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Jul 29, 2009

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He Said, She Said: Ending the Name-Calling Battle.

More than once, I’ve had kids proclaim to their classmates “I don’t like you to be my friend”. Upon prodding, I find out why: because she’s pangit (ugly) or fat. Yes, this comes from four and five year olds. Shocking as it may be, being a preschool teacher has exposed me to the fact that discrimination is not only an adult thing.

It got me to thinking, where this comes from?

Then it hit me: this is the message we give children. We call people names a lot. From the “idiot” in the car that cut in front of us to the wierdo dressed in all black walking in the mall. And those are only the “mild” kinds of names we call others. It’s also the labels we give them and the characteristics associated to it. For example, statements like “ibibigay kita sa bumbay”  or some other derogatory comment like that. Sometimes it’s also the non-verbal signals we give out,  such as suddenly clutching your purse when someone who looks like a goon walks by. Many times we don’t think about our actions when we blurt out a label we have for people.  Often it happens on instinct or reflex, without us much giving second thought about it. I, too, have been guilty of it.

You may wonder where this whole post is coming from. Let me backtrack a bit. It started a few days ago when, while listening to the evening news, I heard the newscaster comment about the upset Ateneo experienced at the hands of (as he put it) “the lowly UP Maroons”.  I sincerely hope I heard him wrong, but that’s how it came across to me. Saying it in a different manner, such as  “The Blue Eagles were defeated by the last seeded UP Maroons” or something like that seems less derogatory, right?

This got me to thinking about how we can end the perpetual name-calling battle. It’s not enough to scold children when we hear them do it. Punishing them may help a bit but not necessarily change it. We need to stop and change the messages we give our children. This does not pertain only to media, especially the media of today where even cartoons teach kids to call others  “stupid” and the like. It should begin with us.

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Jul 28, 2009

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Explore Science at the Nido Science Discovery Center

Did you know that many of the important discoveries and inventions that make our lives simpler, easier and better were created by Filipino scientists? Among them are Dr. Abelardo Aguilar who discovered erythromycin and Agapito Flores who discovered the florescent lamp. Sadly, however, these scientists are not always credited in the scientific journals and the like. Sometimes, it appears that we do not have the resources to further these ideas, thus these are left as just that: ideas until someone from a more developed country can expound studies on these things.

It’s nice to know, however, that nowadays, the Filipino is making a name in the fields of science and engineering. Remember that solar car project by students of the De La Salle University named Sinag? And just recently, students of the Philippine Science High School impressed the world with their robotics projects.

Further, it is encouraging to note that there is a major effort to furthering science discovery in our country. Last July 20-26,  the Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center in Mall of Asia joined the Department of Science and Technology in celebrating National Science Week.  Several lecture workshops were held to help kids become better learners.

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the celebrations but I am quite interested in attending one of the lecture workshops slated on August 1 about creating Mind Maps. Being a teacher in the transformative learning pedagogy, I believe this will be quite helpful for me.

Mind Maps aim to help children (and adults as well) organize thoughts and understand concepts better. This technique was developed by Tony Buzan. These workshops will help teach participants how to create a Mind Map that can help one make notes to retain important information in a fun way. Also, it can help simplify, explain and organize ideas and concepts.

For more details and/or to register please call the following numbers 813-2732/03 and 830-2191

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Jul 27, 2009

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The Ultimate Pampering Experience: A Caprichosa Spa Party.

Being the busy teacher that I am, I often have to be reminded to take some time out for myself to take care of ME. Lucky for me, my friend and fellow blogger Lace invited me to a day of pampering with a Caprichosa Spa Party. Lucky for me it was scheduled on a day that was not too toxic! Since I was blessed with such a wonderful experience, I’m sharing this luck with you  my dear readers with MY LATEST CONTEST!

Before that though, let me tell you about my Caprichosa Spa Party experience.

