Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Abs-Cbn's Upcoming Teleserye "Budoy": Something to Look Forward To

Gerald Anderson as Budoy, photo taken from

I am not really into teleserye (read: soap operas on television)but I had recently been intrigued by one of Abs-Cbn's upcoming advocacy teleserye entitled Budoy. Young actor Gerald Anderson is elated to have been chosen as the lead star of "Budoy," the newest TV series to join the prime time line-up of ABS-CBN.
"I am at a loss for words. Overwhelmed ako sa kuwento, sa casting. Mayroon pa akong bagong leading lady. Kasama ko sina Ms. Zsa Zsa, Mylene. Sobrang excited kaming mag-start," said Anderson. He noted that the characters have a different kind of depth and the story is filled with a lot of twists. Aside from this, Anderson revealed that he is hoping the kids would pick up important values from the new soap, such as the importance of education given the declining rate of literacy among Filipinos at present. 

In the said soap opera, Gerald Anderson has Angel Syndrome also known as Angelman Syndrome. According to Wikipedia: Angelman syndrome (AS) is a neuro-genetic disorder characterized by intellectual and developmental delay, sleep disturbance, seizures, jerky movements (especially hand-flapping), frequent laughter or smiling, and usually a happy demeanor.
AS is a classic example of genomic imprinting in that it is usually caused by deletion or inactivation of genes on the maternally inherited chromosome 15 while the paternal copy, which may be of normal sequence, is imprinted and therefore silenced. The sister syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, is caused by a similar loss of paternally inherited genes and maternal imprinting. AS is named after a British pediatrician, Dr. Harry Angelman, who first described the syndrome in 1965.[1]An older, alternative term for AS, happy puppet syndrome, is generally considered pejorative and stigmatizing so it is no longer the accepted term, though it is sometimes still used as an informal term of diagnosis. People with AS are sometimes known as "angels", both because of the syndrome's name and because of their youthful, happy appearance.

The said television program was even dubbed as an "advocacy teleserye," maybe it's because of the message it will try to convey the public or on its audience when it airs on channel 2. But like I've said earlier, I am intrigued in the show for two reasons: the syndrome itself and how Gerald Anderson will be acting this time. He's probably improved his craft by now.

First introduced to the Philippine audience via hit reality TV show “Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition,” Gerald worked his way up to become one of this generation’s most popular after young actors and leading men with his hit teleseryes “Sana Maulit Muli,” “My Girl,” Tayong Dalawa,” and “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo.”
As Gerald returns on primetime, he will be joined by other notable young stars, Jessy Mendiola (of Sabel fame) and Enrique Gil.
Jessy Mendiola will play the role of Jackie, Budoy’s childhood friend who dreams of becoming a teacher while rising teen star Enrique Gil will play the role of Benjamin, Budoy’s rival in love and the boy who has everything except his mother’s warmth and his father’s approval.
The advocacy serye marks the return of Janice de Belen to the Kapamilya network. She will play the role of Bebang, Budoy’s caretaker who adopted him after he was disowned by his real family.
Budoy, played by Gerald, is the son of Dr. Gregor Maniego (Tirso Cruz III), the top ob-gynecologist in the Philippines and Luisa Maniego (Zsa zsa Padilla), Dr. Maniego’s secretary who he chose to marry despite his mother mother’s disapproval.
Dr. Maniego came from a family of doctors—his mother Dr. Alberta Maniego (Barbara Perez) is a brilliant oncologist while his brother Dr. Isaac Maniego (Christian Vasquez) is a famous brain surgeon.
Budoy’s birth is a family blessing that later on turned into a family shame when they discovered that Budoy is suffering from Angel Syndrome, which delays the intellectual development of a child.
The family decided to hide their “dishonor”—their abnormal son Budoy—and replace him with a normal child.
“Budoy’s” power cast will be joined by veteran stars Gloria Sevilla, Dante Rivero, and Mylene Dizon.
With such a powerhouse cast and with a promising story, I bet this newest Kapamilya primetime show will definitely be a hit! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Service is Tops at Richmonde Hotel in Eastwood City

