Saturday, September 22, 2018

Habi Trade Fair Showcasing Filipino Craftsmanship on October 12 to 14, 2018


Non-profit organization, HABI, The Philippine Textile Council, is showcasing the artistry of the country's indigenous weavers . This year, the fair is dubbed, "Woven Voyages: 8th Likhang HABI Textile Fair 2018.  

The trade fair will showcase more than 80 exhibitors, making this year HABI's biggest event to date. The show will include textile exhibitors from the ASEAN region, including: weaving communities of Brunei, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Vietnam. 

Natural Fabrics

HABI will spotlight products that are made of natural fabrics, and will include the colorful merchandise of established brands that use the fabrics made by the weavers. One of which are fashionable bags adorned with the resplendent cloth made by the Yakans of Basilan. Make sure to also watch out for the hand-woven blankets, covers, and napkins from the Ilocos region. There will also be toys and novelty items made by local craftsmen. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Importance of Classroom Assessment in 21st Century Learning


The fourth industrial revolution changed the dynamics of living: we see the convergence of physical, digital, and biological dimensions emerge, powered by new technologies and platforms that connect us in new ways. An era of limitless possibility and opportunity, the 21st century is seen not only as a time of rapid advancement in technology but also a period where continuous improvements for learning and knowledge sharing has become a primary concern. Teaching tools, assets, and content offerings and evaluation have undergone change and disruptions to raise the bar of excellence higher to comply with a globally competitive horizon.  

Last 2015, the Department of Education released a policy which sought to reinforce the importance of comprehensive methods of student assessment, a move which works to complement the then newly implemented K to 12 program. DepEd Order No. 8 mandated educational institutions to make classroom assessment an integral part of the curriculum. Assessment helps keep track of learners’ progress, induce self-reflection and personal accountability, as well as enhance profiling systems to help students learn better within a dynamic environment. The assessment of an individual learner´s performance is no longer limited to the academic portfolio but has since shifted to include an ongoing process of identification, gathering, organization, and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative sets of information. These new categories are designed to highlight how and what learners know, and more importantly, what they can do with it in practical, real-world situations.

With this, the mixing and matching of skills from thorough evaluation processes could be an answer to the growing demand of a more diversified audience, moving towards better customization and personalization of education. This integrated method is centered on the student not only as a learner but more so as a whole child, a dynamic person. 


In this framework, there are two levels of classroom assessment. First is formative assessment which is an in-process evaluation of students’ performance during a lesson, unit or course. This type of assessment helps educators identify the strengths and weaknesses of learners, which in turn is vital in improving lessons, modules, instructional techniques and academic support provided to improve a students’ learning experience.

The second level is called summative assessment. Usually provided after a unit or period of learning is completed, this next step helps describe the degree or standard reached by an individual learner after a certain period in the educational calendar. The results are recorded and used to report on the learner´s achievement, based on the rubrics followed by the institution´s program. These forms of evaluation aim to heighten the potential of every learner, guiding them to face the challenges of the real world by providing concrete measures or valuation for each learner´s unique learning capacities and cognitive processes.

Friday, August 31, 2018

'Spice Up Your Ride' Raffle Promo Kicked Off by #OldSpicePH and Ducati Motorbike


'Spice  Up Your Ride' Raffle Promo

Old Spice, the manliest grooming brand on the planet, has recently launched the ‘Spice Up Your Ride’ raffle promo, where a lucky guy gets to win an exclusive Old Spice Edition of the equally confident and striking Ducati SuperSport motorbike.

The Grand Prize

“We want today’s man to not settle for the bland and the conventional. Today’s man should be able to stand out and be fully confident of themselves. With Old Spice, you get to spice up your ride, making you feel confident in whatever endeavor you are in to, whether it is about your career, your sport, your social life, or your personal life.  We want you to take charge. And with our friends in Ducati, you get to do this by elevating your game with the limited edition Old Spice Ducati SuperSport”, shared by Old Spice Philippines at the launch event in Social House, Circuit Makati, Makati City.

The ‘Spice Up Your Ride’ promo is perfect for a man’s man, someone who wants to feel fresh and at their best not only in the personal level, but also when it comes to exploring through the bikes they ride.

