Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Class Suspensions For Tomorrow July 17, 2014 (#WalangPasok)

With power outages hitting the metro and nearby provinces, parents and students resort to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, for the latest announcements regarding class suspensions.

Five hours ago, the Department of Education (DepEd) has issued a list of areas where class suspensions will still be enforced due to the devastating effects of Typhoon Glenda.

Here's the #WalangPasokList for tomorrow, July 17, 2014.

 

In the meantime, ABS-CBN News.com has mentioned certain schools, colleges and universities that have declared a similar announcement with some institutions extending class suspensions until Friday, July 18.



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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Of Maestro Fernando Sena's Art Workshop For Kids & Other Fun Sessions Inside UP Diliman

A couple of months before our Boracay escapade and Tutapel's Summer Workshops, my family and I have already spent a considerable amount of time hanging out at UP Diliman, mainly for Tutapel's grueling Twenty-two 1 hour tutorial sessions.


"UP Naming Mahal" in full bloom during the summer!

Although things didn't turn out the way we wanted them to be, we were still immensely thankful for a number of reasons:

1st:   Tutapel became a confident Tagalog speaker in about three months since he started. 
2nd:  We found out that he had difficulty in comprehending classifications, and in turn, started addressing this issue more aggressively. 
3rd:  We also discovered that he was very good in sequencing and patterns which somehow signified his natural inclination toward Reading and Math. 
4th:   We got the chance to tour Tutapel around our alma mater while telling him stories about my college life and his Tita Nene's as well as his Dada's journey through Graduate School. 
5th:    We were able to have a hearty serving of Rodic's signature Tapsilog dish to our hearts' content. :-)

Rodic's Diner inside UP Shopping Center

Lastly, I discovered what looked like five note-worthy workshops regularly conducted inside the UP Diliman campus at certain times of the year.

Here are they:



Offered all year long, the UP CMEP offers Recorder lessons for kids as young as 5 years old to develop skills in note-reading, ear-training and musicality. If you are interested in studying other types of instruments and specializations, please click this.


UP COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Offered every summer to 5 year olds to incoming Grade 3 kids, participants will be trained in Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Arts, Music & Movement sort of in the UPIS (UP Integrated School)-way since most UPIS teachers come from UP Educ.

UP COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
University of the Philippines Diliman

KALINGA DAY CARE CENTER

Great for those looking for an affordable yet competitive summer program for preschool kids.

KALINGA DAY CARE CENTER
University of the Philippines Diliman

KIDS AT ART AT UP INTEGRATED SCHOOL

An impressive workshop done every summer with regular tutorials to boot, kids will be immersed in the beauty of drawing, painting, sculpture and crafts.


KIDS AT ART AT UP INTEGRATED SCHOOL
University of the Philippines Diliman

FERNANDO B. SENA 2014 ART WORKSHOP

My newest mommy friend who lives inside the campus once told me that renowned painter Maestro Fernando Sena holds regular workshops set all year round at the UP Vargas Museum.

Geared toward kids (as young as 6) and adults alike, students will learn fundamentals in Drawing and Painting, Still Life, Portraiture, Landscape, Seascape. 

Maestro Fernando Sena Holds Mid-Year Art Workshops For Kids &Adults 
at the UP Vargas Museum inside UP Diliman

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Fernando B. Sena 2014 Art Workshop
Workshop Fee:
Php 4000 ( 8 Sessions)
Php   800 ( Materials )  
Phone: 928-1927 and look for Mr. John or Ms. Linda 
Phone: 376-2196 or 0918-951-9989 (Mr. Sena)
         
Kids At Art

Kalinga Daycare Center

UP EDTEG
UP College of Education
Phone: 981-8500 local 2821

UP College of Music Extension Program





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Saturday, June 21, 2014

"Making Things Happen" Anthem Lives On Even With The Culmination of The 2014 McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop!

Summer maybe officially over but the McDonald's Kiddie Crew Vision of "Making Things Happen" lives on!

 Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014 at the World Trade Center Manila

 Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014 
at the World Trade Center Manila

It was my son's first time to join the Kiddie Crew and attend the Grand Graduation as well. The culminating event was designed primarily to be a mini-fair of impressive proportions unequalled to this day, by rival fast food franchises.

Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014 at the World Trade Center Manila

Upon entering the World Trade Center Manila, we saw several life-sized standees not only of our fave McDo characters but also an array of our beloved community helpers. At first, we were clueless about their presence but later during the programme itself, we understood the reason why.

 Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014 at the World Trade Center Manila

To my son's surprise, I gave him a pop quiz about the standees' names in both English and Filipino. He  happily indulged his mother for a while before he ran to his fave, that of a soldier or "sundalo" in the vernacular.

 Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014 
at the World Trade Center Manila

Though the obstacle course lasted for only a few seconds, clearly it was Tutapel's fave booth in the fair. (For better quality, please switch to 720 HD by clicking the gear button).


The fairlike quality of the Mcdo Kiddie Crew Graduation reminded me a lot of the EH Pink Fair organized by Korean cosmetic giant, Etude House, a few years back.

Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014 at the World Trade Center Manila

For obvious reasons, McDonald's passed up the pink theme in favor of its signature red, yellow and orange colors. (Stars over you. Mama said, Papa said, I love you!) Smiling Smiley Face

 Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014 at the World Trade Center Manila

 Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014 at the World Trade Center Manila

As a typical six year-old boy overflowing with boundless energy, Tutapel had a blast with the inflatable bounce house!


 Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014 at the World Trade Center Manila

A number of companies were there to promote specific products geared towards school-aged kids.

 Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014 at the World Trade Center Manila

When I heard that our fave book publisher Adarna House was also present at the event, my son and I searched high and low; but to no avail. Oh My Smiley

 Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014 at the World Trade Center Manila

Several minutes before the programme, we seated ourselves near the entrance while hubby Bala and my nephew Chix exchanged our meal vouchers.


 Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014 at the World Trade Center Manila

A few minutes after, the room became pitch-black and the stage started glowing in hues of red and blue signalling the start of the programme. (For better quality, please switch to 720 HD by clicking the gear button).


Right after this Cirque de Soleil-Let It Go inspired production number, Ms. Jackie Lou Blanco gave an equally impressive performance alongside a plethora of talented dancers.

Still a few minutes later, Ms. Jackie introduced his co-host for the duration of the event, popular Broadcast Journalist, Atom Araullo.


 Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014 at the World Trade Center Manila

As a fitting development, Ronald McDonald went on stage and exchanged a cycle of friendly banter with the hosts as well as the rest of the McDo gang.


 Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014 at the World Trade Center Manila

Film/TV actress, Ms. Dimples Romana was also called in to share with the public how much her daughter enjoyed being part of the 2014 McDo Kiddie Crew Workshop. 

 Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014 at the World Trade Center Manila

At one point, live acts of the community helpers took center stage so that they can share with the kids, about their specific job description.


 Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014 at the World Trade Center Manila

For instance, Madam Teacher gave a spelling lesson using some McDonald's products as reference.

 Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014
 at the World Trade Center Manila

Mr. Fireman on the other hand, explained the necessity of water, in putting out fires.

 Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014 
at the World Trade Center Manila

Into the second hour, I felt that I needed to grab something refreshing, that's why I turned to McDo's Signature McFloat for the answer. Smiling Smiley Face The rest of the fam wanted the same sugar rush so I returned to the pop-up store to get a couple more drinks. 

 Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014 at the World Trade Center Manila

Aside from all the fun and excitement at the Grand Graduation, my son was also able to claim his free McDonald's Card which entitles him to some freebies and entrance passes to Quarterly Club Activities.  


 Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation 2014 at the World Trade Center Manila

My son's short stint at the McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop  exposed him to the values of TEAMWORK, RESPONSIBILITY, DISCIPLINE, HARDWORK AND SHARING-all presented in a FUN way!

We can all agree that as the school year starts to unfold, our children need to apply these same principles all the more. And if SERVICE is at the heart of things, then "THEY CAN REALLY MAKE THINGS HAPPEN." Smiling Smiley Face Smiling Smiley Face Smiling Smiley Face


"As we gather here today 
We make our pledge 
To serve others, to be the best.

Let nothing bring us down
Always say we can!

Let the whole world know
We're gonna make things happen."

                                                                -"Make Things Happen"
                                                             McDonald's Kiddie Crew Anthem


McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop






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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

All You Can Eat PROMO @ Figaro Coffee Company For Just Php 299!

Whenever I hear the word Figaro, I can't help but think about Mozart's comic opera The Marriage of Figaro. Blame it on my first ever job as radio announcer of 98.7 DZFE-The Master's Touch- the only classical music radio station in the country. Somehow I've never really gotten over my love affair with classical music so much so that I've learned to just live with it. Smiling Smiley Face 

Some things are really worth cherishing and I feel that another figaro, the Figaro Coffee Company in particular, is worth keeping in my list of fave spots. I admit it. At first I might have been influenced a little (okay, maybe a lot) by how much Patrick Dempsey's character in the film Made of Honor, gushed about the cafe. After trying it a couple of times, I can't help but feel the same way.

All You Can Eat @ Figaro

I've recently discovered that Figaro Coffee Company now offers an ALL YOU CAN EAT DINNER PROMO for just Php 299 to cater to Pinoys' endless fascination with buffet-style dining.

The buffet spread is filled with yummy pasta choices such as Pasta Arrabiatta, Carbonara, Al Tonno and Pesto. Sandwich lovers can also feast on Grilled Chicken, Tuna & Cheese, BLT and Grilled Eggplant. Unlimited Lemonade is offered on the side.

All You Can Eat @ Figaro is available from Monday through Friday from 6 to 9 PM only. Promo ends June 30, 2014.

 All You Can Eat @ Figaro

Figaro Coffee Company Philippines
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Participating Branches for ALL YOU CAN EAT @ FIGARO:
Figaro Alabang Town Center
Figaro Banawe
Figaro Cattleya
Figaro DBP
Figaro Glorietta
Figaro Greenbelt
Figaro Shangrila
Figaro Festival
Figaro Gateway
Figaro Liberty
Figaro Tomas Morato
Figaro BPI Paseo
Figaro Malate Bayview
Figaro Promenade
Figaro Taipan Place
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