Richmonde Hotel Eastwood is conveniently located on Eastwood City in Libis, a few hundred meters away from the busy intersections of Katipunan Avenue, C-5 and St. Ignatius in Quezon City. Situated right at the heart of the urban community that is Eastwood City, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel has the advantage of having an address where business, shopping, recreation and entertainment establishments are literally right next door. It is adjacent to the trendy Eastwood Mall and just a few steps away from Eastwood City Walk, the Eastwood Cyber and Fashion Mall and some of the country's corporate buildings. 

Watch TV while your husband sleeps soundly with this bed and slumber chair.
An IDD/NDD ready telephone is conveniently located on a well-lit table. 

Aerial view from the suite's window.

High-rise buildings can be viewed on your window

Welcome to slumberland!

Toiletries are ready when you enter the rest room.

The modern hotel offers all-inclusive accommodation with 138 hotel rooms as well as Superior Queen and King, Deluxe and Suites. Each suite incorporates a bevy of amenities which include complete dining and kitchen facilities, cable network television, NDD/IDD telephones, iPOD dock, individually controlled air-conditioning, hot and cold water, and broadband internet access. Other attractions include a coffee shop, bar/lounge, the Spa, Gym, plus roofdeck swimming pool where kids will surely enjoy.
My blogger buddy Vix would love to stay here too. Here she's photographed behind the flat-screened TV.

Snacks are readily available in each suite.

A kitchen and bar is a part of its suite.

With a microwave oven, coffee maker and fridge, who needs anything else?

A sofa set for the entire family.

An iPOD dock for your music needs.

You are assured of their service 24/7.

Be happy to know that they have kid-friendly meals as well.

State-of-the-art Gym is available on the 39th floor.

Exercise with a personal trainer at their spacious gym.

Television is also available at the gym.

Exercise while being guided properly by a gym trainor.

Eastwood Richmonde is the newest addition to the Richmonde Hotel brand. Owned and managed by Prestige Hotels and Resorts, Inc. an affiliate company of premier real estate developer Megaworld Corporation, this first class hotel answers the lodging needs of any world-class business traveler and jet-setting vacationer. 

For inquiries and reservations, call (632) 570-7777.
Eastwood Richmonde Hotel
17 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, Bagumbayan, Quezon City 1100

Friday, September 16, 2011 turns 2: Two years of Mommy Online Interactive Community

Purple Plum Fairy was recently invited to an exclusive bloggers-only affair as celebrates its 2nd anniversary. Time really does fly so fast especially when you’re having fun. It only seemed like yesterday when it was launched. I am proud to say that I had been one of its pioneer members. Now, had about 40 parenting episodes, 11 successful events and more than 2,000 members on the website! 
Ms. Tintin Bersola welcomes mommy bloggers and members.

For those who have not heard yet of this wonderful website, is the first-of-its kind, local parenting webshow in the country. Envisioned by multi-awarded celebrity host and mompreneur, Christine Bersola-Babao. It is a cutting edge concept that combines a dynamic website and a 30-minute bi-weekly parenting program.

Registered members of can avail of “free” online consultation with doctors, teachers, professionals, and other experts. Mommies can also share with other parents in this growing online community. remains eager and enthusiastic to share parenting lessons, make friends and touch lives.

Like I’ve said earlier, I’ve been an active member of ever since it was launched. I was able to learn a lot of things about parenting from the site and was able to gain new friends as well. The good news is: families all over the Philippines can now watch episodes on the Knowledge Channel, Skycable Channel 42. The schedule of airing is Sundays at 8PM, Mondays at 7:20PM, on Wednesdays at 8:40PM and Saturdays at 9AM, 2PM and 9PM. Topics ranges from conception to giving birth, to developmental milestones, toddler tips and more celebrity interviews! 