We arrived at the home of managing partner Lil Padilla and I was blown away by the way they set up the house. It truly looked like a spa, so much so that I thought it WAS a spa! From tafetta hanging in the ceiling, rose petals scattered on the walkway, aromatherapy and calming music, the set-up alone was relaxing already. Then we were treated to a wonderful foot spa and a soothing massage. It was heavenly!!!

The concept of a spa party is brilliant. As partners Lil and Carlo explained, a party should not be stressful, it should be fun and enjoyable.  However, often times party hosts are not able to enjoy thier own parties because they’re worrying to much about the set-up and all. Not when you have a Caprichosa Spa Party planned. The basic package they offer already includes decorations, music, and basic spa equipment. Add-on services can include provisions of wine, gift bags and even catering services can also be arranged. How simple can planning your party be, right? From bridal showers, debuts, reunions and even a “get-over-a-heartbreak party”, a Caprichosa Spa Party  will definitely be an enjoyable, indulgent treat. Imagine, taking the lavishness of a spa into the privacy of your own home for you and your guests! Packages start at a minimum of 6,000 consumable fee. Check out the Caprichosa Spa website or Facebook Fan Page,or get in touch with Lil and Carlo at caprichosaspa@gmail.com.

Reach Lil and Carlo at  or try out their services at

for more details.  Better yet, join my contest to win a full body massage in the Caprichosa Day Spa!

Joining is just as simple as planning your own spa party. All it takes are three simple steps:

1. Answer this question “How would you make your Caprichosa Spa Party uniquely yours?” . Your answer can include added services, products, themes, music or anything you’d like to see/get/have during the spa party.

2. Become a fan of the Caprichosa Spa Facebook page.

3. Subscribe to my blog :-)

See, simple right???  The most creative and unique answer wins the massage, granted, of course, that the other conditions were met as well. Contest is open to all, although preferably Philippine/Manila residents and ends August 9, 2009 August 12, 2009. One Winner will be announced shortly thereafter.  Should the winner from outside Metro Manila be chosen, he or she may opt to give the prize to whomever they choose :-)

As an added bonus, friends and readers of my blog will receive a free bottle of wine when you schedule your own Caprichosa Spa Party by just simply mentioning my name :-)

Massage can be claimed at the Caprichosa Day Spa located in   126 Armstrong Ave. Moonwalk Village Phase 1, Paranaque City. Prize is transferable but not convertible to cash.

photos taken from AzraelColadilla.com and the Caprichosa Spa Facebook Fan Page

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Jul 19, 2009

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Hooked on the Internet.

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Jul 19, 2009

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Hope for the Flowers: Help X Out Cervical Cancer

For my 30th birthday, I got myself the gift of protection. Yes, I armed myself with the protection against Cervical Cancer by committing to getting the vaccine that protects women from the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), the virus which causes abnormal growth in the cervix. According to research, half a million worldwide are diagnosed with Cervical Cancer and every two minutes, one of them will die because of it. Every day, 12 Filipina die of cervical cancer. It’s ranked as the second most common cancer afflicting Filipino women. The sad part of this reality is that while cervical cancer is highly preventable, it is difficult to detect in its early stages. Being a staunch believer that prevention is better than cure, plus of course the constant reminders of my OB/GYN that I should get protected, I finally did it. GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccine provides protection against HPV types 16 and 18, the two most common cancer-causing strains.  Now, women ages 10 years and older can be vaccinated.

Last July 16, 2009, advocates for cervical cancer unveiled Hope for the Flowers, a photo exhibit featuring stills from the Tour of Hope 2009’s Dare to Be Bold bike tour that aimed to raise funds for the Cervical Cancer Protection Network (CECAP). Images by renowned photographers Jun De Leon, Jed Santos, Ramon Ty and Miguel De Leon will be on display at the Main Atrium of the SM Mall of Asia until the end of the week.

*photos used with permission courtesy of GeiserMaclang.

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