'Spice Up Your Ride' Raffle Promo Mechanics

To join the promo, all you have to do is man up and...

1) purchase any Old Spice product. You can then...
2) submit your entry at, where you will have to fill out your personal information, contact details, and the receipt number of the product that you purchased.

For the complete mechanics, details of the promo, and as well as more information about Old Spice, you check out the Old Spice PH website and their Facebook page ( The promo runs from July 15 to October 31, 2018 with the draw happening on November 5, 2018.

Old Spice is the authority on the male grooming experience and it brings authenticity, performance, and confidence to men all around the world. It offers a wide array of products for the modern man such as antiperspirant deodorants, deodorants, bar soap, shower gel, body sprays, after shaves, and colognes.  It comes in various scent collections, allowing the man to choose the perfect man-smell for oneself given any and every situation. You can man-up today as Old Spice is found in all leading supermarkets and stores nationwide.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Colorgram at SM City Masinag #DaviesColorsSMMasinag

Colors don't only go well with summer, it just as well fit the rainy days too!

The Triangles Colorgram at SM Masinag displayed  a colorful pop-up exhibit themed apt for the rainy season. Brightly-colored instagrammable areas in the exhibit  include a cloud wall, swing wall, umbrella, rainbow areas, colorful pyramid blocks and larger-than-life jenga-like spot. Everyone's got to love the colorful umbrella-covered ceiling, to boot.

These color-filled areas come alongside fun activities and events, including: Paint that Funbrella, Mural Mural on the Wall, and QRolorful Codes - which don't just bring colors that mall-goers will enjoy, they also get to participate in what could win them special prizes from SM City Masinag. Shoppers can use the hashtag #DaviesColorsSMMasinag when they post via social media.

The #Triangles #Colorgram at SM City Masinag (Official) displayed a #colorful #popup #exhibit with the theme apt for the #rainy season. ๐ŸŽจ Participating schools rose up to the challenge. It was fun watching all these students give their best as they represented their respective schools. Congratulations to the following winners:
 ๐ŸŽจ 2nd runner-up: OLOPSC
 ๐ŸŽจ 1st runner-up: Charis School
๐ŸŽจ 1st Prize Winner: Santa Elena High School

 May you continue to hone and nurture your talents, and make your schools, and loved ones proud! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป #DaviesColorsSMMasinag The Triangles Colorgram at SM City Masinag runs from August 10-18, 2018. It is also in partnership with Davies Paints.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Teaching Your Kids How to Use Tech Wisely


Kids have been growing up with computers, mobile technology, and the Internet for many years now, and the use of these technologies is an integral part of modern life. There are few paths your child can take that won’t have at least a degree of technological interaction, and for the most part, this is a good thing. The information, experiences, and opportunities for communication can enrich lives and enable better standards of education, but with these benefits come risks. To keep your child safe, you need to make sure they understand how to look after themselves, why it’s important, and how to trust what they are reading.

Information literacy
This is the ability to not just read what you find online, but know how to check whether it’s truthful and accurate. Kids tend to believe everything they read on websites without stopping to consider that the facts could be incorrect or deliberately misleading. They are approaching their acquisition of knowledge with a naivety that comes from lack of experience.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Qualifying for the TCS New York City Marathon 2018: 3 Lessons Learned


3 Life Lessons Learned on the Road to 2018 NYCM Qualifier

Credit to Rickpets Lens Photography

After running my first full marathon in 2017 and realizing that I didn't have enough experience and training for it, I decided to continue training and maintain or even try to improve my fitness level if ever our company would announce another qualifier for the New York City Marathon for 2018. When they sent an email blast to all employees that they've chosen the Runfest 2018 21k as the qualifier, I wasn't as confident like I was the previous year, but was definitely wiser, more experienced and more ready physically.

You Only Fail When You Quit

Finishing in 6 hours, 27 minutes and 29 seconds (bib # 41121) in the previous qualifier, and being the second to the last who finished among those who joined from our company, I didn't qualify for NYCM 2017.