Ms. Tintin Bersola-Babao with member and Toddler Photo contest Winner Harrich Jean Agbisit.

An Eastwood Richmonde Executive with Online Contest Winner Bedalyn Aguas with Ms. Tintin Bersola-Babao.

During the event, winners of the toddler photo contest and Online Quiz winners were awarded. There were also talks on how to prevent Internet addiction. I’d like to think it’s prevalent nowadays. I had not been fully aware of such addiction so I really am grateful it had been discussed well by guest speaker, Ms. Vanessa Garon of The Nazareth Formation House and Golden Values School. I could somehow relate with it, not because I’m a computer-addict but because I am afraid Kyle might become one someday. (Hopefully not! I am crossing my fingers!) Kyle knows how to navigate the Internet and use the computer. He has his own email and Facebook account. He even knows which sites he could download his preferred games. I sometimes get peeved with Kyle when I am online blogging because he wants to use my PC to play games. Now, I am trying my best to make sure I limit Kyle’s time online.

We were also lucky to hear from Ms. Zonito Torevillas-Tamase about the right way to choose healthier foods and water alkalinity. We also toured the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel and were able to eat sumptuous buffet meals especially prepared for members of the by the resident chef. has an online promo that gives enterprising moms out there an opportunity to win a free booth at the Grand International Importers and Exporters Christmas Bazaar in World Trade Center-Hall A from November 11-20, 2011, by just turning in a successful referral. The value of the booth is P60,000 and two winning moms or dads can share it to sell wares this Christmas. 
For inquiries, email

Truly, it was indeed a wonderful day as attendees filled our heads with useful information and our stomach with good food. It feels great to be a part of this online community where each member’s like a family. I’m also happy to know that Ms. Tintin Bersola-Babao is now back to hosting a morning show called Kumare Klub along with Ms. Amy Perez and Ms. Chiqui Roa-Puno. Catch Ms. Tintin Bersoal-Babao at Kumare Klub, from Mondays to Fridays aired 7AM-8AM on TV5. Congratulations to and to Ms. Tintin Bersola-Babao! 
Wacky shot of members with Ms. Tintin Bersola.
Visit their website at or email them at

Purple Plum Fairy thanks Ms. Tintin Bersola-Babao, Ms. Estelle Piencenaves, the people behind, Ms. Pehpot Pineda, and Ms. Joy Mendiola.


Smart Steps: Pocket-friendly and Safe for Baby Products

The first time I heard about Smart Steps, I got really excited. Why am I so psyched up in testing this new product? Well, it’s great to know that Smart Steps was created out of a mother’s love for her baby. A mother looked for detergent products that are safe for babies. She did not found what she wanted in the market so she had formulated a product that would suit her baby’s needs. Hence, EVEolution Inc. (the company behind popular brands such as Cycles, Cradle and its newest product Smart Steps) was born. It soon became a company that specializes in baby and mommy products that are proven to be the mildest and safest in its category.
I had been privileged and was given samples of Smart Steps products. Smart Steps Laundry Detergent, Baby Fabric Softener and Baby Bottle and Nipple Cleanser (also good for washing fruits and vegetables) are initials offerings from the brand. All mommies will be glad to know that Smart Steps is a product of mommy researches, experimentations and scrutiny, with the guidance of top laboratory experts. Staying true to its commitment, EVEolution Inc. tapped credible inspection, verification and certification companies to validate its products’ hypoallergenicity and baby-safe product features. With such assurance, as parents, we can all have peace of mind if we use Smart Steps on our babies’ clothes.
I liked the product because it is made from plant-derived surfactants making sure it is safe also for the environment. It had a mild fragrance that won’t harsh babies’ sensitive skin. As we all know that regular detergents can leave residue and strip babies’ clothes off their softness. Smart Steps has powerful stainlifters that fight tough dirt and stains while preventing skin dryness and irritations. 
To further help EVEolution disseminate its cause, they chose Tintin Bersola-Babao to be the Smart Steps brand ambassador. Award-winning television host Tintin Bersola-Babao is a doting mom to her kids Antonia and Nio. Despite her busy schedule, Tintin makes sure that she gives quality time to her kids. “As a mother, my main concerns are Antonia and Nio. They are my pride and joy. Julius and I work very hard because of them. We want to give all the best for our kids,” Tintin enthuses.
Tintin is known as a devoted mom who five children’s books (and another one in the works) – one of them are “The Story of Christine,” “Bakit Siya Meron? Bakit Ako, Wala,” and “Si Kontra, Si Bida, Big Boy Buwaya” – all have received citations from the Catholic Mass Media Awards. She is also a six-time Anak Awardee. Tintin is the prime mover, Executive Creative Director and host of the trailblazing concept – The First Online Parenting Show in the Philippines -  She is also a volunteer and advocate of many causes and charities. Further, she passionately supports literacy projects and environmental concerns. She is a prominent personality in most mommy-baby events and is highly regarded as an epitome of a good wife and mom.

