STC Student Manual Sec V. High School Policies on Discipline Open Letter to St. Theresa’s College The other side of the Coin: St. Theresa’s speaks out Update March 31: Cebu school defends action Update March 30 RTC Branch 19 Read More →

It was one of those nights when I’d sit on my dad’s lap. I will always remember dad’s favorite line ““Study well, little girl. Education will always be with you even if I am not around.” Education is one of the greatest investments dad could ever give us despite the limited resources. Born from a Read More →

““I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.” Albert Einstein I had the chance to meet gifted kids from Philippine High School for the Arts (PSHA) when my two girls joined the Manila Children’s Choir in the late nineties. Among my daughter’s circle of friends was Jourdann Petalver and Read More →

update January 3: UPCAT online posting will start at ten pm; posting of list at admissions office will come later. Update 2: UP Officials say UPCAT results will also be posted outside the UP Diliman Office of Admissions before 12 midnight. (via GMAnews) Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure Read More →

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