And to top all that, I suffered various injuries like a wound from inner thigh chafing, huge blisters from running with wet socks because it rained before gun start, and swollen legs for lack of training and experience. It took me 3 full weeks before I was able to run again. I should have known better. Did I fail? I didn't qualify, that's true, but I didn't quit and throw in the towel after that.

The experience didn't put me down, but all the more, challenged me. Learning from it and admitting my shortcomings, I decided to plan out the next 12 months.

Those Who Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

I registered for the RunRio Trilogy 2017 - the trilogy was designed to force my preparation for a full marathon, but this time for a longer period of time. I had almost 6 months to prepare for my second full marathon which was the 3rd leg of the trilogy. The distances for the legs 1 and 2 were 21 km and 32 km, respectively. There was a 6-week spacing in between each leg and looking at it, I knew it could help me train better and longer for my 2nd 42k.

If you take a look at my running record (above) right after NatGeo Run 2017 (April 23), you would notice that I ran about 2 to 3 times per week. The RunRio Trilogy legs 1 and 2 served as my long distance runs to prepare my body for my next marathon. As a result of this preparation, even though I must admit I still did find RunRio Trilogy Leg 3 42k a bit daunting, I was able to significantly reduce my finish time for my second full marathon.

After this achievement, the next strategy was to replicate the same training approach for the possible New York City Marathon qualifier for 2018. I ran a half marathon every month from November 2017 until the next qualifier. That implied I needed to maintain my fitness level.

This was challenging because since May 2017, I took over preaching responsibilities in our church in Eastwood, Christ's Way Community, every Sunday, 10:30 am. If you don't know yet, running events are usually scheduled early Sunday morning. It helped that there was at least one Sunday in a month that I didn't teach.

Another thing I incorporated in my training regimen was to do long distance runs on weekends and running up Sumulong Highway, from Masinag, Marcos Higway to Antipolo - hills training - something I started in November 2017. Since then, I did my best to run regularly, only allowing a maximum of 4 days without ever running. I ran wherever, whenever.

Below are some of my runs - hills, provinces and countries, when we went on trips as a family.

Relive '05062018 run'

Relive '03252018 run - Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam'

Relive '05012018 run - Tondol, Anda, Pangasinan'

Relive '05142018 run - Tagaytay - Nasugbu Hiway'

Relive '06132018 run - Negros Oriental'

Having done all these, I thought I was totally ready for the qualifier, until something happened and I learned another important lesson.

Don't Lose Sight of Things that Really Matter

Early June while we were in Dumaguete City, after our company announced that the Runfest will be the qualifying run for NYCM 2018, I sprained my left ankle badly. Not from running, but from a simple misstep while taking photos around the Dumaguete City port. The sprain was so bad that my ankle became swollen and I couldn't walk properly - and the qualifier was in 3 weeks. I had laid out my plan for our 2 week trip  - June 9-12, Dumaguete, Siquijor and Tayasan, Negros Oriental; June 13-24, Kuala Lumpur, Doha and back. With the sprain, I wasn't able to run as scheduled. I felt disappointed, and really down. I was forced to stop. I had no choice.

Stopping gave me time to slow down and just ponder about everything that was going on at that time. As I was thinking about what happened, I realized this - qualifying for the NYCM was a goal in this season in my life that I was gripping onto a bit too tightly.

What have I been doing and thinking? I was on a trip with my family and my mind was on running!  I've lost my bearings. The sprain, as bad as it may have been, helped me take a step back, check my heart and re-think my priorities. I was reminded of what’s really important and it’s the life-giving relationships in my life - my relationship with God, my family, people in my life.

So how did things turn out? I got to enjoy time with my family while on vacation and had a terrific time traveling with my wife to Qatar.

In Siquijor Island with my wife and son

With wifey at Messaieed, Qatar

As for my running, it turned out that the sprain was able to heal quite fast - not completely, but enough for me to get back to running. I had the opportunity to do a 10-km run in Doha.