That is why she is the perfect endorser for Smart Steps.  As a meticulous mom, Tintin admits that when it comes to her kids, she only wants what is best for them.  That is why the products she uses for them are chosen with strict consideration.  “I am picky in that sense.  I only use the products that are safe for them and products that would answer to their specific needs. I am not a fan of expensive things. I totally believe that taking good care of your little ones should not come with an expensive price tag. Para sa akin, hindi dapat gumastos ng malaki para magbigay ng tamang pag-aalaga sa aking mga anak.  That is why I am a fan of Smart Steps.  Kasi hindi lahat ng regular products sa market ay safe para sa ating mga anak.  That is why when Smart Steps was introduced to me, I was totally thrilled.  And became elated and really excited when they asked me to endorse the brand,” Tintin admits. 

Moreover, as an active parent advocate, helping mommies out in properly raising their kids is one of her objectives.  Hence, Tintin makes sure she only endorses products she truly believes in.  “I am completely convinced that I made a smart step by accepting the offer of being their endorser.  I believe in the brand and company’s vision of continuously providing safer alternatives to modern child rearing.  For me, EVEolution and Smart Steps truly help me in taking good care of my children. What is nice about Smart Steps also is that pasok ito sa budget nating mga mommies.  As mentioned earlier, giving the proper care for your little ones should not come with an expensive price tag,” Tintin elaborates.  As she would say it, with Smart Steps, “alagang mabuting ina sa tamang halaga.”

Smart Steps Baby Laundry Detergent and Baby Fabric Softener are safer and milder for use on your baby or little one’s clothes.  They are both hypoallergenic and do not contain harmful chemicals that are normally found in regular detergents and regular fabric softeners.  “Ordinary detergents and fabric softeners can be harmful on your little one’s sensitive skin. Normally naman diba hinihiwalay talaga natin ang paglaba ng damit ng ating mga babies sa paglaba ng damit natin? Dahil bilang isang ina, alam natin na mas sensitive ang skin ni baby at madali magka-rashes,” Tintin adds.  That is why you should not use regular detergents and fabric softeners when washing your baby’s clothes.  “You should use a detergent and fabric softener that is specially formulated to be mild and safe for your baby’s delicate skin…yung walang harmful chemicals na makaka-iritate sa skin ng ating mga anak.  Katulong natin ang Smart Steps sa pagpapanatiling malinis at malambot ang kanilang mga damit at free from rashes ang skin ng ating mga little ones,” Tintin admits.  Since Smart Steps is hypoallergenic, moms are assured that her family members, especially those who have sensitive skin, are protected from harmful and irritating chemicals found in regular detergents and regular fabric softeners in the market.