Relive '06202018 run - Al Corniche Street, Doha, Qatar'

Qualifying for the 2018 New York City Marathon

July 1, 2018 was the day. As the gun sounded at exactly 4am, I waited for 3 minutes before running so the wave of runners would run ahead of me. I did this so I can start the race running at my own, natural, unhindered and unobstructed pace. I felt relaxed and that was important. The game plan worked. Among those who participated in our company's qualifier for the NYCM, I was the second who finished. My official time was 2:18:51.

I thought I established a new PR (personal record) as seen in my social media post below.

But after checking, I realized it was 8 seconds short of my fastest 21k run which was during the SMDC Run last February 2018. Nevertheless, it was enough. I'm going to the New York Marathon this November 2018, by God's grace!

Running under the banner of Open Access, charity donor to WNEP's Ryan's Run which is an official Silver Charity Partner of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon, I share the advocacy of Allied Services Foundation - an advocacy close to me and my family's heart having a mentally challenged, 56-year old uncle-in-law.

As written in my EveryDayHero page, I hope to bring glory to God through this opportunity and am honored to be running with 49 others from WNEP Ryan's Run team. To God be the glory!

Friday, July 13, 2018

I Ran My First Full Marathon at 41: NatGeo Run 2017

It was April 23, 2017 when I ran my first full marathon, the full 42km and I was 41 years old. I was fairly new to running (will explain this in my back story) so my official finish time was 6:27:29. Anyway, my goal was not to finish fast, but simply to finish - and I did! 40 days. That's exactly the number of days that I had to officially prepare for my first full marathon.

Thank you, Rickpet Lens Photography, for this photo.

A little back story. December 2016, I availed of this free baseline health test at Open Access, a company that provides multilingual customer services, where I work. The test showed I had high total and bad cholesterol. Being a person who was into various sports and physical activities in the past like football, basketball, martial arts and doing Insanity workout, I then resolved to get back into some sort of physical activity.

I hit the gym and ran on the treadmill. Vividly, I remember that I ran straight for only 12 minutes - that's how long I could last running and I was already spent. My goal was to bring down my cholesterol levels through diet and aerobic exercise. That was my initial purpose for getting into running. I also tried getting back into Aikido training when I found a dojo at Makati Sports Club, but I figured, running was the least expensive between the two, although I admit I would have enjoyed the latter more.

March 13, 2017 - 40 days before the NatGeo Run 2017, our company opened the invitation to all its employees to run in this event and use the 42k category as the qualifying run for the selection of the company's official representatives to the New York City Marathon last November 2017. I signed up.

Since then, I started preparing to run my first full marathon. It was also about the same week that I downloaded Runtastic, the first running app I used to keep track of my runs and progress. Below are the runs I did from the date of the announcement leading to the NatGeo Earth Day Run 2017.

Well, I didn't qualify as our company's representative to the 2017 NYCM, but, I learned a great deal out of the experience and was able to use it as illustration in a sermon entitled 'Steadfadtly Run' from our message series entitled "Keep On" in our church at Eastwood City.

A few weeks prior to the NatGeo Run, I joined Run United Exceed 2017. I joined the half marathon where you only get a finisher's medal if you finish under a challenging cut-off time of 2:30.

As seen above my IG post, I made it. So, there was a bit of confidence that I could finish the NatGeo Run under 6 hours. I was wrong. I learned the lesson, "Respect the distance."

There was no excuse for me. My training and experience wasn't enough for that full marathon and it has been quite a journey for me, looking back more than a year ago.

This year, my qualifying run for the 2018 NYCM was a different story. I will post about it soon and will include my one-year journey and training for that qualifier. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Maximizing the Space in Your First Home

When you are starting out in life, on your own or as newlyweds, picking up the keys to your first home will be a momentous occasion. Your first residence away from your family, a place that you can call your own, is a precious gift. No matter how small it might be, it is likely to be very special for you, and you will want to make it as comfortable and personal to you as possible. Unless you are fortunate enough to be independently wealthy, your first home is probably going to be of a more compact size, from which you can aspire to a bigger place in the future. Because it is likely to be on the small side, you will need to be clever about how you use the space to get the most out of it.