Tintin also educates us on baby bottle cleansers.  “Some bottle cleansers contain harmful chemicals na maaring makalason.  To be assured of my baby’s safety, I use Smart Steps Baby Bottle and Nipple Cleanser.  It is made from natural and edible ingredients.  Thus, clinically proven non-toxic and safe for our babies,” she explains.  It is perfect for cleaning feeding bottles, nipples, teats, utensils and even toys.  “In cleaning anything that comes in contact with your baby’s mouth, Smart Steps is a safer alternative.  Also, since it is proven non-toxic and edible, it can also be used to clean and rinse our fruits and veggies,” Tintin willingly shares. With Smart Steps products, tamang pag-aalaga at tamang pagmamahal kay baby, sa presyong pasok sa budget ni mommy.”
Tintin is truly an inspiration to a lot of mommies. Not only is she an epitome of a good wife, she also is a model parent for most.  Like Tintin, we hope that our mommies out there will also make the “smarter step” in taking good care of their little ones. 

Smart Steps products are now available in selected supermarkets, groceries, department stores and baby-specialty stores. Smart Steps baby laundry detergent is available in liquid and powder variants (1.5L liquid bottle, 900ml liquid refill, 900g powder, 450g powder, 35ml liquid sachet and 50g powder sachet) while its baby Fabric Softener comes in 1.5L bottle, 900ml refill and 35ml liquid sachet. Smart Steps baby bottle cleanser is available in 400ml pump dispenser, 250ml refill, and 35ml liquid sachet. 
Visit Smart Steps at Find them on Facebook and Twitter @MommySmartSteps 

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this blog post. My opinions are 100% my own. 


Purple Plum Fairy & Fashion Blendz' Contest Winners

Mea culpa, mea culpa. I am deeply sorry for posting the winners a bit late than we all had probably expected. I had been quite busy lately that I didn’t had the chance to actually sit down and go online. Aside from that, I had to meet up with our generous sponsor, Ms. Joanne Tuanquin, owner of Fashion Blendz because we had agreed early on that she’ll be the one to draw out the winners. Finally, we were able to arrange the draw last week. So who actually won the contest? Ms. Joanne Tuanquin picked out the winners. Watch the video below.

Here's the video:

Purple Plum Fairy and Fashion Blendz would like to extend our sincerest thanks to everyone who joined our mini giveaway. We hope you’ll continue to join in our future contests soon. Congratulations to all the three winners! You guys won two items each from Fashion Blendz. Winners will receive an email from Purple Plum Fairy with details on how they can receive their prizes. However, winners MUST email back within 72 hours from the time they received our email for some verification. Failure to do so might forfeit the said prizes.

Again, thank you very much for joining. Please keep visiting Purple Plum Fairy’s main blog and Security Blanket (my food blog) for future promos and contests. (I’m cooking another one again soon in time for Christmas. Promise, this is bigger and a whole lot better.)
Purple Plum Fairy might spread some of her magical pixie dusts on her blog’s lucky loyal visitors, subscribers and frequent commentors as well as those who posts on Purple Plum Fairy’s page on Facebook.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

How I Became A Teacher For A Day

The door that says it all. Welcome to my class!

I remember how I wanted to become a teacher when I was a kid. But since my mother's an education graduate who didn't had the patience for teaching, she discouraged me right away saying that I myself had no patience for little children and that with such career, I'd end up  a spinster. More than two decades later, after finishing Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, I still had that desire to teach kids. And honestly, with the way things are going in the so-called "love department", I might really end up a spinster. But like I've always said, I don't really mind if  I had a zero love life, as long as I am happy, I know I'm going to be fine. 

Anyway, I recently fulfilled my dream on becoming a teacher, even just for a day. Kyle's teacher and my good friend, Ms. Dolly Grace Yambao of Teodora Alonzo Elementary School in Project 4, Quezon City had invited me thru email to become a speaker for their journalism workshop. It had actually taken quite sometime before I agreed, not because I didn't want to, but simply because I had not been online as much as I wanted to. The moment I found out about it, I became excited and I had looked forward to that day. 

The author explains what feature story is all about.

I immediately researched for topics to be discussed, I needed to find my old college textbooks and other compilation as well as my very reliable book, Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, it is indeed a must-read for all writers. It's really just a small pocketbook, but a timeless one--a daily companion for all writers. I knew I had hidden it somewhere and I was glad to be given barely two weeks to find it and to prepare. 

Of course, I had to make sure also that what I'll be sharing throughout my lecture will be easy to understand by elementary pupils. And since it's going to be my first time to speak in front of grade school students, I am somewhat excited and at the same time I felt some jitters as well. I wanted to connect to my students well and hopefully gain some respect in return. 

The author reads a sample of a good lead.

The day eventually came. It was held last September 7, 2011 at 15th Avenue Elementary School in Cubao, Quezon City. It was actually a day after my birthday. I feel blessed and honored with the opportunity that was given to me. I wanted to mentor these kids more than anything. I really enjoyed interacting with all of them. Most of them knew all about the latest gadgets and some were techie enough to bring it to school (they were allowed I think because there's a photojournalism and program later during the day). They knew all about Facebook, Skype, Emails, Wi-Fi etc. 

The students are busy copying from the board.

 Kids will always be kids. My students were from grades 4 to 6. I even had a girl student (you know who you are, sweetie!) who kept asking me questions. I thought I was getting her bored with my lecture, but I later found out she was really in the mood to write. (I seem to understand her as most writers will agree, that once our "momentum" comes, there's a certain urge that you wanted to write right away.) Call it an inspiration, it is some sort of a different high, that only writers can understand. 

The author explains the difference of news writing and feature writing. 

I taught them how to properly make a good lead that has to grab the reader's attention, body context to sustain the reader's interest and how to end up the article with a good conclusion as well. My class were pretty good as they were eager to answer my questions. And since what we had was only a crash course, they needed to grasp more and polish their potentials. Some of them had problems with content, others with spelling, others with grammar, and some with English comprehension. But I believe if they're given the right training, these kids will someday shine on their own. 

The certificate of appreciation given to the author.

Before the day ended, I was surprised to receive a certificate of appreciation from Ms. Yambao and those people responsible for this affair. I had not expected anything. All I had in mind was to just have fun and to be able to share whatever knowledge I could impart with those kids. I am really grateful for all of these. I do hope the kids enjoyed the training I had given them and somehow learned from my lecture a thing or two about feature writing. 

I wish I could teach more. I really enjoyed the experience. I love these kids as if they were really my students. I was even touched that even after the lecture was over, a boy came to me a hugged me tight as if he were my nephew. A girl approached me and asked for a photograph with me and her friends. I later found out she had this picture as her primary photo for her Facebook account. Little things like these warms my heart.  I even gave the class my email address so they could also add me up on Facebook and we can all become friends and stay-in-touch with each other.

While the other guest speakers had left, I stayed behind because I wanted to see these amazing kids go up the stage and be recognized for a job well done. If only i could make them all winners, I would've done it. But since I was only allowed to pick five winners from English division and another five for Lathalain (Filipino).  And before we ended our lecture, I told them that they were all winners in their own rights because they had represented their schools in inter-school competitions such as these, and not everyone's given that opportunity. Even if some of them had not won, they could still win some other time, the important thing is that they should always do their best. 

As I clapped my hands each time a name's called and another child recognized for his or her achievement, I couldn't help but smile and be proud. It may seem a small feat, but I knew these kids strived their best and exerted their effort in representing their own schools. I wish that someday some of these kids will become popular writers/future columnists. 

As the ten winners prepare for the next bout, another challenge beckons. I wish them good luck and may they never cease to pray to God for guidance. And to Ma'am Yambao and Ms. Venus Gloria, my sincerest thanks for making one of my childhood dreams come true. I wish I could be invited again next time. It was a great birthday present. Thank you for making my birthday truly special and a memorable one. 