Although you won’t have had the chance to accrue lots of possessions yet, you will still need clever storage solutions for your new home if you want to keep everything uncluttered. Small spaces need to be very well organised, so that it is easy to access things and put them away afterwards. If it’s tricky putting anything back where it belongs, you’ll find things start to get left out, and very soon you’ll be overwhelmed with clutter. You need to sort out which items you are likely to need on a regular basis, and which you will need less often, so you can store them in the most appropriate place. In a small home you will need to make use of every little bit of space, so it’s a good idea to look for ideas on space saving ways to store your belongings. If you have a browse on the Internet, you’ll find ideas for clever storage units you can buy, and for the thrifty, there are some ingenious ways to make your ownstorage solutions.

Fit everything to the size of the room
Furniture and appliances come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and if you have very small rooms, it’s best to go for undersized versions of everything. Rather than trying to cram a large three-seater sofa into your living room, go for a compact two-seater with a matching chair if there’s room. Apply this principle to every room, so in the bathroom check the standard bathtub size and go for a smaller version that will take up less space. You may even be able to re-orientate the tub to a different position if you replace a standard sized one with a compact model, in effect creating more space. 

When it comes to ornaments and accessories, go for the minimalist approach, or at least keep the knick-knacks under control. The higher the number of items that are visible in a small space, the more overcrowded it will feel; and while cosyis nice, cramped is not a good idea. However small your first home, with some clever approaches to using and maximisingthe available space, you will be able to make the most of your environment.

Monday, June 18, 2018

A Comprehensive Review of Phytostem: All one needs to know before using it

With the advent of new technology that is improving modern medicine, scientists have been able to create more effective treatments for a number of maladies and ailments. One of them is phytostem

Technically speaking, phytostem is a naturally occurring supplement; but thanks to a touch of modern ingenuity, it is delivered within a liquid capsule, further endowed with a high concentration of nutrients that results in rapid brain cell growth and the regeneration of the body.

Within it, come stacked a nutritive cocktail of over 80 nutrients such as phenols fats, amino acids, and potent antioxidants.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Healthcare Industry Needs Medical Assistants – Here Are 5 Reasons to Become One

Medical assistants are responsible for helping facilitate patient care under the direction and supervision of a physician. These professionals work in a variety of healthcare settings ranging from regional hospitals to smaller private clinics and even ambulances. Although medical assistants play a similar role to nurses, they require different educational credentials. Generally,this sector of healthcare is largely overlooked by students who are initially choosing their career path. 
In recent years, the number of students enrolling in medical assistant courses hasn’t been enough to match the upcoming demand in the field. With that said, here are five reasons why you may want to consider becoming a medical assistant.

Monday, April 23, 2018

How Filipino Youth can use data science to make a difference

It has only been a decade since D.J. Patil, and Jeff Hammerbacher coined the term “data science”, but it already managed to become the best job in America according to Glassdoor. In fact, if you are a data scientist, you are one of the kickass professionals, who have the sexiest job in the 21st century.

But why exactly is it important? The answer is simple. Data science made it possible to analyze just about anything. It allowed organizations make sense of data-driven insights to help them thrive in the ever-changing digital economy. From making businesses more efficient and competitive to improving outcomes in different systems, data science changed the way we interact with today’s digital technologies.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hear Ye! Calling All Runners! #SMDCRun2018

This coming February 25, 2018, our family will be joining the SMDC Run at SM Mall of Asia.
Register online now at: 

You may also register in-store at the following Chris Sports Outlets: - Megamall - North Edsa - Market Market - SM BF Sucat  - SM Mall if Asia - Glorietta  Race kits are available upon registration.  Register now before slots run out!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A Celebration of love this Valentine’s Day with F1 Hotel Manila


F1 Hotel Manila, the Bonifacio Global City’s home of happy experiences, has unveiled an exclusive room package and a wonderful dining experience to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Bask in romantic celebrations and sweep your partner off their feet to a night they would surely remember. Get serenaded on Valentine’s Day while enjoying a buffet feast for Php2,288 nett per person on “Flavors of Love” Valentine concert. Have a romantic night, celebrate, and share the love! Add Php 200 for unlimited Red or White wine to make the night even more special. This event is on February 14, 2018 which will be held in F All-Day Dining Restaurant.