The entire feature writing class smiled before the camera.


Parenting Secrets Revealed at Superkids @SMX

The 21st century kid is undoubtedly a future champion in the making. Inquisitive, critical-thinker and technology savvy, he has what it takes to thrive in the real world in the future. Find out more about the new trends in rearing the 21st century kids in "Superkids 2011", a co-located event at the 32nd Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) set on September 16-17, 2011 at the Function Room 3, SMX Convention Center, Seashell Drive, Sm Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

Super Kids 2011 is a two-day conference and exhibition on Early Childhood that aims to highlight issues in early childhood and parenting that impact on the development of today’s young Filipino learners.

The main focus of this year’s conference is the role of parents in the development of young children. Our main speaker, Mr. David Chiem of MindChamps, Inc. Singapore, will focus on the following topics: "Creating a Champion Mindset for your child and Defining Creativity and How to Nurture It in Every Child". He is a well-known author and owner of MindChamps, Inc., an educational and progressive center for children ages 0-12 years old in Singapore. Superkids 2011 will also discuss the latest in child care and development for pre-school teachers and parents. "The Uniqueness of Each Child" with speaker Dr. Francis Xavier Dimalanta, developmental and behavioral pediatrician whose expertise on children with special needs led to the formation of a Child's DREAM (Developmental Rehabilitative Early Assessment and Management) Foundation Inc.; "A Champion Spirit in Every Child" with speaker Dr. Eduardo Villasenor, psychologist and managing director of Metropolitan Psychological Corporation in Makati Medical Center.

The Philippine scenario will be handled by well-known developmental pediatricians and clinical psychologists who will merge the learnings about children and parents from the cultural and social aspects of the Philippine society.
This two-day event will be full of new insights, ideas, and learning that will enhance and hone the strengths of parents, teachers, and adults who work with children.

Separate sessions will be held on September 17 such as "The Rights of the Child Curriculum with speaker Sam Santos, president of I Am S.A.M. Foundation, Inc. and McKinley International School & Leadership Academy for Children Lipa, Inc., "Raising Kids as Good Learners: Best Practices In Parenting" with speaker Dr. Queena Lee-Chua, professor, columnist and author, "Music and Children" with speaker Joonee Garcia, owner of Academy One music and Dance Center who specializes in early childhood music education. 

Organized by Primetrade Asia, Inc. - a Professional Event Organizer with 20 years of 
experience in organizing trade fairs and exhibitions, conferences, seminars and workshops. 
The company has successfully organized international and national trade fairs such 
as the Manila International Book Fair, the Philippine Academic Book Fair, Exhibitions 
for The World Bank, and other reputable clients. The company also manages corporate 
events: anniversaries, inaugurations, groundbreakings, sales blitzes, homecomings, 
caravan events and marketing-related activities.

Co-organized by Potentia Inc. - a corporation under the helm of Maricar Gustilo-de Ocampo, 
an early childhood education expert for over twenty years. A consultant to many of 
the prestigious pre-schools, she also is a professor in the Graduate School of De La Salle 
University. She co-organized the 1st & 2nd Philippine Summit on Early Childhood
 Education in 2008 and 2009.

I sincerely recommend for parents to attend these events, most especially to hear Dr. Queena 
Lee Chua's talk on how to properly raise kids. She is such a good speaker, I've seen her a 
lot of times giving talk on a few parenting seminars and I commend her for raising her own 
kid, Scott into a boy genius. Parents and teachers will surely learn a lot from her as well as 
from other speakers. So if you guys don't have any commitment on those days, or better yet, 
reserve that day for your kids' future, please drop by the SMX Convention center.

For more information, please call Lani Desor or Kristine Tolentino at 8960682 or 8951706,
 email them at

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